This agenda is available at https://safe.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/ALMA/NaascMinutes2010Dec01
- Call date: Wednesday, Dec 01, 2010
- Call time 13:00 ET or 18:00 UT
- Duration: 1.0 hr
- Locations: CV-ER230/TUC-N525/Soc280(SO-conf2)/JAO-Alsacia/JAO-OSF(Science)/NRC
- Connection for Video:
- From NRAO select "CV-ER230"
- hub ip=126.96.36.199
- alternative ip for Chile only, if above drops: 188.8.131.52
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- Leader: Hibbard
- CV: JH. DCK, HL, JM, RP, AR, AK, JB, BK, ML, MAdams, CB, AW, CL, RI, TH, NM, SS, LvS, visitor: Alison Peck. Phone: AE
- Socorro: BG
- Canada: GS, JdF
Action Items from past meetings (RED=OPEN)
- ACTION: Send reply to ANASAC report
- WHO: CLonsdale
- DONE: Dec01
- ACTION: Post NAASC job ads to NAASC sciweb
- WHO: AEvans/SciComm
- DUE: ASAP
- DONE: Nov5
- ACTION: Define policy for selecting between multiple institutions that want to host ALMA Community Days, if we can't support them all.
- WHO: KSheth
- DUE: Dec1
- DONE: Nov29
Action Items from this meeting:
- Job advertisments for NAASC postdoc (based at NAASC) & ALMA Commissioning Postdoc (based in Chile)
- NAASC Science Visitors: Alison Peck, Eric Villiard, Duncan Farrah. Bohla Panta from NAOJ visited last week for helpdesk/user portal discussion. Tom Wilson returns for a visit on Friday Dec 3. See google calendar NAASC Visitors
- Project News (APeck/RHills or CSV Liaisons)
- Group Reports
- NaascManagement (Carol)
- ANASAC (AWootten)
- ALMA Development including text of proposed Call (internal only)
- Science Communications & EPO (A. Remijan/A. Evans)
- Discussed NAASC needs at NRAO booth in Seattle: two high tables; 40" monitor. MAdams & KSheth need to close loop on this.
- News from NRC (Schieven)
- UserSupportGroup (Crystal)
- Mousepad still needs iteration.
- "ALMA Early Science and community training events" was posted to web, eNews, and flyer produced. Everyone must know all the details of this announcement, and should use to promote our events on any trips they go on. They should try to give lunch talks/colloq on this during such events. We will put useful powerpoints onto a website for people to use. Action: combination of Kartik & Adam (Kartik sets up, Adam maintains when he joins?), to be discussed by USG.
- DataServicesGroup (Mark)
- JAOSupportGroup (John H)
- Main Topics
- Summary of results of the reviews and f2f meetings held in early October were circulated by email by JHibbard, and are now posted to the bottom of https://staff.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/ALMA/SciOpsPolicies (internal NRAO wiki; pdf will be distributed with meeting announcement). Any questions on any of these items?
- IT3 planned for January/February.
- Purpose and Timeline summarized on ALMALookingAhead wiki (expand to view)
- DSO Wiki for IT3
- Lots of discussion about what will/can be done as part of OT-phase2 test. JH will take up with JAO
- Any Other Business
Additional Supporting Material
NAASC items submitted to JAO for November 2010 Monthly report
Nuria Marcelino (CSIC/INTA, Madrid) started a postdoctoral position on
November 1. She will be part of the imaging Tiger Team and help
provide user support. Advertisement for the next NAASC Postdoctoral
Fellow position were posted on the NRAO and AAS career sites.
Stuartt Corder, Ed Fomalont, and Doug Johnstone provided support to
the JAO Science team. NAASC staff participated in the JAO systems,
calibration, and imaging teams. Crystal Brogan and Todd Hunter
supported a CASA tutorial for JAO staff on Nov 4. The NAASC "Tiger
Team" reduced ALMA test data and contributed analysis scripts.
Software Development & testing
The NAASC participated in testing of CASA for release 3.1, which
occurred on Nov 29, 2010, and in setting priorities for release
3.2. The NAASC hosted the face-to-face meeting of the ALMA Pipeline
developers in Charlottesville Nov 15-18, with a "meet the NAASC"
session on Nov 18, including discussions on data processing and user
Continued development of the ALMA helpdesk, including incorporating
support for Japanese language, developing reporting modules,
and purchasing additional licenses for the production
helpdesk. Supported a visit by NAOJ Helpdesk/User Portal developer,
and established concepts for better inter-ARC communication for these
Conferences and workshops
Several NAASC staff participated in the meeting "The Submillimeter
Universe: the CCAT View" held in Ithaca, NY, Nov 12-13, giving talks
and presenting posters highlighting CCAT as an ALMA pathfinder, and
promoting ALMA to workshop attendees. An ALMA talk and OT and Simdata
tutorials were given at UC. Berkeley. Participated in "VO and ALMA"
session and subsequent discussions at ADASS XX in Boston. Represented
NRAO/NAASC at the "SC10" international conference for High Performance
Computing in New Orleans, LA.
Planning continues for NAASC participation in the January AAS in
Seattle WA, including an ALMA Special Session: "Observing with ALMA"
on Jan 12 and ALMA Observing Tool demonstrations, and on the NAASC/NRC
workshop entitled "ALMA: Extending the Limits of Astrophysical
Spectroscopy", to be held Jan 15-17 2011 in Victoria, BC (see
), which includes a day
of tutorials on ALMA Early Science and the ALMA Observing Tool.
The NAASC supported a two day "Train the Trainer" event in
Charlottesville, with presentations on the anticipated ALMA Early
Science capabilities, the proposal review process, a presentation on
recent ALMA test data by members of the NAASC imaging "Tiger Team",
and walk-throughs of the latest version of the ALMA Observing Tool,
the CASA "simdata" task, the helpdesk, and Splatalog. Colleagues from
NRC-HIA in Canada and ASIAA in Taiwan traveled to participate in this
Initial discussion on potential Taiwanese participation in NAASC
activities and collaborative and exchange programs were held with
our colleagues from ASIAA.
An eNews article and flyer advertising NAASC-supported community
training and ALMA Early Science events leading up to the first
proposal deadline was generated, to be distributed in early
December. Two events per month are planned from January 2011 through
the first proposal deadline.
The NAASC started a weekly mentoring and training activity for NAASC
and all NRAO Charlottesville-based postdocs, with events this month
focusing on basics of millimeter and interferometric observing.