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AAS Electronic Announcement #190 — November 2008

AAS Electronic Announcement #190 - November 2008

[Mailed from aas.org 10 November 2008]

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_190_2008_10_November...


CONTENTS

1. APPLY TO BECOME AN IAU MEMBER NOW IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN RIO NEXT YEAR

2. 2009 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

3. INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009 US NODE

4. LONG BEACH MEETING INFORMATION

5. LONG BEACH EDUCATION WORKSHOPS AND SPLINTER MEETINGS

6. PASADENA MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

7. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS

8. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY (SDSS-II)

9. AAVSO PHOTOELECTRIC PHOTOMETRY PROGRAM

10. SCIENCE COORDINATION GROUP (SCG) FOR THE JOINT DARK ENERGY MISSION (JDEM)

11. GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPE PROJECT CALLS FOR LETTERS OF INTENT
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1. APPLY TO BECOME AN IAU MEMBER NOW IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN RIO NEXT YEAR

Membership Deadline: 31 January 2009

The US National Committee of the IAU (USNC-IAU), through the National Research Council, invites qualified scientists to apply for individual membership in the International Astronomical Union. Those qualified should complete the application form and return it to the USNC-IAU Secretary, John A. Graham. Nomination by the USNC will ensure an invitation to the IAU General Assembly.

A membership form is now available online at the AAS web page at the following link: http://aas.org/files/IAU_Membership_Nomination_Form.pdf

Members can also apply using an online form using the National Academies webpages at: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/usnc-iau/IAU_Membership_Nomination.html

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the USNC-IAU by 4 April 2009. Those accepted will automatically receive invitations to participate in the next General Assembly to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-14 August 2009. Persons whose applications are not approved at this time may receive invitations on a case-by-case basis. Membership will be officially approved by the IAU at the General Assembly. The deadline for application is 31 January 2009.
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2. 2009 AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Renewal season is underway! Please take a moment and renew your membership for 2009 to avoid unnecessary reminders and reduce administrative costs. You can renew and contribute to our programs online at members.aas.org. Please contact Faye Peterson, Manager, Membership Services at peterson at aas.org if you have any questions.
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3. INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009 US NODE

The 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. Working with the IAU, ASP, AAVSO, Astronomical League, IDA and other astronomy partners, the AAS will help organize and carry out a dynamic program of activities for the International Year of Astronomy.

Show your support for IYA, and purchase one of the many items, from stamps to shirts to mugs, available at www.astronomy2009.us, click on the "Store" link.
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4. LONG BEACH MEETING INFORMATION

Registration

Registration for the AAS 213th Meeting in Long Beach is still open.
Register online at http://www.aas.org/aas213threg/.

Register by 30 November 2008 and save up to $75. Registration rates with increase 1 December 2008.

Hotels

The Hyatt Regency Long Beach is now sold out.

Room blocks are filling up quickly make your reservation as soon as possible. Rooms are still available at the following hotels:

The Renaissance Long Beach

Attendee Rate: $145 Single and Double Rooms; $160/$175 Triple/Quadruple

Reserve Single / Double Bed Room Reservation Code: aasaasa
Reserve Triple / Quadruple Bed Room Reservation Code: aasaasb

The Westin Long Beach

Attendee Rate: $149 Single and Double Rooms

Reserve Room Reservation Code: 66AC9

Marriott Courtyard Long Beach
Attendee Rate: $124 Single and Double Rooms
Reserve Two Queen Bed Room Reservation Code: aasaasa
Reserve King Bed Room Reservation Code: aasaasb

Please visit http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/travel_and_lodging.php for more information.

Scientific Program Online

The Scientific Schedule for the Long Beach meeting can now be viewed online at http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/schedule_scientific.php

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!
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5. LONG BEACH EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

CAE: IMPROVING ASTRO 101 THROUGH ACTIVE LEARNING: A TIER I
(INTRODUCTORY) TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
http://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 http://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
http://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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.

ASTROZONE: LONG BEACH
http://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
http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_active_questioning.php
Sunday, 4 January

Contact: Doug Duncan, University of Colorado (dduncan at colorado.edu)
Register at http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.

AAS CAREER WORKSHOP
http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_career.php
Sunday, 4 January

Contact: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions(alaina at alainalevine.com)
Register at http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form. The fee for this workshop is $35.
*There are only a few spots left, so register today!

