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AAS Electronic Announcement #126 -- June 2003

AAS Electronic Announcement #126 -- June 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 11:00am 12 JUNE 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. HST - JWST TRANSITION REVIEW
  2. ADAPTIVE OPTICS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  3. WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE COLLABORATION (WISC) PROGRAM

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1. HST - JWST TRANSITION REVIEW

The NASA Office of Space Science has chartered a blue ribbon panel, chaired by John Bahcall, to evaluate the plans to terminate Hubble Space Telescope operations at the end of its mission (currently planned for 2010) and transition to operations of the James Webb Space Telescope. Written comments and suggestions on the issues should be submitted as soon as possible to the web site http://hst-jwst-transition.hq.nasa.gov/.  The closing date for accepting comments is September 1, 2003. The web site contains the panel roster, charter of the panel and dates of the meetings, including a one day meeting open to the public.
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2. ADAPTIVE OPTICS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

NOAO is administering a new NSF-funded program designed to advance the field of adaptive optics from its current mix of Prototype projects toward more routine and widespread science operations. This program is intended as an initial step toward development of the adaptive optics capabilities needed for the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (as identified by the Decadal Survey). Funding selections will be guided by the Adaptive Optics Roadmap,a strategic development plan created by community discussions.

The Adaptive Optics Development Program (AODP)will be structured into two components:development awards intended to aid AO technology development, and implementation awards to observatories currently operating large telescopes (although implementation proposals are not being solicited this year.) It is anticipated that almost $3 million will be available for the AODP in FY 2003.

Deadlines:
Letters of Intent - 3 July 2003
Full Proposals - 3 October 2003
For more information, see the NOAO Ground-Based Optical/Infrared System Web page at
www.noao.edu/system/.

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3. WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE COLLABORATION (WISC) PROGRAM

The Women's International Science Collaboration Program (WISC) is a partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of women in international scientific research. WISC awards on a competitive basis small travel grants to U.S. scientists to plan and design new collaborations with colleagues in Central/Eastern and Western Europe, the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Near East, Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Pacific, and Asia. These activities are expected to lead to full research proposals that are submitted to the National Science Foundation or other funders. Please note that for 2003 and future rounds, Western Europe has been added to the geographical areas being covered.

For further information: http://www.aaas.org/international/wisc/.

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