JWST Proposal Training - Department of Physics and Astronomy
James Webb in the American Heartland

UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19:  While KU moves to online courses to help counter the spread of COVID-19, we have adapted to include remote participation methods such as a workshop specific slack and zoom to ensure the original registrants have access to the workshop materials.  For more information, please contact Dr. Cooke at kcooke at ku.edu.


The 2020s will bring the dawn of a new era in astrophysics with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  JWST represents the culmination of decades of hard work and planning across the globe. Due its consumable-limited lifespan of ~10 years, great care must be taken to ensure that each cycle of observation proposals uses JWST to its maximum effectiveness.  Therefore in November 2019, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore Maryland will train a cohort of scientific ambassadors during a week-long Masterclass to bring STScI's critical knowledge to key JWST proposal knowledge, procedure, and tips across the western hemisphere (ESA will host their own Masterclass at a later date).  Afterward, each participant is hosting their own workshop to educate their local community of researchers on how to prepare their JWST proposals.  To identify the closest masterclass-inspired workshop in your area, please click here: Master Class Participants Selected for November 2019 Session

Dr. Kevin C. Cooke of the University of Kansas will represent the Great Plains regions of the United States of America and will host his JWST proposal workshop "JWST in the American Heartland" at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS on Friday, March 13th, 2020.  During the "JWST in the American Heartland" workshop, attendees will be instructed on how to use the JWST proposal preparation tools such as the exposure time calculator (ETC), astronomer's proposal tool (APT), as well as important constraints on the behavior of the telescope.  

To register, please go to our registration page and supply your information. Please register by Friday, February 28th, 2020!  Registration is free, and you will receive a confirmation of your information upon submission.  If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Cooke at kcooke@ku.edu

Please also share our workshop poster with your departments!  Made by Emily Cox and Anna Davidson, this poster includes both URL and QR code links to this website.  Click the image below for a full-resolution version of the poster.

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