How to Join
Anyone can participate in MICA activities, either as a professional member or as an affiliate. Membership is free. Professional members are scientists, educators, or technologists, expected to contribute in some constructive and tangible way to the activities of the Institute, and they are elected formally by the Advisory Council. Affiliates are members of the general public who may be interested in attending some of our talks, open discussions, etc., but have no formal obligations.
You have to have a SL avatar; if you don't, go to Second Life to join (it is free), and contact one of us with your avatar name, so that we can ease your entry in VWs and perhaps provide some mentoring.
Then download and install a SL browser (client). We strongly recommend that you do not use the official SL browser, as it is often buggy, and incompatible with everything else. The browser of choice of the OpenSim community at this time is Imprudence. Other third-party viewers are listed here.
Take a look at these short documents first:
Then check out these:
Within SL, you can join the MICA - VW Astrophysics group. Please also send an email or IM to Spike MacPhee (SL name Paradox Olbers) (paradox.olbers_AT_gmail.com) to be added to the email list, announcing the events, meetings, etc.
If you are a professional astronomer or a related scientist, and would like to give a seminar or a journal club talk in SL, please contact Enrico Vesperini or George Djorgovski.
There are several e-mail lists used by MICA. They are all run through google groups, and you can subscribe to them there.