Advising STScI on Science Operations Support
The WFIRST Advisory Committee (WSTAC) was convened in January 2020 by the STScI Director, Kenneth Sembach, to advise him on optimum strategies and priorities for the science program and science operations of WFIRST to maximize the observatory’s scientific productivity. The WSTAC includes members representing the U.S. and international astronomical communities and provides advice in a number of areas including:
- Community engagement in key WFIRST science themes,
- The readiness status of the Science Operations Center (SOC) to support the broad user community,
- The interfaces between the SOC and other WFIRST structural components, including the WFIRST Science investigation Teams,
- Data management and the archival legacy,
- The overall strategy for observing time allocation.
The WSTAC will meet generally twice a year, reporting to the STScI Director. Its findings and recommendations, and the STScI Director’s response, will be made available to NASA and the community.
The Space Telescope Science Institute, the Science and Operations Center for the Wide Field InfraRed Space Telescope (WFIRST), is appointing a WFIRST Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with advising the STScI Director on optimum strategies and priorities, consistent with NASA policy, for the science program and science operations of WFIRST in order to maximize the observatory’s scientific productivity. The WSTAC is appointed by the STScI Director and includes members representing the U.S. and international astronomical communities.
Specific topics that the WSTAC will advise the Director on include:
- Establishing vision for WFIRST as a NASA Great Observatory,
- Community engagement in WFIRST science themes,
- Advocacy and messaging appropriate for an observatory of this scale,
- Readiness of the Science Operations Center (SOC) to support the broad user community,
- Effectiveness of working relationships, relative roles, and responsibilities of the SOC and the WFIRST Science Investigation Teams (SITs), and the maturity of the interfaces between those units,
- Data management, computation, and archival strategies for WFIRST,
- Data accessibility and community funding preparations,
- Observing time allocation strategies, levels of work effort, and resource allocation, including overall balance between survey programs and pointed programs.
It is anticipated that the WSTAC, consisting of 8-10 members of the astronomical community and several ex-officio members, will meet twice a year at STScI and hold occasional telecons as needed. The WSTAC will report directly to the STScI Director. It is expected that WSTAC findings and recommendations, and the STScI Director’s response, will be shared with NASA and the community as appropriate.
The WSTAC is chaired by Beth Willman (AURA/NOIRLab) and has the following members:
|Zachory Berta-Thompson||University of Colorado|
|Enzo Branchini||Universita Roma Tre|
|Wendy Freedman||University of Chicago|
|Joshua Frieman||Fermi National Laboratory|
|Suvi Gezari||University of Maryland|
|Zeljko Ivezic||University of Washington|
|Lori Lubin||University of California, Davis|
|John Mather||Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Kristen McQuinn||Rutgers University/University of Texas at Austin|
|Matthew Penny||Louisiana State University|
|Adam Riess||Johns Hopkins University/STScI|
|Beth Willman (Chair)||AURA/NOIRLab|
|David Spergel||WFIRST Wide Field Instrument Adjutant Scientist, Flatiron Institute/Princeton University|
|Dominic Benford||Program Scientist for WFIRST, NASA HQ|
|Jeff Kruk||WFIRST Project Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Neill Reid||WSTAC Executive Secretary, STScI|
2nd Committee Meeting
February 12-13, 2020
1st Committee Meeting
January 8, 2020