ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting Dec 15, 2011

AOS Eighteen

Twenty-five antennas are shown in place at the AOS mid-November). Photo J. Stoke c NRAO

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2011-12-15 02:00 pm EST or 19:00 UT (Thursday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-888-989-3306
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517 968 4643
  • Passcode: 2935920#
  • Leaders: R. Osten, A. Wootten, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that meeting are not available.
  2. Special thanks to Darrel Emerson, who has pioneered innovations in millimeter astronomy of many sorts during his time at NRAO, and who retires at the end of the month.
  3. Warm welcome to Gary Parks and Michael Thorburn, the new ALMA project manager and head of Engineering respectively.
  4. Thanks to members Baker, Johnstone, and Shang, who are rotating off of the committee with this meeting.
  5. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Report on ALMA progress at Chile (Wootten)
    • Construction -
    • Operations
      • Early Science Progress
        • Proposal Numbers: Of the 112 highest priority projects whose observations have begun on ALMA, 38 were from the North American partners: the United States (35), Canada (3) and Taiwan. These were ranked most highly of the 280 proposals originating from the North American partners. Hence, the North American oversubscription rate for Cycle 0 program was 7.4:1. A total of 236 N. A. scientists are collaborators on the 112 proposals given the Highest Priority for scheduling. These include 221 U.S. investigators at 55 different institutions. In North America, 935 astronomers registered at the ALMA portal. Worldwide, there were 2836 astronomers registered with ALMA and of those registered, nearly 90% were listed on one of the 919 submitted proposals.
        • List of highest ranked projects
        • ALMA_Cycle_0_PI_data.pdf: Responses to PI Questionnaire
        • Student support: 17 applications were received, of which we were able to support 13 recommended by the external review committee.
      • Current Status
      • Cycle 1 Lookahead
        • Integrated Test 5 currently under way.
        • Call, Deadline expected boreal spring 2012.
        • Observations expected after completion of Cycle 0.
  2. NAASC during Early Science
  3. ASAC activities
    • Recent Agenda, 14 December.
    • AEDM_2011-099-O_ASAC_Report_WW.pdf: ASAC Report October 2011
    • A response from the JAO to the ASAC recommendations will be prepared and made available to the Board by the December 22nd telecon.
  4. Astronomer Outreach:
  5. Dates of next telecons
      • 20 Apr 2012
      • 16 Mar 2012
      • 14 Feb 2012
      • 20 Jan 2012
  6. Any Other Business
  7. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

Transition disk chemistry and future prospects with ALMA L. Ilsedore Cleeves, Edwin A. Bergin, Thomas J. Bethell, Nuria Calvet, Jeffrey K. J. Fogel, Juergen Sauter, Sebastian Wolf

New ALMA Memos 592 The Power Spectrum of Atmospheric Path Fluctuations at the ALMA Site from Water Vapour Radiometer Observations R. Bolton, B. Nikolic, J. Richer 09/14/2011 591 Calibration Errors and Artifacts from Imperfect van Vleck Correction D. Emerson 04/28/2011

Events of Interest

11 Jan
Special Session
13 Jan
22-23 Feb
ASAC f2f
3-6 Mar
Science Workshop

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

Workshop on Astrochemistry: An Interstellar Heritage for Solar System Materials? Mon, December 5, 2011 – Fri, December 9, 2011 Leiden

USNC-URSI 4-7 January, 2011, Boulder, Colorado

219th AAS Meeting 9-12 January, Austin, Texas

Cosmic Masers: From OH to Ho, IAU Symposium 287 January 29 - February 3 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Outflows, Winds and Jets: from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes 2012 Sat, March 3, 2012 – Tue, March 6, 2012 Charlottesville, Va

Pan-Executive ALMA "First results" workshop in Chile: 3-5 Oct 2012 likely. Working group: L. Testi, A. Wootten, M. Saito.

-- AlWootten - 2011-11-14

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
AEDM_2011-099-O_ASAC_Report_WW.pdfpdf AEDM_2011-099-O_ASAC_Report_WW.pdf manage 155 K 2011-12-14 - 17:18 AlWootten ASAC Report October 2011
ALMA_Cycle_0_PI_data.pdfpdf ALMA_Cycle_0_PI_data.pdf manage 25 K 2011-12-14 - 20:00 AlWootten Responses to PI Questionnaire
Science_-_November_2011.pdfpdf Science_-_November_2011.pdf manage 90 K 2011-12-14 - 17:32 AlWootten CSV Report to Board, November 2011
Topic revision: r4 - 2011-12-15, AlWootten
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