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Project Information


Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics


Project Scope:

The National Research Council shall convene an ad hoc committee to review the responses of NASA's Astrophysics program, NSF's Astronomy program, and DOE's Cosmic Frontiers program (hereafter the Agencies' programs) to previous NRC advice, primarily the 2010 NRC decadal survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics" (NWNH). 

In the context of funding circumstances that are substantially below those assumed in NWNH, the committee's review will include the following tasks:

  1. Describe the most significant scientific discoveries, technical advances, and relevant programmatic changes in astronomy and astrophysics over the years since the publication of the decadal survey;
  2. Assess how well the Agencies' programs address the strategies, goals, and priorities outlined in the 2010 decadal survey and other relevant NRC reports;
  3. Assess the progress toward realizing these strategies, goals, and priorities; and
  4. In the context of strategic advice provided for the Agencies' programs by Federal Advisory Committees, and in the context of mid-decade contingencies described in the decadal survey, recommend any actions that could be taken to maximize the science return of the Agencies' programs.

The review should not revisit or alter the scientific priorities or mission recommendations provided in the decadal survey and related NRC reports but may provide guidance on implementation of the recommended science and activities portfolio and on other potential activities in preparation for the next decadal survey.


Status: Completed

PIN: DEPS-SSB-14-05

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Lang, David

Topic(s):

Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Space and Aeronautics
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 08/18/2015

Jacqueline N. Hewitt - (Chair)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JACQUELINE N. HEWITT is a professor of physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hewitt began her career at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in the Very Long Baseline Interferometry group at the MIT Haystack Observatory. After one year as a research staff member in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, she returned to MIT as an assistant professor of physics. Dr. Hewitt's general research interests are focused on applying the techniques of radio astronomy, interferometry, signal processing, and image processing to basic research in astrophysics and cosmology. She is currently involved in pathfinder experiments for low-frequency radio telescopes with large apertures, optimized for certain cosmological studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harold E. Edgerton Award from MIT and the Maria Geoppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hewitt has served on many NRC committees, including the Space Studies Board, and chaired the Astro2010 Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation in the last decadal survey. She is currently a member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy.
Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University

ADAM S. BURROWS (NAS) is a professor at Princeton University in the Department of Astronomical Sciences. He is also director of the Princeton Planets and Life Certificate Program, on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Center for Physics, and is a fellow of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS). His primary research interests are supernova theory, exoplanet and brown dwarf theory, planetary atmospheres, computational astrophysics, and nuclear astrophysics. Well-known as a pioneer in the theory of exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and supernovae, he has written numerous fundamental and influential papers and reviews on these subjects during the last 30 years. He has collaborated with more than 200 co-authors on more than 350 papers and given more than 300 invited talks and colloquia. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the 2010 Beatrice M. Tinsley Centennial Professor, and a former Alfred P.
Sloan fellow. He has been a consultant for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and served as the chair of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Advisory Board, as the co-chair of NASA's Universe Subcommittee; as the Chair of NASA's Origins Subcommittee; as a co-chair of NASA's Strategic Roadmapping Committee "Search for Earth-like Planets"; as a co-chair of NASA's Origins/SEUS Roadmapping committee; and as a primary author of NASA 2003 Origins Roadmap. He received his B.S. in physics from Princeton and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy for the Academies as well as serving on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy, the NRC Rare Isotope Science Assessment Committee, the Subcommittee on the Implementation of the DOE Long-Range Plan for Nuclear Physics.

