ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2013-12-19 2:00 pm EST or 19:00 UT (Thursday (Friday in Taipei))
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-866-692-4538
  • Outside Tokyo in Japan Number: 0066-33-132434
  • Outside USA +1-517-466-2084
  • Passcode: 3668477#
  • Confirmation Number: 1883473
  • Leaders: J. Carpenter, A. Bolatto, P. Jewell, A. Wootten, (C. Lonsdale out today)
  • CV Room: 245

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting and minutes are available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. NAASC (Jewell)
    • See new Terms of Reference (top of page)
    • Thanks to members Crutcher, Neufeld, Osten, Mumma and Looney for their advice over the past three years. Continuing members have been added to the NRAO Users Committee for the remainder of their terms.
    • ANASAC F2F Meeting 16-17 September
    • ASAC
      • New Charge
    • ALMA Development (Wootten)
      • NA Calls
        • Studies, Projects recommendations complete, presented to NSF for consent.
  2. Science Status (Hibbard)
    • Observing Status
      • Antennas at the AOS: 60 (48x12m, 12x7m). Antennas at the OSF: 4, DA 61 ready to go to AOS.
      • Locations Array is similar to C32-2.
      • Recent night: 38 antennas available for observation (28x12m, 8x7m)
      • Cycle 1 observations have completed two additional blocks since last telecon (Sessions 21 & 22); 59% efficiency in those two for the 12m array.
        • Projects: 89 with some observations (207 SBs); 70 with some components completed (165 SBs); 18 with some deliveries (38 SBs); 6 completed (10 SBs)
        • Data reduction: 46 projects being processed (81 SBs); 23 in the queue (36 SBs)
      • KSheth returning from 1mo deployment (CSV support). RSimon (AoD support) & APeck (CSV support) head to Chile shortly.
  3. NAASC during Early Science
    • NAASC TV
    • Cycle 2 Statistics summary in Science Portal and NRAO eNews.
    • Cycle 1 Support:
      • In-house Data Reduction: 81 EBs processed or being processed. 22 SBs QA2 PASS. Currently: staff reducing 12 SBs.
      • NA Data Deliveries: 22 SBs for 8 projects, 25 in flight.
      • 1 Data Reduction visits since last telecon.
    • People
      • Postdoc applications under consideration.
  4. Astronomer Outreach
    • Google calendars for ALMA Science and Training events now linked to from Science Portal (under Helpdesk link)
    • Next NAASC Workshop. Topic: Assembly of Galaxies. SOC, LOC active.
      • Regional workshops are planned:
        • NA:
          • 2014 AAS Meeting in Maryland outside Washington DC: Splinter session, NRAO Town Hall
          • 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting (13-17 February 2014).
            • 180 Minute Symposium: Technological Innovations and Their Impact on Astronomical Discovery (includes A. Peck on ALMA)
            • 180 Minute Symposium: From Dust and Molecules to Planets and Stars
            • 90 Minute Symposium: The Evolution of Galaxies in the Early Universe
          • 2014 Summer AAS Meeting: Boston TBD
          • 2014 NAASC Workshop Aug 2014 Charlottesville Topic will be the Assembly of Galaxies (roughly z~1 to whatever)
          • ALMA Conference 2014 SOC active. "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.
        • Other (SPIE Obsy Ops June 2014, Montreal) * Other Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.
  5. Date of next telecon
    • 20 February 2014
    • Proposed dates for 2014 telecons: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec
  6. Other Business

Science Corner

  1. Memos and papers of note
    • 81 published refereed ALMA papers, 115 all flavors.
  2. Science Workshops and Meetings
  3. ALMA Papers (choose ALMA) 110 and counting (more on arxiv not yet listed here)

Events of Interest

Feb 2014
ANASAC Telecon

(see also google calendars)

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. ALMA Science Meetings
  2. ALMA Training Events

-- AlWootten - 2013-12-18

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
AEDM_2013-111-O_ASAC_Response_to_CSV_Priorities.pdfpdf AEDM_2013-111-O_ASAC_Response_to_CSV_Priorities.pdf manage 137 K 2013-12-19 - 14:13 AlWootten ASAC Report on Interim Charge
anasac_response_04Dec2013_final.pdfpdf anasac_response_04Dec2013_final.pdf manage 253 K 2013-12-19 - 08:55 AlWootten ANASAC Report with NRAO response
Topic revision: r6 - 2013-12-19, AlWootten
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