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AAS Electronic Announcement #201 - October 2009

CONTENTS:

1. CORRECTION TO AAS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
2. AAS MEETING FLYER
3. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2010
4. D.C. MEETING NEWS
5. D.C. REGISTRATION
6. D.C. WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
7. 2010 KAVLI PRIZES: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
8. USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL
9. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS
10. SURVEY ON PERCEPTIONS OF APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR BETWEEN STUDENTS AND ADVISORS IN ASTRONOMY
11. HUBBLE'S AMAZING RESCUE

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1. CORRECTION TO AAS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Please note that Nicholas Suntzeff and Rosemay Wyse are being nominated for Vice-President not President.

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2. AAS MEETING FLYER

Help us announce the upcoming AAS Meeting by printing and/or emailing the meeting flyer. A link to the PDF file can be found at the bottom of the following web page: aas.org/meetings/aas215

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3. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2010

The 2010 renewal period is here! Your paper invoice will arrive shortly. To help save money, please 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 important programs or prize funds and help ensure the stability and growth of your AAS.

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4. D.C. MEETING NEWS

Childcare

The AAS will provide childcare during the meeting through the Kiddie Corps service. Childcare will be available Sunday, 3 January through Thursday, 7 January 2010. The cost of care is $8 per hour. The advance registration deadline for childcare is 20 November 2009. To arrange childcare please complete the form at aas.org/files/Kiddie_Corps_Registration_Form.pdf.

Because of a charitable donation, the AAS can still provide small childcare grants to meeting attendees. To apply visit aas.org/meetings/childcaregrants.php

Splinter Meetings

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter meeting you will need to submit a Splinter Meeting Proposal form by 1 December 2009. This form is available at aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php. Splinter meetings are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Splinter meetings are typically small group meetings from 5 to 50 individuals to discuss mission planning, collaborative science efforts or other non-science issues. They are not meant to replace science sessions at the meeting and will not be widely advertised by the AAS as meeting content. The splinter meeting concept is provided as a service to our members.

Volunteering at the Meeting

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, an AAS volunteer t-shirt, meal vouchers, and complimentary parking. Please fill out the Volunteer Availability Form, posted at aas.org/meetings/aas215/volunteer.php, and return it to Lisa at lisa.idem at aas.org. Undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, professional and amateur astronomers are all welcome to volunteer.

AAS Society Banquet

The 215th AAS meeting Banquet will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel , on Wednesday, 6 January 2010. The political satire group, The Capitol Steps will be performing their hit show following dinner.

Banquet tickets are $65 and are available through the registration process. Limited quantities will be available for purchase onsite. Individual tickets are also available for The Capitol Steps for those that do not wish to attend the banquet. Individual tickets are $25, available through the registration process and on site and the show will begin at 8:15 pm.

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5. D.C. REGISTRATION

Regular Registration Deadline
Registration for D.C. is available online at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php

Register by 30 November 2009 and save up to $70. Registration rates will increase 1 December 2009.

Importance of Registering in Advance

The D.C. meeting will be the largest meeting in astronomy history. We expect long lines during onsite registration with the increased volume of people. Please register in advance to avoid long lines during onsite registration. We make an effort to provide copies of the program book and BAAS to everyone that registers for the meeting; however, we cannot guarantee that copies will be available for those that register onsite at the meeting.

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6. D.C. WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

We will hold education workshops and an expanded range of special professional development workshops at the DC meeting along with some special events. They are listed below and details are available online.

CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop (Education Workshop)
Saturday, 2 - Sunday, 3 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

2010 NSF Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium (Special Event)
Saturday, 2 - Sunday, 3 January 2010
No registration required.

ASTROZONE: Washington, D.C. (Special Event)
Saturday, 2 January 2010
Marriott Ballroom Salon 3, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Contact: Emilie Drobnes (emilie.drobnes at nasa.gov)
No registration required.

