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AAS Electronic Announcement #155 -- November 2005

AAS Electronic Announcement #155 -- November 2005

[Mailed from aas.org on 11 November 2005]

CONTENTS

  1. JANUARY AAS MEETING IN DC - THE LARGEST EVER?
  2. SPECIAL AND TOPICAL SESSIONS FOR THE CALGARY MEETING
  3. 2006 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  4. APPEAL FOR TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE
  5. UCO/LICK OBSERVATORY SEEKING NEW DIRECTOR
  6. EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR U.S.
  7. IMPRS PHD PROGRAM
  8. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NSF'S MRI PROGRAM
  9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-3 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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1. JANUARY AAS MEETING IN DC - THE LARGEST EVER?

The AAS meeting to be held at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Washington - 8-12 January 2006 is shaping up to be the largest and one of the most exciting ever held by the Society. We received 20% more abstracts by the deadline than we had for the San Diego meeting a year ago.

Some Highlights
. The meeting will open with the Russell Lecture by Dr. James E., Gunn of Princeton University
. NASA administrator, Dr. Michael Griffin will address the Society on Tuesday, 10 January
. NSF's Assistant Director for Mathematical & Physical Sciences will address the Society on Wednesday, 11 January
. Prize lectures honoring the Heinemann, Warner, and Rossi awardees
. A rich program of invited talks, special sessions and contributed papers

Special rates have been negotiated for the hotel and these are actually BELOW the government rate for this period. Since access to meeting facilities is provided by the hotel in exchange for an expectation that meeting attendees will stay in the hotel, we ask that you please stay at the Marriott Wardman. The convenience of being in the same hotel where the meeting sessions are held will be considerable. Please note that this is NOT the same hotel where the 2002 Washington meeting was held. The facilities at the Marriott are considerably larger and will accommodate our needs much better.
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2. SPECIAL AND TOPICAL SESSIONS FOR THE CALGARY MEETING
4-8 JUNE 2006

We are looking for exciting topics for this meeting.
Proposals are due as follows:

Topical Sessions 7 December
Special Sessions 15 December

Proposals should be submitted using the online forms at https://members.aas.org/source/SpecialSessions/SubmitProposal.cfm.
This page is available only to AAS members so you will need to login to submit.

Please remember the distinction between topical sessions, which take place only at summer meetings, and special sessions:

Topical sessions may range in time from one-half day to two full days and will be scheduled on 6 or 7 June. A half day is 3 hours 15 minutes of meeting time (exclusive of breaks). Special Sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be scheduled either 5 or 8 June.

For either type of session the organizers select the presenters and may decide the structure of the session, including the length of the presentations, whether to use a panel discussion, etc. This is a very efficient way to hold a mini-meeting without having to deal with any of the logistics.
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3. 2006 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Second notices are scheduled to be mailed during the first week of December. Please take a moment to ensure your renewal has been mailed to avoid unnecessary reminders and curb administrative costs. Contact Faye Peterson, Manager, Membership Services at
mailto:peterson@aas.org for a faxed copy of your invoice or answers to your renewal questions. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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4. APPEAL FOR TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE

The AAS asks members who are fluent in English and a second language to volunteer for a small amount of translation work. As the new International Affiliate Membership class is implemented; we will need to produce recruitment information in several languages. We seek both people willing to provide translation and editing of translated material. Please contact Kevin Marvel (mailto:marvel@aas.org)
if you can help out. Specific languages sought include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Farsi and Arabic. Advice on proper rendering of non-Roman characters will be appreciated as well.
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5. UCO/LICK OBSERVATORY SEEKING NEW DIRECTOR
Deadline: 1 December 2005

The University of California seeks applications and nominations for a new Director of the University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory. UCO/Lick is headquartered at the University of California, Santa Cruz, operates the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, CA, and
supports operations at the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, HI. The Director is a member of the oversight board of Keck and of the Thirty Meter Telescope project. Further information may be found at http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/UCOLickDirector.pdf. Please send inquiries and the names of suggested candidates to Sandra Faber, Search Committee chair, at mailto:faber@ucolick.org.
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6. EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR U.S.
GRADUATE STUDENTS (EAPSI)
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation
Deadline: 7 December, 2005

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering 1) first- hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East
Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The
National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

www.nsf.gov/eapsi
email: eapinfo@nsf.gov
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7. IMPRS PHD PROGRAM
Deadline: 15 December 2005

Applications are invited for the Ph.D. program of the International Max-Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics (IMPRS) at the University of Heidelberg.

IMPRS Heidelberg is open for students from all countries. We offer several three year fellowships available to both international and German students. We invite highly-qualified and well-motivated students aiming for a graduate degree in Physics or Astronomy to apply by 15 December 2005 for the academic year starting September. 2006

We require applicants to have a Masters or Diploma in Physics or Astronomy (or equivalent) including a corresponding thesis. For further information about IMPRS Heidelberg and details of the application procedure, we refer to our web-site at

http://www.mpia-hd.mpg.de/imprs-hd/
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8. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NSF'S MRI PROGRAM
Deadline: 26 January 2006

NSF has just announced a new program solicitation for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05515). As a Foundation-wide competition, MRI reviews and award decisions are handled somewhat differently than other Astronomy Division grant programs. To understand the nuances of the MRI process and its impacts on your chance
for success, AST encourages you to contact the AST MRI program manager, Andrew Clegg, at (703)292-4892 or mailto:aclegg@nsf.gov, before preparing your proposal. This year's deadline is 26 January 2006.
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9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-3 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Release Date: 1 November 2005
Proposal Deadline: 16 February 2006

On behalf of NASA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is pleased to announce the release of the Cycle-3 Call for Proposals (CP) for Spitzer Space Telescope Observations and funding for Archival and Theoretical Research programs. Investigators worldwide from all types of institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this CP.

There are several new features in the Cycle-3 CP and investigators are urged to consult section 3 of the document early in their proposal planning process for a summary of major changes from Cycle-2. Cycle-3 is 13 months long and will run from June 2006 through June 2007.

Proposals must be submitted electronically using Spot, the SSC proposal planning and submission software, and received no later than Thursday, February 16, 2006, 01:00pm PST. The S13 version of Spot is scheduled for release in mid-November 2005 and proposers must use this version of the software to submit their proposals.

Proposal PDF files MUST be prepared with the Cycle-3 templates available at the Proposal Kit website.

All programmatic and technical information for Cycle-3 is available electronically from the Proposal Kit section of the Spitzer Science Center website. The URL is http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/propkit/currentcp.html

Any questions should be addressed to the Spitzer Helpdesk at mailto:help@spitzer.caltech.edu.

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