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AAS Electronic Announcement #189 — October 2008

[Mailed from aas.org 9 October 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_189_2008_10_October....

CONTENTS

1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2008

2. LONG BEACH MEETING NEWS

3. LONG BEACH MEETING REGISTRATION

4. LONG BEACH EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

5. PASADENA, CALIFORNIA MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING PROPOSALS, & ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

6. ASTRONOMERS HELPING PREPARE FUTURE SCIENCE TEACHERS

7. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: LUNAR CRATER OBSERVATION AND SENSING SATELLITE (LCROSS) OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN

8. NEW NSF PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

9. DEADLINE FOR CDI PROGRAM

10. CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, WASHINGTON, D.C.—2009 SESSIONS

11. SAGAN EXOPLANET POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

12. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR APJL

13. CHANGES TO AUTHOR FEES FOR 2009

14. THE BLACK BOOK PROJECT

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1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2008

Renew now and save time by renewing online at aas.org. Invoices for the 2008 membership year will be mailed this week. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial costs and increases the funding available for our programs.

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2. LONG BEACH MEETING NEWS

Splinter Meetings

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) by 1 December 2008. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first served basis.

Volunteering

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, including session coverage, registration, basic computer help, etc. Volunteers that work 16 hours receive complimentary meeting registration, an AAS volunteer t-shirt, meal vouchers, and complimentary parking. Please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) if you would like to volunteer. Undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, and amateur astronomers are all welcome!

AAS Society Banquet

The 213th AAS meeting Banquet will be held at The Westin Long Beach, on Wednesday, 7 January 2009. The comedy sketch group, The Galileo Players, will be following with good food and good laughs as they perform science-based skits and improv.

"The Galileo Players are a professional sketch comedy and improv troupe that focuses on scientific themes. Deciding that sketch comedy in the world needed to be smarter and science in the world needed to be funnier, these veterans of the Chicago comedy scene have created a virtual (meaning not yet real) comedic empire - cornering the market on comedy inspired by science, logic and reason. The only limit to their ambition is time, space, and Newton's Third Law, which they have always found to be silly. Until they are able to conquer the known universe, they are content to perform for the civilized world, bringing their quirky sensibility to conferences, colleges, festivals, and corporate events. They hope history and Stephen Hawking approve."

Banquet tickets are $65 and are available through the registration form. Limited quantities will be available for purchase onsite. Individual tickets are also available for the Galileo Players for those that do not wish to attend the banquet. Tickets are $20 and the show will begin at 8:15 pm.

Hotels

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is sold out 2-4 January 2009. Limited rooms are available 5-11 January 2009. For more information on available hotels please visit aas.org/meetings/aas213/travel_and_lodging.php.

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3. LONG BEACH MEETING REGISTRATION

Registration for the Long Beach Meeting is available online at aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php

Register by 30 November 2008 and save up to $70. Registration rates will increase 1 December 2008.

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4. LONG BEACH EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

CAE: IMPROVING ASTRO 101 THROUGH ACTIVE LEARNING: A TIER I
(INTRODUCTORY) TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_CAE.php
3-4 January 2009

Presented by Edward Prather and Gina Brissenden; University of Arizona
Contact: Gina Brissenden (gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu)
CAE Website: http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/

Register at aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the
Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.

NASA FACULTY ON PREPARING FUTURE TEACHERS
aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_NASA.php
Saturday, 3 - Sunday, 4 January
Presented by Tim Slater, University of Wyoming
Contact: Tim Slater (timslaterwyo at gmail.com
Website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes.
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the
Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.

ASTROZONE: LONG BEACH
aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_splinter_astrozone.php
Saturday, 3 January
Grand Ballroom, Long Beach Convention Center
Contact: Emilie Drobnes (emilie.drobnes at nasa.gov)

CAE: ACTIVE QUESTIONING IN THE CLASSROOM
aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_active_questioning.php
Sunday, 4 January
Contact: Doug Duncan, University of Colorado (dduncan at colorado.edu)
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the
Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.

