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AAS Electronic Announcement #141 -- September 2004

AAS Electronic Announcement #141 -- SEPTEMBER 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 2:30pm 09 SEPTEMBER 2004]

CONTENTS

  1. ANNUAL REVIEWS
  2. NEW FACULTY WORKSHOP
  3. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2005A
  4. SCIENCE MAGAZINE PHOTO COMPETITION
  5. PRIZE NOMINATION FORMS
  6. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM
  7. OBSERVATORY ANNUAL REPORTS
  8. CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT RELEASED
  9. INSTITUTIONAL POSTDOCTORAL POLICY DATABASE *NOW AVAILABLE*
  10. DON'T FORGET THE AAS BOOK/JOURNAL/EQUIPMENT DONATION FORUM

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1. ANNUAL REVIEWS

AAS Members are once again eligible to enjoy a 30% savings when purchasing current editions of the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics (September 2004, Volume 42) and/or the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences(May 2004, Volume 32). To take immediate advantage of these special offers, visit the Members Only Pages at www.aas.org to download the form and place your order directly with Annual Reviews.

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2. NEW FACULTY WORKSHOP

Deadline: 24 September 2004

Nominate members of your faculty to attend the ninth annual New Faculty Workshop, 4-7 November 2004, at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. This workshop is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the American Astronomical Society.

Letters of nomination should be received at the AAPT office by 24 September 2004 to receive primary consideration. Letters should indicate nominee's date of initial tenure-track appointment and primary teaching duties, along with a statement of willingness to support the cost of his or her travel to the workshop site. E-mail your nomination to Ken Krane (mailto:kranek@physics.orst.edu) or to Maria Elena Khoury at AAPT (mailto:mkhoury@aapt.org)

A detailed schedule will be available in early fall. For further information, see http://www.aapt.org/Events/2003NewFacultyProceedings.cfm

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3. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2005A

Due: 30 September 2004

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2005A semester (February - July 2005). Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, the two 10m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and 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 Thursday, 30 September 2004.

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4. SCIENCE MAGAZINE PHOTO COMPETITION

Deadline: 30 September 2004

"Where do you read your Science?"

Science magazine is sponsoring a photo competition that will result in the winner being featured in future science ads. All you have to do is describe where you normally read your personal edition of Science, and then sending in a digital picture. They will select the 10 most interesting stories and images to feature in advertisements for AAAS in the coming months. Please send images, including brief descriptions, to mailto:memuser@aaas.org by 30 September 2004.

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5. PRIZE NOMINATION FORMS

Deadline: 1 October 2004

All nominations are due by 1 October 2004 and should be sent to the Secretary of the AAS:

John A. Graham
Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20015

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6. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH PROGRAM

Deadline: 15 October 2004

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has supported undergraduate and graduate student research for more than 80 years. The program includes grants of up to $2,500 for astronomy. Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply. Application deadline is 15 October 2004. Information and online application form at: 

http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/index.shtml

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7. OBSERVATORY ANNUAL REPORTS

Deadline: 1 November 2004

The annual deadline for receipt of manuscripts for publication in the paper edition of the BAAS is 1 November 2004. However, LaTeX manuscripts may be submitted anytime during the year. They will be processed and posted online as received. Reprints may be ordered  and will be printed throughout the year. Reports may be submitted electronically using LaTeX, or the new Word Toolkit, or Wordperfect as a last resort. Word Observatory Reports are prepared using the AIP Word Toolkit, where authors will type and tag the manuscript. The final page layout will remain the duties of the publisher. Reports must be accompanied by a cover sheet. 

Instructions are available online: www.aas.org/publications/baas/baasems.html#obsems.

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8. CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT RELEASED

On August 25, the Bush Administration submitted to Congress its annual report on the science supported by the federal government to better understand climate change. The report, "Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program [CCSP] for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005," summarizes the government's strategic plan for climate change science, highlights some recent research results, and lays out future plans for accomplishing the program's research goals. It does not offer any policy recommendations.

This report summarizes the main points of the July 2003 strategic plan for climate change research (available at  www.climatescience.gov/Library/stratplan2003/final/default.htm), including its seven interdisciplinary research elements. Each research element is highlighted in a separate chapter, in which strategic research questions, recent research results, and plans for future research are outlined. The seven research elements are: Atmospheric Composition; Climate Variability and Change; Global Water Cycle; Land-Use/Land-Cover Change; Global Carbon Cycle; Ecosystems; and Human Contributions and Responses.

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9. INSTITUTIONAL POSTDOCTORAL POLICY DATABASE *NOW AVAILABLE*

Institutions and postdoctoral associations are major stakeholders in formulating and promulgating progressive postdoctoral policies. The National Postdoctoral Association has developed a database that provides links to these policies. For more information and to access the database, please go to http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/policy/institutional. Please note, inclusion in the database does not necessarily equate to NPA support for these positions.

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10. DON'T FORGET THE AAS BOOK/JOURNAL/EQUIPMENT DONATION FORUM

Many members are not aware of the Book/Journal/Equipment Donation Forum, an online resource for those who wish to donate or request books, journals and equipment. Through this service (www.aas.org/donation), anyone may post items that they wish to donate or request materials that their organization may need. Shipping arrangements for the materials must be worked out between the donor and recipient and the AAS will not provide valuation estimates for any item. Before you sell that old physics textbook on E-bay or throw that old journal set in the garbage, why not let the Donation Forum give your materials a second shot at usefulness.

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