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AAS Electronic Announcement #215 — December 2010

AAS Electronic Announcement #215 – December 2010

Date Emailed: 10 December 2010

CONTENTS:

1. AAS MOVES TO ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR 2011
2. 2011 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
3. AAS ELECTRONIC VOTING
4. AAS PRESS AND EDUCATION NEWS VIA TWITTER
5. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS
6. 2010 ANNUAL REVIEWS
7. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION
8. BAAS TO BE ELECTRONIC-ONLY BEGINNING IN 2011
9. COFFEE BREAKS AT AAS MEETINGS
10. BOSTON WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
11. KEPLER GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 3
12. GALEX LEGACY SURVEY - HIGH PRIORITY OBSERVATIONS
13. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE & NAASC COMMUNITY TRAINING EVENTS
14. PH.D. POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN RELATIVISTIC ASTROPHYSICS
15. NASA'S SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR
ASTROPHYSICS SUBCOMMITTEE
16. NSTED RELEASES PERIODOGRAM TOOL AND HATNET AND XO DATASETS
17. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE (KOA) SURVEY
18. AAS MEMBER DEATH - BRIAN MARSDEN
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1. AAS MOVES TO ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR 2011

The AAS is moving to an electronic version of the Newsletter beginning with the January/February issue. This transition will allow us to keep increases to membership dues low, while reducing the carbon footprint of the AAS at the same time, consistent with our Green policy. Members who have no email address (or need a printed copy) will continue to get a printed newsletter in a different printed format. Each time an issue is published, an email will be sent to AAS members along with a link to the AAS web pages where the current issue can be downloaded. After a subsequent issue is published, each issue will be archived in a publicly available location on the AAS website. The AAS Directory and Calendar will remain as print products, mailed to those members who opt to receive them. If any member has a question about this transition, they may contact our Membership Department at mailings at aas.org.
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2. 2011 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2010. For your convenience you may renew online at members.aas.org. Prompt cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our program. Please direct any questions regarding your renewal status to membership at aas.org or (202) 328-2010 extension 101.
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3. AAS ELECTRONIC VOTING

The AAS conducts online elections. When balloting opens, each eligible AAS member with a valid email address on file will receive an emailed request to vote. Voting will be accomplished through the "members-only" area of the AAS website which requires your ID and password. Members for whom we do not have email addresses will receive a paper ballot by first class mail.

Any other member wishing to use a paper ballot may request one by fax to (202) 234-2560 or by email to ballot at aas.org. Please include your member number with your request.
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4. AAS PRESS AND EDUCATION NEWS VIA TWITTER

The AAS Executive Office is taking its first steps into the Twitterverse. In his capacity as Press Officer, Rick Fienberg will post tweets for journalists and others interested in the latest astronomy news at ttp://twitter.com/AAS_Press. And in his capacity as Education & Outreach Coordinator, he'll post tweets for formal and informal astronomy educators, astronomy-education researchers, and public-outreach practitioners at http://twitter.com/AAS_EPO. Sign up to follow Rick at either address -- or both!
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5. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

The AAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations to the AAS are fully tax deductible and gratefully accepted. Please consider contributing to our fall "Expanding the Universe" campaign, or one of the many projects that define the AAS and our progress in astronomy.

Donations above $100 are acknowledged by letter for tax filing purposes. The AAS also accepts donations of stock, which can be of even greater benefit to donors come tax time.

Donations are accepted online at https://members.aas.org/contributions/.

Donations of stock can be arranged through the executive office. Questions about donations can be addressed to Faye Peterson, Membership Manager (mailto:peterson at aas.org).
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6. 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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7. SEATTLE MEETING INFORMATION

Seattle Scientific Program Online
The Scientific Schedule for the Seattle meeting can now be viewed online at http://www.abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7B89D4DA6A%2D02AE%2....

Seattle Presentation Uploads
If you have an oral presentation in Seattle, you must upload your presentation to the Speaker Ready service. We encourage you to upload your presentation early at www.aas217.digirental.com. After your presentation has been uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact SpeakerReady at aas.org. If you have trouble uploading your presentation at the link above, please email it to presentations at aas.org with the session number, speaker number, last name, email address, and operating system.

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

Seattle Workshops
The following workshops are still open for registration.

To add a workshop to an existing registration, please fax in the registration form available at http://aas.org/files/217th_Meeting_Registration_Form_2.pdf to 202-234-7850. You can also email Debbie Kovalsky at debbie.kovalsky at aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 ext. 110.

