Draft face-to-face agenda September 23, 2004

ASAC Meeting, 27-28 September, NRAO Technology Center, Charlottesville, Virginia


The Committee 
CHARGE from the ALMA Board


27 September 2004

8:30 am 1. Organization and IPT liaisons (Closed session) ( Schilke, Turner)

9:00 am 2. Project status report (Tarenghi or other member of management IPT)

Reading Materials:
ALMA Project Plan vthe newest, when available
ALMA Bilateral Agreement

JAO Positions PS job description...

10:00 am Discussion


10:30 am Break

10:45 pm 3. Report from Japan (Kawabe)

            - ALMA Progress in Japan

            - ACA 
Reading materials:
  ACA Project Book

11:15 pm Discussion

11:30 am 4. Outreach (Project Scientists )

        - ALMA/NA Town Meeting at AAS; ANASAC (Carilli)

        - ESAC Meeting Report (van Dishoeck)

        - ESO Community Day report; EU  ARC(Wilson)
        - ALMA science meeting (2005? 6?) (Wilson, Wootten)

        - Discussion of ARCs (vanden Bout, Wilson, Wootten, Kawabe)

Reading materials:

12:30 pm Lunch

13:30 pm Science IPT Review (Wootten)
Reading materials:
Latest version of ALMA Science Specifications and Requirements

13:45 pm
           1. Recommend clear, science-based criteria to be used by the Project in preparing tradeoff studies should budgetary constraints make it necessary to reduce planned activities in the baseline project following analysis of the responses to the antenna procurement process. (E. van Dishoeck (Receivers); J. Turner (Baselines and Antennas))

Report on Simulations (Holdaway; via videocon from Tucson)
Reading materials 

Extract from ALMA Science Requirements justifying ALMA's plan for 64 antennas.
ALMA Science by receiver band graph of sensitivity

ASAC Request for Simulations

14:30 pm Discussion

15:00 pm Break

15:15 pm 2. Following thorough assessment of the pros and cons of policies in use at existing ground- and space-based facilities, including those currently operated by the ALMA Executives, ASAC is invited to consider policy recommendations on:
a. how to facilitate joint projects between scientists of different partners,
b. how to handle large proposals with significant scientific duplication, and
c. whether provision needs to be made at this time for legacy projects and, if so, what mechanisms should be used for such projects.
These complex, often-contentious issues should be addressed in the spirit of demonstrating how ASAC believes their recommendations, if adopted, would maximize ALMA’s scientific impact.
(C. Wilson, L. Testi, D. Mardones  

Reading materials
April 2002 ASAC Report
ESO-OPC Material
JCMT information from Gerald Moriarty-Schieven 
Canadian Gemini TAC (CTAC) information

16:00 am Discussion

16:30 pm  3. Help the Science IPT to plan their study of the impact of calibration on a handful of the most challenging major science goals, in particular by providing ASAC’s views on the types of projects you feel are the most challenging from a calibration point of view. Review and comment on the Science IPT’s report when finished. (C. Carilli, P. Cox)

 Reading Materials:
DRSP Calibration Needs Report
ALMA Science IPT Wiki (External) contains a Calibration Section
Calibration Group
Science Examples for Calibration

17:30 pm Discussion

18:00 pm Break for Dinner

28 September 2004

 9:00 am  Consider in more detail how the choice of objects for demonstration science with ALMA might be made and in particular how to facilitate involvement by the broader community in that process. (P. Schilke, P. Myers)

Reading Materials:

 9:30 am Discussion

 10:00 am  5. Consider the project’s plans and progress towards a Science Verification Plan. (L. Mundy, J. Richer)
Reading Materials: 

  Draft ALMA Commissioning and Science VerificationSkip to reply button for entry 1. Plan   
  Operations Plan H2   noting that a comparison with G3 is available.
  Early Draft of ALMA Early Science Modes

10:30 am Discussion

11:00 am Break

11:15 am  Discussion of All Items

13:00 pm Lunch

14:00 pm   Drafting of report (Closed Session)

14:30 pm Discussion

15:15pm   Presentation of Findings (All)


15:45 pm Adjourn

16:00pm Colloquium (NRAO)  "Gas and Ice in Protoplanetary Disks"  Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory