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Volume 12, Issue 2


White Dwarf.Org - Establishing a Permanent Endowment for the Whole Earth Telescope

Travis S. Metcalfe
Published Online: 2017-02-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2017-0053


White Dwarf Research Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research and public education on topics relevant to white dwarf stars. It was founded in 1999 in Austin, Texas to help fulfill the need for an alternative research center where scarce funding dollars could be used more efficiently, and to provide a direct link between astronomers who study white dwarf stars and the general public. Due to its administrative simplicity, WDRC can facilitate the funding of multi-institutional and international collaborations, provide seamless grant portability, minimize overhead rates, and actively seek non-governmental funding sources. I describe the motivation for, and current status of, one of the long-term goals of WDRC: to establish a permanent endowment for the operation of the Whole Earth Telescope. I pay particular attention to fund-raising efforts through the website at http://WhiteDwarf.org/donate/.

Keywords: sociology of astronomy stars; white dwarfs


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Received: 2002-08-08

Published Online: 2017-02-08

Published in Print: 2003-06-01

Citation Information: Open Astronomy, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 295–299, ISSN (Online) 2543-6376, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2017-0053.

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