AAS Electronic Announcement #139 -- July 2004
[Mailed from aas.org at 11:15am 09 JULY 2004]
- 2005 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
- JOINT VISA STATEMENT
- 2005 NAS AWARDS
- NSF DIGITAL ARCHIVING AND LONG-TERM PRESERVATION (DIGARCH) PROGRAM
- GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
- EXPLORATION SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE WEB SITE ONLINE
- STUDENT EXCHANGE AND VISITOR INFORMATION SYSTEM (SEVIS)
1. 2005 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
Changes in member or institutional information for the 2005 Membership Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 3 September 2004!! Use the change of address from on the website at http://www.aas.org/forms/coa.html or email the change to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. JOINT VISA STATEMENT
The AAS has joined numerous other scientific societies in calling upon the US government to modify the implementation of several procedures and policies regarding VISA applications by foreign scientists seeking to visit the US for scientific meetings, collaboration, research or study.
Several new policies regulating VISAs and the subsequent procedural implementation of these laws after the tragic events of 9/11 have had unintentional consequences that detrimentally impact scientific research, higher education and, more broadly, the nation itself.
Hoping to influence the implementation of these policies, a group of leading scientific societies have signed a joint statement outlining changes that the government should make to ease the negative consequences of the new policies and their implementation.
The AAS, although not an original signer of the letter, strongly supports these recommended changes and the AAS Executive Board has voted unanimously to sign onto the joint statement.
The statement in its entirety can be found at http://www.aau.edu/resources/JointVisaStatement.pdf.
3. 2005 NAS AWARDS
The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the following awards:
Arctowski Medal - a prize of $20,000 plus an award of $60,000 to an institution of the recipient's choice to further research, presented for outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solarterrestrial relationships.
Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship - a prize of $20,000, presented for making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth whose lectures would prove solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature of the field.
Henry Draper Medal - a prize of $15,000, presented for an original investigation in astronomical physics.
Robertson Memorial Lecture - a prize of $10,000, presented in 2005 in cosmology. The recipient will lecture on his or her work and its international aspects.
4. NSF DIGITAL ARCHIVING AND LONG-TERM PRESERVATION (DIGARCH) PROGRAM
The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at NSF has announced a new program in Digital Archiving and Long-Term Preservation, whose goal is to stimulate research that builds capabilities for long-term management and preservation of digital materials. The program seeks to elucidate the special informatics research challenges and opportunities of the long-term preservation of digital material. Rather than incremental extensions of current work, proposals are expected to address new and innovative research directions, while helping to identify the next-generation library information infrastructure. Grants made under this solicitation are expected to produce results within approximately one year. Successful proposals in response to this solicitation will foster novel and synergistic interdisciplinary research between and among computer scientists, economists, librarians, content holders and archivists responsible for collections, and other related communities from the government, academic and private sectors. Proposals that involve collaborations with one or more government agencies are particularly encouraged. The full program solicitation (NSF 04-592) can be found at
The deadline for proposal submission is 14 September 2004.
5. GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
In August, applications will be available for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Deadline for proposals in Physics and Astronomy will be in early November. Please refer to www.nsf.gov/grfp/.
Fellowship opportunities brought to the attention of the AAS are posted on the AAS website at http://www.aas.org/career/Fellowshipsetc.html
6. EXPLORATION SYSTEMS DIRECTORATE WEB SITE ONLINE
This site provides information on directorate programs such as: Constellation Systems, Technology Research and Development, Prometheus and Centennial Challenges, as well as key documents including: Broad Agency Announcements, Intramural Call for Proposals and Requests for Proposals. It also lists current and future procurement announcements and has an events calendar.
Access the Exploration Systems Directorate Web site at
7. STUDENT EXCHANGE AND VISITOR INFORMATION SYSTEM (SEVIS)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the implementation of a $100 fee for international students, exchange visitors and scholars attending school or conducting research in the United States. The fee, associated with the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS), will take effect 1 September 2004.
Students, scholars and exchange visitors from abroad whose schools or programs are approved in SEVIS will be required to pay the appropriate fee - in most cases, $100 -- prior to obtaining their visas. SEVIS, administered by ICE within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is an award- winning Internet-based system for maintaining information on foreign students and exchange visitors to the United States.
The fee applies to F, J and M nonimmigrant classifications; however, participants in certain J-1 exchange visitor programs will pay a reduced fee of $35 or be fee-exempt. The fee will also fund the establishment of a cadre of liaison officers to help school administrators and students use SEVIS more effectively. Payment of the fee can be accomplished using a credit card via the Internet, by check through the mail or by a third party such as schools or sponsors.
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