Details for all workshops are available at
http://www.abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7B89D4DA6A%2D02AE%2....

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

Exoplanet Exploration Program Advisory Group
8-9 January, 8:30am-5:00pm
No registration required.
Organizer: Wesley Traub, wesley.a.traub at jpl.nasa.gov

2011 NSF Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium
8 January, 1:00pm-6:00pm
9 January, 9:00am-6:00pm
Organizer: John P. Wisniewski, jwisnie at u.washington.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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.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 http://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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Tim Slater, timslaterwyo at gmail.com

AAS Professional Development: Conveying Messages with Graphs
10 January, 8:30am-12:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $50. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Kelle Cruz, kellecruz at gmail.com

AAS Professional Development: Making the Most of your Presentation
10 January, 3:40pm-5:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $50. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Kelle Cruz, kellecruz at gmail.com

AAS Professional Development: Emerging Leadership: Development of
Leadership Skills in Problem-Solving and Leading Change
11 January, 1:00pm-4:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $50. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Kelle Cruz, kellecruz at gmail.com

AAS Professional Development: Basic Negotiations, Problem Solving, and
Conflict Resolution
12 January, 9:00am-12:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $50. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas217/registration.
Organizer: Kelle Cruz, kellecruz at gmail.com
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8. BAAS TO BE ELECTRONIC-ONLY BEGINNING IN 2011

At the urging of the Publications Board, the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS) will be distributed purely electronically beginning with the January 2011 edition. The new format will add flexibility and ensure wider dissemination beyond subscribers and attendees of our meetings.

The core content of the BAAS--the abstracts of AAS and Division meetings--will continue to be accepted digitally and will appear online and be properly referenced and available for discovery via ADS. Meeting attendees will be able to access abstracts by a variety of electronic means, including online HTML pages, downloadable PDF files, and a variety of ebook formats. Logistical information and presentation titles will appear in a separate printed meeting program provided to all attendees.

The AAS annual report, which used to be included in the BAAS, is already a stand-alone electronic publication (http://aas.org/publications/annual_report). Certain types of peer-reviewed papers that used to run in the BAAS have migrated to other journals. Obituaries will continue to be published; they'll appear in the electronic-only BAAS and on the AAS website, and they'll be submitted to ADS as always. Electronic-only publication will make obituaries better illustrated and more widely read and valued.

As communications technology continue to evolve, we'll make adjustments to how we present and disseminate information important to our members, meeting attendees, and other stakeholders. Our decisions will be guided by your input, so please let us know how you like (or don't like) the new version of the BAAS by sending an email to publications at aas.org.
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9. COFFEE BREAKS AT AAS MEETINGS

To keep registration fees as low as possible while maximizing the scientific benefit of our meetings, we regretfully must curtail free morning coffee breaks effective with the Seattle meeting. Instead, food and drinks will be available for purchase. We are not alone in having to take this action: the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and many other scientific societies no longer provide complimentary food service to meeting attendees.

With their abundant hot beverages, juice, and snacks, coffee breaks can be among the largest expenses at a conference. Coffee and hot water for tea or hot chocolate costs more than $100 per gallon at many venues, including service charges and taxes. That makes Starbucks look cheap! Breakfast breads are expensive too--it's not uncommon to pay $8 per croissant. Juice is nearly as expensive as coffee, and even cold water costs more than you would believe.

AAS meetings have now grown so large that food and beverages end up accounting for an unreasonably high fraction of the total cost. We could raise our registration fees accordingly, but that would be counterproductive. Some members pay their own way to our meetings, and we all know how low graduate student stipends can be. Rather than discourage attendance at meetings, the AAS Council has endorsed the elimination of complimentary food service during breaks and hopes you'll appreciate our efforts to keep costs low.

As a partial countermeasure, we are actively seeking underwriters for possible coffee breaks and are hopeful that we can find enough sponsorship to cover at least one or two breaks during the Seattle meeting. If your organization is interested in substantial visibility at our meeting and the opportunity to earn the goodwill of thousands of hungry and thirsty astronomers, please contact Debbie Kovalsky at debbie.kovalsky at aas.org or 202-328-2010 x110.
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10. BOSTON WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

If you would like to propose for a Workshop for the 2011 Summer Meeting in Boston, proposals are due 15 December 2010. See http://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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11. KEPLER GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - CYCLE 3

