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AAS Electronic Announcement #132 -- December 2003

AAS Electronic Announcement #132 -- December 2003

[Mailed from aas.org at 9:15am 11 DECEMBER 2003]

CONTENTS

  1. 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  2. OMB PEER REVIEW ISSUE
  3. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE AAS ATLANTA MEETING
  4. EDUCATION SESSIONS AT THE AAS ATLANTA MEETING
  5. SPECIAL CAREER WORKSHOP AT AAS ATLANTA MEETING
  6. IMAX EVENT CANCELLED
  7. AAS TeX 5.2
  8. NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH (ITR) SOLICITATION AVAILABLE
  9. NEW MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION (MRI) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT AVAILABLE
  10. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSALS: REVISED
  11. SACKLER PRIZE IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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1. 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Reminder notices will be mailed next week to members with outstanding renewals as of 10 December 2003. If you mailed your renewal within the last two weeks, do not respond to this notice. You may ensure receipt at a later date by visiting the Members Only pages at www.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your Members Only Directory record is 12/31/2004.

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2003. Prompt cooperation will preempt service interruptions, reinstatement fees and back issue surcharges. Questions regarding your renewal status should be directed to mailto:membership@aas.org or (301) 328-2010.
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2. OMB PEER REVIEW ISSUE

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the regulatory review and establishment arm of the Office of Management and Budget finally began to implement regulations from the FY 2001 Appropriations act (Pub. L. 106-554; H.R. 5658) that is now part of an amended Executive Order No. 12866. A complete web page giving some background and links to critical information is available at

http://www.aas.org/policy/OMBPEERREVIEW.html.

Comments are due by 15 December. It is not clear that these regulations will have a negative impact on astronomy research as they are stated right now.
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3. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE AAS ATLANTA MEETING

Ports at Cyber Cafe

In addition to stationary PCs for you use in the Cyber Cafe, there will be several open lines available. 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:

All computers connected to the network will receive IP Addresses through DHCP from local routers. These addresses will strictly be internal to the local area network. All Internet traffic flowing from the meeting attendees will be coming from the external IP addresses
in the range:

208.48.21.0/24 (Primary)

146.82.23.0/24 (Secondary)

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.

Any concerns prior to the meeting can be directed to Debbie Kovalsky, AAS IT Manager, at mailto:kovalsky@aas.org.
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4. EDUCATION SESSIONS AT THE AAS ATLANTA MEETING

Workshop on Improving the Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for Non-Science Majors Through Active Learning Saturday-Sunday, 3-4 January, 9:00am - 5:00pm. This two-day, interactive teaching excellence workshop will focus on dilemmas astronomy teachers face and develop practical solutions for the troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Organizers are Tim Slater and Ed Prather

Astro 101 - A Continuing Dialogue, Preparing Future K-12 Science Teachers |
Sunday, 4 January, 2:30-5:30pm.
If we expect an improvement in the quality of pre-college education, we must consider what we as instructors of future teachers can do to improve their learning of science and astronomy. Presenters and panelists will include both current and future science teachers who took ASTRO 101 as part of their academic preparation. Organized by Larry Lebofsky, Grace Deming and Renee James.

Cool Astronomy for Everyone:
Monday, 5 January, 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
This special session will highlight "cool" areas in astronomy research and education, providing an opportunity for non-experts in these areas to hear about fun and stimulating topics from the people actively involved in them. Speakers are Heidi Hammel on The Giant Planets in Our Solar System and Robert Nemiroff on The Best Astronomy Images of 2003: News and Views for Your Classroom. Organized by Susana Deustua.

Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions
Wednesday, 7 January, 10:00-11:30 am
A panel discussion of the issues facing astronomers serving as faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions focusing on the advantages of collaborative research, nontraditional funding sources, and involvement of undergraduate students. Organized by Ken Rumstay.

Education and Public Outreach from the Great
Observatories, Wednesday, 7 January, 2:00-3:30pm.
The scientific directors of the Great Observatories, HST, Chandra and SIRTF, will talk about the importance of having major EPO programs amd the heads of the public information programs will describe their implementation. Organized by Jay Pasachoff
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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. IMAX EVENT CANCELLED

The special IMAX event, sponsored by Space Telescope Science Institute, scheduled for 6 January 2004, at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, has been cancelled. The Museum is having their IMAX film projector serviced that week.
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7. AAS TeX 5.2

The American Astronomical Society and The University of Chicago Press will release AAS TeX 5.2 in January 2004. Please see the January AAS exploder for more details and a link to the new macros.
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8. NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH (ITR) SOLICITATION AVAILABLE

The NSF Information Technology Research (ITR) program is a valuable source of additional funding for astronomers interested in the design and use of distributed systems and the integration of research and education via IT. The solicitation is very different for 2004 and you are urged both to read it (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04012/nsf04012.htm) and to contact Dr. Nigel Sharp (nsharp@nsf.gov) with any
questions. In particular, Letters of Intent are now mandatory, by 14 January 2004.

If you think your research might fit under ITR, and especially if you have an ITR-like proposal submitted to the regular grants program, please consider applying to this program. Regular proposals can no longer be considered for ITR funds, and we would like to ensure that astronomy is able to take advantage of this source of funding. Please contact Nigel Sharp for more information on the ITR program and for other opportunities for funding of related programs, particularly those designed to enhance the mathematical sophistication of all areas of astronomy.
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9. NEW MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION (MRI) PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT AVAILABLE

The new program solicitation for the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04511/nsf04511.htm (NSF 04-511). The deadline for submission of proposals for FY2004 funding is 22 January 2004. The new program announcement includes revisions in the classification of eligible institutions and in cost-sharing policy. There are now three types of eligible institutions (Ph.D. granting, non-Ph.D. granting, and non-degree granting) that may submit to the MRI program. Please contact Dr. Andy Clegg (mailto:aclegg@nsf.gov) for more information. The MRI program is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in institutions of higher education, research museums and non-profit research institutions. The program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation and the maintenance and technical support associated with these instruments. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus.
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10. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSALS: REVISED

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 February 2004 for the second quarter of 2004. Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation Committee at P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349 for Sacramento Peak facilities (sp@nso.edu) or P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726 for Kitt Peak facilities (nsokp@nso.edu). Instructions may be found at http://www.nso.edu/general/observe/. A web-based observing-request form is at

http://www2.nso.edu/general/observe/obsform.shtml.

Users' Manuals are available at http://www.nso.edu/nsosp/dst/  for the SP facilities and http://nsokp.nso.edu/ for the KP facilities. An observing-run evaluation form can be obtained at ftp://ftp.nso.edu/observing_templates/evaluation.form.txt. Observing time at National Observatories is provided as support to the astronomical community by the National Science Foundation.
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11. SACKLER PRIZE IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences will be awarded this year in the field of "Observational or Theoretical Astronomy and Astrophysics."

The Sackler Prize is a prize dedicated to the promotion of science and is intended for young scientists up to age 40. It is administered by Tel Aviv University, and is a cash award of around $36,000. Please see www.tau.ac.il/~spps/sackler_prize/prize.htm for further information.
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