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AAS Electronic Announcement #195 — April 2009

AAS Electronic Announcement #195 – April 2009

[Mailed from aas.org 10 April 2009]

CONTENTS:

1. PASADENA MEETING NEWS
2. PASADENA EVENTS
3. PASADENA EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS
4. JUDGES NEEDED FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
5. THE CULTURAL ASTRONOMY SUMMER SCHOOL
6. VISAS FOR BRAZIL FOR THE IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
7. LUNAR EXPLORATION ANALYSIS GROUP (LEAG) ROADMAP
8. THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR PHYSICS - AN EVENING OF ART, SCIENCE & THEATER
9. HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR GALILEOSCOPES YET?
10. HAVE YOU DONATED ANY GALILEOSCOPES YET?
11. OPENING SOON: GALILEO, THE MEDICI AND THE AGE OF ASTRONOMY AT PHILADELPHIA’S FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
12. SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATING GIOVANNI FAZIO
13. AAS WASHINGTON, DC MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE
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1. PASADENA MEETING NEWS

Important deadlines for the Pasadena Meeting:

30 April Late Abstract Deadline
30 April Regular Registration Deadline
6 May Hotel Reservations
1 June Final Registration Deadline
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2. PASADENA MEETING EVENTS

Carnegie Observatories Reception
The Carnegie Observatories invite all attendees from the 214th AAS Meeting, to an evening reception at the Observatories’ historic campus from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. on Monday, 8 June 2009. Join us for a relaxing get-together and refreshments. Appetizers and soft beverages will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Continuous shuttle service to/from the Pasadena Convention Center will be provided, starting at 6:15 p.m.
For more information please visit aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_event_carnegie.php.

Society Banquet
Tickets for the Society Banquet are still available for $65. Tickets include a 3-course meal and entertainment provided by Galileo's Daughters. For more information on Galileo's Daughters visit their homepage at www.galileosdaughters.com.
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3. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

CAE ASTRO 101 TEACHING EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP
6-7 June, 9am-5pm
aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_workshop_CAE.php

The cost for this 2-day workshop is $45. The workshop registration
form is available at: aas.org/files/214th_Meeting_Workshop_Form.pdf.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

CULTURAL ASTRONOMY SUMMER SCHOOL
6 June, 8:30am-5:00pm
7 June, 8:30am-12:00pm
aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_workshop_CASS.php

The cost for this 2-day workshop is $50.The workshop registration form is available at: aas.org/files/214th_Meeting_Workshop_Form.pdf.
Organizer: Thomas Hockey, hockey at uni.edu

THE ALT-AZ INITIATIVE FOR LIGHTWEIGHT RESEARCH TELESCOPES: SCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH PROGRAMS
6-7 June, 8:30am-5:00pm
aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_workshop_alt-az.php
Organizer: Russ Genet, russmgenet at aol.com

EARLY SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES WITH SOFIA IV
7 JUNE, 8:00am-5:00pm
aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_workshop_sofia.php
Organizer: Bob Gehrz, gehrz at astro.umn.edu

GETTING STARTED IN ASTRONOMY EDUCATION RESEARCH
7 June, 2:00pm-5:00pm
aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_workshop_astronomy_ed.php
The cost for this workshop is $35.The workshop registration form is
available at: aas.org/files/214th_Meeting_Workshop_Form.pdf.
Organizer: Tim Slater, timslaterwyo at gmail.com

GRADUATE STUDENT DECADAL SURVEY TOWN HALL
9 June, 6:30pm-8:00pm
http://aas.org/meetings/aas214/event_event_graduate_decadal.php
Please register for this event at http://aas.org/meetings/aas214/registration.php. There is no fee for this event.
Organizer: Kevin Marvel, marvel at aas.org
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4. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

We are looking for members to judge the student posters for the Chambliss Student Achievement Awards at the Pasadena meeting on Tuesday, 9 June 2009. Judging will take place at 9:30am and 2:00pm. Each judge is required to judge five posters.

