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AAS Electronic Announcement #200 — September 2009

AAS Electronic Announcement #200 - September 2009

CONTENTS:

1. 2010 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS -- NOW OPEN

2. WASHINGTON, DC ABSTRACTS -- NEW LINKING FEATURE

3. DC MEETING FEATURES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

4. DC SPLINTER MEETINGS

5. DC MEETING NEWS

6. DC HOTEL INFORMATION

7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR DC MEETING

8. REMINDER FOR AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

9. CHAMBLISS AWARDS

10. AAS APPAREL FROM LANDS' END BUSINESS OUTFITTERS

11. KAVLI PRIZE NOMINATIONS OPEN

12. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS DUE 15 SEPTEMBER 2009

13. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2010A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2009

14. ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

15. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS

16. IYA OCTOBER GALILEAN NIGHTS: 22-24 OCTOBER

17. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE MULTI-CYCLE TREASURY (MCT) PROGRAMS

18. 2010 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS

19. KEPLER GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 2

20. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

21. VANDENBERG'S ANDERSON PEAK OPTICAL FACILITY

 

 

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1. 2010 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS -- NOW OPEN

 

The 2010 renewal period is here! Your paper invoice will arrive shortly. Be an early bird and renew online today. Fifty percent of the membership renewed online during the 2009 renewal period, saving the Society considerable expense. Our goal for 2010 is 85 percent!


While you are renewing please take a moment and make a contribution to one of our viable non-revenue programs and help ensure the stability and growth.


members.aas.org

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2. WASHINGTON, DC ABSTRACTS -- NEW LINKING FEATURE

 

To give a presentation at the AAS Meeting in January 2010 an abstract of 300 words or less must be submitted by Thursday, 1 October 2009, 9pm EDT.


A new Linking Group feature has been added to the abstract form. This feature allows multiple abstract submitters to indicate that they would like to be scheduled together in the same session. The first person in the group to submit an abstract obtains a randomly assigned Linking Group name (e.g., DenimBlue). He/she then distributes the Linking Group name to the other members of the group and they enter the group name on their abstract forms.

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com LaTeX mark-up is no longer required for abstract submission. 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 form, www.aas.org/meetings/aas215/abstracts.php


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3. DC MEETING FEATURES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS


The Washington, DC meeting will feature several professional development seminars geared primarily toward early-career astronomers. They will be held during the normal scientific meeting and carry a registration fee, which helps offset the expense of providing these external experts. The seminars will include: Emerging Leadership: Development of leadership skills in problem-solving and leading change; Basic Negotiations, Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution; and our normal Career Development Workshop. In addition, a special webinar for Career Workshop attendees will be held in mid-December entitled: The Joy of CVs. Registration for this event for individuals unable to attend the Career Workshop will be available in early November. Finally, at the AAS Job Center a consultant will be available for one-on-one consultations on Wednesday January 6, 2010 in the areas of Career Information and Professional Development, including CV consultation and advice. These sessions represent a first try at fulfilling the AAS Council's goal of providing additional professional development for our members. If you are an early career astronomer please consider attending. Full details are available on the meeting webpage.

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4. DC SPLINTER MEETINGS


Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a splinter meeting request form by 1 December 2009. The splinter request form is available at http://aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php. Splinter meetings are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

 

Washington, D.C. Meeting News

Preliminary meeting information is now available on the AAS website at www.aas.org/aas215.

Important deadlines:

Early Registration Deadline: 30 September 2009

Abstracts Deadline: Thursday, 1 October 2009, 9 pm EDT

Late Abstract Deadline: Tuesday, 1 December 2009 9pm EDT

Splinter Meeting Requests: 1 December 2009


Registration for now available at https://members.aas.org/source/meetings/cMeetingProcessSearch.cfm.

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6. DC HOTEL INFORMATION

 

The AAS has secured rooms at area hotels. Please visit aas.org/meetings/aas215/travel_and_lodging.php for details. The deadline to make reservations is 11 December 2009.

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7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SORT ABSTRACTS FOR DC MEETING

 

We are seeking volunteers from the general membership to create the program of contributed abstracts for the 215th Meeting. With the OASIS online abstract system, sorters are able to sort abstracts online from their own computer.