IYA, DARK SKIES AWARENESS PROGRAMS AND YOU http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/event_workshop_dark_skies.php
Sunday, 4 January

Contact: Connie Walker, NOAO (cwalker at noao.edu)
Register at http://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 http://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/

If you would like to request a splinter (private) meeting please contact Lisa Idem(lisa.idem at aas.org) by 30 November 2008. These splinter meetings are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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6. 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 http://aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.
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7. SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS

Space Science Reviews has published—and continues to publish—essential invited results from the ongoing MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Click below for a selection of key papers (subscription access required for full text): http://www.springer.com/astronomy/?SGWID=0-123-12-533199-0
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8. SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY (SDSS-II)

On 31 October, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-II) made publicly available its Seventh Data Release (DR7). This is the final public data release from SDSS-II and includes data from the Legacy Survey, which completed the original imaging and spectroscopic goals of SDSS-I, from SEGUE (the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration), and from the Sloan Supernova Survey. DR7 includes uniformly calibrated ugriz imaging of more than 11,500 square degrees, optical spectroscopy of more than 1.6 million objects, and roughly 80 epochs of repeat imaging of a 300-square degree equatorial stripe in the southern Galactic cap. The data and a full description of their attributes may be found on the web by following the "SDSS Data" link from http://www.sdss.org or by going directly to http://www.sdss.org/dr7.
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9. AAVSO PHOTOELECTRIC PHOTOMETRY PROGRAM

The American Association of Variable Star Observers is currently ramping up their photoelectric photometry program. Several bright variable stars are no longer being monitored with the frequency and precision that is needed scientifically, and the upcoming IYA2009 activities will follow several of these, including the 27-year eclipsing binary epsilon Aurigae. We are accepting the donation of commercial photoelectric photometers, to be given out on loan to
amateur astronomers and small colleges worldwide that wish to take precision photometric data without the hassle and expense of CCD observing. If you have an SSP-3, SSP-5, etc. photometer gathering dust, consider donating it to the AAVSO. If you have a working CCD camera, we will also accept those donations! Please inquire, or send the units, to Arne Henden, Director, AAVSO, 49 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA 02138; email arne at aavso.org.
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10. SCIENCE COORDINATION GROUP (SCG) FOR THE JOINT DARK ENERGY MISSION (JDEM)

Closing date: 5 December 2008

NASA and the Department of Energy have constituted a Science Coordination Group (SCG) for the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM). This group of scientists is aiding the agencies in establishing the
preliminary requirements and capabilities of a Reference Mission design for JDEM. The SCG is meeting from October through mid-December 2008. As part of the deliberations, we invite you to provide input for our consideration at the web site: http://jdem.gsfc.nasa.gov/comments.html

We would welcome your thoughts on topics that include, but are not limited to, the most important aspect of dark energy to be tested, the most promising methods for measuring dark energy, aspects of the mission that might enable other science and mission design. The site has information on the mission and its science.

Your input would be very much appreciated. Submissions can be made at any time, but sooner is better and the closing date is 5 December 2008.
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11. GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPE PROJECT CALLS FOR LETTERS OF INTENT

The Giant Magellan Telescope Project calls for letters of intent to propose conceptual design studies for GMT scientific instruments. Please refer to the pdf at http://www.gmto.org/gmtinstrumentstudies for details.

The design studies will be funded by the Project with the possibility of some credit for in-kind contributions by participating groups. The GMT Science Working Group has defined a set of top-level scientific and technical requirements. These include a list of desired instruments and their performance goals.

A number of instrument concepts that address these goals were developed as part of the conceptual design phase of the GMT project. Interested parties may propose design studies that advance these concepts, address the current list of generic instruments with new technical approaches, or develop new instrumental capabilities not called out in the science requirements document.

The first generation configuration of the telescope is expected to include seeing-limited operations, laser guide star adaptive optics and ground-layer AO using an adaptive secondary mirror.

The optical properties of the GMT telescope, location of instruments, interfaces and size and mass constraints are described in the pdf.

The GMT Project Office and the GMT Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will review the submitted letters of intent. A subset of the submitted letters will be used to craft one or more requests for proposals and to scope the overall program.
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