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Space Studies Board: Annual Report 2006 4 Workshops, Symposia, Meetings of Experts, and Other Special Projects In 2006, one workshop and one meeting of experts were convened, and two workshop reports were published. (Projects are summarized below.) The planning committees for these projects do not provide advice and, therefore, are not governed by FACA Section 15. Also in 2006, planning began for an ad hoc committee to organize a workshop to gather community input on the key scientific and technological questions that can be addressed on or from the Moon, focusing on science related to exploration systems and technologies. The workshop was held in 2007 and will be summarized in the 2007 annual report. DISTRIBUTED ARRAYS OF SMALL INSTRUMENTS FOR RESEARCH AND MONITORING IN SOLAR-TERRESTRIAL PHYSICS: A WORKSHOP In response to a request from the National Science Foundation, the ad hoc Committee on Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments for Research and Monitoring in Solar-Terrestrial Physics: A Workshop was formed under the auspices of the Space Studies Board’s Committee on Solar and Space Physics to explore—via a community-based workshop—the scientific rationale, infrastructure needs, and issues related to implementation of what has become known as DASI—distributed arrays of small instruments. Participants of the June 2004 workshop, held at the J. Erik Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, addressed the relevance of distributed instruments in their future program plans. Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments for Solar-Terrestrial Research: Report of a Workshop, released in February 2006, summarizes the discussions at the workshop; it does not present findings or recommendations. The Executive Summary is reprinted in Chapter 5. Membership* James L. Burch, Southwest Research Institute (chair) Claudia J. Alexander, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Vassilis Angelopoulos, University of California, Berkeley Anthony Chan, Rice University James F. Drake, Jr., University of Maryland, College Park John C. Foster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stephen A. Fuselier, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center Sarah Gibson, National Center for Atmospheric Research Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa Gang Lu, National Center for Atmospheric Research
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Space Studies Board: Annual Report 2006 Barry H. Mauk, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory Eugene N. Parker, University of Chicago (emeritus professor) Robert W. Schunk, Utah State University Gary P. Zank, University of California, Riverside Arthur Charo, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board (study director) Theresa M. Fisher, Senior Program Assistant, Space Studies Board MEETING OF EXPERTS A meeting of experts in microgravity physical and life sciences was held on July 28, 2006, at the National Academies’ Keck Center in Washington, D.C. The meeting was organized and convened by the SSB at the request of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) to examine NASA’s current non-exploration portfolio balance and selection criteria in the areas of basic biological and physical research. The 12 invited experts, most of whom had served on previous advisory committees to NASA’s life and microgravity programs, met with ESMD officials to discuss the agency’s strategic and tactical approach to implementing the non-exploration based basic and applied research as stated in NASA Authorization Act of 2005. Participants discussed their own views directly with NASA during the meeting. As required for meetings of this type, no report or meeting minutes were produced by the NRC. Sandra Graham, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board Carmela Chamberlain, Program Associate, Space Studies Board SOLAR SYSTEM RADIATION ENVIRONMENT AND NASA’S VISION FOR SPACE EXPLORATION: A WORKSHOP The ad hoc Committee on the Solar System Radiation Environment and NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration: A Workshop reported on an October 2005 workshop on Solar and Space Physics and the Vision for Space Exploration, a cross-disciplinary workshop which examined the radiation environments in the inner solar system and their effects on astronauts and operational systems in space. In 2006, the committee held several teleconferences to prepare their report for publication. Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration: Report of a Workshop was released on October 23, 2006. The Executive Summary is reprinted in Chapter 5. A follow-on to this workshop is the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board’s Committee on Evaluation of Radiation Shielding for Lunar Exploration, formed in September 2006 to evaluate the radiation shielding requirements for lunar missions and recommend a strategic plan for developing the necessary radiation mitigation capabilities to enable the planned lunar architecture. Membership* Daniel N. Baker, University of Colorado, Boulder (chair) Leslie A. Braby, Texas A&M University Stanley Curtis, University of Washington (retired) Jack R. Jokipii, University of Arizona William S. Lewis, Southwest Research Institute Jack Miller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Walter Schimmerling, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (retired) Howard J. Singer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Leonard Strachan, Jr., Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Lawrence W. Townsend, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ronald E. Turner, ANSER Corporation Thomas H. Zurbuchen, University of Michigan * All terms ended during 2005.
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Space Studies Board: Annual Report 2006 Dwayne A. Day, Senior Program Associate, Space Studies Board (study director) Arthur Charo, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board Celeste Naylor, Senior Program Assistant, Space Studies Board WORKSHOP ON DECADAL SCIENCE STRATEGY SURVEYS The ad hoc Planning Committee for the Decadal Science Strategy Surveys Workshop organized a workshop that was held on November 14-16, 2006, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The purpose of the workshop was to promote discussion of the use of NRC decadal surveys for developing and implementing scientific priorities, to review lessons learned from the most recent surveys, and to seek to identify potential approaches for future surveys that can enhance their realism, utility, and endurance. The workshop involved approximately 60 participants from academia, industry, government, and the NRC. (A summary report of the workshop presentations, panel discussions, and general discussions, Decadal Science Strategy Surveys: Report of a Workshop, was released in April 2007.) Planning Committee Membership Lennard A. Fisk, University of Michigan (chair) Charles L. Bennett, Johns Hopkins University Berrien Moore III, University of New Hampshire Suzanne Oparil, University of Alabama, Birmingham Joseph F. Veverka, Cornell University Warren M. Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research A. Thomas Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired) Jack D. Fellows, Rapporteur Joseph K. Alexander, Senior Program Officer, Space Studies Board (study director) Claudette K. Baylor-Fleming, Administrative Assistant, Space Studies Board * All terms ended during 2006.