Minutes for the ANASAC November 21, 2013 telecon
ACTION ITEMS FROM THE TELECON:
1. Al Wootten will add an agenda item for the ANASAC telecon on December 19
to discuss how any unspent development funds will be used.
2. John Carpenter will write an email to the ASAC chair suggesting that
committee discuss three points:
a. Request that the ASAC review the change request policy.
b. Request that the ASAC review the regional policy statements on
access to raw data.
c. The ASAC members review regional constraints that may influence
the long term proposal deadline.
online agenda: https://safe.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/ALMA/21Nov13Agenda
Phil indicated that the written response to the ANASAC f2f report is nearly
complete and will be sent to the ANASAC soon. He provided a verbal summary
of the report contents:
-- The NAASC
agrees that presentations at workshops and conferences need to
maintain realistic expectations on receiving ALMA time.
-- The message that the project needs better communication on the status of
commissioning and science observations has been delivered to the JAO. Some
steps have been taken already (e.g., the project tracker has been
released). Pierre Cox intends to have a monthly ALMA newsletter;
will remind Pierre as needed to make sure that is implemented.
-- The NAASC
is working on a plan for developing metrics that quantify
participation by non-experts.
-- A duplication list was formed and is now available online.
-- The NAASC
will seek input from the ANASAC on how to make the archive more
-- The NAASC
visitor program will be expanded to include archival research, but
PI support is given top priority.
-- The ALMA call for development studies and projects will be advertised more
broadly next time.
-- The plans to merge the ANASAC with the users committee will go forward,
and agree that the subcommittee should be able to report to the NRAO
-- There is sentiment amongst the ARCS to simplify the change request process,
but there is strong opposition to allow PI's to change the scientific intent
by changing sources or correlator setup. John Carpenter will request that
the ASAC reviews the change request policy.
-- The North American view on the long-term timing of the ALMA proposals call
has been communicated to the other regions. John Carpenter will request
that the ASAC give guidance on constraints in other regions.
-- The NRAO position paper on access to raw data has been discussed in the
Director's council, and on the ALMA Board (albeit briefly). There are
- position papers (including the NA paper) on this topic that express different viewpoints. The NA representative on the Director's council is in favor of releasing the raw data, but this was opposed by other regions. The Board said it needs more informed discussion, but that someone will need to make a motion for the Board to consider this in the future. John Carpenter will send an email to the ASAC chair, suggesting that the ASAC request and review the position papers.
-- Discussion of the ALMA phasing project at the ALMA Board has led to an
interim charge requesting that the ASAC prioritize future CSV and
development activities. The JAO will produce a document that lists the
various activities in the future and the time required to complete them.
The ASAC will discuss the document on its Dec 9 telecon. Shep asked if
the limiting factor in completing the tasks is personnel or time. John
Hibbard said "both".
ALMA development (Wootten)
The ALMA development studies have been reviewed. While funds are available to
support 7-8 projects, the review panel recommended that 6 be funded. A telecon
to discuss the referee reports for the development projects will be on Monday.
The ANASAC asked and discussed what happens with the unspent funds for the
studies. The intent is to carry forward the funds, but there is concern if this
will actually happen. This will be a topic for discussion on the Dec 19
2. Science Status (Hibbard)
Due to lack of time on the telecon, there was not much discussion on the
science status. The items from the online agenda are listed below. Of note is
that the power has been stable the past couple of weeks due to actions that
been taken to address the known issues. However, it would not be surprising if
more power outages happen in the future. The JAO is taking steps to speed up
the recovery time from the outages.
Antennas at the AOS: 62 (50x12m, 12x7m). Antennas at the OSF: 4
Locations Array is similar to C32-3.
Last night: 38 antennas available for observation (29x12m, 9x7m)
Cycle 1 observations have completed two blocks since last telecon
(Sessions 19 & 20).
~80 "QA0 PASS" SBs (both 12-m Array and 7-m Array) amounting to
~107hrs for just completed Block 20 (Nov13-19).
Still no timeline for TP Array software acceptance. NAASC
heavily in small Tiger Team to concentrate on this.
CBrogan, THunter just returned from 2.5mo deployment to CSV.
KSheth just went down for 1mo deployment.
RSimon finished 2 AoD
Cycle 1 "Duplication Checklist" was published to Science Portal on Nov. 4
OT patch issued Nov 18. All PI's who already submitted proposals were contacted
directly. All registered users got email notification & banner & news item
posted to SP.
Both PI's and CoI
's can now access PT!! Gives project status, #executions for
each SB/OUS, date of observations. See KB article How do I track the
observational progress of my project?. Have requested new requirement that
users have option to select email notification for project status changes in
the SP User Profile. No word yet on if this is accepted or for what release.
Helps a lot that ASAC also made request for this.
You can query the ALMA Science Archive at over any range of dates to get list
of projects observed. See KB article "Where can see a list of projects or
targets that were observed by ALMA on a given date?"
during Early Science (Lonsdale)
This discussion was also cut short due to lack of time, and the agenda
is indicated below.
-- The three main talks which were presented at the community days are now posted.
-- Cycle 2 Support:
-- 41 KB articles published or updated for Cycle2. List of most popular
and most recently published articles appears at bottom of Knowledgebase list
-- 130 Helpdesk tickets submitted since CfP
(65 NA, 46 EU, 19 EA).
-- Have arrange for around-the-clock/weekend support close to the deadline.
-- Cycle 1 Support:
-- Data Reduction: 58 SBs processed or being processed. 21 QA2 PASS.
5 deliveries. 2 NA projects completed. Currently: 8 staff reducing 25 SBs.
-- 2 Data Reduction visits since last telecon.
-- Postdoc advertisement out, applications due 2 Dec.
4. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale)
The agenda is indicated below, but any discussion was cut short due to lack of
-- 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:
"3D2014: Gas and Stars in Galaxies - A Multi-Wavelength 3D Perspective"
March 10-14, 2014 ESO, Garching near Munich, Germany
Herbig Ae/Be stars: The missing link in star formation, 7-11 April 2014, Santiago
Also: Community Days. 19-20 November Garching.
2014 AAS Meeting in Maryland outside Washington DC: ALMA Splinter session, NRAO Town Hall
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting (13-17 February 2014).
Seeking newsworthy results for the Press events there.
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
Workshop Sep 14-18 2014 Charlottesville Topic will be the Assembly of Galaxies (roughly z~1 to whatever)
Other (SPIE Obsy Ops June 2014, Montreal)
-- Community Days.
CDE Calendar Fall 2013 Cycle 2
-- 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
December 19, 2013