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AAS Electronic Announcement #192 – January 2009

Mailed from aas.org 13 January 2009

View Online: http://www.aas.org/publications/elaarchive/Exploder_191_2009_13_January....

CONTENTS:

1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS

2. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL ONLINE AT IOP

3. STAR STORIES AT NOBELPRIZE.ORG

4. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

5. ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY - UK SCHMIDT TELESCOPE

6. JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS

7. INFRARED PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS CENTER (IPAC) NEWSLETTER

8. NEW PLANETARY PHD PROGRAM AND WEB SITE LAUNCH AT UCF IN ORLANDO

9. NEO DETECTION, TRACKING, CHARACTERIZATION AND MITIGATION INPUT SOUGHT
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1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS

Due: 31 January 2008

Please be reminded that electronic voting will close at midnight EST on 31 January 2009. Paper ballots are due to John Graham, AAS Secretary, by 31 January 2009.
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2. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL ONLINE AT IOP

The online editions of The Astrophysical Journal and the Supplement are now available at the IOP website.

http://www.iop.org/EJ/home/AP

In addition to the 2009 articles, the "digital backfile" of the ApJ, containing all the articles that have been produced digitally since 1995, will be available at IOP as well. Much of that backfile is available now; the rest of the back content will be online at IOP by the end of January.
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3. STAR STORIES AT NOBELPRIZE.ORG

Last Fall, the AAS worked with the Nobel Foundation's public web site, Nobelprize.org, to make 10 papers from the ApJ available. The articles have been used in an educational multimedia production that explores how Nobel Prizes rewarding advances in cosmology and astrophysics have given us a greater understanding of how stars are formed and die. The ten papers were chosen because they are all key papers related to Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries. http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/physics/star_stories/
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4. SPARK - THE EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

Spark, the Education Newsletter of the AAS, is published by the Education Office twice a year - January and June, to coincide with the semi-annual meetings. If you missed the last issue and would like to get it, please send your address to education at aas.org. This is a free subscription to all AAS Members, and if you would like Spark to arrive in your mailbox please email membership at aas.org to request a subscription. Spark is also available for download (PDF) at www.aas.org/education/spark/pubs.html. To contribute articles please contact the editors, Jake Noel-Storr, and Gina Brissenden at spark at aas.org.
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5. ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY - UK SCHMIDT TELESCOPE

The Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) operates the 1.2-metre UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST) as a spectroscopic telescope for large-scale surveys.

The AAO is now making a public announcement of opportunity for the utilisation of the UKST after the completion of the current RAVE survey.

The AAO envisages that such projects would be relatively long-term, and would use its best efforts to facilitate them and ensure the most successful outcomes. Proposals for innovative uses of the telescope are encouraged.

Interested parties are invited to contact the AAO Director before submitting a proposal in order to discuss the intended science, instrumentation, time-scale and funding sources.

Proposals will be accepted from 1 January 2009 until 30 June 2009.

The full details of this Announcement of Opportunity can be found on the AAO website (www.aao.gov.au).
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6. JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2009 Jansky Lectureship http://www.nrao.edu/jansky/janskyprize.shtml

The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc. to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.

Please send your nomination, including a concise justification for your choice, to borahood at nrao.edu or to the Office of Science and Academic Affairs, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903-2475, by Monday, 16 February 2009.
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7. INFRARED PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS CENTER (IPAC) NEWSLETTER

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) 2008-2009 winter newsletter is available: http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/Main/files/IPAC_NEWSLETTER_Winter08-09.pdf

The Newsletter includes latest news and updates from ongoing and upcoming missions, science centers and archives at IPAC:

* NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI)
* Spitzer Science Center (SSC)
* NASA Herschel Science Center (NHSC)
* U.S. Planck Data Center
* Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
* NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA)
* NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED)
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8. NEW PLANETARY PHD PROGRAM AND WEB SITE LAUNCH AT UCF IN ORLANDO

