AAS Electronic Announcement #21
THE EDITORSHIP OF AAS JOURNALS: Announcing ApJ Editor in Chief
ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE HUBBLE DEEP FIELD
RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES
SEARCH FOR SIRTF FACILITY SCIENTIST
1. THE EDITORSHIP OF AAS JOURNALS
The Council of the AAS is pleased to announce a successful completion of its search for an Editor in Chief for the Astrophysical Journal. Current Managing Editor Helmut Abt is appointed into this position effective 14 January 1996. Alex Dalgarno and Eugene Avrett remain as Letters Editor and Deputy Letters Editor through 31 December 1999. Paul Hodge has agreed to serve another term as Editor of the Astronomical Journal through 31 December 1998.
On a date to be determined in 1997, Helmut Abt will be succeeded in the position of Editor in Chief of the Astrophysical Journal by Paul Joss, Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susan Kleinmann, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, will be the Associate Editor of the Astrophysical Journal. The details of the transition are currently being worked out.
At some time in the middle of 1997, authors of papers to the Astrophysical Journal will send their manuscripts to Cambridge rather than to Tucson. Editor-in-Chief Abt will continue to process the manuscripts already in the Tucson office (roughly for another six months), after which the editorial office in Tucson will close, and the transition will have been completed. This same procedure was followed 26 years ago when the Managing Editorship changed from S. Chandrasekhar to the present Managing Editor, H. Abt.
During its meeting in San Antonio, the Council also approved the Journal Management Committee's recommendation that the titles of the current Associate Editors of the Astrophysical Journal -- Anne Cowley, Bernhard Haisch, Yervant Terzian, John Thomas, Virginia Trimble, and Edward Wright -- be changed to Scientific Editors. To accommodate the increasing workload on the editors, Council further approved the recommendation of the Publications Board to add six new Scientific Editors: Geoffrey Burbidge, Professor of Physics at the University of California at San Diego; Greg Bothun, Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon in Eugene; Steven Shore, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Indiana University South Bend; Ed Sion, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University; Chris Sneden, Professor of Astronomy at the University of
Texas in Austin; and Steven Willner, Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge. Their terms begin 1 February 1996, and end 31 December 1998.
At this historic juncture, it is appropriate for the membership of the AAS to express its deep gratitude to all the editors of our journals who give selflessly of their time and effort in this most important of services to our profession. They deserve our congratulations and thanks for making the publications of the AAS the most respected, cited, and admired astronomical journals in the world. We especially salute Helmut Abt's leadership in the golden age of astrophysical exploration and discovery during the last few decades of the twentieth century. With great foresight and good judgment, he has successfully prepared the way for us to meet the grand challenges of the new millennium.
2. CYCLE 6 ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE HUBBLE DEEP FIELD
At the AAS meeting in San Antonio, the Space Telescope Science Institute made public the data from the Hubble Deep Field (HDF). STScI is now inviting submission of proposals for archival research funding related to this data set. The deadline for proposals is 15 March 1996 and this opportunity is open to PIs at U.S. institutions. Further information about the HDF and about proposing for HDF archival project funding can be found on the STScI Web page (at http://www.stsci.edu) or by contacting the STScI Science Program Selection office (410-338-4996, firstname.lastname@example.org)
3. RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU) SITES, 1995/1996
The National Science Foundation has fifteen REU Sites posted that principally contain research topics in astronomy and astrophysics. A few also contain some research in physics and engineering. The
latest deadlines are in March, so see the Web page as soon as possible.
4. OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN SIRTF AS A FACILITY SCIENTIST
The SIRTF Project solicits the participation of a person to act as a Facility Scientist. SIRTF - the Space Infrared Telescope Facility - will be a cryogenically-cooled telescope operated in a heliocentric orbit with a lifetime of 2.5 years. Current NASA plans call for start of the SIRTF development in late 1997 and launch in 2001.
The role of the Facility Scientist is to assist the SIRTF Project in assuring that the design of the facility is compatible with the overall scientific requirements. The person selected for this position will become a member of the SIRTF Science Working Group, and will share in the Guaranteed Observing Time on SIRTF allocated to this group.
Frank Low, of the University of Arizona, will continue to serve as Facility Scientist for SIRTF but plans to limit his responsibilities to specific areas. The new Facility Scientist selected from this solicitation
will work in close collaboration with Dr. Low.
Those interested in participating as SIRTF Facility Scientist - or those wishing to nominate a candidate for this position - should send a statement of not more than 2 pages summarizing the candidate(s) relevant experience for the position, to Dr. Michael Werner, SIRTF Project Scientist at JPL (email@example.com; (818)354-0146). The deadline for submission of letters of interest is 15 March 1996. Additional information about SIRTF and this opportunity can be obtained from Dr. Werner or from the SIRTF home page: http://sirtf.jpl.nasa.gov/sirtf/home.html