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AAS Electronic Announcement #135 -- March 2004

AAS Electronic Announcement #135 -- March 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 12:15pm 09 MARCH 2004]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS TO DEVELOP 2005 MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
  2. DDA MEETING (19-23 APRIL 2004) IN CANNES, FRANCE
  3. GALAXY EVOLUTION EXPLORER
  4. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2004B DUE 31 MARCH 2004
  5. FULLAM PROPOSALS DUE
  6. IAU WG PDPP: NEW ISSUE OF NEWSLETTER SCAN-IT
  7. NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
  8. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION AWARD
  9. ASSESSING THE IMAPCT OF NATIONAL SECURITY POLICIES
  10. PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION WITH SMALL TELESCOPES (PREST)

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1. AAS TO DEVELOP 2005 MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

As a service to its members, the AAS is developing a wall  calendar to be provided to each member. The calendar will  include dates of interest for individuals working in the  astronomical sciences such as; proposal deadlines, AAS and AAS division meeting abstract deadlines and meeting dates  as well as other important information.

But, we need YOUR help to determine just which dates are  important. If you have a deadline that astronomers should  know about, please email Crystal Tinch (crystal@aas.org)  with full details. Note that we will not be publishing  non-AAS scientific meeting information at this time.

Sponsorship opportunities for this calendar, which will  be provided to all AAS members, are available at a range  of affordable levels. Interested sponsoring organizations should contact Kevin Marvel (marvel@aas.org).
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2. DDA MEETING (19-23 APRIL 2004) IN CANNES, FRANCE

The DDA's upcoming annual meeting in Cannes, France, is 20-23 April. The deadline for both abstract submission and meeting registration is 15 March. Please go to the DDA web site, http://dda.harvard.edu/, for meeting information and links to the appropriate forms.

The DDA is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the DDA Student Stipend Awards, both of whom will give papers at the Cannes meeting. Sean Raymond (University of Washington, advisor Tom Quinn), will present "Making other Earths: Dynamical Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation and Water Delivery"; and Dimitri Veras (University of Colorado, advisor Phil Armitage), will present "The Dynamics of Two Planets on Inclined Orbits". Congratulations to Sean and Dimitri.
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3. GALAXY EVOLUTION EXPLORER

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission is currently soliciting proposals for Guest Investigations. Proposals may be submitted for new observations (Legacy, Standard, or Snap), or for Archival programs using the rich GALEX survey data sets. Approximately 1500 orbital nights (2 megaseconds) of observing time are expected to be available to Guest Investigators in Cycle 1. Notices of Intent are due 12 March 2004, and proposals are due on 16 April 2004.

Further information may be found at http://galexgi.gsfc.nasa.gov

GALEX is a 50cm telescope which obtains wide-field (1.2 degree) UV images and wide-field slitless spectra, at wavelengths between 1350 and 2800 Angstroms, with angular resolution of a few arcseconds. A 100 second GALEX exposure reaches a (photon-limited) imaging sensitivity of 20.5 AB magnitudes. GALEX survey data is well matched to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in depth and resolution; GALEX data sets are designed to be complementary to the SDSS data.
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4. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2004B DUE 31 MARCH 2004

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2004B semester, August 2004 - January 2005. 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 the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, 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 Wednesday, 31 March 2004.
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5. FULLAM PROPOSALS DUE

Dudley Observatory announces its annual Fullam Award, a grant of up to $10,000 for an innovative project in astronomy. The proposal deadline is 10 April 2004. See http://www.dudleyobservatory.org/ for details.
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6. IAU WG PDPP: NEW ISSUE OF NEWSLETTER SCAN-IT

The IAU Working Group for the Preservation and Digitization of Photographic Plates (PDPP) has recently issued a new version of its Newsletter, SCAN-IT. The document can be accessed as zipped PDF or PS at http://www.lizardhollow.net/.

