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    November 3-8, 2002, Keauhou Beach Resort, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    Galactic Center Workshop 2002 took place during November 3-8, 2002 on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The conference was co-sponsored by Gemini Observatory, the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawai'i, the Subaru Telescope, The Joint Astronomy Centre, the W. M. Keck Observatory, and the Sub-Millimeter Array. Support also was provided by the Galactic Center Newsletter.

    Since the previous workshop in September 1998, our knowledge of the environment of the nucleus of our galaxy has been greatly enhanced, by more extensive and sensitive observations at radio and infrared wavelengths, the advent of high resolution x-ray imaging and spectroscopy, and considerable theoretical activity to understand the nucleus and its components, and their activity.

    We organized this conference to review recent research on the galactic center, including the latest state-of-the-art observations and important theoretical developments. We used the same format as the previous workshop: primarily invited talks, with substantial time allocated in each session for discussion. The workshop covered phenomena on scales ranging from the central several hundred parsecs to the central parsec and within. We approached each topic from both multi-wavelength observational and theoretical perspectives.

    The conference took place at the Keauhou Beach Resort, approximately 5 miles south of downtown Kailua-Kona, on the west side of the Big Island. Special conference room rates were arranged with the hotel, which lies adjacent to one of the best (and easiest) snorkeling beaches on the island.

    With the conference now completed, it is fair to say that everyone who attended had an exciting, productive, and enjoyable week. We thank all of those who attended for their valuable contributions.

    - The conference co-chairs: Angela Cotera, Heino Falcke, Tom Geballe, and Sera Markoff

    November 6, 2003