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AAS Electronic Announcement #212 – September 2010

Date Emailed: 10 September 2010

CONTENTS:

1. AAS COUNCIL DEVELOPS STRATEGIC PLAN
2. ENHANCING VIEWS OF THE UNIVERSE
3. AJ AND APJ NOW USING NEW PEER REVIEW SYSTEM
4. JUDGES NEEDED FOR RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL AWARDS
5. BOSTON MEETING SPECIAL SESSION, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS
6. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION
7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SEATTLE MEETING
8. CHAMBLISS AWARDS
9. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS
10. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2011A
11. 2011A NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
12. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2011A
13. SCIENCE COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY
TELESCOPE
14. SIGMA XI STUDENT GRANT APPLICATIONS
15. CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY GRADUATE
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
16. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2011 ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD
17. AURA SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON GEMINI TRANSITION PLAN
18. AIP SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR STATE DEPARTMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
19. 2011 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS
20. AAVSO PHOTOMETRIC ALL-SKY SURVEY
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1. AAS COUNCIL DEVELOPS STRATEGIC PLAN

The AAS Council has completed work on a strategic plan for the AAS. Developed over the past year and based on the Vision and Mission statements developed in 2009, the strategic plan seeks to guide the activities of the AAS and enhance the benefit of the Society to our discipline and membership. Comments from members are welcome on the current version of the strategic plan, which will be updated regularly by Council. The Vision and Mission statement can be found on the AAS web pages (http://aas.org/about/mission_and_vision). The Strategic Plan is available online as well (http://aas.org/about/strategic_plan). Let us know what you think. At the January Council meeting, metrics will be discussed that will allow Council to measure progress against this plan and gauge the impact of the achieved goals.
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2. ENHANCING VIEWS OF THE UNIVERSE

The 2011 Membership Renewal period is now open and available online at members.aas.org.

During this renewal period the AAS asks you to give a new generation of students their first look through a telescope. In partnership with the Galileoscope project, we are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to inspire children by connecting them with the Universe. When you donate $150 or more to the General Fund, the AAS will provide a free Galileoscope to a school or other educational organization of your choosing.

If you donate $250 to any AAS program, you will have access to the Donors Lounge at the winter and summer meeting. Members who donate $50 or more will receive an invitation to our 3rd Annual Donor's Reception at the winter meeting; and as a special incentive, the first 50 people who donate $100 or more to any category will receive a Galileoscope of their own.

Help the Society save money and renew online today at members.aas.org.
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3. AJ AND APJ NOW USING NEW PEER REVIEW SYSTEM

Over the last several months, the editorial operations of the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal have started to use the EJPress system. The system is used by the editorials offices for managing manuscripts during peer review cycles. It is the system you should use to submit new manuscripts to these journals. Each editorial office has its own web address.

http://aj.msubmit.net (for the AJ)
http://apj.msubmit.net (for the ApJ and ApJS)
http://apjl.msubmit.net (for the ApJL)
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4. JUDGES NEEDED FOR RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL AWARDS

The new Rodger Doxsey Travel Award (http://aas.org/grants/rodger_doxsey_travel_fund) provides astronomers within one year (either side) of receiving their Ph.D. a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation researchat an AAS meeting. The number of awards and their size will depend on the amount of available funds; the goal is to support 10% of the dissertation presenters at each meeting. The first awards will be made for the January 2011 meeting in Seattle, and the Society now seeks volunteers to help select winners from among the dissertation abstracts received by the October 1st abstract deadline. Eligible to serve on the selection committee are full members at least 3 years past receipt of their own doctorate and not serving as thesis advisor to anyone who plans to present his or her dissertation research in Seattle. Duties include reading all the submitted dissertation abstracts, choosing the top 10% based on your judgment of scientific merit, and participating in one committee teleconference (toll free!). To volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail Rick Fienberg, AAS Education & Outreach Coordinator, at rick.fienberg at aas.org.
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5. BOSTON MEETING SPECIAL SESSION, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS

If you would like to propose for a Special Session, Town Hall, or Meeting-In-A-Meeting for the 2011 Summer Meeting in Boston, proposals and room requests are due 30 September 2010. See aas.org/meetings/summer_session_organizer_deadlines.php for information and deadlines.

Please direct questions to lisa.idem at aas.org.
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6. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION

Registration Reminder

The early registration deadline for the meeting is 16 September 2010.

Registration Options
Online: aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

Rates will increase 17 September 2010.

Abstract Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit AAS abstracts is Friday, 1 October 2010, 9:00pm EDT.

Detailed abstract information and the submission form can be found at aas.org/meetings/aas217/abstracts.

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com.

See the online Meeting Program at abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey={89D4DA6A-02AE-4921-BF2A-F2FABD9E99B0}
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7. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SEATTLE MEETING

The American Astronomical Society is looking for volunteers to help out at the 217th Meeting in Seattle, WA. We love getting help from undergrads, grads, postdocs, and local amateur astronomers at our meetings: to supervise sessions, help at registration, usher at events, and various other odd (but greatly appreciated) jobs. This is a great chance to meet and mingle with your peers, get up-to-date on the newest science, and pick up some cool freebies in the Exhibit Hall.

