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AAS Electronic Announcement #206 - March 2010

Date Emailed: 10 March 2010

CONTENTS:

1. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS - NEW JUNE DEADLINE
2. 2010 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
3. MIAMI MEETING INFORMATION
4. DDA MEETING IN BOSTON
5. 2010 NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
6. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2010B
7. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-7 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
8. CSO CALL FOR PROPOSALS
9. AAAS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2010 CAREY LECTURER
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1. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS - NEW JUNE DEADLINE

Deadline: 30 June 2010

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 30 June 2010. 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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2. 2010 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

If you do not wish to receive a paper copy of the 2010 AAS Membership Directory, please take a moment and log into the Member Only website members.aas.org to opt out under the "Manage Mailings" option.
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3. MIAMI MEETING INFORMATION

Registration Reminder
The regular registration deadline for the meeting is Thursday, 15 April 2010.

Registration Options
Online: aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

Fees will increase 16 April 2010.

Splinter Meetings
If you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete the room request form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php, by 1 May 2010. These splinter meetings are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) for more information.

Miami Hotel Information
The AAS has contracted blocks of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Miami Group Rate: $180.00 Single and Double Rooms *NEW* Government Rate: $117.00 Single and Double Rooms *NEW*

Please visit http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/travel_and_lodging for reservation links or for more information.

The deadline to make reservations is 24 April 2010. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant penalties for the Society.

Workshops and Events
CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier 1 Teaching Excellence Workshop
22-23 May, 8:00am-5:30pm
The overarching goal of this workshop is for participants to become familiar with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college astronomy courses, through role-playing, modeling, practice, and more!

To accomplish this goal, participants in our workshop will learn how to create productive learning environments beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Most workshop time will be spent with participants playing the roles of student, instructor, and critical friend to practice implementing active engagement strategies such as interactive lectures, Think-Pair-Share, interactive demonstrations and videos, collaborative groups, Lecture-Tutorials, and Ranking Tasks. The workshops will culminate with participants learning how to put these teaching strategies together into effective learning sequences for the learner-centered classroom.

The cost for this 2-day workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration. Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier 2 Using Technology in the Classroom Workshop
23 May, 8:00am-5:00pm
Educational research has clearly defined the characteristics of the optimal introductory astronomy classroom -- one where students are
actively engaged in the learning process and frequently receiving timely feedback on their learning progress. This CAE/CATS Tier 2 workshop will explore a variety of technologies that enable instructors to engage students and efficiently provide feedback. Instructors will be trained and provided with curriculum materials from multiple NSF grants on computer simulations, computerized databases of Think-Pair-Share questions, and a library of animated ranking and sorting tasks. All materials will be disseminated through the web before the workshop and attendees will bring their own laptops with the software already installed.

The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration. Organizer: Kevin Lee, klee6 at unl.edu
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4. DDA MEETING IN BOSTON

The 2010 Meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy will be held 25-29 April 2010 at the Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline in Brookline, Massachusetts. The annual DDA meeting brings together top researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science and astrodynamics for in-depth and stimulating discussions and talks on all aspects of dynamics in the space sciences.

The meeting features invited talks on a range of topics, contributed talks (with no parallel sessions), and posters. Information about the meeting including links for abstract submission, meeting registration, and lodging can be found on the DDA Meeting Website (http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2010). Online registration is now open.

Deadlines:
Abstracts: 15 March 2010
Hotel Reservations: 23 March 2010
Early Registration: 15 March 2010

The Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline is located at 1200 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446. The room rate is $99 per night, plus tax. Reservations can be made at 1-877-456-7087 (free from US) or 1-617-277-1200
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5. 2010 NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 31 March 2010

The National Medal of Science (the Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers) is presented annually by the President of the United States to distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers have spanned of research and development. Established in 1959, the award is given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.

