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AAS Electronic Announcement #205 — February 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #205 - February 2010

Date Emailed: 10 February 2010

Please note: The AAS Office has been closed due to record-setting snowfall since late last week. Alexandria, VA, recorded 28" from the first large storm and more than 12" from the second. Although AAS staff have been prevented from being in the office so far this past week, work has continued from home using online tools such as Google docs, Internet chat, email, and phone.

We will continue to try to provide the best service possible to our members despite this extreme weather, but membership applications, meeting planning, and some financial functions will be limited until staff can return to the office. Please bear with us as we dig out from the record snow accumulations.

CONTENTS:

1. AAS STATEMENT ON PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
2. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE MIAMI MEETING
3. MIAMI ABSTRACT DEADLINE
4. WASHINGTON, DC MEETING VIDEOS
5. 2010 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
6. 2009 ANNUAL REVIEWS
7. DDA STUDENT STIPEND AWARDS
8. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 HAD BOOK PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY
9. 2010B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NOW ALSO INCLUDES PHYSICS OF
THE COSMOS
10. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
11. JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS
12. VIKTOR AMBARTSUMIAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
13. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NATIONAL LAB DAY
14. ASP PUBLICATIONS
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1. AAS STATEMENT ON PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

The AAS Statement on Professional Ethics (adopted by the AAS Council 8 January 2010) is now available online: aas.org/about/ethics_statement
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2. EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE MIAMI MEETING

Meeting registration is now open for the 216th AAS Meeting in Miami, FL, 23-27 May 2010.

Online: aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration

Phone: +1 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: +1 202-234-7850

Register by 25 February to receive the discounted rate.
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3. MIAMI ABSTRACT DEADLINE

The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, 1 March 2010, 9:00 pm EST.

Abstract forms are available at http://members.aas.org/abstracts/

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your spam filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com.

Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word-processing files, cutting and pasting, or typing directly into the abstract form. A character palette of common symbols is provided.

See the Miami Meeting site for further details and access to the abstract and registration forms, available at aas.org/meetings/aas216.

Please remember if you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a room-request form by 1 May 2010. Splinter meetings are reserved as a first-come, first-served basis. The splinter meeting request form is available at
http://aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org).

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4. WASHINGTON, DC MEETING VIDEOS

The 215th AAS Washington, DC, Meeting videos of the Prize and Invited talks are now available online for access by AAS Members. Please log in to the Member Pages section (http://members.aas.org) of the website and look for the highlighted link "AAS 215th Session Videos Now Online" on the left side of the page.
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5. 2010 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Important! Important!

Changes in member information for the Directory must be received in the Executive Office by Friday, 19 February 2010!!

To ensure your listing is correct, please take a moment and log in to the Member Pages (http://members.aas.org) and click the Member Profile link to review your information. Any changes can be made directly on that page. The Directory is created from the membership database using an automated process, so your information must be up to date online in order to be up to date in the printed Directory.
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6. 2009 ANNUAL REVIEWS

The 2009 Annual Reviews Publications, including the Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics, are now available for AAS members. To take advantage of the discounted rate log in to the AAS members-only website and download the order form; you'll find it in the Downloads section of the menu on the left side of the page.

Also, please remember that you can now renew your membership dues online. If you have not renewed your 2010 dues, do so today to avoid additional fees.
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7. DDA STUDENT STIPEND AWARDS

For the 17th consecutive year, the Division on Dynamical Astronomy (http://dda.harvard.edu) is making available two student awards to encourage student participation at the annual DDA meeting. The awards consist of a stipend of $600 plus fee waivers for the meeting registration and banquet. Any full- or part-time student presently enrolled in an academic program at a college or university is eligible and encouraged to apply. For the 2010 meeting (http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2010), being held 25-29 April in Boston, please submit an abstract of a paper for presentation, along with a letter of recommendation from an advisor, by 28 February to Dimitri Veras (veras at astro.ufl.edu).
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8. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2011 HAD BOOK PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY

In 2011 the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society will begin awarding the HAD Book Prize biennially to the author(s) of the book judged to best advance the field of the history of astronomy or to bring history of astronomy to light. "History ofastronomy" is taken in its broadest sense, that is, to include all historical studies of the astronomical research, observations, practices, and beliefs of all cultures, past and present.

