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AAS Electronic Announcement #136 -- April 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 11:15am 14 APRIL 2004]

CONTENTS:

  1. NASA ADMINISTRATOR TO ADDRESS DENVER AAS MEETING
  2. CHILDCARE AT AAS MEETINGS
  3. DRAFT STATEMENT ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
  4. CHICAGO 2004 NEEDS YOU!
  5. COMMITTEE VACANCIES NEED TO BE FILLED
  6. NSF MPS ADVISORY COMMITTEE SOLICITS INPUT
  7. 2004 JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS
  8. COMMITTEE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED GROUND-BASED/OIR SYSTEM (CDIS)
  9. SCHEDULING OF THE NATIONAL SOLAR OBSERVATORY DUNN SOLARTELESCOPE
  10. APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SUMMER SCHOOL
  11. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY

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1. NASA ADMINISTRATOR TO ADDRESS DENVER AAS MEETING

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will be addressing the AAS at the upcoming Denver meeting to discuss issues of importance for the astronomical community on Tuesday, June 1 at 1:00pm in rooms 603, 605 and 607.

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2. CHILDCARE AT AAS MEETINGS

Reminder: Childcare grant applications are due 21 April 2004 for the AAS June 2004 Denver Meeting. Additional information is available at www.aas.org/meetings/aas204/location.html#childcare

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3. DRAFT STATEMENT ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

The Council of the Society has proposed that the AAS endorse the recent statement on global climate change that has been issued by the American Geophysical Union. The AGU's statement can be viewed at

http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/climate_change_position.html

The AAS draft statement is available through the AAS Members Only website (see directions below on how to access this area of the web pages), and comments may be sent to mailto:climate@aas.org. Comments will be reviewed by Council. The proposed statement will also be discussed at the Annual Members Meeting in Denver.

Caty Pilachowski
President, AAS

HOW TO ACCESS THE MEMBERS ONLY WEB PAGES

* Go to http://members.aas.org
* If asked, accept security certificate.
* Enter your Login and Password.

If you do not know your Login and Password, use the "Reset my password" utility.

* Once you are logged in, click on the "Climate Change Statement" link on the left side of the page.

Once you are logged in, scroll down and click on the "Climate Change Statement" link on the lower-left portion of the main members only page.

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4. CHICAGO 2004 NEEDS YOU!

On 28-29 June 2004, the NASA Office of Space Science is convening workshop in Chicago as a first step towards broadening the diversity of participants in the NASA Space Science Program. Established space science researchers and a diverse array of professional scientists in related fields will gather to discuss areas of mutual scientific interest and to form partnerships.

Success of the Chicago 2004 workshop depends upon the participation of individual scientists, particularly AAS members, and I urge you to participate. NASA is particularly interested in having established (faculty-level) space science researchers attend in order to meet and explore areas of mutual interest with the many minority and minority university scientists with interests in space science.

Travel grants are available, but the deadline for applying is 16 April! Details and application instructions are available at http://analyzer.depaul.edu/Chicago2004/.

Please support this important effort.

Caty Pilachowski

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5. COMMITTEE VACANCIES NEED TO BE FILLED

Vacancies for several AAS committees will be filled by Council at its meeting in Denver the last week in May 2004. Current committee members are listed under Council/ Committees on the AAS homepage, www.aas.org. Committees which have vacancies, followed by the number of vacancies on each (in parenthesis) are:

Astronomy Education Board (3)
Committee on Employment (3)
Investment Advisory Committee (1)
Light Pollution, Radio Interference and Space Debris (4)
Committee on Status of Minorities (3)
Committee on Status of Women in Astronomy (3)

AAS Members may themselves volunteer, or suggest other Members for one of the vacancies. To assist members of the Committee on Appointments who may not know everyone, please include the date of PhD, as well as a few sentences conveying the background and area of expertise of the named individual. Our goal is to have both quality and breadth across the AAS committee structure.

Input must be received in the Office of the Secretary no later than 30 April 2004. Submit suggestions to Arlo U. Landolt, AAS Secretary, by email to aassec@rouge.phys.lsu.edu or at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001, Tel: 225-578-1160, Fax: 225-578-7001.

