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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #104

29 April 2005
1) International Users Group Meeting
2) 5th ESAC SAS Workshop
3) Grant Recipient Reporting
1) International Users Group Meeting
There will be a meeting of the full ESA Users Group for XMM-Newton
on May 19/20 at Villafranca, Spain.
You are invited to send concerns and comments about any aspect of
XMM-Newton observation support, calibration or data analysis
to the chair of the US Users Group by May 13

The current members of the US Users Group are:
  Megan Donahue, Michael Eracleous, Richard Griffiths,
  Richard Mushotzky (US Project Scientist),
  Rita Sambruna, Patrick Slane and Fred Walter.
Minutes of the meetings of the US Users Group can be found at:
Minutes of the full ESA XMM-Newton Users Group can be found at:

2) 5th ESAC SAS Workshop                                                                                            
The SOC announces the 5th Science Analysis System (SAS) Workshop,
which will be held at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre, ESAC,
close to Madrid, Spain, from
             Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, June 10, 2005.
SAS Workshops aim at providing astronomers, having little or no
experience of XMM-Newton data analysis, with an introduction to
the procedures and techniques to successfully reduce and analyze
XMM-Newton data.
About one-third of the Workshop time is devoted to presentations,
and the remaining two-thirds to practical training (hands-on)
sessions. During the latter, one workstation will be available for
every two participants. The lecture program covers topics such as:
instrument calibration status, SAS installation and set-up,
spectral analysis of point-like sources with EPIC and RGS, EPIC
source detection and timing analysis, analysis of extended sources
with EPIC, OM data reduction and analysis, the XMM-Newton
serendipitous source catalogue, and science archive.
Interested persons are invited to fill in the registration form,
available at:
Attendance is strictly limited to 20 persons, to ensure proper
support during the training sessions. The available places will be
filled on a "first-register, first-served" basis.
Deadline for submission of the applications is May 6, 2005.
3) Grant Recipient Reporting
This is another reminder that holders of NASA XMM-Newton GO grants
must submit a final report after completion of the grant period.  A
standard form/cover page can be found at:
Note that if the proposed work was not feasible, for example if soft
proton flaring made the data unusable, that should be explained.

Dr. Stefan Immler    XMM-Newton Guest Observer Facility
NASA/GSFC/USRA       email: immler@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
Code 662             phone: (+1)301-286-0072
Greenbelt, MD 20771  lheawww.gsfc.nasa.gov/users/immler
A service of the XMM-Newton GOF, NASA/GSFC

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