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AAS Electronic Announcement #203 — December 2009

AAS Electronic Announcement #203 - December 2009
Date Emailed: 10 December 2009

CONTENTS:
1. 2010 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
2. DC MEETING INFORMATION
3. MIAMI PRELIMINARY MEETING INFORMATION ONLINE
4. MIAMI MEETING SPECIAL SESSION, TOWN HALL, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, AND WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DEADLINE
5. AAS COMMUNICATION CHANNELS SURVEY
6. 2010 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY
7. ANNUAL REVIEWS
8. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS
9. NASA'S EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM
10. PROFILES OF VARIOUS CAREER PATHS
11. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
12. NEW "DISCOVERIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE" CLASSROOM POWERPOINTS AVAILABLE
13. 2010 GRUBER COSMOLOGY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
14. COSMOS PUBLIC RELEASE OF SPECTRA, IMAGING, REDSHIFTS, AND CATALOGS
15. NSTED KEPLER TARGET SELECTION SERVICE

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1. 2010 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2009. For your convenience you may renew online at members.aas.org. Prompt cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our program. Please direct any questions regarding your renewal status to members.aas.org or (202) 328-2010 extension 109.

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2. DC MEETING INFORMATION

DC Late Registration Deadline
The final day to pre-register for the DC meeting at the discounted rate is 21 December 2009.

Registration Options
Online: aas.org/meetings/aas215/registration.php
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

After 21 December you must register onsite. The Executive Office will not accept any registrations after the deadline. A processing fee will be added to all onsite registrations.

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 onsite. 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.

Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall will be open 4-7 January 2010. Please visit exhibitors Monday through Wednesday as there will be no exhibits on Thursday. Posters WILL remain up until 1pm on Thursday, 7 January.

http://aas.org/meetings/aas215

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3. MIAMI PRELIMINARY MEETING INFORMATION ONLINE

216th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
23-27 May 2010, Miami, FL

The preliminary Miami meeting information is available online: aas.org/meetings/aas216

Important Dates
Hotel Reservations Open: 26 January 2010
Hotel Reservations Deadline: 24 April 2010
Early Registration: 1 February - 25 February 2010
Regular Registration 26 February - 15 April 2010
Late Registration: 16 April - 13 May 2010
Onsite Registration: 23 May 2010 - 27 May 2010
Abstract Submission Deadline: 9:00 pm EDT, Monday, 1 March 2010
Late Abstract Submission Deadline 9:00 pm EST, Friday, 23 April 2010
Childcare Grants Deadline: 15 April 2010
Splinter Meeting Request Deadline: 1 May 2010

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4. MIAMI MEETING SPECIAL SESSION, TOWN HALL, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, ANDWORKSHOP PROPOSALS DEADLINE

If you would like to submit a proposal for a Special Session, Town Hall, Meeting-In-A-Meeting, or Workshop for the 2010 Summer Meeting, proposals are due 22 December 2009. See aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php for details about session types and the submission process.

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5. AAS COMMUNICATION CHANNELS SURVEY

We are still seeking your feedback on our various communications channels, particularly our new-media efforts. Please take a moment to participate in the survey and help the AAS!

The survey is available at http://tiny.cc/NT0Uk

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6. 2010 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY

We still have a couple of slots for participants in the Congressional Visits Day (CVD) to be held on 28-29 April 2010. We are especially looking for junior members who can participate in next year's CVD.

Organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group, this annual event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. More information on the SET CVD is at http://www.setcvd.org/cvd2010/index.html

Please contact Anita Krishnamurthi (anitak at aas.org), the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the AAS, if you are interested in participating.

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7. ANNUAL REVIEWS

The 2009 Annual Reviews are now available through the Members Only Website (members.aas.org). AAS members save 30% on the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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8. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

The AAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations to the AAS are fully tax deductible and gratefully accepted. We ask that you consider contributing to one or more of the many projects that define the AAS and our progress in Astronomy.

Donations above $100 are acknowledged by letter for tax filing purposes. The AAS also accepts donations of stock, which can be of even greater benefit to donors come tax time.

Donations are accepted online at https://members.aas.org/contributions/.

Donations of stock can be arranged through the executive office. Questions about donations can be addressed to Faye Peterson, Membership Manager (mailto:peterson at aas.org).

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9. NASA'S EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM

ExoPAG 1: Initial Meeting of the Exoplanet Exploration Program
Analysis Group (ExoPAG), 7-8 January, Marriot Wardman Park, Washington DC

The kickoff meeting for NASA's ExoPAG will be held Thursdayafternoon/Friday morning, Jan. 7-8, directly following the 215th American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. The ExoPAG is established to provide a conduit for community input into the development and execution of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. It is designed to serve as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for analysis in support of Exoplanet exploration objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. The ExoPAG will provide its inputs and the results of its analyses to NASA through regular reports to the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. ExoPAG membership is free and open to all members of the scientific community with an interest in the detection and characterization of planets and planetary systems around other stars.

Topics for discussion include: 1) What information do we need to know in order to characterize an exoplanet, and what can be done from the ground? 2) What is the impact of zodiacal and exozodiacal dust on direct exoplanet observations, and what can be done to improve our knowledge of exozodis? 3) What do we need to know about planetary system architectures, and how can we obtain this information? 4) What can be learned about exoplanets from the ground using proposed extremely large telescopes? Time will also be reserved for a general discussion of future priorities for extrasolar planets research. All ExoPAG meetings are open to the community. The meeting will end around midday on Friday, Jan. 8.

