Conferences

STScI at the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting

Fri 3 Jan 2020
Wed 8 Jan 2020
Location:

Honolulu, HI (Hawaii Convention Center)

Description:

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will be at the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting (AAS) meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii with an exhibit booth and several associated events highlighting the missions we support for the science community. There will be technical presentations in instrument sessions, a wide variety of science presentations, workshops, splinter sessions, press releases, NASA Hyperwall talks, and ample time to confer with HubbleJWSTWFIRST, MAST, Human Resources, Grants Adminstration, and other experts throughout the meeting and in the exhibit booth.

Exhibit Booth

Institute staff representing the HSTJWST, and WFIRST missions will be available at the Institute booth to provide information on new developments and updated status of these missions, and also to describe our upcoming initiatives for user community support. Stop by the MAST table to learn how to use our interfaces to find, analyze, and retrieve your data. Ask all your questions about JWST proposal planning tools and find out about other new features and services available for data retrieval, like the MAST API. There will also be representatives from Grants Administration and Human Resources on site to answer any questions.

Our interactive area this year will feature daily sessions of augmented reality, virtual reality, and touchscreen demonstrations. Come visualize the three observatories within virtual reality or get your hands dirty detecting exoplanets and playing with black holes. There will also be mission demonstrations of support tools for proposing and observing with HST and JWST.

Looking to get involved, share your science, and enable science learning? Come find out ways in which you can become involved in the ‘NASA’s Universe of Learning’ and help us engage audiences of all ages from across the US.

STScI Town Hall

The STScI Town Hall will serve as the center piece for our AAS 235 presence. With the HST Cycle 28, we will report on the status of our existing and upcoming missions and describe new opportunities designed to advance astrophysics through the 2020s. We are hosting a separate JWST Town Hall in collaboration with the JWST Project, and kindly sponsored by Northrop Grumman. This Town Hall will provide updates on mission states and the upcoming JWST Cycle 1 Call for Proposals. We will highlight new capabilities available through STScI’s data archives, particularly the upcoming availability of large-scale sky surveys and the Archived Synthetic Data Initiative. We will also share the ongoing progress towards the upcoming the Hubble UV Legacy Library of Young Stars as Essential Standards (ULLYSES) Director’s Discretionary Program.

The Town Hall comprises presentations from STScI’s user engagement leads from our missions and related cross-mission activities.  We will include time for discussion to receive community input regarding new initiatives and to answer questions about our activities in the coming year.

Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) Reunion

Catch up with life after SASP!  Many of the 2019 SASP interns will be attending AAS in January, presenting posters that represent the work they accomplished at STScI during the summer of 2019.  Former SASP interns will also be attending AAS.  So, whether you are from this year’s cohort, from any previous year’s cohort, or you are or were a mentor/co-mentor, please look for your SASP community. A number of the 2019 mentors/co-mentors have signed up to connect with you on Tuesday and Wednesday – see details in the Workshops, Events, and Sessions table below. Please drop by on one or both of these days to share stories of success, share ways to overcome obstacles, and stay in touch with each other! 

Workshops, Events, and Sessions

Format and Location Title and Description Date and Time

Workshop
Room 301B

JWST Proposal Preparation Workshop
This workshop will provide 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).

January 3
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop
Room 301B

Using Python and AstroPy for Astronomical Data Analysis
This workshop will cover the use of Python tools for astronomical data analysis and visualization, with the focus primarily on tools in the AstroPy library and affiliated packages.

January 4
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop
Room 303B

Everything You Needed to Know About JWST Exoplanet Transit Data: How to Plan, Reduce, and Fit Your Data with the Exoplanet Characterization Toolkit
This workshop will present an overview of ExoCTK tools and walk attendees through an extended example, including Q&A.

January 4
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Press Conference
Room 325AB

Press Releases
New research advancements shared daily at live press conferences from the AAS Meeting.

