W. M. Keck Observatory Science Meeting Takes Place September 15 at UC Irvine

Kamuela (September 5th, 2006) Science reporters are invited to attend the annual Keck Observatory Science Meeting on Friday, Sept. 15 at University of California, Irvine. The meeting features recent results from the Keck I and Keck II 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea. The meeting also provides reports on existing instrumentation and the status of future instrumentation. This will be the first opportunity for the Keck user committee to meet Director Taft Armandroff, who took office July 1, 2006.

Participants at the Keck Science Meeting include Observatory staff and astronomers from Caltech, University of California, NASA, NOAO’s TSIP program and others who use Keck Observatory in their research.

Presenters will have 15-minutes to summarize recent results. Science writers are welcome between 8:45am and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15th only. Review the schedule in advance at:

Poster sessions will showcase current research. A list of registered posters is online at: http://www.physics.uci.edu/~barth/ksm2006/posters.html.

Access to the Keck Observatory Science Meeting is by invitation only for the Sept. 15th session. Qualified science reporters must contact the W. M. Keck Observatory Public Information Officer, Laura Kinoshita, before Wed., Sept. 12th to obtain credentials. Interviews may be scheduled in advance. A list of the 127 registered participants is available upon request.

The Keck Science Meeting 2006 is sponsored by the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics of the University of California.