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AAS Electronic Announcement #121 -- February 2003

AAS Electronic Announcement #121 -- February 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 3:00 pm 10 FEB 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. JOB REGISTER NO LONGER ACCEPTING PURCHASE ORDERS
  2. PRESIDENT'S FY 2004 BUDGET RELEASED
  3. ADDITIONS TO THE INSTITUTIONS IN THE AAS DIRECTORY
  4. ComPADRE SITE EDITOR WANTED
  5. AUSTRALIA TELESCOPE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  6. ARECIBO L-BAND ARRAY POTENTIAL GALACTIC PROJECTS
  7. SIM STELLAR GRID PROPOSALS
  8. NAT'L EDUCATION OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY FOR SCIENTISTS

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1. JOB REGISTER NO LONGER ACCEPTING PURCHASE ORDERS

Beginning with the March Job Register, the American  Astronomical Society will no longer accept purchase  orders for payment of advertisement fees. This policy  change is necessary to facilitate a change from the  current Job Register submission and billing system to
an online database-driven system. This change will make  the submission, billing, proofing and publishing processes  simpler from both an administrative perspective and for  our advertisers. Should your organization have any  special problems with this policy change, please contact  Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, Deputy Executive Officer  (mailto:marvel@aas.org).

If applicable please forward this message to your  Human Resources Department.

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2. PRESIDENT'S FY 2004 BUDGET RELEASED

The President released the FY 2004 budget on 3 February,  although Congress has not yet passed the FY 2003 budget.  Overall, the NASA and NSF funding levels look good, but  the only comparison possible is to the President's FY 2003  budget. Once Congress passes the omnibus appropriations  bill, expected by mid-February, an AAS Informational Email  will provide the details of both the FY 2003 budget and the  proposed FY 2004 budget. Apparent increases when comparing  the two Presidential budgets will no doubt shrink when the
final Congressional levels are finally set into law.

In the meantime, AAS members may visit the AAS FY 2004 Budget  page (http://www.aas.org/FY2004Budget.html) for links to the  OMB, NSF and NASA budget pages. Of note, the NASA budget  page has been redesigned and is much easier to read and  comprehend.

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3. ADDITIONS TO THE INSTITUTIONS IN THE AAS DIRECTORY

Do you know of an observatory, planetarium, professional astronomical society, or university with a physics or  astronomy department that is not listed among the North  American or World-Wide Institutions in the AAS Directory?  If so, please email us at mailto:directory@aas.org  with  contact information.

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4. ComPADRE (Communities for Physics and Astronomy  Digital Resources in Education) SITE EDITOR WANTED

ComPADRE is a joint project of the AAPT, AAS, APS, and AIP to construct and maintain resource collections for their communities (see www.aas.org/education for a full description). The Introductory Astronomy collection will facilitate the discovery, sharing, discussion, and improvement of resources to aid in the teaching of "astronomy 101." The main goal is to identify resources for introductory Astronomy courses: syllabi, visualizations, simulations, projects, assessments, research on effectiveness, materials from current research projects and book reviews may be included.

The AAS Education Office is looking for a site editor who will be responsible for collecting and organizing the highest quality and most important material for the Introductory Astronomy Site. Contact Susana Deustua at mailto:deustua@aas.org.

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5. AUSTRALIA TELESCOPE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Australia Telescope National Facility invites proposals for use of its telescopes for its May 2003 term (1 May to 31 August). This includes the Parkes 64-m dish, the Compact Array and the Mopra Telescope. Some time on the Tidbinbilla facilities will also be available through the ATNF.

Three antennas of the Compact Array will be be equipped with 3-mm receiver packages. Note also a limited amount of service observing is being offered on the Compact Array at centimeter wavelengths.

The proposal deadline is 15 February. Further information is available at

http://www.atnf.csiro.au/observers/apply/avail.html

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6. ARECIBO L-BAND ARRAY POTENTIAL GALACTIC PROJECTS

Arecibo L-band Feed Array (ALFA), a 7-feed focal-plane array, will be available for use in late 2004. It will be a unique instrument with great potential for Galactic studies. Summaries of a number of potential projects can be found at

http://alfa.naic.edu/alfa_galactic.html

once there, click on the link, "Ideas on potential projects."

Although ALFA will be open for individual project proposals, its importance to the scientific community has led the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) to encourage those interested in using it for large surveys to pool their knowledge and efforts by forming consortia. A meeting of Galactic (HI, Continuum, & Recombination Line) astronomers interested in using the ALFA will be held 21-23 March 2003, at the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. This initial meeting will have a largely organizational character, but will also focus on technical issues concerning potential Galactic projects with ALFA.

For information about ALFA, visit: http://alfa.naic.edu/ Information about ALFA Consortia and how to join can be found at: http://alfa.naic.edu/alfa_consort.html

Please register for the GALFA meeting by using the on-line registration form at http://alfa.naic.edu/galactic/meeting1/reg.html.This should be done no later than 24 February 2003. Due to housing constraints, meeting attendance will be limited to 40 participants. Limited funding will be available to assist travel, etc.

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7. SIM STELLAR GRID PROPOSALS
Dr. David Ciardi, SIM Grid-Star Scientist
Letter of Intent Due: 28 February 2003

The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) in support of the SIM stellar grid. The objective of this program is to verify the astrometric stability of a catalog of stars to be used as the reference grid for SIM's wide-angle astrometric science. Proposers may choose to cover the entire sky or may instead elect for a smaller area as described in the RFP.

A letter of intent should be submitted by interested proposers by 28 February 2003. The proposal itself is due on 30 April 2003.

The RFP may be found at http://acquisition.jpl.nasa.gov/rfp/sim-grid-star. The SIM Research Opportunities website, at http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/Navigator/sim_research.html, will also contain a link to the RFP.

Please note that any questions about the RFP must be submitted in writing to mailto:john.t.davis@jpl.nasa.gov; answers will be posted publicly on the RFP web site under "Addenda."

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8. NAT'L EDUCATION OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY FOR SCIENTISTS
Application Deadline: March 24, 2003

Want to be a hero?

If you are a researcher working in disciplines related to human space flight, or the Earth and space sciences, are passionate about what you do, and would love to share that passion with national audiences of all ages, have we got a program for you. Applications are now being accepted for Visiting Researchers - researcher ambassadors to communities across the nation as part of Challenger Center's Journey through the Universe program. For more information and to download the Announcement of Opportunity please visit

http://www.challenger.org/journey

and click on 'Find Out More', or contact John Hamel, the program coordinator, 703-683-9740, mailto:jhamel@challenger.org.

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