The US Gemini Project meets semiannually with its community-based advisory council, the US Science Advisory Committee (US SAC), to discuss the US perspective on all matters that bear on the scientific quality and productivity of the Gemini Telescopes. The current membership for the US SAC includes:
Suzanne Hawley, U. Washington
Buell Jannuzi, NOAO-Tucson
Robert Joseph, U. Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy
Mario Mateo, U. Michigan
Caty Pilachowski, NOAO-Tucson
Larry Ramsey, Pennsylvania State U.
Christopher Stubbs, U. Washington
John Tonry, U. Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy
Ray Weymann, Carnegie Observatories, Mt. Wilson & Las Campanas Observatories
Charles Woodward, U. Wyoming
Our most recent meeting was held May 18-19 in Pasadena, and was hosted by the Mt. Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories. Topics for discussion included the first set of US Gemini proposals, the definition and implementation of the Demonstration Science Program, and the instrument complement, in particular the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics effort, which is undergoing conceptual design review at the end of May.
Members of the US astronomical community should feel free to contact any member of the US SAC, or me personally (email@example.com), with issues or concerns related to the Gemini Observatory.