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The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will identify priorities and strategic steps forward for atmospheric chemistry research for the next decade, in the context of the current state of knowledge, ongoing research activities, and resource availability. The committee will report a compelling research strategy and identify where additional investments in research infrastructure could best advance scientific understanding.  The report will include the following elements: 

  1. A brief summary of the rationale and need for supporting a comprehensive U.S. research program in atmospheric chemistry, including how research in this area contributes to advancing our understanding of climate change, air quality, the carbon and nitrogen cycles, the energy and water cycles, and the overall role of the atmosphere in Earth system science.
  2. A commentary on the broad trends in laboratory, field, satellite, and modeling studies of atmospheric chemistry, as well as application of atmospheric chemistry knowledge that may influence the overall field of Earth Sciences in the coming decade.
  3.  A determination of the priority areas of research for advancing the basic science of atmospheric chemistry over the coming decade. In prioritization, the committee should consider the need for a balance among laboratory studies, field campaigns, modeling efforts, and instrument development. The committee is requested to provide research areas/topics sorted by their prioritization, and to explain how the priorities were developed.
  4.  An analysis of the research infrastructure needed to address the priority research topics identified in #3 and identification of the highest priority needs for improvements in this infrastructure.  This analysis will include an assessment of the need for new measurement technologies, observational platforms, and major infrastructure investments in atmospheric chemistry over the next decade.

 

The committee’s report should incorporate input from the broader atmospheric chemistry research community, including scientists working in academia, government, and private sector. The committee should consider how the proposed research agenda relates to the broader federal agency and international context for atmospheric chemistry, but focus on those activities that might best be supported by the National Science Foundation. The committee should not make specific budget recommendations, but should comment generally on budget implications as part of determining priority areas for research.

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-14-03

Project Duration (months): 19 month(s)

RSO: Dunlea, Edward

Topic(s):

Earth Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies
Math, Chemistry, and Physics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 12/12/2014

Robert A. Duce - (Co-Chair)
Texas A&M University-College Station

Dr. Robert A.Duce is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and retired Dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. He was also Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. His research focuses on atmospheric and marine chemistry, including the global cycling of trace elements, and he was awarded the Rosenstiel Award in 1990. He is presently chair of the NRC Ocean Studies Board and served on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and chaired several NRC committees. Dr. Duce is a Fellow of the AGU, AMS, AAAS, and the Oceanography Society. He is past president of the Oceanography Society, the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution, and the ICSU Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). He is also past chair and current member of the UN Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, and he served on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. He earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964.
Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts - (Co-Chair)
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts is a Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. Her research is centered on obtaining a molecular level understanding of reactions that are known, or have the potential, to occur in the atmosphere. Her research has focused on reactions of airborne sea salt particles and reactions of oxides of nitrogen and organics in thin films on surfaces. Recent areas of focus include mechanisms of formation and growth of particles in air and the implications for air quality and climate in the future.
Tami Bond
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Tami Bond is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Civil and Environmental Engineering, an Affiliate Professor in Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Bond's research addresses the aerosol chemistry, physics, and optics that govern the environmental impacts of particles from combustion. Her work includes laboratory studies of aerosol behavior, field measurements of emissions from small combustion sources, development of global emission inventories, and future emission projections, Dr. Bond is a member of American Geophysical Union and American Association for Aerosol Research and has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific papers. She earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Bond is a University Scholar at the University of Illinois, and a 2014 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.


William H. Brune
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. William H. Brune is a Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include atmospheric photochemistry from Earth's surface to the stratosphere; atmospheric aerosol particle formation and aging; uncertainty and sensitivity analysis for atmospheric chemistry models and measurements; and new measurement strategies for atmospheric oxidation processes. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Annmarie Carlton
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,

Dr. Annmarie Carlton is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include three-dimensional photochemical modeling for air quality and climate with emphasis on atmospheric aqueous chemistry; formation of secondary organic aerosol through cloud processing; aerosol-cloud interactions; biogenic and anthropogenic influences on climate and air quality; and atmospheric processing of pollution. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.
Allen H. Goldstein
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Allen Goldstein is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests involve the interactions between atmospheric chemistry and terrestrial biogeochemistry, and how these interactions influence biosphere-atmosphere exchange and determine atmospheric composition. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1994.
Colette Heald
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Colette Heald is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interest focuses on using observations of the atmosphere from all scales (in situ to satellite) with global models to understand the composition and chemistry of the troposphere. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.
Scott C. Herndon
Aerodyne Research, Inc.

