AAS Electronic Announcement #169 – February 2007
Mailed from aas.org on 9 February 2007]
- HAWAII PRESENTERS SHOULD VERIFY MEMBER STATUS NOW
- 2007 JANSKY LECTURESHIP
- DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
- NASA'S BEYOND EINSTEIN PROGRAM
- NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS
- CALL FOR EXOPLANET WHITE PAPERS
- 2MASS EXTENDED MISSION DATABASES AND ATLAS IMAGES AVAILABLE
- AFTER THE SENIOR REVIEW: CONSIDERATIONS FOR OPTIMIZING THE WORKFORCE
1. HAWAII PRESENTERS SHOULD VERIFY MEMBER STATUS NOW
If you received this message directly from the AAS then you are a current AAS Member or a current Society of Physics Students Affiliate Member. We ask AAS Members to assist us in communicating the abstract/membership rules to their nonmember students and colleagues. It is much easier to join now then on the abstract deadline.
The Hawaii abstract deadline is 9pm, Wednesday, 21 March 2007. The Meeting will be held 27-31 May 2007.
The AAS Council specifies the following regulations for submission and presentation of papers at an AAS meeting:
Current Members Only
*Any member of the AAS may submit a paper. You can verify member status in the Public Directory (http://members.aas.org/directory/directory.cfm) or Members-Only Directory, (http://members.aas.org).
*Former members must reinstate their membership (http://www.aas.org/membership/membership.php#reinstate).
*The presenter must be listed as the first author on the paper.
*The presenting/first author must register for the meeting.
Dissertations for Members Only
*Students or graduates wishing to submit Dissertation Abstracts must be accepted for membership in the AAS by the abstract deadline (http://www.aas.org/membership/membership.php#join).
One Time as Nonmember
*Nonmembers may present one paper at one AAS meeting if the abstract is countersigned by a Full Member; and they register for the meeting at the nonmember rate. Registration and abstract submission are separate processes.
Registration does not have to be submitted by the abstract deadline but must complete 30 days prior to the meeting.
*If an Undergraduate Guest gives a paper, he/she does so as a nonmember and is subject to the usual rules governing presentation of papers by nonmembers.
*Society of Physics Student Affiliates are considered nonmembers for abstract submission but may register at the Junior rate.
*Subsequent papers will be accepted only if the nonmember successfully applies for membership in the Society (http://www.aas.org/membership/membership.php#join).
One Paper Per Meeting
*You may only present one paper (whether oral or poster) at a meeting, with the exceptions listed below. You may co-author several papers but may be the first author and presenter for only one paper.
*Exceptions, if you are presenting any of the following: Prize Lectures, Invited Talks, Division Invited Talks, Special Session Invited Talks, Topical Session Invited Talks, Contributed education papers, Contributed historical papers, and papers for working group meetings you may still be the first author and presenter for an additional contributed scientific research paper.
2. 2007 JANSKY LECTURESHIP
Deadline: 15 February 2007
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2007 Jansky Lectureship [http://www.nrao.edu/jansky/janskyprize.shtml]. The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.
Please send nominations, including ONE supporting paragraph, by 15 February 2007, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to Director's Office, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903-2475.
3. DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES
Deadline: 9 March 2007
Applications are due on 9 March 2007 for NASA time on the Keck telescopes, for the period August 2007 - January 2008. 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, and may also apply for research support.
4. NASA'S BEYOND EINSTEIN PROGRAM
In response to a request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, the National Research Council has organized an assessment of NASA's Beyond Einstein Program. As part of the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee's data gathering process, Town Hall meetings will be held around the country to gather community input on the science opportunities and goals of the Beyond Einstein program. Meetings will be held in Newport Beach, CA (February 1), Cambridge, MA (February 12), Baltimore (March 14), and Chicago (April 4). For more information on any of the town halls, please go to http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/BeyondEinsteinPublic.html.
5. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS
Deadline: 2 April 2007
Due date for the 1 August 2007 to 31 January 2008 semester is 2 April 2007. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/request.php. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=30,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200), (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048?2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04 arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on available instruments can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/ (See INSTRUMENTATION in the sidebar).
6. CALL FOR EXOPLANET WHITE PAPERS
The ExoPlanet Task Force (ExoPTF), an Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC) subcommittee formed at the request of NSF and NASA, is expected to announce a call for white papers to inform their assessment of techniques and approaches for extra-solar planet detection and characterization, using both space and ground-based facilities. The ExoPTF is asked to recommend a 15-year strategy to detect and characterize exo-planets and planetary systems, and their formation and evolution, including specifically the identification of nearby candidate Earth-like planets and study of their habitability. The anticipated white paper solicitation deadline is 2 April 2007. The ExoPTF charge and membership, as well as future documentation including the white paper solicitation, can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/exoptf.jsp.
7. 2MASS EXTENDED MISSION DATABASES AND ATLAS IMAGES AVAILABLE
The Two Micron All Sky Survey announces the release of the 2MASS Extended Mission Ancillary Data Products. The Ancillary Products consist of source tables and images from Survey data processing that were not released as part of the 2MASS All-Sky Catalogs and Image Atlas (March 2003) including calibration and special "long-exposure" observations. These Ancillary Products complement the highly uniform and reliable All-Sky Release PSC, XSC and Image Atlas by providing multi-epoch images and measurements of sources when available as well as faint source extractions not reliable enough to meet the selection requirements for the All-Sky catalogs. Calibration fields observed thousands of times provide unique deep (Ks~19) and time-series coverage of several square degrees. "Long exposure" images and source lists provide coverage of several galaxy clusters, star forming regions, and other areas of interest that are about one magnitude deeper than the original 2MASS coverage.
A description of the Extended Mission Ancillary Products and supporting documentation is available at: http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/releases/allsky/index_extmis.html.
2MASS data products may be accessed via the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu.
8. AFTER THE SENIOR REVIEW: CONSIDERATIONS FOR OPTIMIZING THE WORKFORCE
Respectfully submitted by Keivan Stassun and Patricia Knezek, on behalf of the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) and the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA).
Second only to "optimizing the science," the NSF Senior Review Committee identified "optimizing the workforce" as a core principle in carrying out its charge of examining NSF AST's portfolio of facilities and other discretionary activities. Quoting from the report: "The implementation of the proposed program should consider diverse workforce needs within the Division of Astronomical Sciences supported observatory system and should provide for the training of the next generation of scientists and engineers."
The AAS CSWA and CSMA endorse this key principle as the astronomical community moves forward with the recommendations of the Senior Review Committee. The small absolute numbers of women and minorities (particularly the latter) within the discipline, and their concentration at the early stages of the professional ladder, implies that these constituencies may be particularly vulnerable to breaks in continuity of career trajectory that may naturally arise from divestments of current facilities and redistribution of resources. At the same time, with adequate forethought and deliberate planning, the vigorous new investments planned for the next generation of AST-supported facilities and activities represents a promising opportunity for the community to recommit to encouraging and enabling broadened participation of a diverse workforce. The Senior Review Committee's fifth principle -- "engaging the university community" -- will likely be important to achieving this goal.
The AAS CSWA and CSMA urge NSF AST and the astronomical community at large to keep these core principles at the fore as we move forward with optimism following the Senior Review.
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