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NRAO/GBO Users Committee

The Users Committee (UC) is made up of users and potential users of NRAO and GBO facilities from throughout the scientific community. It advises the NRAO and GBO Directors and the Observatory staff on all aspects of Observatory activities that affect the users of the telescopes. This committee, which is appointed by the NRAO and GBO Directors, meets annually.

The membership of the NRAO/GBO Users Committee for 2021 is given below. In 2014, NRAO integrated the ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee (ANASAC) as a standing subcommittee of the Users Committee. Users Committee members who also serve on the ANASAC are indicated, as are the ANASAC representatives to the international ALMA Science Advisory Committee (ASAC).

  • Sean Andrews, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2026) ANASAC
  • Alessandra Corsi, Texas Tech University (2024)
  • Meredith HughesWesleyan University (2023) ANASAC/ASAC
  • Melodie Kao, University of California, Santa Cruz (2025)
  • Casey Law, California Institute of Technology (2022)
  • Duncan Lorimer, West Virginia University (2025)
  • Thomas Maccarone (Chair)Texas Tech University (2023)
  • Karen Masters, Haverford College (2025)
  • Brett McGuire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2025) ANASAC
  • Stefanie Milam, NASA/GSFC (2024) ANASAC/ASAC
  • Susan Neff, NASA/GSFC (2022)
  • Cherry Ng, University of Toronto (2026)
  • Jennie Paine, University of Colorado Boulder (2026)
  • Daniel Perley, Liverpool John Moores University (2026)
  • Alexandra PopeUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst (2023) ANASAC/ASAC
  • Erik Rosolowsky, University of Alberta (2023) ANASAC/ASAC
  • Kazushi SakamotoAcademia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (2024) ANASAC
  • Melissa Soriano, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2025)

The Users Committee Charge (pdf).

The NRAO/GBO Users Committee has created a web form to receive comments and suggestions from the astronomical community regarding any aspect of the Observatory’s scientific operations.

 


ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

The ANASAC provides scientific advice to the NRAO director on the science operation of ALMA and the North American ALMA Science Center, as representatives of the wider North American astronomical community.

  • Sean Andrews, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2026)
  • Meredith HughesWesleyan University (2023)
  • Brett McGuireMassachusetts Institute of Technology (2025)
  • Stefanie MilamNASA/GSFC (2024)
  • Alexandra Pope (Chair)University of Massachusetts Amherst (2023)
  • Erik RosolowskyUniversity of Alberta (2023)
  • Kazushi SakamotoAcademia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (2024)

Bold = Member of ALMA Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)

Additional information on the ANASAC can be found on-line at:  https://safe.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/ALMA/AlmaNorthAmericanScienceAdvisoryCommittee

 


The NRAO Visiting Committee

The NRAO Visiting Committee is appointed by the AUI Board of Trustees to review the management and research programs of the Observatory. The Visiting Committee meetings are held at alternating NRAO sites. The current membership of the Committee is:

  • Paul Gueye, Michigan State University (2022)
  • Brian KeatingUC San Diego (2022)
  • Paul LaMarche, Princeton University (2023)
  • Adam Leroy, Ohio State University (2023)
  • Patricia McBride, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (2021)
  • Joan Najita, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (2023)
  • Rafael A. Rodríguez Solís, University of Puerto Rico (2023)
  • Greg Taylor (Chair), University of New Mexico (2022)
  • Belinda Wilkes, Chandra X-ray Center (2021)

The Visiting Committee Charge (pdf).