The Planetary Sciences Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida is pleased to announce a new PhD Track in Planetary Sciences, effective Spring 2009. The program balances early participation in research with a broad academic program. Applications received by 15 January 2009 will receive full consideration for Fall 2009 financial support. Learn more about the program and UCF's growing center for planetary research at our new web site: http://planets.ucf.edu/

UCF planetary research includes comet and asteroid observation, meteorite analysis, direct measurement of exoplanets, atmospheric modeling, computational modeling of atmospheric impacts, solid impacts studied in microgravity, laboratory astrophysics, and studies of Saturn's rings and dust dynamics.
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9. NEO DETECTION, TRACKING, CHARACTERIZATION AND MITIGATION INPUT SOUGHT

The Space Studies Board, in coordination with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council (NRC), is beginning a two-part study to address issues concerning the detection, tracking, and characterization of potentially hazardous Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), and approaches to mitigating identified hazards. Both tasks will include an assessment of the costs of various alternatives, using independent cost estimating. More information about the committee can be found at:

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/NEO_surveys_mitigation.html#P16_19

To obtain the greatest possible input of ideas from the community about issues in surveying, detecting, and characterizing NEOs, as well as potential mission concepts for deflection/mitigation, we are soliciting information in these areas. Submitters may draw upon the use of different facilities (ground- or space-based), and/or involve international cooperation, in their proposed solutions.

We invite you to write a program or mission concept for detecting, characterizing, or mitigating the hazards of NEOs, due by 20 March 2009. For logistical reasons, we ask that you first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by 30 January 2009. LOIs should be no longer than 1 page and include the authoring organization's name and a short (no more than 200 words) description of the proposed solution.

The NRC's Committee to Review Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies may select several proposed solutions for further study and invite the author of each to make a formal presentation at a future committee meeting. Identification of promising solutions by the committee does not imply future study funding by NASA or any other entity.

Solutions should be devoted to detecting, characterizing, or mitigating NEOs; authors wishing to address two or more tasks should submit separate solutions for each. Authors may also submit as many separate solutions as they wish.

The committee will use the following general criteria in evaluating submissions:

1-The relative technical feasibility of the solutions;
2-The cost range into which each solution is likely to fall; and
3-The relative merits of solutions and whether they outweigh their inherent challenges.

More specific aspects of criterion 3 for the different types of proposed solutions are:

i. Detecting and surveying NEOs: Does the proposal realistically address the requirements set by Congress for NASA to detect 90% of NEOs with perihelion distances of less than 1.3 astronomical units that are 140 meters in diameter or larger by 2020?

ii. Characterizing NEOs: Does the proposal focus on any or all of the various key characteristics of any target, such as its size, density, composition, and inclination and speed of approach?

iii. Hazard mitigation: Does the proposed solution offer a technically feasible method of deflecting an asteroid impact? Have the merits of the proposal been adequately compared to its disadvantages (if any), including the possibility of reduced costs over alternative courses of action? How much technical development is required for implementation?

All responses will be considered non-proprietary public information for distribution with attribution. Those submitting responses must also fill out the relevant (i.e., government or non- government) NRC copyright form provided on the committee's website.

The proposed solutions should be no longer than ten pages in length (12-point font) and involve the following items (by numbered sections):

1. A summary of the proposal;
2. Preliminary cost estimates*; and
3. A summary of the advantages and disadvantages of your proposed method for detecting, characterizing, or mitigating the hazards of Near Earth Objects.

Please submit your LOI to the NRC by 30 January 2009 via email to neorfi at nas.edu. Please submit your proposed solution(s) to the NRC by March 20, 2009 via email to neorfi at nas.edu.

Questions about the RFI may be directed to the study director, Dwayne A. Day (dday at nas.edu), or to us: (ishapiro at cfa.harvard.edu); (fvilas at mmto.org); (ma at astro.umd.edu).

You can also contact Dr. Day by telephone at 202-334-3477, or by fax at 202-334-3701.
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