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AAS Electronic Announcement #133 -- January 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 2:15pm 14 JANUARY 2004]

CONTENTS

  1. LAST CALL: 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  2. NEW AJ EDITOR
  3. DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
  4. NEW NSF PROGRAM
  5. ASTRONOMY REU SITES
  6. NOAO PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
  7. DIRECTORY ERRATUM

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1. LAST CALL: 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Please ensure your membership(s) and subscriptions are current by logging into the Members Only Pages at http:/members.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your record is 12/31/2004. If not and you sent your payment over two weeks ago, we encourage you to contact us at mailto:dues@aas.org or (202) 328-2010, ext. 109 to resolve this matter.

Your prompt cooperation is appreciated to avoid unnecessary service interruptions and/or cancellations.

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2. NEW AJ EDITOR

At its meeting on 4 January, the AAS Council approved the appointment of John S. Gallagher III of the University of Wisconsin, Madison to succeed Paul Hodge as Editor of The Astronomical Journal upon Hodge's retirement at the end of 2004. A more detailed article regarding the search and editorial transition will be published in the March AAS Newsletter. The Council extended it congratulations to Dr. Gallagher and expressed its gratitude to all the applicants for their willingness to serve the community in this capacity. The Council also expressed gratitude to the Search Committee and its chair, Leonard Kuhi, for its diligent work.
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3. DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES

Applications are due on 27 February for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period August 2004 - January 2005. 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 being handled by the Michelson Science Center at Caltech. Please see the 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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4. NEW NSF PROGRAM

Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Sciences and Engineering

NSF announces a new program, "Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Sciences and Engineering" which provides support for the integration of mathematical and statistical research with other sciences. Proposals appropriate to this program are those that address at least one of the following broad interdisciplinary topic areas: (1) mathematical and statistical challenges posed by large data sets, (2) managing and modeling uncertainty, and (3) modeling complex nonlinear systems. Requests for supplementary funding that will significantly enhance existing projects in these areas and for workshops will also be considered. The most competitive proposals will be those that are of interest to both the mathematical sciences and astronomy. Proposals to this program for FY2004 submitted to the Division of Astronomical Sciences are due no later than 7 April 2004: in future years, the regular AST deadline of 15 November will apply. The program announcement can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04538/nsf04538.htm, where the most relevant part is Section 2(b).

Please contact Nigel Sharp at 703-292-4905 or mailto:nsharp@nsf.gov for more information.
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5. ASTRONOMY REU SITES

Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) sites provide opportunities for qualified undergraduate students to carry out meaningful research projects, under the supervision of experienced mentors. Students work in close contact with peers, and often use world-class facilities to undertake their research. The deadline for student applications for the various sites is fast approaching, and faculty are requested to encourage students to visit the REU site pages for application instructions. Information about the ASTRONOMY REU sites, including background material, deadlines and instructions for applying, can be found at

http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5045.
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6. NOAO PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

NOAO announces a partnership opportunity to develop a major new instrument for the Blanco 4-m telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Details can be found at http://www.ctio.noao.edu, or by contacting Alistair Walker at mailto:awalker@ctio.noao.edu.

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7. DIRECTORY ERRATUM

On page 295 of the 2004 AAS Membership Directory, the website www.ini.cl was omitted under the Isaac Newton Institute of Chile in Eastern Europe and Eurasia listing.
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