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AAS Electronic Announcement #145 -- January 2005

[Mailed from aas.org at 11:40am 4 JANUARY 2005]
 

CONTENTS

  1. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE AAS SAN DIEGO MEETING
  2. PRESS RELEASES NOT ON WEB PRESS CONFERENCE LIST TO BE POSTED
  3. LAST CALL: 2005 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  4. AAS ELECTION BALLOTS TO SECRETARY
  5. 2005 DIRECTORY AND CALENDAR MAILING
  6. IAU XXVI GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEADLINES
  7. TMT INSTRUMENTATION

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1. ACCESSING THE INTERNET AT THE AAS SAN DIEGO MEETING

Ports at Cyber Cafe

In addition to stationary PCs for you use in the Cyber Cafe, there will be several open lines available. You may bring your laptop to the meeting and hookup directly to the Internet via a twisted pair connection.

Wireless Access

Additionally, our Internet Provider at the meeting will be providing access to a wireless router for those members who currently use wireless technology. This will be available Monday through Thursday. Please check at registration for the location. The AAS will not be providing wireless network adapters to attendees, so come prepared with your system ready to recognize a wireless device.

To Avoid Interruption

In order to ensure continuous access to your home site, please notify your local system and security administrators of the following:

All computers connected to the network will receive IP Addresses through DHCP from local routers. These addresses will strictly be internal to the local area network. All Internet traffic flowing from the meeting attendees will be coming from the external IP addresses in the range:

64.169.229.x (Primary)
Resolved as domain 'ded.pacbell.net'

67.104.35.x (Secondary)
Resolved as domain 'ptr.us.xo.net'

In the past government sites have become aware of heavy traffic from our meetings and without notice shut off ALL access to attendees. This was done as a security measure, unaware that the traffic was originating at an AAS Annual Meeting. It caused several days of service interruption for meeting registrants. Informing your system administrators of the IP addresses could save you a lot of distress later.

Any concerns prior to the meeting can be directed to Debbie Kovalsky, AAS IT Manager, at mailto:kovalsky@aas.org.
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2. PRESS RELEASES NOT ON WEB
PRESS CONFERENCE LIST TO BE POSTED

We are aware that astronomers who miss the meeting are often questioned by students and friends concerning the findings reported in the media. However, we do not post the press releases from the meeting on the Web because we supply information to the media, we don't compete with them in getting the information out. Press releases on individual papers and findings are prepared by the author institutions and not by the AAS.

During and after the meeting, we post digital images of the press conferences and links to online news stories on the AAS website.

http://www.aas.org/meetings/press/photos205/index.html
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3. LAST CALL: 2004 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Please ensure your membership(s) and subscriptions are current by logging into the Members Only Pages at http:/members.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your record is 12/31/2005. If not and you sent your payment over two weeks ago, we encourage you to contact us at mailto:dues@aas.org or (202) 328-2010, ext. 109 to resolve this matter.

Your prompt cooperation is appreciated to avoid unnecessary service interruptions and/or cancellations.

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4. AAS ELECTION BALLOTS TO SECRETARY
Due: 31 January 2005

Election ballots are due to John Graham, AAS Secretary, by 31 January, 2005.
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5. 2005 DIRECTORY AND CALENDAR MAILINGS

The 2005 AAS Membership Directory and 2005 Membership Calendar were mailed in late December 2004.

Members with US mailing address will receive the Directory and Calendar by third-class mail. If your mail room routinely discards third-class mail, ask them not to throw these away! (Directories are reddish in color with black and white images on the cover; and calendars have a color image on the cover.)

If you have not received your Directory by February, contact Membership Coordinator, Dennis Renner, mailto:renner@aas.org.

If you have not received your Calendar by February, contact Crystal Tinch, mailto:crystal@aas.org.
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6. IAU XXVI GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEADLINES

Main Deadlines and Events for 2005-2009 are available at: http://www.iau.org/IAU/News/deadlines.html
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7. TMT INSTRUMENTATION
Expressions of Interest due: 1 February 2005

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project invites all interested instrumentation groups in Canada and the USA to participate in a competitive design process for the first light instruments and a facility adaptive optic system.

Expressions of Interest are now being sought in anticipation of a Request for Proposal process commencing on 1 February 2005. Details will be announced in early January 2005 on the TMT website (http://www.astro.caltech.edu/observatories/tmt/).

Contact David Crampton (mailto:David.Crampton@nrc.ca) for additional information.
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An American Astronomical Society (AAS) Electronic Announcement is mailed to all members around the 10th of each month. Included are important items that do not fit into the schedule of the AAS Newsletter. Because of volume, Meeting Announcements are generally not included.

Items for possible inclusion in this Announcement series should be sent to mailto:crystal@aas.org. Keep announcement short and refer readers to sources of additional information.

Address corrections should be sent to mailto:address@aas.org.
 

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