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AAS Electronic Announcement #193 - February 2009

Mailed from aas.org 10 February 2009

View Online: http://aas.org/publications/electronic_announcements_archive.php

1. PASADENA PRESENTERS SHOULD VERIFY MEMBER STATUS NOW
2. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE PASADENA MEETING
3. PASADENA ABSTRACT DEADLINE
4. LONG BEACH MEETING VIDEOS
5. 2009 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
6. ASTRONOMY EDUCATION REVIEW ONLINE AT AIP
7. 2008 ANNUAL REVIEWS
8. JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS
9. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE
10. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
11. KECK TELESCOPE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
12. COMMEMORATION OF EDWIN E. SALPETER
13. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 LEROY E. DOGGETT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY
14. TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! JOIN THE GLOBE AT NIGHT CAMPAIGN, 16-28 MARCH!
15. CARMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS, SEMESTER 2009B
16. RITTER OBSERVATORY
17. SPACE STUDIES BOARD COMMITTEE
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1. PASADENA PRESENTERS SHOULD VERIFY MEMBER STATUS NOW

If you received this message directly from the AAS then you are a current AAS Member or a current Society of Physics Students Affiliate Member. We ask AAS Members to assist us in communicating the abstract/membership rules to their nonmember students and colleagues. It is much easier to join now than on the abstract deadline.

The Pasadena abstract deadline is 9pm EST, Sunday, 1 March 2009. The Meeting will be held 7-11 June 2009.

The AAS Council specifies the following regulations for submission and presentation of papers at an AAS meeting:

Current Members Only

*Any member of the AAS may submit a paper. You can verify member status in the Public Directory (members.aas.org/directory/public_directory.cfm) or Members-Only Directory, (members.aas.org).

*Former members must reinstate their membership (aas.org/membership/membership.php#reinstate).

*The presenter must be listed as the first author on the paper.

*The presenting/first author must register for the meeting.

Dissertations for Members Only

*Students or graduates wishing to submit Dissertation Abstracts must be accepted for membership in the AAS by the abstract deadline (aas.org/membership/membership.php#join).

One Time Presentation as Nonmember

*Nonmembers may present one paper at one AAS meeting if the abstract is countersigned by a Full Member; and they register for the meeting at the nonmember rate. Registration and abstract submission are separate processes. Registration does not have to be submitted by the abstract deadline but must be completed 30 days prior to the meeting.

*If an Undergraduate Guest gives a paper, he/she does so as a nonmember and is subject to the usual rules governing presentation of papers by nonmembers.

*Society of Physics Student Affiliates are considered nonmembers for abstract submission but may register at the Junior rate.

*Subsequent papers will be accepted only if the nonmember successfully applies for membership in the Society (aas.org/membership/membership.php#join).

One Paper Per Meeting

*You may only present one paper (whether oral or poster) at a meeting, with the exceptions listed below. You may co-author several papers but may be the first author and presenter for only one paper.

* The following exceptions do not count as your "one" paper. You may still be the first author and presenter for an additional contributed scientific research paper. Exceptions: Prize Lectures, Plenary and Parallel Invited Talks, Contributed education papers, Contributed historical papers, and papers for working group meetings.
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2. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE PASADENA MEETING

Registration will open on 16 February 2009 for the 214th AAS Meeting,
Pasadena, CA, 7-11 June 2009.

Online: aas.org/meetings/aas214/registration.php

Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

Register by 20 March to receive the discounted rate.
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3. PASADENA ABSTRACT DEADLINE

The deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, 1 March 2009, 9 pm EST.

Abstract forms are available on the AAS website members.aas.org/abstracts/

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com

Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word processing files, cutting and pasting or typing directly into the abstract form. A character pallet of common symbols is provided.

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details and access to the abstract and registration forms: aas.org/meetings/aas214.

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a room request form and return it to Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) by 1 May 2009. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first-come, first-served basis.
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4. LONG BEACH MEETING VIDEOS

The 213th AAS Long Beach Meeting videos from the General Session Room are now online for AAS Members. Please log in to the Members Only Section (members.aas.org/) of the website and look for the highlighted view session videos on the left.
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5. 2009 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Important! Important!

Changes in member information for the Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 13 February 2009!!

