Monday, December 1, 2008

Decadal Survey Board Announced

The National Research Council's Decadal Review committee has been announced and the members are:
Executive Committee
Roger D. Blandford (Chair), Stanford University
Martha Haynes (Vice Chair - Science Frontiers), Cornell University
John P. Huchra (Vice Chair - State of the Profession) Harvard University
Marcia Rieke (Vice Chair - Program Prioritization), University of Arizona
Lynne Hillenbrand (Executive Officer), California Institute of Technology

Steven Battel, Battel Engineering
Lars Bildsten, University of California, Santa Barbara
John E. Carlstrom, The University of Chicago
Debra Elmegreen, Vassar College
Joshua Frieman, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Fiona Harrison, California Institute of Technology
Timothy Heckman, Johns Hopkins University
Robert Kennicutt, University of Cambridge
Jonathan Lunine, University of Arizona
Claire Max, University of California, Santa Cruz
Daniel McCammon, University of Wisconsin
Steve Ritz, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center
Juri Toomre, University of Colorado
Scott Tremaine, Institute for Advanced Study
Michael S. Turner, The University of Chicago
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hayden Planetarium
Paul Vanden Bout, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Tom Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Retired
In bold is the name on my very own research advisor, Juri Toomre. Hooray for widely respected advisers!

Those of you outside of astrophysics may not be familiar with the Decadal Survey, so here's the summary from the NRC's project page:
The committee will address the future of the U.S. astronomy and astrophysics program by formulating a decadal research strategy with recommendations for initiatives in priority order within different categories (related to the size of projects and their home agencies). In addition to reviewing individual initiatives, aspects of infrastructure, and so on, the committee will take a comprehensive look at the U.S. astronomy and astrophysics program and make a judgment about how well the program addresses the range of scientific opportunities and how it might be optimized. The guiding principle in developing the decadal research strategy and the priorities will be maximizing future scientific progress.
And on top of being on this very important committee, Juri also provides delicious treats at group meetings, making him an all-around excellent adviser.

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