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Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics


Project Scope:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) to operate as an ad-hoc committee. The overarching purpose of the committee is to support scientific progress in astronomy and astrophysics and to assist the federal government in planning programs in these fields by providing advice on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations. The CAA provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in astronomy and astrophysics between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.

The CAA will issue reports that will provide guidance to federal agencies that support astronomy and astrophysics research. The CAA’s scope spans the full range of astronomy and astrophysics research, including space- and ground-based observations. The Committee's domain encompasses stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy, particle astrophysics, cosmology, the search for extra-solar planets, and aspects of fundamental physics relating to astronomical objects. The CAA’s scope also includes appropriate cross-disciplinary areas and consideration of budget and programmatic aspects of the implementation of the decadal survey.

The Committee will build on the current decadal survey of the field, "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics," (NWNH) and monitor the progress of its recommended priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities in that report and recommendations in the mid-decadal review report issued in June 2016.

The committee will carry out its charge by undertaking the following tasks:

1. At each of its in-person meetings, the committee may prepare concise assessments of progress on the implementation of the decadal survey's recommended scientific and technical activities. The assessments will be based on evidence gathered by the committee at its in-person and virtual meetings. The committee’s assessment reports may include findings and conclusions on key strategies being pursued by the agencies and the status of agency actions that relate to the state of implementation. The reports may also highlight scientific discoveries and engineering and technical advances relevant to progress on the science objectives identified in NWNH and in addition will focus on one or more of the following types of issues:

  • The scientific impact of a change in the technical and engineering design, cost estimate, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more of the survey-recommended activities;
  • The impact of a scientific advance on the technical and engineering design, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more survey-recommended activities;
  • The scientific impact of a course of action at a decision point described in the survey report and recommended therein as being suitable for consultation with an independent decadal survey implementation committee;
  • The scientific impact of implementing recommendations from the mid-decadal review and other relevant Academies' reports.

2. At an in-person meeting, the committee may prepare a concise report with advice on the preparation for future decadal and mid-decadal studies.  These reports will be based on evidence gathered by the committee at its in-person and virtual meetings.  Future decadal and mid-decadal studies will be carried out by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Academies under a separate task.

3. For advisory activities assessed to require a more in-depth review than is possible through the normal operation of the CAA, the committee will assist the Academies in formulating the task and committee membership for such studies which will be designed as separate tasks.

Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-09

Project Duration (months): 60 month(s)

RSO: Lang, David

Topic(s):

Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Space and Aeronautics


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 03/14/2017

Dr. Marcia J. Rieke - (Co-Chair)
MARCIA J. RIEKE (NAS) is a Regents’ Professor of Astronomy and an astronomer at the University of Arizona in the Department of Astronomy. Her research interests include infrared observations of galactic nuclei and high-redshift galaxies. Dr. Rieke has served as the deputy PI on the near-infrared camera and multi-object spectrometer for HST (NICMOS), and she is currently the PI for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) for the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Rieke has worked on the Spitzer Space Telescope as a co-investigator for the multiband imaging photometer and as an outreach coordinator and as a member of the Science Working Group. She was also involved with several infrared ground observatories, including the Multiple Mirror Telescope in Arizona. Dr. Rieke is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Rieke currently serves on the NRC’s Space Studies Board. Her previous National Academies service includes as co-vice chair of the Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee, as a member on the 2000 astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey steering committee, as a vice chair on the Panel on Ultraviolet, Optical, and Infrared Astronomy from Space for the 2000 survey, and as a member on the Steering Committee for the Task Group on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union. She has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dr. Steven M. Ritz - (Co-Chair)
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 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 the Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 (NWNH) Committee. He was also a member of the committee to Review Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Jeremiah K. Darling
JEREMIAH K. DARLING is an assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy. His research focuses on galaxy evolution and cosmology, including hydroxyl megamasers, galaxy-black hole co-evolution, formaldehyde and water in star-forming galaxies, molecular and atomic gas in gravitation lenses, high-redshift quasars, hydrogen absorption, and the evolution of the fine structure constant. Dr. Darling is currently working on molecular methods to identify and study star-forming and merging galaxies and to use those galaxies as cosmological programs. He has observed with the Magellan telescopes, the Spitzer Space Telescope, Arecibo, the Very Large Array, the Very Long Baseline Array, the Green Bank Telescope, Palomar, Keck, Westerbork, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, and Kitt Peak. In addition, Dr. Darling is involved with preparations for upcoming telescopes, including the Expanded Very Large Array, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, and the Square Kilometre Array. He received his B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cornell University. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Megan Donahue
MEGAN DONAHUE is a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Donahue’s research interests include the thermodynamic state and behavior of baryons in and around galaxies, intergalactic gas, star formation in bright cluster galaxies, and dark matter in distant galactic clusters, for which she uses data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's X-ray Multi-Mirror Newton X-ray Observatory. She also uses the Spitzer and SOAR (the MSU Chilean telescope) programs to study brightest cluster galaxies and clusters. She earned her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Donahue previously served on the Academies’ Astro2010 Decadal Survey Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space, the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, and the NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment Committee. She has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dr. Tom Greene
THOMAS GREENE is an astrophysicist for the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA’s Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies. While at NASA he was the branch chief, a staff member and director of the NASA Infrared Telescope (IRTF), and more recently the SOFIA project scientist. Prior to working at NASA he was the capture lead for a James Webb Space Telescope instrument study, an Explorer mission (FAME) at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. He served as a member on the National Academies Astro2010 Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space and the CAA.
Dr. Lee W. Hartmann
LEE W. HARTMANN is the Leo Goldberg Collegiate professor of Astronomy at the University of Michigan. He has worked as an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and was a vice-president of the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Hartmann’s research interests include the formation of stars and star clusters, molecular cloud structure and dynamics, protostellar accretion, evolution of protoplanetary disks and planet formation, and mass function of stars. Dr. Hartmann is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin System. Dr. Hartmann has served on three Academies’ committees including: chair of the Astro2010 Panel on Planetary Systems and Star Formation, member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, and member of the CAA.
Dr. Vassiliki Kalogera
VASSILIKI KALOGERA is the E.O. Haven professor of physics and astronomy and the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics at Northwestern University. Dr. Kalogera previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before becoming an assistant professor at Northwestern in 2001, an Associate Professor in 2006, and full professor in 2009. Dr. Kalogera has earned a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award by the American Physical Society (APS), the Cottrell Scholar Award by the Research Corporation, the NSF CAREER Award in astronomy, the A.J. Cannon Award by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and a Fellowship in Theoretical Physics from the Simons Foundation. She served as the chair of the APS Division of Computational Physics, and has served on the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee, and the NASA Chandra Users Committee. Dr. Kalogera earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Heather A. Knutson
HEATHER A. KNUTSON is an assistant professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Knutson’s work revolves around the structure, chemistry, and atmospheric dynamics of planets orbiting other stars, along with the high-precision time-domain infrared photometry and spectroscopy. Prior to joining the California Institute of Technology, she was a Miller fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and a graduate research fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Knutson has won many awards from the American Astronomical Society and the National Science Foundation including the NSF CAREER award, the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Bart J. Bok prize. She received her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. Dr. Knutson has no prior experience working with the National Academies.

