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NSF Extends Deadline for Application for Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences

Informational Email 2009-13

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NSF Extends Deadline for Application for Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences

The NSF had informed the AAS that the deadline for applications for director of the Division of Astronomical Sciences has been extended to 30 June 2009. Full information and the position is available through the AAS Job Register and the NSF homepage.

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NASA / NSF Budget

Informational Email 15 - NASA/NSF Budget
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
blog.aas.org

NASA and NSF released their FY 2010 Budget requests over the last few weeks. While the top line numbers are unchanged, the detailed budget requests have full details at the division and program level. Astronomy sees gains at NSF AST, as part of the overall NSF budget growth, and flat or decreasing numbers at NASA Science.

NASA FY 2010 Budget Request

Decadal Update6 — April 9 Chair's Bulletin

Decadal Update 6

The following is sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the April 9 "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford.

Previous and Current bulletins are available online as: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin.html

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

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The Astro2010 Web Site: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010.html
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CORRECTION: FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriation Act Summary

Subject - FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriation Act Summary CORRECTION

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org
http://blog.aas.org

There was a typographical error in the Informational Email on the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The Science Mission Directorate received $4.503 Billion, a 4.3% decrease ($203.2 million) over FY 2008, not increase, as was written in the informational email text.

Contact Your Texas School Board Member — Preserve Scientific Integrity

AAS Action Alert 2009-02
View Online: http://aas.org/publications/exploder_detail.php?ExploderID=22

*Contact your Texas school board member and urge them to preserve the scientific integrity of state education standards.*

Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, huerta at aas.org

John Huchra, President
J. Craig Wheeler, Past-President

Informational Email 2009-05

The Netherlands Office for Science & Technology invites you for an upcoming lecture on Astrophysics: Unraveling the Distant Universe through the Hubble and James Webb Telescopes

By Rogier Windhorst
Regent's Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona
State University

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Royal Netherlands Embassy
4200 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Decadal Update 5 — Revised Call for White Papers

Decadal Update 5 - Revised Call for white papers

The following is the fifth Decadal Update email, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the March 3 "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford, discussing some changes to the current call for white papers - soliciting input on technology development and theory, computation, and laboratory astrophysics.

It can also be viewed online at: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin_3Mar09.pdf

Decadal Update 4 — Chair's Update / White Papers, Panels

The following is the fourth in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the most recent "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford, discussing the ongoing progress of the survey, from the numerous science white papers to the call for State of the Profession position papers.

Call Your Members of Congress and Have Them Support Science in Stimulus Bill

AAS Action Alert 2009-01
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org
http://blog.aas.org

* Summary *

This Action Alert calls upon AAS members to call , FAX or write their members of Congress and Congressional Leadership and ask that they urge the House / Senate conference committee to support strong funding for basic research in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Decadal Update 3 — Chair's Update / White Paper Submission

Decadal Update 3 - Chair's Update / White Paper Submission

The following is the third in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the third "Chair's Update" message from Roger Blandford, discussing the online submission system for the Science White Papers, as well as information on other solicitations for input.

Science Money in the Senate and House Stimulus Bills

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

The House Appropriations committee released a draft of the spending portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on January 15, and the Senate released a summary of their version of the bill on Friday. The two bills differ on the amount of science funding, and the Senate press release lacks much detail in exactly where the money is going. Some Top Line Numbers:

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