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AAS Electronic Announcement #184 - May 2008
[Mailed from aas.org on 12 May 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_184_2008_05_May.html

1. ST. LOUIS MEETING FINAL REGISTRATION REMINDER

2. ST. LOUIS MEETING NEWS

3. ST. LOUIS NASA R&A/EPO NIGHT

4. JUDGES NEEDED FOR THE CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

5. LONG BEACH MEETING: SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS AND ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

6. AAS LAUNCHES PUBLIC POLICY BLOG

7. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

8. A US NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPEPROJEC

9. SIM SCIENCE STUDIES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

10. NASA STAR AND EXOPLANET DATABASE (NSTED)

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CONTENTS:

1. AAS SUMMER MEETING FINAL REGISTRATION

The final day to register for the AAS 212th St. Louis meeting at the
pre-registration rate is 23 May 2008.
Register online: www.aas.org/aas212threg/
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

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

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2. ST LOUIS MEETING

If you are attending the St. Louis Summer Meeting, consider taking advantage of one or more of the following, which are offered as part of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's "Meeting within a Meeting" on the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

1. Excellent weekend IYA workshops for educators, scientists, amateurs, and enthusiasts: www.astrosociety.org/events/2008mtg/workshops.html

2. The ASP Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, 3 June 2008, 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

3. The option to buy the IYA Symposium Proceedings (which will serve as a Manual for IYA).

These can be added to your registration on-line when you are first registering.

If you have already registered for the St. Louis Meeting, they can purchased by contacting the AAS for details or by faxing or mailing the form to the AAS that can be found at: www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/ASP_Registration_Form.pdf

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3. AAS ST. LOUIS NASA R&A/EPO NIGHT

Monday, 2 June 2008, 6:15pm-7:30pm

Please join Yvonne Pendleton from NASA's Science Mission Directorate for a short presentation and an informal Q&A session where the current status of research, data analysis, education and public outreach programs will be discussed. This will be an excellent opportunity to interact with NASA SMD program officers and senior leadership from the Science Mission Directorate. Students are highly encouraged to attend.

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4. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Judges are urgently needed for this year's Chambliss Award process. If you are attending the 2008 Winter meeting in Long Beach, 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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5. AAS WINTER MEETING: SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Town Hall or Splinter Meeting at the January 2009 Long Beach Meeting proposals and room requests are due 15 May 2008. See www.aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php#how for information.

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6. AAS LAUNCHES PUBLIC POLICY BLOG

The AAS web site now hosts a new public policy blog at blog.aas.org. The site will be used to inform AAS members of public policy and astronomical news stories and topics that do not warrant sending out Informational Emails or Action Alerts to the entire membership. Readers can comment on the stories, and we are interested in hearing feedback from AAS members on the blog. RSS feeds are available so members can add the blog's stories to personalize pages at Google or Yahoo, etc.

Please send your comments on the site to Marcos Huerta, huerta at aas.org

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7. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

Spark, the Education Newsletter of the AAS, is published by the Education Office twice a year - in January and in 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 membership at aas.org. This is a free subscription to all AAS members. Spark is also available for download (PDF) at www.aas.org/education/spark_pubs.php. To contribute articles please contact the editors, Jake Noel-Storr and Gina Brissenden at spark at aas.org
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8. A US NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPE PROJECT

A consortium of US and international institutions have set out to build a next generation optical-IR observatory, the Giant Magellan Telescope. This facility can satisfy the scientific goals set for the generic Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope that was identified as a top priority in the US decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics (the 2001 Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (AASC)). This survey of astronomy and related fields called for a public-private partnership to build and operate such a facility. The Board of the GMT Project would like to begin the process of forging such a partnership by opening concrete discussions with the National Science Foundation, its representatives, and the broader community of US astronomers. The GMT Board believes that substantial benefits would accrue to both the public and private institutions by forming a strong partnership based on the common goals and aspirations of the scientific community and the diverse set of technical and management skills that would be brought together. We further believe that it is important to begin such discussions with the NSF and the broader community immediately, so that a successful path can be established once the 2010 Decadal Survey committee has completed its work.

The report and cover letter can be found at: www.gmto.org/overview
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8. SIM SCIENCE STUDIES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 13 June 2008

The Space Interferometer Mission (SIM) and the Michelson Science Center (MSC) are inviting proposals in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) entitled "SIM Science Studies", released on 25 April. The objective of this solicitation is to enhance the science return from SIM by supporting researchers to conduct concept studies that will lead to the most scientifically productive observations using SIM.

SIM will offer US astronomers a fundamentally new class of astronomical observations. The most effective use of this new capability requires not only careful selection of science targets and observing strategies, but also community input as to innovative ideas that take full advantage of SIM's precision, sensitivity, and flexibility. We anticipate there will be entirely new astrophysical experiments to be devised that go well beyond the 'traditional' applications of astrometry at modest precision.

The RFP covers studies in all areas of astrophysics that are enabled by observations with SIM. The scope of awarded studies includes, but is not limited to, modeling of dynamical or physical processes to be studied with SIM, the selection of suitable targets, assessment of instrument performance, and design of observing sequences to take best advantage of SIM's flexible scheduling. However, support for ground- or space-based observations of potential targets is beyond the scope of this RFP. It is important to note that no SIM observing time is being awarded through this solicitation.

The closing date for proposals is 13 June 2008. More information on the RPF can be found on the MSC website, at: msc.caltech.edu/missions/SIMPQ/SIMSciStudies/index.html

Information on SIM science, instrument, and mission may be found on the Project website at: sim.jpl.nasa.gov/. A detailed description of SIM's science capabilities may be found in a recent paper in PASP by Unwin et al. (2008): planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/SIM/SIM-PASP.cfm

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10. NASA STAR AND EXOPLANET DATABASE (NSTED)

The Michelson Science Center (MSC) and the Infrared Processing & Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the release of the new version of the NASA Star and Exoplanet Database (NStED). NStED is a general purpose stellar and exoplanet archive to support NASA's planet finding and characterization activities. NStED offers a powerful query and download engine to search for data on individual stars or to search for groups of stars by stellar and exoplanet parameters.

This version significantly augments the previous stellar and exoplanet content, allowing detailed searches on 70+ parameters for over 140,000 bright, nearby stars, including all known exoplanet hosting stars. NStED also features a dedicated interface for transit survey data sets, including TrES observations of the Kepler field.

The NStED Service is available at http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/ and contains:

* Data related to 140,000 bright nearby stars
* All known planet-hosting stars
* Query for individual stars or by stellar/planetary parameters
* Images and spectra
* Data related to known exoplanets
* Time series photometric data on known transiting exoplanets
* Radial velocity data of exoplanet hosting stars
* Dedicated interface related to exo-planet transit surveys

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