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AAS Electronic Announcement #168 – January 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 16 January 2007]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS
  2. 2006 ANNUAL REVIEWS
  3. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  4. STUDY ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS IN INDIA - SUMMER 2007
  5. DIRK BROUWER AWARD NOMINATIONS
  6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF TOWN HALL MEETING
  7. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  8. SPECIAL SUMMER OPPORTUNITY IN GERMANY FOR NORTH AMERICAN UNDERGRADUATES


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1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS Due: 31 January 2007

Please be reminded that electronic voting will close at midnight EST on 31 January 2007.

Paper ballots are due to John Graham, AAS Secretary, by 31 January, 2007.

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2. 2006 ANNUAL REVIEWS

The 2006 Annual Reviews Publications, including the Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics are now available for AAS members. To take advantage of the discounted rate log into the AAS members only website and complete the order form.

Also, please remember that you can now renew your membership dues online. If you have not renewed your 2007 dues, do so today to avoid additional fees.

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3. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Congratulations to the following Chambliss Student Achievement Award winners from the 209th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Graduate Student Medal Winners: Amber Straughn and Arti Garg

Undergraduate Student Medal Winners: Amandeep Gill, Ferah Munshi and Elizabeth Adams

Honorable Mention: Graduate Students

Laura Brenneman, Ryan Campbell, Phillip Cargile, Michele Cash, David Chamulak, Maria Cordero, Kate Dellenbusch, Scott Engle, Nicolas Flagey, Nimish Hathi, Kimberly Herrmann, Christian Howard, Nathan Kaib, Emily Levesque, Allison Mercer, William Powell, Russell Ryan, Ryan Shannon, Carlos Vargas Alvarez, David Ventimiglia, Rongying Wu, Monica Young, and Chen Zheng

Honorable Mention: Undergraduates

James Atwood, Alissa Bans, L. Burns, Joseph W. Coish, Amy Colon, Jeffrey Coughlin, Wesley Ketchum, Matthew Klimek, Elisabeth Mills, Allison Noble, Walter Trentadue, Phuongmai Truong, Karl Twelker, Mark Wagner, and Jennifer Yee

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4. 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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5. DIRK BROUWER AWARD NOMINATIONS
Deadline: 31 January 2007

Nominations for the next Division on Dynamical Astronomy Dirk Brouwer Award are due by 31 January, 2007.

The Brouwer Award Selection Committee (BASC) of the DDA invites nominations for the Brouwer Award, the DDA's highest honor. The Brouwer award recognizes outstanding achievement in any branch of dynamical astronomy represented by the DDA membership, including celestial mechanics, astrometry, stellar systems, and galactic and extragalactic dynamics. It is open to candidates of any age or nationality, occupation, or specific field of interest.

If you know of a colleague who would be a worthy candidate for the Brouwer Award, please consider submitting a nomination. Necessary documentation includes a letter of nomination by a member of the AAS or the DDA, a curriculum vitae of the nominee, a list of the nominee's publications, and at least three supporting letters from experts in the field of the nominee attesting to the long term impact and influence of the nominee's contributions. Additional information on the Brouwer award and the selection process are at the DDA web site, http://dda.harvard.edu/ .

Please send nominations, before 31 January 2007, to:

Alessandro Morbidelli, BASC Chair
Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
Boulevard de l'Observatoire
B.P. 4229
F-06304 NICE Cedex 4
France
morby@obs-nice.fr

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6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF TOWN HALL MEETING
Deadline: 1 February 2007

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) requested that the NRC assess NASA's five Beyond Einstein missions and recommend one for first development and launch. This NRC study will use a set of criteria, including potential scientific impact and technical readiness, to examine the five Beyond Einstein missions (see Statement of Task). The committee is obtaining input on Beyond Einstein mission concepts at its data gathering meetings and is seeking broader input from the science community through a series of Town Hall meetings (in California, Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore, February-April). We also welcome comments on the Beyond Einstein study at beyondeinstein@nas.edu.

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7. SMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 1 March 2007

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 1 March 2007 for the observing semester 1 May 2007 through 31 October 2007. More information, technical details, and instructions and tools for proposal preparation and submission can be found starting in February at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/, the SMA Observer Center web site.

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8. SPECIAL SUMMER OPPORTUNITY IN GERMANY FOR NORTH AMERICAN UNDERGRADUATES

The German Physical Society (DPG) has announced a new program for Canadian and American undergraduate physics students. The program is called "RISE" Research Internships in Science and Engineering, and provides stipends for US students to spend a summer for study/research in a German university or research institute.

Specifically, this program gives North American students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on research projects. The doctoral students help integrate the undergraduate directly into the lab work and serve as personal and professional mentors. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance.

Information and application guidelines are available at: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html
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