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NAASC Organizational Meeting: Wednesday Aug 06, 1-2:30pm ET (1700-1830UT), CV-ER209/TUC-N525/Soc280(SO-conf2)

Meeting Information

  • Call date: 2008-08-06 (Wednesday)
  • Call time 13:00 ET or 17:00 UT
  • Duration: 1.5 hr
  • Non toll-free number: 434-244-6834
  • USA toll-free Number: 866-675-5385
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517-444-6916
  • Passcode: 8445333#
  • Leader: Hibbard

Attendees

  • CV: HL, TR, RI, JS, CB, RR, AH, TH, MA, AE
  • Soc: CC, SM
  • GB:
  • ATF:
  • Canada:
  • Tuc:

Action Items from past meetings (RED=OPEN)

  • ACTION: provide revised ALMA EPO plan/staff ramp-up for NAASC EPO effort consistent with planned funding level
    • WHO: M.Adams/J. Stoke
    • DUE: Dec 15 -> Sep 15
    • DONE:
    • NOTES: reassigned to J. Stoke
  • ACTION: Write revised NAASC proposal: budget methodology; changes from Washington review
    • WHO: Hibbard
    • DUE: Jan-30
    • DONE: New budget done 11/13. Need text.
  • ACTION: Send some suggested turno schedules to JHibbard
    • WHO: Brogan, Hunter, Indebetouw, Liszt, Remijan
    • DUE: September
    • DONE:
    • NOTES: No longer necessary
  • ACTION: Ask JAO/CSV if more than 8 days at OSF can be accommodated; minimal amount of time to be spent in SCO
    • WHO: Hibbard
    • DUE: September
    • DONE: 6/4/2008
    • NOTES: Yes, more days can be spent at OSF. No minimal time in SCO set.
  • ACTION: Get Canadian MOU moving.
    • WHO: Carilli
    • DUE:
    • DONE: 7/3/2008
    • NOTES: Ready for signatures
  • ACTION: Get ANASAC to finalize dates of f2f meeting; push to have it in Socorro before end of August so they can see the ATF.
    • WHO: Carilli
    • DUE:
    • DONE: 7/3/2008
    • NOTES: Will be Sept 12 in Charlottesville
  • ACTION: Review NAASC webpage you are responsible for (see assignments) prior to monthly NAASC Org. Meeting
    • WHO: Everyone
    • DUE: prior to meeting
    • DONE:

Action Items from this meeting:

  • ACTION: meet with James diF during Massive08 meeting to discuss CA contribution to NA ARC activities in FY09
    • WHO: Lonsdale, Hibbard
    • DUE: Sept 27
    • DONE:
    • NOTES:
  • ACTION: get ANASAC written material on NA ARC prior to f2f meeting
    • WHO: Hibbard
    • DUE: 9/5/2008
    • DONE:
    • NOTES: FY08 program report, FY09 program plan, FY09-FY13 LRS
  • ACTION: make sure Jennifer has all arrangements made for ANASAC f2f
    • WHO: Crystal
    • DUE: 9/3/2008
    • DONE:
    • NOTES:

Agenda

  • NAASC News (Carilli/Hibbard)
    • Carol Lonsdale has accepted the position of NAASC Head, replacing Chris Carilli effective October 1 2008.
    • J. Stoke & A. Evans are with us now
    • We have one offer out for the second CSV-liaison position. Other recent ALMA-wide job actions are detailed here.
    • Planning: 2008Q3 quarterly report, FY08 Progress Report, FY09 Program Plan, FY09-FY13 Long Range Plan
    • The Canadian MOU is ready for CA signatures.
    • Because of the election, it is likely that we will go into FY09 under a continuing resolution. This means that instead of the anticipated budget of $11.8M, we may be funded at the FY08 rate of $7.6M. Considering carryover from FY08 (due to slower ramp-up of Chilean Operations), we expect that we will be able to operate throughout the first three quarters of FY09 (i.e. Oct08-Jun09) with relatively little impact (main impact: delay archive set-up, delay some hirings, delay any tutorials, science workshops and face-to-face meetings). The real pain comes in the final quarter. Since we have not yet received a bottoms-up estimate from Chilean Operations for CY09 and it comprises 60% of the FY09 budget (90% of the CR budget), it is pre-mature to worry too much about this now. We expect a revised Chilean Ops budget by mid September.

