Rob Kennicutt (Texas A&M University)
Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy
College Station, Texas 77843
Recently the National Academy of Sciences completed a comprehensive decadal survey of research opportunities, strategic opportunities, and the state of the profession in astronomy and astrophysics. The survey involved more than 130 members of the survey committee and its 13 sub-panels, and was informed by more than 860 white papers from members of the community. Their report, Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics in the 2020's, highlights those opportunities and presents a strategic plan for future investments in space and ground-based astronomical facilities over the coming decade, as well as foundational investments in supporting research and in the development and broadening of the workforce. This seminar, mainly intended for astronomy and astrophysics researchers and students, will highlight the main conclusions of the report with extended time available for discussion and questions. A longer summary of the report for the full department is being planned as a colloquium for later in the semester.
Robert Kennicutt holds faculty positions at TAMU and at the University of Arizona. He and Fiona Harrison (Caltech) served as Co-Chairs of the Survey.