May 9, 2007
The National Science Foundation has announced that they will conduct a Senior Review of all major facilities. The NSF Website can be found here
. AURA will maintain this website as a means of compiling information and informing the community of events as they occur.
On November 3, the NSF released the report of the Senior Review
. The AURA response to the report can be found here
. In addition, the NOAO detailed response is posted on their website
. The NSF is soliciting comments on the report and is planning on an additional series of Town Hall meetings. The NSF plans are outlined on their website
. Rountable Discussion from 2007 Annual Meeting of the Member Representatives NSO Users' Committee sends letter to NSF regarding senior review recommendations for GONG Statement on the NOAO Mission
(PDF) NSF Dear Colleague Letter of August 29, 2006 NSF Dear Colleague Letter of March 27, 2006 Letter from the Observatories Council to the Senior Review concerning CTIO and ALMA
(PDF) Senior Review Town Hall Meeting, AAS Winter Meeting, Washington D.C.
(PDF, 5MB) Dear Colleague letter from Eileen Friel Senior Review Approval
(PDF) Senior Review Committee Membership
(PDF) Senior Review Charge to the Committee
NSF announces a series of Town Hall meetings for Senior Review Meeting Schedule
"These meetings are intended to be an opportunity for us to explain why and how we are carrying out this review of our programs, to answer questions, and to hear your views. We expect each of these meetings to last a full day, and hope to have 3 or 4 staff from the Astronomy Division present. Typically the morning will be spent in a plenary session, with a presentation providing background and describing the context and the process of the review, followed by an ample period for questions. We expect that the afternoon sessions will be organized as brief 15 to 30 minute meetings with small groups or individuals who have particular issues they would like to discuss or who wish to speak privately with AST staff.
To help us plan for these afternoon sessions, we need information from you. If you are interested in meeting with AST staff privately, please send an email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an indication of your interest and topic of discussion, the length of time you would like to meet, how many people will likely be in the group, and any constraints on your availability. You are welcome to send background information for the meeting, but please limit it to one page. With this information we will draw up schedules for these afternoon meetings, be able to prepare any material that might be helpful, and decide which AST staff members will be available to meet with you. We will then let you know what arrangements we have made.
Letter from the AAAC to the NSF Gemini Senior Review Report (7/31/2005)
(PDF, 8.8MB) NSO Senior Review Report (Final - 8/5/2005)
(PDF, 4.8MB) NOAO Senior Review Report
(PDF, 1.5MB) NOAO Senior Review website August 15 Dear Colleague Letter from the NSF
(PDF) Second Dear Colleague Letter from the NSF
(PDF) Initial Dear Colleague Letter from Wayne Van Citters
(PDF) NSF Response to May 10 Letter from Managing Organizations
(PDF, 300KB) May 10 Letter from Managing Organizations
(PDF, 125KB) Senior Review charge for Gemini
(PDF, 250KB) Senior Review charge for NOAO/NSO