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AAS Electronic Announcement #199 — August 2009

AAS Electronic Announcement #199 - August 2009
Mailed 11 August 2009

CONTENTS:

1. 2010 ONLINE RENEWALS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2009

2. REMINDER FOR AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

3. NEW MEMBER BENEFIT FOR JUNIOR & SPS MEMBERS

4. DC PRELIMINARY MEETING INFORMATION IS NOW ONLINE

5. DC MEETING REGISTRATION

6. WASHINGTON DC PRESENTERS SHOULD VERIFY MEMBER STATUS NOW

7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR THE DC MEETING

8. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

9. CALL TO JOIN OR FORM LSST COLLABORATION

10. MOST U.S. GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 2

11. LUNAR CALL FOR PROPOSALS

12. AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 (ARRA) ACADEMIC RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE – RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT (ARI-R2)

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1. 2010 ONLINE RENEWALS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2009

We're going green! The AAS began electronic renewals two years ago and more than 50 percent of our members utilize this service. Join the ranks and help us reduce our costs as well as help the AAS office go green. Please take a moment and log into your member record and opt out of receiving your renewal notice by US mail. You will need your member login ID and password. If you have not used this before, give the membership department a call and they will provide you with that information. Or you can reset your password online. Any changes can be made directly on that page. Please make all corrections by Friday, 21 August 2009.

If you need assistance, please contact membership at aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 x 101.

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2. REMINDER FOR AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 1 October 2009

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2010 must arrive in the Secretary's Office by 1 October 2009. Members may obtain the Prize nomination form online at aas.org/grants/awards.php. Electric submission to aassec at aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard copy, please email aassec at aas.org.

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3. NEW MEMBER BENEFIT FOR JUNIOR & SPS MEMBERS

American Astronomical Society STUDENT Members Can Now Access ALL VOLUMES of the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics Online and FREE of CHARGE.

If you are an AAS Junior Member or SPS Affiliate Member and have not received an email regarding free access to the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, please contact membership at aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 x 101.

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4. DC PRELIMINARY MEETING INFORMATION IS NOW ONLINE

215th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
3-7 January 2010, Washington, DC

The DC Meeting Announcement including registration, lodging, and abstract submission instructions are available online: aas.org/meetings/aas215/

Important Deadlines
Hotel Reservations Open: 1 September 2009
Early Registration: 1 September - 30 September 2009
Abstract Submission: 1 October 2009, 9:00pm EDT
Childcare Grants: 15 November 2009
Late Abstract Submission: 1 December 2009, 9:00pm EST
Regular Registration: 1 October - 20 November 2009
Splinter Meeting Requests: 1 December 2009
Hotel Reservations: 7 December 2009
Late Registration: 1 December - 21 December 2009
Onsite Registration: 3 January 2010 - 7 January 2010

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5. DC MEETING REGISTRATION

Registration for the 215th Meeting in DC will open 1 September 2009.
Register online at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php.

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6. WASHINGTON DC 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 then on the abstract deadline.

The Washington, DC abstract deadline is 9:00 pm EDT, Thursday, 1 October 2009. The Meeting will be held 3-7 January 2010.

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 an abstract. You can verify member status in the Public Directory (members.aas.org/directory/) 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 abstract.
*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 as Nonmember
*Nonmembers may present one abstract 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 abstracts will be accepted only if the nonmember successfully applies for membership in the Society (aas.org/membership/membership.php#join).

One abstract Per Meeting
*You may only present one abstract (whether oral or poster) at ameeting, with the exceptions listed below. You may co-author several abstracts but may be the first author and presenter for only one abstract.
* The following exceptions do not count as your "one" abstract. You may still be the first author and presenter for an additional contributed scientific research abstract. Exceptions: Prize Lectures, Plenary and Parallel Invited Talks, Contributed education papers, Contributed historical abstracts, and abstracts for working group meetings.

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7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR THE DC MEETING

We are seeking volunteers from the general membership to create the program of contributed abstracts for the 215th Meeting in Washington, DC.

Sorting day will be Wednesday, 14 October 2009 and orientation and training will be done via conference call throughout the day. The designated time for conference calls will be assigned by time zones. Support staff will be in the AAS Executive Office all day to assist you.