Dr. Bruce Macintosh
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. He is a co-discoverer of four planets orbiting the star HR 8799 and is the principal investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager, an advance adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South Telescope. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy at University of California, Los Angles. Dr. Macintosh served as a member on the Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Decadal Survey Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground and the Mid-decadal Astronomy Committee. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Christopher F. McKee
CHRISTOPHER F. McKEE (NAS) is a professor emeritus of physics and of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the theory of the interstellar medium and of star formation. He helped develop the three-phase model of the interstellar medium, which has been widely used to organize and interpret observational data. He is currently carrying out numerical simulations of star formation. During his time at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. McKee led the establishment of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at Berkeley and served as its first director. He subsequently directed the Space Sciences Laboratory and served as the chair for the Department of Physics as well as the Interim Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dr. McKee earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and serves as the NAS Section 12 liaison. He previously served on the Academies’ Board on Physics and Astronomy, the Committee on Review of Progress in Astronomy and Astrophysics toward the Decadal Vision, and co-chaired the 2000 astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Angela V. Olinto
ANGELA V. OLINTO is the Homer J. Livingston Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 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. principal 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 APS and has served as chair of its Division of Astrophysics. She is a fellow of AAAS, 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 MIT. 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. She also served on the Mid-decadal Astronomy Committee.
Dr. Mark M. Phillips
MARK M. PHILLIPS is the director of Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) of the Carnegie Institution for Science. He specializes in supernovae as an instrument to understand the evolution of the universe as well as standard candles to measure distances using the Phillips relationship, and his current projects aim to gain further clues about the nature of dark energy. Dr. Phillips completed his post-doctorate at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the Anglo-Australian Observatory; he later returned as a staff scientist at CTIO and eventually served as the assistant director. Since 1998, he has been a staff member of the Carnegie Observatories. Dr. Phillips received the AURA Science Achievement Award, the Gruber Prize in cosmology, the SOCHIAS Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Chilean Astronomy, the Nobel Prize in Physics as part of the High-z Supernova Search Team, and the Scopus Physics and Astronomy Award in Chile, and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He completed his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. James M. Stone
JAMES M. STONE is professor of astrophysical sciences and applied and computational mathematics at Princeton University. He is also the associate director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. Dr. Stone’s research group studies gas dynamics in a wide variety of astrophysical systems, from protostars to clusters of galaxies. As part of this effort, the group develops, tests, and applies numerical algorithms for astrophysical gas dynamics on high-performance computers. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Stone served as a member on the National Academies’ committee on the Potential Impact of High-End Computing on Illustrative Fields of Science and Engineering and the Plasma Science Committee. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Alexey Vikhlinin
ALEXEY VIKHLININ is the deputy associate director of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is also a senior researcher at the High Energy Astrophysics division of Moscow's Space Research Institute. Dr. Vikhlinin’s main research area is X-ray studies of galaxy clusters and their applications for cosmology and physics of the intergalactic medium. Past projects in this area have included: Development of the Efficient Detection Pipeline for Extended X-ray Sources -- the Backbone of the 160 and 400 Square Degrees Surveys; and Using Chandra to Study Cold fronts in merging clusters. Dr. Vikhlinin received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Moscow University. He was recently co-awarded the 2008 Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society for his work on cluster cosmology and cold fronts. He served on the Mid-decadal Astronomy Committee and the CAA.
Dr. Eric M. Wilcots
ERIC M. WILCOTS is a professor of astronomy and associate dean for natural and mathematical sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). 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. Dr. Wilcots served as chair of the department of astronomy at UW-Madison before becoming an associate dean in the College of Letters & Science. Dr. Wilcots has served on the Users, Visitors, and Program Advisory Committees for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He was a member of the Science Working Group for the International Square Kilometer Array project and is a member of the Board of the Southern African Large Telescope. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Washington. He was a member of the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Galaxies Across Cosmic Time. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Mr. A. Thomas Young
A. THOMAS YOUNG (NAE) is a retired executive vice president of Lockheed Martin. He is currently chair of the board of SAIC. Mr. Young previously was president and chief operating officer of Martin Marietta Corporation. Prior to joining industry. He also has over twenty-one years of experience working 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 a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). He received his M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Young previously served as the vice chair of the National Academies’ Space Studies Board and has extensive NRC experience, and a member on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey steering committee, the Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee and subsequent Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey, and the Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions. He also served on the Mid-decadal Astronomy Committee. He has served on the Standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Events



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


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Agenda
SPACE SCIENCE WEEK
SPRING 2018 MEETINGS OF THE STANDING/DISCIPLINE COMMITTEES OF THE
SPACE STUDIES BOARD
Outline Agenda - Last updated 3.27.18

March 27-29, 2018
NAS Building – 2101 Constitution Ave NW – Washington D.C.

