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Message 592600 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 0:00:48 UTC

I'm nearly at a loss for words. Today I learned that a grant proposal for the GALFA project has received funding from the NSF. It is possible that as a result of this new funding, I might relocate to another university. On top of that, I was offered a teaching job at the Kelowna campus of the University of British Columbia. Wow. Too much all at once. It's weird to think I might not be here come September.

All that overshadows my other news, which is that the SETHI datacubes are all done (as of last week, actually). In the last week I've run some algorithms over the spectral database to weed out bad spectra, and it's done an excellent job of doing so. I think about 99.92% of the bad spectra have been properly blacklisted from further processing.

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Message 592617 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 0:38:19 UTC

Congratulations Kevin !

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Message 592719 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 5:52:49 UTC - in response to Message 592600.

I was offered a teaching job at the Kelowna campus of the University of British Columbia.


Didn't know UBCO has a strong physics/astronomy program; thought they'd just send people down to Vancouver for that. Congrats!
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Message 592847 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 11:27:24 UTC - in response to Message 592600.

I'm nearly at a loss for words. Today I learned that a grant proposal for the GALFA project has received funding from the NSF. It is possible that as a result of this new funding, I might relocate to another university. On top of that, I was offered a teaching job at the Kelowna campus of the University of British Columbia. Wow. Too much all at once. It's weird to think I might not be here come September.

All that overshadows my other news, which is that the SETHI datacubes are all done (as of last week, actually). In the last week I've run some algorithms over the spectral database to weed out bad spectra, and it's done an excellent job of doing so. I think about 99.92% of the bad spectra have been properly blacklisted from further processing.



CONGRATULATIONS SIR!!! . . . and now - don't forgEt ta Post Link to that - IF you would . . .

> ps - you'll still bE Postin' 'ere, right? (IF you go)
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Message 592858 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 11:49:16 UTC

Congrats on the funding and job offer.

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Message 593109 - Posted: 26 Jun 2007, 21:14:29 UTC - in response to Message 592600.

I'm nearly at a loss for words. Today I learned that a grant proposal for the GALFA project has received funding from the NSF. It is possible that as a result of this new funding, I might relocate to another university. On top of that, I was offered a teaching job at the Kelowna campus of the University of British Columbia. Wow. Too much all at once. It's weird to think I might not be here come September.

All that overshadows my other news, which is that the SETHI datacubes are all done (as of last week, actually). In the last week I've run some algorithms over the spectral database to weed out bad spectra, and it's done an excellent job of doing so. I think about 99.92% of the bad spectra have been properly blacklisted from further processing.



WOW that's really good news, Kevin!




And congratulations with your finished datacubes. It's so good to know that you have profited from this project also. I have this smilie for you, even it's kind of below your grade, but still:



And I heard through the grapevine that some other in your office got some good news today. ;-)

Maybe time to break out some of the bubbly water?





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Message 593499 - Posted: 27 Jun 2007, 7:06:02 UTC - in response to Message 592600.

I'm nearly at a loss for words. Today I learned that a grant proposal for the GALFA project has received funding from the NSF...

Congrats all round!

And change is good, so long as you can keep pace with it!


So... s@h is collecting data from ALFA... How is the data collected for GALFA different? Or used differently?

Is there a link to a good summary for GALFA?


Happy crunchin'!

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Message 593628 - Posted: 27 Jun 2007, 15:05:49 UTC - in response to Message 593499.

I'm nearly at a loss for words. Today I learned that a grant proposal for the GALFA project has received funding from the NSF...

Congrats all round!

And change is good, so long as you can keep pace with it!


So... s@h is collecting data from ALFA... How is the data collected for GALFA different? Or used differently?

Is there a link to a good summary for GALFA?


Thanks Martin and everyone else for the good spirits. To answer your GALFA question: there are multiple backends at Arecibo that can record simultaneously. SETI@home has its own data recorder, and for HI obs with GALFA we have a separate spectrometer, which we call GALSPECT. That spectrometer was built by people with SETI@home ties too: Dan, Jeff Mock, others. If you look at the GALFA Website you can read about other GALFA science besides Galactic HI - there are continuum and radio-recombination line surveys in the planning stages, but the GALFA-HI is the only group that's done a lot of observations to this point. And then of course ALFA is used for other things besides Galactic surveys, like pulsar research and extragalactic observations too.

I'm taking the Kelowna job!

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Message 593632 - Posted: 27 Jun 2007, 15:19:50 UTC - in response to Message 593628.
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Thanks Martin and everyone else for the good spirits.
I'm taking the Kelowna job!

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Kevin


Kevin , My very best wishes to you and your family ... in your new _University of British Columbia___ Kelowna___Canada__ job!

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Message 593996 - Posted: 28 Jun 2007, 0:17:43 UTC - in response to Message 593632.


Kevin , My very best wishes to you and your family ...


Thanks, Byron. It'll be nice to be back in BC. Today was my 34th birthday. I had some fun looking at HI, dust and UV data in Taurus. Another paper that could be done this summer...

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Message 594035 - Posted: 28 Jun 2007, 1:05:37 UTC

Congratulations.... we will miss you and your updates though:(
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Message 594297 - Posted: 28 Jun 2007, 5:58:14 UTC - in response to Message 593996.
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Kevin , My very best wishes to you and your family ...
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Thanks, Byron. It'll be nice to be back in BC. Today was my 34th birthday. I had some fun looking at HI, dust and UV data in Taurus. Another paper that could be done this summer...
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Happy 34th Birthday Kevin ! and Many Happy Returns !
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Message 594343 - Posted: 28 Jun 2007, 9:36:35 UTC - in response to Message 593996.


Kevin , My very best wishes to you and your family ...


Thanks, Byron. It'll be nice to be back in BC. Today was my 34th birthday. I had some fun looking at HI, dust and UV data in Taurus. Another paper that could be done this summer...

Happy 34th birthday Kevin, and congrats on the job position, I wish you well in your new job. Do you know when you get to move up that way yet?

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Message 597544 - Posted: 2 Jul 2007, 22:51:18 UTC

Good luck Kevin...well deserved.
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Message 598457 - Posted: 4 Jul 2007, 17:29:05 UTC - in response to Message 593996.


Kevin , My very best wishes to you and your family ...


Thanks, Byron. It'll be nice to be back in BC. Today was my 34th birthday. I had some fun looking at HI, dust and UV data in Taurus. Another paper that could be done this summer...


HAPPY 'Belated' BIRTHDAY Kevin . . . Enjoy Good Ol' BC - check out Victoria Isle ?

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