If you are interested, please respond to sorters at aas.org and indicate, by number, which scientific categories you feel most comfortable working with. We will use this indication to assure that an appropriate range of expertise is represented. Please also indicate your location or time zone for sorting day. Scientific categories can be viewed at http://aas.org/meetings/aas215/abstracts_full.php#category

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8. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 17 September 2009

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), is a radio interferometer located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, comprising of eight 6-m antennas operating at 230 GHz, 345 GHz, 420 GHz and 690 GHz bands. The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics. For the observing semester 16 November 2009 through 15 May 2010, the proposal deadline is 17 September 2009. For more information, please visit the SMA Observer Center web site at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/.

Questions or comments regarding the Call for Proposals can be addressed to propose at sma.hawaii.edu

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9. CALL TO JOIN OR FORM LSST COLLABORATION

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project and NOAO announce the opportunity for interested members of the US astronomy and physics communities to participate in shaping the science for the LSST survey, through membership in the LSST Science Collaborations. The LSST will carry out a six-band multi-epoch optical survey over half the Celestial Sphere using a dedicated 8.4 meter telescope, allowing major advances in areas ranging from the study of near-Earth asteroids to the nature of Dark Energy. The Science Collaborations are autonomous entities that will work closely with the LSST construction project on areas from cadence design to commissioning. The present plan for LSST first light is 2014. Further details and instructions to apply for collaboration membership are available at: www.noao.edu/lsst/collab_prop/Scicollab.htm

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10. MOST U.S. GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 2

Notice of intent due: 28 August 2009

Proposals due: 9 October 2009

This program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the MOST (Microvariability and Oscillations of STars) observatory through a partnership between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Selected Cycle 2 GO targets will be observed in the period February 2010 - January 2011. The MOST mission is designed to conduct photometric studies with high Precision sufficient to perform stellar asteroseismology studies and other variability analyses of stars and exoplanet systems. GO investigations may address any area of astrophysics and are not restricted to asteroseismological studies. Investigations may range from the study of a single target to many targets per field, and should optimize the amount of science that can be derived from a single pointed observation (field).

Further information can be found at mostgo.arc.nasa.gov. The full announcement of opportunity is part of the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2009" (NNH09ZDA001N) and can be found on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH09ZDA001N"). Questions about this program can be directed to the MOST Guest Observer Office at mostgo at mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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11. LUNAR CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR) funded through the NASA Lunar Science Institute announces a call for proposals to a small study grants program for astrophysics enabled by a return to the moon. This call includes designs for astrophysical observatories uniquely enabled by the lunar surface, astrophysical theory supporting these observatories, as well as missions enabled by the Constellation architecture. For each year’s program, $100k will be available. We anticipate funding roughly 4-5 proposals per year.

Grants are for one year, with a possibility of renewal. The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2009. For more information go to: http://lunar.colorado.edu/grants.php

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12. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
Academic Research Infrastructure – Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2)

The National Science Foundation is requesting merit review expertise in the Academic Research Infrastructure – Recover and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) program (www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09562/nsf09562.pdf). This program is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

ARI-R² is designed to support 21st century research and research training infrastructure in our Nation's academic institutions and non-profit research organizations, such as research museums, research laboratories, and research consortia. ARI-R² will revitalize existing research facilities so that they provide next-generation research infrastructure and facilitate the integration of researchers with shared resources such as remote instruments and research platforms, data repositories, and national computing facilities. Research facilities are shared space where sponsored and/or unsponsored research activities and research training take place. They may be "bricks and mortar," mobile or virtual research space.

The National Science Foundation is in need of expertise in a wide range of fields to evaluate the proposals submitted to this competition. NSF is in need of reviewers in three broad categories: a) expertise in a scientific, engineering or architecture field, b) experience in managing large facilities and centers, or c) expertise in computer networking; it is not expected that individuals will have competence in all categories. The merit review panels for this activity will be held during three weeks in October, 2009. Each panelist will be asked to commit up to 3 days to serve on a panel at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA. Travel expenses, per diem and an honorarium will be provided for your services.

If you have an interest in participating in the merit review process of this important program and have the time to serve on a panel in October, 2009, please go to www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/ari/ari_reviewer/ and complete and submit the short form indicating your field of expertise and availability.

Thank you for contributing your time and attention to this critical program in the revitalization of United States research resources.

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