Origin & Evolution of Life

Call for Nominations – Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group

By Keith Cowing
August 20, 2013
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Call for Nominations – Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group

The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee of NASA’s Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group, or COPAG.

In the coming months, NASA anticipates making at least three new appointments to the COPAG Executive Committee, to replace three current members who will be rotating off the committee. Appointments will be for a period of 3 years.

The current NASA’s Cosmic Origins (COR) mission portfolio includes: Hubble, Spitzer, SOFIA, and Herschel. Later in the decade the James Webb Space Telescope will be added to this portfolio. The COPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a conduit for community input into NASA’s COR Program, and for conducting analyses in support of science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities. The COPAG is led by a Chairperson drawn from the membership of the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and an Executive Committee, whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in the field of cosmic origins.

Together, the COPAG Chair and the Executive Committee are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing COPAG analyses, reporting COPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA’s Cosmic Origins. Detailed information about the structure and function of the COPAG can be found on the Web at http://cor.gsfc.nasa.gov/copag.

Nominations for the COPAG Executive Committee should be submitted via email to the address: [email protected]. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee’s relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee’s area of expertise and qualifications for service on the COPAG Executive Committee. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 20, 2013, with announcement of selections anticipated in November 2013.

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