ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting Sep16, 2011

AOS Eighteen

Eighteen antennas are shown in place at the AOS 13 August. 153 baselines) including twelve North American antennas, four East Asian antennas and one European antenna! Photo c NAOJ

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2011-09-16 02:00 pm EDT or 18:00 UT (Friday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-888-989-3306
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517 968 4643
  • Passcode: 2935920#
  • Leaders: A. Bolatto, C. Lonsdale, A. Wootten

  • Attendees:
starred Fall 2011 ANASAC Meeting, Charlottesville, VA starred


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that telecon are not available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Welcome new members! E. Bergin, U. Michigan; D. Calzetti, U. Mass.; C. Kemper (ASIAA); D. Scott (UBC)
  2. Report on ALMA progress at Chile (Wootten)
    • Construction -
      • August 2011 Science report
    • Operations
  3. Progress toward Early Science
  4. SV Data examination experience (feedback from committee members)
  5. NAASC during Early Science
    • All PIs have been notified of the status of their projects.
      • Science resource assessment--see questionnaire distributed via email
      • Plans for generation of Ph2 products--see draft letter distributed via email.
    • ALMA Development
      • The Call for ALMA Development Studies documents have received discussion at NSF; some revisions are under way.
      • European Development Studies on upgrade options for ALMA B9 and on preparations for B5 full production are reaching conclusion at the end of 2011.
      • A NA ALMA Software Development Workshop has been scheduled (see below).
      • ALMA EA development workshop meeting on September 8th in the NAOJ Mitaka campus
  6. ANASAC Charges
    • Discussions have begun on a Charge: 'The ANASAC is asked to comment on the scientific advantages of resiting ALMA Band 1 in frequency from 31.3-45 GHz to e.g. 34-53 GHz. Please note scientific advantages for the locations of the upper and lower edges of the band. Note that a paper on science goals of Band 1 is available in arXiv:0910.1609.'
  7. ASAC activities
    • Recent Agenda, 14 September.
  8. Astronomer Outreach:
  9. Any Other Business
  10. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

Events of Interest

Day Date Time Event location details
28-29 Sept
ANASAC Meeting
30 Sept
ES Commences
5-6 Oct
ASAC f2f
3-6 Mar
Science Workshop

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

The Milky Way in the Herschel Era: towards a Galaxy-scale view of the Star Formation Life-cycle Mon, September 19 – Fri, September 23, Rome

Formation and Development of Molecular Clouds - prospects for high resolution spectroscopy with CCAT 5-7 October 2011, Cologne, Germany

Signposts of Planets Oct 18-20, GSFC, Maryland

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

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

-- AlWootten - 2011-09-13
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Science_-_August_2011.pdfpdf Science_-_August_2011.pdf manage 242 K 2011-09-13 - 17:01 AlWootten Science section of August Report, from R. Hills.
Topic revision: r4 - 2011-09-16, AlWootten
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