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AAS Electronic Announcement #180 - January 2008

[Mailed from aas.org on 2 January 2008]

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CONTENTS:

1. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS

3. AAS 2008 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: NEW RELEASE DATE

4. ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL ONLINE AT IOP

5. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

6. SPACE STUDIES BOARD LECTURE EVENT IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA ON 16 JANUARY

7. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS

8. LUNAR OBSERVING OPPORTUNITIES: LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) MISSION

9. IAU EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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1. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Judges are urgently needed for this year's Chambliss Award process. If you are attending the 2008 Austin meeting, please consider contributing to this program by reviewing one or more student poster presentations during the conference. Contact Jennifer Grier, jgrier at aas.org, Acting Education Officer, for more information.

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2. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS

Due: 31 January 2008

Please be reminded that electronic voting will close at midnight EST on 31 January 2008.

Paper ballots are due to John Graham, AAS Secretary, by 31 January 2008.

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3. AAS 2008 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: NEW RELEASE DATE

In order to make the AAS Directory as accurate and complete as possible, we will now be sending it to AAS members in April of each calendar year.

This delay from the normal distribution date will allow more than 98% of the members to renew and modify their address for the coming year prior to the Directory being printed. In prior years, we did not have as high a fraction of renewed members at the time of Directory publication and many addresses were not current.

As always, we will ship the Directory by 2nd class post and members should alert their mail rooms not to throw away the Directory with the junk mail. Also, we want to remind members that extra copies of the Directory are available for purchase, which is sometimes convenient for non-members who serve astronomy in some supporting fashion and could benefit from a paper copy of the Directory. Orders can be sent to aas at aas.org.

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4. ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL ONLINE AT IOP

The online edition of the Astronomical Journal is now available at the IOP website.

www.iop.org/EJ/journal/aj

In addition to the 2008 articles, the "digital backfile" of the AJ, containing all the articles that have been produced digitally since 1998, is available at IOP as well.

Many people have worked hard to get this content ready for its 2008 launch at IOP: our own editors and managing editor, and a host of professionals at IOP. Please thank them when you see them in Austin, and plan to stop by the IOP booth for up-to-date information about the AJ.

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5. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

Spark, the Education Newsletter of the AAS, is published by the Education Office twice a year - January and June, to coincide with the semi-annual meetings. If you missed the last issue and would 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 www.aas.org/education/spark/pubs.html. To contribute articles please contact the editors, Jake Noel-Storr, and Gina Brissenden at spark at aas.org.

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6. SPACE STUDIES BOARD LECTURE EVENT IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA ON 16 JANUARY 2008

The AAS, as a co-sponsor of the Space Studies Board International Public Seminar Series, is pleased to inform our members of the next event in this series, which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year and the Space Studies Board.

Date: 16 January 2008
Location: The Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL

Panel Discussion will be held from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at the Planetarium. Panelists include:
Norman E. Thagard, M.D. - Space Medicine
Joe Cain - geopotential studies of the Earth, Martian Magnetic Field Carol Clayson - using satellite observation for meteorological events

Ray O'Neil - astrophysics

Public Lecture - IMAX Theater, 7:00 pm

Speaker: Carl Walz, NASA Headquarters

Talk Title: Leaving the Planet - Science and technology development results on the International Space Station

Talk Abstract: Since the earliest times of the space age, some humans have dreamed of leaving Earth and becoming extra-terrestrials - living either in space or in other worlds. Of course, one of the first desires of these extraterrestrials is to perform science experiments to understand the new environment in which they exist. The International Space Station provides a superb laboratory for its crewmembers to conduct life and microgravity science experiments to understand the environment. It also provides an excellent testbed to demonstrate vital technologies necessary to maintain a healthy crew and a fully mission-capable spacecraft.

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7. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS STUDY ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS IN INDIA - SUMMER 2008

Deadline: 18 January 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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8. LUNAR OBSERVING OPPORTUNITIES: LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) MISSION

The Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission will provide a unique opportunity for the astronomical community to observe two lunar impact plumes and their aftermath to obtain data regarding the lunar regolith, impact dynamics, and the presence or absence of water ice and other volatiles near the lunar poles, etc. The impacts (scheduled for February 2009) will create ejecta plumes whose properties will be observable by a shepherding spacecraft (S-S/C) plus Earth- and space- based telescopes.

The LCROSS Team is hosting an LCROSS Astronomer Workshop on 29 February 2008 at NASA Ames Research Center. All interested observers are highly encouraged to attend. TRAVEL GRANTS will be provided to assist with travel costs to the Workshop. In addition, funding support for astronomers observing the impacts will be available through a LASER (Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research) grant to support astronomer time for observation acquisition, data analysis, travel to telescope facilities, etc.

For additional information on all aspects of the LCROSS Observation Campaign, please contact Dr. Jennifer Heldmann at NASA Ames Research Center (Jennifer.Heldmann at nasa.gov, 650-604-5530).

Additional information regarding the LCROSS mission can also be found on the web at http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov.

Additional details regarding the LCROSS Astronomer Workshop (including free registration and travel grant information) can be found on the web at www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lcross2008/.

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9. IAU EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

At the IAU Secretariat in Paris, France, Mme. Monique Léger-Orine will be retiring formally as IAU Executive Assistant at the end of 2008. The process is now underway to identify her successor. An advertisement is available at www.iau.org/VACANCY.488.0.html. Any communication about this should be directed to Karel A. van der Hucht,IAU General Secretary, at k.a.van.der.hucht at sron.nl.

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