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AAS Electronic Announcement #213 — October 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #213 – October 2010

Date Emailed: 8 October 2010

CONTENTS:

1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2011
2. VIDEOS FOR THE MIAMI MEETING
3. TUCSON DECADAL SURVEY TOWN HALL
4. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION
5. 2010 ANNUAL REVIEWS
6. REVIEW OF NASA ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH PROGRAM
7. 2011 AAO DISTINGUISHED VISITOR SCHEME
8. NOMINATIONS FOR HALE AND HARVEY PRIZES
9. NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
10. 2011 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS
11. REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS DECADAL SURVEY
13. NSF AAG AND ATI PROPOSALS
14. SCHLUMBERGER FOUNDATION SOLICITS APPLICATIONS
15. 2011 CARNEGIE OBSERVATORIES GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
16. ASTRONOMERS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL SURVEY OF PHYSICISTS
17. THE CHRONICLE'S ANALYSIS OF THE NRC RANKINGS
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1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2011

The 2011 renewal period is open online at aas.org. To help the AAS save money, please renew online today. Fifty percent of the membership renewed online during the 2010 renewal period, saving the Society considerable expense.

Our goal for 2011 is 85 percent!

While you are renewing please take a moment and consider making a contribution to one of our important programs or prize funds and help ensure the stability and growth of your AAS.
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2. VIDEOS FOR THE MIAMI MEETING

The AAS is pleased to provide members access to slidecast videos of the invited and prize lectures at AAS meetings as a benefit of membership. By logging in to the Members Pages of the website, you can listen to and watch the presentations at recent AAS meetings. We are working on making these archived talks more accessible by allowing searching based on keyword, presenter name and talk titles. We will continue to capture this important part of AAS meetings in the future and make them available as quickly as possible online.
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3. TUCSON DECADAL SURVEY TOWN HALL

Host: University of Arizona/NOAO
Date: Saturday, 16 October, 10am-1pm
Location: Steward Observatory Room N210
Directions: http://www.as.arizona.edu/colloquia/Information_for_Speakers/Campus_Map....
Local host: Marcia Rieke
Decadal presentation: Marcia Rieke, Steve Battel
AAS representatives: Richard Green, Pat Knezek

To foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

All AAS members within easy driving distance are encouraged to attend these events. Future regional Town Halls will be announced to the whole membership using the Informational Email format as their plans are finalized.

At the January AAS meeting in Seattle, a culminating Town Hall event will cap off this series. You can register now to attend the AAS Seattle meeting by visiting the AAS web pages at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration/
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4. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION

Childcare
The AAS will provide childcare during the Seattle meeting through a respected contractor: Kiddie Corps. Childcare will be available Sunday, 9 January through Thursday, 13 January 2010. The cost of care is $8 per hour per child. The advance registration deadline for childcare is 13 December 2010. Please visit the Child Care information page at aas.org/meetings/aas217/child_care to download the registration form or for more information.

Because of a charitable donation, the AAS can still provide small childcare grants to meeting attendees. To apply visit aas.org/meetings/childcaregrants.php.

Splinter Meetings
Please remember if you are requesting a splinter meeting you will need to submit a Splinter Meeting Proposal form by 1 December 2010. This form is available at aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php. Splinter meetings are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Splinter meetings are typically small group meetings from 5 to 50 individuals to discuss mission planning, collaborative science efforts or other non-science issues. They are not meant to replace science sessions at the meeting and will not be widely advertised by the AAS as meeting content. The splinter meeting concept is provided as a service to our members.

Volunteering at the Meeting
Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, including session support, registration, basic computer help, etc. Volunteers that work 16 hours receive complimentary meeting registration, an AAS volunteer t-shirt, meal vouchers, and complimentary parking. Please fill out the Volunteer Availability Form, available at aas.org/meetings/volunteer_form. Undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, professional and amateur astronomers are all welcome to volunteer.