For nomination instructions, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nominations.jsp. All inquiries about the award or nomination procedures should be directed to Mayra Montrose, National Science Foundation (mmontros at nsf.gov).
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6. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2010B

Due: 31 March 2010

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2010B semester, August 2010 - January 2011. Time is available with the Gemini North and South telescopes, the two 10-m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan telescopes, the 5-m Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, 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, 31 March 2010.
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7. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-7 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposal Deadline: 23 April 2010, 5:00 PM PDT Cycle-7: August 2010 - July 2011

On behalf of NASA and the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech is pleased to announce the release of the Cycle-7 Call for Proposals (CP). The Cycle-7 CP solicits 3,000 hours of observations. We expect to select ~1500 hours of regular GO programs and ~1500 hours of Snapshot programs. Snapshot programs are new for Cycle-7.

Programs are categorized as small (< 50 hours) and large (50-500 hours). The 150-hour maximum size limit from Cycle-6 for large proposals has been increased to 500 hours for Cycle-7. Regular GO proposals can include science programs that are highly constrained, with the usual caveat that the more constrained the program the harder it is to schedule. The Snapshot programs are specifically solicited to provide a substantial number of hours of unconstrained science that can be easily scheduled to fill gaps in the schedule introduced by the existing highly constrained two-year Exploration Science programs selected in Cycle-6. Joint HST or Chandra observations can be proposed as part of a Spitzer Cycle-7 proposal.

Investigators worldwide from all types of institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this CP. All proposals must be submitted electronically using Spot, the SSC proposal planning and submission software.

** Proposal PDF files MUST be prepared with the separate Cycle-7 proposal templates available at the Proposal Kit website. **

The S18 version of Spot is now available from the SSC website and via the auto-update feature in Spot. Proposers must use this version of the software to submit their proposals. Spot requires JAVA version 1.5. Note: proposers attempting to install Spot on a 64-bit Linux platform may encounter problems doing so; please see the note “For All Users” on the Spot installation web page.

All programmatic and technical information for Cycle-7 is available electronically from the Proposal Kit section of the Spitzer Science Center website:

http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/propkit

Any questions should be addressed to the Spitzer Helpdesk at help at spitzer.caltech.edu.
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8. CSO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Due: 31 May 2010

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) encourages observing participation by astronomers from both U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. For instructions on applying and for information about available instruments, including bolometer cameras, see http://www.submm.caltech.edu/cso/cso-call.html. Applications for observing time between 1 September 2010 through 31 January 2011 are due by 31 May 2010. Applications will be reviewed by an outside peer group.
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9. AAAS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2010 CAREY LECTURER

Deadline: 17 March 2010

The AAAS is soliciting nominations of candidates for the annual William D. Carey Lecture, which is delivered at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy, scheduled this year for May 13-14 in Washington, D.C. The Lectureship was established in honor of Bill Carey upon his retirement as the Executive Officer of AAAS in 1987. The Lectureship recognizes individuals who in their own way exemplify Mr. Carey’s leadership in articulating public policy issues engendered by the application of science and technology. The Lecturer is chosen by an eight-member selection committee. A list of previous Carey Lecturers appears below.

If you know of someone who deserves consideration for this honor, please send their name, title, and a few sentences outlining their background and qualifications to Stephen D. Nelson at AAAS (snelson at aaas.org), no later than C.O.B., Wednesday, 17 March. The deadline for receiving nominations is firm.

PREVIOUS CAREY LECTURERS (note: other well-known individuals have spoken than those listed below...see AAAS web page for the full list):

2000 Rita R. Colwell: The Wellspring of Discovery

2001 Neal Lane: Talking Turkey: Science, the Economy, and the Community

2002 M.R.C. Greewood: Risky Business: Research Universities in the
Post-9/11 Era

2003 Shirley Ann Jackson: Standing on the Knife Edge: The Leadership Imperative

2004 Harold Varmus: Science, Government, and the Public Interest

2005 Rush D. Holt: What is the Use of Research?

2006 Harold T. Shapiro: Science Policy: What Is It Anyway? A Broader View

2007 Sherwood L. Boehlert: The Outlook for American Science

2008 Lewis M. Branscomb: Changing Patterns of Research and Innovation
in a Networked World

2009 Richard L. Garwin: R&D Needs and Opportunities for the Economic Transition
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