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Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics The committee will meet on November 3-4, 2014, in Irvine, California.
Board on Physics and Astronomy The Board on Physics and Astronomy will meet on November 1-2, 2014 in Irvine, California. Agenda
Committee on Radio Frequencies The Committee on Radio Frequencies will meet in Amherst, Massachusetts on October 17-18, 2014.
OIR System Committee The OIR System Committee will conduct its first meeting on July 31-August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The second meeting will take place in Irvine, California on October 12-13.
A Survey of the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum
Meeting Information

June 11 - June 12, 2014
J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
 
A Strategy to Optimize the U.S. Optical and Infrared System in the Era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) 224th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society Town Hall organized by the Committee (Town Hall #310), Boston, Massachusetts-meeting information
Committee on Radio Frequencies Meeting to take place on May 29-30, 2014 in Washington, DC
Board on Physics and Astronomy Spring Meeting The Board on Physics and Astronomy will hold its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2014.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting The Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science will hold its spring meeting on April 7-8, 2014 at the National Academies of Science Keck Center.
Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) Meeting at the 2nd Annual NRC Space Science Week The CAA will hold its Spring 2014 meeting March 3-5 in tandem with the three other standing committees of the Space Studies Board at the 2nd Annual NRC Space Science Week taking place at the National Academies Headquarters building at 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Click here to download the CAA meeting agenda and learn more about Space Science Week.
An Assessment of the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Mission Concepts, January 12-14, 2014 The Committee for An Assessment of the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Mission Concepts will have its first and only in-person meeting at the NRC's Keck Center in Washington, DC. For more information about the study and the meeting, please visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/SSB_086404. 
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting, November 18-19, 2013
The Board on Physics and Astronomy will hold its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 18-19, 2013.
Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics Fall Meeting, November 4-5, 2013 The Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics will hold its fall meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on November 4-5, 2013. Please see the committee website to register to attend and download the meeting agenda.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Meeting, September 13-14, 2013
The Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee will hold its annual meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. on September 13-14, 2013.  Please see the committee web site for more information.
Active Spectrum Study Initiated!
The BPA has initiated a new study on the active scientific uses of the spectrum.  See the Winter 2013 BPA Newsletter for more information.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Spring Meeting, May 15-17, 2013
The Committee on Radio Frequencies will hold its spring meeting in Washington, DC on May 15-17, 2013.  Please see the committee web site for more information.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Spring Meeting Postponed
The May 2013 Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee has been postponed.  Check back for updates.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Spring Meeting, April 26-27, 2013
The Board on Physics and Astronomy held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 26-27, 2013.
Winter 2013 Issues in Physics and Astronomy Released!
The BPA has released the latest edition of its newsletter, Issues in Physics and Astronomy.

In the Winter 2013 issue:
Recently Completed Studies—
*   Undergraduate Physics Education Study Report Released!
*   Inertial Confinement Fusion Study Report Released!

Recently Initiated Activities—
*   Committee to Survey the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum Initiated

Ongoing Activities—
*   Highlights of the Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall 2012 Meeting
*   High Magnetic Field Sciences Study Update
*   BPA Standing Committees (CAMOS, CAA, CORF, CMMRC, and Plasma Science)

Newsletter for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences—
*   DEPSNews

For past editions see the BPA Newsletter web page.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting, April 2-3, 2013
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 2-3, 2013.
Undergraduate Physics Education Committee Report Release Announcement!
The report of the Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation, Adapting to a Changing World--Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education, was released at 12:00pm EDT, on March 20, 2013 in prepublication form!  The report will be available for reading online or free PDF download at the National Academies Press web site.  Please check the committee web page for more information.
Plasma Science Committee Spring 2013 Meeting Postponed
The March 2013 Plasma Science Committee meeting has been postponed.  Please check the committee web site for updates.
NRC Space Science Week and CAA Meeting, March 6-8, 2013
The Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy held a joint meeting for four standing committees, including a plenary session on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  The CAA held its meeting, in conjunction with Space Science Week, at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.c. on March 7-8.  For more informaiton please visit the NRC Space Science Week web site or the CAA web site.
An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy, Report Release Announcement!
The report of the Committee on the Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems, An Assessment of the Prospects for Inertial Fusion Energy, has been released in prepublication form on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:00am EDT, and is available on the National Academies Press web sitePlease check the committee web page for additional updates.
Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science: A Workshop,  November 12-13, 2012
The Space Studies Board and the BPA held a joint workshop, Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 12-13, 2012.  Please see the workshop web page on the SSB web site for more information.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting, November 10-11, 2012
The Board on Physics and Astronomy held its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 10-11, 2012.
Summer 2012 Issues in Physics and Astronomy Released!
The BPA has released the latest edition of its newsletter, Issues in Physics and Astronomy.

