Feb 10, 2010 - IYA and Beyond - Dr. Jim Hesser

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Feb 10, 2010 - IYA and Beyond - Dr. Jim Hesser, Director of the DAO

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 was the largest education and public outreach effort ever mounted. Now officially over, it's fun to see what the world's, and Canada's, astronomers achieved, and to look towards legacies in education and public understanding of science.  i2eye with James Hesser- on InnovationCanada.ca

Bio: A Victoria Centre and Life Member since Comet Halley's last return, Jim is Director of NRC-HIA's Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Since 2002 he's been one of four North American Board of Director members for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, the largest ground-based astronomy project ever undertaken. In late November, 2009, the first three 12-m diameter antennas were in place at 5,000 m altitude and, for the first time, ALMA was operated as an astronomical interferometer. This critical milestone was achieved using receivers supplied by NRC-HIA. ALMA will start scientific observations at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths in 2011, eventually comprising 66 12-meter and 7-meter diameter antennas, all of which will be equipped with receivers built at the Observatory. Since early 2007 Jim been the national chair for IYA in Canada. In 2009 he was honoured by selection as Honorary President of the RASC.


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