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AAS Electronic Announcement #209 - June 2010

Date Emailed: 10 June 2010

CONTENTS:

1. (CON)TRIBUTE TO... THE AAS SPRING 2010 CAMPAIGN
2. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS DUE 30 JUNE 2010
3. WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY OBSERVING TIME AVAILABLE
4. $750 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHING ASTRONOMY 101 MEETING
5. GALILEOSCOPES STILL AVAILABLE
6. SUPPORT THE 2010 U.S. PHYSICS TEAM!
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1. (CON)TRIBUTE TO... THE AAS SPRING 2010 CAMPAIGN

Please consider making a special contribution to the AAS during our Spring 2010 Campaign, for which our goal is to raise funds for two programs that support and encourage the active involvement of our younger members in Society affairs as we honor the memory of three of our most dynamic and distinguished colleagues: John Bahcall, Rodger Doxsey, and Donald E. Osterbrock.

Your donation will support early-career astronomers advocating for AAS public-policy goals on Capitol Hill, presenting their dissertation research, or lecturing at an AAS or Division meeting.

http://aas.org/contribute/2010_spring
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2. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS DUE 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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3. WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY OBSERVING TIME AVAILABLE

As the recipient of an NSF PREST grant, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory is offering time to the community on the 2.3 m telescope between 2010 July and 2012 June. Currently available instruments include an optical prime-focus camera and an optical longslit spectrograph. Both service and visitor observing modes are available. We are also willing to entertain the possibility of visitor instruments. Although we cannot provide funding for travel or subsistence, we can offer visiting astronomers free lodging at the observatory. Proposers should consult the WIRO web page at http://physics.uwyo.edu/observatories and are encouraged to contact observatory director Chip Kobulnicky (chipk at uwyo.edu) for additional information prior to the quarterly proposal submission process.
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4. $750 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHING ASTRONOMY 101 MEETING

Instructors, graduate students, and post-docs from colleges and universities without significant research programs can still apply for a very limited number of remaining scholarships to attend "Cosmos in the Classroom"—the hands-on symposium on teaching astronomy for non-science majors. The meeting in Boulder 1-4 August, is expected to bring together several hundred instructors of introductory astronomy, planetary science, and space science, to discuss new techniques, new resources, and new approaches to effective teaching.

Preference will be given to those instructors whose institutions enroll significant numbers of under-served minority students. Those who have not attended a Cosmos in the Classroom meeting before are particularly encouraged to apply.

Full instructions and forms can be found at: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/2010mtg/scholarships.html

More information about the full meeting Cosmos is part of can be found at: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html
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5. GALILEOSCOPES STILL AVAILABLE

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is behind us, but Galileoscope educational telescope kits are still available. Now is the time to stock up on these inexpensive, high-quality, build-it-yourself refractors for use during the coming academic year. (We have a limited amount of inventory now, with more coming in late June and early July.) In small numbers, Galileoscopes cost $30 each plus postal/parcel shipping. In quantities of 102 or more, they cost $25 each plus lower-cost freight shipping. For more information or to place an order, see http://www.galileoscope.org/. For educational activities and other useful support materials, see the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's new website, "Teaching with Telescopes," at http://www.teachingwithtelescopes.org/.
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6. SUPPORT THE 2010 U.S. PHYSICS TEAM!

Five students have been selected to represent the 2010 U.S. Physics Team at the 41st International Physics Olympiad, a competition among high-school physics students, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 17-25 July. The students attended a rigorous training camp at the University of Maryland, where, through classes, labs, and special lectures, they were coached on difficult physics concepts, then took a series of exams. They also made a trip to Washington, DC, to visit their congressional representatives and senators. The U.S. Physics Olympiad Program was started in 1986 by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. It continues to be supported as a joint initiative between the AAPT, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and the AIP member societies, including the AAS. For more information, or to make a donation to support the team's travel to Zagreb and to help expand awareness of and participation in the program, visit http://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2010/index.cfm.
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