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AAS Electronic Announcement #102 -- September 2001

[Mailed from aas.org at 11:20pm 27 SEP 2001]

CONTENTS

  1. ASTRONOMERS TRAVEL AID NETWORK
  2. VAN CITTERS NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES DIRECTOR
  3. HALE PRIZE NOMINATIONS

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1. ASTRONOMERS TRAVEL AID NETWORK

In the aftermath of the events of September 11, there were major upsets to the airtravel network of the United States and many travelers found themselves stranded enroute. With the possibility of this happening again, the AAS Office wishes to establish a network of contacts for aid of these travelers. If you are interested in supporting this, please visit:

http://www.aas.org/special/travelaid.html

for details.

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2. VAN CITTERS NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES DIRECTOR

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Wayne Van Citters has been named the new Director of the NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences. His background and experience, both at NSF and within the community, will be very valuable as NSF meets the challenges of the coming decade.

Dr. Van Citters joined the Foundation in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1979 to 1993 he served as Program Director for Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation in Astronomy, and from 1993 to 2001 as Unit Coordinator for Optical and Infrared Facilities and Staff Associate for the International Gemini 8-Meter Telescopes Project. From 1977 until 1999 he was a member of one of the original Hubble Space Telescope instrument teams, spending a professional development year at the University of Hawaii in 1988 on related research. Dr. Van Citters is a member of the Standing Review Board for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescope and serves on NASA's Space Science Technology Management and Operations Working  Group. For the past year he has served as Acting Director of the Division of Astronomical Sciences.

Dr. Van Citters received his undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Princeton and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas in 1976.

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3. HALE PRIZE NOMINATIONS

The Hale Prize Committee of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society is seeking nominations for the 2002 Hale  Prize. The Hale Prize is awarded to a scientist for outstanding contributions to and impact on the field of solar astronomy. Proposals for nomination should be endorsed by two members of the Society and should include a basic bibliography emphasizing those papers which  form the basis for the proposal, as well as a description of the scientific achievements which justify the award. Completed proposals  should be forwarded to: Prof. Shadia Rifai Habbal, Chair, Hale Prize Committee, Department of Physics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SW 23 3BZ, Wales, UK. Electronic submissions can be made to mailto:hale-prize@spd.aas.org.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is 1 November 2001.

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