Status of NASA-sponsored Events at AAS239

Joint PAG Meeting (Hybrid)
Sunday, January 9, 2022, 5:00pm–7:00pm EST
(Postponed Indefinitely)
 

ExoPAG Meeting
Rescheduled: January 10-12, 2022

  • Monday (Jan. 10th) and Wednesday (Jan. 12th) will feature a mix of ExoPAG updates (SIGs and SAGs), NASA ExEP programmatic talks, and exoplanet science talks. Both days start at 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST.
  • Tuesday (Jan. 11th) now features an "Overview of Astro2020 from an Exoplanet Perspective" presentation by Keivan Stassun and Bruce Macintosh (1:00pm EST/10:00am PST), followed by a moderated discussion on Astro2020. This will be followed by the NASA Astrophysics Town Hall Meeting with a keynote presentation from APD Division Director Paul Hertz (2:45pm-4:15pm EST/11:45am-1:15pm PST; see 2nd news item).
  • Agenda and connection information available here:
    https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/359/exopag-25-virtual-meeting/

 

Although the 239th American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting has been canceled, the press conference program will move forward as planned. The press conferences will be live online each morning and afternoon, Monday, 10 January, through Thursday, 13 January, to showcase some of the most exciting recent astronomical discoveries. The hour-long press conferences will be held at 10:15 am MT (12:15 pm ET) and 2:15 pm MT (4:15 pm ET) daily, with an extra briefing at 12:15 pm MT (2:15 pm ET) on Tuesday, 11 January.

  • Schedule: https://aas.org/meetings/aas239/2nd-media-advisory#program 
  • Tune in via the YouTube livestream: https://www.youtube.com/c/AASPressOffice
    • Monday, Jan. 10, 12:15 p.m. EST:

      Chandra: “Uncovering a Hidden Mini-Monster: A Heavily Obscured AGN in a Dwarf Star-Forming Galaxy”     

      SOFIA: “A Map of the Molecular Ring and Arms of a Spiral Galaxy”
       
    • Monday, Jan. 10, 4:15 p.m. EST:

      IXPE: “NASA’s Newest X-ray Eyes: An Update on the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Spacecraft”
       
    • Thursday, Jan. 13, 2:15 p.m. EST:

      TESS/Hubble: “A Mirage or an Oasis? A Tentative Detection of Water Vapor in an Exoplanet Atmosphere”  

      Spitzer: “Observing Seasons on a Migrating Giant Exoplanet with the Retired Spitzer Space Telescope” 

      Spitzer: “Revealing the Stormy, Turbulent Nature of Giant Exoplanet Analogs”
       
    • Thursday, Jan. 13, 4:15 p.m. EST:

      Hubble: “Betelgeuse: After The Great Dimming”  

      TESS: “Discovery of a TESS Giant Planet on a 261-Day Orbit Enabled by Citizen Science” 

 

Astrophysics Science Smallsat Studies, Results
Monday, 10 January 2022, 2:30pm–6:00pm EST / 12:30pm–4:00pm MST

Agenda

2:30pm–2:55pm

Asantha Cooray: MISE, The Mid-Infrared Sky Explorer

2:55pm–3:20pm

Derek Buzasi: MAGIC, The Massive star AsteroseismoloGy Instrument Cubesat

3:20pm–3:45pm

Jeremy Drake: NExtUP, The Normal-incidence Extreme Ultraviolet Photometer

3:45pm–4:10pm

Baroujan Gorjian: BHAGERA, The Black Hole Accretion and Growth Experiment with Reverberation Analysis

4:10pm–4:20pm

10 min Break

4:20pm–4:45pm

Michelle Hui: MoonBEAM, A Beyond Earth-orbit Gamma-ray Burst Detector for Multi-Messenger Astronomy

4:45pm–5:10pm

Eliad Peretz: ORCAS, The Orbiting Configurable Artificial Star.

5:10pm–5:35pm

Herman Marshall: GOSoX, The Globe Orbiting Soft X-ray Polarimeter

5:35pm–6:00pm

Sara Seager: A Constellation of Small Satellites to Search for a Transiting Earth-Size Planet in an Earth-like Orbit about a Bright Sun-Like Star

Meeting Connect Information

Meeting Link:
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Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020)
Monday, January 10, 2022, 2:45pm–3:45pm EST
(Cancelled)


NASA Town Hall
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 2:45pm–3:45pm EST
(Virtual in lieu of AAS In-person)

This is a large (162Mb) MP4 file, so it is recommended that you download it and use an MP4 player like QuickTime to watch it, rather than trying to watch it over the internet. In addition, you may also download the Town Hall presentation slides and the chat questions and answers from the webpage https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/documents.