Neil Cornish
Montana State University

NEIL J. CORNISH is a professor of physics at Montana State University in the Department of Physics. Previously, Dr. Cornish was a NASA research fellow at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Before moving to Princeton, he was a research fellow in Stephen Hawking's group at Cambridge University in England. His research focuses on the interface between general relativity, astrophysics, and early universe cosmology. Dr. Cornish’s main area of research is the newly emerging field of gravitational wave astronomy. He is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) scientific collaboration, and the North American Nanohertz Gravitational Observatory (NANOGrav) collaboration. Dr. Cornish received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto. He served as a member on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Cosmology and Fundamental Physics.
Andrew W. Howard
University of Hawaii at Manoa

ANDREW W. HOWARD is an assistant astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Howard is interested in the formation and evolution of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun and is particularly interested in the diversity of small planets. Prior to working at the University of Hawaii he was a research astronomer and postdoctoral fellow with the University of California, Berkeley. He has received the University of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research and the Cozzarelli Prize. He received his B.S. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. Dr. Howard has no previous committee experience with the Academies.
Bruce Macintosh
Stanford University

BRUCE MACINTOSH is a professor of physics at Stanford University. His research focuses on the detection of extrasolar planets through direct imaging, and on using adaptive optics to shape the wavefronts of light for a variety of applications. Dr. Macintosh is the principal investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager, an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South Telescope. Prior to Stanford he was a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he also completed his post-doctoral work. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy at University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Macintosh served as a member on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground and the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland

RICHARD F. MUSHOTZKY is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in the Department of Astronomy. Prior to joining UMD he was a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His recent research has focused on understanding the triggering mechanisms in active galaxies, the nature of ultra-luminous x-ray sources and whether they are intermediate black holes, the evolution of active galaxies across cosmic time, the nature of the innermost regions around supermassive black holes and the physics of clusters of galaxies and their use as tracers of metal production in the universe. Dr. Mushotzky is a member of the Astro-H science team, a new x-ray spectroscopic observatory being prepared for launch in early 2016 and has been involved in numerous high energy astrophysics missions most recently Swift, Chandra, XMM, and Suzaku. He received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Mushotzky’s previous service includes membership on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Galaxies Across Cosmic Time, the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, the Task Group on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Panel on Cooperation with the USSR in High Energy Astrophysics.
Angela V. Olinto
The University of Chicago

ANGELA V. OLINTO is the Homer J. Livingston Professor of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. She is also a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Olinto's interests are in theoretical astrophysics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology. She is the U.S. principle investigator of the JEM-EUSO space mission and a member of the international collaboration of the Pierre Auger Observatory, both designed to discover the origin of the highest energy cosmic rays. She made significant contributions to the study of the structure of neutron stars, inflationary theory, cosmic magnetic fields, the nature of the dark matter, and the origin of the highest energy cosmic particles: cosmic rays, gamma-rays, and neutrinos. Dr. Olinto has served as chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago for two terms. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served as chair of their Division of Astrophysics. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has served as trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics, and is serving on the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Olinto served as a member on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation and the Committee on Scientific Assessment of Proposed U.S. Neutrino Experiments.
Steven M. Ritz
University of California, Santa Cruz

STEVEN M. RITZ is a professor of physics and the director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics at the University of California (UCSC), Santa Cruz. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and he was a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Physics. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSC he was an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, where he served as the Fermi (nee GLAST) Project Scientist, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. Before moving to NASA he was an associate professor of physics at Columbia. He chaired the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, and he is currently the LSST Camera Project Scientist. He received his B.A. in physics and music from Wesleyan University, his M.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His prior Academies membership includes the Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds New Horizons Decadal Survey and the Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 (NWNH) Committee.
Alexey Vikhlinin
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

ALEXEY VIKHLININ is deputy associate director at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics of the High Energy Astrophysics Division. He is also an associate senior researcher at the High Energy Astrophysics division of Moscow's Space Research Institute. His main research area is X-ray studies of galaxy clusters and their applications for cosmology and physics of the intergalactic medium. His research also includes collaboration with the South Pole Telescope team on X-ray observations of clusters discovered by their Sunyaev-Zeldovich signal; improvements in the cluster mass calibration using weak lensing techniques; studies of interplay between stellar and gaseous baryonic components in clusters; helping theorists to improve the intracluster medium modeling in numerical simulations; also helping to make sure that a next-generation all-sky X-ray survey (e.g., SRG/eRosita or WFXT) becomes a reality. In 1995, Dr. Vikhlinin came to the United States where his main research is on X-ray studies of galaxy clusters and their application for cosmology and the physics of the intergalactic medium. He was co-awarded the 2008 Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society for his work on cluster cosmology and cold fronts. He received his his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Moscow University. Dr. Vikhlinin is a member on the Academies Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
David Weinberg
The Ohio State University

