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AAS Electronic Announcement #131 -- November 2003

AAS Electronic Announcement #131 -- November 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 10:45am 10 NOVEMBER 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS CAREER SERVICES
  2. 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  3. ANNUAL REVIEWS DISCOUNTS
  4. EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES AT ATLANTA AAS MEETING
  5. SPECIAL CAREER WORKSHOP AT ATLANTA AAS MEETING
  6. DENVER AAS MEETING TOPICAL SESSION PROPOSALS DUE
  7. AAS WORKING GROUP ON PROFESSIONAL-AMATEUR COLLABORATION
  8. NASA PDS ONLINE ARCHIVE FACILITY (OLAF) AVAILABLE
  9. HST CYCLE 13 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  10. SIRTF CYCLE-1 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  11. NAIC SOLICITATION FOR MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS

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1. AAS CAREER SERVICES

With Fall deadlines approaching, we remind members that AAS Career Services maintains a Fellowship website,

www.aas.org/career/Fellowshipsetc.html.

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2. 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Second notices are scheduled to be mailed during the first week of December. Please take a moment to ensure your renewal has been mailed to avoid unnecessary reminders and curb administrative costs. Contact Dennis Renner at mailto:dues@aas.org for a faxed copy
of your invoice or answers to your renewal questions. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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3. ANNUAL REVIEWS DISCOUNTS

AAS Members are now eligible to enjoy even greater savings when purchasing the current Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics (September 2003, Volume 41). And, for the first time, members qualify for a discount on the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
(May 2003, Volume 31) as well. To take advantage of these special offers, visit the Members Only Pages at www.aas.org starting 11 November 2003 to download the form and place your order directly with Annual Reviews.

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4. EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES AT THE ATLANTA AAS MEETING

In addition to the normal Job Center the Employment Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion at the January AAS meeting in Atlanta on Grant Writing entitled "Best Practices for Successful Proposals", which will take place on Thursday, 8 January, 10:00-11:30am. In addition, a Career Workshop entitled "Job Hunting: An Introduction" will take place on Sunday 4 January from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm. You must register for the Career Workshop and pay a small fee.

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5. SPECIAL CAREER WORKSHOP AT ATLANTA AAS MEETING

At the Atlanta AAS meeting there will be a special career workshop on Sunday, 4 January 2003.

The workshop, entitled Job Hunting: An Introduction, will be run by Ms. Jennifer Giesler, the former Career Services director for the American Geophysical Union.

The first session (9am to noon) will cover job-search skills, market trends, and resources. After a lunch break, the second session (1-4pm)will be for those who would like to stay and receive personalized information on individual resumes, job search problems, and interview questions and practice.

The modest cost of the workshop is $25.00, which includes a packet of resource materials supporting the workshop presentation.

Please send your request for attendance by 19 December 2003 to the Executive Office along with a check, payable to the AAS, for the fee. Credit cards will not be accepted. Preference will be given to AAS members in the event of a large number of registrants. For further information, contact the AAS Executive Office, 202-328-2010 ext. 114 (Kevin Marvel), or send email to mailto:jobs@aas.org

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6. DENVER AAS MEETING TOPICAL SESSIONS PROPOSALS DUE

The deadline for proposals for Topical Sessions at the Denver Meeting is 17 November. Topical Sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday and may be one half (three and one-fourth hours) or one full (six and one-half hours) long. There will be only four sessions running in parallel: three AAS and one SPD. The proposals will be reviewed by the Science Committee in early December.  Please send them to Diana Alexander - mailto:diana@aas.org.

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7. AAS WORKING GROUP ON PROFESSIONAL-AMATEUR COLLABORATION

The AAS Working Group on Professional-Amateur Collaboration in Research is exploring the possibility of conducting a one-day session at the Denver AAS meeting (30 May - 3 June 2004) dedicated to successful pro-am partnerships. Specifically, the Working Group wishes to hear from AAS members who may be interested in presenting the results of prior collaborations with amateur astronomers, as well
as from those whose research might benefit from amateur involvement. Please contact Jay White, Chair of WGPAC, at mailto:wgpac@aas.org.

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8. NASA PDS ONLINE ARCHIVE FACILITY (OLAF) AVAILABLE

Groundbased observers are invited to submit their solar system data to the NASA Planetary Data System at http://dorothy.as.arizona.edu/olaf

At present, submissions are limited to datasets consisting of tabular CCD spectra of solar system objects obtained at groundbased telescopes. The facility will be expanding in coming months to include time series data, laboratory spectra, catalogs, and FITS images.

Data submitted to the PDS are peer reviewed during regularly scheduled Reviews throughout the year (see http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/qs/peer_review.html). OLAF allows additions to be made to a dataset prior to the review for which that dataset is scheduled (the submitter will be notified in advance).

Citation information for datasets and their individual products submitted through OLAF will be sent to the NASA Astrophysics Data System Abstract Service (ADS) once the review process is completed and the data are ingested into the PDS. The data will then be publicly accessible through PDS and ADS (linking to PDS as it would a journal).

Questions and feedback may be directed to Mark Sykes (mailto:sykes@as.arizona.edu).

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9. HST CYCLE 13 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 13 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through 23 January 2004 8:00pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT), which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission will be made available/released for Cycle 13 Phase I use on 3 December 2003. Results of the selection will be announced in early April 2004.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI World-Wide Web site at the Announcement Web Page with URL:

http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/docs/cycle13announce

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (email: mailto:help@stsci.edu; phone: 410-338-1082).

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10. SIRTF CYCLE-1 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA's Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF) was successfully launched on 25 August 2003. An Update to the Cycle-1 Call for Proposals (CP), originally released in November 2002, will be published online 19 December. Both General Observer proposals and Archival Research investigations (limited to analysis of First-Look Survey data) are solicited. Proposals must be based on the on-orbit performance of the observatory, which will be incorporated into the CP Update. Proposals must be submitted by 14 February 2004. For details, visit the 'Proposal Kit' section of the SIRTF Science Center web site at http://sirtf.caltech.edu/SSC/.

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11. NAIC SOLICITATION FOR MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS

The National Science Foundation announces the release of a program solicitation for the management and operations of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NSF-04515). The deadline for submission of proposals is 12 March 2004. Informational site visits
for prospective proposers will be held at the Arecibo Observatory during the period 20-23 January 2004, and should be arranged in advance with the Program Officer listed below. The full solicitation can be found at:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf04515.

For further information, please contact,

Richard Barvainis
Division of Astronomical Sciences
Telephone: (703) 292-4891
mailto:rbarvai@nsf.gov
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