Agenda

Keynote presentation from NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz. This presentation will feature an update on the status of NASA Astrophysics in light of the release of the Astro2020 Pathways to Discovery Decadal Survey.

Meeting Connect Information
The NASA Astrophysics Town Hall that was to be held during the AAS winter meeting in Salt Lake City will take place as a WebEx session at the originally scheduled time. Links to the WebEx and a platform for questions of the Division Director in advance of the Town Hall appear below.

The Q&A portal is: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/nkqc/#!/dashboard

The WebEx information is:
https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=me46dc0470a814121ac58be323d46134a
 Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022, 2:45 pm (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | Duration 90 minutes |
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Diversity in Astronomy & Astrophysics at NASA
Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, 4:00pm–5:30pm EST
(Postponed)
 

SPD-41: Scientific Information Policy Town Hall – updated on 01/19/2022
Rescheduled: January 26th, 2022, 3:00 – 4:00pm EST

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has released SPD-41: Scientific Information policy for the Science Mission Directorate along with a Request for Information (RFI) about changes and implementation of this policy. To help provide further information about the policy and answer questions from the community, NASA SMD will be hosting a townhall on January 26, 2022 at 3 pm Eastern Time. Links to the Policy, WebEx, and a platform for questions in advance of the Town Hall appear below. 

In preparation, please see links below regarding information for the Town hall on SPD-41:

The Q&A portal is: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/n7tz/

The WebEx information is:

SDP-41: Scientific Information Policy Townhall 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 3:00 pm, Eastern Time (2:00 pm Central Time)
https://nasaevents.webex.com/nasaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e90177295c161e3ce80425649556f82a9

Event number: 2760 301 6227
Event password: 9XZtiaKSv33

Questions on the policy, RFI, or this meeting may be directed to:
HQ-SMD-SPD41@mail.nasa.gov
 

Review of the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program – updated on 02/08/2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2:30–3:30 EST (11:30 am–12:30 pm PST)
Speakers: Rita Sambruna (NASA GSFC) and Nicolle Zellner (NASA HQ), NHFP review panel co-chairs, and Patricia Knezek (NASA HQ), NHFP Program Scientist

Meeting Link:
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 Meeting ID: 2760 963 6860
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The panel report itself can be found on this website, near the bottom of the page: https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/documents
 

JWST Town Hall – updated on 01/19/2022
Postponed to Friday, January 28th, 2022
See: https://www.stsci.edu/contents/events/jwst/2022/january/jwst-town-hall for additional details and updates.

Location
Virtual
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Description
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on December 25, 2021, and major deployments of the observatory have been successfully completed. Following a 6-month commissioning phase, the long-awaited flagship observatory will offer the worldwide astronomical and planetary science communities powerful new infrared capabilities for years to come.
The Town Hall will feature speakers from the JWST Program Office at NASA Headquarters, the JWST project at the Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Science and Operations Center at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The presentations will:

  • Provide the astronomical community with a status update of the mission
  • Discuss the next steps in the commissioning timeline
  • Inform the community on when to expect to see the first science data
  • Look forward to the first year of exciting JWST science

The connection will be via BlueJeans live (URL will be provided at a later date).
Agenda
Each speaker will present for 10 minutes, with 30 minutes left for Q&A. Questions will be selected using an online “up-vote” system, with the moderator reading the top-voted questions. Use this URL to ask questions any time through the end of the event: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/qzze/.

Topic

Speaker

MC

Hashima Hasan, JWST Deputy Program Scientist (NASA HQ)

Introduction

Eric Smith, JWST Program Scientist (NASA HQ)

JWST Mission Update - Pre-launch, launch, and other major deployments

Jonathan Gardner, JWST Deputy Senior Project Scientist (NASA GSFC)

Commissioning the Telescope

Mike McElwain, JWST Observatory Project Scientist (NASA GSFC)

Commissioning the Science Instruments

Jane Rigby, JWST Operations Project Scientist (NASA GSFC)

JWST Cycle 1 Science Program and Cycle 2 and Beyond

Klaus Pontoppidan, STScI JWST Project Scientist (STScI)


Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Roman Town Hall
Postponed to NET Monday, January 24th, 2022
Details TBA

Roman Cosmology Splinter Session – updated on 01/20/2022
Cosmology with the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Thursday, Jan 27th at 10am–12pm EST.

