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Abstract

Records of the UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS), an organized research unit founded in 1979 to link space scientists and scientific departments on the UCSD campus and to provide a unified corporate umbrella to manage federally funded projects. Directed by Margaret Burbidge (1979-1988), Laurence Peterson (1989-1994) and Arthur Wolfe (1994-present), CASS has given administrative support to such research projects as the Faint Object Spectrometer, the Gamma-ray Observatory, the Solar Maximum Mission, and the Keck Telescope. Materials in this collection include founding papers, correspondence of the director (1979-1991), CASS committee meeting minutes and agendas, research proposals, and several miscellaneous project files. This collection is arranged in five series: 1) GENERAL RECORDS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS, 4) RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS, and 5) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.

Administrative History

The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) was founded in 1979 to provide scientific direction for the interrelated departments of Physics, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UCSD, and to provide a unified corporate umbrella to manage federally funded projects. As an Organized Research Unit, CASS provides a forum for the synergy of the disciplines of astronomy, astrophysics, space physics, cosmochemistry, radio astronomy, and plasma astrophysics. Furnishing administrative support for program coordination, contract and grant administration, and resource allocation (shared equipment, moneys and personnel), CASS streamlines and organizes university research groups including the Infra-Red, Optical and High Energy Astronomy Groups; the Solar Astrophysics and Solar System Physics Groups; and, the Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmochemistry Groups. Administrators hoped the new unity would lead to interdisciplinary opportunities in scientific inquiry and in educational curricula and platforms available to UCSD graduate students. The extra administrative capability that CASS could provide facilitated the development of large research projects, such as the Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS) on the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gamma-ray Observatory (GRO).

CASS is managed by a single director, who reports to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and one to three associate directors. It derives its funding and purpose from contracts and research grants. The research groups share members and are fluid in their aggregation of personnel and resources, which change according to project priority, funding and staff availability. Members of CASS constitute and serve on various center committees including the Executive and Policy Committee, the Education Committee, and the Computing Ad Hoc Committee. CASS's business office manages funds and allocates personnel and resources.

The founding director of CASS was Margaret Burbidge (1979-1988), followed by Laurence Peterson (1989-1994) and Arthur M. Wolfe (1994-present).

Scope and Content of Collection

The CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCES (CASS) RECORDS document the founding and growth activities of a large UCSD Organized Research Unit (ORU). The collection includes the founding materials and bylaws of CASS, correspondence from the director's office, committee meeting minutes, and research materials.

The records are arranged in five series: 1) GENERAL RECORDS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS, 4) RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS, and 5) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.

SERIES 1: GENERAL RECORDS

The GENERAL RECORDS series, arranged in six subseries, contains annual reports, budgets and funding materials, founding documents such as the constitution and bylaws, public relations materials, quinquennial reviews, and agreements regarding research facilities.

SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged chronologically, includes letters and memoranda from the director and assistant director, as well as internal memoranda and correspondence with granting institutions such as NASA and the Marlar Foundation.

SERIES 3: COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS

The COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Committees and B) Meetings.

A) The Committees subseries includes minutes and agendas from center committees such as the Education Committee and the Executive and Policy Committee, among others. The Education Committee materials include announcements and flyers for various academic seminars and graduate events.

B) The Meetings subseries contains minutes from CASS faculty meetings and meetings of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research/Organized Research Unit Directors. Both subseries are arranged alphabetically by official group name.

SERIES 4: RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS

The RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Projects and B) Proposals. The Projects subseries contains administrative and technical materials from several projects including the Faint Object Spectrograph and the Hubble Space Telescope. The Proposals subseries contains research proposals written by members of CASS and is arranged alphabetically by title of proposal.

SERIES 5: ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES

The ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES series contains the originals of brittle or high acid content documents that have been photocopied.

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Laurence Peterson Papers (MSS 73), Richard Lingenfelter Papers (MSS 425) and CASS High Energy Astronomy Papers (MSS 467).

GENERAL RECORDS

Annual Reports

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1 1 1974-1975, 1980-1985, June.
1 2 1985, July - 1989, June.
1 3 1989, July - 1994, June.

Budgets and Funding

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1 4 Academic administrators, 1980 - 1981.
1 5 Business Office, 1980 - 1986.
1 6 Business Office - Funding opportunities, 1988 - 1990.
1 7 Fundraising, 1987.

Founding Materials

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1 8 Business Office organization, 1980 - 1987.
1 9 Constitutions and bylaws, 1981.
1 10 History of the organization, 1980 - 1987.
1 11 Internal audit, 1987.
Includes final report.
1 12 Long range plans, 1986.
1 13 Management memoranda, 1980 - 1982.
1 14 Management structure and planning, 1980 - 1981.
1 15 Planning documents, 1979.
1 16 Procedure guidelines, 1981.
1 17 Proposal to Found CASS as an Organized Research Unit (ORU), 1978.
1 18 Review of Proposal to Found CASS as an ORU, 1981 - 1987.

