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AAS Electronic Announcement #210 — July 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #210 – July 2010

Date Emailed: 9 July 2010

CONTENTS:

1. (CON)TRIBUTE TO... THE AAS SPRING 2010 CAMPAIGN
2. 2011 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER
3. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
4. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION NOW ONLINE
5. COMMENTS SOUGHT FOR NASA EXPLORER DRAFT AOS
6. NASA'S COSMIC ORIGINS PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (COPAG)
7. NASA'S PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (PHYSPAG)
8. HERSCHEL SPACE OBSERVATORY: DEADLINES FOR OT1 PROPOSALS AND FUNDING CALL
9. SOFIA BASIC SCIENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
10. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM LETTERS OF INTENT
11. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL
12. PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY (PRS) FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION
13. ADOPT AN ITALIAN ASTRONOMER
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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. 2011 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

The 2011 renewal period will begin in September. More than fifty percent of the membership renewed online during the 2010 renewal period. We considered 2010 a success and look forward to having more than 80 percent renew online for 2011. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial cost and increases the funding available for our programs.
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3. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

Deadline: 1 September 2010

Sponsors and potential sponsors for future AAS calendars are reminded that sponsorship space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups interested in sponsoring a month may contact Crystal Tinch (crystal at aas.org) for more information and pricing details for the 2011 Calendar. Deadline for sponsorship is 1 September 2010. The Calendar is free to members, economical for sponsors and invaluable to the community. The Calendar includes important proposal and grant deadlines.

Please forward any 2011 deadlines to crystal at aas.org by 1 September 2010.
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4. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION NOW ONLINE

The 217th AAS Meeting website for Seattle, is now available at
http://aas.org/meetings/aas217.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Open: 15 July 2010
Hotel Reservations Open: 2 August 2010
Abstract Submission Deadline: 9:00 pm ET, Friday, 1 October 2010
Hotel Reservations Deadline: 13 December 2010
Early Registration: 18 August - 16 September 2010
Regular Registration 17 September - 18 November 2010
Late Registration: 19 November - 20 December 2010
Onsite Registration: 9 - 13 January 2011
Late Abstract Submission Deadline 9:00 pm ET, Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Childcare Grants Deadline: 1 December 2010
Splinter Meeting Request Deadline: 1 December 2010
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5. COMMENTS SOUGHT FOR NASA EXPLORER DRAFT AOS

On 22 June 2010, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing two draft solicitations for community review and comment: the Draft Explorer 2010 Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and the Draft Explorer 2010 Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON) AO. Upon the release date, the full text of the both draft solicitations will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

The Explorer Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's astrophysics and heliophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to advance the understanding of the Sun and its effects on Earth and the Solar System and/or to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the Universe and search for Earth-like planets.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

NASA will hold an Explorer Program Workshop (including a Potential Bidders Conference) on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 in the Washington, DC area to provide an overview of the Draft Explorer 2010 AO and the Draft Explorer 2010 MO PEA and to address any questions. Information about the Conference will be made available on the Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/EX/.

The comment period for the Draft Explorer 2010 AO and the Draft Explorer 2010 MO PEA ends on 16 July 2010.

The issuance of the Draft Explorer 2010 AO does not obligate NASA to issue the Explorer 2010 AO and solicit proposals. The issuance of the Draft Explorer 2010 MO PEA does not obligate NASA to issue an Explorer 2010 MO PEA and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these draft solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.

Comments may be addressed in writing or by e-mail to the Explorer Program Acquisition Scientist: Dr. Barbara L. Giles, Ref.: Explorer EX AO, Heliophysics Division, Mail Suite 3R15, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001, E-mail: HQ-Explorers at mail.nasa.gov (subject line to read "Explorer EX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by e-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/EX/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.
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6. NASA'S COSMIC ORIGINS PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (COPAG)

Dear Colleagues:

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is pleased to announce the establishment a Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group, or COPAG. The COPAG will be an open, interdisciplinary forum for gathering community input into NASA's Cosmic Origins Program, and for conducting analyses in support of Cosmic Origins Program science objectives. The COPAG will; articulate the key scientific drivers for relevant astronomical research, regularly evaluate Cosmic Origins Program goals, objectives, investigations and required measurements on the basis of the widest possible community outreach, articulate focus areas for needed mission technologies; and identify related activities that enhance the Cosmic Origins Program mission.

The purpose of this open letter to the scientific community is to solicit nominations for membership on the COPAG Executive Committee. A Chairperson drawn from the membership of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council will lead the COPAG. The inaugural COPAG Chair will be Dr. John Huchra of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Huchra will be supported in this role by an Executive Committee representing the broad astronomy science community. Together, the COPAG Chair and Executive Committee will be responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing COPAG analyses, reporting COPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. The COPAG Executive Committee will be selected to achieve a functional balance among observers, theoreticians, instrumentation experts, and technologists, as well as a scientific balance across the disciplines of astronomy and astrophysics.

Nominations for the COPAG Executive Committee should be submitted via email to the address: Eric.P.Smith at nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee's relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee's area of expertise and qualifications for service on the COPAG Executive Committee. Self-nominations are welcome. Please include the phrase “COPAG nomination" in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 20 August 2010, with announcement of selections anticipated for mid September 2010. The first COPAG meeting is planned to be held in conjunction with the 217th AAS Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 2011.

Eric P. Smith, NASA HQ
Cosmic Origins Program Scientist

Michael Moore, NASA HQ
Cosmic Origins Program Executive

Jon Morse
Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ
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7. NASA'S PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (PHYSPAG)

Dear Colleague,

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is pleased to announce the establishment of a Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG). The PhysPAG will be an open, interdisciplinary forum for gathering community input into NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Program, and for conducting analyses in support of PCOS Program science objectives. The PhysPAG will: articulate the key scientific drivers for relevant astrophysical research; regularly evaluate PCOS Program goals, objectives, investigations and required measurements on the basis of the widest possible community outreach; articulate focus areas for needed mission technologies; and, identify related activities that enhance the PCOS Program mission.

