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AAS Electronic Announcement #207 — April 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #207 - April 2010

Date Emailed: 8 April 2010

CONTENTS:

1. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS - NEW JUNE DEADLINE
2. RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL AWARD
3. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AAS JOURNALS
4. AAS CALENDAR
5. MIAMI MEETING NEWS
6. MIAMI MEETING PRESENTATION UPLOADS
7. MIAMI MEETING EVENTS
8. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
9. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
10. 2010 DDA MEETING
11. GEOFFREY BURBIDGE MEMORIAL TRIBUTE
12. HST SURVEY
13. IMAGING TIME AVAILABLE
14. NASA LUNAR SCIENCE INSTITUTE
15. SOFIA SCIENCE PROJECT COUNCIL
16. CALL FOR ARECIBO OBSERVING PROPOSALS
17. WIYN 0.9-METER TELESCOPE CONSORTIUM SEEKS NEW PARTNERS
18. AAS MEMBERS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA
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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. RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL AWARD

The Rodger Doxsey Travel Award, established through the support of his father, John Doxsey, and other friends, family, and colleagues, provides graduate students within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at an American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting.

The first awards will be made for the Seattle meeting in January 2011.

For more information see: aas.org/grants/doxsey.
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3. NEW SUBMISSIONS FOR AAS JOURNALS

As of 30 March, new submissions to The Astrophysical Journal and the ApJ Supplement have been handled for the AAS by eJournalPress. To submit a new paper to the ApJ or ApJS, use the online site at http://apj.msubmit.net. If you wish to revise an ApJ manuscript already in peer review and submitted before 30 March, continue to use http://authors.iop.org/apj.

eJournalPress is an independent peer review service company. They were selected by the Society and its journals last summer as the result of a comprehensive proposal process. This change will have no impact on the processing and publication of accepted articles by our publisher, IOP Publishing. Their excellent record in getting accepted manuscripts printed and online will not be affected.

In the coming weeks, The Astrophysical Journal Letters will follow the ApJ in using eJournalPress for their submissions. In the months following, the AJ will also migrate to eJournalPress. Authors and reviewers will be notified shortly in advance by each editorial office. As always, if you have any comments or questions or need assistance with your submission to the journals, please write to the editorial offices.

http://aas.org/journalOffices
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4. AAS CALENDAR

The AAS publishes dates of meetings held in North, South, and Central America as well as deadlines of interest to astronomers worldwide (e.g., grant and observing-proposal deadlines) based on input from our members, meeting organizers, and facility or agency administrators. This calendar will now also be available online at the AAS web page. The easy-to-remember link is aas.org/calendar. Instructions on submitting additional meeting information is available on the page as well.
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5. MIAMI MEETING NEWS

Important deadlines for the Miami Meeting:
15 April Regular Registration Deadline
23 April Late Abstract Deadline
24 April Hotel Reservations
13 May Final Registration Deadline

Presenters: Please remember to register for the meeting by 15 April.

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

Splinter Meetings
If you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete the Splinter Proposal Form (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.
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6. MIAMI MEETING PRESENTATION UPLOADS

If you have an oral presentation in Miami, we ask that you upload your presentation (http://www.showmaestro.com/upload/). After your presentation has been uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact SpeakerReady at aas.org. If you have trouble uploading your presentation at the link above, please email it to presentations at aas.org with the session number, speaker number, last name, email address, and operating system.
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7. MIAMI MEETING EVENTS

AAS/SPD Student Reception
Sunday, 23 May 2010, 5:30pm-7:00pm


Undergraduates, graduate students, advisors, and those interested in attracting students to their undergraduate research opportunity or graduate program are invited to attend this event. Members of the AAS Council, Astronomy Education Board, and others from the AAS and SPD community will be there to meet and chat with students. For the benefit of those students attending an AAS meeting for the first time, we will explain how to get the most out of an AAS meeting and outline how the meeting works.

Sign up, free of charge to all students, their advisors, and those offering research opportunities (or jobs) to students, through the meeting registration form (http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration). Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

SPD Banquet
Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Join the SPD for their exciting banquet at the beautiful Miami Seaquarium. Guests will arrive at the stunning Dolphin Lobby, where they will have the opportunity to view the "windows to the sea"-- a 250,000 gallon Tropical Reef Aquarium which is home to tropical fish, large groupers, cobias, loggerhead turtles, moray eels and more. Guests will also get a glimpse of the venue's resident dolphins from their upper and lower pools. Following the viewing, guests will be escorted to the upper Dolphin Pools for a private performance from the friendly frolickers. Finally, the group will enjoy a hearty barbeque dinner complete with an open beer and wine bar, in the gardens overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Busing to and from the Hyatt Regency Miami is included in the ticket pricing.

Tickets: $87 per person, $49 for students. Sign up through the registration form (http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration). If you have already registered for the meeting, but would like to attend the banquet, please call Kara North at 202-328-2010 ext. 117.
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8. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

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 meeting registration form (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 meeting registration form (http://aas.org/meetings/aas216/registration).

Organizer: Kevin Lee, klee6 at unl.edu
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9. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

We need members to judge posters for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards at the Miami meeting. You’ll be asked to evaluate no more than two undergraduate- and/or graduate-student posters according to defined criteria; see the rules (http://aas.org/grants/Chambliss_Astronomy_Achievement_Student_Award_Rule...).

The authors will sincerely appreciate your expertise in judging their work. Judging will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (May 24, 25, and 26) from 9:30-11:00 a.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m., and 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Please indicate your willingness and availability by filling out the Chambliss Judge Sign Up Form

(http://aas.org/meetings/chambliss_judge_sign_up_form) by Friday, 7 May 2010.

