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AAS Electronic Announcement #186 — July 2008

AAS Electronic Announcement #186 - July 2008

[Mailed from aas.org 10 July 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_186_2008_07_July.html

CONTENTS:

1. 2009 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

2. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

3. NEW AAS DEPUTY PRESS OFFICER

4. DPS ITHACA MEETING REGISTRATION

5. DPS ITHACA MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE

6. PUBLIC POLICY BLOG

7. LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY

8. ASTRONOMERS REQUESTED AS PEER REVIEWERS FOR GEORGIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

9. HIRISE SPECIAL ISSUE OF ICARUS

10. WIYN 0.9-METER TELESCOPE CONSORTIUM SEEKS NEW PARTNERS

11. LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY TELESCOPE (LSST) PROJECT

12. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALS

13. NEW BENEFIT FOR AAS MEMBERS
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1. 2009 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

The 2009 renewal period will begin in September. More than fifty percent of the membership renewed online during the 2008 renewal period. We considered 2008 a success and look forward to having more than 80 percent renew online for 2009. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial cost and increases the funding available for our programs.
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2. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
Deadline: 1 September 2008

Sponsors and potential sponsors for future AAS calendars are reminded that sponsorship space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups interested in sponsoring a month may contact Crystal Tinch (crystal at aas.org) for more information and pricing details for the 2009 Calendar. Deadline for sponsorship is 1 September 2008.

The Calendar is free to members, economical for sponsors and invaluable to the community. The Calendar includes important proposal and grant deadlines. Please forward any 2009 deadlines to crystal at aas.org by 1 September 2008.
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3. NEW AAS DEPUTY PRESS OFFICER

Rick Fienberg has replaced Lynn Cominsky as an AAS Deputy Press Officer, who works with Steve Maran in operating our press release distribution service for journalists. Fienberg recently retired fro his position as Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine. An appreciation of Cominsky's ten years of service will appear in the next issue of the AAS Newsletter.
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4. DPS ITHACA MEETING REGISTRATION

Registration for the 40th Annual DPS Meeting will open 15 July 2008. Please visit http://members.aas.org/source/meetings/cMeetingProcessSearch.cfm to complete online registration or download a copy of the registration form at http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/reg.html/.

Important deadlines

* Early Registration Deadline: 10 September 2008
* On-line Registration Deadline: 1 October 2008
* On-site Meeting Registration: 10-15 October 2008

Registering on-line after the 10 September deadline or registering on-site will incur an additional $50 or $100 registration fee, respectively, compared to early registration. If you have any questions, contact the Local Organizing Committee at jfb8 at cornell.edu or bclark at Ithaca.edu.

DPS Meeting website: http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/
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5. DPS ITHACA MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Abstract Deadline: 9 PM EDT, Friday, 1 August 2008

Please visit the DPS Meeting visit http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/abs.html for more details.
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6. PUBLIC POLICY BLOG

AAS members interested in ongoing public policy issues and coverage should visit the new AAS Public Policy Blog - blog.aas.org. Links to relevant legislation and stories are posted on a semi-daily basis. There are options to subscribe via email as well. Recent coverage has included the supplemental and NASA re-authorization bills. Questions or comments can be direct to the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow Marcos Huerta at huerta at aas.org
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7. LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY

The AAS is encouraging members to schedule appointments with their member of Congress or Senators in their local district offices during the August recess. The recess is from August 11 to September 5. For visiting a local office, the goal is to tell what role your department, institution, and students have in the local community - from outreach activities to simply the size and scope of your department or laboratory. Since this is the district work period it may also be possible to meet your member of congress, rather than only a staff member. Interested AAS members should email Marcos Huerta, huerta at aas.org. The AAS will provide some instruction and materials.
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8. ASTRONOMERS REQUESTED AS PEER REVIEWERS FOR GEORGIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Astronomers are needed for reviewers of proposals by the Georgian National Science foundation. Information is available at the following web page (in English) http://eng.gnsf.ge/chapter.asp?idcategory=63

Interested individuals must register online and select their category of expertise. Also available is a copy of the Grant Program Manual for 2008 in PDF format.
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9. HIRISE SPECIAL ISSUE OF ICARUS

A special issue of Icarus is planned, to highlight the results of analyses of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE images. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is September 2, 2008, with online publication planned for spring 2009 and print publication in fall 2009. Information regarding submission of manuscripts to Icarus may be found at: http://icarus.cornell.edu/information/authors.html

Questions and indication of interest regarding contributions to the HiRISE special issue should be addressed to the guest editors, Laz Keszthelyi and Ken Herkenhoff:

laz at usgs.gov
kherkenhoff at usgs.gov
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10. WIYN 0.9-METER TELESCOPE CONSORTIUM SEEKS NEW PARTNERS

The WIYN 0.9-meter Consortium, with a telescope housed on Kitt Peak, is seeking new partners for their next contract period. The contract term will run from 1 July 2009 through 30 June 2015. The WIYN 0.9m currently uses NOAO's S2KB and MOSAIC imagers, and is building its own new "HDI" (Half Degree Imager) with monolithic 4Kx4K, high and flat U-response CCD, with 30'x30' field. Besides classical observing, partners have access to the Observatory's special observing modes (the synoptic, photometric, and opportunity queues). Please visit http://www.noao.edu/0.9m/ to learn more about the WIYN 0.9-m telescope and consortium.

Anyone interested in further information should contact Andy Layden (layden at baade.bgsu.edu) and Con Deliyannis (con at astro.indiana.edu).
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11. LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY TELESCOPE (LSST) PROJECT

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project and NOAO announce the opportunity for interested members of the US astronomy and physics communities to participate in shaping the science for the LSST survey, through membership in the LSST Science Collaborations. The LSST will carry out a six-band multi-epoch optical survey over half the Celestial Sphere using a dedicated 8.4 meter telescope, allowing major advances in areas ranging from the study of near-Earth asteroids to the nature of Dark Energy. The Science Collaborations are autonomous entities that will work closely with the LSST construction project on areas from cadence design to commissioning. The present plan for LSST first light is 2014. Further details and instructions to apply for membership are available at: www.noao.edu/lsst/collab_prop/Scicollab.htm
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12. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Letters of Intent Due 31 July 2008

Proposals for the next round of the NOAO Survey Program are due 15 September 2008. Investigators interested in applying for time under the Survey Program MUST submit a letter of intent (by email to surveys at noao.edu) by 31 July 2008 describing the broad scientific goals of the program, the members and institutions of the survey team, the telescopes and instruments to be requested, the approximate amount of time that will be requested, and the duration of the proposed survey.

For more information, go to http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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13. NEW BENEFIT FOR AAS MEMBERS

Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed publication that brings computational tools and methods to 21st century science.

For the first time, CiSE subscriptions are reduced for AAS members—$45 for print and online ($55 outside the USA). Preview the table of contents pages at http://cise.aip.org

Subscribe at the discounted price by going to https://www.aip.org/ecomm/cise/g_info_nuser.jsp?promo_cd=AASCS08
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