Dr. Scott C. Herndon is a Physical Chemist and Principal Scientist in the Center for Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry at Aerodyne Research, Inc. Since joining Aerodyne in 1999, his research interests have focused on the development and utilization of laboratory and field trace gas and fine particle instrumentation, together with modeling studies, to characterize and elucidate atmospheric processes relevant to stratospheric ozone depletion, urban and regional air quality and climate change. He has led over 20 field measurement campaigns to characterize and quantify air pollutant emission sources and map ambient pollution concentrations using suites of advanced, real-time spectroscopic and mass spectrometric instrumentation deployed on the Aerodyne Mobile Laboratory and on a range of research aircraft and ships. Most recently Dr. Herndon has developed an improved dual tracer release ratio method to quantify methane emissions from oil and gas production and transmission facilities and other sources in the US and Mexico. He is the author or co-author of over 50 archival publications addressing atmospheric science and physical chemistry issues. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the Unversity of Colorado.
Dylan Jones
University of Toronto

Dr. Dylan Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. His research interest include chemical data assimilation of satellite observations of trace gases in the troposphere; inverse modeling of surfaces fluxes of environmentally important trace gases; and characterizing the impact of long-range transport of pollution on the global atmosphere. He received his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 1998.
Athanasios Nenes
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Athanasios Nenes is a Professor, Georgia Power Scholar and Cullen-Peck Fellowat the Georgia Institute of Technology. His areas of research interests include aerosol-cloud interactions and their impacts on the hydrological cycle and climate; impacts of aerosol on extreme weather events and cyclogenesis; aerosol impacts on marine productivity, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and the carbon cycle; parameterization of cloud microphysical processes and their representation in models; thermodynamic modeling of tropospheric aerosols; instrumentation and techniques for characterizing volatility, hygroscopicity, Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) and Ice Nuclei (IN) activity of aerosols; laboratory and field studies on CCN/IN activity and aerosol-cloud interactions; and development of advanced sensitivity tools for use in air quality and climate models. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Califorinia Institute of Technology.
Michael J. Prather
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Michael J. Prather is Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the simulation of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine atmospheric composition; the development of detailed numerical models of photochemistry and atmospheric radiation; and overal testing of global chemical transport models that describe ozone and other trace gases. Post-Ph.D., Dr. Prather was a research fellow at Harvard University and then a scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, including also managing NASA HQ programs on upper atmosphere and aviation impacts. A fellow of the AGU, AAAS, and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, he served from 1997 through 2001 as Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Research Letters. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University, a B.A. in physics from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from Yale University. Dr. Prather has participated in key United Nations’ environmental efforts, including the International Ozone Assessments (1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2010, 2014) and Climate Assessments (IPCC: 1992, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2013, 2014). Dr. Prather has served on numerous NRC committees, most recently as a member of the Assessment of NASA’s Earth Science Programs. He also previously served on the Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the Panel on Climate Variability and Change of the 2007 decadal survey on Earth Science and Applications from Space, and the Committee for Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan.
Kimberly A. Prather
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Kimberbly A. Prather holds a joint appointment as a Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Her research involves the development and application in field and lab studies of real-time measurements of size-resolved chemistry of aerosols. Dr. Prather is involved in aerosol source apportionment studies and her group is working to better understand the impact of specific aerosol sources on health and climate. They have conducted field studies at locations all over the world including India, Japan, Mexico City, and Korea. Dr. Prather is a member of the Fine Particle Monitoring Subcommittee of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). She is on a number of editorial boards for journals including Aerosol Science and Technology. In addition, Dr. Prather is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Association for Aerosol Research, the American Chemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union.
Allison Steiner
University of Michigan