Tuesday March 27, 2018
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA) – Room 125
7:30 AM Registration Opens and Working Breakfast is Available in the Great Hall

CLOSED SESSION

8:30 AM Committee Discussion

OPEN SESSION

9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions Marcia Rieke and Steven Ritz, Co-Chairs

9:15 AM Update from NSF AST Ralph Gaume, NSF

10:00 AM Update from DOE HEP Kathy Turner, DOE

10:30 AM Break Available Outside Room

10:45 AM NASA Response to WIETR Report and Plans Jeff Kruk, NASA

12:15 PM Working Lunch Available in the Great Hall


PLENARY SESSION – Fred Kavli Auditorium
Lunch will be available in the Great Hall at 12:00 PM
Scheduled from 1pm-6pm
Topics include:
NASA-SMD Budget, Program, and Priorities
Focus Session on International Collaboration including ESA Space Science, ESA Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA Earth Observation Programs, Chinese Academy of Sciences: Current and Future Programs, and JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Focus Session on International Programs including personal perspectives on state of international collaboration, and Moderated Q&A sessions with NASA, COSPAR, and international agency representatives

Wednesday March 28, 2018
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA) – Room TBD
7:30 AM Registration opens and breakfast is available in the Great Hall

OPEN SESSION

8:30 AM Perspective from NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate Anne Kinney, NSF

9:00 AM Updates from NASA Astrophysics Division, Short Report Task, & JWST Update Paul Hertz, NASA HQ

10:15 AM Break Available Outside Room

10:30 AM Continued Discussion

11:00 AM Astro2020 Discussion
Brief Summary of AAS Town Hall 2018 Steve Ritz and Marcia Rieke
Updates from Astro2020 Consultation Group David Lang
CATE Meeting of Experts David Lang
Report on Early Career Astronomers Event Emily Moravec, NAS Mirzayan Fellow

12:00 PM Working Lunch Available in the Great Hall

12:30 PM Continued Astro2020 Discussion
State of the Profession and the Survey Megan Donahue, Dara Norman & Alex Rudolph (by phone)


1:00 PM Continued Astro2020 Discussion

2:00 PM Perspectives on NASA Mission Concept Study Process Steve Battel (by phone)

2:30 PM General Updates
Discussion of Exoplanet Study Bruce Macintosh & David Lang
Staff Update

2:45 PM Break

CLOSED SESSION

3:00 PM Committee Discussion

OPEN SESSION

(Committee Members, Plenary Speakers, and Guests by Invitation Only)
5:30 PM Buffet Working Dinner by Invitation in the West Court

Public Lecture - Auditorium
7:00 PM Public Lecture - Kavli Auditorium
The Gravitational Wave Astronomical Revolution with Dr. David Reitze

Thursday March 29, 2018
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (CAA)
Executive Session is currently scheduled for 8:30am-10:00am
The committee expects to be in executive session for the duration of the day.


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:

Chris Mckee
Steve Ritz
Co-Chair
Alexey Vikhlinin
Bruce Macintosh
Eric Wilcots
Megan Donahue
Vicky Kalogera
Jeremy Darling
Marcia Rieke
Co-chair
Thomas Greene


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the agenda for the Space Science Week meeting.
The committee discussed the short report that they will produce following the Space Science Week meeting.

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

No outside materials were distributed to the committee.



Location:

Teleconference
2-3p EDT
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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Agenda
Teleconference
This meeting in closed in its entirety.
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:

MARCIA RIEKE
Co-Chair
STEVEN M. RITZ
Co-Chair
JEREMIAH K. DARLING
MEGAN DONAHUE
THOMAS GREENE
LEE W. HARTMANN
VASSILIKI KALOGERA
BRUCE MACINTOSH
CHRISTOPHER F. MCKEE
ANGELA V. OLINTO
ALEXEY VIKHLININ


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*The Committee discussed the agenda for their next meeting.
*The Committee discussed the short report that will be produced following the March 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:
March 13, 2018


Location:

Teleconference
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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Agenda
Monday, February 26, 2018
2:00p - 3:30p EST
Teleconference Only

CAA Discussion with NASA on Monday, Feb 26, 2 pm EST on Mission Concept Studies and CAA Short Study
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