Please join us for the "Cosmology with the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope" virtual seminar, the rescheduled splinter meeting originally planned for the AAS 239th. This seminar will discuss currently planned cosmological probes as well as new ideas for cosmological probes with Roman. Talks will include an overview of cosmology including weak lensing, baryon acoustic oscillations, and supernovae with Roman; and a discussion of new ideas to explore in Roman cosmology. We invite everyone, especially those not yet working on Roman science, to come and join the discussion.  

For more details, including a recording of the seminar, please visit https://roman.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/2022_cosmology_seminar.html.

Agenda

  • 10:00am - Welcome
  • 10:05am - Ami Choi (Cal Tech) - Cosmology with the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope High Latitude Wide Area Survey
  • 10:20am - Phil Macias (UC Santa Cruz) - An Updated Reference Time-Domain Survey and Cosmology Forecast with the Roman Space Telescope
  • 10:35am - Lado Samushia (Kansas State) - Cosmology With The Roman Space Telescope - BAO and Beyond
  • 10:50am - Jiachuan Xu (U of Arizona) - Cosmology With The Roman Space Telescope — Weak Lensing And Beyond
  • 11:05am - Helen Qu (U of Pennsylvania) - SN Ia Cosmology and Core-collapse Supernova Science with the Roman Space Telescope
  • 11:20am - Panel Discussion on other cosmological probes that are possible with Roman
        with Siddharth Mishra-Sharma (MIT, Dark matter substructure),
        Alessa Ibrahim (TCU, Supernova explosions of first generations of stars),
        Simon Birrer (Stanford, Time-delayed cosmology with lensed sources),
        and Gloria Fonseca Alvarez (U. Connecticut, QSOs, and reverberation mapping)
     

Roman Galaxy Evolution Splinter
Postponed to June AAS


Science from the TESS Extended Mission Splinter Session – updated on 02/08/2022

With the cancellation of the Winter AAS #239 meeting in January, the organizers of the splinter session titled "Science from the TESS Extended Mission", have decided to take the meeting online. This virtual event will occur on Wednesday the 16th of February at 2:00 - 4:00pm East Coast Time (11:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time).

The agenda for this event are listed in the table below in addition to the meeting link. We hope that you can attend.

Agenda

Start Time

End Time

Speaker

Title

2:00

2:15

George Ricker (MIT)

The TESS extended mission

 

2:15

2:30

Malena Rice (Yale)

Solar System science with TESS

 

2:30

2:45

Ben Shappee (University of Hawaii)

The Transient Explorer Survey Satelite

 

2:45

3:00

May Pedersen (UCSB)

Asteroseismology in the TESS era

 

3:00

3:15

Rebekah Hounsell (UMBC)

The software and tools developed to reduce and analyze TESS data

 

3:15

3:30

Jennifer Burt (JPL)

The plethora of planets discovered by TESS

 

3:30

3:45

Michelle Kunimoto (MIT)

Predicting the exoplanet yield from TESS: Years 1 - 7

 

3:45

4:00

All speakers

Question and Answer session

 

Meeting Link:
Click this Zoom link to join the meeting.
 Meeting Organizers: Avi Shporer, Rebekah Hounsell, Knicole Colon, Tom Barclay
 This meeting will be recorded and posted online after the event.
 

COR Science Interest Group (SIG) Splinter Sessions
NASA Infrared Science & Technology Interest Group (IR STIG)
Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 1:00pm–3:00pm EST

Agenda

Dawn of a New Decade in IR Astrophysics

Agenda and Meeting Connection Information

Meeting Connect Information
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
1:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Meeting Link:
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 Meeting ID: 2760 388 0909
 Meeting password: 1nasa_(IR_STIG)!

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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)
New Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 12:00pm–1:30pm EST

Agenda

12:00 ET / 9:00 PT

Introduction to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group: Who are we, and what do we do to help support NASA?