Seattle Registration
Regular Registration Deadline: 18 November 2010

Registration for Seattle is available online at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.

Register by 18 November 2010 and save up to $70. Registration rates will increase19 November.

Seattle Workshops and Special Events
We will hold education and professional development workshops at the Seattle meeting along with some special events. They are listed below and details are available at: http://www.abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7B89D4DA6A%2D02AE%2...

AAS Council Meeting
9 January, 8:00am-5:00pm
The AAS Council is the board of directors for the AAS, which is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation incorporated in the District of Columbia. The Council meeting, which is open to AAS members except for any executive sessions, allows for routine corporate business (such as approval of prize winners and setting each year's budget) as well as discussion of current conditions in the field of astronomy and closely related sciences, setting of long term goals and allocation of resources to achieve those goals.No registration required; gallery seating is limited. Members are requested to inform the Secretary (aassec at aas.org) if they plan to attend so sufficient seating can be ensured.

CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier 1 Teaching Excellence Workshop
8-9 January, 8:00am-5:30pm
The cost for this 2-day workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

CAE/CATS Tier II Technology Special Topic Workshop
9 January, 8:00am-5:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

2011 NSF Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium
8 January, 1:00pm-6:00pm
9 January, 9:00am-6:00pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: John P. Wisniewski, jwisnie at u.washington.edu

Getting Started in Astronomy Education Research
9 January, 9:30am-12:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Tim Slater, timslaterwyo at gmail.com

Astronomy is a Verb: Engaging ASTR 101 Students in Astronomical Research
9 January, 2:00pm-5:00pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Tim Slater, timslaterwyo at gmail.com

AAS Career Workshop: Advancing Your Career in Astronomy: Identifying
and Seizing Opportunities, Learning and Honing Professional Skills
10 January, 12:30pm-4:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $50. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Alaina Levine, alaina at alainalevine.com

WorldWide Telescope in Research and Education
11 January, 10:00am-6:00pm
No registration required.
Organizer: Dan Fay, dan.fay at microsoft.com

CAE/CATS Reunion Reception
12 January, 6:30pm-8:00pm
No registration required.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu
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5. 2010 ANNUAL REVIEWS

AAS Members Save 30% on Annual Reviews Journals

We want to remind you that as an AAS member, you have the opportunity to purchase volumes from Annual Reviews at a 30% discount off the retail price. Download the Annual Reviews order form from the AAS Members Pages (aas.org/members) to order the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics or the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Tables of contents for each volume may be reviewed online at http://www.annualreviews.org/, but you may only order at a discount by downloading the form from the AAS Member Pages and following the directions on the form.
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6. REVIEW OF NASA ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH PROGRAM

Deadline: 18 October 2010

The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will conduct a review of its programs in Research, Analysis and Enabling Technology. This review will assess the effectiveness of these programs in maximizing the scientific productivity from NASA’s current and future missions, in the context of the Science Mission Directorate’s Science Plan (at http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy) and the Astro2010 Decadal Survey (see www.nationalacademies.org/astro2010). The charter for this review can be found at http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics-research-review.

The Astrophysics Division expects to appoint 8-12 panelists, and to convene a first meeting of the review committee by mid-December 2010. There will be a Splinter Meeting at the American Astronomical Society’s January 2011 meeting in Seattle for public comments from the astronomical community, in addition to an opportunity to submit comments electronically. The review committee should report its findings in the summer of 2011.

We welcome suggestions for panel members, including self-nominations. These should be e-mailed by 18 October 2010 to Linda.S.Sparke at nasa.gov, with the phrase “Research Program Review” in the subject line. They should include a one-page description of the suggested panelist’s area of expertise and qualifications for service, and a one-page CV summarizing relevant background.

The Astrophysics Division will cover travel and lodging expenses for the review panelists, in the same way as for panels reviewing science proposals.