The purpose of this open letter to the scientific community is to solicit nominations for membership on the PhysPAG Executive Committee. A Chairperson drawn from the membership of the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council will lead the PhysPAG. The inaugural PhysPAG Chair will be Dr. Steve Ritz of UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Ritz will be supported in this role by an Executive Committee
representing the broad astrophysical science community. Together, the PhysPAG Chair and Executive Committee will be responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing PhysPAG analyses, reporting PhysPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA's PCOS Program. The PhysPAG Executive Committee will be selected to achieve a functional balance among observers, theoreticians, instrumentation experts, and technologists, as well as a scientific balance across the relevant disciplines of astrophysics, specifically cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, and fundamental physics.

Nominations for the PhysPAG Executive Committee should be submitted via email to the address: Louis.J.Kaluzienski at nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee's relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee's area of expertise and qualifications for service on the PhysPAG Executive Committee. Self-nominations are welcome. Please include the phrase “PhysPAG nomination" in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 20 August 2010, with announcement of selections anticipated for mid September 2010. The first PhysPAG meeting is planned to be held in conjunction with the 217th AAS Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 2011.

Louis J. Kaluzienski, NASA HQ
Physics of the Cosmos Program Scientist (Acting)

Raynor L. Taylor, NASA HQ
Physics of the Cosmos Program Executive

Jon Morse
Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ
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8. HERSCHEL SPACE OBSERVATORY: DEADLINES FOR OT1 PROPOSALS AND FUNDING CALL

The NASA Herschel Science Center in Pasadena (http://nhscsci.ipac.caltech.edu) would like to remind potential users of the Herschel Space Observatory of several important upcoming deadlines associated with the Cycle-1 Open Time Announcement of Opportunity. The deadline for Herschel Proposals to ESA is 22 July 2010, 12:00 UT. For US-based proposers there is an associated Call for Proposals from NASA for Herschel Data Analysis Funding of successful observing proposals. The deadline for NASA Funding Proposals is 2 August 2010, 5:00pm PDT.

Information about how to apply for both observing time and funding for US-based participants, as well as other key information, can be found at the URL: https://nhscsci.ipac.caltech.edu/sc/index.php/Proposals
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9. SOFIA BASIC SCIENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 30 July 2010

Release date: April 9, 2010

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is pleased to invite proposals for Basic Science observations. SOFIA successfully made its first light observations on 26 May 2010.

The Basic Science program will consist of about 75 hours of flight time with either the FORCAST mid-infrared camera or the GREAT sub-millimeter heterodyne spectrometer. The observations are expected to take place during a 2-3 month interval within the time frame of 1 March through 31 August 2011.

Documents needed to consider observational possibilities and constraints, and to prepare and submit observing proposals, can be found at http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/basic_science.

The documents include the Call for Proposals, the SOFIA Observers Handbook for Early Science, the Early Science Calibration Plan, exposure estimation tools and tutorials, and the "Reserved Observations Catalogs" for the two instruments (Call for Proposals, Appendix A). Please direct questions and comments to "sofia_help at sofia.usra.edu". We encourage all interested members of astronomical community to subscribe to SOFIA electronic news by sending an email to "sofia_astronews at sofia.usra.edu".

Proposals are invited from the world scientific community. Successful proposers with U.S. professional affiliations will be eligible to receive funding to support the acquisition, analysis and publication of Basic Science data, at a level consistent with other NASA-sponsored observing programs.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new research opportunity.
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10. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM LETTERS OF INTENT

Deadline: 31 July 2010

The NOAO Survey Program will be accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2011A and 2011B semesters. This program supports large observational projects that allow the identification of complete, well-defined samples that can yield both conclusions based on statistical analysis of the survey data itself and also provide important subsets for more detailed observations with larger telescopes. In addition, surveys are expected to provide coherent datasets that will be useful for other researchers.

Investigators must submit letters of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program to surveys at noao.edu by 31 July 2010 to be eligible to propose for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2011A/B semester. The deadline for receiving Survey proposals is 15 September 2010 at 11:59pm.

For more information, go to http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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11. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL

Deadline: 15 August 2010

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 August 2010 for the fourth 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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12. PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY (PRS) FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION

Sound artist Robert Jarvis proposes to create an installation based on the apparent rotation of the stars around the Celestial North Pole allowing the stars pattern in the sky to be heard as a musical composition. Each star will be given its own voice based on its astronomical properties, creating an orchestra of new "stellar" sounds. The composition will play in time with the rotation of the earth and would become a permanent installation in the Observatory's Astropark.

The project is currently shortlisted for the New Music Award, for which there is also a public vote. A short movie about the project can be seen here: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/newmusicaward/aroundnorth.htm
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13. ADOPT AN ITALIAN ASTRONOMER

The National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), created in 2001 from the merging of twelve astronomical observatories and recently expanded to include the seven space and astrophysics science institutes of the Italian National Council for Research, comprises about 1000 permanent employees and another 500 researchers from associated universities.

The members of INAF have posted a website, http://adoptitaastronom.altervista.org/index.html, that includes a document on the history and precarious status of the institute (posted on astro-ph ArXiv), along with member CVs. They propose themselves for a series of lessons/seminars at American institutes, so as to “plant a seed of knowledge that was born and grew up in our country". If you wish to support them by inviting them to your Institute, please send an e-mail to adoptanitalianastronomer at gmail.com. They plan to make all seminars and lectures that will be given in the framework of this initiative publicly available.
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