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Astrophsyics

Physics of the Cosmos

The PhysPAG EC deadline is now extended
to Monday 30 Sept 2019!

Apply now to be a member of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) Executive Committee (EC). NASA expects to make multiple appointments, each for three years. We welcome self nominations and particularly encourage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to apply (instructions for nominating).

Key skills include good communication, a desire and ability to facilitate community organization and collaborative conclusions, and a broad perspective across the PCOS disciplines. Knowledge of technology additionally helps support PCOS technology objectives, including clarifying technology gaps; selection will consider a balance of members with expertise in technology and in other areas.


To:Physics of the Cosmos Community
From:Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date:28 August 2019
Subject:Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

Dear Colleagues:

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations, including self-nominations, to serve on the Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group, or PhysPAG (http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag/). In the coming months, NASA anticipates making at least four new appointments to the PhysPAG Executive Committee, in order to replace current members who will be rotating off the committee. Appointments will be for a period of three years for each selected candidate.

NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program has a wide breadth of scientific interests, covering topics from cosmology to fundamental physics (http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov). The PCOS Program includes a suite of operating missions (Fermi, Chandra, XMM-Newton); planned missions (such as Euclid, LISA, and Athena); and concept studies for future missions. Also central to PCOS is an active program to develop and infuse technologies into future flight missions.

The PhysPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a conduit for community input into NASA's PCOS Program and for conducting analyses in support of science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities. The PhysPAG is led by an Executive Committee (EC) whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in PCOS. The current EC Chair serves on the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC). Together, the PhysPAG EC and the Chair are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing PhysPAG analyses, reporting PhysPAG findings and inputs to the APAC, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program. Detailed information about the structure and function of the PhysPAG can be found at http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag/.

Nominations, including self-nominations, for the PhysPAG Executive Committee should be submitted via email to PhysPAG-ECNominations@bigbang.gsfc.nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page curriculum vitae summarizing the nominee's relevant background, all bound in a single PDF file with a file size no greater than 1 Mb. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee's area of expertise and qualifications for service on the PhysPAG Executive Committee. The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 20, 2019, with announcement of selections anticipated by the end of October 2019.

Nominations will only be accepted for scientists who reside at a U.S. Institution for the period of the service. There is no limitation on citizenship.

We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders to continue a robust and compelling Physics of the Cosmos Program.

Sincerely,

Terri Brandt
Chief Scientist, Physics of the Cosmos Program Office
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Daniel A. Evans
Program Scientist, Physics of the Cosmos
NASA Headquarters


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