A r A S N e w s
N E W S L E T T E R OF THE
ARMENIAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY ( A r A S )
No. 3-4 (December 28, 2002)
Editor: T.Yu.Magakian, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ArAS Newsletter in the
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
1) The ArAS First Annual
2) Jubilees of ArAS members;
3) Participation of
Armenian astronomers in JENAM-2002;
4) Contact Information
THE ArAS FIRST ANNUAL MEETING
25 July 2002, Byurakan, Armenia
The First Annual Meeting of
the Armenian Astronomical Society was held on July 25, 2002, in the Byurakan
Astrophysical Observatory Conference Hall, where a number of outstanding
meetings had been organized, including 4 IAU Symposia and 1 IAU Colloquium in
2001. Mainly Byurakan Observatory astronomers participated in the meeting.
The meeting was opened by
Haik Harutyunian, Chairman of the Organizing Committee. Then Areg Mickaelian,
the ArAS President, presented a report on ArAS activities during
ArAS was in fact
founded in 1999, however, officially it was registered
by the Ministry of Justice of Armenia in August 2001.
16 astronomers are the founding members. In September, 2001, ArAS was accepted in
the European Astronomical Society as one of its affiliated societies. During September-December
2001, a number of new members appeared in ArAS, mostly from the
Byurakan Observatory. Then A.Mickaelian and Y.Terzian
made an announcement to all Armenian astronomers about ArAS, and a number of
scientists from other than Armenia countries entered
ArAS too. An article on the Armenian astronomy and ArAS activities was
published in the EAS Newsletter at the end of 2001. Another information
material on ArAS appeared in one of the most
readable Armenian newsletters in May 2002.
The ArAS web page was
prepared by S.Balayan and A.Mickaelian
and is available since January 2002. It contains information on the ArAS foundation, its
main goals and activities, members, the membership form, Byurakan Astrophysical
Observatory and other astronomical institutions in Armenia. In February,
2002, an ArAS booklet was prepared and
published with the main information to be circulated. Since March 2002, the
ArAS Newsletter (ArASNews) is being published
electronically and circulated among all ArAS members and other
Armenian astronomers. The Editor is Tigran Magakian. 2 issues have been circulated already in March
and July. Contacts have been established with the International Astronomical
Union (IAU), Euro-Asian Astronomical Society (EAAS), Association of Armenian
Scientists and Engineers in America. In May 2002, ArAS was recognized by
the International Astronomical Olympic Committee (IOC) as the official
representative of Armenia at IOC. Armen Oskanian is the ArAS responsible
person at IOC. In June 2002, two Armenian astronomers were elected in the EAAS
official bodies: A.Mickaelian entered the EAAS
Council, and T.Magakian, the EAAS Scientific-Technical
At present, ArAS has 46 members
from Armenia, USA, Germany and Spain. The Armenian
institutions include the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO), Yerevan
State University (YSU), Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI),
and Garni Space Astronomy Institute. A biographical
Astronomers" is being prepared by A.Mickaelian
with data on all late and present Armenian astronomers, as well as on
astronomers who had represented and represent the Armenian astronomy. A global
program for astronomical education in Armenia is being prepared
to coordinate the astronomical knowledge at all levels by H.Harutyunian,
the liaison of the IAU Commission No. 46 in Armenia. An astronomical
educational TV program is being prepared too.
The scientific section of the
ArAS Meeting lasted 3 hours, and 9 talks were presented on various aspects of
astrophysics. At the afternoon, organizational affairs were discussed. A.Mickaelian presented the state of the ArAS' relations with
the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
(EAAS). The Executive Council of the EAAS had applied to ArAS to open an
official representative body in Armenia. It was decided
that ArAS will take the responsibilities of such body. A few
changes in the Bye-Laws have been made in correspondence with the new Armenian
legislation on Non-Governmental Organizations. There was a suggestion to
enlarge the ArAS Executive Committee by electing Yervant
University, USA) and Haik
Harutyunian (BAO, Armenia) in it. During
the discussion, a suggestion was made to elect them both as ArAS Co-Presidents
and have 3 Co-Presidents together with A.Mickaelian. A
decision was made, however we need to have opinions of other ArAS members too to
accept it finally.
A small banquet was organized
at the end of the Meeting.
The ArAS First Annual Meeting
was short and a few contributions were made. However, it was the first attempt,
and it had a success. We hope the second one will have much larger participants
and audience. Most important we think is the participation of representatives
from other institutions and countries as well.
Anniversary of Prof. Daniel W.
Prof. Daniel W. Weedman, a famous astronomer and our great friend, celebrated
his 60th anniversary.
was born on October 19, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He held faculty
appointments at the University of Texas, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Minnesota before joining Penn State in 1979. He
received his Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University (1964) and PhD
from the University of Wisconsin (1967).
D.Weedman was a Professor of
Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. While on leave
from Penn State, he served two
years as Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington (1993-95). In that position, he was responsible for
overseeing planning, development, and operations for all NASA astrophysics
missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysices Facility (now Chandra X-ray Observatory), and
various infrared missions including starts for the Stratospheric Observatory
for Infrared Astronomy and SIRTF. He had
also spent two years previously at NASA Headquarters as Visiting Senior
Scientist in the Infrared Branch of the Astrophysics Division (1990-92).
