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AAS Electronic Announcement #177 — October 2007

AAS Electronic Announcement #177 - October 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 10 October 2007]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_177_2007_10_October....

CONTENTS:

1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT PAPERS FOR AAS AUSTIN MEETING

2. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2008

3. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AJ

4. CHANGES TO THE NSF MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION PROGRAM

5. 2008 GLAST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

6. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES – STRICTER ENFORCEMENT OF PROPOSAL FORMAT RULES

7. US NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE IAU

8. WHAT'S NEW AT IRSA?

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1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT PAPERS FOR AAS AUSTIN MEETING

We are seeking volunteers from the general membership to create the program of contributed papers for the Austin Meeting.

With the OASIS abstract system we are able to have sorters electronically sort papers from their own computer, allowing a broader volunteer group. Sorters no longer have to be present in the AAS Executive Office.

Sorting day, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 will start with a quick orientation/training via conference call promptly at 9:30am DST. Support staff will be in the AAS Executive Office all day to assist you. Sorting should be finished by 3:30pm.

Of course, sorters are welcome to sort papers in the Executive Office conference room. Just bring your laptop or let us know if we need to provide one for you.

If you are interested, please respond to sorters at aas.org and indicate, by number, which of the following general categories you feel most comfortable in working with. We will use this indication to assure that an appropriate range of expertise is represented.

Kelli Gilmore
Director of Meeting Services
gilmore at aas.org

Scientific Research Papers
1. The Sun
2. The Solar System
3. Extrasolar Planets, Substellar Companions
5. Stars, Cool Dwarfs, Brown Dwarfs
6. Stellar Evolution, Stellar Populations
7. Stellar Atmospheres, Winds
8. Circumstellar Disks
9. Binary Stellar Systems, X-ray Binaries
10. Variable Stars
11. White Dwarfs
12. Pulsars, Neutron Stars
13. Black Holes
14. Evolved Stars, Cataclysmic Variables, Novae, Wolf-Rayet
Phenomena
15. Supernovae
16. Planetary Nebulae, Supernova Remnants
17. Molecular Clouds, HII Regions, Interstellar Medium
18. Dust
19. Star Formation
20. Young Stellar Objects, Very Young Stars, T-Tauri Stars, H-H
Objects
21. Star Associations, Star Clusters - Galactic & Extra-galactic
22. The Milky Way, The Galactic Center
23. Normal Galaxies, Elliptical Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies, Dwarf
Galaxies, Irregular Galaxies
24. Starburst Galaxies
25. AGN, QSO, Blazars
26. Evolution of Galaxies
27. Galaxy Clusters
28. Large Scale Structure, Cosmic Distance Scale
29. Intergalactic Medium, QSO Absorption Line Systems
30. Cosmology
31. Cosmic Microwave Background
32. Dark Matter & Dark Energy
33. Relativistic Astrophysics, Gravitational Lenses & Waves
34. Gamma Ray Bursts
35. Instrumentation: Space Missions
36. Instrumentation: Ground Based or Airborne
37. Catalogs
38. Surveys and Large Programs
39. Computation, Data Handling, Image Analysis
40. Astrobiology
71. Other
72. History - AAS
73. History - Modern
74. History - Ancient
81. History - Other
82. Education - Public Outreach
83. Education - Practice K-
84. Education - Practice Undergraduate Non-science majors
85. Education - Practice Upper Level Undergraduate and Graduate
86. Education - Education Research
87. Education - Professional Development
Education - Other

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2. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2008

Renew now and save time by renewing online at aas.org. Invoices for the 2008 membership year will be mailed this week. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial costs and increases the funding available for our programs.

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3. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AJ

When you are ready to send your next AJ paper, please visit http://authors.iop.org/aj, create an account and begin your submission. It is possible to submit a paper without being logged in, although you will be unable to use many features of the online system. After you submit a new manuscript, the AJ office will acknowledge your submission and you will be asked to confirm the details of your account. From your personal author homepage you can monitor the progress of your article, make revisions and check proofs.

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4. CHANGES TO THE NSF MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION PROGRAM

A new Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program solicitation is under development at NSF with substantial changes to the program requirements. Effective FY 2008, the MRI program will require 30% cost-sharing on all proposals from PhD granting and non-degree granting institutions (independent research museums, independent nonprofit organization and consortia). Non-PhD granting institutions are not required to provide cost-sharing. A Dear Colleague Letter from NSF with additional details will be posted shortly. The new solicitation will be published in late October and should be available at www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri/. We urge all those considering applying to the MRI program to contact Julian Christou (jchristo at nsf.gov) or Andy Clegg (aclegg at nsf.gov) for more information.

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5. 2008 GLAST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The NASA Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Program is initiating a Fellowship Program. NASA plans to award up to 3 GLAST fellowships in 2008. The goal of these fellowships is to stimulate an infusion of new ideas, techniques, and approaches that will enhance the scientific return of GLAST which will be launched in early 2008.

The fellowship provides support for up to three years at an annual stipend of approximately $56,000 plus defined benefits and allowances. GLAST fellowships are open to English-speaking scientists who have received a Ph.D., Sc.D., or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline before the start of the fellowship. Support for each fellow will be provided through an award to a US host institution, designated by the fellow, where the fellow will be resident.

