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AAS Electronic Announcement #125 -- May 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 9:00pm 14 MAY 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS NASHVILLE MEETING
  2. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE  AAS NASHVILLE MEETING
  3. AAS ATLANTA MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS DEADLINE
  4. WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY II: TEN YEARS AFTER
  5. PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS
  6. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY ANNOUNCES  DR1 AVAILABILITY
  7. NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TEACHING INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY
  8. ARECIBO OBSERVING PROPOSALS

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1. AAS NASHVILLE MEETING

The 202nd Meeting of the Society will take place in Nashville from 25 May through 29 May. A separate email including meeting highlights and registration information was sent to ensure no one misses out on the science, networking, and cultural opportunities this venue is sure to offer.

The Renaissance Nashville Hotel will continue to honor low conference rates for all attendees up until the start of the meeting. And...the AAS will rebate late registration fees after the meeting for any AAS members staying two or more nights at the Renaissance Nashville and providing a copy of their hotel bill.

Please visit http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas202/program for meeting specifics or http://aas202.wku.edu for Nashville tours and local places of interest.
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2. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE AAS NASHVILLE MEETING

Ports at Cyber Cafe
There will be several open lines in the Cyber Cafe. You may bring your laptop to the meeting and hookup directly to the Internet via a twisted pair connection.

Wireless Access
Additionally, our Internet Provider at the meeting will be providing access to a wireless router for those members who currently use wireless technology. This will be available Monday through Thursday. Please check at registration for the location. The AAS will not be providing wireless network adapters to attendees, so come prepared with your system ready to recognize a wireless device.

To Avoid Interruption
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

64.50.52.160 to 64.50.52.206

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!
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3. AAS ATLANTA MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS DEADLINE

Deadline: Friday 16 May 2003

Send Special Session proposals for the Atlanta Meeting to mailto:diana@aas.org

http://www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html
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4. WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY II: TEN YEARS AFTER

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is pleased to announce that a conference on the status of women in astronomy, "Women in Astronomy II: Ten Years After", will be held at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, on June 27 & 28, 2003. The conference convenes approximately 10 years after the historic first conference on women in astronomy, held in Baltimore in 1992.

Registration and information on accommodations are now available on-line at http://www.aas.org/~cswa/WIA2003.html. Note that the registration deadline is JUNE 16, 2003, but deadlines for the hotel accommodations vary, and can be as soon as May 26. Please see the web site for more Information.

A meeting poster is also available from the web site. We encourage you to print it out and post it! The AASWOMEN newsletter will post information on the meeting in every issue between now and the date of the meeting. We hope to see many of you there!

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5. PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS

The IAU wishes to draw attention to the 30 May 2003 deadline for applications for the Gruber Foundation Fellowships, which are primarily intended for recent Ph.D.'s from underdeveloped or economically disadvantaged countries to take 1-2 year postdoctoral research positions at the institution of their choice anywhere in the world. Information on the fellowships and application procedure may be obtained from the IAU website http://www.iau.org/IAU/News/announce.html.

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6. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY ANNOUNCES DR1 AVAILABILITY

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is pleased to announce the availability of the First Data Release (DR1). DR1 includes reprocessed data from the Early Data Release. The photometric data in DR1 are based on five-band imaging observations of 2099 square degrees of sky, and include measures of 53 million unique objects. Based on these photometric data, objects were selected for spectroscopy to a surface density of about 120 extragalactic candidates per square degree. DR1 includes these spectra, with derived spectroscopic parameters, for over 150,000 galaxies and quasars.

The data and access tools can be found at http://www.sdss.org/dr1. This site includes extensive documentation of both the data and the access tools.
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7. NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TEACHING INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY

Courses for Non-science Majors to be Held July 17-19, 2004 at Tufts University Near Boston

This is the first announcement of a 3-day hands-on symposium on teaching beginning astronomy classes at the College (and advanced high-school) level. The meeting will be held near Boston in the summer of 2004, and is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and NASA's New England Space Science Initiative in Education (with co-sponsorship from the American Astronomical Society.) Designed for everyone who teaches or will be teaching such courses, the program will include components for veteran instructors seeking to improve or re-invigorate their teaching as well as new instructors nervously approaching their first classes. Much of the program will involve hands-on workshops and panels with veteran instructors.

Updates on the meeting will be at the website:  http://www.astrosociety.org/events/cosmos.html

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8. ARECIBO OBSERVING PROPOSALS

NAIC invites proposals for use of the 305-m diameter Arecibo radio telescope in respect of its 2nd June 2003 deadline. Deadline Observing Period 2 June 2003 1 October 2003 - 31 May 2004

Proposal submission details, and a web-based cover sheet, can be found at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals.

A new-users guide for the telescope is at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/guide.

Other user-related information is at  http://www.naic.edu/aomenu.htmhttp://www.naic.edu/~astro/astronomy.htm.

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