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AAS Electronic Announcement #144 -- December 2004

[Mailed from aas.org at 9:15am 9 DECEMBER 2004]
 

CONTENTS

  1. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL OFFICE MOVING TO MADISON, WISCONSIN
  2. AAS SAN DIEGO MEETING
  3. 2005 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  4. IMPRS PH.D. PROGRAM
  5. 1.8-METER PERKINS TELESCOPE OBSERVING TIME
  6. LARGE OBSERVING PROGRAMS ON THE ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN TELESCOPE
  7. RADIO & SUBMILLIMETER ASTRONOMY REVIEW BY AUI

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1. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL OFFICE MOVING TO MADISON, WISCONSIN

On 1 January 2005, the editorial offices of THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL will officially move to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with Jay Gallagher, Editor) and the University of Cincinnati (with Margaret Hanson, Associate Editor).

Authors should continue to submit papers to the Seattle FTP site until 29 December 2004. On that day the Seattle FTP site for AJ will close. Starting on Monday, 3 January 2005, we plan to accept manuscripts and other materials at the new AJ Web Peer Review (WPR) Web site at http://mss.uchicago.edu/AJ/.

Between 29 December and 3 January, AUTHORS will be able to deposit papers using AJ's new FTP site (for instructions, visit http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJ/esubmission.html) and REFEREES can email reports to mailto:aj@astro.wisc.edu. We will begin processing these manuscripts and referee reports on 3 January, when we plan to open the new WPR site for submissions.

BEGINNING 3 JANUARY 2005, THE WPR SITE WILL BE THE PREFERRED MODE OF MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION FOR THE AJ. The new site will include detailed instructions for submitting papers; AASTeX LaTeX is the preferred format and will help us process your submission more quickly, but we can also accept files in Word and RTF (rich text format) as well as paper, although paper will take longer to process.

We appreciate your patience during this changeover and look forward to another exciting year of the AJ. We also extend our congratulations to retiring Editor, Paul Hodge, for his superb guidance of the AJ.

Jay Gallagher, Editor (Elect)
Margaret Hanson, Associate Editor (Elect)
Anita Makuluni, Managing Editor (Elect)

For more information, contact our editorial office:

Email: aj@astro.wisc.edu
Phone/Fax: 608-265-6005

Postal Address:
THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL
Space Astronomy Lab, Chamberlin Hall
University of Wisconsin
1150 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
USA
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2. AAS SAN DIEGO MEETING

The 205th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 9-13 January 2005, will set a new meeting attendance record.

The Town & Country hotel is SOLD OUT of both student rate and regular rate rooms. Overflow rooms have been secured at the Mission Valley Resort at the AAS regular room rate. Call: 1-800-362-7871. Transportation will be provided.

http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas205/
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3. 2005 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Reminder notices will be mailed next week to members with outstanding renewals as of 10 December 2004.

If you mailed your renewal within the last two weeks, please do not respond to the Reminder Notice. You may ensure receipt at a later date by visiting the Members Only pages at www.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your Members Only Directory record is 12/31/2005.

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2004. Prompt cooperation will preempt service interruptions, reinstatement fees and back issue surcharges. Questions regarding your renewal status should be directed to mailto:membership@aas.org or (301) 328-2010.
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4. IMPRS PH.D. PROGRAM
Applications due: 15 January 2005

The recently founded International Max-Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics (IMPRS) at the University of Heidelberg invites applications for its Ph.D. program.

IMPRS Heidelberg is open for students from all countries and offers several 3-year Ph.D. fellowships for both international and national students. Interested students are invited to apply by 15 January 2005 for the academic year starting in September 2005. In general, applicants should have a Masters or Diploma in Physics or Astronomy (or equivalent) including a corresponding thesis. Successful applicants will receive financial support through a Ph.D. fellowship.

For further details on IMPRS Heidelberg and the application procedure visit: http://www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/imprs-hd/
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5. 1.8-METER PERKINS TELESCOPE OBSERVING TIME
Proposal deadline: 1 February 2005

Lowell Observatory and Boston University are pleased to announce the availability of observing time for visitors on the 1.8-meter Perkins Telescope at Lowell's Anderson Mesa dark sky site near Flagstaff, Arizona. The telescope is presently equipped with PRISM, a CCD imager, polarimeter and spectrometer; and the Kron photoelectric photometer. By mid-2005 two additional instruments are expected to be
available for visitor use: Mimir, a wide-field infrared imager, polarimeter and spectrometer; and the DeVeny Spectrograph. A total of 60 nights per year are being made available to visiting observers in recognition of recent NSF PREST grants to Lowell and BU in support of various
improvements to the Perkins facility. Information about this visiting observer program can be found at http://www.lowell.edu/VisitingObservers/.

Links to information on the Perkins telescope, the Anderson Mesa site, the available instruments, and telescope time application forms can be found at this address. The next proposal deadline is 1 February 2005 for the second quarter 2005.
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6. LARGE OBSERVING PROGRAMS ON THE ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN TELESCOPE
Expressions of Interest due: 28 February 2005

The Anglo-Australian Observatory aims to provide opportunities for astronomers to make effective use of the Anglo-Australian Telescope's unique capabilities to address major scientific questions through large observing programs. These opportunities will be available using any instrument, or combination of instruments, on the AAT, although particular attention is drawn to the AAOmega spectrograph (http://www.aao.gov.au/local/www/aaomega). AAOmega is expected to be available on the AAT from early 2006, and will be the world's most efficient instrument for large-scale survey spectroscopy for some years thereafter.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) are now being sought, in anticipation of a Request for Proposals in April 2005 for major new observing programs to start in semester 2006A (February to July 2006). Full details and guidelines for submitting an EoI are available at: http://www.aao.gov.au/press/Large_Programs_EoI.pdf People intending to submit an EoI are encouraged to contact the Director (mailto:director@aao.gov.au) to discuss their plans beforehand.
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7. RADIO & SUBMILLIMETER ASTRONOMY REVIEW BY AUI

At NSF's request, AUI has convened a group to review progress towards the implementation of the 2000 Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee recommendations in the field of ground-based radio and submillimeter astronomy. Information on the activities of this group is posted regularly at http://www.astro.cornell.edu/~haynes/radiosmm.

Input/comment from the community is most welcome.
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