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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are {ALL} made of star stuff

Here at GBO, we know that diversity is integral to achieving excellence. In order to fulfill our missions, we must ensure that our employees have the resources they need to have equal access to opportunities for success and advancement, and feel empowered and encouraged to pursue them. Our goal is to create a fully inclusive work culture across the social spectrum, by holding ourselves accountable for recognizing, acknowledging, and eliminating barriers. We encourage women, people with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latino people and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to apply for positions within our organizations.

Green Bank Observatory has employees who serve in the the Employee Diversity Group (EDG), which is made up of employees from across the organization (AUI, GBO,NRAO) who are committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive culture where people with diverse identities thrive. The EDG works through grassroots engagement, education, and action.

Pride

During Pride Month (June) Green Bank Observatory (GBO) makes a visible change to our logo, because we want to send the clear message that we value our current and future LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends, and family members. We send this same message internally by taking seriously our obligation to create and maintain an environment that is safe, secure, and welcoming.

We recognize that our LGBTQIA+ colleagues continue to face social and legal challenges in broader society, and we are committed to ensuring that GBO is a place where being yourself is celebrated. We are grateful to the many people who work here – those who are out, not out, and are allies – who make GBO a place at which diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity is welcomed.

At Green Bank Observatory, we aren’t content with learning about diversity and inclusion; we are continually, intentionally working to identify and change policies and practices that exclude or marginalize. Our staff are empowered and encouraged to speak up when they see a need for change; to talk with each other, and to advocate for changes in policies and practices that aren’t serving all of us.

We hope that Green Bank Observatory has proven, and continues, to be a safe and welcoming environment for our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, both internally and in the community. If we fall short, or if there are changes that we need to make, please let us know.

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The Green Bank Telescope & Next Generation RADAR

The Next Generation Radar program (ngRADAR) is a collaboration between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Green Bank Observatory (GBO), and Raytheon Space & Intelligence. Together they will create an active radar system for GBO’s 100-meter Green Bank Telescope (GBT) using the latest solid-state technology. For twenty years, Green Bank Observatory’s 100-meter radio telescope has studied the radio sky. It has made amazing discoveries, from seeing the vast molecular clouds that surround distant galaxies, to mapping the magnetic fields around the Orion Nebula. The ngRADAR program will further expand the capabilities of the GBT.

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2022B Approved Science Program

A total of 70 proposals requesting NSF-funded “open skies” time were submitted to the Green Bank Observatory’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) for the February 1, 2022 semester 22B deadline. The table below summarizes the approved observing programs. Listed are the PI name, proposal ID, proposal title, maximum hours approved, and proposal type (Regular, Triggered, Large or External). Proposals from previous semesters that were awarded time in the 22B semester are included. The table also includes HSA and GMVA proposals that were awarded time on the GBT as a VLBI station as well as proposals accepted via external agreements with CHANDRA, Hubble Space Telescope, FERMI, SOFIA, Swift, and XMM.

For each approved program, the Proposal Finder Tool will have access to its author, title, abstract and total approved hours.

A description of the Time Allocation Committee report for 22B can be found here.

