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American Astronomical Society 231st Meeting

Science Meeting
January 7 - 11, 2018
National Harbor, MD

The 231st American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in National Harbor, MD will include a variety of events designed to update and prepare the astronomical community for JWST science. 

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop

Sunday, January 7
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: $50

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is set to launch in the spring of 2019, will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe with unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution at infrared wavelengths. There are a variety of tools that the user community will use to prepare their observing requests and proposals. This workshop will describe how to use the JWST proposal and planning tools, with demos and hands-on sessions exploring the tools for different observing modes and instruments. The workshop will cover all the tools required for JWST proposal submission, including the JWST Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT) and the JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC). Participants will perform hands-on exercises using these tools to plan observations for selected science cases. At the end of the workshop there will be time for final questions and feedback.

JWST Town  Hall 

Tuesday, January 9
6:30-8.30 p.m.

The JWST Town Hall will be your one-stop-shop for learning about the status of the mission, the tools needed to use it, and upcoming milestones. We will update the community on the status of the telescope, selected science programs, and the planning tools needed to prepare JWST General Observer proposals. There will be ample time for questions.

Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

Clock Section Speaker Time Allocated Details
6:30 Welcome and Overview Bonnie Meinke 5 minutes Agenda overview
6:35 JWST Status Eric Smith 15 minutes Hardware update, path to launch
6:50 JSTUC James Bullock 10 minutes Conduit for community input
7:00 ERS: Overview Ken Sembach 5 minutes Explanation of purpose of ERS
7:05 ERS: Distant Galaxies and Cosmic Dawn Mark Dickinson 3 minutes The Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) Survey
7:08 ERS: Distant Galaxies and Cosmic Dawn Jane Rigby 3 minutes TEMPLATES: Targeting Extremely Magnified Panchromatic Lensed Arcs and Their Extended Star Formation
7:11 ERS: Distant Galaxies and Cosmic Dawn Charlotte Mason 3 minutes Through the Looking GLASS: A JWST Exploration of Galaxy Formation and Evolution from Cosmic Dawn to Present Day
7:14 Q&A   5 minutes  
7:19 ERS: Nearby and Resolved Galaxies Martha Boyer 3 minutes The Resolved Stellar Populations Early Release Science Program
7:22 ERS: Nearby and Resolved Galaxies Sylvain Veilleux 3 minutes Q-3D: Imaging Spectroscopy of Quasar Hosts with JWST Analyzed with a Powerful New PSF Decomposition and Spectral Analysis Package
7:25 ERS: Nearby and Resolved Galaxies Merida Batiste 3 minutes Nuclear Dynamics of a Nearby Seyfert with NIRSpec Integral Field Spectroscopy
7:28 ERS: Nearby and Resolved Galaxies Lee Armus 3 minutes A JWST Study of the Starburst-AGN Connection in Merging LIRGs
7:31 Q&A   5 minutes  
7:36 ERS: Astrochemistry and the ISM Ryan Lau 3 minutes Establishing Extreme Dynamic Range with JWST: Decoding Smoke Signals in the Glare of a Wolf-Rayet Binary
7:39 ERS: Astrochemistry and the ISM Ted Bergin 3 minutes Radiative Feedback from Massive Stars as Traced by Multiband Imaging and Spectroscopic Mosaics
7:42 ERS: Astrochemistry and the ISM Klaus Pontoppidan 3 minutes Ice Age: Chemical Evolution of Ices during Star Formation
7:45 Q&A   5 minutes  
7:50 ERS: Planets Kevin Stevenson 3 minutes The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program
7:53 ERS: Planets Elodie Choquet 3 minutes High Contrast Imaging of Exoplanets and Exoplanetary Systems with JWST
7:56 Q&A   5 minutes  
8:01 User Ecosystem Nikole Lewis 17 minutes Tools and resources for the users
8:18 Open Mic Bonnie Meinke 12 minutes Questions and discussion

JWST at the STScI Exhibitor Booth

January 8-11, during regular booth hours

We have many resources in the booth to step you through planning observations  with JWST. In addition, we  now offer one-on-one appointments with expert staff members to provide individual assistance on a variety of topics from JWST instrument capabilities to proposal and planning tools (e.g., APT and ETC) to pipeline products and data analysis tools. Featured at the booth this year:

  • Ask-an-Expert 
  • JWST Observatory and Instrument flyers
  • Astronomer's Proposal Tool demos
  • Exposure Time Calculator demos