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February 28, 2009
Teacher Internships at LIGO Observatories
LIGO will host two six-week long teacher internships this summer at each Observatory through the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.
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February 28, 2009
Listening to the Stars - Feb 2009
Read the latest news from the LIGO Hanford Observatory, including activities for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
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February 10, 2009
Fermilab Masterclass
On Saturday 21 February, students and teachers from northern Illinois will gather at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for a day of QuarkNet Masterclass, where they will learn about particle physics by working with physicists to analyze real data from CERN.
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November 27, 2008
Listening to the Stars - Nov 2008
Read the latest news from the LIGO Hanford Observatory, including the new "Golf Ball Racer" exhibit and the new Output Mode Cleaners.
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September 30, 2008
I2U2 is hiring
"Interactions in Understanding the Universe" would like to hire a software developer. See the Bulletin Board for details.
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June 13, 2008
Availability of LIGO data over the summer
Due to work at the LIGO Hanford Observatory this summer, there may be occasions when new data are not being generated for the LIGO e-Lab. See the Bulletin Board for more details.
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June 6, 2008
LIGO data interuption
Due to a framebuilder upgrade on Thursday minute trend and second trend PEM data are not being made available to I2U2. This has been reported and a fix is in the works. Expect data to flow again later today, or soon after. Fixed.

2 May 2008
Cosmic Ray e-Lab milesone
On Tuesday, 29 April 2008 the Cosmic Rays e-Lab database crossed a significant milestone: 15,000 data files. We have grown by 5,000 files in one year. Thanks to those schools contributing uploads. Keep up the data flow.

October 22, 2007
QuarkNet Fellows Library
The QuarkNet Fellows Library (wiki) has been set up for the Fellows to work on e-Lab development.
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September 28, 2007
Hanford off-line
The Hanford Observatory seems to be off the Internet this morning. It appears this started sometime after midnight local time (PDT). Further information will be posted to the Bulletin Board when it is availible. [UPDATE: Hanford is now back on -line]
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September 20, 2007
Cosmic Ray e-Lab server down Saturday
The cosmic rays e-Lab server ( or will be offline on Sat, 22 September, 2007, from 0600 to 1800 CDT (1100 to 2300 UTC). Argonne IT staff plans to reconfigure power distribution for the server cluster. We apologize for any disruption of e-Lab activities

September 20, 2007
File Uploads in the library
It is now possible to upload non-image files to the Library (wiki). Allowed file types are .pdf, .doc, .ppt and .xls.
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August 17, 2007
LIGO Analysis Tool unavailable
The machine which hosts the LIGO Analysis Tool from Hanford has been turned off due to fires in the area (just as a precaution). [UPDATE: tekoa is now back in service.]
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August 13, 2007
Welcome to the Workshop
Welcome to the participants in the LIGO I2U2 Workshop at Hanford today and tomorrow.

March 6, 2007
LIGO data now flowing
LIGO data are now flowing again.
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March 1, 2007 21:38 UTC
No new LIGO data
Right now we are not getting any new data for the LIGO Analysis Tool. New data should be available after a server is upgraded at LHO.
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February 6, 2007 19:31 UTC
LHO Network Outage
The primary network connection at the LIGO Hanford Observatory will be down for maintenance starting at midnight (PST) Feb 8th and lasting from 4 to 6 hours. The Analysis Tool will likely not be available during that period.
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January 18, 2007 23:20 UTC
LIGO Analysis Tool software updated
The LIGO Analysis Tool software has been updated to version 0.31
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January 15, 2007 21:05 UTC
Glossary software updated
The software used to provide the glossary for this site has been upgraded.
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January 5, 2007 01:45 UTC
I2U2 Project Meeting
I2U2 colleagues from Fermilab, the Adler Planetarium, CMS, LIGO, ATLAS, STAR, and the University of Chicago will meet at Fermilab January 24-25, 2007.

October 6, 2006 12:31 UTC
Site mirrored at LHO
This discussion/news site is now mirrored at the LIGO Hanford Observatory
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August 10, 2006 21:13 UTC
Welcome to the Workshop
We welcome the participants in the LIGO I2U2 Workshop at Hanford, today and tomorrow.
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August 4, 2006 19:55 UTC
Attachments and keywords
The discussion forums now provide for file attachments and keyword classification.
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February 9, 2006
Restricted Access
Access to the discussion rooms is now restricted to registered users, except for the 'public' areas and the Help Desks.
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February 3, 2006
Profiles and Pictures
Welcome to those of you who are just joining this site. You are encouraged to add some background information about yourself to your profile page.
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January 20, 2006
Meeting and Discussion rooms created
The initial set of meeting and discussion rooms has been created. There are donuts in the Cafe.
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January 17, 2006
I2U2 wiki created
A wiki web has been created for I2U2.
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January 16, 2006
I2U2 Discussion/News site created
The I2U2 discussion site, based on the BOINC forum and RSS news code, has been started. The discussion rooms themselves should be up and running soon.
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December 12, 2005
I2U2 all-hands meeting
The kickoff meeting for I2U2 partners was held at Fermilab on December 12-13, 2005. Copies of the presentations, as well as the Planning and Target notes from the end of the meeting, are available from the Fermilab website.
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