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AAS Electronic Announcement #159 -- March 2006

AAS Electronic Announcement #159 -- March 2006

[Mailed from aas.org on 10 MARCH 2006]


CONTENTS

  1. CALGARY MEETING NEWS
  2. NEW AAS MEMBERSHIP CLASS - INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATE
  3. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2006B
  4. SCIENCE & ENGINEERING VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE CALL FOR ENTRIES
  5. FIRST DATA RELEASE FROM THE RADIAL VELOCITY EXPERIMENT (RAVE)
  6. IRSA UPDATES

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1. CALGARY MEETING NEWS

The Abstract deadline for the Calgary Meeting is quickly approaching!

Abstract deadline: 23 March 2006, 9pm EST. There are NO exceptions to this deadline.

23 March Abstract Deadline
19 April Late Abstract Deadline
19 April Early Registration Deadline

LaTeX mark-up is no longer required for abstract submission.
Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word processing files, cutting and pasting or typing directly into the abstract form. A character pallet of common symbols is provided.

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details and access to abstract, registration and hotel forms, www.meetings/aas208/.

For this meeting, we are extending the AAS Member registration rate to CASCA and RAS members.

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a room request form and return it to Kelli Gilmore (Gilmore@aas.org) by 1 May 2006.
These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve bases.
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2. NEW AAS MEMBERSHIP CLASS - INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATE

The American Astronomical Society invites astronomers from around the world to become an International Affiliate member.

The AAS Council established The International Affiliate membership type to provide economical access to benefits and services most likely used by astronomers residing outside the United States. Current full AAS members are not required to change membership type.

The International Affiliate membership dues are USD 55 and include a variety of benefits. For more information, and an application, see http://www.aas.org/membership/classes.html
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3. NOAO PROPOSALS FOR 2006B
Due: 31 March 2006

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2006B semester, August 2006 - January 2007. Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, the two 10m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and the telescopes of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions are available at:
http://www.noao.edu/gateway/

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Friday, 31 March 2006.
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4. SCIENCE & ENGINEERING VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE CALL
FOR ENTRIES
Deadline: 31 May 2006

The ability to convey the essence and excitement of research in digitized images, color diagrams, multimedia and animation has given researchers the perspective needed to set new research directions and equipped other citizens to see and understand complex science concepts.

The National Science Foundation and Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, invite you to participate in the fourth annual Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The competition recognizes scientists, engineers, visualization specialists, and artists for producing or commissioning innovative work in visual communication.

Award categories: Photographs, Illustrations, Interactive Media, Non-Interactive Media and Informational Graphics.
Winners in each category will be published in the 22 September 2006 issue of Science Magazine and Science Online and displayed on the NSF website.

Complete Entry Information:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index.jsp
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5. FIRST DATA RELEASE FROM THE RADIAL VELOCITY
EXPERIMENT (RAVE)

The Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) is an ambitious southern-sky spectroscopic survey to measure radial velocities and stellar atmosphere parameters (temperature, metallicity, surface gravity) of up to one million stars using a multi-object spectrograph and the giant 6-degree field of view on the 1.2-m UK Schmidt Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO).

RAVE is a multi-national endeavor, with Matthias Steinmetz, Director of the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, as P.I., Tomaz Zwitter from the University of Ljubljana as the project scientist, and Fred Watson from the AAO as the project manager. Funding for RAVE, allowing dedicated access to the telescope and instrument, is provided by the participating institutions and by the national research councils of the team members'
countries, including the NSF.

The first data release, made public on Friday, 10 February 2006, during the Aspen Winter Conference On Cosmology, contains 25,274 radial velocities for 24,748 individual stars. The total surface covered by this data release is approximately 4,760 square degrees. The data is complemented by a compilation of photometric data and proper motions from other catalogues. The data release can be accessed via the RAVE webpage:
http://www.rave-survey.org
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6. IRSA UPDATES

The NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) announces availability of Data Release 3 (DR3) data sets for Spitzer Legacy programs GLIMPSE, GOODS, and SWIRE. These include Spitzer IRAC and/or MIPS data as well as ancillary data products from other ground- and space- based observatories.
These data can be accessed via spatial queries and visualization tools found at the following links:

GLIMPSE: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/GLIMPSE
GOODS: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/GOODS
SWIRE: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/SWIRE

Also available at IRSA are two new services. The National Virtual Observatory Quick Sky Statistics Service, available at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/QuickStats/, is a spatial search tool that generates source counts, coverage maps, and links to downloadable data for catalogs available through IRSA, NED and CDS VizieR. Baby Gator, available at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/ applications/BabyGator/, provides alternative, simplified spatial searching on IRSA's most popular catalogs from 2MASS, IRAS, MSX, and the Spitzer Legacy programs.
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