Dr. Allison Steiner is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include biosphere-atmosphere interactions, regional climate modeling, chemistry-climate interactions, atmospheric aerosols, and biogenic VOC emissions. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Georgia Institute of Technolog in 2003.
Christine Wiedinmyer
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer is a Scientist III in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Wiedinmyer’s research emphasizes the identification and quantification of various emission sources and modeling the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere. Her research interests include evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lei Zhu
New York State Department of Health

Dr. Lei Zhu is a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at SUNY-Albany. Dr. Zhu’s research program has been designed to investigate and understand what controls the atmosphere’s energy balance and how chemical reactions impact composition, pollutant,and oxidant formation in Earth’s environment. Her research interests include kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactions, atmospheric application of cavity ring-down spectroscopy and its novel variants, and atmospheric application of time-resolved FT-IR. Dr. Zhu received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University in 1991. She was an Enrico Fermi Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1991 to 1993.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for the committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established its membership must include among others, members who have current knowledge of the range of modes used by the National Science Foundation to support the atmospheric sciences, including small research centers, mission-oriented research programs, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). NSF supports one FFRDC in the atmospheric sciences, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which supports a significant portion of research in the discipline. Because NCAR is a large and evolving entity, committee members are needed who have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of its past and future directions.

To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that she has a conflict of interest because she is employed as a staff scientist at NCAR.

As stated in her biographical summary, Dr. Wiedinmyer brings to the committee first-hand knowledge of how NCAR is currently transforming to embrace a more interdisciplinary approach to atmospheric sciences, and she has considerable experience in evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. This unique expertise is critical to the committee’s ability to fulfill its tasks related to determining priority areas of research for advancing the basic science of atmospheric chemistry considering the need for a balance in research modes and approaches. We believe that Dr. Wiedinmyer can serve effectively as a member of the committee, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent institutional experience and technical expertise as Dr. Wiedinmyer who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this conflict is unavoidable.

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
The meeting was closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
The meeting was closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
The meeting was closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
The meeting was closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Day 1: UCI, Irvine
Day 2: Beckman Center
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
May 6, 2015

OPEN SESSION

Interaction with Individual Speakers

10:30 AM Health effects and air pollution Mike Kleinman
11:00 AM Thoughts on future of atmospheric chemistry John Seinfeld
11:30 AM Open Discussion
11:45 AM Lunch available
12:00 PM Irvine Community Town Hall
12:05 PM Welcome and Introduction Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Committee Co-chair
Bob Duce, Committee Co-chair
12:20 PM Break up into small groups for input gathering
2:00 PM Break
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Robert Duce
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts
Kimberly Prather
Lei Zhu
Annmarie Carlton
Tami Bond
Allen Goldstein
Christine Wiedinmyer
Michael Prather
Allison Steiner
Athanasios Nenes
William Brune

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Discussion on plans for analyzing trend date, criteria for future prioritization activity, synthesis/presentation of community data.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 29, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
Monday, April 20, 2015



OPEN SESSION

12:00 PM Community outreach session on Key Questions:
• What are the important areas of scientific research that could transform the understanding of atmospheric chemistry over the coming decade?
• What research linkages of atmospheric chemistry with other disciplines as well as with national or international research portfolios could produce transformational science over the next decade?
• How can advances in atmospheric chemistry, either alone or in tandem with other disciplines, play a critical role in addressing major societal challenges over the next decade?
• What infrastructure, new approaches, or other community capabilities, need to be maintained or developed to support advances in these topics? (You might consider shared models, facilities, platforms, instrumentation, or computing, but are not limited to these.)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

