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Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG)

Executive Committee

The COPAG Executive Committee is a community-based leadership council that is responsible for providing NASA with needed analysis, as well as coordination and communication with the Cosmic Origins community.

Executive Committee Members

Margaret Meixner (Chair)November 2018–October 2021USRA/Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
Janice Lee
(Chair Elect)
November 2020–October 2022Gemini/NOIRLab
Steve FinkelsteinNovember 2018–October 2021University of Texas
Stephan McCandlissNovember 2018–October 2021Johns Hopkins University
Alexandra PopeNovember 2018–October 2021University of Massachussetts
Alina KiesslingFebruary 2020–October 2022Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Christine ChenNovember 2020–January 2024Space Telescope Science Institute
Chris DePreeNovember 2020–January 2024Agnes Scott College
Chris HaywardNovember 2020–January 2024Flatiron Institute
Lisseth Gavilan-MarinNovember 2020–January 2024NASA Ames Research Center
Sabrina StierwaltNovember 2020–January 2024Occidental College
Kartik Sheth (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Eric Tollestrup (Ex-Officio)NASA HQ
Peter Kurczynski (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)NASA/GSFC
Sangeeta Malhotra (COR Program Office, Ex-Officio)NASA/GSFC
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    Program News and Announcements

    Continuing call for nominations to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee. »  Details.
    30 May 2021
    Second QUEST Meeting and Presentation to be held 03 June 2021. »  Details.
    17 May 2021
    Update on Technology Gap Prioritization »  Details.
    17 May 2021
    25 May 2021: Infrared Science Interest Group (IR SIG) Webinar »  Details.
    17 May 2021
    ROSES Astrophysics Theory Program Information Session on 24 May 2021 »  Details.
    12 May 2021
    Special Online Event, 13 May 2021: Quorum for Ultraviolet Exploration of Science and Technology (QUEST). »  Meeting Details and Invite.

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