Linda Sparke
Astrophysics Research Program Manager, NASA HQ

Jon Morse
Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ
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7. 2011 AAO DISTINGUISHED VISITOR SCHEME

Deadline: 31 October 2011

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) invites applications for the 2011 AAO Distinguished Visitor Scheme. The Scheme provides up to AU$20000 to support collaborative visits to the AAO of up to six months duration (minimum one month). Applications must be submitted in collaboration with a host AAO staff member, and potential applicants are encouraged to discuss applications with AAO staff. Details of the scheme, and the application process can be found here: http://www.aao.gov.au/distinguished_visitors/ Information about the AAO can be found here: http://www.aao.gov.au/

The deadline for applications to support visits during 2011 is 31 October 2010.
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8. NOMINATIONS FOR HALE AND HARVEY PRIZES

Deadline: 1 November 2010

Nominations are sought for the 2011 SPD/AAS Hale Prize and for the early career Karen Harvey Prize, established in honor of the late Karen Harvey, in recognition of significant contributions to the study of the Sun early in a person's professional career. That prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has no more than ten years of professional experience since the Ph.D or equivalent degree, at the end of the year of the award. The award is open to anyone who meets the age or professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence or membership in the SPD. A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement, and vitae and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection. Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents is 1 November 2010. These should be sent to: Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, c/o John Raymond, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS-15, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. Electronic submissions are preferable. They can be sent to jraymond at cfa.harvard.edu.
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9. NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD CALL FOR 2011 NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 3 November 2010

The Vannevar Bush Award is awarded annually to truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Recent recipients include: Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine; Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Norman Augustine, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

To nominate, visit www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/bush.jsp.

The National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering - including mass media, education and/or training programs, entertainment, etc. Recipients of the NSB Public Service Award include NUMB3RS, the CBS television drama series; Ira Flatow, Host and Executive Producer of NPR's "Science Friday"; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Bill Nye The Science Guy; and NOVA, the PBS television series.

To nominate, visit http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/public.jsp.

Please contact Jennifer Richards at jlrichar at nsf.gov with any questions.
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10. 2011 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: 4 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, 4 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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11. REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS DECADAL SURVEY

Deadline: 12 November 2010

The Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Research Council has commenced a broadly-based assessment of the scientific priorities of the U.S. solar and space physics research enterprise for the period 2013-2022. Details regarding this "decadal survey" may be found via a link on the SSB website, www.nas.edu/ssb, or directly via the URL: http://tinyurl.com/2b4e4sh.

Concept papers covering topics such as missions or extended mission(s), observation, theory, or modeling activity, which promise to advance an existing or new scientific objective, contribute to fundamental understanding of the Sun-Earth/planetary system, and/or facilitate the connection between science and societal needs (e.g., improvements in space weather prediction) are being sought by the deadline of 12 November 2010. Instructions on how to submit a concept paper can be found in the section "White Papers and Community Input." by clicking on "Read the Request for Information for the Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey." Your ideas will provide the foundation for an exciting and compelling program that the Steering Committee, Panel members and others involved in the Decadal process will endeavor to advocate as strongly as possible.
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12. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL DEADLINE

Deadline: 15 November 2010

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 November 2010 for the first quarter of 2011. 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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13. NSF AAG AND ATI PROPOSALS

Deadline: 15 November 2010

If you are proposing for the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Grants (AAG) program (15 November 2010 deadline) or the Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program (1 November deadline), we urge you to read and follow the guidelines in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The relevant GPG version is on line at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf10_1/gpg_index.jsp; the hardcopy is labeled "October 2009, Effective January 4, 2010, NSF 10-1." (The October 2010 release does not apply to this AAG cycle.) Remember that compliance with GPG requirements is crucial. Your proposal will be returned without review if it fails to meet the following criteria:

* All required sections (see the checklist in Exhibit II-1) must be present.
* Project Summary (PS) and Project Description (PD) length limits must be respected.
* The PS and PD must explicitly address both Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts.
* Results from Prior NSF Support must be reported for all PIs and co-PIs who have been supported by NSF in the past 5 years, regardless of whether support was received as PI or as co-PI.

