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Eric Neilsen
Works at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Attended Kenyon College
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Venus transit from Kuhn Barn (Fermilab)
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The art here is just awesome. I want a print of the Orion Nebula one.
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Taken with my phone through a dirty window after the pillar had faded greatly.
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Steve Kent finally wrote up what he found in his exploration of the merits of the occasional claim that Lamaitre rather than Hubble should really get credit for discovering "Hubble's law" (the velocity-distance relationship for galaxies).
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A home for an SDSS plug plate...
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SDSS Plug Plate table, Enfuse HDR photo. I'm still experimenting with the lighting, I may eventually go with fiber optic cables.

On Flickr (where you can see larger/additional photos): www.flickr.com/photos/bclee/6706356183/
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I think just about any glass top table with a 36" top would work -- the tops are generally only held in place by gravity. I just added clear pads to the plate and carefully aligned those with the support pads on the table (so that the plate doesn't warp).
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Earlier this month I presented a poster at ADASS ("Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems"), a yearly conference that is one of the primary venues for presenting software to the astronomical community.

This year, the organizers provided a place to upload not just the presentation slides, but also PDF files for the posters. At present, they don't seem to be providing obvious links to them, but google has found the anonymous FTP directory into which they were uploaded; you can find them if you know what you are looking for. Here is my poster: Prediction of Observing Conditions for DES Exposure Scheduling.
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Computational Physics Developer at Fermilab
Introduction
I am a member of the Experimental Astrophysics Group at Fermilab, currently developing observing operations software for the Dark Energy Survey (DES).

From the time I completed my Ph.D. in 1999 until the final data release from SDSS II at the end of 2008, I worked on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in a variety of roles:
  • developing operations software for and automation of the photometric telescope
  • observing with the photometric telescope
  • support and feature enhancement of operations software for the SDSS imager and spectrographs
  • observing with the primary SDSS telescope, particularly during testing and systems integration
  • project leader at Fermilab for preparation of the data for the final SDSS II data release (DR7)
  • management of the SDSS helpdesk
  • development, administration, and support of version 2 of the SDSS Data Archive Server (DAS)
In addition, I worked on a number of smaller projects for Fermilab's lattice QCD facility, DES data management, and SNAP/JDEM.

Education
  • Kenyon College
    Physics, 1988 - 1992
  • The Johns Hopkins University
    Astrophysics, 1992 - 1999
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Computational Physics Developer
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  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Computational Physics Developer, present
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