DAVID H. WEINBERG is Henry L. Cox Professor and Chair of Astronomy, and Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Weinberg is an observationally oriented theorist who works on large scale structure, galaxy formation, the intergalactic medium, and observational probes of the matter and energy content and initial conditions of the universe. He joined Ohio State as an assistant professor in 1995 after postdoctoral positions at Cambridge, U.C. Berkeley, and the Institute for Advanced Study. He joined the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in 1992 and served as Project Spokesperson for SDSS-II and Project Scientist for SDSS-III. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. Other honors include the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award and the American Astronomical Society’s Lancelot Berkeley Prize. He was a member on the WFIRST Science Definition Team and plans to continue to contribute to the project in the future. He received a B.S. in physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. Dr. Weinberg served as vice chair of the Astro2010 Panel on Cosmology and Fundamental Physics.
Rainer Weiss
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

RAINER WEISS (NAS) is a Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously Dr. Weiss served as an assistant physics professor at Tufts University and has been an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University since 2001. Dr. Weiss is known for his pioneering measurements of the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation, his inventions of the monolithic silicon bolometer and the laser interferometer gravitational wave detector and his roles as a co-founder and an intellectual leader of both the COBE (microwave background) Project and the LIGO (gravitational-wave detection) Project. He has received numerous scientific and group achievement awards from NASA, an MIT excellence in teaching award, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the National Space Club Science Award, the Medaille de l’ADION Observatoire de Nice, the Gruber Cosmology Prize, and the Einstein Prize of the American Physical Society. Dr. Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from MIT. Dr. Weiss is a member of the NAS and has served on nine NRC committees from 1986 to 2007 including the Committee on NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment; the Panel on Particle, Nuclear, and Gravitational-wave Astrophysics; and the Task Group on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Eric M. Wilcots
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ERIC M. WILCOTS is a professor and associate dean at the University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison in the College of Letters and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Washington before serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Dr. Wilcots served as chair of the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison before becoming an associate dean in the College of Letters and Science. He is an observer with broad expertise in the gas content and evolution of galaxies and galaxy groups and the impact of massive stars on the evolution of galaxies. This work includes understanding the distribution and kinematics of neutral hydrogen in and around galaxies, the impact of massive stars on their environment, and the role of active galactic nuclei in the evolution of galaxy groups and structure. He brings knowledge about radio, optical, and infrared astronomy. Dr. Wilcots has served on the Users, Visitors, and Program Advisory Committees for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He was also a member of the Associated Universities, Inc., Committee on the Future of Radio Astronomy and is now a Trustee of the AUI Board. He was a member of the Science Working Group for the International Square Kilometer Array project and remains a member of the board of the Southern African Large Telescope. He has also served on the board of the Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-National Optical Astronomical Observatory consortium. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Washington before serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He was a member of the Academies Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics and was previously a member on the, Astro2010 Panel on Galaxies Across Cosmic Time.
Edward L. Wright
University of California, Los Angeles

EDWARD L. WRIGHT (NAS) is the David Saxon Presidential Cahir in Physics and professor at the department of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Dr. Wright has been the data team leader on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), a co-investigator on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), an interdisciplinary scientist on the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Dr. Wright is well-known for his Cosmology Tutorial website for the informed public, and his web-based cosmology calculator for professional astronomers. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. He has served on the Academies Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee, the committee to study Autonomy Research in Civil Aviation, the committee to study NASA’s planned Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope – Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets program (WFIRST-AFTA), and the committee for Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies into the National Airspace System. As well, Dr. Wright currently serves on the committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats.
A. Thomas Young
Lockheed Martin Corporation [Retired]