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6. NSF MPS ADVISORY COMMITTEE SOLICITS INPUT

The Advisory Committee for the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, whose responsibilities are outlined on p. 21 of the March 2004 AAS Newsletter, is scheduled to meet at NSF on 22-23 April 2004. AAS members who wish to communicate with the Advisory Committee can send a note to one of the following members: Roger Blandford (rdb3@stanford.edu), Lucy Fortson (lucy@cygnus.uchicago.edu), John Huchra (huchra@cfa.harvard.edu), or Joseph Salah (jsalah@haystack.mit.edu).

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7. 2004 JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2004 Jansky Lectureship (http://www.nrao.edu/jansky/janskyprize.shtml). The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of astronomy.

First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.

Please send nominations by 30 April 2004, via e-mail to brodrigu@nrao.edu or via regular mail to the Director's Office, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903-2475.

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8. COMMITTEE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED GROUND-BASED/OIR SYSTEM (CDIS)

"Building the System from the Ground Up: The Second Community Workshop," will take place 13-14 May 2004 in Alexandria, VA. Objectives of the Second Workshop include:  identifying as a community, the strategic issues involved in making the System concept a reality (as advocated in the decadal survey and endorsed by NSF), and addressing System topics raised in the Committee's recent survey of over 900 U.S. astronomers. It is essential that this workshop fairly represent the major segments of the community including independent observatories, small telescope users, large telescope users, and others. More information is available at http://www.noao.edu/meetings/system2/.

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9. SCHEDULING OF THE NATIONAL SOLAR OBSERVATORY DUNN SOLAR TELESCOPE

The Dunn Solar Telescope at the National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak has been the mainstay of high resolution ground based solar observing for decades. In recent years, aging systems and general wear on the telescope have resulted in more frequent break-downs and loss of valuable observing time. In an effort to address and mitigate some of these issues and to enhance the quality and quantity of DST observations, NSO needs to allocate some large time blocks for systems upgrades. To address some of the more critical immediate needs we have had to allocate a substantial amount of time in the April-June quarter for engineering. This has required us to move many of the recently-submitted science proposals from the April-June quarter into the July-September quarter.

Thus, during the July-September 2004 quarter, the DST will be open for proposals only for the month of September. The telescope time allocation will return to regular schedule during the last quarter, October-December 2004.

Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals to request time for the NSO/DST telescope for exceptional case of September 2004 is 15 May 2004.

A more complete explanation of this situation will be published in the June edition of the AAS Newsletter. For more information, please contact K. S. Balasubramaniam, Chair of the NSO/SP Telescope Allocation Committee (bala@nso.edu; Phone; 505-434-7134).

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10. APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SUMMER SCHOOL

The US National Virtual Observatory Project announces the first Applications Software Development Summer School, to be held 14-18 September 2004 at the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, CO. In this week-long, hands-on session, participants will work with experienced NVO software developers to become familiar with data discovery, data access, and high performance computing capabilities of the Virtual Observatory. In addition, participants will be introduced to VO analysis tools and utilities. In the second half of the week small teams will create their own VO-enabled data analysis applications. Additional information about the summer school, including accommodations, possibilities for financial support, and  instructions for submitting an application, is available at the US NVO web site at http://www.us-vo.org/summer-school/ or by sending e-mail to summer-school@us-vo.org.

See the AAS Summer Opportunities webpage for more resources available to Undergraduates, Graduates and Postdocs http://www.aas.org/career/Summer.html

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11. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY

On March 15, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) made publicly available its Second Data Release (DR2). The DR2 includes deep and uniformly calibrated photometric data in five bands (ugriz) of 88 million objects over 3324 square degrees of sky, as well as optical spectroscopy of 367,360 objects. The data and a full description of their attributes may be found on the web at http://www.sdss.org/dr2 and http://skyserver.sdss.org; see also the paper by Abazajian et al (astro-ph/0403325, AJ, in press).

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