ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

  • ALMA was Inaugurated!
  • Chilean President Pinera and ALMA Director de Graauw applaud ALMA's inaugural command to observe the Galactic Center:
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Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2013-3-21 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: Al Wootten Carol Lonsdale Phil Jewell Alberto Bolatto Daniela Calzetti John Carpenter Richard Crutcher Kelsey Johnson Leslie Looney Michael Mumma Rachel Osten Douglas Scott


  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)
    • Inauguration occurred. All reports suggest good worldwide coverage despite competing South American news.
    • See NRAO eNews
    • Operating on two turbines; considerable wet weather during the Altiplanic winter.
    • 55 antennas at the AOS.
    • Nutator delivered, testing has begun.
    • All ALMA Front Ends have been completed. An integration facility has been installed at the OSF.
    • Power. PPS to power portions of the AOS array
    • CSV: Testing long baselines to begin soon.
  2. Operations (Hibbard)
    • DDT call released March 1
    • Nature News & Views on result in science below from colleague Andrew Blain.
    • ALMA_Report_-_January_2013. Science Operations section attached.
    • Monthly Reports for previous months.
    • Solar System Models in CASA 4.0
      • A memo describing the details of the models and how they work in CASA can be found in the ALMA Memo Series at: ALMA Memo 594
    • Cycle 1 Status:
      • See Science Portal news items about the Cycle1 proposal review results, plans for the early part of the cycle, and for cycle 0 news.
    • Cycle 0 Status: Data delivery by end of February (see portal)
      • ALMA Archive: ALMA Science data continues to grow and to be disseminated.
    • Cycle 2 planning:
      • OT team meeting this week in Edinburgh; OT updates by April 15
      • Proposer's Guide Working Group began telecons
  3. ASAC Items Report on
    • Board agrees on abstracts becoming public upon a program being accepted into the high priority queue in Cycle 2 and beyond.
    • Congratulatory words for ALMA Cycle 0
      • Report from the ASAC F2F Meeting, Feb 15/16 2013: "The ASAC feels that the quality of the delivered data look excellent. These are producing groundbreaking science outcomes covering a wide range of science areas, including astro-chemistry, the Solar system. star and planet formation, the life cycle of stars, nearby galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and the high redshift Universe. The ASAC congratulates [the] JAO, ARCs and all those who [were] involved with these high level achievements despite [] the difficulties of the early science operations during its major construction phase"
      • ALMA Board Meeting minutes, March 15/16 2013: "the Board agreed with the ASAC's response and congratulated the responsible JAO and ARC staff who made this possible."
  4. ALMA Development (Wootten)
    • Development-NA Workshop scheduled Charlottesville 18 April 2013
    • Studies proceeding. Call for Studies ca 1 May. Call for Proposals thereafer Object is to get all done within 2013 fiscal year.
  5. NAASC during Early Science (Lonsdale)
    • People
    • Meetings upcoming with ALMA or NAASC-related components (see above)
    • What is happening at the NAASC?
      • All NA C0 projects are fully delivered.
      • For Cycle 1, all Contact Scientist assignments have made.
        • Most batch 2 SBs ready; 5 awaiting PI approval
        • 15 batch 3 ready for PI approval (deadline extended by 1 week to April 20)
        • batch 4 just released by JAO
        • in total 28 approved by PIs
      • Visitors:
        • last week, Rachel Akeson
        • Sean Andrews, March 26-28
        • Carol Ferkinhoff, April 8-12
      • Pipeline:
        • February heuristics released last week
        • no testing on C1 data yet
      • Cycle 2 preparation
  6. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
  7. Date of next telecon
    • xx Apr 2013 (18 April is date of Development Workshop. New date needed. Not 25 April owing to conflict with meeting then.
    • Proposed dates for 2013 telecons: 5/16. 6/20, 7/18, 8/16, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19
  8. Other Business

Science Corner

  1. Science Workshops and Meetings
  2. ALMA Papers (choose ALMA) 33 and counting (more on arxiv not yet listed here but added below)

Events of Interest

28 Feb-1 Mar
ALMA Workshop
13 Mar
ALMA Ibauguration
21 Mar
ANASAC Telecon
18 Apr
NA Development Workshop
xx Apr
ANASAC Telecon
1-2 May
NRAO Users Committee

(see also google calendars)

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. ALMA Science Meetings
  2. ALMA Training Events

-- AlWootten - 2013-03-20

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SciOps_January2013.pdfpdf SciOps_January2013.pdf manage 105 K 2013-03-20 - 19:50 AlWootten Science Operations Section of January report, from DSO
Topic revision: r9 - 2013-03-23, AlWootten
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