IYA, DARK SKIES AWARENESS PROGRAMS AND YOU
aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_dark_skies.php
Sunday, 4 January
Contact: Connie Walker, NOAO (cwalker at noao.edu)
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the
Workshop Registration Form. There is no fee for this workshop.

CSMA: MENTORING NEW GENERATIONS OF MINORITY ASTRONOMERS

aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_splinter_CSMA.php
Tuesday, 6 January
Contact: Dara Norman, NOAO (dnorman at noao.edu)

For more information and registration, visit http://www.noao.edu/meetings/csma/

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5. PASADENA, CALIFORNIA MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING PROPOSALS, & ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Town Hall, Meeting-In-A-Meeting or Splinter Meeting at the Summer Meeting, proposals and room requests are due 15 December 2008. See aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php#how for information.

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6. ASTRONOMERS HELPING PREPARE FUTURE SCIENCE TEACHERS

Do you teach introductory astronomy? If so, you may be helping to prepare future teachers; yours may be the last science class they take! We invite you to join us for the Faculty Institute for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE) at AAS 3-4 January 2009, Long Beach, CA

In this free, two-day participant-driven workshop for faculty preparing future teachers, astronomers and science educators will share activities, data, and resources related to key science topics from the national science standards. Participants will receive a $300 stipend, lunches, and more.

- Explore standards-based concepts using authentic inquiry activities and share your thoughts on additional adaptations for various classroom grade levels and student needs

- Identify ways to address Earth and space science misconceptions

- Share your own practices, challenges, reflections, and implementation plans

- Explore collaboration plans with colleagues

Registration available online at www.lpi.usra.edu/education/facultyInstitutes

For more information, contact:
Christine Shupla
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058
281-486-2135
shupla at lpi.usra.edu

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7. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: LUNAR CRATER OBSERVATION AND SENSING SATELLITE (LCROSS) OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for participation in the USRA-NASA sponsored Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Observation Campaign.

USRA is working with NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC) and George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to coordinate the Observation Campaign for LCROSS. The Observation Campaign is designed to provide funding to qualified observers who have time on appropriate observatories to take measurements that will validate and complement measurements taken by the Shepherding Spacecraft and other assets. The RFP being issued by USRA is open to all qualified observers and is intended to fund a number of proposals that address LCROSS Science Goals.

To download the RFP please visit http://www.usra.edu/ or http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov. Proposals are due 30 October 2008.

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Heldmann at NASA Ames Research Center (Jennifer.Heldmann at nasa.gov) or email LCROSS at usra.edu.

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8. NEW NSF PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), that establishes important new proposal requirements that will affect most Principal Investigators. NSF 09-1 (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf091) will be effective for proposals received on or after 5 January 2009. We urge all PIs considering applying to NSF to review the new PAPPG carefully. Failure to meet these new requirements will result in proposals being returned without review.

- Entirely new guidance addresses and implements the postdoctoral mentoring requirement of the America COMPETES Act; Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a separate section within the 15-page project description, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Examples of mentoring activities include, but are not limited to: career counseling; training in preparation of grant proposals, publications and presentations; guidance on ways to improve teaching and mentoring skills; guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas; and training in responsible professional practices. The proposed mentoring activities will be evaluated as part of the merit review process under the Foundation's broader impacts merit review criterion. Proposals that do not include a separate section on mentoring activities within the Project Description will be returned without review.

- Two new funding mechanisms, the Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) mechanisms, replace the Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) program.

This version of the PAPPG becomes effective on 5 January 2009, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 08-1) will continue to apply.

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9. DEADLINE FOR CDI PROGRAM

A new program solicitation has been announced for the NSF-wide Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program. Preliminary proposals are required; full proposals will be accepted by invitation only based on review of preliminary proposals. Deadlines for preliminary proposals are 8 December 2008 for Type I and 9 December 2008 for Type II proposals. For information about CDI, see the program solicitation (NSF 08-604) at: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08604/nsf08604.htm.

