ANASAC Telecon, April 17, 2014

Participants: Al Wootten, Carol Lonsdale, Dan Marrone, Dick Plambeck, Daniela Calzetti, John Hibbard, Phil Jewell, John Carpenter, James Di Francesco, Douglas Scott, Shep Doelmann

1. NAASC (Jewell)

a) JAO update - A new group, called "Extension and Optimization of Capabilities (EOC)," has been formed to lead and increase ALMA's instrumental opportunities. Anthony Remijan will lead this group, holding the title of Program Scientist (Extension and Optimization). Catherine Vlahakis will become Deputy Program Scientist (Extension and Optimization), effective 24 March 2014 for 18 months. Fills in role vacated by Stuartt Corder as he is now Deputy Director. Tony and Cat will have this role for the next 18 months - Starting 01 April 2014 ALMA transitioned to a 2+1 weekly cadence, 2 weeks of ES and 1 week of focused EOC activity. b) CURRENT PRIORITIES [Week of April 14, 2014] - Pipeline parallel data comparison pipeline has met a preliminary pass, expected to be in operation at the start of Cycle 2 - Data reduction of Cycle 1 data continuing intensely, ~80 EBs delivered - CASAguides a recent update in prep for upcoming Synthesis Summer School, some testing by ANASAC members would be appreciated (already been done in-house), user feedback would be very helpful c) ANASAC F2F Meeting 28 May annual meeting done in conjunction with NRAO User's Meeting following 2 days. Agenda items needed. Previous agenda is in the archives. Need to compress the agenda into one day. d) People: - Postdoc offer made to Amanda Kepley, accepted.

2. Program Scientist (Wootten)

a) Cycle 0 science status. - 110 ALMA papers so far (CV + Cycle 0 + Cycle 1) - For Cycle 0, 23 papers have been published by NA authors from 41 projects with delivered data (5 were fillers). - 17 new entries in available archive data in March. - NA doing well in this score but no Cycle 1 papers yet? - hard to determine how well NA is doing vs. all other regions since data base does not include executive origin of projects b) ASAC telecon meeting 9 April - ASAC Report, questionnaire to be sent to community for feedback, Board has asked JAO for plan for Project Scientist role in Santiago, either hire someone into that role or distribute the responsibilities - Board is considering charges for next meeting in Charlottesville - Board actions in March relating to ASAC - Concurred with the ASAC’s designation of Alberto Bolatto and Tomoharu Oka as the next Chair and EA Deputy Chair, and noted that the next EU Deputy Chair will be proposed by June 2014. - Noted that the ASAC contact for the ALMA Development Steering Committee is now Dick Plambeck. - Concurred in the NSF’s re-appointment of Douglas Scott of the University of British Columbia and appointment of Rachel Osten, of the Space Telescope Science Institute to 3-year terms on the ALMA Science Advisory Committee effective April 2014 and June 2014, respectively. (Kelsey Johnson is rotating off soon.) - 9 Apr Presentation - Stuartt made this presentation to the ASAC - Gautier gave a short disposition of the Cycle 2 results, NA obtained 117 high-priority projects, oversubscription for Cycle 2 went down due to larger number of available hours c) ALMA Development (Wootten) - ESO Messenger article on ALMA flux calibration, available for the general reader, Two further articles, for the Memo Series, will follow. - NA Calls - Studies have begun. - Band 1 carrying on, as is Band 5, APP is also coming along well. - New Projects approved by ALMA Board and they have begun or are in final stages of contract signoff. - Band 2 Workshop happened in Arcetri, can Band 2 include Band 3? NA plan for Band 2 Project is 67-94 GHz. IRAM presented plan for cutting-edge SIS receiver for 72-120GHz that will be installed on PdBI in July. May not satisfy compression specs for solar observing though, putting similar technology into an ALMA Band 3 cartridge may be tricky according to engineers. B23 LNA design noise contributions are dominated by LNA, and no current LNA can cover 67-116 GHz within the ALMA spec, designing/prototyping new LNA design takes ~1 year, NA going ahead with its Project design. EA work on Band1 optics noted a problem getting low frequency beams through the window in the dewar, may be an optics design problem for Band 2. Good workshop and now figuring out what elements from EU, EA work can go into a final design for implementation on the telescope.

