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AAS Electronic Announcement #172 May 2007 [Mailed from aas.org on 21
May 2007]

CONTENTS:

1. FUTURE OF COMMUNICATIONS IN THE AAS

2. EXPLORE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING IN THE STARLAB PORTABLE PLANETARIUM

3. ACCESSING INTERNET AT AAS HAWAII MEETING

4. ASP EXTENDS SMALL GRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE

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1. FUTURE OF COMMUNICATIONS IN THE AAS

President J. Craig Wheeler intends to appoint an Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Communications within and on behalf of the AAS. Our meetings and journals are the bedrock of our communications, but our electronic, web-based age may offer new options and opportunities. Examples are Wikis, MySpace, Face.com, Second Life, YouTube, video conferencing. If you are interested in participating in this committee to evaluate and explore these and other options, send a short message summarizing your interest, experience, and expertise to aaspres at aas.org.

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2. EXPLORE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING IN THE STARLAB PORTABLE PLANETARIUM DURING THE AAS HAWAII MEETING

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. Learn 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. It was developed in a partnership between Kalepa Baybayan, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and Gemini Observatory.

Programs will be offered in the exhibit hall on Tuesday, 29 May and Wednesday, 30 May at 9:20 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. 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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3. ACCESSING INTERNET AT AAS HAWAII MEETING

As a service to our members, the AAS provides Internet Access to our meeting attendees for quick access to email and your home office. The Internet will be available Monday through Thursday.

Ports at Cyber Cafe

In addition to stationary laptops for your use in the Cyber Cafe, there will be several open lines available. You may bring your laptop to the meeting and hookup directly to the Internet via Ethernet connection.

Wireless Access

Additionally, we will be providing access to the wireless network with an SSID of AAS. For security reasons the connection will be encrypted. The settings are below. Staff will also be available at the Cyber Cafe and Registration to help you connect to the wireless network. The wireless hot spots will be located in Cyber Cafe, Registration, and around room 316 on the third floor. Wireless IP address leases will expire after 10 minutes if not in use.

* SSID (Network Name): AAS
* Network Authentication (Wireless Security): WPA-PSK (WPA Personal, PSK Personal) or WPA2-PSK (WPA2 Personal, PSK2 Personal)
* Data Encryption: TKIP or AES
* Network Key (Password): aashawaii07

To Avoid Interruption

In order to ensure continuous access to your home site, please notify your local system and security administrators of the following:

All computers connected to the network will receive IP Addresses through DHCP from local routers. These addresses will strictly be internal to the local area network. All Internet traffic flowing from the meeting attendees will be coming from the external IP addresses in the range:

66.192.209.* resolved as the pdchawaii.com domain.

In the past government sites have become aware of heavy traffic from our meetings and without notice shut off ALL access to attendees. This was done as a security measure, unaware that the traffic was originating at an AAS Annual Meeting. It caused several days of service interruption for meeting registrants. Informing your system administrators of the IP addresses could save you a lot of distress later.

Any concerns prior to the meeting can be directed to Scott Idem, AAS Systems and Network Manager, at idem at aas.org.

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4. ASP EXTENDS SMALL GRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE

In order to give astronomers enough time to respond, The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has extended the application deadline for its new small grants program aimed at encouraging 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 now 30 June 2007. For complete information go to http://www.astrosociety.org

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