Axel WEISS started work as an IRAM astronomer on April 2nd 2002. His main task will be the organisation of the service- and pool observations, and the development and maintainance of a database for their support.
Our receiver engineer Hauke HEIN retired on April 30th 2002. He has been at the 30-m telescope since its beginning. He played a key role in pushing the performance of the 30-m telescope and its receivers to its very high level. In addition, he was for many years responsible for the safety at the site. He also spent several years in helping to commission the Heinrich-Hertz-Telescope in Arizona. We wish Hauke many active years of retirement.
At the beginning of April, Bertrand GAUTIER has started his assignment as station manager on the Plateau de Bure, and Lilian MASNADA has joined the group of Bure interferometer operators on March 18th. In the SIS group Grenoble, Sandra DEVOLUY will take over the tasks of Dominique BILLON-PIERRON for the next months.