A. THOMAS YOUNG (NAE) is executive vice president, retired, at Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is also former chair of the board of SAIC. Mr. Young was previously the president and chief operating officer of Martin Marietta Corporation. Prior to joining the industry, Mr. Young worked for 21 years at NASA where he directed the Goddard Space Flight Center, was deputy director of the Ames Research Center, and directed the Planetary Program in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Young received high acclaim for his technical leadership in organizing and directing national space and defense programs, especially the Viking program. He is currently an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow of the American Astronautical Society. Mr. Young is a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He earned his B.S. in engineering from the University of Virginia and M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Young’s Academies service includes current membership on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats. His prior NRC membership includes the Committee on Survey of Surveys: Lessons Learned from the Decadal Survey Process, the Committee on the Assessment of the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Mission Concepts, the Planning Committee on Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in space: A Workshop, the Committee on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022, the Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey, the Committee on the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010, and the Space Studies Board as vice chair.

Events



Location:

Teleconference
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:  -
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Agenda
May 18, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 (EDST)
This call is closed in its entirety.
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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Chair
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Andrew W. Howard
Bruce Macintosh
Richard F. Mushotzky
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee deliberations in response to report review.

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 19, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2447

Agenda
March 16, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
This call is closed in its entirety.
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:

-Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
-Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University
-Neil J. Cornish
Montana State University
-Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
-Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
-Steven M. Ritz
University of California
Santa Cruz
-Alexey Vikhlinin
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
-Edward L. Wright
University of California
Los Angeles


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft report

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 16, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
March 2, 2016
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)

This meeting was closed in its entirety.
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:

-Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
-Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University
-Neil J. Cornish
Montana State University
-Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
-Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
-Steven M. Ritz
University of California
Santa Cruz
-David H. Weinberg
Ohio State University
-Rainer Weiss
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Edward L. Wright
University of California
Los Angeles


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft report

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 02, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
FRIDAY, February 26, 2016
NAS Meeting Room 125
CLOSED SESSION

OPEN SESSION
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Discussion with NASA, NSF, and DOE

SATURDAY, February 27, 2016
CLOSED 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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Bruce Macintosh (via telecon)
Richard F. Mushotzky
Angela V. Olinto
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*Report
*Report assignments

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 02, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
February 17, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
This call is closed in its entirety.
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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt Chair
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Bruce Macintosh
Angela V. Olinto
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report
Homework

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 17, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
February 10, 2016
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Chair
Adam S. Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Bruce Macintosh
Richard F. Mushotzky
Angela V. Olinto
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Edward L. Wright

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report status
Homework assignments

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 13, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
February 3, 2016
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University
Andrew W. Howard
University Hawaii-Manoa
Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
Alexey Vikhlinin
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
David H. Weinberg
Ohio State University
Rainer Weiss
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edward L. Wright
University of California
Los Angeles


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

draft report

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

draft report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 03, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
January 20, 2016
Teleconference - Committee Only
This call is closed in its entirety.
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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University
Neil J. Cornish
Montana State University
Bruce Macintosh
Stanford University
Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
Eric M. Wilcots
University of Wisconsin
A. Thomas Young
Lockheed Martin
retired


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

conclusions and recommendations

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, 2016
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
MONDAY, January 11, 2016
Keck Meeting Room 201
OPEN SESSION

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Follow-up discussion with NSF/AST and DOE HEP
Jim Ulvestad, NSF
Kathy Turner, DOE HEP

CLOSED SESSION


TUESDAY, January 12, 2016
Keck Meeting Room 201
OPEN SESSION

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Follow-up discussion with NASA APD
Paul Hertz, NASA


