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AAS Electronic Announcement #160 -- April 2006 [Mailed from aas.org 10 April 2006]

CONTENTS:

  1. AAS CALGARY MEETING NEWS
  2. FLASH TUTORIAL AT CALGARY
  3. AAS CALGARY MEETING BUS TRIP TO BANFF
  4. AAS SEATTLE MEETING
  5. DDA TO MEET IN NOVA SCOTIA
  6. JOB REGISTER IMPROVED
  7. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL

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1. AAS CALGARY MEETING NEWS

The late abstract deadline for the Calgary Meeting:

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, http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas208/

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

CASCA has agreed to provide reciprocal registration discount to any AAS member who would like to attend their meeting, which takes place just prior to the AAS meeting. CASCA meeting details can be found here: www.ism.ucalgary.ca/meetings/casca06/


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 (mailto:gilmore@aas.org) by 1 May 2006. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve basis.
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2. FLASH TUTORIAL AT CALGARY

The ASC/Flash Center at the University of Chicago, funded by the DOE ASC/Alliances Program, has been engaged in building a state-of-the-art simulation code, FLASH, for solving nuclear astrophysical problems related to exploding stars. The FLASH code is a modular, adaptive, parallel simulation code capable of handling general compressible flow problems in astrophysical environments. FLASH has been designed to allow users to configure initial and boundary conditions, change algorithms, and add new physics in a simple, modular fashion.

In conjunction with the release of FLASH3, we will conduct a tutorial of the FLASH code at the AAS summer meeting in Calgary, Canada. The tutorial be held Sunday, June 4 and will target new and existing users of the FLASH code and focus on the following points:

1. Organization and capabilities of the FLASH code.
2. How to create an application and/or extend the code.
3. FLASH3 enhancements and improvements.
4. Transitioning users from FLASH2 to FLASH3.

As a part of the proposed FLASH tutorial, we plan to provide hands-on experience with the code. We will give temporary accounts to attendees on our local machines here at the Flash center, that they can access using their laptops if network is available. The interested attendees should contact us at least a week before the tutorial to allow us enough time to setup the accounts. If network access is not available, we will only be able to demonstrate the use of code, unless attendees can download and run it on their own laptops. The code runs on Apple laptops and pc's with linux if MPI is installed on them. However, the code does require a license agreement; attendees are advised to get approval for the download if they intend to use their own machines during the tutorial. For further information, and to get your account setup, please contact Anshu Dubey at the ASC/Flash center. Her contact information is:

email: mailto:dubey@flash.uchicago.edu
phone: 773 834-2999
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3. AAS CALGARY MEETING BUS TRIP TO BANFF

On Sunday, 4 June 2006, a 55 passenger bus will take people from the Hyatt in Calgary to Banff (http://www.banff.ca/banff/banff.nsf/)
for the day. The bus will drop people off at two locations in Banff:
downtown and at the Hot Springs. Downtown Banff has a lot of upscale shopping and access to a few hiking trails (as well as numerous tourist facilities). At the Hot Springs you can enjoy a relaxing soak or can hike (or take the gondola) up to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
It's quite easy to get around Banff via public transportation.
After six hours in the Banff area, the bus will bring you back to the Hyatt. The cost is $30 per person. Please contact Rene Plume (mailto:plume@ism.ucalgary.ca) to sign up.
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4. AAS SEATTLE MEETING
SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Town Hall or Splinter Meeting at the January 2007 Seattle Meeting proposals and room requests are due 22 May 2006. See http://www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.
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5. DDA TO MEET IN NOVA SCOTIA

The 2006 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) will be held 25-29 June 2006 at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Astronomers, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists having an interest in dynamical research will find the annual DDA Meeting a friendly, stimulating, and rewarding experience. The Meeting will feature invited review talks on a range of topics in dynamical astrophysics, contributed oral papers (with no parallel sessions), and poster papers that are displayed throughout the entire meeting. Some funding to subsidize travel expenses for students and postdocs will also be available.

Further details may be found online at: http://dda.harvard.edu/

Important Deadlines:
Hotel Reservations: 12 May 2006
Abstracts: 19 May 2006
Registration: 19 May 2006
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6. JOB REGISTER IMPROVED

The AAS Job Register is the main resource for finding employment in astronomy, astrophysics and related fields. As part of the regular improvement of AAS products and services, the Job Register has been enhanced to make the monthly job listings easier to read and search.

Each job category (e.g. “postdoc”, “management”, “faculty”) will now appear together in the Job Register, both in the listings from previous months and in the new job listings. This small enhancement, made possible through the enhanced use of dynamic web pages, responds to numerous comments from job seekers at all levels.

Constructive comments on any AAS product or service are always welcome.
Let us know how to serve you better by sending email to mailto:aas@aas.org, or directly to the staff member responsible.
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7. THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL

This summer The Astronomical Journal will be published using an electronic-first approach. In e-first publishing, each research article will be posted online as soon as it has been prepared for printing, i.e. copyedited and assigned final page and volume numbers. For most papers, this will mean faster publication. Note that authors will still be required to submit signed page charge and publication agreement forms before articles can be published online. We plan to support RSS notifications of e-first papers as they appear. Once an AJ issue is complete, the full issue will be available online and in print, as is the case now. Please look for more information about this exciting change online and in the July issue of the AJ.
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