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STScI Newsletter
2023 / Volume 40 / Issue 02

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A. Jenkins (jenkins[at]

Members of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will participate in the 243rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 7 – 11, 2024. Full details, including schedules, an exhibit hall map, and related resources are available on the AAS website.

STScI will contribute to a wide range of workshops, science sessions, splinter meetings, and exhibits throughout the meeting, including technical presentations in instrument sessions, a wide variety of science presentations, workshops, town halls, press releases, and press conferences. 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 Webb, Hubble, Roman, and MAST.

STScI-Featured Workshops, Events, and Sessions
Title and Description Date and Time (CT) Location

Engage with NASA’s Science Activation Program: Tools for using NASA Astrophysics in Informal STEM Learning (Workshop)

Learn how NASA’s Science Activation teams are working to meet the needs of learners and science experts learners in venues such as museums, science centers, planetariums, libraries, and community colleges; discover how you can become involved; and walk away with NASA resources that you can use in your own outreach efforts.

Saturday, January 6

10:00 a.m.  12:00 p.m.

Room 212

STScI Town Hall
STScI will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. We will provide an update on the definition of the Roman Core Community Surveys. We will also present progress reports on the Exoplanet and Long-term Monitoring Strategic Initiatives with HST and JWST. We will include discussion time for community input regarding new capabilities and to answer questions about our activities in the coming year.

Tuesday, January 9

12:45 p.m.  1:45 p.m.
Room 215
Maximizing the Science of Roman with Simulations (Splinter)
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will produce expansive surveys that transform our understanding of dark energy, dark matter, galaxies, and exoplanets. To help plan for and take full advantage of the Roman surveys, as well as test data reduction and analysis algorithms currently being developed, it is essential to create detailed simulated Roman photometric, morphological and spectroscopic datasets. This session will bring together observers and theorists to discuss and plan for simulations to maximize the scientific return from Roman’s Core Community and General Astrophysics surveys.

Tuesday, January 9

2:00 p.m.  3:30 p.m.
Room 240/241
A Discussion of Science Drivers for Defining Roman's Core Community Surveys (Splinter)
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope's Wide Field Instrument (WFI) will have an observing program that includes both Core Community Surveys and General Astrophysics surveys. The Core Community Surveys will include a High Latitude Wide Area survey, a High Latitude Time Domain survey, and a Galactic Bulge Time Domain survey. The community-led effort to define Roman's Core Community Surveys is now underway. The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with an opportunity to engage with the definition committees for each survey on prioritizing science drivers for survey definition and identifying the most promising scientific synergies amongst the various science drivers.

Wednesday, January 10

9:00 a.m.  11:30 a.m.


The James Webb Space Telescope Town Hall
With JWST into its second year of science operations and the astronomical community engaged in exploiting the scientific potential of the observatory, it is important to maintain open the lines of communication between the JWST project, STScI, and the science community. This town hall will update the community about the performance of the observatory, review the status of science operations including proposal process and data analysis, summarize efforts to receive and act on the science community feedback, and provide a summary description of Cycle 2 approved proposals as well as the submitted Cycle 3 proposals. There will be ample time for the user community to provide feedback and ask questions.
Wednesday, January 10
6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Room 215
Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Town Hall
The Roman Telescope is a NASA flagship mission planned for launch no later than May 2027. It will perform breakthrough science in dark energy cosmology, exoplanet microlensing, and NIR sky surveys with its Wide Field Instrument. Roman will also feature the Coronagraph Instrument (CGI), a technology demonstration that will directly image and take spectra of exoplanetary systems using several novel technologies together for the first time in space. This session will cover the status of the project and upcoming opportunities for community involvement in planning and executing the science and technology demonstration aspects of Roman.
Thursday, January 11
12:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
Room 207



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