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Rossi 2000: Astrophysics with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer:



ROSSI 2000: Astrophysics with the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
March 22-24, 2000


ROSSI 2000: 2ND ANNOUNCEMENT

As the pre-eminent large-area X-ray timing mission to date, NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has proven a powerful and highly flexible tool for studying the variability of the X-ray sky over a wide range of time scales and X-ray energies. In order to bring together a diverse mix of researchers working with RXTE data, we are pleased to announce "ROSSI 2000", a three day meeting to be held Wednesday through Friday, March 22-24, 2000, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. The meeting will focus on the wealth of rich new data collected from RXTE, which provides us a window into the physics of extreme gravity near neutron stars and black holes. Our aim is to bring together observers and theorists studying both Galactic and extragalactic sources, to explore the connections between them in a broad astrophysical context.


SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

The science program for Rossi2000 is being developed by the Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC).
The agenda and the list of invited speakers is available at the meeting website at: http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/rossi/rossi_talks.html.
The list of poster contributions is available at: http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/rossi/rossi_poster.html.


SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE


ABSTRACTS

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts was February 11, 2000.


GENERAL INFORMATION

The Rossi 2000 Meeting will be held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD on March 22-24, 2000, in Building 8 Auditorium. The meeting will be in session from approximately 8:30 am to 6:00 pm each day.


REGISTRATION

There is a registration fee of $90 for the meeting. Participants should submit payment when completing the confirmation form. Please complete the confirmation form no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Registration on-site will begin at 7:00 am outside the auditorium.


MEALS

Continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks will be available each day outside the auditorium. Lunches and dinners on Wednesday and Thursday and lunch on Friday will be served at the Goddard Recreation Center. Vegetarian options will be available for dinner. The dinners will be followed by conference activities at the same place. Presentations Thursday evening will be of general interest. The confirmation form includes the possibility of requesting the Thursday dinner for a guest.


PROCEEDINGS

There will be no conference proceedings. A booklet containing the meeting abstracts will be distributed at the meeting.


SECURITY CLEARANCE

Civil servant personnel from NASA Headquarters and other NASA centers may enter GSFC via the Main Gate located on Greenbelt Road (Route 193). You need only show your NASA badge to the guard as you drive through. All other meeting participants must obtain a Special Event/Visitors Badge at the Main Gate. Please have valid government issued photo identification (i.e. drivers license, passport, VISA). If you have a green card and/or a passport, you must have the original document with you at all times. Xeroxed or faxed copies of a green card or passport will not be accepted. The Special Event/Visitors Badge should be kept on you at all times while on center.

International Visitors must register for security clearance no later than SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2000. Please indicate citizenship status on the enclosed Confirmation Form. Upon arrival individuals will be required to register at the Main Gate house and obtain a yellow International Visitors badge. Entrance into GSFC may be seriously delayed or denied for those International Visitors that do not follow proper procedure and register by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2000. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR GREEN CARD AND/OR PASSPORT WITH YOU.

We will submit a memo to Goddard Security for all persons that have pre-registered for the meeting to expedite this process.

If you wish to bring a guest to the Thursday evening dinner, please include information for the guest as well.


HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS

A block of 30 rooms has been reserved for the nights of 3/21, 3/22, and 3/23 at the Holiday Inn Greenbelt, 7200 Hanover Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770. To reserve your room, please call 1-800-280-4188 or 301-982-7000, and please refer to the NASA Rossi 2000 meeting to ensure that you receive the special room rate. The room rate arranged for you is $99.00 single/double plus 10% tax. Check-in is at 3:00 pm and Check-out is at 12:00 Noon. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2000. The remaining rooms will be released that day at midnight, and the rate will return to the hotel's standard rate at that time.

An additional block of 50 rooms has been reserved for the same nights at the Holiday Inn College Park, 10000 Baltimore Blvd., College Park, MD. To reserve your room, please call 301-345-6700, and please refer to the 'NASA Rossi 2000 meeting' to ensure that you receive the special room rate. The room rate arranged for you is $109.00 single/double plus 10% tax. Check-in is at 3:00 pm and Check-out is at 12:00 Noon. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2000. The remaining rooms will be released that day at midnight, and the rate will return to the hotels standard rate at that time.

We have arranged for round-trip bus transportation between the Holiday Inns and NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center for those of you that need it. Please indicate whether you need this transportation on the Confirmation Form.


TRAVEL SUPPORT

A very limited amount of funds will be available to defray the cost of travel to the meeting for a small number of participants. We expect that this would be limited to students and/or those with very limited institutional support for travel. Please contact Tod Strohmayer (stroh@clarence.gsfc.nasa.gov) or Jean Swank (swank@pcasun1.gsfc.nasa.gov) for further information.


GETTING TO THE MEETING



This file was last modified on Monday, 26-Nov-2001 08:30:12 EST

Curator: Michael Arida (SP Sys); arida@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
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