Please contact Crystal Tinch at tinch at aas.org no later than Wednesday, 27 May 2009 and indicate the time you are available for judging.
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5. THE CULTURAL ASTRONOMY SUMMER SCHOOL

6-7 June 2009
Pasadena, California
Sponsored by the AAS Historical Astronomy Division [HAD] With the support of the IYA USA Cultural Astronomy Working Group

The Cultural Astronomy Summer School [CASS] will explore the place of astronomy in human culture, including the history of astronomy, ethnoastronomy and archaeoastronomy, and topics such as time finding, calendars, and navigation by the stars. The course will enrich the current training of professional astronomers by giving them tools and themes to use in undergraduate education or public outreach programs.

Open to:
• Graduate students in science (with preference given to astronomy students)
• Early career astronomy professionals
• Natural-history interpreters
• In-service astronomy teachers
• AAS membership is not required.

No course fee will be charged to students, though they will be responsible for travel, room and board. Students wishing to earn graduate credit (1 semester hour) may do so through the University of Northern Iowa, but they must pay tuition. The CASS class size will be limited by the size of the room provided; the goal is to seat at least ten students.

The registration deadline is 1 May 2009. A $50 registration fee will be charged, refundable until one month before CASS. If minimum class size is not achieved, the fee will be fully refunded.

Contact: Thomas Hockey, HAD Chair (hockey at uni.edu)
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6. VISAS FOR BRAZIL FOR THE IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Because the United States requires Brazilian nationals to obtain visas before travel to the US, Brazil requires the same of US nationals. To complete an application, a letter of invitation is needed from the organizers. The link is www.fisica.ufmg.br/~iau2009/lettervisa.html

The IAU and Brazilian organizers have arranged an automatic invitation letter generator on their web page. AAS members traveling to Brazil for the General Assembly should use this tool to print their letter of invitation prior to applying for a Brazilian visa. More importantly, please allow ample time for the Brazilian consular officials to process your application. At least three months lead time is necessary to ensure the timely delivery of your properly endorsed passport. Additional information about Brazilian visas is available here: www.astronomy2009.com.br/visas.html
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7. LUNAR EXPLORATION ANALYSIS GROUP (LEAG) ROADMAP

The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) needs your help with the Lunar Exploration Roadmap that the LEAG has been requested to develop for NASA. We need the community to review the Themes, Goals, Objectives and Investigations developed by the LEAG and vote on their time-phasing and prioritization.

Please note that this is a quite extensive web site and we are not requesting that you respond to every question!

We would like you to address those questions in the areas where your expertise is. YOUR INPUT IS VITAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS ROADMAP, as it needs to be a community effort. For the astrophysics community, "Goal-Sci-C" within the Science Theme is where I see your input being most valuable, but feel free to explore the web site and give input anywhere you feel you can make a contribution.

The web site can be found at: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/survey/LER/

[NOTE: "LER" must be in capital letters]

This will bring up a log-in frame, where you enter: "leag"

Password: "moonorbust"

Make sure "leag" and the password are in lower case letters.

Any questions, contact: Clive R. Neal (LEAG Chair) neal.1 at nd.edu
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8. THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR PHYSICS - AN EVENING OF ART, SCIENCE & THEATER

Tuesday, 21 April from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

In recognition of 2009 being the International Year of Astronomy, the art exhibit, entitled Cosmic Curiosities, will feature the astronomically themed paintings of Gay Glading and sculptures of Josh Simpson, as well as images from the Hubble telescope.

Immediately following the gallery presentations, Kevin Marvel (AAS EO) will give a brief presentation on the Hubble telescope and the importance of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy to the scientific community and the general public. For more information on the International Year of Astronomy, please visit http://astronomy2009.us/.

The evening’s events will conclude with a presentation by playwright Karen Zacarias about her new production, Legacy of Light, which tellsthe story of 18th century French astronomer Emilie du Châtelet and her present day counterpart, Olivia, as they both struggle with their impending motherhood and the possibility that their familial obligations may jeopardize their dreams of scientific immortality. Legacy of Light will run from 8 May through 14 June at Arena Stage’s temporary home in Crystal City, Virginia.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 15 April: development at aip.org – (301) 209-3006

For more information, please see aas.org/ACPevening.php
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9. HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR GALILEOSCOPES YET?

The Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed
as a Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
For just $15 plus shipping, you get a 50-mm f/10 refractor that snapstogether in less than 5 minutes and gives great views of the celestial wonders that Galileo first glimpsed 400 years ago. The Galileoscope comes with a 25x eyepiece and 2x Barlow lens and incorporates features such as achromatic optics, stray-light rejection, and a 1.25-inch focuser normally found only on telescopes costing at least 10 times more. It attaches to any standard photo tripod (not included). Accompanying the kit are educational materials based on active inquiry, cooperative learning, testing of ideas and predictions, and hands-on experimentation. You can download these free activity guides, and order small numbers of Galileoscopes using a credit card or PayPal, at www.galileoscope.org.

Observatories, astronomy departments, science museums, planetariums, schools, and other institutions wishing to order 100 or more Galileoscopes can get a discounted price of $12.50 per kit, save on shipping via bulk freight service, and pay by purchase order. To initiate a large order of 100+ kits, fill out the Request for Quotation form at https://www.galileoscope.org/gs/sites/galileoscope.org.gs/files/Galileos... and e-mail it to freight at galileoscope.org.
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10. HAVE YOU DONATED ANY GALILEOSCOPES YET?

Whether or not you buy any Galileoscopes for yourself, please consider donating some to underserved children, parents, and teachers in the U.S. and abroad; the price is a flat $12.50 each with no shipping charges. The AAS, coordinator of the U.S. IYA2009 effort (including the Galileoscope), will distribute donated Galileoscopes in collaboration with the Association of Science-Technology Centers and Astronomers Without Borders. You can make small donations via the Galileoscope website at www.galileoscope.org, but these are not tax-deductible. U.S. taxpayers who wish to make a large tax-deductibledonation of at least 100 Galileoscopes should contact Kevin Marvel, AAS Executive Officer, at aas-gscope at aas.org. The AAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and, upon request, can provide you with a letter formally acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution. Thank you!
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11. OPENING SOON: GALILEO, THE MEDICI AND THE AGE OF ASTRONOMY AT PHILADELPHIA’S FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

Some call him The Father of Observational Astronomy. Albert Einstein called him The Father of Modern Science. We know him as Galileo Galilei. And this April, you are invited to get to know the man whose observations in the night sky changed the course of history.

Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy, presented by Officine Panerai, opens at The Franklin Institute on 4 April – 7 September 2009. This one-time only special exhibition, featuring one of Galileo’s original telescopes, has never left Italy… until now.

Created through an exclusive partnership with the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence, the exhibit showcases Galileo’s accomplishments, his relationship to the ruling Medici family, his discoveries and his overall impact on astronomy, physics and math--from building the case for a heliocentric universe; to his discovery of Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and its moons; to his principles of relativity and inertia, which laid the foundation for Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and Einstein’s theory of relativity.

In addition to featuring one of Galileo’s only two remaining telescopes, Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy also includes scientific instruments and items from the priceless Medici collection.

2009 is the 400th Anniversary year of Galileo’s amazing discovery! Be part of the celestial celebration at The Franklin Institute. Tickets go on sale soon! Visit www.fi.edu/Galileo.

Plus: AAS members receive a special discount. Print this email and bring to the Ticketing Desk at The Franklin Institute and receive $2.00 off up to four tickets to see Galileo. Daytime admission only, 9:30AM-4:30PM, 7 days a week. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Not valid on Star Trek, IMAX or Franklin Theater. Code: G-AAS.
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12. SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATING GIOVANNI FAZIO

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will convene a two-day symposium celebrating Giovanni Fazio and his long and distinguished career of research, discovery, and teaching on the occasion of his 75th birthday, 27-28 May 2009, at the CfA in Cambridge, MA. Keynote speakers will look back at the remarkable progress made in infrared astronomy over Giovanni's career and ahead to future projects. Attendees may propose short oral or poster contributions about their recent discoveries or noteworthy memorabilia. The symposium will span the broad multi-wavelength, multi-platform blend of science and technology that has long been one of Giovanni's research hallmarks but which has only relatively recently become the norm among astronomers. Further details can be found at: www.cfa.harvard.edu/oir/fazio_symposium/
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13. AAS WASHINGTON, DC MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, Town Hall, or Workshop at the January 2010 Washington, D.C. Meeting proposals and room requests are due 15 May 2009. See http://aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php#how for information regarding session proposals.


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