Proposals due: 17 December 2010

The Kepler Guest Observer Program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the Kepler mission. Cycle 3 observations will commence on or near 28 June 2011. Proposals submitted to this program are expected to address areas of astrophysics outside of the primary exoplanet transit survey. The instrument's high-precision photometry capability provides opportunities for variability analyses of galactic and extragalactic sources, including, but not limited to, asteroseismology, stellar activity cycles, rotation rates, mass loss, flare stars, stellar accretion and active galactic nuclei. The Kepler instrument permits two observing modes of 1 minute and 30-minutes duration, providing continuous source monitoring over Guest Observer-defined windows ranging from 1 to 12 months. Programmatic information is available on the Kepler Guest Observer webpage located at http://keplergo.arc.nasa.gov. Successful GO proposals will be funded by NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Questions about this program should be directed by email to the Kepler Guest Observer Office at keplergo at mail.arc.nasa.gov.
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12. GALEX LEGACY SURVEY - HIGH PRIORITY OBSERVATIONS

Note of intent due: 7 January 2011
Brief justification due: 1 February 2011

The Guest Investigator Program for NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) has been discontinued, but the observatory continues to collect near-ultraviolet (227 nm) images for the GALEX Legacy Survey. GALEX is a Small Explorer mission, which images 1.2degree fields with a resolution of ~5arcsec.

Approximately 4700 square degrees have been imaged to GALEX Legacy Survey depth (m_AB ~ 22.5, ~1500sec exposure). 16,000 square degrees are not yet imaged but can be observed safely by GALEX. The GALEX project would like to optimize the legacy value of the GALEX archive, and therefore invites the astronomy community to suggest high-priority fields, or regions, for inclusion in the ongoing survey. All survey data will become publicly available as soon as it is delivered to the GALEX archive (http://archive.stsci.edu/galex); deliveries will be made approximately monthly.

If you wish to suggest fields or areas for the GALEX Legacy Survey, please send a note of intent, by 7 January 2011, to galexhelp at galexgi.gsfc.nasa.gov. A brief (~1-2 page) justification will be required by 1 February 2011.
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13. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE & NAASC COMMUNITY TRAINING EVENTS

The ALMA Board, at its meeting on 16-18 November 2010 enthusiastically endorsed the progress of the ALMA project and announced that the first Call for Proposals is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2011. They noted that: "ALMA is on track to begin Early Science observations late in 2011, as planned. While many challenges remain, it is already clear that ALMA 'works'. It is anticipated that the ALMA Director will issue a Call for Proposals for Early Science in the first quarter of 2011. That announcement will provide more details of the expected timeline and capabilities to be offered." For the full ALMA Board announcement, including images from recent ALMA test data, see http://tinyurl.com/2wnstyx.

To prepare the North American community to fully participate in the Early Science call, the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) will organize community outreach and training events each month leading up to the proposal deadline. The first of these events will be at the American Astronomical Society meeting in January in Seattle (see the NAASC article in the 5 November 2010 NRAO eNews, http://science.nrao.edu/enews/3.11). Information about additional planned community training events is at http://science.nrao.edu/alma/workshop-tutorial.shtml.

In addition to these events, the NAASC announces an opportunity for the North American community to organize local ALMA Community Day(s).

The NAASC invites community members to submit proposals to host an ALMA Community Day(s) event, a one to two day event organized and led by the proposers with a focus on the Early Science capabilities of ALMA, mm/submm interferometry observing techniques, and the tools required to design ALMA observing programs and submit proposals. The proposal should not be longer than one page and must include the following information:

1. A detailed scientific program that highlights ALMA Early Science
capabilities.
2. Two or three possible dates for the proposed event.
3. The expected location, size of the audience, and advertisement plan.

The NAASC will support the event by providing staff to describe ALMA Early Science capabilities and NAASC community support programs, and lead brief demonstrations and/or tutorials on the ALMA Early Science user tools, including the ALMA Observing Tool for proposal generation and SIMdata in CASA for simulating observations. The proposal should include a description of the desired level of NAASC staff support, and time for these activities should be included in the proposed scientific program.

The NAASC expects to be able to support one Community Day(s) event per month starting in February. Interested members of the community should contact Kartik Sheth (ksheth at nrao.edu) for further details. Proposals for the March-May period should be sent to the NAASC (lvonschi at nrao.edu) by 1 February 2011, and by 15 January for a February event.
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14. PH.D. POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN RELATIVISTIC ASTROPHYSICS

Application deadline: 28 February 2011

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Program Consortium (IRAP PhD) invites applications for nine fully funded Ph.D. opportunities. The coordinating Institution is the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis located in the French Riviera.