This issue contains updates on plate digitizing and archiving activities completed or underway, and discussions on the merits of different types of scanning equipment, both custom-built and commercial. It also invites suggestions for research which will become possible when data spanning 70-100 years become widely available, plus references to such research already in the literature.

Your interest and your support are invaluable to the groups who are currently attempting to bring this heritage of unrepeatable data back into the modern world.
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7. NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The University of Central Florida's College of Engineering and Computer Science and the National Medal of Technology  Program ask you to consider participating as a national judge in the seventh annual Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF). This online competition includes over two hundred student teams in grades three through twelve. Teams work with technical advisors via email, innovate technical
solutions to real-world problems, follow ISTF Content Guidelines (based on AAAS National Science Content Standards), and present their projects in a webpage format. Please access the ISTF website for a more comprehensive overview of the program and http://istf.ucf.edu/Newcomers/judges/ for more information about judging.
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8. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION AWARD

Many scientists and engineers contribute valuable time away from the established career paths of research, teaching, and publishing to foster activities and develop programs of an international nature. AAAS, in collaboration with its affiliated organizations, seeks to recognize an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific or engineering community for making an outstanding contribution to furthering international cooperation in science and engineering.

The Award

The AAAS ISC award is presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting. A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for  reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting are given to the recipient.

Information regarding eligibility criteria and nomination procedures may be found at http://www.aaas.org/about/awards/Int.shtml
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9. ASSESSING THE IMAPCT OF NATIONAL SECURITY POLICIES

Since 9/11 a number of changes have taken place that could have an impact on scientific meetings and conferences, student programs, and normal peer-to-peer interactions. For example, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System is intended to register and track non-immigrant individuals from a list of 25 countries. Some features of this law include the requirement for individuals from certain countries of origin to be fingerprinted, interviewed, periodically re-registered, and to undergo completion of departure checks when leaving. Thus, participation in scientific conferences in the U.S. could entail additional steps that may become more than an inconvenience, but a substantial barrier. The full impact of these changes and the specific policies that have led to these changes are not well known.

In an effort to more fully understand the experiences of both U.S. and non-U.S. astronomers and to identify any changes that may be needed and justified, AURA would like to solicit input from those affected. Thus we have created on the AURA website a project aimed at collecting data. It is indicated on the home page and can be found at http://database.aura-astronomy.org/nv/nuresult.asp?nuid=73.  Our goal is not to develop a list of incidents or complaints, but to understand the extent of the problems and to identify patterns that merit attention.
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10. PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION WITH SMALL TELESCOPES (PREST)

The Division of Astronomical Sciences at NSF announces a new funding opportunity - the Program for Research and Education with Small Telescopes (PREST). PREST is designed to address a spectrum of research and teaching needs for a large number of individuals at institutions without observatories or the resources needed to make their existing observing facilities reliable and productive tools for research and training. The program provides funding and modest operational support for modern, instrumented telescopes in the range of 0.5 to 2.5 meters aperture to organizations or consortia presenting an integrated program of research, student training, and educational programming. Eligible projects include acquisition of telescope systems or instrumentation or the refurbishment or enhancement of existing facilities. All organizations or consortia receiving funds under this program must be willing to make some observing time on the facility enabled by this program available to qualified users for scientific research or educational purposes.

The deadline for proposal submission for FY2004 funding is 4 June 2004. In future years, the proposal deadline will be 20 January, annually. The program announcement (NSF 04-557) can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04557.  Please contact Dr. Craig Foltz (mailto:cfoltz@nsf.gov); 703-292-4909 or Dr. Eileen Friel (mailto:efriel@nsf.gov); 703-292-4895 for more information.
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An American Astronomical Society (AAS) Electronic Announcement is mailed to all members around the 10th of each month. Included are important items that do not fit into the schedule of the AAS Newsletter. Because of volume, Meeting Announcements are generally not included.

Items for possible inclusion in this Announcement series should be sent to mailto:crystal@aas.org. Keep announcement short and refer readers to sources of additional information.

Address corrections should be sent to mailto:address@aas.org.

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