PIIDTitleHoursType
Archibald, AnneGBT22A-358Continued Timing of a Millisecond Pulsar in a Stellar Triple System50Regular
Bastian, TimGBT22A-360Probing the Inner Heliosphere with Pulsars: a Pilot Study10Regular
Bhakta, DevenGBT22B-270Searching for Globular Cluster Pulsars10Regular
Bilous, AnyaGBT22B-266Zooming in on Pulsar Microstructure to understand Fast Radio Bursts18Regular
Bolatto, AlbertoGBT21B-024GBT EDGE: A Representative Survey of the z=0 Universe with Full IFU Spectroscopy300Large
Bublitz, JesseGBT22B-250Refining the Molecular Gas Enigma: Mapping NGC 6781 at 3mm16.5Regular
Busch, MichaelGBT22A-434SC:Mapping molecular clouds in OH from diffuse to high-mass star forming regions300Large
Caleb, ManishaVLBA22B-074Probing the local environment of FRB 20190714A6.5Regular
Calore, FrancescaGBT22B-112Follow-up of bulge MSP candidates detected by both Chandra and VLA24.5Regular
Cameron, AndrewGBT22A-118Continued observations of an eccentric, relativistic binary pulsar.57Regular
Dai, ShiGBT22B-030Monitoring the active repeater FRB 20190520B24Regular
Dong, AdamGBT22B-213GBT Follow-up of a Novel Repeating Galactic Transient Detected with CHIME/FRB32Regular
Emig, KimberlyGBT22B-170Recombination Lines from Diffuse Ionized Gas in the M82 Starburst8.75Regular
Fonseca, EmmanuelGBT22B-215Followup Timing of Low-declination GBNCC Pulsars10Regular
Frayer, DavidGBT22B-162GBT HI Observations of the GOALS LIRG 3C842Regular
Freire, PauloGBT22B-143Following two potentially super-massive pulsars in NGC 6624 and NGC 185113Regular
Gallimore, JackVLBA22B-148OH Masers in the Water Megamaser Disk of NGC 106812Regular
Goldsmith, PaulGBT22B-011A Novel Technique for Electron Density Determination18Regular
Gorai, PrasantaGBT22A-398Exploring Carbon Chain Chemistry of Massive Protostars22Regular
Gupta, HarshalGBT21B-316Molecular Exploration of the Diffuse Interstellar mediUM (MEDIUM)285.75Large
Huang, JaneGBT22B-085Mapping the Delivery of Material to a Planet-forming Disk – copy2Regular
Issaoun, SaraGMVA22B-249Resolving Polarization in Sgr A* with GMVA+ALMA10Regular
Jones, MichaelGBT22B-064Cold gas reservoirs of satellites in nearby Milky Way-like systems96.5Regular
Kooi, JasonGBT22A-404Probing Fluctuations in the Solar Wind with Pulsars: a Pilot Study17Regular
Kramer, MichaelGBT22B-231Timing and General Relativity in the Double Pulsar System101Regular
Lockman, FelixGBT22B-204The Ophiuchus Superbubble — Connecting the Disk to the Halo115.5Regular
Lowe, IanGBT22B-068A Multi-Scale, Multi-Wavelength Study of Dust in Molecular Cloud Filaments II21.5Regular
Luo, JingGBT22B-269PSR J2108+45 with a massive companion and dense circumstellar environment36.5Regular
Maan, YogeshGBT22B-104Transient radio emission from magnetars and connection with FRBs23.75Triggered
Margot, Jenan-LucGBT22B-209A search for technosignatures around newly discovered exoplanets
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Mason, BrianGBT22B-242Measuring 3mm Source Contamination in the ACT Galaxy Cluster Sample18.75Regular
Maureira, Maria JoseGBT22B-180CO freeze-out across a filamentary dense cloud forming a quadruple system25.5Regular
McKean, JohnVLBA21B-289Resolving the nature of quasar flux-ratio anomalies in gravitational lenses60Regular
Naidu, ShantanuGBT22B-226Bistatic Goldstone-GBT Radar Imaging of Binary Near-Earth Asteroid Didymos25Regular
O’Neil, KarenGBT22B-065Hunting for Massive Low Surface Brightness Galaxies128.75Regular
Park, JonghoGMVA22B-100A Multicolor View of the Black Hole Environment in M8728Regular
Ransom, ScottGBT22B-256Long Term Timing of 65 Recycled Pulsars in Bulge Globular Clusters75Regular
Redaelli, ElenaGBT22B-052A crucial test for the mass of prestellar cores in a high-mass clump2Regular
Ribaudo, JosephGBT22A-430The Baryonic Tully-Fisher Relation for Galaxies with Supernova Distances132Regular
Roberts, HayleyGBT22B-060Understanding the role of dense gas in the most extreme OH megamasers34.75Regular
Roth, NathanGBT22B-176Measuring NH3 and OH in a Target of Opportunity Comet with the GBT7.5Triggered
Salas, PedroGBT22A-269Probing the C+/C interface in the Orion Bar16.5Regular
Salas, PedroGBT22A-437SC: GBT Diffuse Ionized Gas Survey at Low frequencies – GDIGS-Low826Large
Salome, QuentinGBT22B-049A survey of atomic gas in NLSy1 galaxies with X-ray Ultra Fast Outflows31.25Regular
Sanchez, MonicaGBT22B-228Observations of Marginal Arecibo HI 21cm Detections in the Zone of Avoidance4.5Regular
Schmiedeke, AnikaGBT22B-191Feeding a super-critical filament in a subsonic core17.5Regular
Scibelli, SamanthaGBT22A-435SC: Q- Band Chemical Complexity Survey of Prestellar Core L1544647Large
Singal, JackGBT19A-083How Bright is the Radio Sky? A 310 MHz Absolute Map30Regular
Song, YiqingGBT22B-248Mapping HCN and HCO+ in Local Luminous Infrared Mergers19.5Regular
Spekkens, KristineGBT22B-139Atomic Gas in the Host Galaxies of Gravitational Wave Events – LVK O440Triggered
Spezzano, SilviaGBT22B-040Exploring the chemistry of Sulfur towards the young starless core L1521E18Regular
Sridharan, T.K.GBT22A-366Path to Precision Astrochemistry with Magnetars II – mm-wave Observations33Regular
Stark, DavidGBT22A-325Understanding diverse HI depletion times in MaNGA star forming galaxies79.25Regular
Stark, DavidGBT22A-436SC: Robust Gas Measurements for BreakBRD Galaxies206.5Large
Traianou, EfthaliaGMVA21B-164Moving and stationary shocks interaction after a gamma-ray flare in TXS2013+37027Regular
Valdivia Mena, Maria TeresaGBT22B-163Mind the gap: connecting the scales between filaments and protostars18Regular
Wen, DiG22A001A magnified view of an ionised scattering medium in a z= 1.145 late- type galaxy36Regular
Wolszczan, AlexanderGBT22B-200A search for planets around white dwarfs18Regular
Yang, ChentaoGBT22B-020Confirming the nature of a 380GHz H2O maser disk in a lensed quasar at z=3.9114Regular

