Community Overview of NASA's Astrophysics Program Analysis Groups (PAGs)

This session reports on the current activities of NASA's Astrophysics Program Analysis Groups (PAGs.) These groups serve as forums for soliciting and coordinating input and analysis from the scientific community in support of the Astrophysics Division's strategic objectives. PAG's findings and analysis are reported to the Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS), which in turn reports to the NASA Advisory Committee (NAC).

Each PAG's goal is to enable direct and regular communication through public meetings that give each science community opportunities to provide scientific and programmatic input. In each PAG, much of the work on specific topics is conducted by Study Analysis Groups (SAGs).

This session begins with an introduction to the PAGs by the NASA Headquarters representatives, followed by reports from the Chairs of the Exoplanet Exploration PAG (ExoPAG), the Cosmic Origins PAG (COPAG), and Physics of the Cosmos PAG (PhysPAG). This session will conclude with an open community discussion. Participation by all AAS members is highly encouraged.

Speakers:

ExoPAG:
Overview: Doug Hudgins, NASA HQ, Lead Exoplanet Program Scientist
Report: Jim Kastings, Pennsylvania State University, Chair of ExoPAG
COPAG:
Overview: Mario Perez, NASA HQ, Lead Cosmic Origins Program Scientist
Report: Chris Martin, California Institute of Technology, Chair of COPAG
PhysPAG:
Overview: Rita Sambruna, NASA HQ, Lead Physics of the Cosmos Program Scientist
Report: Steve Ritz, UC Santa Cruz, Chair of PhysPAG

Date: 10 January 2012
Time: 10-11:30 AM
Location: 219th AAS, Austin, Texas
Link: http://bit.ly/uv1oIO

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