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2011 UC CfAO Fall Science Retreat and Workshops

Wednesday, November 9
Laser Technology and Systems for Astronomical Adaptive Optics Workshop

Thursday, November 10 - Sunday, November 13
Fall Science Retreat

UCLA Conference Center
at Lake Arrowhead, California

 

THE RETREAT

The Fall Retreat provides Center members, affiliates, and invitees with a forum for sharing their current research results, for planning collaborations, and provides an opportunity for informal interactions. Adaptive Optics topics on the agenda will include Astronomical AO (both AO for Extremely Large Telescopes and Extreme Adaptive Optics); AO Systems for Solar Astronomy; AO for Vision Science and Biological Imaging; Education; and other innovative areas within the scope of Adaptive Optics and its applications. Both AO technologies and AO science will be discussed. In addition, THREE WORKSHOPS are being offered this year as part of the program.

 

THE WORKSHOPS

Workshop on Laser Technology and Systems for Astronomical Adaptive Optics
(By invitation, please email Don Gavel if you would like to participate.)

The discussion will be focused on the issues of producing artificial beacons in the sodium mesosphere for large aperture ground based telescopes. Topics of interest will include (but are not limited to):
* Sodium return models and measurements
* Theory of pulsed sodium excitation, design of optimal laser formats
* Measurement standards (photometry, receiver filters, number of measurements and averaging, normalizing for latitude and seasonal variation, etc.)
* LGS commissioning experience
* Experience with beam relays, laser transport with fibers
* Laser safety systems, aircraft and spacecraft irradiation avoidance
* Reports from laser suppliers


Vision Science Image Processing Workshop

As adaptive optics systems are becoming more widely used for vision applications, so too is the demand for robust, accurate and efficient image processing algorithms. Inefficient and/or inaccurate processing methods are proving to be a barrier to more widespread use of this technology, and this workshop is meant to address that problem.

Attendees can expect to be educated on the current issues and challenges related to image processing in vision science and are encouraged to participate in active discussions on the best solutions to these problems. The agenda will include, but is not limited to, topics related to eye motion measurement and correction, deconvolution, automated image analysis (e.g. cone counting), and image montaging. Attendees are also welcome to take part in online discussions that are planned before and after the retreat.

For more information, please email Austin Rooda

 

Diversity & Equity in Classes and Research Environments Workshop

This 2-hour workshop will include small group discussions, and an opportunity for participants to apply a new tool to a class, program or mentoring environment, and identify strategies to better support diversity and equity.

Following on the work of CfAO Education, the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) has developed a tool for developing and teaching equitable curriculum that supports diversity in science and engineering learning environments. The tool is a set of five emphases that make up ISEE's "Diversity & Equity Focus Area" and is currently used internally by ISEE participants to design, teach, and reflect on inquiry lab activities, primarily at the college level. Participants in this session will be introduced to the Diversity & Equity Focus Area, and will discuss the utility of this tool in broader contexts by applying it to scenarios, and then to an activity, mentoring situation, program, or course relevant to their own interests. The five elements of the Focus Area full description available at: http://www.aspbooks.org/a/volumes/article_details/?paper_id=32507

* Multiple ways to learn communicate and succeed
* Learners' goals, interests, and values
* Beliefs about learning, achievement, and teaching
* Inclusive collaboration and equitable participation
* Social identification within science and engineering culture

For more information, please email Lisa Hunter

 

EVENT DATES & TIMES

Arrival:
Laser workshop invitees arrive: Wednesday, November 9. Workshop registration and check-in begins at noon.
Retreat participants arrive: Thursday, November 10. Retreat registration and check-in begins at 3:00pm.

Departure:
Laser workshop-only participants depart: Thursday, November 10.
Retreat participants depart: Sunday, November 13.

 

CONFERENCE CENTER DIRECTIONS & TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

LOCATION & DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

The UCLA Conference Center (located at Lake Arrowhead, California) is about 90 (mostly freeway) miles from Los Angeles (two hours) and about 50 miles from the Ontario Airport (1-1/2 hours). Please visit the Conference Center website for a map and directions.

 

AIRPORTS:

The closest airport is the Ontario Airport (ONT), a 90-minute drive to Lake Arrowhead. Southwest Airlines offers many direct flights. An alternate airport is the Orange County Airport (SNA), a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive to Lake Arrowhead. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a 3-hour drive to Lake Arrowhead.

SHUTTLE SERVICE:

The Super Shuttle will take you to the UCLA Conference Center from the Ontario Airport. The cost is much less with each additional person that travels on the shuttle, so we suggest booking with others from your institution. For example, the cost is $97 each way for the first person from the Ontario Airport to the UCLA Conference Center, and $9 for each person thereafter. Cost from the Los Angeles Airport to the UCLA Conference Center is $130, and $9 for each person thereafter. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE, so please book online, or by telephone: 1-800-258-3826 once you have your travel group assembled. (If you do not have a group, but would still like to use shuttle services, call the team at Super Shuttle, and let them know you will be attending our Retreat. They may be able to group you with other Fall Retreat attendees.)

