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AAS Electronic Announcement #129 -- September 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 10:30am 03 SEPTEMBER 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. 2004 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
  2. VISAS FOR ATLANTA MEETING
  3. PRIZE NOMINATION FORM POSTED FOR MEMBERS
  4. KECK TELESCOPE
  5. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2004A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2003
  6. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM
  7. ASTID ANNOUNCEMENT
  8. TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE CONTEST

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1. 2004 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ADDRESS CHANGES DUE

Changes in member or institutional information for the 2004 Membership Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 5 September 2003!! Use the change of address from on the website at http://www.aas.org/forms/coa.html or email changes to  mailto:address@aas.org.

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2. VISAS FOR ATLANTA MEETING

Foreign meeting attendees should apply for their visas as early as possible but no later than 4 October 2003. Visa processing can take  three months. Those that normally travel under the Visa Waiver Program be aware that beginning 1 October 2003 you must have a  machine-readable passport (MRP) in order to enter the U.S. without a visa. Participants should be able to use their registration and abstract confirmations as letters of invitation. If a more specific letter is required, send details to mailto:abs-help@aas.org.

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3. PRIZE NOMINATION FORM POSTED FOR MEMBERS

ALL Society members may submit nominations for prizes. The nomination form is published each year in the August AAS Newsletter and is  posted online in the Members Only area of the AAS website.

Nominations for all prizes are due to the Prize Committee Chairs by 1 October 2003. 

http://www.aas.org/grants/awards.html

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4. KECK TELESCOPE PROPOSALS DUE 12 SEPTEMBER 2003

Applications are due on 12 September for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period February 2004 - July 2004. The NASA time is  focused on the discovery and characterization of planetary systems and investigation of their origin and evolution. Telescope time will be  awarded within three discipline areas: detection of extrasolar planets, origin and nature of planetary systems, and investigation of our own  solar system. The proposal process is now being handled by the Michelson Science Center at Caltech. Please see the new website at http://msc.caltech.edu for further information. Observers will receive financial support for travel to the W.M. Keck Observatory.

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5. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2004A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2003

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2004A semester (February - July 2004).  Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, on the two 10-m telescopes of  the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, 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  Tuesday, 30 September 2003.

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6. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM

Sigma Xi provides small research grants to help cover the direct costs of research done by graduate and undergraduate students. Grants  are awarded in all fields of scientific research, including research in Astronomy. Typically, the maximum award is $1,000. However,  additional funds allow Sigma Xi to award grants as high as $2,500 for Astronomy related research. The grant deadline is 15 October 2003. For further information about the program, including a link to application form, see: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/index.shtml.

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7. ASTID ANNOUNCEMENT

The NASA Astronomy and Physics Division would like to call the astronomy community's attention to the opportunity to propose to the  Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development and Mission Concept Study Program. The purpose of the program is "to  develop instrumentation capabilities that will help meet Astrobiology science requirements on future space flight missions, as well as unique Astrobiology science objectives on Earth. All proposals are due 7 November 2003. Details available at http://research.hq.nasa.gov /code_s/nra/current/nra-03-oss-01 -astid/index.html or through the Office of Space Science home page at http://spacescience.nasa.gov

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8. TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE CONTEST

The AAS is seeking PowerPoint slides to remind members to turn off their cell phones before oral sessions. PowerPoint slides should be  humorous and astronomically themed. Three slides will be chosen and run throughout AAS meetings; and winners will receive a banquet  ticket for themselves or a guest at any 2004 AAS Meeting Banquet. Submit slides as an attachment to mailto:contest@aas.org by Friday, 31  October 2003. Winners will be announced in the December Newsletter.

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