Orion Paper Submitted

Recently I’ve become a silent participant to a huge collaboration intended to map all the molecular hydrogen outflows in Orion-A Molecular Ridge. The submitted paper is entitled: A census of molecular outflows and their sources along the Orion A molecular ridge Characteristics and overall distribution by Davis et al. It is a remarkable work combining data from several wave-bands NIR to MM. Here is the abstract: Continue reading Orion Paper Submitted


ASGI meeting in Cork

Recently (2-3 October 2008) I’ve participated in the ASGI meeting held in beautiful city of Cork (Ireland). The meeting took place in UCC (University College Cork) where astronomers and alike gathered from around the Ireland to present their recent work and talk about the future developments still to come.

I’ve also presented a talk entitled “Dissection of a Cold, Infalling High-Mass Star-Forming Core” which was about the work that we are doing here in Galway with Matt Redman and Patrick Carolan. My intention was to present our work on JCMT 18354-0649S massive core from observational and modelling prospective. Continue reading ASGI meeting in Cork

NIR Spectroscopy Paper

We have submitted a paper entitled “NEAR-IR SPECTROSCOPY OF YOUNG STARS IN THE BRAID NEBULA STAR FORMATION REGION IN CYGNUS OB7” by Aspin et al. to Astrophysical Journal. This is part of a big project on Braid Nebula Star-Formation Region that I’m actively participating. Here is the abstract of the paper:

We present 1.4 to 2.5 µm integral field spectroscopy of 16 stars in the Braid Nebula star formation region in Cygnus OB7. These data forms one aspect of a large-scale multi-wavelength survey aimed at determining an unbiased estimate of the number, mass distribution, and evolutionary state of the young stars within this one square degree area of the previously poorly studied Lynds 1003 molecular cloud. Our new spectroscopic data, when combined with 2MASS near-IR photometry, provide evidence of membership of many of these objects in the regions pre-main sequence population. We discuss both the characteristics of the young stars found in the region and the level of star forming activity present.

Now we wait for the referee’s response, and for the papers in the same series by other participants of the collaboration (myself inclusive).

Management Course – part2

Today in the afternoon I took the second part of the management course entitled “Personal Organisation” which was again organised by our very helpful Staff Training Office. This course was quite to the point for me since I’m trying to push forward several project and sometimes I don’t understand where the time is going and yet the projects are barely progressing. The aim of this course was highlighted by our Facilitator Dr. Lousie Baron as:

Being organised gives you time to think. Having time to think boosts creativity and effectiveness. Being organised gives you time to live. Successful researchers and professionals understand the importance of gaining control over their working lives. This short course will be appreciated by anyone who needs more time to do what is important to them.

By the end of the day we now feel like really getting ourselves organised. One interesting thing for me was the realisation of how many people do suffer from the same problems. Everybody who attended the course confessed that the time waste is a big problem for them … interesting …

Management Course – part1

Today I took a course “Managing and Producing Your Thesis and Reports” organised by our Staff Training Office which was aimed at Academic and Research Staff of the NUIG. Course main objectives were:

Report Writing is one of the most important skills professionals need to master. Unclear writing and the inability to be brief are major complaints among academic institutions and employers as is the problem of working to deadlines. This workshop has a unique approach to the task of thesis and report production. Faithful to modern business practice and theory, the task is treated as a process. This means it’s properly managed, completed on time and to the best possible standards.

It was quite rewarding to listen the main lecture and then to participate in actual management of an example report/thesis planning. We were split into groups and each of us were supposed to present the skeleton of the project and highlight the necessary steps to complete it by using Gantt diagrams.

Web Training at NUIG – final part

Today we took the last course in Web Training at NUIG organised as previously by Staff Training Office and IT Department here at NUIG. This time we managed to create a “final product” sites from the ground and manage further maintenance of them by using well-known RSS Feeds. We also tied our hand on some PHP basics and managed to advance our knowledge to the point that we would be able fully grasp all the possibilities that our local CMS can provide for the Web Editing.

Two Meetings in Galway

January 2008 is going to be quite exciting in Galway since there are two quite relevant meetings happening here.

High Temperature Astrochemistry

A meeting of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society will be hosted by the Centre for Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th January, 2008 Further information is available from the meeting website at: http://www.astrochemistry.org.uk/galway_meeting.htm

The 5th JETSET school on ‘High performance computing in Astrophysics

The School will address the methods used to simulate astrophysical jets and to derive useful information from large datasets, focusing on techniques involving high performance computing.
Further information is available from the school website at: http://www.dias.ie/jetsetschool/

I’m going to participate in both of them since they address some of the issues of my current project here in Galway. The other important aspect of these meeting is that they both are going to be hosted by Centre for Astronomy at NUIG!