Workshops & Events: 2006
Yerkes Summer Institute: Sink or Swim: Exploring Density & Buoyancy'
Aug 5 - 11, 2006 | Williams Bay, WI

Instructors: Matt Bayliss, Mary Beard, Charles Brass, Kyle Cudworth, Bill Fisher, Robert Friedman, Walter Glogowski, Sarah Hansen, Vivian Hoette, Rich Kron, Randy Landsberg, Dan Robertson, Chaz Shapiro, Reid Sherman, Phil Wisecup.

The theme of YSI 2006 was "Sink or Swim: Exploring Buoyancy & Density". Twenty-four (24) Space Explorers, thirteen (13) instructors and fifty (50) parents and siblings participated in this week long, residential, immersion experience. The institute was conceptually linked to the 2005-06 Saturday laboratory sessions, which explored pressure, especially air pressure. A memorable highlight of the institute was the in inflation and tethered launches of an actual 77,500 cubic foot hot air balloon. Daytime laboratories examined how density can be used to separate plastics for recycling, convection and how it results from changes in density caused by heating, and a qualitative investigation into what creates lift for a balloon. Nighttime activities included utilizing the observatory telescopes to examine dying stars, aka spectra of planetary nebulae and an exploration of the density of the moon to debunk the myth that it is made out of cheese.

Auger North Design Workshop
Aug 15 - Sep 8, 2006 | Chicago, IL

The Workshop will focus on the optimal design for the Northern site of the Pierre Auger Observatory.

Cronin Fest
Sep 8 - 9, 2006 | Chicago, IL

Celebration of James W. Cronin's 75th Birthday.

Auger South Analysis Meeting
Sep 11 - 14, 2006 | Chicago, IL

The annual Astronomy & Astrophysics Autumn Welcome Reception
Oct 4, 2006 | Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop | 5:00 PM

The annual Astronomy & Astrophysics Autumn Welcome Reception will be held on Wed. October 4, from 5 - 8 pm. The location will be Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop (formerly known as Uncle Joe's), located on the 2nd floor of the Reynolds Club, at 57th & University. (We have had parties there in the past, so some of you may remember the location). Friends & family are welcome to attend.

EFI Mini-Symposium: In Honor of Dietrich Müller
Oct 20, 2006 | RI 480 | 9:30 AM

The constant bombardment of the Earth by particles from space has been an intriguing topic since its discovery nearly a century ago. Some of the most important advances in the understanding of this cosmic radiation and its origin have been made by direct measurements above the atmosphere. This mini-symposium is in honor of Dietrich Müller, who has been a leader in this field for many years. The program provides an overview of some of the key scientific issues in the field of cosmic ray measurements and a discussion of future possibilities in the context of NASA's scientific balloon program.
Organized by: Simon Swordy.

South Pole Telescope Exploratorium Web cast
Nov 25, 2006 | 12:00 PM

Documentary involving the early history of the A&A Department: "The Journey to Palomar"
Dec 4, 2006 | Library Lounge of Ida Noyes Hall | 9:00 AM

You are cordially invited to a special event related to the early history of the University of Chicago, the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Yerkes Observatory, and one of the University's most illustrious faculty members.

Los Angeles filmmakers Todd and Robin Mason will present a special screening of their new documentary on the life and work of famous astronomer George Ellery Hale. The film, entitled "The Journey to Palomar" traces the tumultuous beginnings, technical challenges and the personal drama involved in the creation of Hale's three ground breaking observatories - Yerkes, Mount Wilson and Palomar - and the ensuing discoveries that changed science in America and revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

Hale, appointed by William Rainey Harper in 1892, founded the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department of the University of Chicago and was the first Director of Yerkes Observatory. There is a lot of Hale's Chicago history in the documentary.

The screening will be Monday morning, December 4th, in the Library Lounge of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street.

We are fortunate that Todd and Robin Mason will be present for the screening.

09:00-09:30 Coffee, bagels, conversations, meet the filmmakers
09:30-09:45 Welcome-Rocky Kolb, Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics Remarks-Todd and Robin Mason
09:45-11:15 "Journey to Palomar"
11:15-11:30 Questions and discussions-Todd and Robin Mason

We hope you are able to attend this remarkable event. For more information about the film project, please visit

The Ida Noyes Library Lounge is wheelchair accessible.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Smith,, (773)834-0393.

Dark Energy Survey Meeting
Dec 11 - 13, 2006 | Kirsten Physics Teaching Center, University of Chicago

South Pole Telescope Exploratorium Web cast
Dec 29, 2006 | 12:00 PM

The live webcast South Pole Telescope:
Nov 25, 2006 12:00 CST
Dec 2, 2006 12:00 CST
Dec 9, 2006 12:00 CST
Dec 29, 2006 12:00 CST
Jan 13, 2007 12:00 CST