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American Astronomical Society 229th Meeting

Science Meeting
January 3 - 7, 2017
Grapevine, TX

The 229th AAS meeting in Grapevine, Texas will be an exciting event for JWST with many planned events.

JWST Data Analysis Workshop

January 3, 8.00am-4.30pm

We have organized a one-day workshop to help observers prepare for JWST data analysis with Python, but with broad applicability to general Optical, IR, and UV data sets. The primary tools that will be covered are those available in the Astropy library and affiliated packages, many of which are developed specifically for JWST, but designed to be compatible with HST and other major mission data. The registration for the workshop is closed, but we will live-stream the event on:

So now you can follow along, even if you are not at the AAS! 

JWST Hyperwall presentation at the opening reception

January 3, 7.15pm

The beginning of the JWST community science mission (Klaus Pontoppidan).

JWST Town Hall and call for early release science proposals

January 5, 6-8.30 pm

The JWST Town Hall marks the formal beginning of the JWST community science mission. We will formally release the planning tools needed to prepare JWST proposals, including the Astronomer's Proposal Tool, the Exposure Time Calculator, the documentation system and the JWST help desk. We will also present the  Director's Discretionary Early Release Science (DD-ERS) Call for Proposals version 1. There will be ample time for questions.


6.30 - 6.35: Welcome and overview: Klaus Pontoppidan
6.35 - 6.50: JWST status: Eric Smith
6.50 - 7.05: Science and proposals timeline: Neill Reid
7.05 - 7.20: Call for Early Release Science Proposals: Janice Lee
7.20 - 7.40: Release of the JWST ETC, APT and Help desk: Klaus Pontoppidan
7.40 - 7.50: Release of JWST User Documentation : Dan Coe
7.50 - 8.00: JWST Community workshops and Ask-an-Expert: Christine Chen
8.00 - 8.30: Questions/discussion

Food and drinks will be provided, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

JWST Ask-an-Expert

January 4-7, during regular booth hours

For the first time, we offer one-on-one appointments with expert staff members to provide individual assistance on a variety of topics from HST, JWST, and WFIRST instrument capabilities and proposal and planning tools (e.g. APT, ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. Members of the community may sign up for free "Ask-an-Expert" appointments at the STScI booth on:

The appointment service will list several categories that STScI staff can provide help with and the times that experts are available. Once a category and appointment time have been selected, the service will send a meeting reminder along with the name of the STScI staff member who will provide assistance.