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AAS Electronic Announcement #175 — August 2007

AAS Electronic Announcement #175 - August 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 10 August 2007]

View Online: www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_175_2007_08_August.html

CONTENTS:

1. DPS ANNUAL MEETING, 7-12 OCTOBER, ORLANDO, FL

2. LETTER REGARDING ASTRO2010

3. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

4. CALL FOR NASA KECK TIME PROPOSALS

5. 2008 SPITZER FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES

6. SWIFT GUEST INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM:

7. FIRST SURVEY -- LONGITUDINAL STUDY

8. RECALL OF DAO PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES

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1. DPS ANNUAL MEETING, 7-12 OCTOBER, ORLANDO, FL

The 39th annual DPS meeting web site, http://physics.ucf.edu/DPS07/ (or link from the DPS home page) is open for meeting registration.

Important deadlines are:

Final Program On-line: Mid August

Early Registration Deadline: 7 September, 10 PM EDT

Hotel Rates Expire 14 September. Rosen Centre rooms are likely to sell out sooner, book early.

Late Abstract Deadline: 7 September, 10 PM EDT

On-line Registration Deadline: 28 September, 10 PM EDT (after this date register upon arrival)

For details on travel, hotel and attractions visit the web site.

If you have questions contact the Local Organizing Committee at dps07 at physics.ucf.edu.

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2. LETTER REGARDING ASTRO2010

Dear AAS Community,

We are sending this message to update you on the status of planning for the next survey of astronomy and astrophysics. Considering the time that has elapsed since the last survey and the lead time necessary to organize a new survey, and in response to community advice received at a town hall meeting conducted at the January 2007 meeting of the AAS, the Board on Physics and Astronomy and the Space Studies Board concluded that it was time to initiate planning. With that in mind, the boards convened an ad hoc group of astronomers at the Academies' Keck Center in April of this year. The group concluded that it is indeed time to initiate a new survey. They reviewed a number of issues that the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics has been discussing and developed an outline of a plan for the next survey. On the basis of that outline, the National Academies have submitted a proposal to NASA, NSF, and DOE for a new survey, dubbed Astro2010. The agencies are now considering the proposal.

More information may be found on the Astro2010 webpage at http://www.nationalacademies.org/bpa/astronomy_and_astrophysics_decadal_.... This page includes community input to the mailbox astro2010 at nas.edu that was received after the January 2007 town hall meeting. (We are still posting selected email from this mailbox.) Another town hall meeting is scheduled to take place at the January 2008 AAS meeting in Austin. This meeting will provide an opportunity for further input from the community as well as a forum for discussion and an update on progress in negotiations with the agencies. Depending on the timing of the agencies responses, the Academies will make an announcement and, assuming the responses are favorable, begin the process of appointing a committee to carry out the survey. The many suggestions already received and yet to come through the Astro2010 mailbox will be the starting point for decisions about the committee makeup. If the Academies are able to make the announcement early in 2008, it should be possible for the NRC to appoint the survey committee and for the committee to begin its work in 2008. Bearing in mind the risks of making predictions based on several layers of uncertainly, we hope that Astro2010 will be complete in 2010.

Sincerely,

Anneila Sargent, BPA Chair

Len Fisk, SSB Chair

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3. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 6 September 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 6 September 2007 for the observing semester 1 November 2007 through 30 April 2008. SMA comprises of eight 6-m antennas operating at 230 GHz, 345 GHz, 420GHz and 690 GHz bands. More information, technical details, and instructions and tools for proposal preparation and submission can be found at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu, the SMA Observer Center web site.

Questions or comments regarding the Call for Proposals can also be addressed to proposals at sma.hawaii.edu

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4. CALL FOR NASA KECK TIME PROPOSALS

Due: 24 September 2007

NASA is soliciting proposals using the Keck Telescopes for the entire 2008 observing year (Feb 2008 - Jan 2009). The majority of the NASA Keck time will be dedicated to a Key Science project to study exo-zodiacal emission around main sequence stars. Thus the time allocated through the usual TAC process is greatly reduced this year. This call includes proposals for the Key Science as well as proposals in the following discipline areas: detection of extrasolar planets, origin and nature of planetary systems, investigation of our own solar system and mission critical support. The proposal process is being handled by the Michelson Science Center at Caltech and all proposals are due on 24 September 2007 at 5pm PDT.

Please see the website at http://msc.caltech.edu for further information on both the Key Science and single telescope proposals.

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5. 2008 SPITZER FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES

Deadline: 1 November 2007

On behalf of NASA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is pleased to announce the release of the 2008 Spitzer Space Telescope Fellowship guidelines. Fellowship applications are due 1 November 2007.

The Spitzer Space Telescope Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research with the goal of enhancing the overall scientific return from the Spitzer mission. This can be accomplished through a proposal to conduct new observations with Spitzer, through exploitation of Spitzer archival databases, or through research that aids in the interpretation of Spitzer results, including theoretical investigations and laboratory astrophysics. Research must be conducted at a U.S.-based Host Institution chosen by the Fellow. Fellows will start their three-year research appointments in Autumn 2008. The SSC anticipates naming up to five new fellows. The complete application guidelines are available at http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/geninfo/fellows/.

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6. SWIFT GUEST INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM:

Cycle 4 Deadline: 9 November 2007

The Swift Cycle 4 Guest Investigator announcement features expanded opportunities that include pointed observations of all types of astrophysical sources. Here is the detailed information.

The Swift Guest Investigator (GI) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the Swift mission. The primary goal of this mission is to determine the origin of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and use these bursts to probe the early universe. Swift is also a valuable asset for obtaining multiwavelength images, spectra, and light curves on interesting targets of opportunity (TOOs) and other non-transient sources. The Swift Guest Investigator program is part of the NASA Science Mission Directorate's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2007.

Compared to Swift GI Cycle 3, a new aspect of Cycle 4 is that observing time will be made available to scientists at U.S. and non-U.S. institutions to study non-GRB, non-transient astrophysical sources. Cycle 4 will also continue the opportunity initiated in Cycle 3 for GIs to propose TOOs on non-GRB transients. Funding through the NASA Swift GI Program is available only to scientists at U.S. institutions. Consistent with Explorer Program policy, there will be no proprietary data rights to observations conducted with Swift.

More information about the Swift Guest Investigator opportunity may be found at NASA's NSPIRES site at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or the Swift site at http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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7. FIRST SURVEY -- LONGITUDINAL STUDY

Astronomy and astrophysics graduate students have been invited to participate in the first survey of a longitudinal study. The confidential data are being collected by the Statistical Research Center of AIP. As of this writing (Aug. 1), more than 1000 graduate students have responded to the survey. Students who participate have a unique opportunity to provide data that will benefit the entire astronomy community now and in the future. For more information, or if you are a graduate student who did not receive an invitation, please contact Rachel Ivie of AIP (rivie at aip.org).

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8. RECALL OF DAO PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES

The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Canada, would like to recall all the missing material, presumably out "on long-term loan", from its collections of plates exposed at the 48-inch or 72-inch telescopes. Anyone with DAO plates is kindly asked to contact Elizabeth Griffin (Elizabeth.Griffin at nrc.gc.ca; (250-363-0031) in order to discuss their eventual return.

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