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AAS Electronic Announcement #158 -- February 2006

[Mailed from aas.org on 10 FEBRUARY 2006]

Contents:

  1. AAS SEEKS DONATION ARCHIVE COORDINATOR
  2. NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
  3. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  4. SIGMA XI GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH
  5. IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINE CHANGE
  6. INVITATIONS TO THE PRAGUE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAU
  7. GALEX SURVEY

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1. AAS SEEKS DONATION ARCHIVE COORDINATOR

The AAS seeks a volunteer to help coordinate the AAS Book/ Journal/Equipment Donation web pages. Long time coordinator Ed Anderson has done a wonderful job for the Society, including helping to coordinate the donation of a significant number of books and other materials to the astronomers of the Mt. Stromlo observatory near Canberra after a devastating fire destroyed their library collections.

The typical workload is a few hours every few months, with some periods that involve more time consumption. The volunteer may work with AAS staff to redesign the donation system if they so choose.

Please contact Kevin Marvel (mailto:marvel@aas.org) for more information or to volunteer for this worthwhile position.
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2. NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
Deadline: 3 March 2006

Applications are due on 3 March 2006 for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period August 2006 - January 2007.
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.
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3. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 9 March 2006

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 9 March 2006 for the observing semester 1 May 2006 through 31 October 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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4. SIGMA XI GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH
Deadline: 15 March 2006

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 $5,000 for astronomy. Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply.
Application deadline is 15 March 2006.
Information and online application form at:
http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/index.shtml
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5. IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINE CHANGE
Deadline: 7 April 2006

In order to better coordinate the distribution of travel grants with the IAU, the AAS is moving the deadline for its International Travel Grant to 7 April 2006. This deadline is

for applications for travel to the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Prague ONLY, not for the normal second review period for 2006.

Any questions about this change may be sent to Deputy Executive Officer Kevin Marvel, mailto:marvel@aas.org.
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6. INVITATIONS TO THE PRAGUE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE
IAU
Deadline: 31 May 2006

The International Astronomical Union has now authorized the US National Committee to issue invitations to the XXVIth General Assembly, which will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic from 14 to 25 August 2006. Those wishing to receive formal invitations should contact the undersigned before 31 May 2006 sending name, mailing address, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.
I hope as many of you as possible will be able to make the trip.

John Graham
Secretary
USNC-IAU
Carnegie-DTM
5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015
e-mail: mailto:aassec@aas.org
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7. GALEX SURVEY

GALEX is a NASA Small Explorer, with primary science goals of 1) characterizing star formation processes in galaxies in a wide range of environments, and 2) determining how these evolve from a redshift of ~2 to the present.

The GALEX Science Team is accomplishing this through a number of interconnected surveys at vacuum ultraviolet wavelengths (130-280nm), ranging from a relatively shallow all-sky survey to several extremely deep fields; we anticipate that these surveys will be completed around the end of calendar 2007.

Half of the available observing time on the satellite is currently used by Guest Investigators, and GALEX GI programs are expected to continue at about this level.
However, the GALEX satellite, with its 1.2 degree field and with the extremely low sky background of the vacuum UV, is probably best-suited for large surveys. NASA is therefore soliciting feedback from the community on the best use of GALEX's survey capabilities, once the primary mission is completed. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
extending the GALEX medium-deep survey to overlap more of the SDSS, one or more large-scale spectroscopic surveys, a second epoch of the all-sky survey, one or more surveys designed to sample the time domain, more deep fields, deeper deep fields, or a deeper survey focused on some part of the Galactic plane.

Please take a minute to let us know what you believe to be the most valuable survey data that GALEX could collect, beyond what is already being done. An on-line survey form and more information can be found at http://galexgi.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Susan Neff
GALEX Mission Scientist
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