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AAS Electronic Announcement #167 — December 2006

AAS Electronic Announcement #167 - December 2006

[Mailed from aas.org on 11 December 2006]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS/AAPT MEETING IN SEATTLE
  2.  PROJECT ASTRO CAN USE YOUR TEXTBOOKS!
  3. JUDGES NEEDED FOR THE CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  4. FIRST SYMPOSIUM ON PHYSICS EDUCATION
  5. 2007 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  6. AAS JOB REGISTER INCREASE
  7. DON'T FORGET THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS
  8. STUDY ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS IN INDIA - SUMMER 2007
  9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-4 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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1. AAS/AAPT MEETING IN SEATTLE

There is still time to register for the AAS/AAPT joint meeting in Seattle. The meeting will take place 5-10 January 2007 in Seattle. Abstracts are no longer being accepted, but the meeting promises to be very rewarding with a wide range of prize and invited talks, special sessions, town halls and contributed oral and poster presentations. The High Energy Astrophysics Division and Historical Astronomy Division are also meeting with AAS and AAPT, making this meeting one of the most diverse and exciting meetings in the past several years. Register online through a link on the home page or directly to http://www.aas.org/meetings/registration.html. A paper registration form is also available for download on this page. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle in January! The deadline for discounted registration rates is 14 December, so register today!
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2. PROJECT ASTRO CAN USE YOUR TEXTBOOKS!

Do you have a stack of introductory textbooks (or just one) that you don't need? The ASP can make use of these as reference books for their project ASTRO participants! Donate your gently used, newer textbook or publishers sample (published after 2002) at the AAS/AAPT meeting. It's easy - toss one book in your suitcase and bring it to the ASP booth in the Exhibit Hall (booth 338). You're welcome to donate more than one book but we realize that books are heavy and you may not want to lug them to the airport. If you want to donate more you can ship your books to Dan Zevin at the following address: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112. Project ASTRO thanks you!
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3. JUDGES NEEDED FOR THE CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

We need volunteers to serve as judges for the Student Achievement Awards -- for graduate students and undergraduate. We shall give out 5 awards at the AAS/AAPT Meeting in Seattle, 3 undergraduate and 2 graduate students. It's a good way to meet talented students, and possible future postdocs and graduate students, and it's fun. If you're interested please contact Susana Deustua at deustua@aas.org. More information is at http://members.aas.org/grants/student.cfm.
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4. FIRST SYMPOSIUM ON PHYSICS EDUCATION
The upcoming AAPT meeting will include a special symposium on Physics Education.

Overcoming Gravity: The Critical Force of Physics in Boosting National Competitiveness

We are pleased to announce that the first Symposium on Physics Education will be held on Wednesday, January 10, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. During the Symposium, a leading panel will discuss the role of physics education in supporting the STEM workforce especially in light of the growing physics enrollments at schools and colleges and the strong current interest in national competitiveness. The 2005 AIP Statistical School Report will also be unveiled at the Symposium.

Invited speakers include:
-Governor Christine Gregoire, WA
-Jeannie Narum, Director of Project Kaleidoscope (Moderator)
-Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
-Rick Rachid, Senior Vice President of Research at Microsoft
-Kenneth Krane, Professor of Physics at Oregon State University
-Michael Bennett, Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
-Louis Lanzerotti, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and member of the National Science Board
-Michael Neuschatz, Senior Research Associate, Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

Overcoming Gravity is sponsored in part by M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (http://www.murdock-trust.org/).

More information about the Symposium is available at:
http://aapt.org/Events/symposium.cfm

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5. 2007 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Reminder notices will be mailed in January 2007.

If you mailed your renewal within the last two weeks, please do not respond to the Reminder Notice. You may ensure receipt at a later date by visiting the Members Only pages at members.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your Members Only Directory record is 12/31/2007.

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2006. Prompt cooperation will preempt service interruptions, reinstatement fees and back issue surcharges. Questions regarding your renewal status should be directed to mailto:peterson@aas.org or (202) 328-2010.
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6. AAS JOB REGISTER INCREASE

Beginning 1 January 2007, the AAS Job Register rates will increase to $135.00 with a $5.00 discount if the ads are paid for online with a credit card.
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7. DON'T FORGET THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

The AAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations to the AAS are fully tax deductible and gratefully accepted. Your donations help the AAS accomplish more and every dollar is put to good use. Donations above $50 are acknowledged by letter for tax filing purposes. The AAS also accepts donations of appreciated stock, which can be of even greater benefit to donors come tax time. Please consider donating to the AAS as you plan your year-end giving. Donations can be accepted online through the “Online Contributions” link on the AAS homepage. Donations of appreciated stock should be arranged through the executive office. Questions about donations can be addressed to Faye Peterson, Membership Manager (Peterson@aas.org). Donations by check can be sent to:

American Astronomical Society
PO Box 79305
Baltimore, MD 21279-0305
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8. STUDY ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS IN INDIA - SUMMER 2007
Deadline: 22 January 2007

The Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) announces a program of summer research for US graduate students. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), the program will take place in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). The program supports four full-time summer research positions for 8 weeks starting 11 June 2007 (this start date is firm).

Additional information and application materials are available on the
Web at http://eo.nso.edu/ires/. All application materials must be received by 22 January 2007.
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9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-4 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Release Date: 1 November 2006
Proposal Deadline: 14 February 2007, 1:00 PM PST

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-4 Call for Proposals (CP) for Spitzer Space Telescope General Observations (GO) and funding for Archival Research (AR) and Theoretical Research (TR) 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-4 CP and investigators are urged to consult section 4 of the document early in their proposal planning process for a summary of major changes from Cycle-3. Two major changes are the reinstitution of Collaborative Spitzer-HST proposals and the commissioning of the MIPS 160 micron "Enhanced" photometry mode. Cycle-4 is 12 months long and will run from July 2007 through June 2008.

GO/AR/TR proposals must be submitted electronically using Spot, the SSC proposal planning and submission software, and received no later than Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 1:00 PM PST.

Note that Collaborative Spitzer-HST proposals are due Friday, 26 January 2007, 5:00 PM PST, with Letters of Intent due Friday, 1 December 2006, 5:00 PM PST.

The S15 version of Spot is scheduled for release in mid-December 2006 and proposers must use this version of the software to submit their proposals. ** Proposal PDF files MUST be prepared with the Cycle-4 templates available at the Proposal Kit website. **

All programmatic and technical information for Cycle-4 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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