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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group

237th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Virtually Anywhere, 11–15 January 2021

All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

NASA Joint PAG Session

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


  • 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

    WebEx Connection

    NASA Joint PAG Session
    Friday, 8 January 2021

  • Joint PAG Session [MP4 Video, 125MB]
  • NASA Astrophysics Town Hall

    Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 12:00–1:30 P.M.


    • TBA

    COR Science Interest Group (SIG) and Science Analysis Group (SAG)
    Featured Splinter Sessions

    Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)

    Monday, 11 January 2021, 12:00 Noon


    Presentation [PDF]

  • Margaret Meixner
  • Peter Kurczynski
  • Kartik Sheth (COPAG Program Scientist): State of the Profession
  • Jason Tumlinson: New Great Observatories
  • Alexandra Pope
  • Janice Lee
  • Tom MeGeath
  • Steven Finkelstein: Cosmic Dawn
  • Stephan McCandliss

  • Enhancing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in Space Science

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


  • 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)

  • Infrared/Origins Space Telescope (IR/OST) SIG

    Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:00 Noon


  • Introduction [PDF] – Peter Kurczynski
  • The Landscape of Extragalactic Infrared Astronomy Over the Next Decade [PDF] – Alexandra Pope
  • A Landscape for Far-Infrared Galactic Astronomy Over the Next Decade [PDF] – Ted Bergin
  • Technology Thoughts [PDF] – Jason Glenn
  • Community Thoughts [PDF] – Rachel Akeson
  • Stacey Alberts
  • Eric Murphy
  • Welcome [PDF] – Meredith MacGregor
  • Michael Zemcov

  • Low Frequency Radio Astronomy for Cosmic Origins

    Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 12:00 Noon
    Session chair: Jonathan Pober


  • Introduction [PDF] – Judd Bowman
  • The Opportunity of the Lunar Farside [PDF] – Jack Burns
  • SunRISE: A Low Frequency Pathfinder Array in Earth Orbit [PDF] – Alex Hegedus
  • Radio Science from NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services Landers: ROLSES and LuSEE [PDF] – Robert MacDowall
  • Ground-based Global 21-cm Experiments: Preparing for the Moon [PDF] – Nivedita Mahesh
  • Probing the Early Universe with the Dark Ages Polarimeter PathfindER (DAPPER) [PDF] – Keith Tauscher
  • Extrasolar Space Weather Monitoring from the Ground: Paving the Way for FARSIDE [PDF] – Marin Anderson
  • The lunar FARSIDE Low Radio Frequency Array – Gregg Hallinan

  • Ultraviolet and Visible light (UV-Vis) SIG and Technology Interest Group (TIG)

    Thursday, 14 January 2021, 12:00 Noon


  • Introductory Remarks [PDF] – Jason Tumlinson and Stephan McCandliss

  • 101 Fun Things to do with Far-UV Fiber Optics [PDF] – Brian Fleming, CU
  • SISTINE Mirror Coating Results [PDF] – Nicholas Nell, CU
  • Dorado UV SmallSat Mission of Opportunity (Currently in Phase A) [PDF] – Brad Cenko, GSFC
  • New UV Spotlights on Exoplanets with SPARCS and UV-SCOPE [PDF] – Evgenya Shkolnik, ASU
  • Advances in UV Imaging Microchannel Plate Detectors for Future Missions [PDF] – Oswald Siegmund, UCB
  • High Contrast with Segmented Apertures: Testbed Results [PDF] – Laurent Pueyo, STScI
  • TechMAST: Technology Maturation for Astrophysics Space Telescopes [PDF] – Alison Nordt, LMCO
  • ULTRA-TM: Progress towards hardware demonstrations for critical component level-technologies to enable ultra-stable optical systems [PDF] – Laura Coyle, Ball
  • Aspera: Pioneering UV SmallSat [PDF] – Carlos Vargas, UAz
  • New approaches to UV optical coatings with atomic layer engineering [PDF] – John Hennessy, JPL
  • Improved broadband and narrowband far UV coatings [PDF] – Juan Larruquert, CSIC
  • GSFC Microshutter Update [PDF] – Alexander Kutyrev, UMD
  • Progress report for the NASA Probe Concept CETUS [PDF] – Sara Heap, UMD/GSFC (emerita)

  • Question: How do you move
    a $10B spacecraft?

    Answer: Very carefully!
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