2016 • Vol 33 • Issue 3


All users of Webb will need to craft proposals that describe their desired observations in sufficient detail to permit the ultimate scheduling of the observations once the proposals are accepted. Users of Hubble will be familiar with APT, and a branch of APT to support Webb observers is well along in development. In addition, there are other tools that are being developed to assist proposers in their observing requests. Here is a brief outline of the tools we expect to provide before the release of the first call for proposals in 2017. (B. Blair)

As Webb's Science and Operations Center, the Institute is responsible for helping to educate the scientific community about observatory performance and operations, as well as calibration plans and assisting the community in designing and implementing scientific programs. Webb's success is dependent on the scientific community's ability to effectively plan and execute observations. The Institute is offering a combination of live on-line webinars and in-person workshops during the period leading up to the GO Cycle 1 proposal deadline. (C. H. Chen)

To realize Webb’s full science potential, the scientific community must rapidly learn to use its sophisticated capabilities. To accelerate the process of discovery by the community and maximize the science productivity of the mission, the Institute, in consultation with the JWST Advisory Committee (JSTAC), has developed the DD-ERS program. (J. Lee)

Your frequently asked questions about the DD-ERS answered here. (J. C. Lee & I. N. Reid)

Webb offers a broad range of observing modes covering a wide wavelength range from the optical to the mid-infrared (0.6 to 28.5 microns), offering unprecedented photometric and spectroscopic performance to enable a broad range of astronomical science. The four Webb science instruments (NIRISS, NIRCam, NIRSpec, and MIRI) offer complimentary capabilities including multiple imaging and spectroscopic modes. (N. Lewis)

For Webb, a single-stream process for proposal submission has been adopted because maximizing the scientific return from the telescope requires that the community have the ability to utilize it as efficiently as possible. One step in that process is minimizing the time between proposal deadlines and the start of an observing cycle. This optimizes the amount of Webb data available at the time when the subsequent round of proposals is written, thus guiding new Webb observations. (A. Moro-Martín)

Webb's launch may still be two years distant, but the first opportunities to propose observing programs will arrive much sooner. The Institute is developing on-line resources and collaborating with other institutions to organize a comprehensive set of workshops and dedicated sessions at larger meetings, including the summer and winter AAS meetings, focused on providing the community with training to support proposal preparation and submission. (I. N. Reid & J. C. Lee)

An overview of the JSTAC's activities and recommendations over the seven years since the JSTAC was formed was in the 2016, Volume 33, Issue 1 of the STScI Newsletter. A core aspect of its charge has guided the JSTAC's deliberations: advising the STScI Director on "maximizing JWST's scientific productivity" during its operational life. While the goal is clear, the issues that JSTAC has wrestled with during its twice-yearly meetings in pursuit of this goal have been numerous and complex. (G. Illingworth)