AAO Newsletter July 1996 - Page 10


produce digital pixel maps of each field. The data will probably be disseminated on CD-rom at high 10µm resolution (1.5Gbyte). A small number of film copies of the survey may also be made according to demand, with copies likely at the AAO, Bristol, ROE and Wollongong.

A workshop for the H-Alpha survey

As a prelude to the main survey it is intended to hold a small workshop in Australia to highlight the science that can be expected and to encourage collaborations in other wavebands, particularly the radio and mm-wave region. Numbers will be limited so interested persons are requested to contact qap@aaocbnul.aao.gov.au for further information concerning the workshop or the survey (and to be put on a mailing list). Further announcements concerning the workshop will be made over the next few months. No date has been finalised but it is likely to be sometime early in the new year.

The Consortium
PI's: Q. A. Parker (AAO) & S. Phillipps (Bristol)

Dr M. Mashedar + students (Bristol), Prof. W. J. Zealey, + students, (Wollongong), Dr A. Green et al. (Univ. Sydney), Mr M. Hartley, Dr J. Bland-Hawthorn, Dr D. Malin, Dr R. Cannon (AAO), Dr M. G. Edmunds (Univ. Cardiff) & Dr D. Morgan (Royal. Obs. Edinburgh).

Q. A. Parker & S. Phillipps


Events at Epping

Hello all, I'm Helen Woods and I arrived in Epping to work as Personal Assistant to the Director in May this year, replacing Mrs Annette Callow who, I understand, was a much loved and respected member of staff here at the Epping laboratory. I have spent the last few months accustoming myself to this new environment and trying to fill the shoes of Annette who served here for so long and who was so well known throughout astronomical circles both here in Australia and around the World. Another notable change to the AAO is imminent; staff are preparing to say farewell to Dr Russell Cannon who has been Director of the AAO for 10 years. Russell plans a 12-month sabbatical in Munich, the United States and Chile before he re-joins the AAO next year as a senior research astronomer. Staff at both Epping and Coonabarabran will miss him very much. As I understand it, Russell has been a tremendous person to have at the top, and his good leadership has got the organisation through some very exciting projects.

We are also looking forward to the arrival of Dr Brian Boyle, previously from the Royal Greenwich Observatory, who will take up the Director's position in September. Dr Boyle visited Epping and Coonabarabran in July to familiarise himself with the workings of the Observatory and with 2dF, currently the most important project in the AAO.

Another visitor this winter has been Dr David Crawford, Executive Director of the International Dark-Sky Association. Dr Crawford delivered lectures on light pollution to lighting engineers and manufacturers, and the general public, hoping to bring the issue to the closer attention of the community. His talks received publicity in major daily newspapers in Sydney and Canberra.

Finally, a film crew from the Australian documentary series "Quantum" also visited Epping and Coonabarabran in June to interview the 2dF team and cover developments with the project as a whole.

Helen Woods


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