Public Relations Materials

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1 19 Brochure with rough drafts, 1995 - 1996.
1 20 Newspaper clippings, 1987.
1 21 Presentations, 1980.

Research Facilities

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Mount Lemmon Agreement.
1 22 1980-1983.
1 23 1985-1988.
1 24 Mount Lemmon proposals, 1987 - 1988.
1 25 Mount Lemmon users, 1986.
1 26 Table Mountain Observatory, 1985.
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Quinquennial Review 1.
1 27 Draft, 1979 - 1984.
1 28 Final version, 1979 - 1984.
Quinquennial Review 2.
1 29 Director actions, 1984 - 1989.
1 30 Final version, 1985 - 1989.
2 1 Panel review, 1987 - 1989.
2 2 Response to panel review - Draft, 1984 - 1989.
2 3 Response to panel review, 1984 - 1989.
Quinquennial Review 3.
2 4 Draft - Part 1, 1989 - 1994.
2 5 Draft - Part 2, 1989 - 1994.

CORRESPONDENCE

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2 6 1979-1982.
2 7 1983.
2 8 1984.
2 9 1985.
2 10 1986-1987.
2 11 1988.
2 12 1989.
2 13 1990-1991.

COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS

Committees

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2 14 Advisory Committee for CASS, 1979 - 1980.
2 15 Chancellor's Advisory Committee.
2 15 1979-1985.
2 16 1985-1986.
2 17 Committee to Advise on Staff Affairs, 1986 - 1990.
2 18 Committee to Review Policies Affecting Researchers, Specialists and Postdoctoral Scholars, 1990.
2 19 Computer Operations Committee, 1989 - 1996.
Computing - Ad Hoc Committee.
2 20 Memoranda and minutes, 1988 - 1989.
2 21 Recommendations, 1988 - 1989.
2 22 Computing - Task Force, 1986 - 1988.
2 23 Deputy Director - Hiring Committee, 1981 - 1988.
3 1 Director Search Committee, 1986.
3 2 Educational Policy and Courses Committee, 1988 - 1991.
3 11 Education Committee, 1980 - 1982.
3 3-9 Academic Seminars, 1980 - 1995.
3 10 Academic Seminars - Correspondence, 1994.
3 11-12 Marlar Distinguished Lecturer, 1980 - 1988.
3 13 Memoranda - Laurence Peterson, 1981 - 1988.
Executive and Policy Committee.
3 14 Memoranda - General, 1982 - 1985.
3 15-22 Minutes, 1981 - 1992.
3 23 Nominations, 1985.
3 24 Executive Committee Minutes, 1979 - 1980.
3 25 Faculty Search Committee - Faculty Search in Theoretical Astrophysics, 1989.
Charles Alcock - Livermore Laboratory.
3 26 New Building Committee - Space Building Planning, 1988 - 1989.
3 27 Research Showcase Committee, 1981.
3 28 Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) Building Advisory Committee, 1990 - 1991.
3 29-30 SERF Building Advisory Committee, 1991 - 1994.
3 31 Shared System User's Group, 1987.
3 32 Staff Adminstration Committee, 1980 - 1981.
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3 33 Faculty Meetings, 1988.
3 34 Office of Graduate Studies and Research (OGSR) - Directives and information, 1988 - 1991.
3 35-39 OGSR-Organized Research Unit (ORU) Directors' Meeting, 1982 - 1986.

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROPOSALS

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4 1 Faint Object Spectrograph (FOS), 1978 - 1985.
4 2 Get-Away Specials, 1991.
4 3 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Fellowships, 1990 - 1994.
Proposal "Intents".
4 4 Part 1, 1990 - 1992.
4 5 Part 2, 1992 - 1994.

