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AAS Electronic Announcement #152 -- August 2005

[Mailed from aas.org on 9 August 2005]

CONTENTS:

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICER CANDIDATE
  2. 2006 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
  3. MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY - NORTH AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTION LISTINGS
  4. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
  5. NSF AND AUI ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF CONTRACT FOR ALMA ANTENNAS
  6. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  7. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS
  8. NEW FACULTY WORKSHOPS
  9. "COSMIC FRONTIERS" LECTURES CELEBRATE A CENTURY OF ASTRONOMY AT TORONTO
  10. DEEP2 GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICER CANDIDATE

The August issue of the AAS Newsletter, now being distributed, contains the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2005 AAS election. At the time of going to press, the Nominating Committee was still engaged in discussion with a potential candidate for the position of Education Officer. The Nominating Committee has now advised me that  Dr. Richard McCray from the University of Colorado has consented to be a candidate for election to this office and his name will appear in the final slate to be published in the October Newsletter.

John A. Graham
AAS Secretary
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2. 2006 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

All updates due: 2 September 2005

Important! Important!

Changes in member information for the Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 2 September 2005!!

To ensure your listing is correct, please take a moment and log into the Member Only website https://members.aas.org to review your information. Any changes can be made directly on that page. The Directory is created from the membership database using an automated process so information will be listed as is.
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3. MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY - NORTH AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTION LISTINGS

Personal email addresses will no longer be included among the North American and International Institution Listings in the Membership Directory. If your organization has a "generic" email address please forward it to mailto:directory@aas.org by Friday, 2 September 2005!!
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4. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
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 and grant deadlines. Please forward any 2006 deadlines to  calendar@aas.org by 1 September 2005.
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5. NSF AND AUI ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF CONTRACT FOR ALMA ANTENNAS

The National Science Foundation and Associated Universities, Incorporated, which operates the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for the National Science Foundation, are pleased to announce that on 11 July 2005 AUI signed a contract with Vertex Communications Corporation to purchase up to 32 antennas for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

See the full release at: http://www.aui.edu/press/2005jul11.html
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6. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 13 September 2005

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), the radio interferometer on Mauna Kea built by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, makes available a fraction of the observing time to principal investigators from the astronomical community (worldwide). The proposal deadline is 13 September 2005 for the observing semester 1 November 2005 through 30 April 2006. 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. FCRAO 14 METER TELESCOPE PROPOSALS
Deadline: 15 September 2005

The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory solicits proposals for observations with the FCRAO 14 meter telescope. The deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2005. The telescope is equipped with a 32 element focal plane array receiver (SEQUOIA) which is
comprised of low noise MMIC amplifiers with SSB receiver noise temperatures of 60 K. The autocorrelation spectrometer system enables the observation of two spectral lines within 85-100 GHz or 100-115 GHz bands simultaneously. On the Fly mapping is now the standard
observing mode which allows more efficient imaging of the millimeter sky.

More detailed information of FCRAO and proposal instructions are available at

http://www.astro.umass.edu/~fcrao/observer/.

Further questions can be addressed to Mark Heyer, mailto:heyer@astro.umass.edu.
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8. NEW FACULTY WORKSHOPS
Deadline: 16 September 2005

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the American Physical Society (APS) workshop for new physics and astronomy faculty will be held 10-13 November 2005 at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. We invite you to nominate your recently hired faculty to attend this Workshop. By "recently hired" we mean faculty in the first few years of their initial tenure-track appointment. The ideal nominee would be one who has been teaching for a year or two and who is beginning to realize that good teaching may be a more difficult enterprise than he or she originally thought. We are confident that your new faculty will use what they learn at this Workshop for the improvement of instruction at your institution. By providing examples of well-tested paths to  successful teaching, the Workshop will allow your nominee greater time to focus on research and scholarship, thereby offering benefits to the individual and to your department. Letters of nomination from the department chair should be received at the AAPT office by 16 September 2005 to receive primary consideration. The letter should indicate the nominee's date of initial tenure-track appointment and primary teaching duties, along with a statement of the Department's willingness to support the cost of the faculty's travel to the workshop site. Nominations can be sent by email to Ken Krane (mailto:kranek@physics.orst.edu) and to Maria Elena Khoury at AAPT (mailto:mkhoury@aapt.org).

Further information available at http://www.aapt.org. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation, which pays all local expenses connected with the Workshop, including housing and meals for the participants. The only cost to participants is transportation to the American Center for Physics.
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9. "COSMIC FRONTIERS" LECTURES CELEBRATE A CENTURY OF ASTRONOMY AT TORONTO

University of Toronto Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Ontario Science Center and Astronomy & Space Exploration Society have partnered to present a series of four free public lectures this fall, in part to celebrate a century of astronomy at UofT. The "Cosmic Frontiers"
lectures will be given by Rocky Kolb (Sep 23), David Helfand (Sep 30), Debra Fischer (Oct 14) and Bob Abraham (Oct 21) on some of the most exciting topics in current research. Kolb's lecture is co-sponsored by the AAS. The events will be held at 7pm in the magnificent Convocation Hall on campus.

For more information, please visit http://www.astro.utoronto.ca or contact Professor Ray Jayawardhana (mailto:rayjay@astro.utoronto.ca).
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10. DEEP2 GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY

The DEEP2 Galaxy Redshift Survey has recently made publicly available its first data release, consisting of all photometric catalogs on which the survey was based and the first season's spectroscopy. The photometric catalogs are based on uniformly calibrated CFHT 12K imaging of a total of more than 4 square degrees of sky in B, R, and I to R_AB ~ 25. The spectroscopic dataset includes a redshift
catalog for more than 7,500 sources (most with 0.7<z<1.4) to R_AB=24.1 based upon observations with the DEIMOS spectrograph at the Keck Observatory, as well as all reduced 1-d and 2-d spectra for these objects, totaling roughly 20 GB of data. The data products and information on their use are available at http://deep.berkeley.edu/DR1/
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