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AAS Electronic Announcement #143 -- November 2004

AAS Electronic Announcement #143 -- November 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 3:30pm 10 NOVEMBER 2004]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS CAREER SERVICES
  2. 2005 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  3. NEW SPECIAL/TOPICAL SESSION PROPOSAL SUBMISSION TOOL
  4. THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AWARDS
  5. SURVEY OF EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS IN THE US
  6. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FRED WHIPPLE TO BE HELD ON 4 DECEMBER
  7. NASA SEEKS INPUT ON SCIENCE-EXPLORATION INTERDISCIPLINARY EFFORTS
  8. 2005 EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES PROGRAM (EAPSI)
  9. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 14 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  10. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-2 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  11. NASA SEEKS INPUT ON STRATEGIC ROADMAPS AND CAPABILITY ROADMAPS
  12. NOAO DEEP WIDE-FIELD SURVEY (NDWFS)
  13. THE WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY DATABASE

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1. AAS CAREER SERVICES

With Fall deadlines approaching, we remind members that AAS Career Services maintains a Fellowship website,

www.aas.org/career/Fellowshipsetc.html
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2. 2005 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Second notices are scheduled to be mailed during the first week of December. Please take a moment to ensure your renewal has been mailed to avoid unnecessary reminders and curb administrative costs. Contact Dennis Renner at mailto:dues@aas.org for a faxed copy
of your invoice or answers to your renewal questions. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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3. NEW SPECIAL/TOPICAL SESSION PROPOSAL SUBMISSION TOOL

The AAS meetings are composed of sessions of contributed papers and special or topical (spring meetings only) sessions that are selected by the Vice Presidents from submitted proposals.

In the past, proposals were submitted via mail, fax and email. Given the current volume of proposals, this systemhas become inefficient and the AAS executive office has created a new Special/Topical Session Proposal Submission Tool now available online (address below). All Special and Topical session proposals for the 2005 Minneapolis Spring meeting will need to be submitted using this easy-to-use
tool. Note that proposals are limited to 500 words and cannot contain graphics. By implementing this new system, we will be able to better track the proposals and it will make the selection process easier as all proposals will now have a standardized format.

Questions regarding the submission tool can be submitted to http://members.aas.org/Specialsessions/submitproposal.cfm.
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4. THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AWARDS
Application deadline: 19 November 2004

Judges have 5 weeks between 28 February-1 April 2005 to complete entry evaluations

The Christopher Columbus Awards (formerly the Bayer/NSF Award) is looking for 20 to 25 people to assist with this year's semifinalist round of judging. The Christopher Columbus Awards is a competition for all students in the sixth, seventh or eighth grades. The challenge is for students to use the scientific method to identify a community problem and use science and technology to develop an innovative solution. Students are encouraged to conduct community based-research and test/experiment to develop a solution. The entry consists of written and visual components. The entries are sent and returned by mail, so judges can do this in the comfort of their home or office-- and don't need to be in the DC area. Judge application forms and guidelines are available from the AAS (mailto:marvel@aas.org, mailto:deustua@aas.org). If you're interested in learning more about the competition and other ways you can help visit www.christophercolumbusawards.com or contact Susan Mason at the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Avenue, Room 1245, Arlington, VA 22230 703-292-7748, mailto:smason@nsf.gov. ___________________________________________________________

5. SURVEY OF EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS IN THE US

ERA-Link is a new initiative to network European Researchers presently working in the United States, that the European Commission is launching in collaboration with the European Embassies in the U.S. It is based on the premise that this expatriate researchers community is a potential asset for Europe, rather than a loss, provided that links with Europe are maintained and leveraged upon to enhance transatlantic collaboration.

The ERA-Link network and services are expected to be fully operational during the second half of next year. It will offer European researchers in the U.S. a chance to stay informed about the evolving reality of research in Europe: notably collaboration opportunities (including joint activities, student exchanges, etc.), as well as job, mobility, training and funding possibilities.

In order to assess the needs of the potential users and to define what services the ERA-Link network should offer them, we have just launched a user survey addressed to European researchers in the U.S. The on-line questionnaire can be found until 22 November at: http://www.evaluationpartnership.com/surveys/eralink.htm.
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6. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FRED WHIPPLE TO BE HELD ON 4 DECEMBER
Registration deadline: 23 November 2004

A Celebration of the Life and Science of Fred Whipple will be held on Saturday, 4 December at the Harvard University Science Center, Hall B, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There will be a Science Program in the morning and a Program of Personal Remembrances in the afternoon. Further details are given at http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/whipple/. This web site includes a Registration Form. Those who plan to attend are requested to complete this Registration Form by 23 November, so that the organizers can plan appropriately for morning and afternoon refreshments.
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7. NASA SEEKS INPUT ON SCIENCE-EXPLORATION INTERDISCIPLINARY EFFORTS
Input deadline: 10 December 2004

Recently NASA has begun the transformation of its Earth and space science programs by combining them into an integrated Science Mission Directorate. The new Directorate will be closely involved in the Vision for Space Exploration through its support of science that both enables, and is enabled by, NASA's exploration activities. We are seeking input from the science community in developing a set of research focus areas for interdisciplinary scientific investigations in support of the Vision for Space Exploration. We seek your suggestions on how to develop interdisciplinary lines of scientific inquiry that could connect the goals of the Vision for Space Exploration to ongoing, but more narrowly focused, scientific activities within Earth system science, planetary sciences, astrophysics, and solar physics. Some examples include: the formation of diverse terrestrial planets (with atmospheres) in our solar system; markers available for study on other planetary bodies that may provide information about the evolutionary history of that body; effective astronomically detectable signatures of biological
processes; or predictive methods and models for assessing the state and conditions of the interplanetary medium in support of safe human travel. We will include such interdisciplinary research focus areas in our January 2005 omnibus NASA Research Announcement solicitation for research and analysis, with proposals due in mid-2005.

