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August 12, 2019

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In a few months, the Space Telescope Science Institute will host the first JWST Master Class. This 4.5-day in-depth workshop is designed to train selected researchers on JWST proposal planning tools, resources, and documentation so they can share their knowledge with other scientists in their local communities. By adopting this train-the-trainer approach, we will create a cohort of scientists to help one another propose effectively and increase access to training resources for the entire astronomical community.

From the 60 applications submitted, 28 participant teams were selected based on their:

  • Willingness to prepare for the Master Class by learning the basics of the proposal planning tools and support materials;
  • Interest in proposing to JWST Cycle 1; and
  • Enthusiasm for training their local community of scientists in JWST user tools through local activities.

The participants come from all over North and South America, as highlighted in the accompanying map. Here is the complete list, including affiliations and locations for workshops:

Last name First name Affiliation Location of workshops
Adams Arthur University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Ashley Trisha STScI / University of Maryland at Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
Bagley / Matharu Micaela / Jasleen University of Texas Austin / Texas A&M Austin, TX / College Station, TX
Bergner Jennifer University of Chicago Chicago, IL
Canning Rebecca Stanford University Palo Alto, CA
Cook Neil University of Montreal Montreal, QC
Cooke Kevin University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
Eistrup Christian University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Fernández-Valenzuela Estela University of Central Florida Orlando, FL / Aricebo Observatory, Puerto Rico
Follette / Salyk Katherine / Colette Vassar College / Amherst College Poughkeepsie, NY / Amherst, MA
Goncalves Thiago Valongo Observatory, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Heyl Jeremy University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC
Keane Jacqueline University of Hawaii Manoa, Institute for Astronomy (IfA) Honolulu, HI
Maragkoudakis Alexandros University of Western Ontario London, ON
McGraw / Martin Lauren / Audrey Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
Molina Mallory Montana State University Bozeman, MT
Nataf David Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Nayyeri / U Hooshang / Vivian University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
Patience Jenny Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
Phadke Kedar University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL
Rivera Sandoval Liliana Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
Shivaei Irene University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
Stephens Denise Brigham Young University Provo, UT
Telford Grace Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ
Tregloan-Reed Jeremy Universidad de Antofagasta Antofagasta, Chile
Wang Xin University of California – Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
Wofford Aida Instituto de Astronomia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Mexico City, Mexico / remote broadcast to Ensenada and Morelia
Xu Siyi Gemini Observatory (Big Island) Hilo, HI


ESA will host a second Master Class for Cycle 1 in Madrid, Spain from February 3-5, 2020 for the scientific community based in Europe and Asia.

Look for more information about the Master Class in the winter.

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