Since August 1999 until
September, 2002, D.Weedman was at the U.S. National Science Foundation as
Program Director for the National Optical Astronomy Observatories and the
National Solar Observatory.
is currently a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University, working on the
Infrared Spectrometer Team in preparation for scientific observations with
NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), scheduled for launch in
Highlights of his research
career include the first studies of the gas motions in giant hydrogen nebulae
(working with Malcolm Smith), the initial spectroscopic observations of
Markarian galaxies and resulting development of the orginal
classification system for Seyfert galaxies (working with Edward Khachikian), the demonstration of continuity of physical
properties between Seyfert galaxies and quasars, and the initial defining of
He wrote the book
"Quasar Astronomy" (Cambridge University Press 1986),which is a summary of the research techniques and
accomplishments in the study of quasars.
He also has extensive experience in the design and use of ground-based
and space-based astronomical facilities.
He was the original designer
of the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope (working with Lawrence Ramsey), now
called the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at the McDonald
Observatory in Texas, which is the
largest optical telescope in the continental U.S. He has been participating on the SIRTF spectrometer
design team since activities began in 1984.
is member of IAU, AAS, and a number of other organizations. He entered ArAS in April this
year and is one of its active members. He is a great friend of the Armenian
astronomy, having 3 times visited Byurakan and collaborating with Armenian
astronomers as well.
On behalf of the Armenian
Astronomical Society we wish him good health and success and new scientific
Anniversary of Dr. Vakhtang TAMAZIAN
Tamazian celebrated in 2002 his 50th anniversary
being in Yerevan for his vacation.
He was born on September 29, 1952 in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated
from the high school No 58 with a golden medal in Yerevan (1969) and
received his University degree from Yerevan State University in 1974. In the
period 1976-80 he was fulfilling his post-graduate studies under Prof. M.Kazarian's supervision at Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
(BAO) and received his PhD in 1984 from BAO.
While in Armenia his professional
activity was connected with Yerevan State University where he held the
positions of Senior Technician (1974-76), Head of Laboratory (1976-84), Assistant
Professor (1984-91) and Associate Professor (1991-95). Since 1995 he holds
appointments at the Astronomical Observatory R.M.Aller
of the University of Santiago de Compostello,
Spain. From the
beginning he was a Senior Researcher (1995-99) and further and up to now he is
the Science Adviser to the Director.
Vakhtang Tamazian has published more than 60 papers in major
astronomical journals which are devoted to the rather wide range of questions
beginning with the study of late type PMS stars in wide binaries and multiple
stars, dynamical and astrophysical parameters of visual binaries consisted of variable
components and ending with the detailed investigations of UV excess galaxies as
well as stellar populations and physical conditions in AGN.
He is member of European
Astronomical Society (1993) and Sociedad Espanola de Astronomia (2000). He entered ArAS in December 2001.
On behalf of the Armenian Astronomical Society we wish him good health and success
and new scientific achievements.
ARMENIAN ASTRONOMERS IN JENAM-2002
The Joint European and
National Astronomical Meeting in 2002 (JENAM-2002) "The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Future" took
place in Porto (Portugal) on September 2-7
this year. It included Plenary Sessions and seven Workshops. Six Armenian
astronomers participated in this meeting:
Hovhannisyan, Dr. Tigran
Magakian, Dr. Areg Mickaelian and Dr. Tigran Movsessian (all
from the Byurakan Observatory, Armenia);
Tovmassian (INAOE, Mexico);
Tigran Khanzadyan (Armagh, N. Ireland).
T.Magakian, T.Movsessian and T.Khanzadyan
contributed in the Workshop "Jets
2002: Theory and Observations in YSOs", and H.Tovmassian, A.Mickaelian and M.Hovhannissyan - in the Workshop "Galaxy Evlution in Groups and
Clusters". Additionally, they participated actively in some other
workshops and discussions. In all, 1 oral talk and 8 posters have been
presented by the Armenian astronomers.
the possible rotation of clusters of galaxies" (H.M.Tovmassian)
Anatomical Study of Bow Shocks driven by Protostellar
"Narrow band imaging
survey of outflows and reflection nebulae in compact star forming regions" (T.Yu.Magakian, T.H.Movsessian, E.G.Nikogossian)
"Imaging and integral
field spectroscopy of RNO 129 compact star-forming group"
"Helical structures in
outflows and jets from YSO's"
S.N.Dodonov, A.V.Moiseev, M.D.Smith, J.Boulesteix)
of Weak and Compact Radio Sources"
of Giant Radio Galaxy DA240"
of Giant Radio Galaxy 1219+04"
interacting/merging IRAS galaxies"
JENAM-2002 was a good chance
for meeting other scientists, discussions, exchange of experience, and enjoying
the scientific and friendly atmosphere in Porto. Participation of
several astronomers from Byurakan was made possible by support of INTAS and
other international programs.
Astrophysical Observatory (BAO),
Byurakan 378433, Aragatzotn province, ARMENIA
53-27-51 (Areg Mickaelian)
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