| Last month, we were happy to welcome the new General Director of NWO, Hans de Groene to ASTRON. Hans was appointed in May 2011, and this was an opportunity for him to become better acquainted with ASTRON, our staff and our mission. Hans met with the ASTRON management team and also the OR. This was followed by a whirlwind tour of our facilities in Dwingeloo - the labs, JIVE and the NOVA Optical/IR Group. The new director seemed to enjoy the visit and he did not leave empty handed - some ASTRON outreach goodies accompanied him to the Hague, including an ASTRON mug which I can tell you is now seeing good use in Han's offcie at NWO!