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AAS Electronic Announcement #149 -- May 2005

[Mailed from aas.org at 9:50am 10 May 2005]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS WASHINGTON DC MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENDED
  2. ASTRONOMERS WANTED FOR HARLOW SHAPLEY VISITING LECTURESHIPS PROGRAM
  3. COMMENTS INVITED ON OIR LONG RANGE PLAN DRAFT
  4. DISCOVER MAGAZINE TO HONOR 25 SCIENTISTS
  5. CSO CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  6. DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS
  7. NVO SUMMER SCHOOL
  8. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
  9. NON-ACADEMIC ASTRONOMERS NETWORK

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1. AAS WASHINGTON DC MEETING

SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for Special Session Proposals for the Washington DC meeting has been extended to 18 May 2005.

For further information seehttp://www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how or contact Kelli Gilmore, Meetings Manager at 202-328-2010 x 111, mailto:gilmore@aas.org

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2. ASTRONOMERS WANTED FOR HARLOW SHAPLEY VISITING LECTURESHIPS PROGRAM

The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships provide host undergraduate institutions with a program of two day visits by professional astronomers. Visiting lecturers contribute to the host institution's academic program and intellectual environment in many different ways from teaching a variety of classes in physical, mathematical and general sciences, as well as in astronomy, giving popular public talks, visiting local secondary and primary schools etc. The level  of these presentations range from the elementary and non-mathematical to the advanced and technical. In informal discussions, visitors can advise students on possible future scientific careers and discuss teaching and curriculum issues with faculty members, deans and administrators.

If you are interested in becoming a Shapley Lecturer please send a letter of interest by email to mailto:shapely@aas.org stating your area of expertise, the kinds of presentations and interactions you are most comfortable giving. Please include a brief CV and the names of one or two people who can serve as references.

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3. COMMENTS INVITED ON OIR LONG RANGE PLAN DRAFT

Comments due: 25 May 2005

The Long Range Planning Committee for Optical/IR Facilities, formed at the request of the NSF to prepare a roadmap leading to large OIR facilities recommended by the last Decadal Survey, has posted a draft of its report for public comment. Comments from the community are welcome and should be submitted to mailto:oirlplan@noao.edu by 25 May. 

The long range plan lays out the context for near- and intermediate-term decisions and actions in respect of the system of major OIR ground-based facilities, looking forward from 2005 as far as 2030. The report will be submitted to NSF and the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The draft can be found at http://www.noao.edu/dir/lrplan/lrp-committee.html

C. Pilachowski (LRPC Chair)
J. Mould (Director, NOAO)

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4. DISCOVER MAGAZINE TO HONOR 25 SCIENTISTS

Nominations due: 15 May 2005

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Discover Magazine plans to honor 25 scientists who are introducing innovation to their disciplines. 

To nominate a candidate, send the candidate's name, affiliation, and a description of up to 500 words describing the candidate's accomplishments and innovative qualities. Once the 25 candidates are selected, they will be featured in one of the fall issues.

Send nominations by mail or email to address listed below. Please send nominations by May 15.

Sarah Richardson
Senior editor
Discover Magazine
114 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
212/633-4834
mailto:sarah.richardson@disney.com

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5. CSO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 31 May 2005

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) encourages observing participation by astronomers from both U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. For instructions on applying and for information about available instruments, including new bolometer cameras, see  http://www.submm.caltech.edu/cso/cso-call.html.

Applications for observing time between 1 September 2005 through 31 January 2006 are due by mail 31 May 2005. Applications will be reviewed by an outside peer group.

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6. DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

Deadline: 15 June 2005

The DETF announces a "Call for White Papers" from all projects relating to the study of dark energy, including those that address emerging or high-risk techniques. The DETF is very interested in considering creative projects of high risk but which may produce large impacts on the measurement of dark energy. A similar but separate call will be issued to solicit contributions describing theoretical studies of dark energy.

White paper submission instructions may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/detf.jsp.

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7. NVO SUMMER SCHOOL

Application deadline: 15 June 2005

The US National Virtual Observatory project announces the second NVO Summer School: Science with the Virtual Observatory. Complete information is available at http://us-vo.org/summer-school/2005.

The application deadline is June 15.

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8. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

Sponsorship Deadline: 1 September 2005

As a membership benefit, the AAS Membership Calendar includes important dates, such as proposal and grant deadlines and AAS sponsored meetings. Sponsors receive selection of a photo layout page, 250 words of text and sponsorship recognition in the calendar matter. For only $1800, your institution or department can show support for the whole astronomical community and be featured prominently in astronomers' offices across the country.

Sponsors and potential sponsors for future AAS calendars are reminded that sponsorship space is provided on a first- come, first-served basis. Groups interested in sponsoring a month may contact Crystal Tinch (mailto:crystal@aas.org) for more information and pricing details for the 2006 calendar.

Deadline for sponsorship is 1 September 2005.

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9. NON-ACADEMIC ASTRONOMERS NETWORK

The Employment Committee of the AAS 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 have gathered some data and updated the original Industrial Astronomers Network webpage to make it a more effective mentoring and networking tool. The new website is now available at http://www.aas.org/career/nonacademic/

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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