Alberto, Carpenter, Jewell, Hibbard, Wootten, Marrone, Scott
AB: astigmatic? PJ: Yes, within specs. Q: do they meet average rms and hold that over the T range? Examining evidence that astigmatism increases at extreme T. Some antennas may do this but certainly not all.
Priorities? Pipeline torquing priorities?
Commissioning 'sessions', applying calls from one session to others, coming along. Analysis suggests biggest gains for the few percent of projects which are polzn. At most, a 10% improvement.
Experimental modes--projects which do not run through pipeline. Does affect manpower tangentially. Main problems are low S/N, high freq, polzn heuristics need to be defined.
AB: For large projects I wanted to understand how efficient these could be.
JH: Will be 15% or so but could be significant.
Charges--what are the statistics on projects which have lengthy delays in data delivery? How big a problem is this really?
JH: 33% of Cyc1 transferring to Cyc 2 required compact configuration. JH will investigate.
Cyc 1 942 successful, 860 thru June 1.
JAO experimenting with pipeline flow.
Large programs--some disagreement apparent at ASAC, in email exchanges. ESAC had a discussion, now seem to be more in agreement. ANASAC report may be an interesting stimulant to discussion when it appears.
ASAC deadline 1 Aug for new assessors.
Partly spurred by Daniela's review, we made a fair effort at characterizing our users during the month. I haven't really seen a final synthesis of that but in Phil's AUI Board presentation there were four points:
* Statistics show that 450 ALMA users in NA are a significantly broader community (>3-6x) than traditional NRAO user base
* ALMA PI-publications are dominantly in areas other than RMS (Radio-mm-submm)
* Successful PIs are on average 15 yrs younger than all who submit
* RMS experience improves proposal success somewhat.
And separately, from Gareth:
21% of all proposals were student projects in Cycle2, and this is roughly the same as for previous cycles and somewhat higher than for VLA/VLBA/GBT
Cycle 2 A and B graded projects were eligible for Student Observing Support awards. Demand was high, with about 40 proposals submitted. An external committee met to rank the proposals. Unfortunately the demand exceeded the funding available; 15 proposals will be granted partial funding. Award letters will be sent to successful proposers shortly.