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AAS Electronic Announcement #185 -- June 2008

[Mailed from aas.org 10 June 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_185_2008_06_June.html

CONTENTS:

1. DPS ANNUAL MEETING, 10-15 OCTOBER 2008, ITHACA, NY

2. DPS ITHACA MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS

3. SPACE STUDIES BOARD "50 YEARS AND COUNTING" COLLOQUIUM WRAPPING UP

4. NRC DECADAL SURVEY IS BEGINNING--NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIR NEEDED

5. UPDATE: LOWELL OBSERVATORY'S DISCOVERY CHANNEL TELESCOPE

6. EVALUATION OF PHYSICS/ASTRONOMY PROGRAM AT MINNESOTA STATE UNIV, MANKATO

7. WHAT'S NEW AT THE INFRARED SCIENCE ARCHIVE (IRSA)?

8. OPTING OUT OF AAS PUBLICATIONS

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1. DPS ANNUAL MEETING, 10-15 OCTOBER 2008, ITHACA, NY

40th Meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences
10-15 October 2008 Ithaca, NY

Important deadlines:
Abstract Deadline: 1 August 2008, 10pm EDT
Final Program On-line: Late August
Early Registration Deadline: 10 September 2008, 10pm EDT
Hotel Rates Expire: 19 September 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: 10 September 2008, 10pm EDT
On-line Registration Deadline: 29 September 2008, 10pm EDT (after this date register on-site)

For details on travel, hotel and attractions visit the web site at http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/.

If you have any questions, contact the Local Organizing Committee at jfb8 at cornell.edu, or bclark at Ithaca.edu.

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2. DPS ITHACA MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS

300-word abstracts of presentations for the Fall DPS Meeting are being accepted through 1 August 2008.

Abstract Deadline: 10pm EDT, Friday, 1 August 2008

DPS Meeting website: http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/

The normal DPS presentation rules apply:

One contributed planetary presentation per person. History, Education and Invited papers do not count as the one contribution.

Nonmembers may only present one time at a DPS Meeting.

To implement these rules, abstracts must be submitted through the presenting author's AAS account.

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3. SPACE STUDIES BOARD "50 YEARS AND COUNTING" COLLOQUIUM WRAPPING UP

The Space Studies Board will be capping its year-long celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the space age, the International Geophysical Year, and the SSB with an all-day colloquium at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC on 26 June 2008.

The colloquium will run from 8:30am until 5:30pm and will feature retrospective and prospective policy-oriented discussions in the morning and forward-looking assessments of successes, short-falls, opportunities, and challenges in the sciences in the afternoon. The former will include perspectives from a senior congressional leader, past leaders of the SSB, and the Board's incoming chair. The afternoon session will revolve around a series of town-hall-format interactions between the audience and panelists about applying lessons from the first 50 years of space exploration to hopes and aspirations for the next 50 years in four areas of space research: astrophysics and space physics, microgravity life and physical sciences, planetary exploration and astrobiology, and Earth sciences. The day will conclude with a special lecture about exploring space with humans and robots.

An updated agenda will be available on the Space Studies Board web page: nationalacademies.org/ssb/IGY_DC_event.html.

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4. NRC DECADAL SURVEY IS BEGINNING--NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIR NEEDED

Final negotiations with the agencies for funding of the NRC's next decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics are in progress and should be complete very soon. The Board on Physics and Astronomy and the Space Studies Board, as the NRC sponsors of the study, are now renewing their call for nominations of candidates for chair (as well as for survey committee and panel members) from the community.

The BPA and SSB have formed a search committee that will consider the nominations and develop a short list of candidates to chair the survey. The committee, chaired by John Huchra, chair of the NAS Astronomy Section, will meet on 14 July. Appointment of the survey committee will follow after a chair is in place. The survey committee will work out the panel structure at its first meeting. Panel chairs as well as committee and panel members will be drawn from the pool of nominations.

To make your contribution to the pool of nominations, please use the web form found on the following website: nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010.html. You may also submit nominations via e-mail to astro2010 at nas.edu. If you use email, please include a few sentences about the nominee's background and what the person would bring to the survey. Please submit your nominations for chair before 14 July.

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5. UPDATE: LOWELL OBSERVATORY'S DISCOVERY CHANNEL TELESCOPE

Lowell Observatory announced signing a contract the week of 12 May with General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies of Richardson, Texas for the detailed design and construction of the telescope mount for the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The Observatory also recently contracted with DynaVac of Hingham, Massachusetts for construction and delivery of the mirror coating chamber for the 4.2-meter DCT primary mirror. Meanwhile, M3 Engineering of Tucson, Arizona is putting the finishing touches on the dome design, with construction expected to commence later this year. With the mount contract now underway, all components of the Discovery Channel Telescope are either completed, under construction, or in detailed design. The Discovery Channel Telescope is on track for first light in 2010. The new telescope is being built by Lowell Observatory, at an exceptional new site in northern Arizona, in partnership with Discovery Communications. For more information, visit: lowell.edu/dct/

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6. EVALUATION OF PHYSICS/ASTRONOMY PROGRAM AT MINNESOTA STATE UNIV, MANKATO

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Minnesota State University, Mankato is seeking the names of astronomers who would be willing to participate in an evaluation of our physics and astronomy programs. One astronomer along with a physicist would spend two days on the campus sometime during spring semester 2009. If you are interested send your name to steven.kipp at mnsu.edu.

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7. WHAT'S NEW AT THE INFRARED SCIENCE ARCHIVE (IRSA)?

Since our last update, the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) has announced the following new data sets accessible through our query engines and inventory services:

- Final data release from the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) Extended Mission.
These data cover the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and include
* Long Exposure (6x) catalogs
* Long Exposure (6x) images
* Scan/calibration databases

- Catalogs from
* Deep Near Infrared Survey of the Southern Sky (DENIS) 3rd Release
* "Point Sources in a Spitzer/IRAC Survey of the Galactic Center" ( Ramirez et al. 2008)
* Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) 1.2-Jy Redshift Survey
* IRAS Comet Survey
* IRAS Asteroid Survey
* IRAS Large Galaxies Catalog

- In concert with the Spitzer Science Center, new Spitzer Legacy data sets including
* Final data delivery from "From Molecular Cores to Planet-Forming Disks" (C2D)
* Final deliveries from "Galactic Legacy Infrared Midplane Survey Extraordinaire" (GLIMPSE-I)
* First deliveries from GLIMPSE-II.
* Images from "A 24 and 70 Micron Survey of the Inner Galactic Disk with MIPS" (MIPSGAL)
* 5th data delivery from "The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey" (SINGS)

These data and their associated documentation are available through our website, irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/.

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