To ensure your listing is correct, please take a moment and log into the Member Only website members.aas.org/ to review your information. Any changes can be made directly on that page. The Directory is created from the membership database using an automated process so information will be listed AS IS.
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6. ASTRONOMY EDUCATION REVIEW ONLINE AT AIP

Astronomy Education Review (AER), the AAS' newest journal, is now available at the AIP website.

http://aer.aip.org/

In addition to being the home for new AER articles, the journal's "backfile" is now hosted at AIP as well. All of the previously published content has been loaded into AIP's databases and delivery systems, and DOIs have been assigned to all the articles.

As a reminder, all submissions to AER 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.
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7. 2008 ANNUAL REVIEWS

The 2008 Annual Reviews Publications, including the Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics are now available for AAS members. To take advantage of the discounted rate log into the AAS members only website and complete the order form.

Also, please remember that you can now renew your membership dues online. If you have not renewed your 2009 dues, do so today to avoid additional fees.
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8. 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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9. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) serves raw and extracted browse spectra from the High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph (HIRES) instrument of the W.M. Keck Observatory (WMKO). In the interests of improving service, KOA is conducting a user survey. Archive users are encouraged to complete the survey online at: https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu/UserSurvey/

It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and will run until 1 March 2009.
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10. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 5 March 2009

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), the radio interferometer on Mauna Kea built by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, makes available a fraction of the observing time to principal investigators from the astronomical community worldwide. The next proposal deadline is 5 March 2009 for the observing semester 16 May 2009 through 15 November 2009. SMA comprises of eight 6-m antennas operating at 230 GHz, 345 GHz, 420 GHz and 690 GHz bands. More information, technical details, and instructions and tools for proposal preparation and submission can be found at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/, the SMA Observer Center web site.

Questions or comments regarding the Call for Proposals can also be addressed to propose at sma.hawaii.edu.
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11. KECK TELESCOPE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA is soliciting proposals using the Keck Telescopes for the 2009B observing semester (Aug 2009 - Jan 2010). NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going missions and/or high priority, long term science goals. Thus, starting with the 2009A semester, NASA Headquarters has opened up the NASA Keck call to a wider range of disciplines. These disciplines include studies of exoplanets and our own solar system, as well as galactic and extragalactic studies in support of NASA's Cosmic Origins science goals and missions. In addition, an identified Key Science project for 2009B is in support of the CoRoT mission.

This 2009B call includes proposals for CoRoT Key Science as well as proposals in the following discipline areas: 1) Investigations in support of Exoplanet Exploration science goals and missions; 2) Investigations in support of Cosmic Origins science goals and missions; 3) Investigations of our own solar system; and 4) Direct mission support.

The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech and all proposals are due on 6 March 2009 at 4pm PST. Please see the website at http://nexsci.caltech.edu for further information on both the Key Science and general science telescope proposals. Questions not answered on these pages can be directed to KeckCFP at ipac.caltech.edu.
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12. COMMEMORATION OF EDWIN E. SALPETER

Edwin E. Salpeter died on 26 November 2008. Ed was an exceptional scientist who energized many fields of astrophysics with his insight, intellect and personal touch. We are organizing a commemoration of Ed's life to be held on 14 March 2009 at Cornell University. Details may be found at the web site:

http://astro.cornell.edu/events/salpetercommemoration/index.html
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13. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 LEROY E. DOGGETT PRIZE FOR
HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY

The Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society awards its highest recognition, the LeRoy E. Doggett Prize biennially to an individual whose long-term efforts and lifetime achievements have had significant impact on the field of the history of astronomy.

"History of astronomy" is taken in its broadest sense to include all historical studies of astronomical research, observations, practices, and beliefs of all cultures, past and present. "History of astronomy" also includes the discipline per se, that is, the institutions and practices that make it possible to do historical research involving astronomy.

Any member or affiliate member of HAD may nominate a candidate for the Prize. Nominations must include at least one detailed letter of support and a complete curriculum vitae for the nominee. Additional letters of support are encouraged.

Deadline for nominations for the current prize cycle will be 15 March 2009. Nominations roll over for two prize cycles.

Please send supporting materials to the Secretary of the Prize Committee, Joseph S. Tenn (see address at www.aas.org/had/officers/).

