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Project Title: Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-09         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Board on Physics & Astronomy DEPS
Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO:
Lang, David

Subject/Focus Area:
Math, Chemistry and Physics; Space and Aeronautics


Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
March 28, 2017 - March 30, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2100 C St. NW
Washington D.C.


If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:


Contact Name: Dionna Wise
Email: dwise@nas.edu
Phone:
Fax:


Agenda:

Visit our website for an up to date agenda www.nas.edu/ssw

SPACE SCIENCE WEEK
SPRING 2017 MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
March 28-30, 2017
NAS Building – 2101 Constitution Ave NW – Washington D.C

Tuesday March 28, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration opens and breakfast is available in the Great Hall

MORNING PARALLEL BREAK-OUT SESSION
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA) – Board Room

EXECUTIVE SESSION
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Closed - Committee Only

OPEN SESSION

10:30 AM Break food available outside room

10:45 AM Welcome and Introductions
Marcia Rieke and Steven Ritz, Co-Chairs

10:55 AM Update on NASA APD Program and Discussion of SMEXs Paul Hertz, NASA APD

12:00 PM Lunch available in the Great Hall

PLENARY SESSION
Auditorium – NAS Building
Moderator: Michael Moloney, SSB Director

1:00 PM Welcome and Overview of Current Activities
Sarah Gibson, SSB Executive Committee
Jim Lancaster, BPA Director

1:15 PM NASA-SMD Budget, Program, and Priorities
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA
Presentation 20 mins / Q&A 25 mins

Focus Session on The Discovery Frontiers of Data Analytics in Space Science
Moderator: Sarah Gibson, SSB member

2:00 PM Short 15-minute Talks From Space Science Disciplines
Lea Shanley, University of North Carolina
Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, California
Institute of Technology
Barbara J. Thompson, NASA GSFC

2:45 PM Moderated Discussion include Q&A with all
Standing and Discipline Committee members in
attendance

3:30 PM Break Available in the Great Hall

Focus Session on International Programs
Moderator: Michael Moloney, SSB Director

4:00 PM Russian Space Science Program Lev Zelenyi, Russian Academy of Sciences
Chinese Space Science Program Chi Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

5:45 PM Closing Comments

6:00 PM Public Meeting Adjourns

Wednesday March 29, 2017
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA) – Board Room

7:30 AM Registration opens and breakfast is available in the Great Hall

OPEN SESSION

9:00 AM Update on NSF AST Program
Ralph Gaume, NSF AST

10:00 AM Break food available outside room

Joint session with CAPS in Lecture Room
10:15 AM Workshop Report: Searching for Life across Space
and Time
James Kasting, Pennsylvania State University

10:45 AM Proposed Life-Detection Follow-on
Study Michael Moloney
Mary Voytek (remotely)

11:00 AM Proposed NASA Exoplanet
Study
Douglas M. Hudgins, NASA

11:15 AM General Discussion of the Search for Life:
Exoplanets, Life Detection and CAA and CAPS
Next Decadals
Discussion moderators: Thomas Greene, CAA and James
Kasting, CAPS

End Joint session with CAPS – Return to the Board Room

12:00 PM General Discussion
Lunch available in the Great Hall

1:00 PM Update on DOE Cosmic Frontier Program
Kathy Turner, DOE HEP

1:45 PM Update on WFIRST
Dominic Bedford and Jeff Kruk*, NASA

2:15 PM Update on JWST
Eric Smith, NASA

2:45 PM Break available outside room

3:00 PM Continued Discussion of SMEXs
Paul Hertz, NASA APD, and Committee Members

4:00 PM Discussions of Astro2020 Preparations
Committee

5:30 PM Adjourn

OPEN SESSION

6:30 PM Plenary Public Talk - The Search for Life in
Oceans Beyond Earth
Kevin P. Hand, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thursday March 30, 2017
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA) – Board Room

7:30 AM Registration opens and breakfast is available in
the Great Hall

OPEN SESSION

9:00 AM Continued Discussion of Astro2020 Preparations
Committee

10:00 AM Break available outside room


EXECUTIVE SESSION
10:15 AM to 12:00 PM Closed Committee Only


GENERAL NOTES

Pre-registration: All participants, including committee members, invited speakers and other attendees, are strongly encouraged to preregister at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3260581/SSW2017

Registration will be located in the Great Hall during the event. Please check-in there to receive your badge.

NAS Building: Is located at 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, between the State Department and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Additional information about the NAS Building is available at http://www.nationalacademies.org/about/contact/nax.html.

Metro: The closest Metro station (0.5 miles) is Foggy Bottom (Blue and Orange lines; exit and turn right, then turn left once you have passed the State Department)

Parking: Very limited parking is available onsite at the NAS. The 22 available parking spaces are first come first served. Other available parking options are as follows:
• PMI (Columbia Plaza) –2400 Virginia Avenue NW.
• PMI - 111 19th Street NW.
• Colonial Parking - 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
• GW Elliot School Garage is located near the Department of Interior at 1957 E Street NW.

Space Science Week Website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/SSB_177653
The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee in its charge. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn nor will recommendations be made. Observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on this meeting’s discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual’s position are therefore also premature.

RECORDING OF THE MEETING

This meeting will be recorded by the NRC. Please be aware that by attending the meeting, you consent to your voice being recorded for use by the NRC for the purpose of note-taking. This recording will not be publicly released, shared outside of the NRC, or used for other public purposes.


NOTES FOR PRESENTERS

If your presentation contains unpublished data, ITAR controlled and/or other sensitive information, please be aware that the open sessions at the meeting may be recorded and/or webcast. Presentation materials given to the committee may be posted on a publicly accessible website. Please edit your presentations accordingly.

Mac users should assume that their presentation will be displayed via one of the NRC’s PCs. If your presentation is graphics heavy and best displayed via your own laptop, you should also bring a plain-vanilla pdf version of your presentation with you. The audience in the meeting room will see your presentation via your laptop and we will webcast the pdf file.

At some point a staff member will be asking you to sign a consent form allowing us to use your presentation, specifically to post it on our website.

REMOTE CONNECTION DETAILS
WebEx & Telecon Instructions will be added closer to the meeting date.