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AAS Electronic Announcement #170 March 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 13 March 2007]

CONTENTS:

1. AAS HAWAII MEETING NEWS

2. AAS HAWAII MEETING BUS TRIP TO MAUNA KEA

3. AAS AUSTIN MEETING

4. DDA TO MEET IN ANN ARBOR

5. MEETINGS-IN-A-MEETING

6. AAS COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT

7. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2007B

8. EXOPLANET TASK FORCE CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-5 CALL FOR PROPOSALS SCHEDULE

10. DECADAL SURVEY INPUT

11. GLOBE AT NIGHT

12. NED ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICES AND CONTENT

13. WHAT'S NEW AT IRSA?

14. AUI FORMS RADIO FUTURES COMMITTEE
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1. AAS HAWAII MEETING NEWS

The late abstract deadline for the Hawaii Meeting:

21 March AS Hawaii Abstracts Deadline
21 March SPD Hawaii Abstracts Deadline
18 April Late Abstract Deadline
18 March Early Registration Deadline
30 April Splinter Meeting Requests

Abstract forms are available on the AAS website http://members.aas.org/abstracts.

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com

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.aas.org/meetings/aas210


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 at aas.org) by 30 April 2007. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve basis.
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2. AAS HAWAII MEETING POST MEETING TRIP TO MAUNA KEA

The AAS is organizing a post meeting trip to Mauna Kea, in Hilo, HI on Thursday, 31 May and Friday, 1 June 2007. Only a 35 minute flight from Honolulu, youll have an opportunity to explore the mountain, the Imiloa Astronomy Education Center and the Gemini Observatory. Tours will be available on both days. Each day will consist of two groupings (AM and PM). One group will tour during the first half of the day (AM) and the second group will tour during the second half of the day (PM). Ground transportation will be provided by local tour operators. For those of you that are interested, an optional extension to Maui will be offered following the 1 June tour.

Because of the tight time tables with the observatory all participants must arrive the night before. Airline and Housing options will be posted as soon as possible.

The observatory has a few strict rules that we need you to be aware of: No participants under 16 years of age will be permitted. There are also some restrictions for people with certain health issues.

For more details please see visit www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/event_mauna_kea_tours.php.
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3. AAS AUSTIN MEETING
SPECIAL SESSION DEADLINE

Proposals for Special Sessions for the Austin Meeting are due in the EO by 15 May 2007. See www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.
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4. DDA TO MEET IN ANN ARBOR

The 2007 Annual Meeting of the AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy will be held May 6-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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. Invited speakers this year include Frank Shu, Gordon Ogilvie, Alessandro Morbidelli, Steve Lubow, Richard Montgomery, and Lars Hernquist. Further details as they become available may be found online at: http://dda.harvard.edu/.

Deadlines:
Abstracts: 1 April 2007
Hotel Reservations: 4 April 2007
Registration: 9 April 2007
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5. MEETINGS-IN-A-MEETING

Do you want to hold a multi-day meeting on a topic of interest to your colleagues, but don't want to deal with the logistical hassles of planning a multi-day meeting? The AAS now has a solution for you...the newly established Meeting-in-a-Meeting format, which will begin at the St. Louis meeting in June 2008.

AAS members are encouraged to propose for multi-day meetings on a topic of specialized or general interest. Proposals are due by May 15, 2007.

The AAS Council established the Meeting-in-a-Meeting format to draw multi-day scientific meetings to the AAS summer meeting with the goals of enhancing summer meeting content, providing opportunity to hold workshop sessions and expanding the old Topical Meeting format to more appropriately match the length of typical specialized topical science meetings.

Meeting format is flexible. Sessions only have to break at the times of invited speakers and meals. Opportunities exist for holding hands-on workshops, panel discussions, single presentations of longer length and normal multi-speaker sessions. Use your proposal to describe your desired format and any special needs and the AAS will work with you to make your meeting happen.