Proposals

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4 6 Adaptive Data Acquisition and Processing System (ADAPS), 1982.
Principal investigator is Laurence Peterson.
4 7 Analysis of Solar Flare Spectra, 1984.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 8 Analytical and Experimental Studies of Solar High-Energy Phenomena, 1983.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 9 Burst and Transient Source Experiment Scintillation Detector Design Support, 1984.
Principal investigator is James Matteson.
4 10 Burst and Transient Source Experiment Scintillation Detector Development Support: Qualification Model..., 1985.
Principal investigator is James Matteson.
4 11 Calibration and Test Equipment for High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Arrays, 1982.
Principal investigator is Laurence Peterson.
4 12 CCD Characterization, 1983.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Puetter.
4 13 Cooperative Studies of the Solar-Flare Energy Budget, 1981.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 14 Cooperative Study of the Causes of Line Asymmetry in Solar Flares, 1982.
Principal investigators are Sdenek Svestka and Hugh Hudson.
4 15 Coordinated Multifrequency Observations of Variable AGNs, 1984.
Principal investigator is Diana Worrall.
4 16 Design and Specifications of Components in the BATSE Experiment on Gamma-Ray Observatory, 1983.
Principal investigator is James Matteson.
4 17 Division of Atmospheric Sciences/Solar Terrestrial Research Program, 1984.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 18 Fe II Multiplet Observations of Broad Line Radio Galaxies, 1982.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Puetter.
4 19 Gamma-Ray Bursts: Data Analysis and Instrument Development, 1982.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 20 Hard X-Ray and Low Energy Gamma-Ray Experiment: HEAO-1 Data Reduction and Analysis, 1983.
Principal investigator is Laurence Peterson.
4 21 Hard X-Ray Scintillator Array for the X-Ray Timing Explorer Experiment Study, 1983.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Rothschild.
Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy of Cosmic X-Ray Sources.
4 22 Part 1, 1981.
Principal investigators are Laurence Peterson and R. M. Pelling.
4 23 Part 2, 1982.
Principal investigators are Laurence Peterson and R. M. Pelling.
4 24 HEAO-1 Data Reduction and Analysis, 1982.
Principal investigator is Laurence Peterson.
4 25 HEAO-1 Data Reduction and Analysis - Senate Bill No. 91, Retroactive Salary Increase, 1981.
Principal investigator is Laurence Peterson.
4 26 Investigation of NaI Response to 10-100 KeV X-Rays at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, 1982.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Rothschild.
4 27 Multifrequency Observations of Active Galactic Nuclei, 1982.
Principal investigator is Diana Worrall.
4 28 New Concept for Hard X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Position-Sensitive Detection, 1983.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Rothschild.
4 29 Observational Solar Flare Chromospheric Spectroscopy, 1984.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 30 Observational Techniques for Solar Flare Gamma-Rays, Hard X-Rays and Neutrons, 1987.
Principal investigator is R. M. Pelling.
4 31 Observations of Solar Hard X-Ray Microflares and Flares on a Long Duration Balloon Flight, 1984.
Principal investigator is R. M. Pelling.
4 32 Occultation Studies of the Galactic Center Region Using EXOSAT, 1984.
Principal investigator is R. M. Pelling.
4 33 Photometry with Star Trackers, 1983.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 34 Radioactive Transfer and Dynamics in QSO Emission Line Clouds, 1982.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Puetter.
4 35 Reverse Currents and Soft X-Rays in Hydrodynamic Flare Models, 1979.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 36 Scientific Applications of a Subsatellite for the Space Station, 1983.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 37 Scientific Use of the Aspect Determination System of the AXAF, 1984.
Principal investigator is Hugh Hudson.
4 38 Sodium Iodide Response for Gamma-Ray Burst Spectra Investigation, 1982.
Principal investigators are Duane Gruber and Richard E. Rothschild.
4 39 Solar Flare Radioactive Hydrodynamics, 1982.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 40 Spectroscopy Detector for the BATSE of the GRO, 1984.
Principal investigator is James Matteson.
4 41 Spectroscopy Modification to the BATSE of the GRO, 1984.
Principal investigator is James Matteson.
4 42 Standardized CAMAC Computer Interfacing System for UCSD Astronomy, 1982.
Principal investigator is E. Margaret Burbidge.
4 43 Study of Hard X-Ray/Gamma-Ray Position Sensitive Detectors, 1983.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Rothschild.
4 44 Supporting Development for a Network of Long Duration Balloon Gamma-Ray Burst Spectrometers, 1983.
Principal investigator is R. M. Pelling.
4 45 Theoretical Chromospheric Flare Dynamics, 1983 - 1984.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 46 Theoretical Investigations of Active Extragalactic Objects, 1982.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Canfield.
4 47 Theoretical Studies in Gamma-Ray Astrophysics, 1984.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Lingenfelter.
4 48 UC/MMC Faint Object Spectrograph for the Space Telescope, 1979.
Principal investigator is Richard J. Harms.
4 49 UV/Optical/Infrared Observations of Broad Line Radio Galaxies, 1981.
Principal investigator is Richard C. Puetter.
4 50 Variability Studies of 3C 371, 1984.
Principal investigator is Diana Worrall.
4 51 X-Ray Timing Explorer Experiment Study for the Advance Missions Analysis Office, 1983.
Principal investigator is Richard E. Rothschild.

ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES

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4 52 Originals of preservation photocopies.


Finding aid generated: 2012-08-16