In the Summer 2012 issue:
Recently Completed Studies—
*    Nuclear Physics Decadal Survey (NP2010) Report Released

Ongoing Activities—
*    BPA Spring Meeting Highlights
*    Inertial Confinement Fusion Study Update
*    Undergraduate Physics Education Study Update
*    High Magnetic Sciences Study Update
*    BPA Standing Committees

BPA Staff News—
*    BPA Board Director Announcement

News from outside the BPA—
*    2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

Newsletter for the NRC's Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences—
*    DEPSNews

For past editions see the BPA Newsletter web page.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Fall Meeting, October 12-13, 2012
The Committee on Radio Frequencies held its fall meeting in Bishop, CA on October 12-13, 2012.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences Fall Meeting, October 1-2, 2012
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences held its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on October 1-2, 2012.
Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States Meeting 4, September 29-30, 2012 The Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States held its fourth meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on September 29-30, 2012.  For more information please see the committee web page.
Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States Meeting 3, July 19-20, 2012 The Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States held its third meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on July 19-20, 2012.  For more information please see the committee web page.
Nuclear Physics Decadal Survey, NP2010, Report Release Announcement!
The report of the Nuclear Physics decadal survey committee (NP2010), Exploring the Heart of Matter, has been released in prepublication form on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at noon EDT, and is available on the National Academies Press web site

Nuclear physics videos - In conjunction with that report, two videos have been prepared that illustrate several of the main ideas from NP2010. Those videos are available online now! 

Please check the committee web site for additional updates.
Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics Spring Meeting,  June 4-6, 2012
The Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics has been reestablished!  The committee held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of The National Academies in Washington, DC on June 4-6, 2012.  For more information please visit the committee web page.
Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States Meeting 2, May 17-18, 2012
The Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States held its second meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on May 17-18, 2012.  For more information please see the committee web page.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Spring Meeting, May 17-18, 2012
The Committee on Radio Frequencies held its spring meeting in Washington, DC on May 17-18, 2012.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Spring Meeting, May 7-8, 2012
The Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8, 2012.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Spring Meeting, April 27-28, 2012
The Board on Physics and Astronomy held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 27-28, 2012.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting, April 3-4, 2012
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 3-4, 2012.
Plasma Science Committee Spring 2012 Meeting, March 30-31, 2012
The Plasma Science Committee held its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on March 30-31, 2012.
Winter 2012 Issues in Physics and Astronomy Released!
The BPA has released the latest edition of its newsletter, Issues in Physics and Astronomy

In this issue:
Science Topic—
 *   Topological Phases of Matter Offer New Potential Device Capabilities

Recently Completed Studies—
 *   Euclid Study Completed on an Expedited Schedule

Recently Initiated Studies—
 *   High Magnetic Science Committee Appointed

Ongoing Activities—
 *   BPA Fall Meeting Highlights
 *   Undergraduate Physics Education Study Update 
 *   Inertial Confinement Fusion Study Update 
 *   Nuclear Physics Decadal (NP2010) Study Update 
 *   BPA Standing Committees (CAMOS, CAA, CORF, CMMRC, and Plasma Science)

