Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 11:54:52 -0500
Subject: DPS Mailing #04-27:  In Memoriam:  James A. Westphal...
 
 
Greetings, DPS Colleagues,
 
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       1) IN MEMORIAM:  JAMES A. WESTPHAL
       2) ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT LOUISVILLE DPS
       3) SUNDAY WORKSHOP ROOMS AVAILABLE
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IN MEMORIAM:  JAMES A. WESTPHAL
 
James A. Westphal, Chair of the DPS in 1978-1979 and a pioneer of 
CCD imaging who was instrumental in getting CCD cameras on the HST, 
died Wednesday, September 8, after a long illness. He was 74.
 
Westphal and Jim Gunn (now at Princeton) recognized early that 
CCDs would revolutionize astronomy, and in the process of obtaining 
them for Palomar became involved in the planning of the Hubble 
Space Telescope. Westphal was later named principal investigator 
of the Space Telescope's Wide-Field and Planetary Camera, which 
proved to be an enormously successful part of the telescope's 
scientific mission. Westphal's instrument was used to diagnose 
the spherical aberration in the main 94-inch mirror, which 
caused the Hubble's initial focusing problems.
 
Survivors include his wife, Jean Westphal of Altadena, California; 
a son, Andrew Westphal, a daughter-in-law, Kim Taylor, and two 
granddaughters, Theresa and Laura Westphal, all of Richmond, 
California; two stepdaughters, Robin Stroll of Agoura Hills, 
California and Susan Stroll of Eagle Rock, California; and an 
uncle, Eddy Westphal of Indiana.
 
A longer press release is available at:
http://pr.caltech.edu/media/Press_Releases/PR12581.html
 
For those in the area of Caltech, there will be a memorial service 
on the campus on December 9.  Further information is available at:
 
http://www.gps.caltech.edu/memorial/index.html - westphal
 
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ORAL PRESENTATIONS AT LOUISVILLE DPS
 
The default presentation device at the Louisville DPS meeting will 
be a video projector in each meeting room linked to a PC and Mac 
computer each running MS Office. Connections will also be available 
for laptop computers. Computer projection technicians will be at the 
computers in each room to handle accessing presentations and 
interfacing with laptops. Speakers are urged to put their 
presentations on USB "Thumb-Drives" that can plug directly into the 
computers. Speakers using presentation software other than MS Office 
should plan on using their laptop. Speakers are requested to arrive at 
their session 30 minutes early to (1) give their thumb-drive to the 
technician or interface their laptop, and (2) check the projection 
quality of their presentation. Note that while the traditional two 
overhead projectors will be set up, 35mm slide projectors will not be 
available at this meeting.
 
Submitted by Dan Britt, Program Committee Chair (britt@physics.ucf.edu).
 
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SUNDAY WORKSHOP ROOMS AVAILABLE
 
There are still meeting rooms available for DPS members wanting to 
hold Sunday workshops or meetings prior to the Louisville DPS. 
Requests for rooms should be sent to either Tim Dowling 
(dowling@louisville.edu) or Dan Britt (britt@physics.ucf.edu).
 
 
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
send submissions to lfrench@iwu.edu