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


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Agenda
COMMITTEE ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
October 24 – 25, 2017

For call-in information, please refer to: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/bpasite/documents/webpage/bpa_182279.pdf


Beckman Center – 100 Academy Drive – Irvine, CA
Balboa Room

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
EXECUTIVE SESSION
9:00 – 9:30 AM
Committee Discussion

OPEN SESSION
9:30 AM
Welcome and Meeting Overview
Marcia Rieke and Steven Ritz, Co-Chairs

9:45 AM
Brief General Updates, Preparations for the Next Decadal Survey
(30 minutes each, incl. discussion)
Richard Green, NSF
Eric Linder, DOE
Paul Hertz, NASA

10:15 AM
Break

10:30 AM
Continued Discussion of Previous Topic

12:00 PM
Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory, committee discussion will continue

1:00 PM
Update on JWST
Eric Smith, NASA

1:45 PM
AAS and AIP Astronomy Demographics Studies
Rachel Ivie, AIP (via WebEx)

2:30 PM
Break

Focus Session: The Next Decadal Survey
3:00 PM
Brief Summary of Preparations and Activities
CAA Co-Chairs and Staff
• Consultation Group
• AAS Town Hall (January 2018)
• Science White Paper Call
• Decadal Planning Focus Document
• AAS and AIP Astronomy Demographics
• Cost and Technical Evaluation Meeting of Experts
• Communications Plan

4:00 PM
Discussion of the Next Decadal Survey All

5:00 PM
Adjourn for the day

5:15 PM
Return via carpool from Beckman to the hotel

5:45 PM
Depart hotel for TBD Restaurant

6:00 PM
Working Dinner at Bistango Restaurant Committee, Staff, & Invited Guests
19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA

8:00 PM
Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:30 AM Meeting Room Opens (Breakfast available in the Beckman Center Refectory)

OPEN SESSION
8:30 AM
Developments with LISA and Athena
Fabio Favata, ESA (via WebEx)

9:00 AM
Results of the WFIRST Independent External
Thomas Zurbuchen, AA, SMD, NASA
Technical/Management/Cost Review (WIETR) Study
Dan Woods, DD, SI&MD, NASA
Orlando Figueroa, WIETR Co-Chair
Peter Michelson, WIETR Co-Chair

10:30 AM
Break

11:00 AM
Continued Discussion

12:00 PM
Lunch available in the Beckman Center Refectory, committee discussion will continue

EXECUTIVE SESSION
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Committee Discussion

Additional information may be found at the committee's website: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/BPA/BPA_048755
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:

Rieke
Marcia - Co-Chair
Ritz
Steven - Co-Chair
Darling
Jeremiah K.
Donahue
Megan
Greene
Thomas
Hartmann
Lee W.
Kalogera
Vassiliki
Macintosh
Bruce
McKee
Christopher F.
Phillips
Mark M.
Vikhlinin
Alexey
Wilcots
Eric M.(via WebEx)
Young
A. Thomas

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

*The committee discussed the presentations.
*Plans for the 2018 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 25, 2017


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


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

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

Updated March 27, 2017

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
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

EXECUTIVE SESSION


8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Closed Committee Only

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 Benford and Jeff Kruk, NASA

2:15 PM Update on JWST Eric Smith, NASA

2:45 PM Break available outside room

3:00 PM Summary of AAAC Report Buell Jannuzi, University of Arizona and Steward Observatory (TBC)
Via WebEx

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION


9:00 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.




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:

Rieke
Marcia
Co-Chair
Ritz
Steven
Co-Chair
Darling
Jeremiah K. (via telecon)
Donahue
Megan
Greene
Thomas
Hartmann
Lee W. (via telecon)
Kalogera
Vassiliki (via telecon)
Macintosh
Bruce
McKee
Christopher F.
Phillips
Mark M. (via telecon)
Vikhlinin
Alexey (via telecon)
Wilcots
Eric M.
Young
A. Thomas


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report content
Report writing assignments
Plans for the fall 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:
April 05, 2017

Publications

  • Publications having no URL can be seen at the Public Access Records Office