ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

José Velásquez Winner in the category “People and Activities”. Image entitled "DV 09".
Jose   Vela  squez People.jpg

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2013-6-20 02:00 pm EDT or 18:00 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, P. Jewell, A. Wootten, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that meeting are available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Construction Status (Wootten)
    • Antennas at the AOS: 58 (46x12m, 12x7m). Locations
    • Antennas at the OSF: 4
  2. Operations (Hibbard)
    • Daniel Espada will Join us early July.
    • From todays ALMA Science Portal
      • ALMA Cycle 0 final report: Jun 19, 2013
      • A final report on ALMA Cycle 0 is now available. This report, presented as a downloadable PDF file<>, provides the final status of ALMA Cycle 0 observations as well as an overview of how observing progressed, including performance statistics per band, LST range and of other parameters. It also provides a historical record of what was done in Cycle 0, and should help proposers to prepare observations for future Cycles.
  3. F2F Meeting DoodlePoll
    • ASAC meets 9-10 Oct.
    • Problem days: Sept 21 – UVa home game, Sep 27-29 Family weekend at UVA, Oct 5 – UVa home game
    • Are there other days we should have included???
  4. ASAC Items from 5 June telecon
  5. ALMA Development (Wootten)
  6. NAASC during Early Science (Lonsdale)
    • People
    • Meetings with ALMA or NAASC-related components (see above)
    • What is happening at the NAASC?
      • For Cycle 1, all Contact Scientist assignments have made.
        • Focusing on batch 4 SBs; PI approval by June 10. Batch 5 released by JAO June 1.
        • in total 48 from Batch 1,2,3 approved by PIs.
      • Pipeline:
        • More NA staff assigned temporarily, to assist with validating regression test datasets.
        • Some regression test SBs are now being used by CSV, during the C1 lull.
        • Weblog workshop last week: requirements for user interface and documents.
        • New heuristics release expected by May 24.
      • Cycle 2 preparation
        • Continuing on revised schedule, 3 month delay. Call now forseen 24 Oct 2013, due 5 December.
        • Evaluating technical issues that tripped up or confused Cycle 1 proposers and correcting, updating materials and planning new materials if warranted
  7. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
    • How did the ANASAC canvas of the community go?
      • what factors might be limiting people from proposing, eg.:
      • Not aware how it could help their science
      • Not aware of the big leap afforded by its capabilities
      • Think it's too difficult to use for a non-expert
      • Waiting till it's fully built and/or there's much more time available on it
      • Lack of funding
    • Planning a series of short webinars focused on specific topics
    • Will do a series of Community Days this summer / fall
    • Cycle 2 preparation outreach
      • Splinter session at AAS.
      • OT-focused webinars (90 min)
      • New set of reference simulations
    • Special session at winter AAS.
    • Other Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.
  8. Science Corner
  9. Date of next telecon
    • 18 July 2013
    • Proposed dates for 2013 telecons: 7/18, 8/16, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19
  10. Other Business

Science Corner

  1. Science Workshops and Meetings
  2. ALMA Papers (choose ALMA) 42 and counting (more on arxiv not yet listed here)
  3. Some recent ALMA presentations:

Events of Interest

20 June
ANASAC Telecon
21 June
Band 1 Science Spec Review
18 July
ANASAC Telecon

(see also google calendars)

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. ALMA Science Meetings
  2. ALMA Training Events

-- AlWootten - 2013-06-07

  • DV09:
    Jose   Vela  squez People.jpg
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ALMA_Development_RankedSummaryANASAC.pdfpdf ALMA_Development_RankedSummaryANASAC.pdf manage 40 K 2013-06-07 - 16:03 AlWootten Report on post-receipt processing of ALMA Development Studies from Nov 2011 Call.
Jose___Vela__squez_People.jpgjpg Jose___Vela__squez_People.jpg manage 124 K 2013-06-19 - 19:41 AlWootten DV09
North_American_ALMA_Development_Program_-_Stragetic_Objective_and_Goals.pdfpdf North_American_ALMA_Development_Program_-_Stragetic_Objective_and_Goals.pdf manage 56 K 2013-06-19 - 19:36 AlWootten NA ALMA Development Program strategic objectives and goals
Review_Panel_Instructions_and_Guidelines.pdfpdf Review_Panel_Instructions_and_Guidelines.pdf manage 148 K 2013-06-07 - 16:06 AlWootten Review Panel Instructions and Guidelines
Topic revision: r4 - 2013-06-21, AlWootten
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