Sorting day will be Wednesday, 14 October 2009, and orientation and training will be done via conference call throughout the day. Support staff will be in the AAS Executive Office all day to assist you. If you are interested, please respond to sorters@aas.org and indicate your time zone and the scientific categories you would like to sort into sessions. We use the category numbers to assure that an appropriate range of expertise is represented. Scientific categories can be viewed by visiting www.aas.org/meetings/aas215/abstracts_full.php#category.

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8. 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@aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard copy, please email aassec@aas.org.

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9. CHAMBLISS AWARDS

 

Chambliss Student Achievement Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Posters are awarded at each AAS meeting. If you are a student (or know a student) who will be submitting a poster for the 215th AAS Meeting in Washington, DC, you can choose to have your presentation considered for one of the awards. Further information is available at aas.org/grants/awards.php.

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10. AAS APPAREL FROM LANDS' END

 

Many of our members at one time or another have requested AAS logo item apparel. We are excited to announce the opening of the AAS Lands' End Business Outfitters store: http://ces.landsend.com/American_Astronomical_Society. The AAS receives no proceeds from the operation of this store, but we want to provide access to logo items for our members without undue cost to the Society, which we can achieve through this online portal.

 

There is no need to create an account; and items may be embroidered with the AAS logo in your choice of black or white. The logo application fee is $5.95 per item.

 

You may also shop on Lands' End: landsend.com for products not available through the Business Outfitter portal, but you MUST call in orders (with item numbers) to the Business Outfitters at 800-587-1541 and provide the AAS logo number (provided below) to have the AAS logo on your items of choice.

 

Black logo number: 0952688K

White logo number: 0955967K

 

Lands' End offers promotions regularly such as free or discounted shipping, discounts on items, or free logo embroidery. These promotions are usually unannounced, so by monitoring the website you could realize substantial savings. Items will be shipped directly to you at the address you indicate.

 

Happy Shopping!

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11. KAVLI PRIZE NOMINATIONS OPEN

Nominations for the 2010 Kavli prizes, including in Astrophysics opened on 1 September 2009 and will close on 15 December 2009. This prize, administered by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters consists of a cash prize of one million dollars, a gold medal and a scroll in each of three fields: Astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. For full information and details on how to submit a nomination go to: www.kavliprize.no

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12. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS DUE 15 SEPTEMBER 2009

 

The NOAO Survey Program is accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2010A/B semesters. This program supports large observational projects that allow the identification of complete, well-defined samples that can yield both conclusions based on statistical analysis of the survey data itself and also provide important subsets for more detailed observations with larger telescopes.

Investigators must have submitted a letter of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program to be eligible to propose for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2010A semester. Proposals are due 15 September 2009.

 

For further information on the NOAO Survey Program, see http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/

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13. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2010A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2009

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2010A semester (February – July 2010). New facilities in this call include the 200-inch Hale telescope of the Palomar Observatory and the CHARA interferometer at Mt. Wilson. Time is also available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the International Gemini Observatory, 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 Wednesday, 30 September 2009.

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14. ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 

1 October 2009 is the next deadline for submitting proposals for Arecibo. Proposals submitted at this deadline are for using the 305 m telescope in the eight months beginning 1st February 2010 (i.e., valid for two trimesters).

 

We draw attention to the 1.1-10 GHz continuous frequency coverage on offer. This capacity was recently used to detect numerous molecular and hydrogen recombination lines from Arp 220 and other ULIRGS, using our WAPP spectrometers that offer a single-pixel 640 MHz bandwidth facility (Salter et al. AJ 136, 389). A partial implementation of a NEW MODE for the Jeff Mock spectrometers is now available, which enables all them to be ganged together to provide up to 1 GHz of contiguous spectral coverage. For this call, the implemented functionality only supports a choice for the common bandwidth of all of the spectrometers. We commissioned a cryogenic 327 MHz receiver in 2008.

 

The transition from analog to digital TV changes the use of spectrum in the 705 - 820 MHz band. The Observatory has commissioned a receiver for use in this band, and will consider proposals on a shared risk basis. Its availability may be ephemeral, as new licensees move into the band.

 

Proposal submission details, and a web-based cover sheet, can be found at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals. A guide for new-users to the telescope is at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/guide. Other user-related information is at 

http://www.naic.edu/~astro/astronomy.htm.

 

Radio sources with declinations between about -1 and +37.5 deg are visible from Arecibo, and can be tracked over the range of zenith angles between ~1.1 and 19.7 deg. Arecibo deadlines are at the first of February, June, and October.