2022b Results

22b Green Bank Observatory Time Allocation Committee Report

A total of 70 proposals requesting NSF-funded “open skies” time were submitted to the Green Bank Observatory’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) for semester 22B. Proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis with a panel review system (see Proposal Review System). Below are the statistics by proposal count and hours. The oversubscription is the ratio of the number of submitted proposals to the number of approved proposals. The pressure is the ratio of the requested time to the available time in hours. Here we only include proposals submitted for the 22B semester that have been reviewed by the Green Bank Observatory Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC).

A description of the 22B proposals accepted can be found here.

Statistics by Proposal Count

Total Proposals 70
Approved 30
Filler 19
Rejected 18
Hold 2
Withdrawn1
Oversubscription 2.33
Table 1

Statistics by Proposal Hours

Requested Time 3334.25 hours
Available Time 1838.75 hours
Approved 694.75 hours
Filler 376.75 hours
Rejected 2134.75 hours
Pressure 1.8
Table 2

GBT Pressure Plots

Observations in high-frequency bands require better weather conditions than observations in lower frequency bands. The GBT uses three weather categories: poor (for observations below 8 GHz), good (observations between 8-18 GHz and 26.5-50 GHz), and excellent (observation in the 18-26.5 GHz band and above 50 GHz). The first three figures below show the pressure plots for each of these weather categories. The last figure includes all-weather categories. The black horizontal line shows the total available hours. The letters A, B, and C correspond to the priorities assigned by the TAC where A and B are approved time and C is filler time. Carryover is time allocated by a TAC from a previous semester that is being executed in the 22A semester.

GBT Observation Preparation

Please use the GBT Dynamic Scheduling System (DSS) to enable observing sessions, select observers for your project, and enter your blackout dates. The DSS Home Page has additional information about the DSS. See GBT Observing for information about how to prepare for your observations.

Please note that the DSS uses the average Right Ascension (RA) and Declination (Dec) of all sources within a session. The average RA and Dec will be used to determine when the session can be scheduled. You will need to carefully check the RA and Dec, along with the minimum and maximum session lengths, to make sure that these values are satisfactory and will allow all your sources to be observed before enabling the session.