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AAS Electronic Announcement #208 — May 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #208 - May 2010

Date Emailed: 10 May 2010

CONTENTS:

1. SEATTLE MEETING SPECIAL SESSION AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS
2. MIAMI REGISTRATION REMINDER
3. MIAMI SPD BANQUET CANCELED
4. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL DEADLINE 15 MAY
5. NSF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
6. MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND IONOSPHERE
CENTER (NAIC)
7. SDSS DATA RELEASE 7 IMAGE MOSAICS NOW AVAILABLE
8. INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE FIZEAU AND MICHELSON PRIZES IN
INTERFEROMETRY
9. LUNAR GRANTS PROGRAM - A CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2010
10. WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY, 2-6 JUNE 2010
11. MAY 12 IS NATIONAL LAB DAY
12. TIME TO INVENT CLUB: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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1. SEATTLE MEETING SPECIAL SESSION AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS

If you would like to propose a Special Session or Town Hall for the 2011 Seattle Meeting, proposals and room requests are due 15 May 2010. See Content of AAS Meetings (http://aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php#how) for information. Please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem at aas.org) with questions.
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2. MIAMI REGISTRATION REMINDER

The late registration deadline for the Miami meeting is 13 May 2010.

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

After 13 May you must register onsite. The Executive Office will not accept any registrations after the deadline.
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3. MIAMI SPD BANQUET CANCELED

Due to low banquet attendee numbers, the SPD Banquet on Wednesday, 26 May at the Miami Seaquarium has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and will be issuing refunds for all banquet tickets. If you paid by credit card, we will refund the card used. If you paid by check, you will receive a check by mail. Please contact Debbie Kovalsky, debbie.kovalsky at aas.org if you have any questions.
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4. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL DEADLINE 15 MAY

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 May 2010 for the third quarter of 2010. Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation Committee at P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349 for Sacramento Peak facilities (sp at nso.edu) or P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726 for Kitt Peak facilities (nsokp at nso.edu). Instructions may be found at http://www.nso.edu/general/observe/. A web-based observing-request form is at http://www2.nso.edu/cgi-bin/nsoforms/obsreq/obsreq.cgi.

Users' Manuals are available at http://nsosp.nso.edu/dst/ for the SP facilities and http://nsokp.nso.edu/ for the KP facilities. An observing-run evaluation form can be obtained at ftp://ftp.nso.edu/observing_templates/evaluation.form.txt.

Proposers are reminded that each quarter is typically oversubscribed, and it is to the proposer's advantage to provide all information requested to the greatest possible extent no later than the official deadline. Observing time at National Observatories is provided as support to the astronomical community by the National Science Foundation.
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5. NSF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

We call your attention to two new NSF funding opportunities that may be of interest to our community:

Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models (EaSM). Letters of Intent are due on 24 May, and Full Proposals are due on 25 June. See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503399&org=GEO&from=home

NSF Fellowships for Transformative Computational Science using CyberInfrastructure (CI TraCS). Full Proposals are due on 21 June. See http://www.nsf.gov/citracs/
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6. MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS OF THE NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND IONOSPHERE CENTER (NAIC)

Proposals are solicited to manage and operate the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) through cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). NAIC is a center of excellence for multidisciplinary research and education, as enabled by the world-class observational facilities of the Arecibo Observatory (AO). AO's cornerstone research instrument is a 305-meter diameter, fixed, spherical reflector, located on approximately 120 acres of U.S. Government-owned land near Arecibo, Puerto Rico. As the world's largest single-dish radio telescope and most powerful scientific radar system, AO is unique in its sensitivity for passive radio astronomy, solar system radar astronomy and space and atmospheric sciences. Details are available in the program solicitation for the Management and Operations of NAIC (NSF 10-562), which has been posted at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503352.

