The last week of october,the LICA laboratory started activities in the new headquarters. The new room has been kindly provided by the Departamento de Astrofísica y CC de la Atmósfera of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A new large Newport 2m x 3m (6.5' x 10') optical table arrived to the new facilities. This is the optical bench where the MEGARA spectrograph will be assembled and tested.
During the week of 15 to 19 July, Jesús Gallego and África Castillo coordinated the UCM summer course "Astrofísica del siglo XXI: la ciencia del Universo". In five days, the 53 assistants had the opportunity of knowing the last news from all fields of research in Astrophysics. Invited speakers were Rafael Bachiller, Jordi Torra, Álvaro Giménez, Xavier Barcons and Pedro Duque among others.
Follow the link to see the PICTURES
The UCM has produced several Press Releases related with this course:
- “No podemos permitirnos prescindir de la inversión en Ciencia” por Miguel Mas.
- "Evolución del gasto en alumbrado público en España" por Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel.
- La astronomía española, puntera en equipamiento, investigaciones y resultados" Entrevista a Rafael Bachiller
The UCM expedition to the total solar eclipse november 14th departs for Australia.
Follow the progress of this adventure at http://eclipseucm.blogspot.com.es/
The UCM expedition members are J. Zamorano, J. Izquierdo, A. Sánchez de Miguel and M.J. de Miguel. The project is a collaboration with the Astronomy Department ofthe University of Florida. http://www.astro.ufl.edu/
Elisa Toloba Jurado, Consolider-GTC member of the Galaxies-UCM team, was awarded the prize of the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA) for the best dissertation of 2011: "The Origin of Dwarf Early-Type Galaxies."
Previously, the SEA awarded another Consolider-GTC researcher and member of GUAIX, Juan Carlos Muñoz, the prize for best thesis read in 2010. Both belong to the Department of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). From here, we would like to congratulate Elisa on the obtaining of this award.
A new rack Fujitsu RX-300 high-performance server powered by Intel Xeon X5687 CPU and 16 Gb of RAM has been acquired as reference computing system for the group.The new GUAIX translates into a much faster 24h available web server (2 Gbit Ethernet), database services, backup for critical files and other roles. This machine is being hosted by the UCM Data Processing Center, that guarantees 24h support.