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Astrophsyics

Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group

237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Virtually Anywhere, 11–15 January 2021

All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

PCOS-related activities at the AAS

Video recordings of each session courtesy of the American Astronomical Society.

NASA Joint PAG Session

Friday, 8 January 2021, 1:00–3:00 P.M.

Video recording [MP4 Video, 125MB]

Agenda

  • Update on NASA Astrophysics, Q&A [PDF]
    Dr. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division Director

  • NASA Astrophysics Technology Needs: Plans for Factoring in the Decadal Survey's Recommendations [PDF]
    Bruce T. Pham, PCOS/COR Chief Technologist, NASA GSFC;
    and Nick Siegler, ExEP Chief Technologist, JPL
  • Submit/Vote on Questions for Presenters Here: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/x1re/#!/dashboard

    PCOS Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG)

    Monday, 11 January 2021, 12:00 Noon
    Chair: Grant Tremblay

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 139MB]

    Agenda

  • PCOS Overview [PDF] – Brian Williams, GSFC (15 + 5 mins)
  • PhysPAG Overview [PDF] – Graça Rocha, JPL/Caltech (15 + 5 mins)
  • X-ray Highlights [PDF] – Ryan Hickox, Dartmouth College (15 + 5 mins)
  • Looking forward to LISA: Binary Supermassive Black Holes [PDF] – Krysta Lynne Smith, SMU (15 + 5 mins)
  • Discussion (10 mins)

  • PCOS Science Interest Group (SIG)
    Featured Splinter Sessions

    Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions
    in Space Science

    Monday, 11 January 2021, 6:50 P.M.

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 229MB]

    Agenda

  • Introduction [PDF] (organizers) (5 mins)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Space Science: The Sustainable Picture [PDF]
    Dara Norman, NOIRLab (15+5 mins)
  • NASA Astrophysics at an HBCU: University of the Virgin Islands [PDF]
    David Morris, UVI (15+5 mins)
  • Space Science at MSIs: A Student's Perspective [PDF]
    Tenley Hutchinson-Smith, UCSC/Spelman College (15+5 mins)
  • Panel discussion (25 mins)
  • Multi-SIG Session on the Status of Multimessenger Astrophysics (MMA)

    Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:00 Noon
    Chair: Marcos Santander

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 163MB]

    Agenda

  • Invited: Multimessenger Astrophysics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center [PDF] – Rita Sambruna (NASA GSFC) (30 min talk)
  • Gamma-rays and Gravitational Waves [PDF] – Michelle Hui (NASA MSFC) (15 min talk)
  • Gamma-rays and Neutron Star Mergers [PDF] – Imre Bartos (University of Florida) (15 min talk)
  • Future Gamma-ray Missions for MMA: BurstCube, AMEGO-X, and AMEGO [PDF] – Judy Racusin (NASA GSFC) (15 min talk)
  • AstroPix: Investigating the Potential of Silicon Pixel Sensors in the Future of Gamma-ray Astrophysics [PDF] – Isabella Brewer (University of Maryland) (15 min talk)

  • Inflation Probe SIG

    Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 12:00 Noon
    Chair: Kevin Huffenberger

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 134MB]

    Agenda

  • IPSIG Overview [PDF] – Graça Rocha, JPL/Caltech (15 + 5 mins)
  • PICO Overview [PDF] – Shaul Hanany, University of Minnesota (15 + 5 mins)
  • CMB-S4 Overview [PDF] – Julian Borrill, LBL (15 + 5 mins)
  • Complementarity of Space and Ground-based Experiments [PDF] – Charles Lawrence, JPL (15 + 5 mins)
  • Discussion (10 mins)

  • X-Ray SIG

    Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 6:50 P.M.
    Chair: Grant Tremblay

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 180MB]

    Agenda

  • Introduction [PDF]

  • Science with Ongoing Explorer Missions
    • Gehrels/Swift [PDF] – Jamie Kennea, Penn State (20 mins)
    • The NuSTAR mission and Science Highlights from 2020 [PDF] – Kristin Madsen, CRESST and X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory,
      GSFC (20 mins)
    • NICER [PDF] – Erin Kara, MIT (20 mins)
  • Status of Upcoming Explorer Missions
    • IXPE – Martin Weisskopf, MSFC (10 mins)
    • Status Report on the X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) [PDF] – Brian Williams, GSFC (10 mins)

    Gravitational Wave SIG

    Thursday, 14 January 2021, 12:00 Noon
    Session chair: Jillian Bellovary

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 148MB]

    Agenda

  • LIGO O3 Results Summary [PDF] – Evan Goetz (15 mins, 5 questions)
  • NANOGRAV Results Summary [PDF] – Scott Ransom (15 mins, 5 questions)
  • LISA Overview of Science and Programmatics [PDF] – Ira Thorpe (15 mins, 5 questions)
  • BlackHoles@Home [PDF] – Zach Etienne (15 mins, 5 questions)
  • Cosmic Structure SIG

    Thursday, 14 January 2021, 4:10 P.M.

    Video recording [MP4 Video, 121MB]

    Agenda

  • Overview of Cosmic Structure SIG – James Rhoads, NASA/GSFC (15 mins)
  • The Interplay between Space- and Ground-Based Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Studies [PDF] – Donghui Jeong, Penn State Univ. (15 mins)
  • The ODIN Survey: Hunting for the Largest Cosmic Structures in the Distant Universe [PDF] – Kyoungsoo Lee, Purdue University (15 mins)
  • Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation: A Multi-Scale Effort [PDF] –
    Jorge Moreno Soto, Pomona College (15 mins)
  • Discussion (30 mins)




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