UCO Advisory Committee

The University of California Observatories Advisory Committee (UCOAC) advises the UCO Director on the full range of policy issues related to University of California use of Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory, and the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope Observatory. The UCOAC also evaluates new UC astronomy initiatives relevant to optical and infrared observational capabilities.

The committee meets three times per year for a full day and holds telecons as necessary when issues arise between meetings that require discussion or decisions. The UCOAC will establish ad hoc or standing subcommittees as required to address specific issues. In addition to providing advice to the Director, the UCOAC is the representative body charged with keeping astronomers throughout the system apprised of UCO activities and with gathering system-wide input on issues of importance to UCO-managed facilities. The UCOAC Chair reports annually to the UCO Board.

Last Meeting:
February 6th, 2017 (UC Irvine)

Next Meeting:
May 22nd, 2017 (SETI Institute)

See Minutes

UCOAC Charter

July 2012

The University of California Observatories Advisory Committee (UCOAC) advises the UCO Director on the full range of policy issues related to University of California use of Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory, and the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope Observatory. The UCOAC also evaluates new UC astronomy initiatives relevant to optical and infrared observational capabilities. The committee meets three times per year for a full day and holds telecons as necessary when issues arise between meetings that require discussion or decisions. The UCOAC will establish ad hoc or standing subcommittees as required to address specific issues. In addition to providing advice to the Director, the UCOAC is the representative body charged with keeping astronomers throughout the system apprised of UCO activities and with gathering system-wide input on issues of importance to UCO-managed facilities. The UCOAC Chair reports annually to the UCO Board.

The membership consists of the following:

  • One member each from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UCD, UCI, UCR, UCSB, and UCSD.
  • UC members of the Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee.
  • UC members of the Thirty-Meter Telescope Science Advisory Committee.

All of the above are voting members. Appointments to the UCOAC will be made by the UCO Director with concurrence of the relevant Department Chair. Campus members should arrange an alternate if they cannot attend a meeting, and inform the UCO Director of the change.

Terms of campus members will be three years. In some cases, membership may be renewed for a second term. The UCOAC Chair, chosen from one of the above members, will serve for a two-year term with an option for renewal.

The following UCO faculty and staff will also attend UCOAC meetings:

  • UCO Associate Director for Instrumentation
  • UCO Associate Director for Lick Observatory
  • UCO Associate Director for the UCLA IR Lab
  • UCO Associate Director for the Thirty-Meter Telescope
  • UCO Deputy Director, Lick Observatory
  • UCO Assistant Director for Administration

Except for executive sessions, UCOAC meetings are open to the public, and an announcement of the meeting date and draft agenda will be posted for the UC astronomical community at least two weeks before each meeting date. Minutes of the meetings will be kept and posted at the UCO website.


Current UCOAC Members

Gillian Wilson, UCR (Chair)
Marusa Bradac, UCD
Michael Cooper, UCI
Alex Filippenko, UCB
Ben Mazin, UCSB
Alice Shapley, UCLA
Andy Skemer, UCSC
Shelley Wright, UCSD

Ex-Officio UCOAC Members

Claire Max, UCO Director
Aaron Barth, UCI
Jean Brodie, UCSC
Andrea Ghez, UCLA, SAC
Garth Illingworth, UCSC
Lori Lubin, UCD, SAC
Tommaso Treu, UCLA

Ex-Officio UCOAC Attendees

Mike Bolte, UCSC, UCO Associate Director TMT
Anna Korossy, UCSC, UCO Assistant Director UCO Administration
Ian McLean, UCLA, UCO Associate Director UCLA Lab
Connie Rockosi, UCSC, UCO Associate Director UCO Labs
Graeme Smith, UCSC, UCO Associate Director Lick Observatory