Awards will be made on the basis of the applicant's research proposal -- its science merit and relevance to gamma-ray astrophysics, and the science of the GLAST mission. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 7, 2007. Award offers will be made in February, 2008, with the fellowships expected to begin in September, 2008.

The fellowship program is administered by the Center for Research and Exploration in Science and Technology (CRESST) for NASA and the GLAST Mission. Further information and application instructions can be found at:
http://cresst.umd.edu/resources/glast_fellowships.html, or by contacting:

GLAST Fellowship Program Office
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Mail Code 661
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Sandra.L.Barnes at nasa.gov
301-286-7780

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6. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES – STRICTER ENFORCEMENT OF PROPOSAL FORMAT RULES

FY2008 proposals to the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants program, NSF 05-608, are due by 5pm your local time on November 15th 2007. Due to the rapidly increasing number we receive, and after issuing warning emails in recent years, AST will this year be returning without review proposals that violate the rules in the applicable release of the Grant Proposal Guide (www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg - note the latest version, NSF 08-1, takes effect after the AAG deadline, but feel free to follow it, or the previous one, NSF 07-140).

Please pay special attention to: Addressing broader impact in the one-page project summary Addressing broader impact in the body of the project description Results of prior support - any NSF award for the PI or any CoPI in the last five years Formatting - character size and spacing; margins (including for figures). Note especially the new restriction to use only specific named fonts. Incomplete biographical sketches Extraneous items in the budget justification, especially material that should be in the project description Inappropriate supplements, especially material that should be in the project description Inappropriate letters of endorsement

Further details appeared in AAS Newsletters 136 and especially 134 (see also 131 for questions about possible support). Missing or incorrect collaborator lists cause the single biggest delay in moving forward to review. Please do the entire community of proposers a favor by getting this right: the rules for biographical sketches are quite clear.

We call your attention in particular to the amended review criterion for intellectual merit (NSF 08-1 section III.A), which asks reviewers to discuss whether the proposal explores "creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts."

As always, you are urged to submit in advance of the deadline, and you are encouraged to contact any of the listed program officers for clarification and advice before the deadline. Post-deadline correspondence will not be handled sympathetically. You should also consider getting a download of your entire proposal in PDF format, to make sure it's what you think you submitted.

Contacts: overall, planetary, or if you're just not sure: Nigel Sharp, nsharp at nsf.gov, 703-292-4905; if mostly stellar, Michael Briley, mbriley at nsf.gov; primarily Galactic, Brian Patten, bpatten at nsf.gov, 703-292- 4910; generally extragalactic, Linda Sparke, lsparke at nsf.gov, 703-292-4899.

NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences - New Program

NSF has announced its newest multidisciplinary, multi-year initiative: "Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)." Letters of intent are due by 30 November 2007, a very rapid schedule for this year. You are encouraged to check out www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/cdi/ and contact Nigel Sharp (703-292-4905 or nsharp at nsf.gov) for more information.

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7. US NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE IAU

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the IAU General Assembly (GA) occurs every three years, the last in Prague in 2006, the next two in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 (the International Year of Astronomy) followed by Beijing in 2012. Proposals to host the GA in 2015 will be entertained by the IAU Executive Committee in the months preceding the next GA. The US National Committee for the IAU wishes to ascertain if any US institution or organization is interested in hosting the 2015 GA. If your institution or organization is interested, please contact John Graham (USNC-IAU Secretary, graham at dtm.ciw.edu) or John Huchra (USNC-IAU Chair, huchra at cfa.harvard.edu), preferably before the Austin AAS meeting.

At this time we are only interested in possible proposals. The development of complete proposals to host such a meeting (2000-3000 attendees) requires plans for meeting space, housing, events and a financial plan, which will usually include a promise of financial backing from an institution (university) or government (local, state) agency.

Sincerely,

John Huchra
Chair, USNC-IAU

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8. WHAT'S NEW AT IRSA?

The NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) and the NVO announce a new image mosaic service at http://hachi.ipac.caltech.edu:8080/montage/ . Using a simple browser interface, the service returns science-grade mosaics that (a) preserve fluxes and astrometry and (b) rectify backgrounds to a common level. Images/bands available for mosaicking include
* 2MASS J, H, or Ks
* SDSS u, g, r, i, or z
* DSS1 B or R
* DSS2 B, R, or I

IRSA and the Spitzer Science Center have released an interface that provides access to Spitzer Space Telescope post-processed Basic Calibrated Data (post-BCD) products. It is available at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Spitzer/Spitzer/. The interface supports queries by position, target name, instrument, and program parameters. It returns data product previews and spatial coverage maps of Spitzer observations, and it supports bulk download of data.

IRSA has deployed a beta-release of a major upgrade to the IRAS Scan Processing and Integration Tool (Scanpi) at http://scanpiops.ipac.caltech.edu:9000/applications/Scanpi/index.html. The new version of Scanpi improves the underlying fitting algorithms and offers new functionality such as overlays of scan tracks on sky images and visualization of all processing steps. "Classic" Scanpi is still available, but IRSA plans to decommission it in December 2007. We solicit feedback on the new service through our Helpdesk at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/cgi-bin/Helpdesk/nph-genTicketForm.

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