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03/27/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/27/2018 14:26

AUI Board of Trustees meet in Pasadena, CA March 1-2, 2018

The AUI Board of Trustees met in Pasadena, CA on March 1-2, 2018. Dr. Roscoe Giles, Board Chair, welcomed all assembled with a special welcome to new Board members, Dr. Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Dr. Mike Witherell, Laboratory Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In his opening remarks, he stated, 'This meeting comprises an opportunity to hear about the many changes coming to AUI under Dr. Cohen's tenure.'

In the President's Overview, Adam described AUI's path toward the future and noted, 'The vision is still evolving and the organization will continue to focus on radio astronomy as it explores opportunities to manage additional facilities of other types.'

The Board approved Luther Lau as the Treasurer, and received briefings on the changes being made in the financial and operational areas. The Board heard updates on the Observatory activities, discussed business development and growth opportunities at length, and were informed of new initiatives in STEM. The Board also engaged in an in-depth discussion about harassment, the mechanisms that are in place currently at both the Observatories and AUI Corporate, and suggestions for further improvement.

In addition to the formal proceedings, AUI Trustees, Dr. Anneila Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy & VP for Student Affairs and Mr. Dean Currie, VP for Business and Finance (Retired), both of Caltech, arranged a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus. The AUI Board members and senior staff were able to experience first-hand what it is like to be in Mission control and observe real time