MIT
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
April 7, 2015



OPEN SESSION

12:00 PM Community outreach session on Key Questions:
• What are the important areas of scientific research that could transform the understanding of atmospheric chemistry over the coming decade?
• What research linkages of atmospheric chemistry with other disciplines as well as with national or international research portfolios could produce transformational science over the next decade?
• How can advances in atmospheric chemistry, either alone or in tandem with other disciplines, play a critical role in addressing major societal challenges over the next decade?
• What infrastructure, new approaches, or other community capabilities, need to be maintained or developed to support advances in these topics? (You might consider shared models, facilities, platforms, instrumentation, or computing, but are not limited to these.)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

NCAR
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
OPEN SESSION

12:00 PM Community outreach session on Key Questions:
• What are the important areas of scientific research that could transform the understanding of atmospheric chemistry over the coming decade?
• What research linkages of atmospheric chemistry with other disciplines as well as with national or international research portfolios could produce transformational science over the next decade?
• How can advances in atmospheric chemistry, either alone or in tandem with other disciplines, play a critical role in addressing major societal challenges over the next decade?
• What infrastructure, new approaches, or other community capabilities, need to be maintained or developed to support advances in these topics? (You might consider shared models, facilities, platforms, instrumentation, or computing, but are not limited to these.)
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OPEN SESSION

11:00 AM Study Sponsor: NSF perspective Sylvia Edgerton and Peter Milne

11:15 AM Discussion with NSF
- More clearly understand perspectives of report sponsors
- What are the most important issues to be covered in the report?

12:00 PM Working Lunch, continue discussion with NSF and other invited speakers

1:00 PM Welcome and overview Bob Duce, Committee Co-chair
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Committee Co-chair

1:05 PM Discussion – Perspectives from the International Community
Goals for discussion:
- Engage leading thinkers from international community
- What initiatives are in progress/completed globally?
- What is the global perspective on the future of atmospheric chemistry research?
- Explore committee’s task – how can report be of use to a broader community?
1:05 PM Guy Brasseur (via WebEx)
1:15 PM Len Barrie
1:25 PM Peter Liss
1:35 PM Megan Melamed

1:45 PM Open Discussion

2:35 PM Panel Discussion with Agencies
Goals for discussion:
- Engage agency community
- What initiatives are in progress/completed within the US Government?
- What is the agency perspective on the future of atmospheric chemistry research?
- Explore committee’s task – how can report be of use to a broader community?
2:35 PM Gary Geernaert or Dorothy Koch (DOE)
2:45 PM Jack Kaye (NASA)
2:55 PM David Fahey (NOAA; via WebEx)
3:05 PM Sherri Hunt (EPA)

3:15 PM Open Discussion

4:00 PM Break

4:15 PM Closed Committee-Only Session

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Robert Duce
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts
Tami Bond
William Brune
Annmarie Carlton
Allen Goldstein
Colette Heald
Scott Herndon
Dylan Jones
Kimberly Prather
Michael Prather
Allison Steiner
Christine Wiedinmyer
Lei Zhu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee discussion on committee statement of task, topics to cover in report, draft and outline of report, and determine goals for community input.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 27, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Shelly Freeland
Contact Email:  sfreeland@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2649

Agenda
None.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Robert A. Duce
Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts
William H. Brune
Annmarie Carlton
Allen Goldstein
Scott C. Herndon
Dylan Jones
Athanasios Nenes
Kimberly A. Prather
Michael J. Prather
Allison Steiner
Christine Wiedinmyer
Lei Zhu

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1) Committee Composition Discussion 1: We were able to cover our initial committee composition / conflict of interest discussion, which gave us a great chance to get to know each other.

2) Committee Composition Discussion 2: There were several questions raised about potential missing expertise on the committee. We will be talking with NSF on the first day of the March meeting and generally discussing more about what the task for the committee is, so we will be revisiting this committee composition discussion on the second day of the March meeting with that fuller understanding of the task in hand.

3) Town Halls: We also discussed a few possible ideas for the town hall outreach meetings that we hope to organize for this spring; in particular, DC and Boston were mentioned. Bob, Barbara, and Ed will be having a follow up discussion in the coming week to think through the logistics of these town halls and will be coming back to the group with a proposed plan. This will also involve a plan for developing the list of questions for the website and the town halls.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 20, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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