ALMA ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon Phone Meeting 2008, January 18

Contact Information

  • 2008-3-14 18:00 UT Please check your local time; it may have changed! (Friday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • USA Number: 1-866-675-5385
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517 444 6916
  • Passcode: 8445333#
  • Leaders: Andrew Baker, Chris Carilli

Vertex Number 3 gets its crown. The VertexRSI antenna No 3 for ALMA has its backup structure mated to the pedestal.


ANASAC Members (Attendees in RED):
  • Andrew Baker (Rutgers) (2008) [Chair]
  • John Bally (U. Colorado) (2008)
  • Andrew Blain (Caltech) (2008) (ASAC Vice Chair, NA)
  • Mike Fall (Space Telescope Science Institute) (2010)
  • Tim Heckman (Johns Hopkins) (2010)
  • Shardha Jogee (U. Texas) (2010)
  • Kelsey Johnson (U. Virginia) (2009)
  • Doug Johnstone (HIA/DAO, Victoria) (2008)
  • Gordon Stacey (Cornell) (2009)
  • Xavier J. Prochaska (Lick Observatory) (2010)
  • Jacqueline van Gorkom (Columbia) (2009)
  • Alycia Weinberger (DTM) (2009)
  • Jonathan Williams (U. Hawaii) (2008)
  • Mel Wright (UC Berkeley) (2008)
(Bold = Member of ASAC)

  • J. Hibbard
  • A. Wootten
  • C. Carilli
  • C. Brogan
  • R. Indebetouw


1) Action Items (Carilli)

Open action items:

No open AI identified

2) Update on NAASC activities (Carilli)

  • Chris Carilli will move to new position as Observatory Chief Scientist, as soon as his replacement as the AD for NAASC is in place. An open search for a new AD for NAASC is being headed by Paul Vanden Bout and the vacancy notice will be posted very shortly.

3) Update on ALMA (Blain)

  • Input to Report on New Charges from Board, reflected upon at the 1-2 February 2008 meeting at the ALMA Operations Support Facility, near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. (Blain)
ASAC Charges and agenda, see powerpoint presentations in linkto supplemental materials at agenda end

4) Discussion of ANASAC Charge II (Blain, Fall, Jogee, Johnson)

See text of charge II below.

5) ALMA Workshops (Baker/Indebetouw)

6) ALMA Science IPT Science IPT concerns. (Wootten)

8) Date of next telecon (every second month)

  • Date of next telecon is May 23, 2008

Supplemental Material


NRAO has given us a new set of charges, which are laid out below. Please read through them in advance of our telecon next week (January 18th at 14:00 EDT), when we will begin discussing them. Our initial focus will probably be Charges I and III, on which we need to provide input to our ASAC members before their February 1-2 face-to-face meeting in Santiago.


Charge I: The ALMA Board has charged the project to develop a long-term "ALMA Development Plan" in consultation with the international astronomy community. In response, the project has proposed a process in which the ASAC plays a prominent role in organizing discussions of the scientific drivers for ALMA in 2020. The NRAO asks the ANASAC to (a) recommend key scientific themes, as well as potential discussion participants with panchromatic expertise, which the North American ASAC members can use as input, and (b) discuss more generally how to ensure that the interests and needs of the North American community are fully taken into account within the framework of the Development Plan's evolution.

[Note that the above relates to the current ASAC Charge III, on which the ALMA board wants the ASAC response by its April meeting.]

Charge II: The NRAO asks the ANASAC to consider the issue of stimulating research in preparation for the use of ALMA, e.g., wide-field surveys to identify interesting targets, laboratory work on astro-chemistry, or theoretical work on star and galaxy formation, and how such preparatory research before ALMA is operational can be funded, as well as recommending avenues by which the NRAO or other organizations could promote such efforts.

Charge III: Please consider the ASAC charges and provide input on these charges to the North American ASAC members. The ASAC charges can be found at: Supplemental material from ALMA EDM

-- AlWootten - 05 Mar 2008
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Apr08newsltr.pdfpdf Apr08newsltr.pdf manage 7 MB 2008-03-14 - 15:34 AlWootten April NRAO Newsletter article on ALMA Construction
Topic revision: r5 - 2008-03-14, AlWootten
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