CLOSED SESSION

WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2016
Keck Meeting Room 201
CLOSED 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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Chair
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Andrew W. Howard
Bruce Macintosh
Richard F. Mushotzky
Angela V. Olinto
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report Outline
Report Content
Writing Assignments


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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 12, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
January 6, 2016
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
Speaker: Daniel Eisenstein, Harvard University
Report on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Katie Daud
Contact Email:  kdaud@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1891

Agenda
December 30, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)
Speaker: Randall Smith on IXO-Athena prep for probe.
Please contact Katie Daud at KDaud@nas.edu for remote connection instructions.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2447

Agenda
December 16, 2015
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)

Report on the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope
Terry Herter and Riccardo Giovanelli, Cornell University

Please email Dionna Williams at DWilliams@nas.edu for remote access connection instructions.

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
**Agenda subject to change, please revisit for updates.**
December 12-14, 2015
Beckman Center – 100 Academy Drive – Irvine, CA

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015
SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
(Register for the Symposium https://www.eventbrite.com/e/astronomy-and-astrophysics-midterm-symposium-registration-19279564697)

Auditorium
OPEN SESSION

9:15 AM Welcome
Jacqueline Hewitt, Chair

9:30 AM Perspective on New Worlds, New Horizons
Roger Blandford, Stanford University

10:00 AM Discussion

10:30 AM Break

11:00 AM Cosmology and Fundamental Physics
Rachel Bean, Cornell University (15 min)
Xavier Siemens*, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 15 min)

11:30 AM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Edward Wright, University of California, Los Angeles

12:00 PM Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory

1:30 PM Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
Alison Coil, University of California, San Diego (15 min)
Megan Donahue, Michigan State University (15 min)

2:00 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Weinberg, Ohio State University

2:30 PM Stars and Stellar Evolution
Roger Chevalier, University of Virginia (15 min)
Lars Bildsten, University of California, Santa Barbara (15 min)

3:00 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Adam Burrows, Princeton University


3:30 PM Break

4:00 PM The Galactic Neighborhood
Michael Shull, University of Colorado (15 min)
Julianne Dalcanton, University of Washington (15 min)

4:30 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Eric Wilcots, University of Wisconsin at Madison

5:00 PM Planetary Systems and Star Formation
Lee Hartmann, University of Michigan (15 min)
Scott Gaudi, Ohio State University (15 min)

5:30 PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Bruce Macintosh, Stanford University

6:00 PM Closing Remarks

6:15 PM Reception in Beckman Center Atrium (all attendees are invited)


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2015
Beckman Center – Huntington Room
OPEN SESSION

Remote Access
WebEx: https://nationalacademies.webex.com/nationalacademies/j.php?MTID=m437e51e5f465a4a3a67e3ecbad883b08 WebEx Meeting Password: 1213
Dial In: 1-(866) 668-0721 Telecon Conference Code: 797 795 6056


9:00 AM Exoplanet Technology for Direct Imaging Space-Based Missions
Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton University

9:25 AM Discussion

9:50 AM The Giant Magellan Telescope
Pat McCarthy, GMTO

10:15 AM Discussion

10:40 AM Break

11:00 AM The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Steve Kahn, Stanford University

11:25 AM Discussion

11:50 AM Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory (all attendees welcome)

12:50 PM The Thirty Meter Telescope
Ed Stone, Caltech and Gary Sanders, TMT

1:15 PM Discussion

1:40 PM The Cherenkov Telescope Array
David Williams, UCSC

2:05 PM Discussion

2:30 PM The European Consortium's LISA mission
Karsten Danzmann, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

2:50 PM Discussion

3:15 PM Break

CLOSED SESSION


MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015
Beckman Center – Huntington Room
OPEN SESSION

Remote Access
WebEx: https://nationalacademies.webex.com/nationalacademies/j.php?MTID=m737b183d94ef08084bdd37ec4f085459 WebEx Meeting Password: 1214
Dial In: 1-(866) 668-0721 Telecon Conference Code: 797 795 6056


9:00 AM Discussion with OMB
Grace Hu and JD Kundu, OMB (remotely via telecon)

CLOSED 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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Chair
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Andrew W. Howard
Bruce Macintosh
Richard F. Mushotzky
Angela V. Olinto
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Planning for next meeting.
Writing assignments.

