Proposal Tools Webinar

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Friday, Aug 9, 2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (PDT)

In its first Proposal Tools Webinar held exactly four weeks before the upcoming deadline of the Call for Proposals (6 September 2019 PDT), the SOFIA Science Center offered an interactive, web-based course on the proposal tools available for Cycle 8. This webinar was for astronomers world-wide who are considering a SOFIA proposal or working on one, to help proposers avoid the typical pitfalls in observing time estimates and enhance the Technical Feasibility section of their proposals. After the webinar, a video tutorial available for download will be posted below.

With a focus on FIFI-LS, FORCAST, GREAT, and HAWC+, the webinar is divided into presentations on the instruments’ technical performance and capabilities, followed by live demonstrations of the proposal tools while working through sample proposal submissions. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions in real-time while being guided through detailed examples to learn how to use the SOFIA Integration Time Estimator (SITE), decide on an observing strategy, and create astronomical observing requests (AORs) in USPOT.

Join the Webinar use the WebEx link or phone number below. Participants have the option to attend the entire session or join only for the sections that are relevant to their field of interest (see agenda posted below).

In addition, U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents had the option attend the workshop in-person at the SOFIA Science Center at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. To obtain a visitor badge for in-person attendance to SOFIA workshops, email the Help-Desk providing your full name, affiliation, and whether you are a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Webinar Agenda (all times in Pacific Time):

Download the presentations below. Video files coming soon!
Start Time
9:00 am
Overview: SOFIA Overview
9:20 am
Overview: Instruments and Observing Strategies
9:50 am
Overview: Proposal Steps, Tips, and Tools
10:10 am
20 min break
10:30 am
Worked Example: FORCAST imaging
10:50 am
Worked Example: FORCAST grisms
11:10 am
Worked Example: FIFI-LS Spectroscopy
11:40 am
Worked Example: GREAT Mapping
12:10 pm
Worked Example: HAWC+ Polarimetry
12:30 pm

After the Webinar, we invite you to submit a survey to help us better address the needs of the SOFIA community.

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