Thursday, 9 am MT, 11 am ET, 13 April 2017


CV-331/AOC-152/GB-bsm, 331 Hub Audio 434-817-6286


  • 17B
    • TAC f2f Meeting (Dana)
  • 18A
    • PST Requirements (All)
    • Review System (All)
  • AOB


Attending: DanaBalser, GarethHunt, LewisBall, BarryClark, HeidiMedlin, AmyMioduszewski, MarkClaussen, RickLively, LorantSjouwerman

  • 17B
    • TAC f2f Meeting. DanaBalser reported that the TAC info has been released with no issues thus far. MarkClaussen has tested the remote video connection with one TAC member but will not be able to test the other until before the TAC meeting.
  • 18A
    • PST Requirements. We reviewed the 18A tickets and any additional items. We agreed that the following items that should be done, listed in order of priority. Here is the JIRA link:
      1. SSA xxxx: GBT Resources. (i) Remove Guppi. (ii) Add Breakthrough Listen Backend. RickLively will add this ticket. (Currently no known Resource updates for VLA, VLBA, or GMVA.)
      2. SSA 3926: Source Validation. PST allows invalid source positions. These need to be trapped.
      3. SSA 3887: Print Cover Sheet. Add an option to printing where only the cover sheet is printed (defined as two pages).
      4. SSA xxxx: GMVA Corrections. (i) Address issues with resources. (ii) Fix and update Technical Justification page. MarkClaussen will add this ticket.
      5. SSA 3927: Calculate LST. Improve the operation of the calculate LST button.
      6. SSA 3924: Remove fields from the proposal cover sheet (added after meeting).
      7. SSA 3928: Remove Figure of Merit box in the PDF.
    • Review System. DanaBalser summarized the main issues and the straw man (see Some discussion points listed below. DanaBalser will collate these ideas to a new page for discussion at the TAC meeting.
      • Adding Readers to a given SRP. Some discussion points below.
        • Since the chair has to assign the reviews, all reviewers have to wait until the all SRP members have declared their conflicts before anyone can start reviewing proposals.
        • Lot of work for chairs and we have already added primary/secondary assignments which was not initially part of the system.
        • Instead of adding readers maybe sort primary/secondary.
        • We assign primary/secondary based on feedback from SRP members. There was some concern that proposals could be selected to game the system. Too someone would have to collate data and make assignments. Alternatively we could add a checkbox on the conflicts page and the reviewer could indicated proposals they were not qualified to review. Once done automatically select primary/secondary randomly.
      • Restructuring SRPs. BarryClark suggested the following changes below. The consensus was that these changes were reasonable and may better balance the SRP loads now but how long would that last? The AGN count has varied quite a bit (factor of 2) and depends on VLA configuration. EGS also depends on VLA configuration but not as much as before (HI in B-config). Furthermore we would like to lighten the load in general but this could be part of the solution. One side effect is that changing the SRPs causes problems in consistency when generating metrics.
        • Split ETP into (i) pulsars, XRBs, and other Galactic; and (ii) SNe, GRBs, FRBs, TDEs, and misc.
        • Split AGN into (i) AGN properties and inner jets; and (ii) Lobes, feedback, etc.
        • Combine NGA and EGS.
        • Move SSP proposals to other panels. Stellar non-thermal --> ETP; Novae --> ISM; YSO's --> SFM. Not clear what to do with planets.
      • Out of the Box. BarryClark suggested we could allow the PI to select from a series of keywords that software would take as input and create SRPs. Interesting idea but it may be some work to implement.

-- DanaBalser - 2017-03-30
Topic revision: r3 - 2017-04-20, DanaBalser
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