In 2008, four staff members of IRAM will celebrate their 25th anniversary at IRAM: Maria LARA from the logistics group, our administrator Javier LOBATO, deputy station manager Juan PENALVER and chief operator Manolo RUIZ. IRAM, and also the user community, owe them their thanks for their important contribution to the success of the Pico Veleta observatory.
In order to better coordinate the maintenance, scientific supervision and future developments for the MAMBO bolometers and the ABBA backend, Albrecht SIEVERS will from now on act as the ``friend'' of these two instruments. He will among others:
We congratulate Nuria MARCELINO, who successfully defended her PhD work on ``Chemistry in dark clouds'' at the University of Granada. Her thesis work was conducted at Pico Veleta observatory making use of the VESPA correlator in order to obtain unbiased 3mm surveys of several dark clouds. Several follow up publications resulted from that work.
From November 2007 on, there are new international flight connections between Granada airport and Paris Orly (Transavia), Paris Charles de Gaulle (Vueling), and Rome (Vueling).
Remote observing with the 30m telescope is now also possible for experienced observers from the OAN Madrid, besides the existing remote stations at IRAM Granada, the Grenoble Office, the MPifR Bonn.
Please contact your Astronomer on Duty (AoD) and/or the Granada informatics group (Granada), Dirk MUDERS (Bonn) or Jean Francois DESMURS (Madrid ) well in advance of your observations and, as a safeguard, send macros and instructions to the AoD and/or telescope operator.