Any member or affiliate member of HAD may nominate a book for the prize. Deadline for nominations for the current prize cycle will be 1 March 2010. Books with copyright dates 2006-2009 will be eligible.

Please send the title, author, and publisher and any supporting materials to the Secretary of the HAD Prize Committee, Joseph S. Tenn (joe.tenn at sonoma.edu). For further details about the prize, please visit http://www.aas.org/had/bookprize.

Sara J. Schechner, Chair, HAD Prize Committee

schechn at fas.harvard.edu
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9. 2010B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NOW ALSO INCLUDES PHYSICS OF
THE COSMOS

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck telescopes for the 2010B observing semester (August 2010 - January 2011). NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of ongoing missions and/or high-priority, long-term science goals. Thus, NASA Headquarters has opened up the NASA Keck call to a wide range of disciplines including exoplanets and solar system topics, galactic and extragalactic topics, as well as cosmology and high-energy astrophysics. In addition, an identified Key Science project for 2010B is in support of the CoRoT mission.

The 2010B call includes proposals for CoRoT Key Science as well as proposals in the following discipline areas: (1) investigations in support of EXOPLANET EXPLORATION science goals and missions; (2) investigations of our own SOLAR SYSTEM; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science goals and missions; (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS science goals and missions; and (5) direct MISSION SUPPORT.

The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech, and all proposals are due on 11 March 2010 at 4 pm PST. Please see the website http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml for further information. Questions not answered on those pages can be directed to KeckCFP at ipac.caltech.edu.
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10. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Submillimeter Array (SMA) is a radio interferometer located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, composed of eight 6-m antennas operating at 230 GHz, 345 GHz, 420 GHz, and 690 GHz. The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

For the observing semester 16 May through 15 November 2010, the proposal deadline is 11 March 2010. For more information, please visit the SMA Observer Center website 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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11. JANSKY LECTURESHIP NOMINATIONS

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2010 Jansky Lectureship: http://www.nrao.edu/jansky/janskyprize.shtml

The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.

Please send your nomination, including a concise justification for your choice, to borahood at nrao.edu or to the Office of Science and Academic Affairs, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903-2475, by Friday, 26 February 2010.
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12. VIKTOR AMBARTSUMIAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

The Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize is a major new award in astronomy, astrophysics, and related sciences. It will be awarded to outstanding scientists of any nationality who have made significant contributions in the physical-mathematical sciences from any country. The prize totals U.S. $500,000 and will be given once every two years, starting with 2010.

The deadline for nominations for the first award is 18 March 2010. For nomination guidelines and more information, see http://vaprize.sci.am.
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13. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NATIONAL LAB DAY

National Lab Day, billed as "a national barn-raising for hands-on learning," is an effort to bring more high-quality, discovery-based lab experiences to U.S. middle- and high-school students. Here, a "lab" is any place where students can explore, experiment, test, and get their hands dirty and their minds engaged. The inaugural Lab Day will occur during the first week of May 2010. University students and professionals working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are needed to collaborate with local teachers to improve labs and discovery-based science experiences for students in grades K-12.

Teachers will organize and coordinate Lab Day volunteers for their classrooms. Volunteers will engage in a variety of activities to strengthen laboratory experiences in their local schools and communities. Examples include conducting workshops,identifying useful Web resources, repairing equipment, implementing hands-on projects, helping with science fairs, mentoring a student, chaperoning a field trip, providing internship opportunities, helping with lesson plans, or advising an after-school program. National Lab Day is supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association. To learn more and get involved, visit http://www.nationallabday.org.
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14. ASP PUBLICATIONS

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is conducting a brief survey of its membership and of the general astronomical research community concerning its publications. These include the ASP Conference Series (ASP-CS) and the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP).

Please visit https://catalysttools.washington.edu/webq/survey/pikaia/88692 to offer your input on current and potential future products and features that you would like to see. The survey should take only 5-8 minutes to complete.
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