AAS Electronic Announcement #106 -- January 2002
[Mailed from aas.org at 5:20pm 02 JAN 2002]
- HALPERIN TO OPEN AAS DC MEETING
- HOW TO AVOID INTERNET INTERRUPTION AT THE AAS MEETING
- MEMBERSHIP GRACE PERIOD
- NVO SCIENCE DEFINITION TEAM REQUESTS COMMUNITY INPUT
- SIM GRID STAR VERIFICATION PROGRAM
- SEPTEMBER 11 SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
1. HALPERIN TO OPEN AAS DC MEETING
We have recently been informed that DC Mayor Anthony Williams will be unable to make the opening remarks at our meeting. Stephen Halperin, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Maryland has graciously agreed to speak in his place. Opening comments will be at 8:15am, Monday 7 January in the Hilton's International Ballroom Center.
2. HOW TO AVOID INTERNET INTERRUPTION AT THE AAS MEETING
If you plan on attending the AAS Meeting in Washington, DC, 6-10 January 2002, you will most likely want to use the Meeting's Cyber Cafe for Email and Web Browsing. In order to ensure continuous access to your home site, please notify your local system and security administrators of the following:
The Internet traffic flowing from the meeting attendees, will be coming from the IP addresses ranging from
126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52
In the past government sites have become aware of heavy traffic from our meetings and without notice shut off ALL access to attendees. This was done as a security measure, unaware that the traffic was originating at an AAS Annual Meeting. It caused several days of service interruption for meeting registrants. Informing your system administrators of the IP addresses could save you a lot of distress later!
Any further questions can be directed to Debbie Kovalsky, AAS Manager Information Systems - mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. MEMBERSHIP GRACE PERIOD
Due to the delay in mailing some of the AAS renewal invoices and to postal processing difficulties experienced this year, we will extend the grace period for AAS membership and subscriptions through the month of January 2002. No reinstatement fee or back order charges will be required for payments received by 31 January 2002.
4. NVO SCIENCE DEFINITION TEAM REQUESTS COMMUNITY INPUT
Following the recommendation of the NAS/NRC Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee Decadal Report for the establishment of a National Virtual Observatory (NVO), the NSF and NASA have established in the summer of 2001 the NVO Science Definition Team (SDT). The Team website is:
and it contains some background documents and links.
The Team charter is to gather the input from the US astronomy community and to define and formulate a joint NASA/NSF initiative to pursue the NVO goals. Particular emphasis will be on the scientific objectives, from which the functional requirements can be derived. The Team will also serve as a liaison to the broader communities of space science, computer science, statistics, and education and public outreach, as well as to similar efforts in Europe. Thus this initiative looks forward to a truly Global Virtual Observatory.
We would like to request your constructive input on the issues pertaining to the NVO. We encourage you to read the documents linked at the website (nvosdt.org), and then send us your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions by email to: mailto:email@example.com
The Team will distill and incorporate the community input in its report, which will be completed by March 2002 and made publicly available in that time frame.
5. SIM GRID STAR VERIFICATION PROGRAM
NASA's Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) project plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a multi-year pre-launch observing program for its grid of astrometric reference stars. The all-sky grid of at least 1300 stars will require precision radial velocity measurements to about 20 m/s. A draft of the RFP is available for comment, on the SIM web site, at
The RFP will be issued through JPL, and will be open to all categories of organization. Interested proposers are encouraged to comment on this draft no later than 15 February. There will be an open discussion of this SIM RFP at an Extra Session at the Washington AAS meeting (8 January 7pm). For more information, please contact Stephen Unwin, SIM Deputy Project Scientist, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. SEPTEMBER 11 SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Families devastated by the events of September 11th will face one less hardship in years to come, thanks in part to the generosity of the science and engineering community. Technical and scientific societies representing more than a million members have joined together in sponsoring the Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund. Financially needy dependents of both domestic and foreign victims of the terrorist attack can rely on the fund to help them pursue science and engineering degrees at US colleges and universities. The endowment is part of the broader Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which is benefiting from a campaign led by Bill Clinton and Bob Dole to raise
$100 million through fund-raising events and gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals.
To make a donation or learn about the Fund visit:
Or, for more information, contact Sarah Davis at the American Physical Society: (301)209-3223, mailto:email@example.com.
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