All proposals must be approved by the AAS Committee on Meetings, led by the senior Vice President. See AAS website for details: www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html

Let the AAS handle the logistics so you and your colleagues can focus on the science! Propose now for this new opportunity!
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6. AAS COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT

The AAS Committee on Employment would like to highlight the following useful resources for astronomers. Please check out our website(www.aas.org/career/) for additional resources and contact information for the committee members.

1) The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA;www.nationalpostdoc.org/) is an excellent resource for graduate students, postdocs, or astronomers who mentor these individuals. The NPA can help you find the information you need, put you in touch with the right people, and advocate for the best interests of the future astronomy workforce.
Check out their comprehensive website for information on best practices and policies, guidance on starting a local postdoc association/office, and links to many professional development resources.

2) MentorNet (www.mentornet.net/) is an electronic mentoring network for diversity in science and engineering. Founded in 1997, MentorNet provides pairing of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and untenured faculty at many of the world's top colleges and universities with experienced professionals in their fields for email-based mentoring relationships. MentorNet is a nonprofit initiative sponsored through partnerships, grants and donations. Its many sponsors include the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Argonne National Laboratory, AT&T, Intel and IBM, and the National Science Foundation.
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7. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2007B
Due: 2 April 2007

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2007B semester, August 2007 - January 2008. 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: www.noao.edu/gateway/

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Monday, 2 April 2007.
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8. EXOPLANET TASK FORCE CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS
Deadline: 2 April 2007

The ExoPlanet Task Force (ExoPTF), an Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC) subcommittee formed at the request of NSF and NASA, announces 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 has been asked to recommend a 15-year strategy to detect and characterize exoplanets and planetary systems, and their formation and evolution, including specifically the identification of nearby candidate Earth-like planets and study of their habitability. White papers may describe studies, measurements with existing facilities, new instruments, new facilities or missions, considerations from theoretical modeling, or other recommendations or information that can support the Task Force in its work as laid out in the charge. White paper submission instructions, along with the ExoPTF charge and membership, may be found at www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/exoptf.jsp.
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9. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-5 CALL FOR PROPOSALS SCHEDULE

Proposal Call Release Date: August 2007
Proposal Deadline: 16 November 2007, 5:00 PM PST

Cycle-5 will be the final cryogenic observing cycle for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. We expect cycle-5 to last 8-10 months. It will run from July 2008 into the spring of 2009. The proposal call dates are being moved forward from the usual annual cycle to allow us to deal with the added complexities of scheduling the final cryogenic cycle and to plan for the Spitzer "warm mission" which will immediately follow the end of the cryogenic mission. Cycle-4 selections will be announced in May 2007, the Cycle-5 Call for Proposals will be released in August and the cycle-5 proposal deadline is 16 November 2007.

Please consult the Spitzer Science Center website for additional information (http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu).

Any questions should be addressed to the Spitzer Helpdesk at help at spitzer.caltech.edu.
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10. DECADAL SURVEY INPUT

In our field, the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council (NRC) is best known as the organization that convenes the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Surveys (AADS). The series of AADS reports has provided priorities for the federal investment that has, in turn, enabled the remarkable success of the field. The AADS process is organized by the NRC's Board on Physics and Astronomy, in cooperation with the Space Studies Board and with the active involvement of their joint subcommittee, the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Boards are considering whether, in light of current circumstances in the field, to recommend some adjustments in the decadal survey process. The Boards would very much appreciate the input of members of the AAS as they conduct their deliberations. The NRC has established the following e-mail address for community input: astro2010 at nas.edu.

The following issues were presented at the January 2007 AAS meeting, and we would appreciate comments on them or any other issues you think are important:

How should the AADS collect effective input from entire community?

Should the Committee/Panel structure be organized around scientific area, or around investigative technique?

Should individuals from outside the field be members of the Committee or Panels, and in what role?

How can the next Survey increase the accuracy of its cost estimates?