Upon award of the next cooperative agreement for management and operations of NAIC, NSF will remove NAIC from the master list of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Removal of NAIC from the FFRDC master list reflects a change only to the Federal administrative regulations applicable to NAIC and does not imply any change in NAIC's continuing status as a center of excellence for multidisciplinary scientific research. More information on this action can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5652.
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7. SDSS DATA RELEASE 7 IMAGE MOSAICS NOW AVAILABLE

The on-request image mosaic service at IPAC now generates mosaics from calibrated DR7 images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), in addition to mosaics from 2MASS and DSS. The service is powered by the Montage image mosaic engine. It may be accessed either by going to the Montage web page at: http://montage.ipac.caltech.edu and clicking on "On-Request Mosaics" or directly at: http://hachi.ipac.caltech.edu:8080/montage/
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8. INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE FIZEAU AND MICHELSON PRIZES IN INTERFEROMETRY

The IAU Commission 54 (Optical and Infrared Interferometry), The Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA), and the Mt. Wilson Institute (MWI) are pleased to announce the creation of two prizes in Interferometry, the Fizeau Prize and the Michelson Prize. The two prizes are similar but complementary, with the Michelson Prize emphasizing application of interferometry to astrophysical research, and the Fizeau Prize emphasizing innovative technical and theoretical work.

An invitation for nominations for the first award of these prizes is hereby extended to the astronomy community, with a due date of 1 June 2010.

For the complete announcements with requirements and other information, see http://www.mtwilson.edu/michelson.php and http://www.oca.eu/fizeau-prize
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9. LUNAR GRANTS PROGRAM - A CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2010

Deadline: 1 July 2010

The Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), a center headquartered at the University of Colorado and funded by the NASA Lunar Science Institute, announces a call for proposals for a small grants program to study the feasibility of deploying and utilizing astronomical telescopes on the Moon. Our current research program is focused on Low Frequency Astrophysics & Cosmology initiatives involving low frequency antennas in lunar orbit and on the lunar farside, Low Frequency Heliophysics projects that make use of interferometric arrays, and Gravitational Physics experiments that employ Lunar Laser Ranging technologies.

More details on the LUNAR projects can be found at http://lunar.colorado.edu.
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10. WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY, 2-6 JUNE 2010

The World Science Festival is an annual celebration of science that brings together many of the world's greatest minds in science, business, government, and the arts. The Festival's mission is to cultivate and sustain a public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. The 2010 Festival, 2-6 June 2010, will turn New York City into a grand stage with science as the headliner. It kicks off with a gala performance at Alice Tully Hall honoring physicist Stephen Hawking. Among the other highlights of the five-day event: the display of a full-scale model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope; the announcement of the 2010 Kavli Prize laureates; and the world premiere of "Icarus at the Edge of Time," an orchestral work composed by Philip Glass and based on the children's book written by Festival co-founder and Columbia University physics professor Brian Greene. The Festival will conclude with the World Science Festival Youth and Family Street Fair in Washington Square Park on June 6th. This free, day-long public event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science via a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, from Web-chats with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station to meeting scientists with "cool jobs." Visit www.worldsciencefestival.com for a schedule of events and/or to get involved yourself.
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11. MAY 12 IS 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. University students and professionals working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are needed to collaborate with local teachers to improve discovery-based science experiences for students. Volunteers will engage in a variety of activities to strengthen laboratory experiences in their local schools and communities. To sign up and get linked to projects and schoolteachers in your area, visit https://www.nationallabday.org/scientists/new. National Lab Day is supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association.
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12. TIME TO INVENT CLUB: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Innovation and invention are cornerstones of American society, but not all young people have role models to open doors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To help meet this need, WGBH (Boston's PBS station) and the Lemelson Foundation launched an exciting invention-based mentoring program called the Time to Invent Club in Boston, MA, and Indianapolis, IN. The program places young STEM professionals and college students in after-school sites once a week to co-lead an hour-long program. Working with a group of kids ages 10-12, the mentors use a stepped-out curriculum that inspires underserved youth to explore invention. We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as mentors for the fall 2010- spring 2011 program in Boston and Indianapolis. If interested, please contact Liza Silverman: liza_silverman at wgbh.org or (617)-300-3642.
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