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15. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS

 

Due date for the 1 February 2010 to 31 July 2010 semester is Thursday, 1 October 2009. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php for our new online submission form. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=40,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200); (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048x2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04 arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on available instruments can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/

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16. IYA OCTOBER GALILEAN NIGHTS: 22-24 OCTOBER

Participate in the new IYA2009 Cornerstone Project: Galilean Nights on 22-24 October 2009. Amateur and professional astronomers around the globe will be taking to the streets and pointing their telescopes to the wonders that Galileo observed 400 years ago. The focus of the project is sidewalk observations of the gas giant Jupiter and its moons, as well as allowing members of the public to observe the Sun, our own Moon, and many more celestial marvels. Find out more: http://www.galileannights.org

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17. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE MULTI-CYCLE TREASURY (MCT) PROGRAMS

Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: 18 November 2009

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Multi-Cycle Treasury Programs Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through 18 November 2009, 5:00pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT) version 17.4.3, which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission, has been released. Results of the selection will be announced in late January 2010, 6-7 weeks before the Cycle 18 Phase I Deadline.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI World-Wide Web site at the Announcement Web Page with URL: http://www.stsci.edu/institute/org/spd/mctp.html/

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (email: help@stsci.edu; phone: 410-338-1082).

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18. 2010 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS

 

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2010 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2010.


The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration area. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars. The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or after 1 January 2007, in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of the fellows' choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host institution per year. The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

 

The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program policies and application instructions is available at the web site: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml Applicants must follow the instructions given in this Announcement. Inquiries may be directed to saganfellowship@ipac.caltech.edu.

 

The deadline for both applications and letters of reference is Thursday, 5 November 2009. Offers will be made before 1 February 2010, and new appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 September 2010.

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19. KEPLER GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 2

 

Notice of Intent due: 4 December 2009

Proposals due: 15 January 2010

 

This program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the Kepler mission, which is the tenth mission to be launched under NASA's Discovery Program. We expect observations associated with the Kepler Guest Observer (GO) Cycle 2 solicitation will begin following the summer quarterly roll on or near June 18, 2010. During its 3.5-year prime mission, Kepler will continuously monitor a ~100 square degree field-of-view (FOV) in the Cygnus region, with the objective of photometrically detecting transits of Earth-size planets in the habitable zone. The instrument's high-precision photometry capability, with two available cadence modes (1 minute and 30 minute) is also sufficient for asteroseismology research and other variability analyses of both Galactic and extragalactic sources. Proposals submitted to this program should be for new observations only and should address areas of astrophysics outside of the exoplanet transit survey Key Project already planned by the mission.

 

Further information can be found at keplergo.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 Kepler Guest Observer Office at keplergo@arc.nasa.gov.

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20. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

 

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA), a NASA-funded collaboration between the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) and the W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO), has been archiving data from the High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph (HIRES) since 18 August 2004.

We are pleased to announce that KOA now archives HIRES spectra extracted from data measured over 1261 nights between 1994 and 2004. Altogether, KOA now archives raw data and extracted HIRES spectra from 2218 nights from 1994 to 2009. The total volume of data archived is 4.8 TB. PI's have proprietary access to their data for at least 18 months after the date of observation. As of 20 August 2009, data from 678 programs over 1943 nights have been released. A list of released programs can be accessed via:

https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu/available_progtitl.html

Other useful links:

KOA main page: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/archives/koa
Contact: https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Helpdesk

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21. VANDENBERG'S ANDERSON PEAK OPTICAL FACILITY

Dr. James Carucci contacted the AAS Executive Office regarding the status of the Anderson Peak Optical Facility located on Vandenberg Air Force Base. It appears that air force planners are considering demolishing the facility. Dr. Carucci became aware of this through his work in the Environmental Office, which will be tasked with performing an Environmental Assessment, no matter what is ultimately decided. His interest in the site is historical; the Anderson Peak Optical site is part of a larger satellite observation and command network and is considered an eligible historic property. Certain federal actions are required to take place before historic properties can be demolished. The Environmental Assessment will consider different aspects of the proposed demolition, including reuse. However, for reuse to be considered, a new owner/tenant would have to be identified and a use found for the facility. Dr. Carucci is therefore interested in hearing from interested parties regarding the future use of this facility. Please contact him directly.


Dr. James Carucci, Cold War Architectural Historian, 30 CES/CEVNC, 1028 Iceland Avenue, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437-6010 (805) 606-2860 or via email: James.Carucci@vandenberg.af.mil

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