How should the Decadal Survey address uncompleted recommendations from previous surveys?

How should the survey coordinate with astronomers and astrophysicists internationally?

What subfields at the boundaries of astronomy and astrophysics should be included?

How can the survey remain flexible as circumstances change throughout a decade?

Should the recommendations include a prioritization across categories, e.g., space vs. ground, major vs. moderate, etc.?

Again, we appreciate all input - please direct your comments to astro2010 at nas.edu. Your comments may be posted on the NRC website for the consideration of the community."
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11. GLOBE AT NIGHT

The Globe at Night program is coming up during the next dark period 8-21 March. This program heightens awareness of light pollution, and is a good way to teach some science to our children.

The website is: www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?glbatnt07&lang=en&nav=1

(for English speaking countries)
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12. NED ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICES AND CONTENT

The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) is pleased to announce the release of four major new additions to its suite of services available to the astronomical community. (1) For objects having available redshifts, distances and related quantities are presented using a variety of large-scale flow corrections and a current concordance cosmology. (2) A compilation of more than three thousand distance measurements for over a thousand galaxies is now available and is being actively updated from information in the contemporary literature. (3) A new spectral database provides a unique resource for data previously available only via rendered plots in journal articles, as well as spectra from selected survey archives. This service includes data in their original formats and standardized units to simplify integration of spectra from different instruments, extensive metadata and links to distributed Web resources, preview plots, and quick-look interactive analysis via the Specview Java applet. Spectra may be located and filtered by object name, journal reference, passband, spectral line, and combinations thereof. The contents are expanding rapidly, and we encourage the community to submit spectra for inclusion. (4) Data Content Keywords derived from NED (all relevant papers) and Topical Keywords from the ARI Bibliographical Database for Astronomical References (ARIBIB, for publications prior to mid-2000) are displayed and can be utilized in optional filters for literature searches based on Object Name or Author Name.

To submit images, spectra, photometry or other data related to your peer-reviewed journal articles, or if you have a question or comment, please contact mailto:ned at ipac.caltech.edu.

NED can be accessed at http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/. A graphics-rich document illustrating the latest contents and services is available at http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/NED2007JanHandout.pdf.
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13. WHAT'S NEW AT IRSA?

New data sets at the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) include "Cosmic Evolution Survey" (COSMOS) ancillary products from GALEX, KPNO Ks-band imaging, and VLA; products from the Spitzer Legacy program "Surveying the Agents of a Galaxy's Evolution" (SAGE), which is a survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud; and source tables and images from the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) Extended Mission. These and other data sets can be queried and downloaded at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu.

IRSA has retooled its inventory service(http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Radar/) to search not only IRSA-curated data but also most data sets held by CDS-VizieR. Version 3.0 of the Montage mosaic engine (http://montage.ipac.caltech.edu/ ) has also been released. This distribution solidifies support for running jobs in a Grid environment, and includes tools for managing and manipulating FITS image mosaics.
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14. AUI FORMS RADIO FUTURES COMMITTEE
In an effort to help forge a community-wide vision for the future of radio astronomy and in preparation for the next Decadal Survey, AUI is sponsoring a Committee on the Future of US Radio Astronomy. A Committee has been formed comprising members of the astronomy community with both a broad scientific perspective and a knowledge of radio astronomy techniques. It is chaired by Dick McCray, of the University of Colorado.
The primary goal of the Committee will be to determine radio astronomys role in answering fundamental questions in astronomy as an integral part of a broad scientific agenda. The committee will focus on the science questions expected to be most important over the next one to two decades, and to investigate how radio, millimeter and submillimeter (RMS) observations can best contribute. RMS observations will be considered within the context of all multi-wave length astronomy investigations by existing and planned major facilities. The Committee will solicit input from the community at large. Its goal is to publish a white paper by the end of 2007, which will be relevant for the broad astronomy community and timely for the planning of the next Decadal Survey. www.aui.edu/future_committee/index.php
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