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AAS Electronic Announcement #109 -- March 2002

AAS Electronic Announcement #109 -- March 2002

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:45pm 15 MARCH 2002]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS TO LAUNCH MEMBER ONLY WEBSITE
  2. LCD PROJECTORS AT ALBUQUERQUE MEETING MORE THAN POWER POINT AVAILABLE
  3. SECOND RENEWAL INVOICES MAILED
  4. EVOLUTION RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS
  5. U.S. HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVES 11% INCREASE FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
  6. CALL FOR NASA IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS
  7. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2002B DUE 1 APRIL 2002
  8. LOFAR SCIENCE CONSORTIUM: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

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1. AAS TO LAUNCH MEMBER ONLY WEBSITE

Early next week all active members of the AAS will be receiving a personalized email message that includes a username and password to connect to our new Member Only Website. This site will allow users to view their own membership data, register for meetings in real time, search the online directory, pay dues online and much more. Some of the features are available now and others will be launched in the coming months.

NO, you don't have to remember *another* username and password. You will have the ability to change both your username and password  to one that you can easily remember. If you forget that - don't worry, an automated email can be sent to your personal emailbox with your login information.

We are very excited about the capability this will give us when working with our members, divisions, committees and entire astronomical  community. We have always been grateful to our community for making recommendations for improvement on our websites and this is one you have been asking for!

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2. LCD PROJECTORS AT ALBUQUERQUE MEETING MORE THAN POWER POINT AVAILABLE

LCD Projectors and Computers will be provided in every oral session room, free of charge, as an experiment at the Albuquerque meeting.  Previously we were only going to accept presentations in Powerpoint format. The experiment has been expanded to allow presentations in other various formats. Powerpoint is still the preferred format, other formats can be accommodated if you notify Diana Alexander (mailto:diana@aas.org) prior to 20 May 2002.

Full instructions are included in the Meeting Announcement at:

http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas200/prelim/abstracts.html#av

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3. SECOND RENEWAL INVOICES MAILED

The AAS has completed the mailing of second invoices. Please ensure your payment arrives by 29 March 2002 to avoid interruptions in  services and subscriptions. You may direct any questions regarding your renewal status to mailto:membership@aas.org.

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4. EVOLUTION RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS

The AAS and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) have collaboratively published a note authored by Andrew Fraknoi, George Greenstein, Bruce Partridge and John Percy titled "An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time" which is  intended to assist educators in answering questions about the creation and age of the universe. This document is available at

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/56/

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5. U.S. HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVES 11% INCREASE FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The fiscal year (FY) 2003 Budget Resolution approved by the Budget Committee on 13 March included an 11 percent increase in funding (over FY'02 appropriated levels) for the National Science Foundation (NSF), 6 percent above the Administration's proposed FY'03 budget. Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and other members of the House Science Committee worked with Budget Chairman Nussle to ensure the NSF increase was included in the legislation.

Letters of thanks to Chairman Boehlert for his effort would be particularly useful. Please send them to:
Chairman Sherwood Boehlert
2246 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

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6. CALL FOR NASA IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS

The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility is accepting observing proposals for the 1 August 2002 - 31 January 2003 semester. Instructions for applications and information can be found at:

http://irtf.ifa.hawaii.edu/userSupport/indexota.html

Available instruments include: (1) For 1-5 microns: a 3-pixel scale camera with a circular variable filter, a cross-dispersed moderate  resolution spectrograph, and a high-resolution spectrograph. (2) For 5-25 microns: a camera, a low-resolution wide spectral range spectrograph, and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 April 2002, 5PM.

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7. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2002B DUE 1 APRIL 2002

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2002B semester, August 2002 - January  2003. 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 Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak  National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions are available at:

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

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Monday, 1 April 2002.

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8. LOFAR SCIENCE CONSORTIUM: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in scientific support for the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, a high sensitivity, high resolution imaging array for the 10-240 MHz frequency range, currently in the early stages of development. Specifically, we wish to recruit members of a LOFAR Science Consortium, as individuals and as members of working groups, to help refine and develop the scientific drivers for LOFAR, thereby influencing the design. Details pertaining to this invitation and information for joining the Science Consortium can be found at:

http://www.lofar.org/science/call

Thank you,

Dr. Namir Kassim
LOFAR Project Scientist
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC
USA

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