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AAS Electronic Announcement #115 -- August 2002

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:20pm 1 AUG 2002]

CONTENTS

  1. 2003 DIRECTORY UPDATES DUE TOMORROW
  2. ORDERS DUE FOR ANNUAL REVIEW OF ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
  3. DPS BIRMINGHAM MEETING ABSTRACTS DUE
  4. APJ ON-LINE PREPRINTS NOW AVAILABLE
  5. AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICE PHONE SYSTEM UPGRADE
  6. VISIT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN AUGUST
  7. NSF INCREASE APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE
  8. CALL FOR PROPOSALS WITH THE OVRO MILLIMETER-WAVE ARRAY
  9. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS DUE

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1. 2003 DIRECTORY UPDATES DUE TOMORROW

Help us keep the paper edition Directory up-to-date and useful. Send us changes, revisions, new area codes, new  email addresses, etc. by tomorrow, Friday, 2 August 2002.

Send updates to mailto:address@aas.org
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2. ORDERS DUE FOR ANNUAL REVIEW OF ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

To participate in the AAS Member Discount Program orders must be received by tomorrow, Friday, 2 August 2002.  The order form was published in the June AAS Newsletter and is available online in PDF:

http://www.aas.org/membership/araa2002.pdf

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3. DPS BIRMINGHAM MEETING ABSTRACTS
DUE: Monday, 5 August 2002, 9pm EDT

Abstracts of presentations for the 34th Meeting of AAS  Division for Planetary Sciences being held 6-11 October  2002 in Birmingham, Alabama are due this Monday, 5 August. This is a strict deadline.

Abstract forms and instructions are available through the DPS Birmingham Meeting website:

http://csem.engin.umich.edu/dps/

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4. APJ ON-LINE PREPRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

Authors of papers in the ApJ main journal and ApJ Supplements now have the option of posting electronic copies of their accepted manuscripts on the ApJ website. These preprints do not include the corrections made during the copyediting and production processes, but they do offer readers access to preprint copies of the peer-reviewed papers, several weeks in advance of publication. Information for readers and for authors wishing to have their papers posted is available on the web at

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/news.html.

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5. AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICE PHONE SYSTEM UPGRADE

In the period 7 through 12 August we will be upgrading the phone system in the Washington office. This will be accomplished in discrete steps and we do not expect to be completely out of service for more than a couple of hours on Friday, 9 August. During other periods you might experience some delayed response or other irregularities.

FAX, web, and E-mail service will not be affected by this conversion.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but feel sure that the extra features it will introduce will far outweigh this short disruption. When this upgrade is complete we will have voicemail and the ability for incoming callers to dial directly to the party's extension at all times of day.

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6. VISIT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN AUGUST

AAS members are reminded that August is upon us and Congress is in recess. Until Labor day, members of Congress usually return to their home districts to meet with constituents, deal with personal business and make public appearances. August is a great time to meet with your member in their home office. To find out the location of your Representative's or Senator's home offices, use the telephone directory government pages or surf to their home page (through either http://www.house.gov or http://www.senate.gov ). Many members report that their best visits with constituents take place at home, where the pressures of Washington are removed and more time is available for one-on-one meetings. If you need advice on how to set up a visit or what to discuss, feel free to contact Kevin B. Marvel, AAS Deputy Executive Officer, 202-328-2010, mailto:marvel@aas.org.

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7. NSF INCREASE APPROVED BY SENATE VA-HUD-IA APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

On Tuesday, 23 July, the Senate VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Subcommittee passed draft appropriations legislation. The full Senate will probably be considering this bill when they return from August recess. The legislation  includes a large increase for NSF, up 11.8% from the FY 2002 operating plan budget for the agency and a total budget level of $5.353 billion. Research and Related Activities, which directly funds basic research, is slated to receive a 14.8% increase to a level of $4.132 billion.

AAS members are encouraged to send thank you letters for this high funding level to Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Christopher Bond (R-MO). Committee report details will also be available later this week through the AAS Public Policy web pages.

http://www.aas.org/policy/index.htm

Senator Barbara Mikulski
Chair, VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Subcommittee
SH-709
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Christopher Bond
Ranking Member, VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Subcommittee
SR-274
Washington, DC 20510

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8. CALL FOR PROPOSALS WITH THE OVRO MILLIMETER-WAVE ARRAY
Due: 6 September 2002

The California Institute of Technology invites observing proposals for the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) millimeter wave interferometer. The proposal deadline is 5pm PDT, 6 September 2002 for observations from October 2002 through January 2003. Due to preparations for CARMA, the array will contain only 5 antennas for the upcoming observing season. The OVRO interferometer operates in the 3mm and 1mm bands, and can achieve an angular resolution between 1-10" in the high, equatorial, low, and compact configurations. Instructions for submitting proposals and technical information about the interferometer can be found at the OVRO web site at

http://www.ovro.caltech.edu/mm/main.html

Questions concerning the interferometer or proposal submission may be directed toward John Carpenter at mailto:jmc@astro.caltech.edu (phone: 626-395-4024).

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9. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS
Due: 15 September 2002

The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory solicits proposals for observations with the FCRAO 14 meter telescope The deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2002.The telescope is equipped with a 32 element focal plane array receiver (SEQUOIA) which is comprised of low noise MMIC amplifiers with SSB receiver noise temperatures of 60 K. The autocorrelation spectrometer system enables
the observation of two spectral lines within 85-100 GHz or 100-115 GHz bands simultaneously. On the Fly mapping is now the standard observing mode which allows more efficient imaging of the millimeter sky.

More detailed information of FCRAO and proposal instructions are available at

http://www.astro.umass.edu/~fcrao/observer/.

Further questions can be addressed to Mark Heyer, mailto:heyer@astro.umass.edu.

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