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About me

I am an American scholar currently working on the support staff for the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) project at the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) headquarters on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

For the last half decade I have been helping international collaborations solve complex problems in computing and astrophysics. Particular professional interests of mine include data collection and representation, the development and operation of advanced technology, and technical research investigations that expand the limits of human understanding. I matriculated from the University of Hawai'i - Hilo in 2014 after three years' practical and theoretical study in the natural sciences.

My primary long-term goal is to engage in and facilitate exploration that advances collective knowledge of the most awesome frontiers and eventually ensures permanent human presence in free space. In the meantime I have staken a claim to the title of "Most Interested Man on the World." I like to roam forests, solve puzzles, and test my limits. My favorite autonymous anagram is "Rancid Clown Mesh" and I have never lost an eating contest.

About NRAO

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a facility of the National Science Foundation (NSF), operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI)

NRAO is one of the world's foremost institutions for research and development specializing in observational astrophysics and related technology. We design, build, and operate interferometers - the Very Large Array (VLA) in the desert of New Mexico, ALMA in the desert of northern Chile, and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) in locations across the United States. Many of the technologies and instruments in use at NRAO telescopes were designed and fabricated at the Central Development Laboratory (CDL), also located in Charlottesville. We are also closely affiliated with the Green Bank Observatory (GBO), located over the mountains in West Virginia. The Next-Generation VLA (ngVLA) is the NRAO's next major interferometer project, and is scheduled for construction and eventual use some time after 2020.

Founded in 1956, the NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. NRAO telescopes are open to all astronomers regardless of institutional or national affiliation. Observing time on NRAO telescopes is available on a competitive basis to qualified scientists after evaluation of research proposals on the basis of scientific merit, the capability of the instruments to do the work, and the availability of the telescope during the requested time. NRAO also provides both formal and informal programs in education and public outreach for teachers, students, the general public, and the media.

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My specialized scientific interests include multiwavelength astronomy, observational cosmology, and galaxy evolution (ADS: Refereed Papers). I an active researcher in the field of observational astrophysics, specializing in dwarf galaxy research with my collaborators on the Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs (SHIELD) research team, led by Dr. John Cannon at Macalester College. I also participate in collaborations attempting to use radio telescopes to constrain the physical properties of other celestial objects, like our moon, other planets, and extragalactic masers.




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email: amcnicho [at] nrao [dot] edu

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