Ph.D. students will receive a salary of 2,800 euros per month (plus a 7,500-euro installation grant for non-European students), computing facilities and support for travel, and comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, health care insurance and retirement benefits. To be eligible, applicants should have obtained a Masters degree in astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical physics, or a related field. We encourage applications from the best candidates irrespective of nationality, gender, or background. Student research will be carried out in the framework of the IRAP PhD Consortium.

Consult the Web page http://www.irap-phd.org for details and application instructions. All inquiries should be directed to Prof. Pascal Chardonnet: chardonnet at lapp.in2p3.fr.
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15. NASA'S SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR
ASTROPHYSICS SUBCOMMITTEE

NASA's Science Mission Directorate is soliciting nominations of individuals who would like to serve on the Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The APS provides recommendations and advice to NASA through the NAC. Either self nominations or nominations of others are acceptable. The membership term will be for two to three years. Members will be required to attend meetings two to four times a year, either in person or via telecon/WebEx. The Call for nominations is posted at http://science.nasa.gov/science-committee/subcommittees/. For more information, please contact the APS Executive Secretary, Dr. Rita Sambruna, Rita.M.Sambruna at nasa.gov
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16. NSTED RELEASES PERIODOGRAM TOOL AND HATNET AND XO DATASETS

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) is pleased to announce a significant update to the NASA Star and Exoplanet Database (NStED). NStED announces the release of an online periodogram service. Users can upload their own time series data, and retrieve a periodicity analysis of the data. The periodogram service employs three different algorithms geared towards different science applications. The periodogram service generates a periodicity rank for each tested frequency and a phased light curve for each peak in the periodogram. Users can upload their own light curves, Kepler and CoRoT FITS files and any time-series data set avalable at NStED. Both the periodogram results and the phased light curves are available for download from the periodogram results pages. The upload service is an extension of the periodogram tool already integrated with the Kepler Public Data service ( http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/ETSS/Kepler_index.html).

The newly released periodogram upload service is available at: http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/periodogram/cgi-bin/Periodogram/nph-simple...

NStED is also releasing two new transit survey datasets. There are now 7 transit data sets available through NStED, including Kepler and CoRoT, containing a total of 480.000 light curves.

NStED added approximately 500 HATNet light curves in the Pleides field bringing the total to more than 6000 HATNet light curves. The HATNet service is available at: http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/ETSS/HATNet_index.html

NStED now serves the first XO Transit Survey data release consisting of 2000 light curves spanning 500 days. The XO service is available at: http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/ETSS/XO_index.html

NStED is dedicated to collecting and serving important public data sets involved in the search for and characterization of extrasolar planets and their host stars. NStED is available at: http://nsted.ipac.caltech.edu
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17. KECK OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE (KOA) SURVEY

Did you know that the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) currently serves data from the High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph (HIRES) and Near-IR Spectrometer (NIRSPEC) instruments of the W.M. Keck Observatory (WMKO)? We'd like to receive your feedback about KOA and what we can do to make KOA even more useful to the community.

We therefore request both KOA users and those who are just hearing about KOA for the first time complete our user survey. For non-users, this should take very little of your time and for experienced users and Keck PIs it will still take only a few minutes. Feel free to fill out as much or as little of the form as you find relevant. The survey can be found online at: https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu/UserSurvey/

The survey will close 21 January 2011. Further information may be found at http://galexgi.gsfc.nasa.gov.
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18. AAS MEMBER DEATH - BRIAN MARSDEN

It is with regret that we announce the death, 18 November, of Brian Marsden who will be very much missed by our community. Brian has long been recognized for his research on the orbits of comets and for his superb service to the entire astronomical community through his stewardship of the IAU Circulars and Minor Planet Circulars.

Also see:
http://dda.harvard.edu/cfa_marsden.html
http://dda.harvard.edu/brouwer_award/brouw1995.html
http://dda.harvard.edu/iau_marsden.html
http://www.minorplanetcenter.org/mpec/K10/K10W10.html

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either:

1) the Brouwer Award fund of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society (see http://dda.harvard.edu/brouwer_award/donations.html for information on various ways to donate). Brian received this award in 1996; or

2) the Walter Goodacre Award fund of the British Astronomical Association (cheques to "BAA Office, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DU", made payable to "British Astronomical Association" and marked "Goodacre Award Fund/Marsden").

A memorial for Brian G. Marsden will be held at 3 P.M. on Sunday, 16 January 2011 at Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA 02421.
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