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10. CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 2009 SESSIONS

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies--consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council--is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2009 sessions. The program will comprise two 12-week sessions:

Winter: 12 January - 3 April
Fall: 9 September through 25 November

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who havecompleted graduate studies or postdoctoral research within the last 5 years are eligible to apply. Candidates should submit an application and request that a mentor/adviser fill out a reference form. Both forms are available on the Web at http://national-academies.org/policyfellows.

The deadline for receipt of application material is 1 November for the winter program and 1 June for the fall program. Candidates may apply to both sessions concurrently.

Additional details about the program and a link to join the mailing list are available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to: policyfellows at nas.edu.

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11. SAGAN EXOPLANET POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the introduction of the Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2009. The deadline for both applications and letters of reference is Thursday, 6 November 2008 at 4 PM PST. Offers will be made before 1 February 2009, and new appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 September 2009.

The Sagan Fellowships will support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration program. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars. NASA also announces two other theme-based fellowship programs: the Einstein Fellowship Program which supports the Physics of the Cosmos research, and the Hubble Fellowship Program which supports Cosmic Origins research.

The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or after 1 January 2006, in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of the fellows' choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host institution per year. The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

We anticipate awarding 3 - 4 fellowships in 2009. Please note that these are postdoctoral Fellowships only. Previous Michelson Fellowship holders are fully eligible to apply. Please see the Sagan Fellowship website for more information and application instructions: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml

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12. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR APJL

On October 15, new submissions to The Astrophysical Journal Letters will be handled by IOP Publishing. To submit a new paper, use the online site at http://authors.iop.org/apjl starting on October 15. If you wish to revise an ApJ Letters manuscript already in peer review and submitted before 15 October 2008, continue to use http://mss.uchicago.edu/ApJ.

Please note that new papers for ApJ Letters submitted after October 15 must satisfy new length criteria; see http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/592786. An automated length estimator is available for authors at http://dopey.mcmaster.ca/ApJL/countwords.html.

When you are ready to send your next paper, please create an account if you don't already have one, before you begin your submission. There are several benefits in having an account, including a personal author homepage and speedier manuscript processing - the system automatically builds a PDF file of your paper and sends it to the ApJ Editorial Office. From your personal author homepage you can monitor the progress of your article, make revisions and check proofs.

If you have any comments or questions or need assistance with your submission to the ApJ or the AJ, please write to custserv at iop.org.

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13. CHANGES TO AUTHOR FEES FOR 2009

Two important changes to author charges will be introduced for papers published in 2009 in The Astronomical Journal and The Astrophysical Journal. The surcharge for printed color pages will be increased, and author charges for the ApJ Letters will be assessed as a single article charge, rather than as page charges.

Starting in 2009, the surcharge for color pages that are printed in the bound edition of the Society's journals (except for ApJL) will increase to $300. This new charge matches the AAS' costs more accurately than the present lower charge. The increased color fee should not present a hardship for most authors as there will be no charge for the figure to appear online or in the downloadable PDF version of the article. For nearly all uses of the article, and in all the digital delivery channels, all color figures will be available for the nominal author fees. It will rarely be necessary for authors to require that color appear in the bound journal, so these fees should rarely be levied. More information will appear in the November 2008 edition of the AAS Newsletter.

The other change to our journals' publication fees is that author charges for the ApJ Letters will be uniform - $600 - for all papers published. The article charge covers all of the editorially accepted content that authors submit, including color figures. For additional background, please refer to the recent editorial in the the ApJ Letters at http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/592786.

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14. THE BLACK BOOK PROJECT

The Black Book Project will be held in Albany, NY on 1 November 2009 and will feature a cosmology based jazz composition by Monica Wilson-Roach honoring our own Vera Rubin.

More information on the concert can be found at http://Ten27music.com/

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