Please contact Crystal Tinch at tinch at aas.org if you have any questions.
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10. 2010 DDA MEETING

The 2010 Meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) will be held 25 - 29 April 2010, at the Holiday Inn Boston Brookline in Brookline, Massachusetts. Brookline is a streetcar ride from Boston in the Coolidge Corner business district.

Meeting website: http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2010/
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11. GEOFFREY BURBIDGE MEMORIAL TRIBUTE

There will be a memorial tribute for Geoffrey Burbidge at 11:00am on Sunday 18 April at the Scripps Seaside Forum, which is just south of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla. The address is 8610 Kennel Way (formerly Discovery Way) La Jolla, CA 92037. Adjacent parking will be available.

Doors will open at 10:15am. A reception will follow on the lawn in front of the Forum, overlooking the sea.

For more information please call 858-534-6626.

Website for directions: http://sio.ucsd.edu/About/Venue_Rentals/Scripps_Forum/
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12. HST SURVEY

As a service to NASA, the AAS is conducting a survey related to the Hubble Space Telescope. The purpose of this survey is to explore what role the Hubble Space Telescope played in inspiring individuals to pursue educational degrees and professional careers in science and/or astronomy. Created by the Science Mission Directorate, this short survey can now be completed at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XSLGMYG
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13. IMAGING TIME AVAILABLE

Research imaging time through the NSF PREST program is available to the general astronomical community on the new Brigham Young University 0.9m West Mountain Observatory telescope.

Specifications of the telescope, available instrumentation, and contact information are listed at http://wmo.byu.edu/ObsTime/. All interested parties should download a proposal form from this site and submit it according to the instructions within.

Optimum investigations include, but are not limited to, monitoring projects that require observations over several months, time series observations over a few hours, and broadband BVRIc imaging studies that can be queue scheduled. We anticipate that most, if not all, of the available time from May to August will be through service observing.
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14. NASA LUNAR SCIENCE INSTITUTE

The NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) is a joint collaboration between the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Mission Directorate. Its goal is to supplement and extend existing NASA lunar science programs. For the NLSI, lunar science is broadly defined to include studies: 1) Of the Moon, 2) On the Moon, and 3)From the Moon (including astrophysics).

The NASA Lunar Science Institute will host the 3rd annual NASA Lunar Science Forum, to be held 20-22 July 2010 at NASA Ames Research Center. Abstracts are due 3 May 2010; please submit abstracts and register at http://lunarscience2010.arc.nasa.gov.
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15. SOFIA SCIENCE PROJECT COUNCIL

Nominations and self-nominations are invited for the SOFIA Science Project Council (SSPC). The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a 2.5-m airborne telescope outfitted with infrared and submillimeter instrumentation, is currently undergoing flight testing and will begin science flights later this year. The SSPC advises the SOFIA project on how to maximize scientific productivity including monitoring its science operation and advising on scientific and programmatic priorities. Advisory committee members are welcome in all science areas to be addressed by SOFIA. More information on SOFIA, including the Charter for the newly constituted SSPC, may be found at http://www.sofia.usra.edu.

By April 30, please send nominee names and CVs to the SSPC Chair, Alycia Weinberger (weinberger at dtm.ciw.edu). Questions may also be addressed to her.
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16. CALL FOR ARECIBO OBSERVING PROPOSALS

NAIC invites proposals for use of the 305-m diameter Arecibo radio telescope in respect of its 1 June 2010 deadline. These would be for using the telescope in the eight months beginning 1 October 2010.

Proposal submission details, and a web-based cover sheet, can be found at http://www.naic.edu/science/proposals_set.htm. A guide for new telescope users is at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/guide.

Radio sources with declinations of -1 < Dec < +37.5 deg are visible from Arecibo. Available receivers in the (frequency-agile) Gregorian Dome cover 1.1 - 10 GHz, plus selected lower frequencies. Pulsar, spectral-line, VLBI and continuum backends are available to exploit these. User-related information is at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/astronomy.htm.

The Arecibo Mk-5A disc-based recorder for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) is available for use with the HSA, EVN and Global networks at all bands up to 10 GHz. VLBI proposals should be submitted directly to these networks rather than to Arecibo; include special justification for the use of the 305-m telescope. The maximum data recording rate at Arecibo is currently 1 Gbps, (512 Mbps with the HSA). eVLBI science observations up to 512 Mbps have been made with the EVN.
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17. WIYN 0.9-METER TELESCOPE CONSORTIUM SEEKS NEW PARTNERS

The WIYN 0.9-meter Consortium, with a telescope located on Kitt Peak, is seeking additional partners. Currently as much as 15% of the observing time on the telescope is available (~24 nights per semester). New partners are welcome to join at any level. The WIYN 0.9m currently uses NOAO’s S2KB and MOSAIC imagers, and is building the new Half-Degree Imager (HDI) monolithic 4Kx4K CCD imager with30’x30’ field. Besides classical observing, partners have access to the Observatory’s special observing modes (the synoptic, photometric, and opportunity queues). Please visit http://www.noao.edu/0.9m/ to learn more about the WIYN 0.9-m telescope and consortium. Anyone interested in further information should contact John Salzer (slaz at astro.indiana.edu).
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18. AAS MEMBERS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA

The Rockefeller University Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science

Lecture by the recipient of the 2009 Prize Martin Rees, Ph.D., professor of cosmology and astrophysics and master, Trinity College, Cambridge University; president, The Royal Society; Astronomer Royal; member, House of Lords, United Kingdom

Monday, 26 April 2010
5:30 p.m.
Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York City

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The auditorium opens at 4:45 p.m.

For more information, please call Gloria Phipps at 212-327-8967.

http://www.rockefeller.edu/lewisthomasprize/
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