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AAS Electronic Announcement #191 - December 2008

[Mailed from aas.org on 10 December 2008]

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CONTENTS:

1. 2009 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

2. LONG BEACH MEETING FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE REMINDER

3. HERE COMES THE JUDGE, CHAMBLISS JUDGES NEEDED

4. PASADENA MEETING SCIENTIFIC SESSION PROPOSAL DEADLINE

5. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

6. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AER

7. INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009 US NODE

8. ASTRONOMY 2010 DECADAL SURVEY ACTIVITIES AT APRIL APS MEETING

9. NEW EYES ON THE UNIVERSE: 2-5 MAY 2009 APS MEETING IN DENVER

10. HUMAN-TENDED SUBORBITAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP

11. NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND IONOSPHERE CENTER (NAIC) (NSF 09-014)

12. DPS08/ITHACA SCIENTIFIC SESSION WEBSTREAM ARCHIVE IS NOW ONLINE

13. AAS CENTENNIAL ISSUE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN 2009
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1. 2009 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2008. For your convenience you may renew online at members.aas.org. Prompt cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our program. Please direct any questions regarding your renewal status to peterson at aas.org or (202) 328-2010 extension 109.
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2. LONG BEACH MEETING FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The final day to pre-register for the AAS 213th Long Beach meeting at the discounted rate is 21 December 2008.

Register online: http://aas.org/meetings/aas213/registration.php
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details, http://aas.org/meetings/aas213
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3. HERE COMES THE JUDGE, CHAMBLISS JUDGES NEEDED

We are looking for Chambliss Student Achievement Award poster contest judges for Long Beach. Barrister wigs optional.

If you are an AAS Full or Associate Member and are attending the January Long Beach Meeting please consider serving as a poster judge. You will be asked to evaluate six to ten student posters on defined criteria.

To volunteer or for additional information, please contact Judy Johnson at johnson at aas.org.
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4. PASADENA MEETING SCIENTIFIC SESSION PROPOSAL DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Meeting-in-a-Meeting, or Town Hall at the Summer meeting in Pasadena, CA, proposals are due 15 December 2008. See http://aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php#how.
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5. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

The AAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations to the AAS are fully tax deductible and gratefully accepted. We ask that you consider contributing to one or more of the many projects that define the AAS and our progress in Astronomy. Of particular note this year and throughout 2009 is the exciting International Year of Astronomy effort. Please consider giving to this effort, which hopes to bring the wonder of our science to more people in 2009 than ever before.

Donations above $100 are acknowledged by letter for tax filing purposes. The AAS also accepts donations of stock, which can be of even greater benefit to donors come tax time.

Donations are accepted online at https://members.aas.org/contributions/.

Donations of stock can be arranged through the executive office. Questions about donations can be addressed to Faye Peterson, Membership Manager (mailto:peterson at aas.org).
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6. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AER

New submissions to Astronomy Education Review are now being handled by the AAS Executive Office. To submit a new paper, send the manuscript with a cover email to aer at aas.org.

If you have any comments or questions, please write to aer at aas.org.
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7. 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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8. ASTRONOMY 2010 DECADAL SURVEY ACTIVITIES AT "APRIL" APS MEETING
(MAY 2-5 IN DENVER)

Some activities related to the Astronomy 2010 decadal survey will be held at the "April" 2009 meeting of the American Physical Society held May 2-5 in Denver, Colorado. A special Town Hall session will be held on Monday night May 4th and two invited sessions will be held on Tuesday May 5th entitled New Facilities in Particle Astrophysics I & II. See http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/index.cfm for details.
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9. NEW EYES ON THE UNIVERSE: 2-5 MAY 2009 APS MEETING IN DENVER

The theme of this year's "April APS" meeting will be "New Eyes on the Universe: 400 years since Galileo's Telescope". The April Meeting, which brings together nuclear, particle, gravitational, accelerator, plasma, and astrophysicists, will have a strong focus on astrophysics this year, featuring 4 astrophysics plenary talks (of the 9 total), 19 invited sessions on astrophysical topics and two town meetings (JDEM and the Decadal Survey). The deadline for contributed papers is 9 January. See the APS website (aps.org) for more information.

Steve Kahn, Division of Astrophysics Chair and Michael Turner, Program Chair
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10. HUMAN-TENDED SUBORBITAL SCIENCE WORKSHOP

The Personal Spaceflight Federation and NASA Ames Research Center invites you to join Ames Center Director Pete Worden in attending the Human-Tended Suborbital Science Workshop, to take place at the Westin San Francisco Market Street on Monday, 15 December 2008 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting and is sponsored by the Universities Space Research Association.

Workshop information can be found at the following link: http://suborbitalex.arc.nasa.gov/
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11. NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND IONOSPHERE CENTER (NAIC) (NSF 09-014)

Consistent with the National Science Board Resolution on Competition and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12), NSF will compete the next cooperative agreement for the management and operation of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) through an open, merit-based review process. The Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), in cooperation with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM) of the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), is currently preparing the program solicitation, which is expected to lead to the award of a single, five-year cooperative agreement for the management and operation of NAIC following the expiration of the current cooperative agreement in 2010.

More information on the competition is provided in publication NSF 09-014, available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09014/nsf09014.pdf
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12. DPS08/ITHACA SCIENTIFIC SESSION WEBSTREAM ARCHIVE IS NOW ONLINE

The AAS and DPS08 LOC are happy to announce that the archived talks from the Ithaca DPS meeting are now posted, session by session, at the following URL: http://www.aas.org/divisions/meetings/dps2008/index.html

Low-resolution versions are posted for direct streaming on your browser, and links are also provided to (very large) higher-resolution Quicktime movie versions that can be downloaded directly. We would like to thank all of the presenters who agreed to have their DPS talks archived this way for posterity. Enjoy the meeting, again and again!

If you encounter any technical problems with the archived videos, please contact Jim Bell (jfb8 at cornell.edu) or Scott Idem (scott.idem at aas.org) for assistance.
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13. AAS CENTENNIAL ISSUE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN 2009

The AAS Centennial Issue of The Astrophysical Journal, originally published in commemoration of the Society's 100th anniversary, will be available again during the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. It is being re-issued in hard cover at a price of $89. Order forms and sample copies will be available at the AAS meeting in Long Beach; the volume can also be ordered online from the AAS website.
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