NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center 2018 Fall Meeting
The NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center will hold its fall meeting at the Green Bank Observatory on October 15-17, 2018. This will be immediately followed by the NANOGrav PFC Advisory Board meeting on October 17-18, 2018. Registration for both portions of the meeting can be found below.
Check back soon for an up-to-date schedule.
Meals and Lodging
GBO will provide meals and lodging on-site at a cost of $89/day for a single room and $68/day for a shared room. There are no additional fees. The cost of food and lodging can be paid individually or by a home institution on behalf of a group. Invoices will be sent after October 1, 2018. Please contact Mark Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org; 304-456-2227) to arrange payment.
The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at The Inn at Mountain Quest, approximately 25 minutes from GBO in Frost, WV. Travel to Mountain Quest will be arranged at the meeting.
Getting to Green Bank
The Green Bank Observatory is located in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The street address is:
Green Bank Observatory
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank, WV, 24944
and our GPS coordinates are: 38.431950, -79.817135
The observatory is approximately 4-5 hours from Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA, and approximately 2.5 hours from Charlottesville, VA. We recommend that conference attendees traveling by air fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport (CHO).
Attendees are responsible for their own travel to the observatory. The observatory can provide a shuttle service at an additional fee. The exact cost of the shuttle service will depend on the number of riders that we can place in the same shuttle. Details will be arranged closer to the date of the workshop. Email Ryan Lynch (email@example.com) for details.
To help coordinate carpooling, please use this Google Sheet to indicate if you need or can give a ride.
Those unable to attend the meeting in person will be able to participate remotely through Zoom. Connection information will be sent around once the schedule has been finalized.
Radio Frequency Interference and the National Radio Quiet Zone
Green Bank Observatory is located in the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone and the West Virginia Radio Astronomy Zone. These areas provide regulatory protection against certain sources of radio frequency interference that may otherwise negatively impact the scientific operations of the observatory. There is no cell phone reception within many miles of the observatory. GPS navigation typically works but should not be solely relied upon, and maps should be downloaded for offline use. The use of wireless internet, Bluetooth, and other wireless communications is strictly prohibited on observatory grounds. Electronic equipment, including digital cameras, are prohibited near telescopes.
Wired ethernet connections are available for use by attendees in work areas and the residence hall rooms, and observatory computing resources will also be accessible. Attendees should be sure that any personal computers or tablets are compatible with a wired ethernet connection. Adapters for tablets and ultra-portable laptops will not be provided.
More information is available here.
Odds and Ends
We will attempt to schedule a climbing tour of the Green Bank Telescope for those who are interested. The exact date and time are dependent on weather and the telescope schedule. The GBT is an active mechanical structure -- closed-toed shoes (e.g. sneakers or boots) are required for the tour of the GBT. Digital cameras will also be prohibited during the tour. Disposable film cameras will be available for purchase in the GBO Science Center.
Green Bank is located in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,700 feet (~823 meters). Weather in mid-October can be quite cool at night and even during the day, so please pack appropriate clothing.
Questions should be directed to Ryan Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org)