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AAS Electronic Announcement #140 -- August 2004

AAS Electronic Announcement #140 -- August 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 10:45am 09 AUGUST 2004]

CONTENTS

  1. 2005 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
  2. AAS CALENDAR UNDER DEVELOPMENT
  3. DPS LOUISVILLE MEETING DEADLINES
  4. IAU SYMPOSIA AND IAU COLLOQUIA PROPOSALS
  5. THE PASADENA RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE EQUITY IN ASTRONOMY
  6. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS
  7. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  8. NASA KECK TELESCOPE TIME PROPOSALS
  9. NASA SOLICITS COMMENTS ON KECK DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
  10. AIP TO REVISIT VISA IMPACTS IN NEW SURVEY
  11. LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION (SCIENCE)

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1. 2005 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Updates Due: 3 September 2004

To submit changes in member information for the 2005 Membership Directory, use the change of address form on the website at http://www.aas.org/forms/coa.html, or email changes to mailto:address@aas.org.

Changes for institutional listings can be sent to mailto:crystal@aas.org.

All changes must be received in the Executive Office by 3 September 2004.

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2. AAS CALENDAR UNDER DEVELOPMENT

As a membership benefit, the AAS is developing a calendar for members with important dates, such as proposal and grant deadlines and AAS sponsored meetings.

Has your department/institution signed up to sponsor a month yet? Space still remains for month sponsorship. Sponsors receive selection of a photo layout page, 250 words of text and sponsorship recognition in the calendar front matter. For only $1800, your institution or department can show support for the whole astronomical community and be featured prominently in astronomers' offices across the country.

Please contact Kevin B. Marvel (mailto:marvel@aas.org) for information on the sponsorship options still available.

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3. DPS LOUISVILLE MEETING DEADLINES

36th Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting
8-12 November 2004, Louisville, KY
http://dps04.org

Deadlines

Abstracts: 1 September 2004
Early Registration: 17 September 2004
Late Abstracts: 5 October 2004
Hotel Reservations: 7 October 2004
Pre-registration: 29 October 2004

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4. IAU SYMPOSIA AND IAU COLLOQUIA PROPOSALS

Letters of Intent Due: 1 September 2004

Proposals Due: 3 January 2005

The International Astronomical Union encourages its members to submit proposals for IAU Symposia and IAU Colloquia for the year 2006. The XXVIth IAU General Assembly (GA) will take place in Prague, 14 to 25 August 2006.

http://www.astronomy2006.com/index.htm

"... In years when a GA is held, most or all Symposia are attached to the GA and held at the same venue. In these cases, the local organization is covered by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the GA itself, and travel support for the Symposia is coordinated with that for the GA..... "AND: "... In the years of a GA, Colloquia are, as a rule, scheduled no closer than three months to the GA itself. ... ".

http://www.iau.org/IAU/Activities/meetings/meetrules.html:

Send a one-page Letter of Intent to the IAU Assistant General Secretary mailto:K.A.van.der.Hucht@sron.nl before 1 September 2004, giving name, dates, venue, candidate SOC chair, candidate LOC chair and list of topics of the foreseen Symposium or Colloquium.

The final proposal must be submitted through the IAU Proposal Server before 3 January 2005.

http://solarphys.uio.no/IAU/

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5. NASA KECK TELESCOPE TIME PROPOSALS

Proposals due: 3 September 2004

Applications are due on 3 September for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period February 2005 - July 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 may receive financial support for travel to the W.M. Keck Observatory, and be ligible for limited research support.

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6. NASA SOLICITS COMMENTS ON KECK DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

Comments welcome through 30 September 2004 NASA has announced the release of a draft environmental impact statement covering the outrigger telescope expansion to the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea. Public comments are welcome through September 30. A number of public hearings will take place in Hawaii to inform local citizens about the project. Submission of positive comments on draft EIS statements can help ensure that activities that benefit the astronomical community can be carried out.

The announcement of this draft EIS is in the Federal Register and can be accessed through this link:

http://frwebgate2.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=14551039...

A PDF version of the draft EIS will be made available on the outrigger project homepage http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/Outrigger/outrigger_index.html

Hardcopy comments are preferred and can be sent to:

Dr. Carl B. Pilcher
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
300 E. Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546-0001

If written comment cannot be submitted electronic comments can be submitted to mailto:otpeis@nasa.gov or fax: 202-358-3096.

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7. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS

Due: 15 September 2004

The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory solicits proposals for observations with the FCRAO 14 meter telescope. The deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2004. The telescope is equipped with a 32 element focal plane array receiver (SEQUOIA) which is comprised of low noise MMIC amplifiers with SSB receiver noise temperatures of 60 K. The autocorrelation spectrometer system enables the observation of two spectral lines within 85-100 GHz or 100-115 GHz bands simultaneously. On the Fly mapping is now the standard observing mode which allows more efficient imaging of the millimeter sky.

More detailed information of FCRAO and proposal instructions are available at:

http://www.astro.umass.edu/~fcrao/observer/.

Further questions can be addressed to Mark Heyer, mailto:heyer@astro.umass.edu.

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8. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Due: 16 September 2004

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), a new interferometer on Mauna Kea built by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, plans to open about 10 percent of the observing time to principal investigators from the astronomical community (worldwide). The proposal deadline is 16 September 2004 for observing time from 1 November 2004 through 30 April 2005. For this semester, external principal investigators will be required to have an internal collaborator. More information, technical details, and instructions for proposal preparation and submission can be found at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/, the SMA Observer Center web site.

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9. THE PASADENA RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROMOTE EQUITY IN ASTRONOMY

From: Patricia Knezek and the CSWA Member comments accepted through 17 September 2004

The draft of "The Pasadena Recommendations to Promote Equity in Astronomy" is now available to AAS members for review and comment. In order to view the document, one has to login to the AAS members-only website: http://members.aas.org Under Links, click on the 'The Pasadena Recommendations to Promote Equity in Astronomy' Link. Comments should be emailed to Patricia Knezek (mailto:knezek@noao.edu) and cc'd to Amy Simon-Miller (mailto:Amy.Simon@nasa.gov).

The CSWA will accept comments and suggestions on the current draft until 17 September 2004. The committee will then review and incorporate the community input with the goal of presenting the revised draft to the AAS Council in January 2005. We look forward to your response.

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10. AIP TO REVISIT VISA IMPACTS IN NEW SURVEY

The AIP statistical research center will be doing a follow-up survey to their 2003 survey on the impact of changes in visa processing on students at physics departments across the US. If you have any suggestions about issues that should be addressed or if you are willing to work with the SRC staff as they develop the questionnaire, please contact Michael Neuschatz or Patrick Mulvey of the Statistical Research Center directly at mailto:mneuscha@aip.org or mailto:pmulvey@aip.org, or at 301-209-3077 or 301-209-3076.

The 2003 survey can be found at www.aip.org/statistics/trends/reports/international.pdf

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11. LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION (SCIENCE)

Congressman Ehlers (R-Michigan) is seeking candidates for a Legislative Assistant to handle Science Committee issues in his personal office. The person would be responsible for advising the Congressman and developing policy on all scientific issues that are before Congress. In addition, the person would be responsible for staying abreast of developments in the different fields of science and briefing the Congressman on new issues or discoveries relevant to federal policy, working with the various scientific organizations on policy and scientific issues, and representing the Congressman's views to the scientific community. A PhD is required; background in science policy; strong writing, communication, and networking skills; ability to keep abreast of research in different fields of science; knowledge of  PowerPoint; and experience in the federal legislative process. Send applicant information to:

1714 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3831
Fax: (202) 225-5144

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