Gemini Science Committee Agenda

October 13-14, 2004

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I) Welcome and Briefing

A) Approval of Agenda


1) GSC Meeting Letter and review of core issues


2) Agenda

B) Matters arising from La Serena 20th GSC meeting

C) NSF Visiting Committee, March 2004

D) Gemini Board Resolutions


1) November 2003


2) May 2004

E) Outcomes form Gemini Board Retreat, September 2004
II) Science Issues From the Partner Countries
III) Scientific Highlights from Gemini Telescopes
IV) Science Productivity and Impact of the Gemini Telescopes

A) Papers citations and impact of Gemini science


1) Completion of science programs versus SRB

B) Strategies and milestones for the future
V) Gemini Instrumentation

A) Update on current Instrumentation programs

B) Possible telescope upgrades: A&G, IRWFS, adaptive M2

C) The Gemini Adaptive Optics Program


1) Report from the AO Science Working Group

D) Aspen Instrumentation Program


1) Status of ExAP-C, HNRIS, GWFMOS & GLAO studies


  a) Report from the GWFMOS Science Working Group


  b) Report from the GLAO Science Working Group


  c) Status of TEXES and purchase of filters for GSAOI '1st light studies'
VI) Priorities for Commissioning of Instrument Modes

A) Update from last meeting

B) Priorities for coming semesters

C) Implementation of capabilities that enhance observing efficiency

D) Future of Phoenix

E) bHROS - consideration of science campaign proposal as basis for demo science
VII) Science Operations

A) Engineering overview of operations


1) Operational efficiency


  a) Report on IR Observatory Efficiency By Pat Wallace


  b) Gemini's comments, status & action list resulting from Pat Wallace's report


2) Image quality improvement


3) Silver coating of M1-M2

B) IRAF work and Gemini/NOAO IRAF Project

C) Gemini Science Archive

C) Update on high level software and "data flow"

D) Formation of "Data Pipeline" Working Group
VIII) Number of instruments to be supported

A) Number of instrument changes per semester per telescope

B) Number of instruments to be supported per semester per telescope

C) Strategy for deciding on instrument to remove from the ISS
IX) Issues and Follow-up From the Operations Working Group

A) Minutes from previous meetings


1) February 2004


2) August 2004

B) Time swaps with Keck (HIRES) and VLT (UVES)

C) Proposed penalties for late Phase II submission

D) Charging of classical and queue time

E) Metrics for the National Gemini Offices

F) Review of past and current semesters - for information


1) 2003A


2) 2003B


3) 2004A


4) 2004B