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AAS Electronic Announcement #101 -- September 2001

AAS Electronic Announcement #101 -- SEPTEMBER 2001

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:55pm 10 SEP 2001]

CONTENTS

  1. DPS NEW ORLEANS ABSTRACTS DUE
  2. ANNUAL REPORTS OF DEPARTMENTS AND OBSERVATORIES
  3. DISPOSITION OF ORIGINAL IUE DATA TAPES
  4. GEMINI NORTH AND SOUTH AVAILABLE FOR SCIENCE
  5. ARECIBO OBSERVATORY PROPOSALS
  6. SPRING 2002 CMVA GLOBAL 3mm VLBI CAMPAIGN
  7. PROPOSAL CALL FOR THE NRAO GREEN BANK TELESCOPE
  8. LIMITED ACCESS TO NIRSPEC ON KECK II AVAILABLE TO GEMINI COMMUNITY

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1. DPS NEW ORLEANS MEETING

Abstracts of meeting presentations are due 24 September 2001 for the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences, 27 November - 1 December 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana.

http://www.boulder.swri.edu/dps01/

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2. ANNUAL REPORTS OF DEPARTMENTS AND OBSERVATORIES

1 November 2001 is the deadline for Annual Reports of Departments and Observatories which are published annually in the first number of the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. The paper edition is distributed in February. An online edition, which consists of Reports in PDF format is also published, but only includes reports submitted in LaTeX.

Page charges are $82/page.

Manuscripts in LaTeX may be submitted anytime during the year. They will be processed and posted online as received. Reprints may be ordered and will be printed throughout the year.

Manuscript submission instructions are available online:

http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/baasems.html

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3. DISPOSITION OF ORIGINAL IUE DATA TAPES

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) proposes to release approximately 2000 original tapes containing data from the  International Ultraviolet Explorer mission. Most data from this mission safely reside on newer media at the Multimission Archive at STScI  (MAST) and at NSSDC. A white paper (accessible from http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/astro/ ) explores the nature of data not captured on new  media, the scientific potential of the data, and the costs to rescue those files. The cost to rescue all file types not residing on new media is  significant. Early community feedback, including that from MAST, leads NSSDC to believe that the rescue of these few files to be an  unjustified expense, and therefore intends to release the tapes. NSSDC welcomes comments from all potential users of these data prior to November 2001. NSSDC will release these tapes, unless arguments against such action warrant a re-evaluation. Please direct comments  to Dr. Joseph H. King, Head, NSSDC, at mailto:joseph.h.king@gsfc.nasa.gov.

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4. GEMINI NORTH AND SOUTH AVAILABLE FOR SCIENCE
Proposals Due: 30 SEPTEMBER 2001

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of our Web proposal form for proposals for observing time for the  2002A semester, from February through July 2002. Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International  Gemini Observatory, on the 6.5-m telescope of the MMT Observatory, on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and on the telescopes of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, and schedules are available on our website at:

http://www.noao.edu/gateway/

Investigators applying for time on Gemini telescopes ONLY may alternatively use the IGO Phase I Tool to submit their proposals. Information on the PIT is available at:

http://www.us-gemini.noao.edu/sciops/ObsProcess/ObsProcIndex.html

Proposals are due no later than 11:59 pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Sunday, 30 September 2001.

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5. ARECIBO OBSERVATORY PROPOSALS

The next proposal deadline is 1 October 2001.

http://www.naic.edu/vscience/proposal/proposal.htm

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6. SPRING 2002 CMVA GLOBAL 3mm VLBI CAMPAIGN

The Coordinated Millimeter VLBI Array project offers an opportunity for Spring 2002 observing with a global 3mm VLBI network. Telescopes may include Effelsberg, Onsala, Pico Veleta, Haystack, and VLBA telescopes with 3mm. Five days of time will be supported, with up to two days also supported at the BIMA Array at Hat Creek for appropriate programs. The CMVA Project will coordinate review and scheduling of projects with the respective observatories.

Proposals to the CMVA should be limited to those benefiting from the collecting area and resolution of a global array. CMVA observing may also be used in conjunction with VLBA 3mm structural studies to provide a single epoch of increased resolution. Proposal text should justify the need for transcontinental resolution in a context of source component sizes/brightness temperatures.

Recording modes will include VLBA modes at sustainable rates. Projects that request 256 Mbits/s (nonsustainable) record rates should explain why such bandwidth is crucial, and restrict the tracks to 6 hours. If redundant tracks within a program are requested, the amounts and reasons should be clearly stated.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE 1 October 2001 (end of calendar day) for session at 3mm in April 2002

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION, LaTeX/TeX, of scientific case is encouraged. TeX cover sheet can be retrieved from dopey.haystack.mit.edu, anonymous ftp, in /pub/CMVA_2001/CMVA_cover_template.tex .

Send to: mailto:hnj@haystack.mit.edu (Subject: CMVA)

or CMVA PROPOSALS
attention H.N.Johnson
MIT Haystack Observatory
Off Route 40
Westford, MA 01886
USA

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7. PROPOSAL CALL FOR THE NRAO GREEN BANK TELESCOPE
Proposals Due: 1 October 2001

The next deadline for proposals for the Green Bank Telescope is 1 October 2001. This call is for frequencies up to 26.5 GHz and includes most basic observing modes. More detailed information on the proposal call may be found at

http://www.nrao.edu/GBT/proposals

Proposals should be submitted using the new version (v1.1) of the Proposal Submission Tool (PST). Please delete any previous versions you may have, and download and install the new version, which may be found at the web address above.

Questions on proposal submission and status may be directed to Carl Bignell (mailto:cbignell@nrao.edu, or 304-456-2165). Questions about GBT observing instruments or capabilities may be directed to Ron Maddalena (mailto:rmaddale@nrao.edu, or 304-456-2207).

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8. LIMITED ACCESS TO NIRSPEC ON KECK II AVAILABLE TO GEMINI COMMUNITY
Proposals due: 8 October 2001

Scientists from the Gemini partner countries are invited once again to apply for time on the 1-5 micron spectrograph, NIRSPEC, on the 10-m Keck II Telescope. In the current 2001B semester, the final semester of the program, the W. M. Keck Observatory has allocated 3 nights to the Gemini Observatory. Observations will be carried out in a "Service Observing" mode, with Gemini staff executing the observations on behalf of successful applicants from the Gemini partnership. Proposals for use of this NIRSPEC time are to be submitted to the Gemini Observatory and will be reviewed and prioritized by external scientific referees and internal technical assessors.

The Gemini NIRSPEC observing time in semester 2001B is scheduled on November 20-22. Proposals are due by 8 October. Further information about this opportunity, including application forms and more detailed information about NIRSPEC, is available on the Gemini web pages, via the home page

http://www.gemini.edu/

and the NIRSPEC page

http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/instruments/nirspec/nirspecIndex.html

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