For further details about the Prize and a list of past winners, please visit www.aas.org/had/doggett/.
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14. TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! JOIN THE GLOBE AT NIGHT CAMPAIGN, 16-28 MARCH!

At least 2 out of 5 Americans, 1 out of 6 Europeans and 1 out of 10 people worldwide have never seen 90% of the stars in our night sky. With half the world's population now living in cities, this problem is only getting worse. Yet you can easily be part of a local solution to a global problem.

Take back the night! Take a few minutes to monitor your local night sky brightness, place your measurement on-line noting your location, date and time and within a few weeks see a map of light pollution levels worldwide.

Be part of the "GLOBE at Night" citizen-science campaign and make a world of difference! The GLOBE at Night campaign runs March 16-28, 2009. Help preserve our natural heritage for generations to come. Find out more information at www.globe.gov/globeatnight. GLOBE at Night is an official International Year of Astronomy Dark Skies Awareness cornerstone project.

To learn more about other IYA2009 Dark Skies Awareness cornerstone projects and the effects of light pollution, visit www.darkskiesawareness.org.
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15. CARMA CALL FOR PROPOSALS, SEMESTER 2009B

Deadline: 18 March 2009

Proposals for observations using CARMA during the period 1 July to 30 November 2009 are due on 18 March 2009. CARMA comprises 23 antennas operating on a 2200-m elevation site, Cedar Flat, in the Inyo Mountains of California. This semester, proposals will be accepted for 15-antenna observations at 3mm and 1mm in the C, D, and E antenna configurations. These configurations have resolution 0.8", 2", 5" at 230 GHz.

The University of Chicago has joined CARMA with eight 3.5-m antennas (the SZA) observing at 1cm and 3mm using an 8-GHz-bandwidth correlator. The 3.5-m array will be devoted to phase calibration observations for the A and B configurations in winter 2009-2010. A limited time will be available this semester for 1cm observations with the 3.5-m array in a compact configuration.

CARMA is operated by the Universities of California (Berkeley), Chicago, Illinois, and Maryland, and the California Institute of Technology, under a cooperative agreement with the University Radio Observatory program of the National Science Foundation. Approximately 30% of the observing time will be awarded to PIs outside the partner universities.

Proposals should be submitted using the electronic form at http://carma.astro.uiuc.edu/proposals/ before 17:00 CDT (22:00 UT) 18 March 2009. Detailed information, including sensitivities and proposal submission instructions, are available at http://www.mmarray.org . Questions may also be addressed to Dr. Nikolaus Volgenau (volgenau @ mmarray.org).
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16. RITTER OBSERVATORY

Ritter Observatory is pleased to announce its program of community service to the astronomical community, for which it has received support from the NSF Program for Research and Education with Small Telescopes (NSF-PREST). The principal elements of our program are:

1. Spectroscopic observations in service mode (informal request process, short notice)
2. Visiting student program

To browse our public data archive and to obtain more information about the program and about Ritter's capabilities for astronomical spectroscopy, please see: http://astro1.panet.utoledo.edu/~wwritter/PREST.html or contact: Nancy D. Morrison, NMorris at UTNet.UToledo.Edu
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17. SPACE STUDIES BOARD COMMITTEE

In response to a request from Congress, the Space Studies Board has organized a committee to conduct a study of mission-enabling activities in NASA's space and Earth sciences program. (Mission-enabling activities--which traditionally encompass much of NASA's research and analysis (R&A) programs--include support for theory, modeling, and data analysis; sub-orbital flights and complementary ground-based programs; and advanced mission and instrumentation concept studies.) The study will identify the appropriate roles for mission-enabling activities and metrics for assessing their effectiveness. It also will evaluate how, from a strategic perspective, decisions should be made about balance between mission-related and mission-enabling elements of the overall program as well as balance between various elements within the mission-enabling component. It is important to note that while the study will consider portfolio allocation principles and metrics from a strategic perspective, it will NOT address or propose specific funding levels. More information about the study committee and its charge is available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48965.

Individuals who wish to offer views or suggestions for the attention of the study committee should send them to the study director, Joseph Alexander, at jalexander at nas.edu.
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