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 14, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
December 9, 2015
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)

Report on Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)Polarization
Amber Miller, Columbia University
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference only
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
December 2, 2015
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)

Report on the James Webb Space Telescope, Eric Smith, NASA

Please email Dionna Williams at DWilliams@nas.edu for remote access connection instructions.



Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2447

Agenda
November 18, 2015
Teleconference
5:00 - 6:00 (EST)

Report on "Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System."
Debra Elmegreen, Vassar College

Please email Dionna Williams at DWilliams@nas.edu for remote access connection instructions.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Teleconference
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:  Dionna Williams
Contact Email:  dwilliams@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2447

Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
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:

-Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
-Neil J. Cornish
Montana State University
-Andrew W. Howard
University Hawaii-Manoa
-Bruce Macintosh
Stanford University
-Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
-Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
-Steven M. Ritz
University of California
Santa Cruz
-Alexey Vikhlinin
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
-David H. Weinberg
Ohio State University
-Rainer Weiss
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Edward L. Wright
University of California
Los Angeles
-Eric Wilcots
-Adam Burrows

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Community outreach; December 12-14 meeting; needed input; report structure

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 28, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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:  David B. Lang
Contact Email:  dlang@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2395

Agenda
Updated Agenda (as of 10/09/2015)

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Conference Room 125
OPEN SESSION

9:45 AM NASA APD activities and plans pertaining to NWNH, Paul Hertz, NASA

12:00 PM Working Lunch

12:45 PM NSF/AST activities and plans pertaining to NWNH,Jim Ulvestad, NSF

2:45 PM DOE HEP activities and plans pertaining to NWNH, Kathy Turner, DOE

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM General discussion with agencies

4:30 PM OSTP perspective, Meredith Drosback, OSTP

5:15 PM Public comments

5:30 PM General discussion

5:45 PM Adjourn


Friday, October 9, 2015
Conference Room 125
OPEN SESSION

9:45 AM Discussion with JAXA, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, JAXA

10:15 AM Discussion with ESA, Fabio Favata, ESA (remotely)

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Discussion with project teams

60 min. WFIRST/AFTA Neil Gehrels, NASA

12:00 PM Working lunch

1:00 PM Continued discussion with project teams

60 min. MSIP Vern Pankonin, NSF
30 min. U.S. LISA Tuck Stebbins, NASA
30 min. U.S. Athena Rob Petre, NASA

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:

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Chair
Adam Burrows
Neil J. Cornish
Andrew W. Howard
Bruce Macintosh
Richard F. Mushotzky
Angela V. Olinto
Steven M. Ritz
Alexey Vikhlinin
David H. Weinberg
Rainer Weiss
Eric M. Wilcots
Edward L. Wright
A. Thomas Young


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*Discussion of presentations made at the meeting.
*Planning (topics and speakers) for the upcoming December meeting.

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 10, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

telecon
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:  david lang
Contact Email:  dlang@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342395

Agenda
This meeting is entirely closed.
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:

Jaqueline N. Hewitt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chair)
Adam S. Burrows
Princeton University
Neil J. Cornish
Montana State University
Andrew W. Howard
University Hawaii-Manoa
Bruce Macintosh
Stanford University
Richard F. Mushotzky
University of Maryland
Angela V. Olinto
University of Chicago
Steven M. Ritz
University of California
Santa Cruz
Alexey Vikhlinin
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
David H. Weinberg
Ohio State University
Rainer Weiss
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A. Thomas Young
Lockheed Martin
retired

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

cmte balance & composition; first meeting

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 03, 2015
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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