ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

  • Array from a spur on Chajnantor by Neil Phillips:
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Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2013-7-25 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. Status (Wootten)
    • Antennas at the AOS: 59 (47x12m, 12x7m). Locations
      • Power failures and poor weather have delayed antenna moves and further Cycle 1 observations. Software acceptance has proceeded, with several Cycle 1 Projects as test elements in the acceptance.
    • Antennas at the OSF: 5
    • All Band 10 WCAs shipped on 28-June-2013. All Band 4 & 8 WCAs have been accepted by the project. Nutators to arrive at OSF soon (two batches of two). 23rd DA antenna to be delivered in a few weeks.
    • Cycle1 SW acceptance test this week. Accepted for 12m-array observations. Have been told we can start processing & delivering PI 12m observations (have 2 datasets used as part of test that are ready to go!). SW acceptance including ACA observations for another month (if array gets back on-line soon). Getting data to ensure acceptance of ACA will be a priority in coming weeks (once we get back on sky).
  2. ASAC Items from 3 July telecon
    • Schedule for Calls for Proposals
  3. F2F Meeting 16-17 September
  4. ALMA Development (Wootten)
    • Callwas issued via eNews, direct email.
      • Thanks for reviewer nominations for Studies and Projects!
      • Nine studies proposals received from 8 PIs with teams totaling 41 investigators from 17 institutions. Total funding sought: $1.23M
      • 7 US PI proposals, one Taiwan/ASIAA and one Canada/HIA. Total sought: $1,234,761.08
  5. NAASC during Early Science (Lonsdale)
    • People
      • Leslie Looney has finished his sabbatical at the NAASC; Paul Martini is in his final weeks; Chris Wilson has commenced her sabbatical at JAO.
      • Nathan Brunetti has joined as NAASC Data Analyst. A. Moullet has accepted a term Scientist position beginning in the Fall.
      • Daniel Espada has joined the JAO early July.
      • Ed Fomalont has received a Distinguished Performance Award from NRAO.
    • NAASC TV
    • For Cycle 1,
      • SW acceptance review held Tuesday. Sw has been accepted for Cycle1 12m observations. Some work-arounds in data reduction and Ph2 generation will be likely, but do not look too onerous. Sw including ACA acceptance anticipated in ~1mo.
      • 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 month: requirements for user interface and documents.
    • Cycle 2 preparation
      • Continuing on revised schedule, 3 month delay. Call now forseen 24 Oct 2013, due 5 December. Technical HB being reviewed. OT phase1 tests next week.
      • Evaluating technical issues that tripped up or confused Cycle 1 proposers and correcting, updating materials and planning new materials if warranted. e.g. first video, about LAS:
  6. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
    • Google calendars for ALMA Science and Training events now linked to from Science Portal (under Helpdesk link)
    • Next NAASC Workshop? Rachel, Douglas and Daniela volunteered for advisory committee; Topic: Assembly of Galaxies. SOC proposed.
    • Science Verification data: There are 21 refereed publications. 8 from NA first authors, 8 from EU first authors, 2 from EA first authors, 3 from XX (Mexico) first authors. There are two papers on arXiv which will probably graduate to published (refereed) 1 NA authored and 1 EU authored.
    • Cycle 0 PI data as of 7 July: 22 refereed papers from Cycle 0 data, 21 from highest ranked proposals and one from a filler. There are 113 entries in the original list of Cycle 0 highest ranked proposals, so 19% are published (two were canceled). Of those,
      • NA accounts for six projects published, of 37 uncanceled highest priority. These are projects 142, 191, 206, 236, 243 and 958.
      • EU accounts for six projects published, of 35. These are projects 131, 259, 275, 294, 635 and 957.
      • EA accounts for 7 projects published, of 27, and one filler project published. These are projects 101, 108, 115, 199, 268, 467 and 648, with filler 121.
      • CL accounts for two projects published, of 10. These are projects 367 and 465.
    • PS telecon 12 July. Discussed development synchronization, planned science meetings, SAC plans.
      • The next overall ALMA Science Workshop was discussed. The first of these was in Washington in 1999; the second in Madrid in 2006; the third in Puerto Varas in 2012. It is proposed to hold the next one in late 2014 or early 2015 in Japan. EA are interested in this of course.
      • Regional workshops are planned:
        • ESO:
          • "3D2014: Gas and Stars in Galaxies - A Multi-Wavelength 3D Perspective" March 10-14, 2014 ESO, Garching near Munich, Germany
          • Circumstellar Disks around Herbig stars (rough title), April 2014, Santiago (early planning)
          • Also: Community Days. 19-20 November Garching. Archive proposed to be covered.
        • NA:
          • 2013 IAU303 on the Galactic Center, Santa Fe, NM 30 Sep-4 Oct 2013 (not really ALMA).
          • 2014 AAS Meeting in Maryland outside Washington DC: ALMA 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 Sep 14-18 2014 Charlottesville Topic will be the Assembly of Galaxies (roughly z~1 to whatever)
        • EA: Regional ALMA meeting Taipei, Taiwan, Japan, Korea 2-3 Sep 2013
        • Other (SPIE Obsy Ops June 2014, Montreal)
    • 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.
  7. Date of next telecon
    • 15 August 2013
    • Proposed dates for 2013 telecons: 8/15, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19
  8. Other Business

Science Corner

  1. Memos and papers of note
  2. Science Workshops and Meetings
  3. ALMA Papers (choose ALMA) 53 and counting (more on arxiv not yet listed here)
  4. Some recent ALMA presentations:

Events of Interest

25 July
ANASAC Telecon
15 Aug
ANASAC Telecon
3 Sep
planned cy2 pre-announncement
16-17 Sep
9-10 Oct
ALMA Cycle 2 Call for Proposals

(see also google calendars)

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. ALMA Science Meetings
  2. ALMA Training Events

-- AlWootten - 2013-07-23

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Topic revision: r7 - 2013-07-26, AlWootten
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