STScI Newsletter
2022 / Volume 39 / Issue 02

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A. Jenkins (Jenkins[at]stsci.edu)

AAS 241

Staff members from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will participate in the 241st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, January 8 – 12.

Throughout the week, there will be technical presentations in instrument sessions, a wide variety of science presentations, workshops, splinter sessions, town halls, press releases, press conferences, and NASA Hyperwall talks. An exhibit booth and several associated events will highlight the missions we support on behalf the science community. Please visit the booth to explore other STScI activities.

The STScI Town Hall will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities designed to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. Ample time will be available to confer with experts from Hubble, Webb, Roman, MAST, and NASA’s Universe of Learning.

Workshops, Events, and Sessions
Title and Description Date and Time (PST) Type and Location

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop

An overview of the JWST proposal and planning tools with a specific focus on the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) and the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT). Guided demonstrations and hands-on sessions and exercises to plan observations for selected science cases and observing modes.

Sunday, January 8

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

(Hybrid)

Workshop
Room 204

Engage with NASA’s Science Activation Program: Tools for Using NASA Astrophysics in Informal STEM Learning

Learn how NASA’s Science Activation teams are working to meet the needs of learners and science experts in today’s world, how you can become involved, and walk away with NASA resources developed by Science Activation programs that you can use in your own outreach efforts.

Sunday, January 8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

(Hybrid)

Workshop
Room 303

Accessing NASA's Astrophysics Archives using Python

Programmatic interfaces through Python are increasingly in demand. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the programmatic data access tools available and the tutorial notebooks we offer.

Sunday, January 8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

(In-person)

Workshop
Room 201 / 202

Effective Astronomy Visualizations for Research, Outreach, and Learning  

An overview of the current state of astronomy visualization including planning, creation, and delivery phases of the process. Presenters will share lessons learned through discussions of best practices for a variety of audiences. They will survey a wide range of visualization techniques and address their advantages and accessibility for different styles of learning.

Sunday, January 8

1:00 – 5:00 pm

(Hybrid)

Workshop
Room 303

Nearby Galaxies Under a New Light with Roman

Experts on the local and more distant universe will articulate how Roman’s studies of the expanding horizon of the nearby universe can be connected to our understanding of the most distant objects.

Monday, January 9
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Roman Splinter
Room 304

JWST Town Hall

A review of the current knowledge about the technical science performance of the JWST observatory and the status of the Early Release Science Programs. Also, a discussion of new features and enhancements available to observers in Cycle 2, and a look ahead toward future cycles. Ample time will be available for questions from the community.

Monday, January 9
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Town Hall
Ballroom 6B

STScI Town Hall

The Space Telescope Science Institute will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities designed to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. STScI science leads and community representatives will highlight key initiatives associated with our major missions. Time will be included to receive community input regarding new capabilities, and to answer questions about STScI activities in the coming year.

Tuesday, January 10,
12:45 – 1:45 pm

Town Hall
Room 612

Roman Town Hall

This session will cover the status of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope and upcoming opportunities for community involvement in planning and executing the science and technology demonstration aspects of Roman.

Tuesday, January 10
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Town Hall
Room 618/619

Starting Now: Community-Led Definition of the Roman Core Community Surveys (CCSs)

Attendees will gain the information they need to write effective white papers, and to provide feedback on the planned community process for defining the CCSs. The session will include updates on the status of the mission relevant to defining the CCSs, an overview of the community-driven process for defining the surveys, a discussion of the observational parameter spaces under consideration for each survey, a question-and-answer session, and the opportunity to provide feedback.

Wednesday, January 11
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Roman Splinter 
Room 4C-3

 

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