SMD Community Town Hall Meetings

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Past Meetings

 

November 4, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall on Psyche IRB Findings & Recommendation

Today, at 12 p.m. ET, SMD hosted a community townhall to discuss the findings and recommendations of a report by the Psyche mission independent review board. The board, initiated by NASA and JPL in July 2022, examined the causes of the Psyche mission missing its planned launch opportunity this year.

Following the townhall, NASA will host a media call. The teleconference audio will stream live at nasa.gov/live.

Full Report: Psyche Independent Review Board Report and NASA Response (PDF)

Watch the Psyche Mission Town Hall (YouTube)

 

October 24, 2022

Heliophysics Virtual Town Hall 

The Heliophysics Town Hall started with a division update from Dr. Nicola Fox. It included discussions on current activities of interest to the community and an open question and answer session. The update and discussions include but are not limited to the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission, including the GDC Independent Review Board report, which will soon be posted here, the Dynamical Neutral Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling mission, and a Research and Analysis update. 

Watch the October 24, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

Science Career Path Tool Town Hall Meeting October 20, 2022

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall on the NASA Science Career Path Tool at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Thursday, October 20. This town hall will be focused on the Science Career Path Tool, an interactive online tool that features five distinct science career tracks and summarizes the common roles across the NASA science workforce. The tool can assist scientists, managers, students, and prospective employees to NASA in their awareness of career opportunities, help plan and navigate careers, and determine training and development needs to better prepare them for different roles.

Watch the October 20, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

SMD Community Town Hall October 6, 2022

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team on Thursday, October 6 to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share the current status of NASA activities. Members of SMD, the science community, academia, the media, and the public were invited to participate.

Watch the October 6, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

June 15 and September 12, 2022

A.32 ICESat2 DAPR Virtual Town Hall Meetings 

Two virtual town hall meetings on the implementation of dual-anonymous peer review for A.32 ICESat2 occurred on June 15 and September 12. The information below has also been added to A.32 ICESat2 as Section 6.1. New text is in bold. The NOI and proposal due dates remain unchanged. See https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review for general information about DAPR. 

The first ICESat2 town hall was held on Wednesday June 15 at 12 pm Eastern Time, and the second on Monday September 12 at 3pm Eastern Time. A recording of one of the town halls and slides will be provided online prior to the proposal deadline.

The town halls: (1) discussed the motivation for switching to dual-anonymous peer review, (2) explained how dual-anonymous peer reviews work, and (3) described how to write proposals that are compatible with dual-anonymous peer review. Attendees had the opportunity to anonymously ask questions to the panelists. Attendance at the town hall was anonymous and your name wasn't visible to other attendees. The Q&A portal is: https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/hyb3/.  

 

August 18, 2022

Planetary Science Division Townhall – Decadal Survey Initial Response 

NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) held a virtual community townhall Thursday, August 18th, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern). This townhall was a forum for Dr. Lori Glaze, PSD Director, to provide the agency’s initial public response to the NASEM Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023–2032. Public questions were addressed at the end of the presentation.

The townhall slides and recording are posted here and at: https://science.nasa.gov/solar-system/documents.


Watch the August 18, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

August 17, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall

The Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share current status of NASA activities.

Download the presentation here
Watch the August 17, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

April 21, 2022

Earth Science Division Community Forum 

As NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) moves into the implementation of the Decadal Survey recommendations with development of the Earth System Observatory, ESD leadership will regularly update the community on these activities, the current Program of Record, and other Earth science news in a series of ESD Community Forums.  This meeting was virtual-only via WebEx. For more information please visit https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/esd-community-forum.

 

April 19, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall 

The Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share current status of NASA activities.

Watch the April 19, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)

 

March 21-25, 2022

Space Science Week at the National Academies

Though not SMD town hall meetings, we thought you might be interested in the meetings of Space Studies Board committees of the National Academies. All meetings were virtual. For more information, see https://www.nationalacademies.org/ssb/space-studies-board.

Table of start-end dates, committees, and notes for Space Science Week at the National Academies (March 21-25, 2022).

 

February 8, 2022

SMD Community Town Hall 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and the leadership team to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and the current status of NASA activities.  

Watch the February 8, 2022 Town Hall (YouTube)
 

 

Virtual NASA Astrophysics Events from AAS239

Many Astrophysics Division activities originally scheduled for the now cancelled AAS239 meeting will occur virtually. See https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/events-at-aas239.
 

 

January 19, 2022

Living with the Star Virtual Meeting

The annual briefing for the NASA Heliophysics Living With a Star (LWS) program that would normally be held during the Fall AGU meeting took place as a Webex session on January 19, 2022.

The agenda for the Town Hall is:

  • LWS Program Overview
  • LWS Science – Update and Focused Science Topics for ROSES-2022
  • Space Weather Update
  • LPAG Report on 2021 Activities
  • LWS Architecture Study
  • Mission Updates
  • Wrap-up/Questions
     

 

January 26, 2022

Scientific Information Policy Virtual Meeting 

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 hosted a townhall on January 26, 2022.


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

 

October 21, 2021

Earth Science Division Community Forum

As NASA's Earth Science Division (ESD) moves into the implementation of the Decadal Survey recommendations with development of the Earth System Observatory, ESD leadership will regularly update the community on these activities, the current Program of Record, and other Earth science news in a series of ESD Community Forums. For more information see https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/esd-community-forum.
 

 

October 18, 2021

NASA Science Quarterly Town Hall Meeting 

NASA's Science Mission Directorate held a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team to discuss updates to NASA's science program and share the current status of NASA activities.

Watch the October 18, 2021 Quarterly Town Hall (YouTube)
 


 

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