Your input, in the form of a white paper of 2 pages or less, on the subject of interdisciplinary research focus areas supporting the Vision for Space Exploration would be most helpful if they are received by Friday, 10 December 2004. Further details may be found at http://spacescience.nasa.gov/vision-input.pdf. White papers should be sent to Dr. Ghassem Asrar, "Exploration Science White Papers", Science Mission Directorate, Suite 5E39-A, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. It would alsobe helpful if you send an electronic copy of your white paper to Paul.Hertz@nasa.gov (Subject line: "Exploration Science White Papers"). Questions may be directed to Dr. Paul Hertz at mailto:Paul.Hertz@nasa.gov.
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8. 2005 EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES PROGRAM (EAPSI)
Application deadline: 10 December 2004

Graduate Research Summer Institutes sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation for U.S. Graduate Students in: Biological Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Polar Research, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

For further information see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03608/nsf03608.htm or send an email to mailto:eapinfo@nsf.gov.
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9. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 14 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Release Date: 11 October 2004
Proposal Deadline: 21 January 2005

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 14 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit
organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through 21 January 2005 8:00pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT), which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission will be made available/released for Cycle 14 Phase I use during the 1st week of December 2004. Results of the selection will be announced in early April 2005.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI World-Wide Web site at the Announcement Web Page with URL: http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/docs/cycle14announce

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (mailto:help@stsci.edu; phone: 410-338-1082).
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10. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-2 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Release Date: 1 November 2004
Proposal Deadline: February 12, 2005

On behalf of NASA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Project the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is pleased to announce the Cycle-2 Call for Proposals (CP) for Spitzer Space Telescope Observations and funding for Archival and Theoretical Research programs. Investigators worldwide fromall types of institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this CP.

There are several new features in the Cycle-2 CP and investigators are urged to consult section 3 of the document early in their proposal planning process for a summary of major changes from Cycle-1.

Proposals must be submitted electronically using Spot, the SSC proposal planning and submission software and received no later than 12 February 2005, 01:00 pm PST. A special category of Collaborative Spitzer-HST proposals requiring large amounts of observing time from Spitzer and the Hubble Space Telescope must be submitted no later than 21 January 2005, 05:00pm PST. The S11 version of Spot is scheduled for release on 17 November 2004, and proposers must use this version of the software to submit their proposals.

All programmatic and technical information for Cycle-2 is available electronically from the proposal kit section of the Spitzer Science Center website. The URL is http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/propkit/currentcp.html

Any questions should be addressed to the Spitzer Helpdesk at mailto:help@spitzer.caltech.edu.
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11. NASA SEEKS INPUT ON STRATEGIC ROADMAPS AND CAPABILITY ROADMAPS

NASA is currently preparing a set of high-level national roadmaps that will form the foundation of the Agency's strategic plan. "Strategic Roadmaps" will explore options and establish pathways for achievement of NASA's strategic objectives. "Capability Roadmaps" will recommend approaches for providing certain technical capabilities judged to be critical to NASA's future programs. The purpose of this
request is to solicit contributions to the roadmap development process, with the goal of ensuring that the best and widest possible set of ideas is considered in the formulation of NASA's plans for the future.

The information collected via this RFI will be supplied to Strategic and Capability Roadmap teams to inform their deliberations and discussions. It is anticipated that the final roadmaps and the integrated architecture may ultimately contribute to NASA strategic investment
decisions, but this RFI in no way constitutes a promise or expectation of future funding opportunities from NASA.

Full information available at: http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/synopsis.cgi?acqid=113190
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12. NOAO DEEP WIDE-FIELD SURVEY (NDWFS)

On 22 October 2004, the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey (NDWFS) made publicly available its third data release (DR3). The NDWFS is a deep optical and IR imaging survey of two 9.3 square degree regions of the sky. The DR3 includes all of the KPNO 4m Mosaic-1 optical imaging (Bw, R, I) and KPNO 2.1m ONIS K-band imaging the northern field in Bootes. In addition to the calibrated images, single-band and matched object catalogs are available, including photometry and astrometry of over 3 million objects in the 9.3 square degree field. These data are available via http://www.noao.edu/noao/noaodeep or http://archive.noao.edu/nsa/. ___________________________________________________________

13. THE WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY DATABASE

It's job-hunting season! The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) would like to encourage AAS members to make use of the Women in Astronomy database that it maintains. New submissions are welcome and strongly encouraged. The database lists the names, professional affiliations, scientific interests, talk titles and contact information for women in astronomy and astrophysics.

The Women in Astronomy list can be used to: find speakers for colloquia, scientific meetings, or school visits; solicit job applicants; and sort by education, expertise, research interests, etc. for statistical or search purposes.

The information contained on this list is submitted by each person listed using the CSWA Submission Form (internal to the database). If you are a member of the database, and haven't looked at your information recently, you might want to make sure everything is up to date! If you have any questions about accessing the database please contact Amy Simon-Miller, mailto:Amy.Simon-Miller@gsfc.nasa.gov. To find out more about this resource, please go to: www.aas.org/~cswa/WIAD.html.
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