  • ACTION: meet with James diF during Massive08 meeting to discuss CA contribution to NA ARC activities in FY09
    • WHO: Lonsdale, Hibbard
    • DUE:
    • DONE:
    • NOTES:

  • Project News (Wootten)
    • Status Report VertexRSI2 moved from SEF Assembly Building to an SEF antenna station by ALMA Transporter Nine ALMA antennas are now on-site in Chile: four antennas from Mitsubishi Electric Co. (Melco) and five antennas from VertexRSI. These antennas are undergoing acceptance testing, after which they will leave the contractor’s camp for further tests at the OSF TB, including radiometric tests using the first ALMA receiver suite. These receivers are contained within the ALMA Front End, the first of which was successfully tested at the OSF in June. Recent successful tests at the OSF featured a system that included ALMA elements from the Front End to the correlator and the software interconnecting these devices. The massive antennas are moved by one of the two ALMA transporters; these achieved Provisional Acceptance and has moved the second assembled Vertex RSI antenna from the capacious (but with four antennas under construction, full) Site Erection Facility Assembly Building to an outside pad for holographic surface measurements. Later, a Melco antenna will be moved to the 16,400-foot elevation Array Operations Site (AOS) for high-altitude tests. Work is being completed on pad number 93, close to the AOS technical building, so that these tests may be efficiently accommodated.
    • ASAC Matters.
      • Face-to-face meeting in Charlottesville after Massive Star Formation Workshop
      • New Charges will require some work
    • Band 10 (350 micron) receivers accepted by ALMA Board as NAOJ contribution.
    • Commissioning and Science Verification
      • Rainer Mauersberger and Robert Lucas will be starting work in Chile in the next few weeks.
      • NAOJ has appointed Dr. Tsuyoshi Sawada as ALMA Commissioning Scientist; he will probably arrive in Chile in October of this year.
      • Dr. Stuartt Corder has accepted a Jansky Postdoc; he will spend two years in Chile working with the Commissioning Team before moving to Charlottesville for the science portion of his appointment.
    • Current Science IPT Schedule. Current Operations Schedule. IPS Pictorial View(2008 Feb 29).
    • ALMA Biweekly Calendar
    • ALMA Construction Photogallery
    • Upcoming ATF schedule for the coming month (from ATF Science Support calendar: go to google calendar and search on "ATF Sci support"):
  • ANASAC (Carilli)
    • Last telecon: 25 July 2008 Agenda
    • Plans being made for next f2f meeting (Sept 12 in CV).
    • Working on charge on "Community Support" & ALMA preparatory work, use of NA ALMA prototype antenna (see also email from Mirabel), next NAASC workshop, plus ASAC charges
  • ACTION: get ANASAC written material on NA ARC prior to f2f meeting
    • WHO: Hibbard
    • DUE: 9/5/2008
    • DONE:
    • NOTES: FY08 program report, FY09 program plan, FY09-FY13 LRS
  • ACTION: make sure Jennifer has all arrangements made for ANASAC f2f
    • WHO: Crystal
    • DUE: 9/3/2008
    • DONE:
    • NOTES:

  • Main Event: Candidate events:
    • Report from ObsTool testing (UT5)? Nothing really worth reporting. Not ready for broader demo yet.
    • Input to NRAO eNews? Crystal submitted article on CASA
    • CV-hosted summer school/tutorials? (suggested for next summer by Socorro)Save for after Carol gets here
    • Are we going the arclet route? Save for after Carol gets here
      • Computing effort with UMd
      • Chemistry effort with UVa
      • UVML
      • Interest from SMA
      • Interest from Herschel
      • Certainly there will be other comers. How do we proceed?
    • NA ALMA Development effort - needs to ramp-up starting FY2009.Save for after Carol gets here

  • Reports from Working Groups

-- JohnHibbard - 02 Sep 2008

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