Also please remember the following:

* Biographical Sketches must conform to the GPG requirements (Section II.C.2.f). * Budget justifications must be used to justify the dollar amounts in the budget, and must not contain work plans or other information that should be part of the Project Description. * Letters from collaborators should be used only to document and describe the collaboration. They should not contain extra information and must not endorse the project.

If you are contacted by us about a compliance issue that can be fixed after submission, it is vital that you remedy the error within the stated time frame; if you do not, your proposal may be returned without review.

Finally, note that the requirement of a separate Data Management Plan will go into effect in January 2011, and so does not apply to the current AAG or ATI cycles. Discussions of data management for this cycle must be incorporated within the Project Description.
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14. SCHLUMBERGER FOUNDATION SOLICITS APPLICATIONS

Due: 30 November 2010

The Schlumberger Foundation, based in France, is soliciting applications for its Faculty for the Future Program, geared toward "women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for Ph.D. or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences, engineering, or related disciplines to pursue advanced graduate study at top universities in their disciplines abroad." Grants are in the range of $25,000 to $50,000 per year. Applications are due by 30 November 2010.

For more information: http://www.slb.com/about/community/foundation/facultyfuture.aspx?CFID=10...

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15. 2011 CARNEGIE OBSERVATORIES GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Deadline: 15 April 2011

We announce the inauguration of the Graduate Research Fellowship at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. This Fellowship provides a stipend to graduate students interested in carrying out all or part of their thesis research under the supervision of a Carnegie Staff member, in residence at Carnegie. The Observatories provides a vibrant environment for vigorous scientific research and academic excellence. Major areas of research include cosmology and the distance scale, physics of active galactic nuclei, searches for massive black holes, galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy groups and clusters, intergalactic medium, star formation, supernovae, star clusters, and nucleosynthesis and chemical abundances of stars. Carnegie observing facilities at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile include the two 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, the 2.5-meter du Pont telescope, and the Swope 1.0-meter telescope.

We encourage applications from current Ph.D. graduate students in astronomy from an accredited (US or non-US) university, pursuing thesis research in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, or instrumentation development. The student must have completed all requisite coursework and examinations prior to arriving at Carnegie. The Fellowship, beginning in September, 2011, will be awarded for one year and may be renewed for two additional years. The application should include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, brief essay describing the applicant's current research, research proposal based on a project sponsored by a Carnegie Staff member, transcript of grades, approval letter from the department head of the applicant's home institution, and three letters of reference. Applications are due by 15 April 2011, 17:00 PST. Full details of the program and application instructions can be found at this web site: http://obs.carnegiescience.edu/gradfellowships/. Email inquiries may be sent to Dr. Luis Ho at gradfellowships at obs.carnegiescience.edu.
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16. ASTRONOMERS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL SURVEY OF PHYSICISTS

The American Institute of Physics is still collecting responses to the global survey of physicists, and we want to make sure that astronomers participate. The survey has been open since 2009, but if you have not already participated, please do so at http://www.aipsurveys.org/global. Make sure your response is included in this unprecedented effort to collect data from astronomers and physicists across the globe. The survey will be open a few more weeks only.
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17. THE CHRONICLE'S ANALYSIS OF THE NRC RANKINGS

After years of delay, the National Research Council's new report on doctoral programs in the United States was finally unveiled. The Chronicle of Higher Education has exclusive tools that explore data such as faculty productivity and program rankings, and you and your members can use them:

* An exclusive interactive tool that helps you compare the rankings of nearly 5,000 programs in 59 fields of study. (After selecting your fields and programs, make sure to look at the "How to Use This Page" feature to see all the ways to read and interpret the data.)
* An FAQ that explains what the rankings mean--and how to read them.
* Analysis that compares the new results to the 1995 rankings.

For The Chronicle's complete coverage, go to http://chronicle.com/page/2010-Rankings-Doctoral/321/
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