For past editions see the BPA Newsletter web page.
Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States Meeting 1, March 12-13, 2012
The Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States has been established and conducted its first meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on March 12-13, 2012.  For more information please see the committee web page.
Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Meeting, February 22-23, 2012
The Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems conducted its sixth meeting at General Atomics in San Diego, CA on February 22-23, 2012.  Those persons interested in participating in the open sessions of the meeting should register online.  Please see the committee's web page for more information.
Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid Meeting,  January 18-20, 2012
The Committee on an Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid conducted its meeting in Washington, DC on January 18-20, 2012.  This study is being carried out under the joint auspices of the BPA and the Space Studies Board.  Please see the committee's web page for more information about the study. 
Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Meeting,  January 13-14, 2012
The Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation conducted a 5th meeting, held entirely in closed session, in Washington, DC on January 13-14, 2012.  See the committee web page for more information about the study.
New Worlds, New Horizons derivative booklet available!
2020 Vision: An Overview of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics; a derivative booklet from the most recent astro decadal survey, Astro2010, is now available.  For information on the New Worlds, New Horizons main and panel reports, please see the Astro2010 study web page.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting, November 6-7, 2011
The Board on Physics and Astronomy conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 6-7, 2011.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Fall Meeting, November 4-5, 2011
The Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 4-5, 2011.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Fall Meeting, October 14-15, 2011
The Committee on Radio Frequencies conducted its fall meeting in Provo, UT on October 14-15, 2011.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Fall Meeting, October 3-4, 2011
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences conducted its fall meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on October 3-4, 2011.
Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee Meeting 4, September 22-24, 2011
The Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee conducted its fourth meeting at the Jonsson Center of the National Academies in Woods Hole, MA on September 22-24, 2011.
Plasma Science Committee Fall Meeting, September 23-24, 2011
The Plasma Science Committee conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on September 23-24, 2011.  For more information please see the committee's web page.
Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee Meeting 3, July 25-26, 2011
The Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee conducted its third meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on July 25-26, 2011.
Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) Report Release,  July 12, 2011
The report of the Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) was releaesd in prepublication form at on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.  The report is available for download or purchase from the National Academies Press web site.  Please visit the DUSEL committee web page for more information.
Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Meeting, June 15-17, 2011
The Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems conducted its fourth meeting at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester, NY on June 15-17, 2011.  Please see the committee's web page for more information.
Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee Meeting 2, May 31-June 1, 2011
The Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee conducted its second meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on May 31-June 1, 2011.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Spring Meeting, May 16-17, 2011
The Committee on Radio Frequencies conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on May 16-17, 2011.
Winter 2011 Issues in Physics and Astronomy Released!
The BPA has released the latest edition of its newsletter, Issues in Physics and Astronomy

In this issue:
 *   NASA Administrator Bolden Endorses BPA-SSB Astro2010 Implementation Report
 *   Highlights of the Board on Physics and Astronomy
 *   Status of Undergraduate Physics Education Study
 *   Status of Nuclear Physics 2010 Study
 *   Status of DUSEL Study
 *   Standing Committee Updates
 *   Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012
 *   Status of IFE Study
 *   Spring 2011 Meetings
 *   Featured Recent BPA Reports
 *   Other Recent Reports

