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AAS Electronic Announcement #146 -- February 2005

[Mailed from aas.org at 9:15am 10 FEBRUARY 2005]
 

CONTENTS:

  1. DDA MEETING (10-14 APRIL 2005) IN SANTA BARBARA, CA
  2. NON-ACADEMIC ASTRONOMERS NETWORK
  3. NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
  4. SIGMA XI GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH
  5. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS
  6. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  7. 2005 JANSKY LECTURESHIP
  8. WORLD ACADEMY OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS
  9. AAUP SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING IMPACT OF  TRADE RESTRICTIONS

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1. DDA MEETING (10-14 APRIL 2005) IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

The DDA's upcoming annual meeting in Santa Barbara, California, is 10-14 April. The deadline for abstract  submission, meeting registration and hotel reservations  is 10 March. Please go to the DDA web site,  http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2005/, for meeting  information and links to the appropriate forms.
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2. NON-ACADEMIC ASTRONOMERS NETWORK

The Employment Committee of the AAS recently conducted a  Survey that showed a great interest from our constituents  on the variety of career paths taken by astronomers. In  response to that, we would like to update the Industrial  Astronomers Network webpage (http://www.aas.org/career/Industry.html)  to make it a more effective mentoring and networking tool.

If you are aware of friends, colleagues, or students who  received degrees in astronomy and went on to non-academic/  non-astronomy related careers, we'd like to hear about  them! Please email us at mailto:industry@aas.org with their  names and contact information so that we may contact them  to ask if they would like to participate in this network.  Alternately, they can also visit the website and submit
their information directly.

We would greatly appreciate your support in expanding this  Network and look forward to working with you as we expand  it to serve our community better.
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3. NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
Deadline: 4 March 2005

Applications are due on March 4th, 2005 for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period August 2005-January  2006. 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 will receive financial support for travel to the W.M. Keck Observatory, and may also apply for research support.
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4. SIGMA XI GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH
Deadline: 15 March 2005

The 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 March 2005. Information and online application form at: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/index.shtml
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5. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS
Deadline: 15 March 2005
Letters of Intent: 15 February 2005

The NOAO Survey Program will be accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2005B and 2006A semesters. This program supports large observational projects that allow the identification of complete, well-defined samples that can yield both conclusions based on statistical analysis of the survey data itself and also provide important subsets for more detailed observations with larger telescopes.

Investigators must submit letters of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program to mailto:surveys@noao.edu by 15 February 2005 to be eligible to propose for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2005B semester. Letters should include the broad scientific goals of the program, the membership of the survey team, the telescope(s) and instrument(s) to be requested, the approximate amount of
telescope time to be requested, and the duration of the proposed survey. Proposals are due 15 March 2005.

For further information on the NOAO Survey Program, see: http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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6. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 17 March 2005

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), the new interferometer on Mauna Kea built by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, will open about 10 percent of the observing time to principal investigators from the
astronomical community (worldwide). The proposal deadline is 17 March 2005 for observing time from 1 May 2005 through 30 October 2005. For this semester, external principal investigators will be required to have an internal collaborator. More information, technical details, and instructions and tools for proposal preparation and submission can be found at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/, the SMA Observer Center web site.
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7. 2005 JANSKY LECTURESHIP
Deadline: 1 April 2005

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2005 Jansky Lectureship [http://www.nrao.edu/jansky/janskyprize.shtml].

The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.

Please send nominations, including a supporting paragraph, by 1 April 2005, via e-mail to mailto:brodrigu@nrao.edu or via regular mail to the Division of Science and Academic Affairs, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903-2475.
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8. WORLD ACADEMY OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS

As highlighted in Nature on 13 January 2005 (pg. 97), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) began supporting a new group dubbed the World Academy of Young Scientists. This organization was formed to represent young researchers of all disciplines from all over the world. A meeting held in Marrakech inaugurated the group and provided a forum for
establishing the organizational governance. Young AAS members may want to investigate this organization and consider joining or participating in the future. The group's web page is www.waysnet.org.
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9. AAUP SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING IMPACT OF TRADE RESTRICTIONS (request for U.S. members only)

The American Association of University Professors' legal office is working on a packet of information for faculty regarding U.S. trade restrictions with sanctioned countries, and how such restrictions affect research, conferences, scholarship and academic collaboration. In
order to best tailor this information to the needs of faculty, the AAUP is interested in hearing from any faculty members who have experienced difficulties in this regard as to what happened and what information would have been helpful. If you have experienced such difficulties, please contact Ann Springer, AAUP Associate Counsel, by email at mailto:aspringer@aaup.org.
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