**Please note: the Super Shuttle does NOT service The Orange County Airport**

 

CAR RENTAL:

If you plan on driving yourself to Lake Arrowhead from the airport, we suggest scheduling your flight with other attendees so that you can share a ride. If you need assistance finding a carpool partner, please email the CfAO Main Office for a list of other attendees in your area.

If you have questions, please contact the CfAO Main Office by email or by calling 831-459-5592.

 

INFORMATION FOR UC CfAO MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES (PIs, Faculty, Senior Researchers, etc)

Lodging

Lodging at the UCLA Conference Center will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early if you want to stay onsite. When the Conference Center is full, we will contact you so you may find alternative lodging.

ROOMS: You will be staying a room in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment. A few single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact CfAO for availability.

SPOUSES/PARTNERS: Space is very limited ~ please contact CfAO for availability.

LATE ARRIVALS: The Main Lodge of the UCLA Conference Center closes at midnight. **IMPORTANT**: If you plan to arrive after midnight, please email the CfAO Main Office. Late arrivals are noted on the rooming list so that a key, a flashlight, and directions to your room can be provided. If you have notified us about your late arrival, your key and conference center map will be waiting for you in an envelope located to the right of the Main Lodge front door, in a black mailbox.

If the Conference Center is full or you would prefer to stay offsite, here are some suggested alternatives (reservations highly recommended):

Lake Arrowhead Resort
1-909-336-1511

Saddleback Inn
1-800-858-3334

Fleur de Lac
1-909-337-8178

Lakeview Lodge
1-800-358-5253

For additional suggestions, please contact the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce


Registration & Payment Procedure

Registration instructions and your personal link can be found in the invitation email sent on September 2, 2011. Please feel free to contact CfAO staff at 831-459-5592 or 831-459-5711 if you have any questions about registration, fees, or have general questions about attending the Fall Retreat and Workshops.


Conference Costs

Registration Fee
This year, we've added a $250 registration fee to help reduce our costs in the hope of keeping the Retreat going into the future.

Room and Board
The cost for room and board at the Conference Center is $196 per night in a double-occupancy room. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $227 per night. If you stay offsite, you must purchase your meals separately at the Conference Center. “Commuter meals” are charged in packages: a three-meal package is $98, and a two-meal package is $67.

Travel Expenses
You are responsible for all of your own travel expenses.

Cancellation Policy
A 5% cancellation fee will apply to all refunds. No refunds will be given after October 11, 2011.

 

INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Lodging

You will be housed at the UCLA Conference Center. The UC CfAO will pay half the room and board for UC graduate students and postdocs only. Please register right away so we are sure to have a spot for you. If you have sufficient external funding to cover the cost of your room and board, we would appreciate you paying the full rate, so we can afford to cover others.

ROOMS: You will be assigned a room in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment

SPOUSES/PARTNERS: Space is very limited this year ~ please contact CfAO for availability.

LATE ARRIVALS: The Main Lodge of the UCLA Conference Center closes at midnight. **IMPORTANT**: If you plan to arrive after midnight, please email the CfAO Main Office. Late arrivals need to be noted on the rooming list so that a key, a flashlight, and directions to your room can be provided. If you have notified us about your late arrival, your key and conference center map will be waiting for you in an envelope located to the right of the Main Lodge front door, in a black mailbox.

TRAVEL EXPENSES: You are expected to use your own external funding to cover your travel expenses (plane, rental car, etc) to the UCLA Conference Center from your home institution. If you have questions, please contact the CfAO Main Office at cfao@ucolick.org or 831-459-5592.


Registration & Payment Procedure

Registration instructions and your personal link can be found in the invitation email sent on September 2, 2011. Please feel free to contact CfAO staff at 831-459-5592 or 831-459-5711 if you have any questions about registration, fees, or have general questions about attending the Fall Retreat and Workshops.


Conference Costs

Registration Fee
The registration fee of $250 is waived for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Room and Board
Due to budget limitations, this year we are only able to give financial support to UC graduate students and postdocs. The full room and board rate is $196 per night and $98 for CfAO-sponsored grads and postdocs.

Travel Expenses
You are responsible for all of your own travel expenses.

Cancellation Policy
A 5% cancellation fee will apply to all refunds. No refunds will be given after October 11, 2011.

 

 

List of Attendees
(as of 11/07/11)

Agenda
(as of 11/7/11)

Photos from
Fall Retreat 2009

 

CfAO Contact Information:

Phone
831-459-5592
831-459-5711

Email: cfao@ucolick.org



























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