For past editions see the BPA Newsletter web page.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Spring Meeting, May 2-3, 2011
The Condensed Matter and Material Research Committee conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on May 2-3, 2011.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Spring Meeting, April 29-30, 2011
The Board on Physics and Astronomy conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of hte National Academies in Washington, DC on April 29-30, 2011.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting, April 5-6, 2011
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 5-6, 2011.
Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Meeting 3,  March 30-April 1, 2011
The Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems conducted its third meeting in Albuquerque, NM on March 30-April 1, 2011.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) Meeting 3, March 25-27, 2011
The Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) conducted its third meeting in Irvine, CA on March 25-27, 2011.  Please see the committee web page for more informaiton.
Plasma Science Committee Spring Meeting, March 25-26, 2011
The Plasma Science Committee conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on March 25-26, 2011.
Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee Meeting 1, March 18-19, 2011
The Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation Committee conducted its first meeting in Washington, DC on March 18-19, 2011.
NP2010 Committee Meeting 4, February 12-13, 2011
The NP2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Nuclear Physics Committee conducted its fourth meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies, in Irvine, CA on February 12-13, 2011.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) Meeting 2, February 3-4, 2011
The Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) conducted its second meeting on February 3-4, 2011.  Please see the committee web page for more informaiton.
Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Meeting 2, January 29-21, 2011
The Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems conducted its second meeting in Pleasanton, CA on January 29-31, 2011.  See the committee web page for more information.
Committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems Meeting 1, December 16-17, 2010
The committee on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems conducted its first meeting in Washington, DC on December 16-17, 2010.  See the committee web page for more information.
Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) Committee Meeting 1, December 14-15, 2010
The Committee to Assess the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) conducted its first meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies, in Washington, DC on December 14-15, 2010.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds New Horizons Decadal Survey Meeting,  November 7, 2010
The panel on Implementing Recommendations from New Worlds New Horizons Decadal Survey conducted its meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on November 7, 2010.  Please see the panel web site for more information.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting, November 6-7, 2010
The Board on Physics and Astronomy conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies on November 6-7, 2010.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Fall Meeting, October 21-22, 2010
The Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies on October 21-22, 2010.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Fall Meeting, October 16-17, 2010
The Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences conducted its fall meeting at the University of Arizona, Biosphere2 in Tucson, AZ on October 16-17, 2010.
Plasma Science Committee Fall Meeting, September 25-26, 2010
The Plasma Science Committee conducted its fall meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies on September 25-26, 2010.
Summer 2010 edition of Issues in Physics & Astronomy released, Spetember 25, 2010
The winter 2010 edition of Issues in Physics & Astronomy has been released!  Please see the BPA newsletter web page for more infomation and access to past editions.
NP2010 Committee Meeting 3, September 22-23, 2010
The NP2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Nuclear Physics Committee conducted its third meeting at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel, in Newport Beach, CA on September 22-23, 2010.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Astro2010 Panel Report Release
The Astro2010 Panel reports volume is now available in prepublication form via the National Academies Press web site.  Please check the Astro2010 web page for more information.
Astro2010 Report Release
The Astro2010 report was released in prepublication form on August 13, 2010 and is available via the National Academies Press web site.  Please check the Astro2010 web page for more information.
NP2010 Committee Meeting 2, July 12-14, 2010
The NP2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Nuclear Physics Committee conducted its second meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies, in Washington, DC on July 12-14, 2010.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Committee on Radio Frequencies Spring Meeting, May 18-19, 2010
The Committee on Radio Frequencies conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on May 18-19, 2010.
Board on Physics and Astronomy Spring Meeting, April 23-24, 2010
The Board on Physics and Astronomy conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington DC on April 23-24, 2010.
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Spring Meeting, April 15-16, 2010
The Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 15-16, 2010.
NP2010 Committee Meeting 1, April 9-10, 2010
The NP2010: An Assessment of and Outlook for Nuclear Physics Committee conducted its first meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies, in Washington, DC on April 9-10, 2010.  Please see the committee web page for more information.
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting, April 6-7, 2010
The Committee on Atomic, Optical and Molecular Sciences conducted its spring meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on April 6-7, 2010.
Plasma Science Committee Sping Meeting, March 26-27, 2010
The Plasma Science Committee conducted its spring 2010 meeting at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC on March 26-27, 2010.
Winter 2010 edition of Issues in Physics & Astronomy released, March 18, 2010
The winter 2010 edition of Issues in Physics & Astronomy has been released!  Please see the BPA newsletter web page for more infomation and access to past editions.
Astro2010 Meeting 6, February 28-March2, 2010
The Astro2010 Decadal Survey conducted its sixth Survey Committee meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on February 28 through March 2, 2010. This meeting was closed to the public.
Astro2010 Meeting 5, January 25-27, 2010
The Astro2010 Decadal Survey conducted its fifth Survey Committee meeting at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA on January 25-27, 2010.  This meeting was closed to the public.
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