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RADIAL Atlanta Meeting


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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)


    Why RADIAL?

    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