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AAS Electronic Announcement #171 — April 2007

AAS Electronic Announcement #171 -- April 2007
[Mailed from aas.org 17 April 2007]

View Online:
http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/ELA_171_2007_04.html

CONTENTS:

1. AAS HAWAII MEETING NEWS

2. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

3. AAS AUSTIN MEETING

4. FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL-DARK SKY WEEK CELEBRATION

5. ASP NOW OFFERING SMALL EPO GRANTS

6. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

7. EXPLORE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING IN THE STARLAB PORTABLE PLANETARIUM
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1. AAS HAWAII MEETING NEWS

The late abstract deadline for the Calgary Meeting:

18 April Late Abstract Deadline
22 April Advanced Registration Deadline
18 May Final Registration Deadline

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details and access to abstract, registration and hotel forms, www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/

This is a joint meeting with SPD. SPD members will receive the member rate when registering for the meeting. Please be sure that you are only registering under the SPD member registration and not AAS member registration in order to receive the discounted rate.

Meeting Hotels

The Ilikai and Doubletree hotels are now sold out. Please do not call or fax reservation forms to these hotels.

It has been brought to our attention that some internet travel sites have posted an inaccurate star rating of our host hotel Ala Moana Hotel. The all-new Ala Moana Hotel is a four-star resort which recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. The Ala Moana Hotel is conveniently located directly across the street from the convention center where the AAS 210th Meeting will take place. The Ala Moana Hotel also hosts: four diverse restaurants, a Polynesian showroom, a new sundeck with poolside bar, an impressive fitness center providing guests with desired amenities and the 76-acre Ala Moana Beach Park

The AAS has secured a room rate of $139/night for single/double occupancy and has select student rooms in the Wakiki Towers for $129/night.

Please check out the Ala Moana Hotel at the following link:
http://outrigger.com/hotels_detail.aspx?hotel=110. To make reservations, please call the Ala Moana Hotel directly at 800-367-6025. Reservations can be made by fax at 808-953-3982 with the hotel reservation form http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/houseform.pdf

The AAS had to contract blocks of sleeping rooms in area hotels. We must have 80% of the reserved rooms booked. Otherwise, penalties will be incurred. Booking outside of our reserved blocks results in significant increases in meeting costs.

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 1 May 2007. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve basis.
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2. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

Educator Reception
Saturday (May 26) 5pm - 8pm
www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/event_ed_reception.php The AAS and Association for Astronomy Education will present an evening reception for K-12 teachers to gain knowledge and resources to take back to their classrooms to cover the press releases that are planned for the conference week. During the reception, teachers will be exposed to background scientific content through presentations related to planned press releases, will have a chance to mingle with astronomers and will take home resources for use in their classrooms during the week including a schedule of press releases and supporting materials.

Presiders: Jake Noel-Storr (Rocehster Institute of Technology,
InsightLab) and Emilie Drobnes (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center)

AstroZone: Hawaii
Sunday (May 27) 12pm - 4pm
www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/event_ed_astrozone.php
The AAS and the Association for Astronomy Education present a four hour open house for local families, teachers and kids. Come learn about the cool science going on right now in astronomy. At AstroZone: Hawaii you'll get to meet scientists, do some hands-on astronomy, and take home a bunch of free stuff!

Organizers: Jake Noel-Storr (Rocehster Institute of Technology, Insight Lab) and Emilie Drobnes (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center)

Astronomer Volunteers Needed for the Educators Reception and Astrozone. If you will be in Honolulu on Saturday and/or Sunday, please consider participating at the Educators Reception on Saturday night and at Astrozone on Sunday afternoon. Volunteer duties are quite easy: 1) just to be your cheerful astronomer self and 2) mingle. It's like being a rock star!! Material rewards include munchies, t-shirts and buttons. If interested please contact Jake Noel Storr (jake at cis.rit.edu) and Emilie Drobnes (emilie.drobnes at gsfc.nasa.gov)

Endpoints & Interactions: Physics of SNR www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/event_endpoints.php

Astrophysical Ionizing Radiation Sources and their Impact on Life www.aas.org/meetings/aas210/session_radiation_sources.php
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3. AAS AUSTIN MEETING
SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Town Hall or Splinter Meeting at the January 2008 Austin Meeting proposals and room requests are due 15 May 2007. See www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.
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4. FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL-DARK SKY WEEK CELEBRATION

National Dark-Sky Week will occur from 17 April to 24 April 2007. This event was founded in 2003 by Jennifer Barlow after astronomers expressed their concern for increasing light pollution, the "glow" from outdoor lights that washes out the stars in the night sky. Endorsed by the International Dark-Sky Association, American Astronomical Society, and the Astronomical League, this event is taking place for the fifth year, promising to have increased participation and more publicity than in previous years

For more information, please visit: www.ndsw.org.
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5. ASP NOW OFFERING SMALL EPO GRANTS

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has instituted a new small grants program to encourage scientists to engage in more education and/or public outreach activities. Proposals for up to $2,500 are now being accepted via a highly simplified application process open to either institutions or individuals. The application deadline is 15 June 2007. For complete information go to www.astrosociety.org
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6. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

SPARK, the Education Newsletter of the AAS, is published by the Education Office twice a year - in January and in June, to coincide with the semi-annual meetings. If you missed the last issue andwould like to get it, please send your address to education at aas.org. This is a free subscription to all AAS members, and if you would like SPARK to arrive in your mailbox please email membership at aas.org to request a subscription, or you can do so when you renew your membership. SPARK is also available for download (PDF) at http://www.aas.org/education/spark/pubs.html. To contribute articles please contact the editors, Jake Noel-Storr, jake at cis.rit.edu, and Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu.
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7. EXPLORE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING IN THE STARLAB PORTABLE PLANETARIUM

Join astronomer Dr. Richard Crowe from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii for an engaging program on

Polynesian skies and how modern Pacific navigators use the stars in their re-creations of the voyages of long ago. A newly developed Polynesian sky cylinder for the StarLab portable planetarium will be used that was developed in a partnership between Kalepa Baybayan, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and Gemini Observatory.

Programs will be offered in the exhibit hall during the morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and the evening receptions on May 29 and 30.

This special program is being sponsored by Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Gemini Observatory, the Bishop Museum and the AAS Education Office.
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