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AAS Electronic Announcement #178 — November 2007

AAS Electronic Announcement #178 - November 2007

[Mailed from aas.org on 13 November 2007]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_178_2007_11_November...

CONTENTS:

1. 2008 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

2. DARK ENERGY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

3. DEEP2 GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY

4. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS

5. COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

6. ASP 2008 AWARDS

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1. 2008 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Renewal season is underway! Please take a moment and renew your membership for 2008 to avoid unnecessary reminders and reduce administrative costs. You can renew or contribute to our programs online at members.aas.org. Please contact Faye Peterson, Manager, Membership Services at peterson at aas.org if you have any questions.

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2. DARK ENERGY RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY
Deadline: 18 December 2007

The Department of Energy has announced a funding opportunity, "Discovering the Nature of Dark Energy," for FY 2008. The solicitation and information is available at the following web sites.

For DOE labs: www.science.doe.gov/grants/LAB08_06.html.

For all others: www.sc.doe.gov/grants/FAPN08-06.html.

Contact Kathy Turner (Kathy.Turner at science.doe.gov) if you have any questions about the announcement.

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3. DEEP2 GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY

Announcing the THIRD DATA RELEASE (DR3) from the DEEP2 GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY, which provides the most detailed spectroscopic census of the Universe at z ~ 1 to date. The survey targeted ~50,000 distant galaxies in four fields in the redshift range 0 < z < 1.4 utilizing the DEIMOS multi-object spectrograph on the Keck II telescope. For further information and access to all public data products, please visit http://deep.berkeley.edu/DR3. The FAQ page answers the most common questions regarding DR3. Please refer to the credits page on this website for a list of our sources of funding, participating institutions, and how to acknowledge the use of DEEP2 data in publications.

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4. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS Study
Astronomy/Astrophysics in India - Summer 2008

The program is administered by the National Solar Observatory (NSO), sponsored by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), and is open to US graduate students in any discipline of astronomy or astrophysics who are US citizens or permanent residents, age 21 years or older, and have a passport. Now in its second year, the main goal of the program is to expose potential researchers to an international setting at an early stage in their careers. The program will take place in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), a premier national center devoted to research in astronomy, astrophysics and related physics.

The program will support four full-time summer research positions for 8 weeks starting 11 June 2008. For each participant, the program will provide round-trip air-coach travel to and from Bangalore, India, a stipend of $500 US per week, accommodation, miscellaneous travel (field trips) and incidental expenses, and medical expenses and insurance.

Additional information and application materials are available on the Web at http://eo.nso.edu/ires/. All application materials must be received by 18 January 2008.

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5. COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

You are invited to attend community workshops at the upcoming AGU and AAS Meetings on Student Collaboration opportunities within NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

AGU: Sunday, 9 December 2007, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, CA.

AAS: Monday, 7 January 2008 1:00-6:00 p.m., Hilton Hotel, Austin, TX.

A Student Collaboration Definition Team (SCDT) was initiated by NASA in February 2007 to provide community perspectives to NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) on participation of college and university students in NASA's science missions. These Student Collaboration community workshops offer the opportunity for space and earth scientists and educators to learn about SMD Student Collaborations and provide further input to the SCDT. The specific emphasis during these workshops is to discuss the outcome and the SCDT White Paper (available by November 16th).

Workshop Format:

1:00-2:30: Outline and Discussion of the Science Definition Team Progress and White Paper (Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann, University of Colorado and Dr. David Klumpar, Montana State University, chairs)

2:30-3:30: Short community-member presentations that highlight the wide variety of Student Collaborations.

3:30-6:00: Open discussion.

Anyone interested in presenting a 5-10 minute overview on a specific Student Collaboration should contact Emily CoBabe-Ammann (ecobabe at lasp.colorado.edu) or David Klumpar (klump at physics.montana.edu).

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6. ASP 2008 AWARDS

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is now accepting nominations for the Society's 2008 awards honoring accomplishments in astronomy education and public outreach. Recipients receive a cash award and engraved plaque, as well as travel and lodging to accept the award at the Society's Annual Meeting, to be held in St. Louis in June (together with a symposium on the International Year of Astronomy).

* The Richard Emmons Award celebrates a life-time of outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors.

* The Klumpke-Roberts Award recognizes those who have made major contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.

* The Thomas J. Brennan Award is given for excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America.

* The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award honors outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 students and the public.

Submission guidelines, and lists of past recipients can be found at www.astrosociety.org/membership/awards/awards.html.

The deadline for nominations is 15 December 2007. You do not need to be a member of the Society to make or second a nomination.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Marilyn Delgado at 415-337-1100 x 100 or mdelgado at astrosociety.org.

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