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Top Level Summary of the President's Budget for FY 2009 for Astronomy

AAS Informational Email 2008-03

Subject: Top Level Summary of the President's Budget for FY 2009 for Astronomy

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Summary: The President released the FY 2009 budget on Monday, February 4. The news for science is good. The American Competitiveness Initiative is supported and the poor appropriations provided for Congress are compensated for in the President's request. It is now the responsibility of the science community to convince Congress to either appropriate the requested amounts or improve upon these baseline numbers.

Special Reminder to vote from President J. Craig Wheeler

AAS Informational Email 2008-02

Subject: Special Reminder to vote from President J. Craig Wheeler

Colleagues,

Only a week remains to cast your vote for officers, councilors and important committee chairs of the Society. Please go to http://www.aas.org/vote/, consider the candidates, and vote now. Each and every vote is important and those elected will be empowered to decide the direction and goals of our Society. Please take the time to participate in this election.

Sincerely,

J. Craig Wheeler, President

AAS Council Resolution on BEPAC Report

AAS Informational Email 2007-19

Subject: AAS Council Resolution on BEPAC Report

J. Craig Wheeler, President
&
Kevin Marvel, Executive Officer

The AAS Council has passed the following resolution on the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee Report with input and advice from the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy.

AAS Statement on the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee

NSF Dear Colleague on the Senior Review

AAS Informational Email 2007-17

NSF Dear Colleague on the Senior Review

The following Dear Colleague letter from Wayne Van Citters, Director of the Division for Astronomical Sciences of the National Science Foundation is being

distributed to AAS members as a service to the NSF. The letter, in a variety of formats, is available at  www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf07052

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

AAS Informational Email 2007-16

AAS Informational Email 2007-16

The following message is being sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy.

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

The National Research Council's upcoming report "NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation" will be released to the public in pre-publication form on Wednesday, Sept 5th at 4 pm EDT via the National Academies Press website - www.nap.edu.

Forging the Future of Space Science

Forging the Future of Space Science

In September the Space Studies Board will kick off a yearlong series of public lectures and colloquia in cities across the country and abroad on the future of space and earth sciences. The first event will take place in Baltimore, Md., on 10 September 2007. Series topics include understanding the universe, global climate change, the cosmic origins of life, scientific exploration of the Moon and Mars, and the research and technology needed to support human spaceflight.

For more information, visit www.nationalacademies.org

AAS Informational Email 2007-14

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Dear Fellow AAS Members,

I am writing on behalf of a young female AAS member who has received a prestigious National Academy of Sciences fellowship, the Christine Mirzayan Fellowship. Participants learn about the public policy process and have an extensive period of training, including seminars with key policymakers and visits to the Hill and other agencies. Astronomers rarely have secured places in this program.

New NASA Explorer AO Alan Stern & Jon Morse, NASA Headquarters

This Informational Email is being distributed to AAS members as a community service. The contents were written by Alan Stern and Jon Morse and approved by them for broad release to the community. The AAS President and Executive Officer approve such occasional releases to the community.

New NASA Explorer AO
Alan Stern & Jon Morse, NASA Headquarters

Early this fall, NASAs Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will release a new Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Principal Investigator (PI) led Explorer missions.

America COMPETES Act and NSF Authorization

AAS Informational Email 2007-10

America COMPETES Act and NSF Authorization

L. Jeremy Richardson
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Two recent Congressional actions have direct bearing on the scientific community, and on the astronomy community in particular. Both are authorization bills, meaning no money is appropriated, but they indicate that scientific research and innovation are on the minds of many Members of Congress.

America COMPETES Act

AAS Informational Email 2007-09

AAS Informational Email 2007-09
May 4, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote to you just before the Seattle meeting that we were reconsidering the publishers of our journals, the Astrophysical Journal the main Journal, the Letters, and the Supplements and the Astronomical Journal. We have since had a short, intense, and very professional process to issue a Request for Proposals to publish our Journals, to evaluate the proposals, and to select a vendor.

Ask your Representative to Co-Sign the Ehlers-Holt NSF Letter to House Appropriators

Ask your Representative to Co-Sign the Ehlers-Holt NSF Letter to House Appropriators

Jack O. Burns, Chair Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy
and
Kevin B. Marvel, Deputy Executive Officer

Summary

Congressmen Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) have written a letter to the appropriations committee responsible for funding NSF, the Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce, asking that they provide $6.02B for NSF, as proposed by the President.

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