3. Science Status (Hibbard, Lonsdale)

a) New CASAguide available for processing Cyc0 data from archive. Please Test!! b) Cycle 1 Status Report March 2014 c) Observing Status - Array is similar to C32-4. - Antennas at the AOS: 62 (53x12m, 12x7m). Antennas at the OSF: 4. - Currently in commissioning time (now called EOC). 38 antennas available for observation (35x12m, 10x7m), This week PWV ~ 0.3-1 mm, some snow last week - Cycle 1 observations have completed several additional blocks since last telecon (Session 30; Session 31 begins April 22). - HP Projects: 196 total. 107 (55%) with some observations. 58 (30%) with some data delivered. 28 (14%) completed. - Tony Remijan (EOC support), Richard Simon (AoD support) in Chile d) NA Data Reduction - 180 EBs processed or being processed in-house; - 45 NA EBs by JAO. 11 SBs QA2 PASS in last week. Currently: 10 staff reducing 12 SBs. 12 SBs in queue. e) NA Data Deliveries - 91 SBs for 34 projects. 15 NA projects completely delivered. - 1 Data Reduction visits since last telecon. - NA doing well compared to other partners f) Cycle 2 Status - Notifications out to PIs. Awaiting posting of Cycle 2 projects to Science Portal by Proposal Handling Team. - 353 A+B graded projects (117 NA). Oversubscription = 3.9 by project, 4.3 by 12-m time (3.6, 4.1 for NA) - So far, 3 NA helpdesk tickets complaining about consensus reports, 2 from outside helpdesk (half of Cycle 1), 3/5 about unfair technical assessments, 2/5 about proposal not being read correctly, some chatter on ASAC e-mails about bad consensus reports, should reports be better vetted by the JAO? - SBs for first batch projects are assigned to P2G and Contact Scientists - Will also start transferring uncompleted Cycle 1 projects (awaiting list from JAO). - Software for Total Power Observing mode has not passed acceptance. A non-linearity has come in that we do not know yet how to calibrate out. Need software for start of Cycle 2. Contingency plans being investigated. Report from EA expected next week. (120 hours of TP approved in Cycle 1, 46 projects for Cycle 2)

4. Astronomer Outreach (Wootten)

a) Google calendars for ALMA Science and Training events now linked to from Science Portal (under Helpdesk link) b) NAASC TV c) ALMA Questionnaire distributed shortly after Cycle 2 results mailed to PI. Asks for feedback on all aspects of ALMA, from proposal process to data reduction/products. d) Next NAASC Workshop. Topic: Assembly of Galaxies. Submissions being accepted. Please register! e) NA Regional workshops are planned: - 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting (13-17 February 2014). - 180 Minute Symposium: Technological Innovations and Their Impact on Astronomical Discovery (included P. Jewell on ALMA) - 180 Minute Symposium: From Dust and Molecules to Planets and Stars - 90 Minute Symposium: The Evolution of Galaxies in the Early Universe - 14th Synthesis Imaging School May 13-20, Socorro - 2014 Summer AAS Meeting: Boston TBD - International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy ALMA Session at the 69th Meeting - June 16-20, 2014 - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois - 2014 NAASC Workshop 4-7 Aug 2014 Transformational Science in the ALMA Era: Multi-Wavelength Studies of Galaxy Evolution. Charlottesville f) International workshops: - ALMA Conference 2014. "Revolution in Astronomy with ALMA -- The Third Year" 2014 December 8 to 11 at Tokyo International Forum near Tokyo Station - Proposal for IAU GA Focus session on VLA-ALMA science submitted.

Minutes submitted by James DiFrancesco and Alberto Bolatto

-- AlWootten - 2014-04-19
Topic revision: r2 - 2014-05-02, AlWootten
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