Information about ExoPAG 1 and the the ExoPAG in general is available on the web at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/ExoPAG. Questions and comments can be sent by email to NASA-ExoPAG at nasa.gov.

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10. PROFILES OF VARIOUS CAREER PATHS

Over the past two years, the Employment Committee has published a series of articles in the AAS Newsletter to highlight a wide variety of career paths. Each article gives an insider perspective and tips for success in a specific job sector. A collection of links to past articles in the Newsletter archives is now available at: aas.org/career/

If you would like to highlight a career path that is not represented in the current list of articles, please contact the Employment Committee Chair, Travis Metcalfe <travis at ucar.edu>.

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11. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

Cycle 18 Call for Proposals

Release Date: 4 December 2009
Proposal Deadline: 26 February 2010

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 18 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through 26 February 2010 8:00pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT), which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission will be made available/released for Cycle 18 Phase I use during the 1st week of January 2010. Results of the selection will be announced in early June 2010.

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/hst/proposing/docs/cycle18announce

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

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12. NEW "DISCOVERIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE" CLASSROOM POWERPOINTS AVAILABLE

The DPS Education Subcommittee announces the 2nd release of "Discoveries in Planetary Science"

Classroom Powerpoints, covering six new topics:
- Discovery of a Rocky Exoplanet
- Lunar Water
- Jupiter Impact Event
- Oceans on Enceladus
- The TC3 Meteorite
- 2012 Doomsday Rumors

These are succinct summaries of discoveries too recent to appear in "Intro Astronomy" college textbooks; each set consists of just three slides to be shown: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the "big picture" context. Another page for further information is provided as well. Powerpoints and pdf's can be downloaded from http://dps.aas.org/education/dpsdisc.

Feedback from the community on how these slide sets are used and received is welcomed, and will be used to improve future releases. Planetary scientists with recent or upcoming results of broad interest are encouraged to submit them for consideration by providing an initial draft using the template provided on the website. For more information, contact Nick Schneider & Dave Brain at dpsdisc at aas.org

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13. 2010 GRUBER COSMOLOGY PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Call for Nominations

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation invites nominations on behalf of individuals whose scientific achievements would make them suitable candidates for the 2010 Gruber Cosmology Prize. The prize, which is accompanied by $500,000 cash award, is designed both to recognize groundbreaking work in the field and to inspire additional efforts that effect fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture. Recipients are selected by a committee of distinguished experts.

Application forms for nominations must be completed and submitted online. Please go to http://wwwgruberprizes.org/Nominations/Cosmology.php for complete details and access to forms.

The deadline for nominations is 15 December 2009.

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14. COSMOS PUBLIC RELEASE OF SPECTRA, IMAGING, REDSHIFTS, AND CATALOGS

The COSMOS team is pleased to announce a significant release of spectroscopic, imaging, and photometric data along with several derived data products. All of these can be browsed, queried, and downloaded via the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/COSMOS/. Additional information can be found on the COSMOS team website at http://cosmos.astro.caltech.edu/ and in the COSMOS Special Issue of the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (172, 1, 2007).

Included in this data release are Magellan IMACS spectra of almost 700 targets, which complement the zCOSMOS 10k spectra released earlier in the year. Redshifts derived from these spectra as well as the Ilbert et al. 2009 photometric redhifts have been made available through IRSA.

Ground-based observations of the entire COSMOS field are now available for 23 filters taken at CFHT, Subaru, and UKIRT. Small cutouts, tiles, and large mosaics are provided in nine broadband filters, including some of the deepest J and K band images available, reaching J~23.7, and K~23.7 on the AB system, comparable to the UKIDDS UDS data. In addition to the broadband data, twelve Intermediate bands covering the 427-827nm range, and two narrow bands at 711nm and 816nm are also available.

A number of catalogs have also been released and/or updated, including the latest Chandra, GALEX, MIPS 24um-160um, and VLA photometry catalogs, as well as a set of recently revised morphology catalogs used in papers published by the team.

The COSMOS archive contains a substantial array of data products surveying the COSMOS field, including observations by all of the major space-based observatories (Chandra, GALEX, Hubble, Spitzer, XMM) and a wide variety of ground-based data, which when combined, span the spectrum from radio to X-rays. We encourage the astronomical community to take advantage of this large and unique dataset.

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15. NSTED KEPLER TARGET SELECTION SERVICE

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) is pleased to announce an addition to the NASA Star and Exoplanet Database (NStED) to aid in the selection of targets suitable for observing by the Kepler mission (http://kepler.nasa.gov/) through the Kepler Guest Observer Program (http://keplergo.arc.nasa.gov/). The NStED service includes all the stars in the Kepler Input Catalog that fall within the Kepler CCD detector in at least one observing season (4,451,462 stars). NStED enables searches by coordinates or by named sources, and complex queries across the catalog contents, including the ability to upload multiple targets around which to search. Query constraints can be placed on 70 separate fields, including kinematics, photometry, colors, stellar parameters, and instrument related quantities. The user can easily select which parameters are to be included in the output. The query result page returns the list of sources selected by the user with a map of their distribution on the sky. Integrated plotting tools allow the user to explore the contents of the results before downloading the entire results table in a self-describing output table for further analysis. NStED is at http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/.

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