12:20 ET / 9:20 PT

Prioritization of Strategic Technology Gaps: Understanding the process

12:50 ET / 9:50 PT

Supporting NASA implementation of Astro2020 recommendations: Possible next steps

1:00 ET / 10:00 PT

Discussion and Q/A

Meeting Connect Information
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
12:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr 30 mins

Meeting Link:
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 Meeting ID: 2760 347 4260
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NASA Stars Science Interest Group (Stars SIG)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 4:00pm–5:00pm EST

Agenda

Short presentation about the Stars Science Interest Group, and informal discussion about Stars research in light of the decadal survey.

Meeting Connect Information
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
4:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr

Meeting Link:
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NASA Galaxies Science Interest Group (Galaxies SIG)
Thursday, January 6, 2022, 1:00pm–2:30pm EST

Agenda

Short presentation about the Galaxies Science Interest Group, and informal discussion about galaxies research in light of the decadal survey.

Meeting Connect Information
Thursday, January 6, 2022
1:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr 30 mins

Meeting Link:
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 Meeting ID: 2761 071 9308
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NASA Ultraviolet-Visible Science & Technology Interest Group (UV-STIG)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:00pm–1:30pm EST

Agenda

Topic

Time

Candidate Speakers

Intro & Context

10 min

Tumlinson

 

Science

Time Domain Science

10 min

TBD

Exoplanet Science

10 min

Shkolnik

Probes

10 min

Scowen

 

Tech

Coatings

10 min

Quijada

Gratings

10 min

Fleming

Broadening the PI base

10 min

TBD

Panel

20 min

McCandliss, Hamden, TBD

Meeting Connect Information
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
12:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr 30 mins

Meeting Link:
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 Meeting ID: 2764 948 6799
 Meeting password: 5nasa(UV_STIG)!

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PCOS Science Interest Group (SIG) Splinter Sessions


Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)
Virtual
 6 January 2022, 12:00pm–1:00pm EST
 (Postponed)

X-Ray SIG
Virtual
 5 January 2022, Time: TBA
 (Postponed)

Gravitational Wave (GW) SIG
 7 January 2022, 1:00pm–2:30pm EST
 (Postponed)

Gamma Ray SIG
Virtual
 28 January 2022, 2:00pm–3:30pm EST / 1:00pm–2:30pm CST /
 12:00pm–1:30pm MST / 11:00am–12:30pm PST

Agenda
All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Justin Finke

2:00pm–2:10pm

Gamma-ray Science Interest Group
(5+5 minutes)

Judy Racusin

2:10pm–2:30pm

Space-based Gamma-ray Missions and the Decadal Review
(15+5 minutes)

Reshmi Mukherjee

2:30pm–2:50pm

Ground-based Gamma-ray Missions and the Decadal Review
(15+5 minutes)

Jacqueline Beechert

2:50pm–3:10pm

Compton Spectrometer and Imager
(15+5 minutes)

Daniel Kocevski

3:10pm–3:30pm

Starburst
(15+5 minutes)

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Cosmic Ray SIG
Virtual
 18 January 2022, 1:00pm–2:30pm EST / 11:00am–12:30pm MST

Agenda

TBA

Meeting Connect Information
Tuesday, 18 January 2022
1:00 PM | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr 30 mins

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SOFIA

Although the 239th meeting of the AAS January 9-13, 2022, has been cancelled, SOFIA will be proceeding with our scheduled talks and webinars.

AAS 239 Press Conferences
Date: Monday, January 10, 2022
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Mountain Time)

SOFIA Open Calls for Proposals: what you need to know
Date: Monday, January 10, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (Mountain Time)
Presenter
 Arielle Moullet, SOFIA/USRA

SOFIA Town Hall
Date: Monday, January 10, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
Presenter
 Margaret Meixner, SOFIA/USRA

Special Session: SOFIA Winter meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Mountain Time)

Special Session: The extreme ISM in the inner 200 pc of the Galaxy
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Mountain Time)

Best SOFIA Thesis: The formation and dispersal of dense gas in star forming regions
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 09:30 AM (Mountain Time)
Presenter
 Lars Bonne, SOFIA/USRA

Best SOFIA Paper:
The Magnetic Field Across The Molecular Warped Disk of Centaurus A

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM (Mountain Time)
Presenter
 Enrique Lopez Rodriguez, Stanford


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