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AAS Electronic Announcement #194 – March 2009

[Mailed from aas.org 11 March 2009]

CONTENTS:

1. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE PASADENA MEETING
2. SPLINTER MEETINGS
3. VOLUNTEERING
4. DDA MEETING IN VIRGINIA BEACH
5. TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR IAU SYMPOSIUM 261 IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
6. IYA ISSUE OF PHYSICS WORLD
7. AAS BOOK INVENTORY
8. ATTENTION CALIFORNIA MEMBERS
9. PUBLIC OBSERVING TIME AT THE WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY
10. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2009B
11. LOWELL OBSERVATORY - PREDOCTORAL SCHOLAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
12. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM'S EXPLORING SPACE LECTURE SERIES
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1. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE PASADENA MEETING

Registration is open 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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2. SPLINTER MEETINGS

If you are requesting a splinter meeting please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) by Friday, 1 May 2009. Splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first served basis.
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3. 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, two AAS volunteer t-shirts, 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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4. DDA MEETING IN VIRGINIA BEACH

The 2009 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy will be held 2 - 5 May 2009 at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The annual DDA meeting brings together top researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science and astrodynamics for in-depth and stimulating discussions and talks on all aspects of dynamics in the space sciences.

The meeting features invited talks on a range of topics, contributed talks (with no parallel sessions), and posters. Information about the meeting including links for abstract submission, meeting registration, and lodging can be found on the DDA Meeting Website (http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2009/). Online registration is now open.

Deadlines:
Abstracts: 20 March 2009
Hotel Reservations: 23 March 2009
Early Registration: 3 April 2008

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium 261 will be held 27 April- 1 May 2009 prior to the DDA meeting. For more details please visit the Symposium Website (www.aas.org/divisions/meetings/iau/).

The Cavalier Hotel is located at the Oceanfront and 42nd Street,
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 USA
Room rate for the DDA Meeting and the IAU Symposium is $105 per night (approx. $120 after taxes).
Reservations can be made at 800-446-8199 from the US or +1 757 425 8555
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5. TRAVEL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR IAU SYMPOSIUM 261 IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

A special IAU Symposium (#261) entitled Relativity in Fundamental Astronomy: Dynamics, Reference Frames, and Data Analysis will be held in Virginia Beach, VA from 27 April to 1 May 2009, followed by the 40th meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy on 2 May to 5 May 2009.

Thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation, the Division on Dynamical Astronomy is making travel grants available especially to students, underserved minority groups and those from smaller universities or colleges to attend the IAU Symposium.

To apply, use the easy-to-complete online form at www.aas.org/divisions/meetings/iau/grants.php Please consider attending this exciting symposium, even if you simply want to explore the possibility of research or study in this area of astronomy.
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6. IYA ISSUE OF PHYSICS WORLD

The March 2009 issue of Physics World is a special issue on astronomy. It is part of the magazine's contribution to the International Year of Astronomy.

http://physicsworld.com/cws/home

Physics World is an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics.
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7. AAS BOOK INVENTORY

The following books are available from the AAS book inventory: aas.org/staff/book_inventory.php

Please fill out the book order form. Members are only responsible for shipping costs which we are charging a flat shipping and handling fee of $15.00 per book. For bulk orders discount shipping will be determined on a case by case basis. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to Scot Garvey (garvey at aas.org). This is a members only opportunity and books will be offered on a first come first served basis.
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8. ATTENTION CALIFORNIA MEMBERS

A group of students at Harvard Business School is working with EnCorps, a California-based non-profit, and have asked for our help. EnCorps’ goal is to promote math and science education in California’s schools and they’re looking for input from professionals in these fields.

If you’d like to help, please take the brief survey below. It should take five minutes at most and is completely anonymous.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0x0zGoaIqLQpSBUiCsoszw_3d_3d

Please contact Kevin Jenkins, one of the students on the project team, at kjenkins at mba2010.hbs.edu with any questions.
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9. PUBLIC OBSERVING TIME AT THE WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY
As the recipient of an NSF PREST grant, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory is offering time to the community on the 2.3 m telescope between 2009 July and 2012 June. Currently available instruments include an optical prime-focus camera and an optical longslit spectrograph. Both service and visitor observing modes are available. We are also willing to entertain the possibility of visitor instruments. Although we cannot provide funding for travel or subsistence, we can offer visiting astronomers free lodging at the observatory. Proposers should consult the WIRO web page at http://physics.uwyo.edu/observatories and are encouraged to contact observatory director Chip Kobulnicky (chipk at uwyo.edu) for additional information prior to the quarterly proposal submission process.
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10. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2009B

Due: 31 March 2009

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2009B semester, August 2009 - January 2010. Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, the two 10m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, and the telescopes of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions are available at: http://www.noao.edu/gateway/

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, 31 March 2009.
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11. LOWELL OBSERVATORY - PREDOCTORAL SCHOLAR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline: 1 May 2009

Lowell Observatory is pleased to solicit applications for our Predoctoral Scholar Fellowship Program. Now in its third year, this program is designed to provide unique research opportunities to graduate students in good standing, currently enrolled at Ph.D. granting institutions. Several projects are available in collaboration with Lowell staff astronomers on a variety of topics ranging from extrasolar and solar system planets to star formation to dwarf galaxies to instrumentation. We anticipate the availability of an increasing variety of projects over the next year as construction of our new 4.2 meter Discovery Channel Telescope and corresponding instrumentation progresses; funding is currently in place to begin first light instrument construction. Student research is expected to lead to the completion of a thesis dissertation appropriate for graduation at the doctoral level at the student's home institution. Currently, three students are enrolled in our program. The Observatory provides competitive compensation and full benefits to student scholars. For more information, see http://www.lowell.edu/rsch/predoc.php and links therein. Applications are due by 1 May 2009.
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12. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM'S EXPLORING SPACE LECTURE SERIES

In observance of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the National Air and Space Museum is devoting its 2009 Exploring Space Lecture Series to IYA themes. The four lectures are:

Why is Astronomy so Popular?
Wednesday, 25 March, Speaker: David H. Levy

What is the Universe?
Thursday, 9 April, Speaker: Dr. Vera Rubin

Are we Alone? Searching for an Exoplanet like Home
Wednesday, 27 May, Speaker: Dr. Sara Seager

Our Sun: Is it a Steady Performer?
Thursday, 18 June, Speaker: Dr. Alan M. Title

http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/lectures/esls/esls.cfm

All lectures are free and take place in the National Mall building at 6th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Educational activities begin at 6 p.m. Lectures begin at 7:30.

You must reserve tickets in advance: http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/lectures/ticketsform.cfm

The 2009 Exploring Space lectures are available on webcast: http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/lectures/webcast/
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