January 5–8
10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Workshop
Room 304AB

Using Python to Search NASA’s Astrophysics Archive
This workshop will introduce participants to the command-line data access tools that are becoming increasingly popular and will work with data from HEASEARC, IRSA, NED, and MAST.

January 5
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Open House 
Room 307B

JWST Proposing Session 1: Integral Field Unit Observing
During the first hour, IFU science use cases will be discussed, and there will be guided demonstrations of specifying IFU observations in the ETC and in the APT. Those considering such observations are encouraged to attend.

January 5
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Town Hall
Ballroom AB

NASA Town Hall
Senior representatives from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and Astrophysics Division will discuss NASA’s science program and outlook.

January 5
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Town Hall
Room 313A
JWST Town Hall
The Town Hall will feature a presentation on JWST’s status, including updates on testing activities and JWST’s readiness for launch. It will also provide the latest information regarding JWST user tools, observer’s documentation, and the science timeline for JWST Cycle 1.
January 5
6:30 8:00 p.m.
Open House
Room 303B
JWST Proposing Session 2: Grism Observing
During the first hour, grism science use cases will be discussed, and there will be guided demonstrations of specifying grism observations in the ETC and in the APT. Those considering such observations are encouraged to attend.
January 6
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Town Hall
Room 313A
STScI Town Hall
The Town Hall will present forward-looking Institute initiatives regarding our mission and how STScI supports the astronomical community in areas including inclusion, outreach, laboratory work, and exoplanets.
January 6
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Open House
Room 323A

JWST Proposing Session 3: NIRSpec Micro-Shutter Array
This workshop session will focus on proposal developments for observations that use the MSA. Those considering such observations are encouraged to attend.

January. 7
9:30  11:30 a.m.

Oral Session
Room 321A

NASA’s Universe of Learning & Other NASA-Funded Education Efforts
This session will share the science-driven, audience-driven resources and experiences of NASA’s Universe of Learning that engage and immerse learners of all ages and backgrounds. Come learn more and how you can get involved in these exciting efforts.

January 7
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Event
Room 307B

Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) Reunion Opportunity
All former mentors and SASP students attending AAS are invited to gather informally for the opportunity to mingle and catch up. 

January 7
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Special Session
Room 307B

Visualization of Research Data for the Public
This session will showcase how experts utilize images, catalogs, simulations, and other research data to create scientific visualizations that express astronomical concepts to a wide variety of viewers and learners. This session is brought to you by NASA’s Universe of Learning.

January 7
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Special Session
Room 324

Maximizing the Science from Two Great Observatories
This special session will discuss recent results in five broad science areas that have utilized observations with Hubble, and describe how Webb and Hubble can work with each other to answer pressing scientific questions.

January 8
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Event
Room 303B

Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) Reunion Opportunity
All former mentors and SASP students attending AAS are invited to gather informally for the opportunity to mingle and catch up. 

January 8
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Hyperwall Presentations

Title Speaker Date and Time
Hubble's 30 Years: Springboard for the Future Carol Christian January 5
6:15 – 6:30 p.m.
The ULLYSES Director’s Discretionary HST Program: Charting Young Stars’ Ultraviolet Light with Hubble Julia Roman-Duval January 6
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Multi-wavelength Visualization of the Crab Nebula Frank Summers January 6
5:45 – 6:00 p.m.
ViewSpace: Exploring the Universe with Interactives and Videos Brandon Lawton January 7
9:10 – 9:25 a.m.
Using Supercomputers To Simulate Gas and Galaxies Molly Peeples January 7
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
ViewSpace: Exploring the Universe with Interactives and Videos Brandon Lawton January 7
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
40 Years of Multimission Data with MAST David Rodriguez January 7
5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
The Nearby Universe Through the Eyes of WFIRST Ben Williams January 7
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Hubble and Webb Science Synergies: Exoplanets and So Much More! Nikole Lewis January 8
3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

 

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