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AAS Electronic Announcement #182 - March 2008

[Mailed from aas.org on 07 March 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_182_2008_03_March.html

CONTENTS:

1. AAS ST. LOUIS ABSTRACT DEADLINE CHANGED

2. MEETINGS WITHIN A MEETING PREMIERE IN ST. LOUIS

3. AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING NEWS

4. AAS ST. LOUIS HOTEL INFORMATION

5. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR THE AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING

6. AAS LONG BEACH MEETING SPECIAL SESSION DEADLINE

7. AAS MEMBER RENEWALS

8. DDA TO MEET IN BOULDER

9. ACCESS CONTROLS FOR THE AJ ONLINE

10. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS

11. USER SURVEY FOR THE NASA/IPAC EXTRAGALACTIC DATABASE (NED)

12. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2008B DUE 31 March 2008

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1. AAS ST. LOUIS ABSTRACT DEADLINE CHANGED

The deadline to submit both AAS and ASP abstracts has been changed to Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 9 pm EDT.

Abstract forms are available on the AAS website http://members.aas.org/abstracts.

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com

LaTeX mark-up is no longer required for abstract submission. Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word processing files, cutting and pasting or typing directly into the abstract form. A character pallet of common symbols is provided.

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details and access to abstract, registration and hotel forms, www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a room request form and return it to Kelli Gilmore (gilmore at aas.org) by 30 April 2008. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve basis.

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2. MEETINGS WITHIN A MEETING PREMIERE IN ST. LOUIS

St. Louis will be the first meeting with a new form of meeting content, Meetings within a Meeting (MWMs). These sessions are

1 to 4 days in length and can be structured flexibly the session proposers and replace Topical Sessions. Contributed, Invited and Special sessions remain as standard meeting content.

The MWMs in St. Louis are:
- Preparing for the International Year of Astronomy (sponsored jointly with and led by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
- Bridging the Laboratory and Astrophysics
- Workshop for Prospective Kepler Users
- The Spiral Structure of the Galaxy
- More details will be available on the meeting web page, www.aas.org/meetings/as212/

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3. AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING NEWS

Preliminary meeting information is now available on the AAS website at 212th AAS meeting page.

Important deadlines for the St. Louis Meeting:

The AAS St. Louis Abstracts Deadline: Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 9 pm EDT
Early Registration Deadline: 31 March 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: 30 April 2008
Splinter Meeting Requests: 30 April 2008

Registration for ASP Members is now available within the 212th AAS Meeting Online registration.

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4. AAS ST. LOUIS HOTEL INFORMATION

The AAS has secured a room block for meeting attendees at the St. Louis Renaissance Grand and Suites, at the following rates:

Regular Attendee Rate: $136.00 Single and Double Rooms
Government Attendee Rate: $106.00 Single and Double Rooms

Reservations can be made by calling 314-621-9600. To reserve the group rate, reference American Astronomical Society or AAS. Reservations may be changed or canceled until 9 May 2008. The group rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after 9 May.

Renaissance Grand and Suites
800 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-621-9600
Fax: 314-621-9601

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5. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR THE AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING

We are seeking volunteers from the general membership to create the program of contributed abstracts for the 212th Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

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

Sorting day will be Wednesday, 26 March 2008. Orientation/training will be done via conference call. The timing for conference calls will be assigned by time zone. Support staff will be in the AAS Executive Office all day to assist you.

Of course, sorters are welcome to sort abstracts 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. Please also indicate your location or time zone for sorting day.

Thank you very much,
Kelli Gilmore
Director of Meeting Services
American Astronomical Society
gilmore at aas.org

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

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6. AAS LONG BEACH MEETING SPECIAL SESSION DEADLINE

Proposals for Special Sessions for the Long Beach Meeting are due in the EO by 15 May 2008. See www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.

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7. AAS MEMBER RENEWALS

Members who have not paid their dues for 2008 will NOT be included in the 2008 Membership Directory. By renewing no later than 12am EST, 10 March 2008 at the AAS Member Pages (http://members.aas.org/) you will be included. You will incur a reinstatement fee. All members please take a moment to update your contact information. Direct any questions regarding your renewal status to peterson at aas.org or (202) 328-2010 extension 109.

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8. DDA TO MEET IN BOULDER

The 2008 Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) will be held April 28 through May 1, 2008, in Boulder, Colorado. The annual DDA meeting brings together top researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science and astrodynamics for in-depth and stimulating discussions and talks on all aspects of dynamics in the space sciences. This year's invited talks feature:

- Dr. Simon D. M. White, Brouwer Prize winner, Very small-scale structure in the Cold Dark Matter distribution

- Dr. Fritz Benedict, Astrometry with the Hubble Space Telescope

- Dr. Brett Gladman, Resonant dynamics of Kuiper Belt objects and induced biases in surveys

- Dr. Kathryn Johnston, Telling tales with tidal tails

- Dr. Frederic Masset, The co-orbital corotation torque and its effect on planet migration

- Dr. David Nesvorny, Analytic theory of the YORP effect for near-spherical objects

- Dr. Doug Richstone, Black holes and the evolution of galaxies

- Dr. Carolyn Porco, Cassini's exploration of the Saturn system (public talk)

All contributed talks at the DDA will be given in plenary session at the St. Julien hotel in downtown Boulder. There will be a poster session at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), which is located next door to the St. Julien. This year's meeting is sponsored by SwRI, Space Science Institute, Colorado University's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and Ball Aerospace. Information about the DDA and the 2008 Meeting including links for abstract submission, meeting registration, and lodging can be found at http://dda.harvard.edu. Online registration will begin 10 March 2008.

Deadlines:
Abstracts: 21 March 2008
Hotel Reservations: 4 April 2008
Early Registration: 4 April 2008

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9. ACCESS CONTROLS FOR THE AJ ONLINE

On March 10, access controls will be turned on for The Astronomical Journal on the IOP online journal platform. AAS members who wish to use the journal when they are away from their subscribing institutions will need to use their personal member credentials after that date.

Please visit the AJ homepage at http://aj.aas.org/ and enter the same member username and password that you would normally use to access the AJ content on the UCP website. Your username and password should be entered into the 'IOP login' and 'Password' boxes in the top right-hand corner of this page.

You can use the drop down menus to navigate to the volume and issue that you are interested in.

If you have forgotten your username and password, please contact custserv at iop.org and you will receive an email reminder.

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10. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS

Due date for the August 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009 semester is Tuesday, April 1, 2008. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=30,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200), (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048x2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04 arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on available instruments can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/.

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11. USER SURVEY FOR THE NASA/IPAC EXTRAGALACTIC DATABASE (NED)

Funding levels for operation of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/) over the period 2009 - 2012 will be determined by the NASA Astrophysics Archival Senior Review in June 2008. In order to help us set priorities in the proposal, NED is requesting that interested AAS members participate in a short survey regarding the current services and new features that you would like to see in NED to further facilitate your research. The survey is online at http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/survey/survey_form.html For reference, current NED capabilities are reviewed in a graphical overview prepared in January 2008 (http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/NED2008handout.pdf). You may also wish to review a summary of the 2003 User Survey outcome (http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/survey/2003NEDUserSurveyResults.html), which was instrumental in prioritizing developments since then. The current survey will run through 21 April 2008; this is your opportunity to help guide the growth and evolution of NED. Thank you for your time and consideration.

The NED Team

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12. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2008B DUE 31 March 2008

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2008B semester, August 2008 - January 2009. Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, the two 10m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, and the telescopes of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions are available at: http://www.noao.edu/gateway/

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Monday, 31 March 2008.

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