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USG Meeting, March 1 2012
2PM CV 230
Telephone hub: 434 972 7268
Current USG Focus Items
Updating Batch3, then 1-4 for R8.1 (Scott)
Cycle 1 documents (Carol)
Simulations and science examples (Remy, Gerald)
CDE planning (Carol)
mm course and related effort on instructional materials (Jim)
use cases for analysis tools (Adam)
Strawplan for simulations: Remy
Plan for mm course and associated materials: Jim, Jeff, Jonathon
Attendance: Jim, Al, Jeff, Dong-Chan, Kim, Rachel, Tony, Amy, Remy, Scott, Aaron, Carol
Regrets: John, Jonathon, HIA
News and overview
ALMA Cycle 1. Please be available to contribute to these efforts:
March 16 (Fri): drafty drafts of Cycle 1 Proposers Guide/Capabilities technical HB & Primer available for review by all JAO/ARCs
ACTION ITEM: must identify key missing elements that users must know to write proposals
March 30 (Fri):
ACTION ITEM: comments on drafty drafts due
April 09 (Mon): good versions of PG/capabilities,
, Primer available for broad review
April 09-13 (Mon-Fri): OT integrated test 6 - will involve all ARC staff
April 23 (Mon):
ACTION ITEM: comments on good versions of PG/Cap,
, Primer due
May 09 (Wed): Penultimate version of PG/Cap,
, Primer ready for review
ACTION ITEM: immediate review for mistakes
May 14: PG needs deployed in SP. Only minor changes allowed after that
May 31 (Thur):
issued (docs deployed)
May 31 - July 12: Staff Helpdesk
Cycle 0 SB generation schedule
Feb10-Mar2: SB revisions to Batch3 projects
March 7: Start of Science Observing in the Extended array configuration
Mar 5-30: SB revisions to unfinished Batch1,2,4 projects
April 2-20: Generation of "Batch5" projects (more on Batch 5 later)
Coordination with other groups and activities
Project news (Al)
26 antennas at AOS; increasing to 32 by end of March.
Power issues still being addressed--existing infrastructure needed upgrade and correction.
ES C0 block now targeted for 28 Mar.
USG task reports & new business
Jim reported on behalf of Gerald that he will need a few days to assemble the Primer after getting the science examples on March 16, putting the Primer slightly behind the above schedule.
John has emphasized toning down the science examples so that we don't encourage overreach.
Action Item from Feb 9: Primer examples. Gerald, Rachel, Al, Adam, Jim. Drafts due March 16.
See minutes Feb 9 for details of science examples
Taiwan and EA Liaison (Aaron)
Documentation (Jim, Jonathan)
Remy has provided his ISM course material and work has begun on turning it into material for the course
Jeff has volunteered his extensive library of materials and help with mm course task
the documentation team will meet next Tuesday to finalize plans & schedule, and report at next USG meeting
ACTION ITEM: Specific plan with schedules and writing assignments at USG meeting March 15
Science Web (Aaron)
PI Support & Visitors (Scott)
Batch 3 almost completed; some on hold for cone searches
will do the revision of Batches 1&2 to R8.1; CSs will not need to be involved unless an issue requiring PI input arises.
Development of outreach materials (Carol)
Rachel commented that she received a suggestion to use Utube videos for outreach, from a participant at the Toronto meeting
Workshops, Schools, Meetings (Tony, Adam)
The Jets meeting was a success, though exhausting. Kudos to the LOC!
It's not clear when the next meeting will be; Taiwan is considering April 2013 to avoid conflicts with the Victoria meeting and Protostars and Planets this summer and fall
We are scheduled to observe a Herschel/PACS webinar next Tuesday
ACTION ITEM: all to drop by sometime during the day to take a look and assess quality of the experience
New simulations: review ideas, plan specifics, assign effort
Remy presented the plan that simulations be developed to assist users for each decision point on the OT decision tree.
Remy posted some examples: an over-resolved point source; M51 (an H-alpha map) to illustrate visibilities and, in particular, gaps in coverage and largest angular scale
Important to consider both velocity resolution and noise effects
ACTION ITEM: Remy will draw up a strawplan for review at next weeks meeting. Input from JH needed on C1 capabilities and rules, and OT decision tree.
Al noted that the long delayed meeting on high redshift molecules is being planned for September, in CV
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