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RADIAL Atlanta Meeting


NAC - https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/nac

NINE - https://info.nrao.edu/do/odi/broader-impact-programs/Nine


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Meeting Room #401, Hilton Atlanta

255 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Thursday, January 17


Tony Beasley






Tony Beasley

RADIAL Overview


Jessica Harris

k-12 and NAC


Anja Fourie



Working Lunch

Small group discussions about areas of possible mutual interest –university & NRAO reps


University representatives prepare ~20 minute talk

Brief presentations about activities at each university that may be synergistic with RADIAL


University presentations



Willie Rockward

Morgan State University


Michael Keeve

Norfolk State University


Hongmei Chi

Florida A&M University


Marta Dark

Spelman College





David Morris

University of the Virgin Islands


Eddie Red

Morehouse College


Don Walter

South Caroline State University


Re-cap/Overview of Friday



Friday, January 18


Tony Beasley



Working Groups (A)



-          K-12/undergraduate/EPO

S. Gurton/J. Harris


-          Graduate/RA courses

L. von Schill


-          NINE Hub

Anja Fourie


-          Data center

James Robnett





Working Groups (B)



-          K-12/undergraduate/EPO

S. Gurton/J. Harris


-          Graduate/RA courses

L. von Schill


-          NINE Hub

Anja Fourie


-          Data center

James Robnett





Next steps

Report back with tentative ideas


Anja Fourie

Identify contacts and timeline for continuing conversations


Registration for Atlanta Meeting below

Thank you for your interest in Project RADIAL. We are looking forward to talking with you in Atlanta, and learning more about your university's priorities and potential areas of partnership and collaboration with NRAO.

About Project RADIAL

Project RADIAL was initially described at the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) Meeting in Columbus, OH (November, 2018), where the discussion focused on the Four Major Components of the project:

  • Next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA)- future data challenges, along with opportunities for collaboration on the design and build of the ngVLA telescope
  • Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) - current and future data challenges, including potential research collaborations, faculty and student engagement, data center development, and more
  • Undergraduate education, professional development, and research opportunities (NAC program)
  • High school education, professional preparation, and research opportunities (NINE and EPO programs)



RADIAL represents an approach toward addressing current and future data challenges related to astronomy, in particular, by working with universities with an interest in data management, delivery, and analysis - as data centers, science centers, and/or as partners in activities at multiple scales. The NRAO has also developed exciting training and education programs that offer additional partnership opportunities.

In brief, NRAO is actively seeking university partners in these efforts. At the RADIAL Atlanta Meeting, NRAO will review the areas of opportunities that we have identified, and will ask participating university representatives to talk about key initiatives and interests at their home institutions. The goal is to discover areas of common interest and establish paths for developing collaborations in those areas.

We expect that there are many opportunities for collaborations at multiple scales.

Please contact Lyndele von Schill at 434-244-6896 for more information.


Atlanta Meeting

The Project RADIAL Atlanta meeting will bring together representatives from leading minority-serving institutions to discuss opportunities for collaborations between and among the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and interested universities.

Meeting dates:

Thursday, January 17th - 10:30am to 6:00pm

Friday, January 18th - 8:30am to 3:00pm

We hope that this schedule will allow most out-of-town participants to fly into Atlanta on Thursday morning, and leave Atlanta Friday afternoon/early evening. We acknowledge that these dates fall just before the Martin Luther King holiday; this schedule is intended to minimize time away from school and home.


The Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

If you are traveling from beyond the Atlanta area, we will reserve and pay for your accommodations.

Travel arrangements:

NRAO will cover the costs of participants' attendance at the RADIAL Atlanta meeting, including transportation (flights, train, mileage; as appropriate), hotel, per diem, and local ground transportation costs. Depending on your preference, NRAO can prepay your flight or train costs, or reimburse you following the meeting. During the registration process, you will be asked about your travel needs and preferences.



Please register for the RADIAL Atlanta Meeting here: https://goo.gl/forms/t0kSpjEfNG3ndBW93

Following your registration:

Travel Support

  • if you requested travel support in your registration, you will be contacted by JJ Utley about next steps
Hotel Reservations (deadline December 17, if at all possible)
  • if you are traveling from out of the Atlanta area, NRAO will make hotel reservations for you based upon your flight or train itineraries. If you need to make adjustments to your hotel stay, please let Jane Michaud know so that she can change your hotel reservation to meet your needs
  • if you are in the Atlanta area, but need a hotel room, please let Jane Michaud know as soon as possible.



Name University/Institution
Dr. Willie Rockward Morgan State University
Dr. Marta Dark Spelman College (unable to attend)
Dr. Eddie Red Morehouse College
Dr. Don Walter
South Carolina State University
Dr. Michael Keeve Norfolk State University
Dr. Hongmei Chi Florida A&M University
Lyndele von Schill National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Anja Fourie South African Radio Astronomy Observatory/SKA
Dr. Tony Beasley NRAO
James Robnett NRAO
Dr. David Morris University of the Virgin Islands
Jessica Harris NRAO
Suzy Gurton NRAO

ODI Contacts

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
(434) 244-6896

520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475

Director of D&I

Broader Impacts

- Observatory-wide Lead, and ngVLA BI IPT Lead

Broadening Participation (BP)

- BP Program Manager, RADIAL+

  - BP Student Programs Manager, NAC

Ham Radio Project

- Project Lead


Antonio Hales - Program Manager

NAC Program

, Administrative Assistant

NINE Program

, Project Management Lead

Diversity Programs

Diversity Advocates and Employee Diversity Group Members