ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting August 16, 2012

The Milky Way rises over ALMA.: c Carlos Padilla (NRAO/AUI/ALMA)
Padilla ALMA night.jpg

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2012-08-16 08:00 pm EDT or 24:00 UT (Thursday (Friday in Taipei))
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-866-600-8836
  • Outside USA Number: +1 203 480 8549
  • Passcode: 3283890#
  • Leaders: R. Osten (D. Calzetta), A. Wootten, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that meeting are available.
    • Adopt the Minutes?
    • We will reexamine telecon schedules at the f2f meeting.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Welcome new ASAC member and Previous and once more ANASAC member Dick Plambeck
    • Thanks to Gordon Stacey for his service on ASAC!
  2. Fall Face to Face meeting 20-21 Sept, Charlottesville.
  3. Effective Monday August 13, 2012, the NAASC is being reorganized to streamline management and improve efficiency.
  4. Reports
    1. Construction Status
      • Science Section of July Report, from R. Hills.
      • 39 antennas at the AOS
      • AOS Roads: All 67km completed
      • Band 6 cartridge production finishing up.
      • Correlator to be shut down 3 September for upgrade to four-quadrant operation (64 inputs)
    2. Operations
      • Science Operations Section of July report, from DSO
      • Early Science Progress
        • List of highest ranked projects
        • As of Aug12, 218 (57%) of 383 SBs nominally completed (still need to pass QA2); 132 (34%) passed QA2 & delivered to PIs. 14 (34%) of 38 NA projects have some data delivered. 5 (13%) NA projects finished.
        • ARC-based data reduction started in early April. NA has processed 30 datasets; 12 being processed. Will be renewed focus going forward.
        • Project Tracker was deployed at end of June. Visible to PI's (and coIs?) of ALMA projects (including cycle 1) after logging in. Lists status of all SBs submitted to the archive. Documentation available at (linked at top of first page before staring the application). MANUAL IS NOT SCIENCE USER VIEW. AWAITING INPUT FROM PROJECT AS TO WHAT SCIENCE USERS SHOULD SEE, AND WHICH SCIENCE USERS. WILL DEMO AT F2F.
        • What information on ALMA do you feel you are not getting? Please give us a top five and we'll fashion a FAQ. ( Action Item )
      • Cycle 1 Recap
        • Proposal deadline was July 12 1300UT.
        • Total number received ~1133 after duplications. See SP news item. Proposals have been distributed to referees.
        • Action Item: Feedback How did the proposal process go for you discussion at f2f meeting.
        • Proposal Review Oct 1-5; 77 Science Assessors in 11 panels. Results to PIs November; observations expected to start after completion of Cycle 0 (2012 Dec 31); 800 12-m Array hours to be scheduled; up to 800hrs for ACA.
      • Monthly Reports for previous months.
    3. NAASC during Early Science
      • People
        • S. Corder is en route to Chile to become CSV Project Scientist.
        • Sabbatical visitors Looney and Martini have arrived at NAASC.
        • ALMA postdoc applictions (at JAO) accepted until 31 August.
      • What is happening at the NAASC?
      • Meetings upcoming with ALMA or NAASC-related components (see below)
        • Special Session 'ALMA Early Science Commences' approved for AAS Jan 2013 (Long Beach, CA). Contributed abstracts will be accepted!
    4. ALMA Development (Wootten)
      • Studies proceeding.
  5. ASAC activities (ASAC members)
  6. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
    • NAASC ALMA-related workshop(s) in 2012-3 (see below)
  7. Date of next telecon
    • 12 Oct 2012 after f2f
  8. Other Business
  9. Outreach ALMA on NBC Rock Center
  10. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

  1. More ALMA SV data papers have appeared:

Events of Interest

16 Aug
ANASAC Telecon
13-15 Sep
Emission from the ISM at High z Workshop
20-21 Sep
1-5 Oct
Proposal Review
8-9 Oct
ASAC f2f
12 Oct
ANASAC Telecon
22-25 Oct
Annual ALMA Review
Cycle 1 Results
13-15 Dec
ALMA Science Meeting

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. 2012

-- AlWootten - 2012-08-08
  • The Milky Way rises over ALMA.:
    Padilla ALMA night.jpg

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ANASAC2012Aug14Summary.txttxt ANASAC2012Aug14Summary.txt manage 2 K 2012-08-16 - 11:46 AlWootten Summary of ALMA Status
Padilla_ALMA_night.jpgjpg Padilla_ALMA_night.jpg manage 136 K 2012-08-16 - 10:39 AlWootten The Milky Way rises over ALMA.
SciOps_July2012_v4.pdfpdf SciOps_July2012_v4.pdf manage 316 K 2012-08-16 - 12:10 AlWootten Science Operations Section of July report, from DSO
Science_-_July_2012.pdfpdf Science_-_July_2012.pdf manage 4 MB 2012-08-16 - 11:59 AlWootten Science Section of July report, from R. Hills
Topic revision: r5 - 2012-08-20, AlWootten
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