DONE: All examples successfully tested from a new user perspective. A few links added to documentation for picking an Antenna config.
NOTES: A public image library available?
ACTION: Send ASAC report on ALMA Development to Carilli for inclusion in NRAO Decadal white paper
ACTION: Send NRAO Decadal white-paper to Wootten
ACTION: Generate streamlined description of Richer ALMA PRC document for ANASAC
NOTES: Decided that updated ppt presentation was sufficient summary
ACTION: Assign ANASAC charge to review Richer ALMA PRC document and provide written comment by Jan 9.
ACTION: Set ANASAC meeting dates, update wiki & web if necessary.
DONE: web updated: 12/31/08; meeting set: 1/9/09
NOTES: ANASAC telecon Jan23 09
Action Items from this meeting:
ACTION: Announce NAASC workshop; get website up and poster out
WHO: A. Evans
ACTION: have Tuesday meeting to decide if we should use google calendars for work schedules
ACTION: post AAS demos someplace (simulator, obstool, splatalogue).
ACTION: Work with project to make sure time for training, tutorials, documentation is worked into s/w delivery schedules
DUE: By May s/w review
ACTION: Check w/GC if we can go ahead w/planned EPO hires.
ACTION: Have telecon to discuss possible Canadian support for science user webpages.
ACTION: update top level NAASC webpage to highlight NAASC supported user tools.
NAASC News (Hibbard/Lonsdale)
Interviews for CASA Developer job and two postdocs are over and job offers are being worked up.
Shortlist for CSV2 job has been made, and interviews will happen shortly
Some of the TT candidates look promising for the NAASC.
CSV postdoc interviews have occurred, offer to be made.
A Hubble Fellow will come to the NAASC next year to work with Carol
Report from activities at AAS from Carol, John S., any others. Town hall was great. Booth looked good. Shorter demos are better than longish ones
SciOpsIPT f2f meeting happened Jan 11-14. JEH will report (see also main event)
Crystal went to Chile to give CASA tutorials to JAO staff, and to attend ASAC meeting. Report? tutorial webpage. About 20 participants. All very eager and worked with CASA until they were kicked out of the room. Went very well.
Anything to report on ALMA Development process/white papers for decadal review?
Should I post Nyman's ASAC presentation on the ARCs? Sure
Project News (Wootten)
First light--moon detected at 100, 240 and 310 GHz on 22 Jan.
Vertex No 1 acceptance likely to be today or tomorrow.
Front Ends: Third from EU FEIC in Feb '09.
Correlator: Discussion of fate of ATF correlator--wanted at three places (with the antenna were so needed)
Face-to-face meeting in Chile 28-29 Jan.
Next meeting Garching proposed 19-20 Sep---someone needs to send announcements of the Workshop out before the dates get trounced! Dates: 21-25 September at Omni. AI: AE - announce NAASC workshop; get website up and poster out
Panel to prepare ALMA Development Proposal has had several further telecons.
Commissioning and Science Verification (new versions received for December).
Telecon was held Jan 23. Details available on the telecon agenda, including new charges to the ANASAC.
JEH is experimenting with using google calendars for NAASC events. Have listed them on NAASC wiki, and also off of the NAASC webpage (navigationally: NAASC->Meetings/Events). I have also collected a bunch of relevant ALMA & NRAO google calendars. If you have a google account, you can add these all with one click on the "+" button at the bottom of this really big calendar. Lets discuss if we should use these, which should be public, who should be given permission to add/edit events. AI: CL - have Tuesday meeting to decide if we should use google calendars for work schedules
NAASC Science user webpages: not being kept up. Does this fall under EPO/John S., or CIS, or who? We need to make progress on this, and understand this effort in the context of the larger "one observatory" approach. Post AAS demos somewhere? Update "presentations" page? Can we expedite planned EPO hires to make progress on this? AW says: ALMA Memo Series pages really need to be kept up!! AI: JH/CL - Check w/GC if we can go ahead w/planned EPO hires. Canada may be able to provide some help here AI: GS/CL/JH/HM - have telecon to discuss possible Canadian support for science user webpages. AI: JH - update top level NAASC webpage to highlight NAASC supported user tools. AI: JS - post AAS demos someplace (simulator, obstool, splatalogue).
ALMA proposal review process: result of SciOpsIPT discussion:
Suggest that ARPs travel to local ARC to discuss proposals via videocon
Main change from Richer proposal was to make APRC final ranking only dependent on Science ranking, dublication & observing conditions (distribution across RA, observing band, weather req'ts), and not considering balance between executives. The latter will be done wholly by Observing Council
Richer panel proposed the following four broad scientific categories for the proposal panels: Cosmology, Extragalactic, galactic, stellar. We believed they were too broad and not well balanced (one would prefer a similar number of proposals in each category). We came up with the following four categories. Are they are reasonably well balanced and make sense? Look reasonable to us. AI: JH - run these by other observatories, including Neil Reid @ STScI, Lisa S-L at Spitzer.
Cosmology & high-z
Galaxies and galactic nuclei
ISM/Astrochemistry and star formation including protoplanetary disks
stellar evolution and planetary systems
Reports from Working Groups
UT5 (regression test, single dish heuristics) is expected to happen before Christmas. Only C. Wilson is participating in this
UT6 tentatively scheduled early 2009. Scope includes calibration and imaging improvements.
Crystal gave tutorial in Chile to AIV/CSV staff. See above.
ObsPrep (incl. ObsTool=OT) (Harvey)
Andy Biggs (EU ARC) replaces L. Testi as subsystem test scientist for OT.
Internal test occurred at ATF before shut down on Dec20. Andy, Deb, Leonardo, Alan Bridger
From ASAC meeting: "Full formal testing" Fall 2009. beta-testing Jan 2010. Ready to for use mid 2010. Does this give enough time for ARCs to be fully trained, generate advanced documentation, and run tutorials? We think it is calling it close. AI: JH - in working with project, make sure time for training, tutorials, documentation is worked into s/w delivery schedules.