Volunteers that sign up to work a minimum of 16 hours will receive complimentary meeting registration, volunteer t-shirts, access to the Exhibit Hall and all the sessions, and to the Opening Reception. We will also provide complimentary lunch and parking on the days you work.

If you would like to volunteer for the 217th Meeting, please fill out the Volunteer Availability Form, available at aas.org/meetings/volunteer_form

Please direct questions to Kara North at kara.north at aas.org.
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8. CHAMBLISS AWARDS

Chambliss Student Achievement Awards for Undergraduate and Graduate Posters are awarded at each AAS meeting. If you are a student (or know a student) who will be submitting a poster for the 217th AAS Meeting in Seattle, WA, you can choose to have your presentation considered for one of the awards. Further information is available at aas.org/grants/awards.php.
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9. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Deadline: 15 September 2010

The NOAO Survey Program is accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2011A/B 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.

Proposals are due 15 September 2010. Note that only investigators who have already submitted a letter of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program are eligible to submit proposals for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2011A semester.

For further information on the NOAO Survey Program, see http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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10. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2011A

Deadline: 15 September 2010

The main proposal deadline for AAT time in Semester 11A (February 2011 - July 2011) is Wednesday, 15 September 2010, at 23:59 (Australian Eastern Standard Time, i.e. UTC + 10 hrs). General information on applying for AAT time can be found at http://www.aao.gov.au/astro/applying.html. Applications are welcomed from all astronomers worldwide.

The AAO is also issuing a special Request for Proposals (RfP) for Large Programs using part or all of the period from semester 11A to 12B (i.e. from February 2011 to February 2013, inclusive). For more details see http://www.aao.gov.au/AAO/astro/Large_Programs_RfP_11A.pdf.

Anyone considering submitting a Large Observing Program proposal should contact the AAO Director (director - at - aao.gov.au) in advance to discuss their plans. The deadline for Large Programs is the same as the main proposal deadline.
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11. 2011A NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 16 September 2010

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2011A observing semester (February 2011 - August 2011). NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going missions and/or high priority, long term science goals. Thus NASA Headquarters has opened up the NASA Keck call to a wide range of disciplines including exoplanets and solar system topics, galactic and extragalactic topics as well as cosmology and high energy astrophysics. This semester and continuing into future semesters, there is limited time available for observations of targets based on public Kepler data or data obtained through the Kepler Guest Observer programs. In addition, the call for CoRoT Key Science has been extended to semester 2012B. Proposals are also sought in the following discipline areas: (1) investigations in support of EXOPLANET EXPLORATION science goals and missions; (2) investigations of our own SOLAR SYSTEM; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science goals and missions; (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS science goals and missions; and (5) direct MISSION SUPPORT.

The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech and all proposals are due on 16 September 2010 at 4 pm PDT. Please see the website http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml for further information and the proposal submission site. Questions not answered on these pages can be directed to KeckCFP at ipac.caltech.edu.
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12. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2011A

Deadline: 30 September 2010

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2011A semester (February – July 2011). Time is available on the North and South 8-m telescopes of the Gemini Observatory, the two 10-m telescopes of the W. M. Keck Observatory, the 6.5-m telescopes of the MMT and Magellan Observatories, the 200-inch Hale telescope of the Palomar Observatory, the CHARA Interferometer at Mt. Wilson, and the telescopes of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Access to the Subaru telescope and additional time on Keck/HIRES are available through a time trade with the Gemini Observatory.

Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions and policies are available at: http://www.noao.edu/gateway/.

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Wednesday, 30 September 2010. Note that proposals for thesis projects now require submission of a Thesis Student Information web-form (see http://www.noao.edu/noaoprop/help/policies.html for details).
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13. SCIENCE COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY TELESCOPE

Application deadline: 15 October 2010

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is inviting members from the U.S. astronomy and physics communities to take part in shaping the science for the LSST through membership in LSST Science Collaborations. Applicants may apply to join an existing collaboration, or propose to form a new collaboration.

Over the course of ten years, the LSST will perform a six-wavelength, multi-epoch optical survey of half the visible sky which will provide major leaps for studies of dark energy and dark matter via studies of gravitational lensing, distant supernovae, and the large-scale distribution of galaxies. The LSST will also enable large surveys to explore the structure and stellar populations of the Milky Way, searches for faint solar system objects, detection of optical transients, among other topics. The LSST will cover the sky with an unprecedented combination of speed and depth. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2010) recently ranked LSST as the number one priority for large-scale ground-based programs. More information about the LSST and its science goals can be found online at http://www.lsst.org.

The Science Collaborations are opening their membership to the US science community to help develop and document the science opportunities provided by the LSST, finalize the design of the system and observing strategy, undertake end-to-end simulations, commission instrument and data management systems, and ultimately perform science analyses. The collaborations are intended to work closely with the LSST construction project, although they are autonomous ventures.

