AAS Electronic Announcement #151 -- July 2005
[Mailed from aas.org on 11 July 2005]
- AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICER
- AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
- 2006 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
- SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY (SDSS)
- US AND CHINA REACH STUDENT VISA AGREEMENT
1. AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The recruitment notice for this position is posted in the
AAS Job Register at http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobdetailPage.cfm?JID=21846.
2. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
Sponsorship Deadline: 1 September 2005
Production of the 2006 AAS Membership Calendar has begun. The Calendar is free to members, economical for sponsors and invaluable to the community. The Calendar includes important proposal deadlines, grant deadlines and AAS Meeting dates.
Sponsors show support for the astronomical community and are featured prominently in astronomers' offices across the country. Sponsorship levels vary. Monthly sponsorship is $1,800 and includes a photo layout, 250 words of text and special recognition.
Sponsorship space is provided on a first- come, first-served basis. Groups interested in sponsoring a month may contact Crystal Tinch (mailto:email@example.com) for more information and pricing details for the 2006 calendar.
3. 2006 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
Changes in member or institutional information for the 2006 Membership Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 2 September 2005!! Email changes to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY (SDSS)
On June 29, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) made publicly available its Fourth Data Release (DR4). The DR4 includes deep and uniformly calibrated photometric data in five bands (ugriz) of 180 million objects over 6670 square degrees of sky, as well as optical spectroscopy of over 800,000 objects. The data and a full description of their attributes may be found on the web at http://www.sdss.org/dr4 and http://cas.sdss.org/astro
5. US AND CHINA REACH STUDENT VISA AGREEMENT
[excerpted from the web page of the US Embassy in Beijing]
Beginning June 20, 2005, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in China, as well as U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, will begin issuing to qualified Chinese citizen applicants student visas (F-1/F-2), exchange visas (J-1/J-2), and vocational training visas (M1/M2) valid for 12 months with multiple entries. The previous maximum validity of U.S. visas for these purposes was six months, two entries.
On a reciprocal basis, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has similarly agreed beginning June 20 to issue to American citizens visiting China for student, academic exchange and vocational training purposes visas valid for 12 months and for multiple entries. While China and the U.S. will as a general rule issue maximum validity visas to each other's qualified citizens, on a case by case basis each side may limit the period of validity and number of entries as required by their respective laws and regulations.
The US Embassy believes that this extension of visa reciprocity for students, following a similar expansion agreement in January 2005 on business and tourist visas, will significantly enhance mutual understanding between China and the United States. The longer validity will mean student travelers will not have to renew their visas so frequently, saving time and money and facilitating holiday visits home and emergency travel. This agreement is a sign of the United States' continuing interest in attracting talented students from China and elsewhere to American campuses.
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