Using Technology in the Astro 101 Classroom
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

Building on IYA: The Galileoscope Program
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

Building on IYA: The Dark Skies Awareness Program
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

Getting Started in Astronomy Education Research
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

Professional Development Workshop Series
a) Emerging Leadership: Development of leadership skills in problem-solving
and leading change
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

b) Basic Negotiations, Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

c) Not Another Scientific Presentation: How to Maximize Your Productivity on
Long-Term Writing Projects
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form.

Career Workshop
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Register at aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php, by accessing the Workshop Registration Form. Also includes option for mid-December webinar and resume advice at the AAS Job Center during the meeting (slots limited).

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7. 2010 KAVLI PRIZES: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The 2010 Kavli Prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have opened the call for nominations. Open through 15 December, nominations must be submitted to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each scientific area is awarded every two years. The 2010 laureates will receive their medals at a ceremony held in Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit: www.kavliprize.no.

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8. USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

The inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival -- a multicultural, multigenerational, multidisciplinary celebration of science and technology -- will be held in Washington, DC, next fall. It will culminate with an expo on the National Mall that will give more than 500 science and engineering organizations from all over the U.S. the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Participating organizations are asked to create engaging, hands-on activities to be presented in a 10-by-10-foot tent (or multiples thereof) during the expo. The goal of the festival is to have 1 million people celebrating science and technology on the Mall.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is modeled after similar events held in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, and Australia. These are typically 1- to 2-week festivals; they draw between 100,000 and 1 million people and celebrate all aspects of science through lectures, activities, exhibits, contests, theater, comedy, poetry, art, and music.

The organizers of the USA Science & Engineering Festival created the highly successful San Diego Science Festival, which drew more than 200,000 people in March 2009 (see http://www.scivee.tv/node/12528). They’re inviting all professional- and amateur-astronomy associations to participate in next fall’s national festival and expo. There is no cost to participate if you indicate your interest by October 30, 2009 -- except the time, energy, and creativity to assemble and staff your booth. After October 30th, a small table-and-tent rental fee will be charged.

If you’re interested in becoming involved with what promises to be the Woodstock of Science, contact Larry Bock at biobock at mac.com or 760-846-3473. For more information, see http://usasciencefestival.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46922645272.

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9. INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR US GRADUATE STUDENTS

Study Astronomy/Astrophysics in India - Summer 2010

The program is administered by the National Solar Observatory (NSO), sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), and is open to US graduate students in any discipline of astronomy or astrophysics who are US citizens or permanent residents, age 21 years or older, and have a passport. The main goal of the program is to expose potential researchers to an international setting at an early stage in their careers. The program will take place in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), a premier national center devoted to research in astronomy, astrophysics and related physics.

The program will support four full-time summer research positions for 8 weeks starting June 8, 2010. For each participant, the program will provide round-trip air-coach travel to and from Bangalore, India, a stipend of US $500 per week, accommodation, miscellaneous travel (field trips) and incidental expenses, and medical expenses and insurance.

Additional information and application materials are available on the Web at http://eo.nso.edu/ires/. All application materials must be received by 26 January 2010.

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10. SURVEY ON PERCEPTIONS OF APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR BETWEEN STUDENTS AND
ADVISORS IN ASTRONOMY

In advance of the 2009 Women In Astronomy and Space Science meeting on October 21-23 in College Park, Maryland (http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov), Adam Burgasser (UCSD/MIT) and Jacqueline Faherty (AMNH/SUNY Stony Brook) are undertaking a survey to examine perceptions of appropriate behavior between students and advisors in astronomy. The survey is open to the full AAS community, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=QuGqrPrt3cxxiwVnvGBkSQ_3d_3d

Your participation is greatly appreciated! Results will be posted in early November at http://www.browndwarfs.org/wia2009.

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11. HUBBLE'S AMAZING RESCUE

On Tuesday, 13 October on PBS, NOVA will premiere Hubble’s Amazing Rescue (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/hubble/). Read more about the film on the new blog Inside NOVA. Rush DeNooyer, the producer of Hubble, took field notes during the mission ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/insidenova/). And watch a preview here: http://www.youtube.com/user/NOVAonline#play/uploads/6/gL0kj_dYczk

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