Those who wish to join an existing collaboration, or initiate a new collaboration, are invited to submit proposals. These will be reviewed by an independent panel of astronomers and physicists coordinated by NOAO, with input from the collaborations on applications specific to their group. Further details and information on applying for membership are available at:

http://www.noao.edu/lsst/collab_prop/Scicollab.htm.

Please read the guidelines carefully. Successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment to helping to develop the LSST observational program. The application deadline is 15 October 2010. For those proposing to form a new collaboration, we request that a letter of intent to apply that briefly describes the scientific topic and proposed membership be emailed to mhartman at noao.edu by 20 September 2010. Questions may be addressed to Tod R. Lauer at lauer at noao.edu.
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14. SIGMA XI STUDENT GRANT APPLICATIONS

Application deadline: 15 October 2010

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is currently accepting student grant applications through the Grant-in-Aid of Research Program. Special funding is available for awards up to $5,000 in the field of astronomy, thanks to support from the National Academy of Sciences. The money may be used for the purchase of non-standard equipment, travel to a research site and institutional equipment use fees. The application deadline is 15 October 2010.

Additional information and the online application can be found online at: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar.

Please email questions to giar at sigmaxi.org .
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15. CHRISTINE MIRZAYAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Application deadline: 15 October 2010

This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies--consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council--is designed to engage its Fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply.

The program takes place in Washington, D.C. and is open to all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who meet the criteria. However, non-U.S. citizens must be currently enrolled in a U.S. university and have proof of holding valid J-1 or F-1 status or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD/OPT).

Please visit www.national-academies.org/policyfellows for details on criteria, application instructions, and access to the online application and reference forms. Please note the requirement for submission of an online reference from a mentor/adviser.
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16. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2011 ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD

Nominations accepted through 30 October 2010

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2011 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Details about the Waterman award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria are available below.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering that NSF supports. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/index.jsp. Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to Mayra Montrose (mmontros at nsf.gov).

A PDF version of the call for nominations is available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/nsf_watermanaward_2011callfornominations_...
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17. AURA SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON GEMINI TRANSITION PLAN

Deadline: 1 November 2010

The withdrawal of the UK from the Gemini partnership after 2013 requires a reduction in the Gemini budget for operations and maintenance. Over the past six months, the Gemini Observatory has worked with the Gemini Board to develop a transition plan that accomplishes this reduction and maintains essential service to the Gemini partners. The Gemini Board has reviewed and discussed this plan and is now requesting public comment. Larry Ramsey, Chair of the Gemini Board has stated "The Gemini Board of Directors has worked with the observatory leadership since this last March on several iterations of this Transition Plan. While some aspects in this plan may well change, the Board feels it is appropriate at this time to make it public in the interest of transparency and informing the Gemini partner communities."

Community input is desired. Please submit your comment. AURA and the Gemini Observatory and the Gemini Board will take all comments into consideration in finalizing the long range plan for Gemini. Please submit comments by November 1st. The Transition Plan and comment box can be found athttp://www.aura-astronomy.org/news/news.asp?newsID=220.
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18. AIP SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR STATE DEPARTMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Application deadline: 1 November 2010

The American Institute of Physics is now seeking applicants for its 2011-2012 State Department Science Fellowship. The application deadline is 1 November.

Qualified scientists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, be members of one or more of AIP’s ten Member Societies and be eligible to receive an appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship. (In exceptional cases the PhD requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants with equivalent research experience.) Final interviews will take place early in 2011 and the 12-month Fellowship term will begin in September 2011.

For information on AIP’s Fellowship programs and application instructions, please visit http://www.aip.org/gov/fellowships/sdf.html. To apply, you will be asked to provide contact information and qualifications, and you will be given instructions on electronic submission of a cover letter and resume and arranging for submission of three letters of reference.

Contact Jennifer Greenamoyer (jgreenamoyer at aip.org, 301-209-3104) if you have questions or need additional information.
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19. 2011 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: 5 November 2010

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2011 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the Fall of 2011.

The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration area. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or after 1 January 2008, in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of the fellows' choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host institution per year. The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program policies and application instructions is available at the web site: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml

Applicants must follow the instructions given in this Announcement. Applications must be submitted electronically through the above website. Inquiries about the Sagan Fellowships may be directed to saganfellowship at ipac.caltech.edu

The deadline for both applications and letters of reference is Thursday, 5 November 2010. Offers will be made before 1 February 2011 and new appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 September 2011.
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20. AAVSO PHOTOMETRIC ALL-SKY SURVEY

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is pleased to announce the first Data Release from their AAVSO Photometric All-Sky Survey (APASS). This survey will eventually cover the entire sky in five pass-bands (BVg'r'i') from 10th to 17th magnitude, with precision in the 0.02mag range. Extension to other pass-bands is planned and specific requests for u'z' calibration are welcome.

APASS DR1 includes about 4 million stars, mostly north of +40 declination along with an equatorial stripe. Both an interactive visualization tool and a direct access method are included.

More information about the survey, the restrictions and limitations of DR1, and how to access data can be found at the following URL: http://www.aavso.org/apass

APASS is funded through grants from the Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund.
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