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AAS Electronic Announcement #217 - February 2011

Date Emailed: 10 February 2011

CONTENTS:

1. AAS ELECTIONS
2. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
3. AAS PUBLIC POLICY ON TWITTER
4. CHANGES TO THE RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL PRIZE
5. BOSTON MEETING INFORMATION
6. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL DEADLINE
7. VISITING SCIENTISTS IN ASTROPHYSICS AT NASA HQ
8. 2011B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
9. YOUR COMMENTS ON NASA ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH PROGRAM
10. ASTROBITES: LITERATURE JOURNAL AND WEBLOG FOR UNDERGRADUATES
11. NASA LUNAR SCIENCE FORUM: FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
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1. AAS ELECTIONS

The results of the latest AAS election are presented below. The Society thanks all who agreed to stand for election, for their commitment and service to the community, and congratulates the winners. New AAS Officers and Councilors begin their terms after the Annual Business Meeting on 25 May 2011 at the Boston meeting.

President
(June 2012 - June 2014)
David J. Helfand

Vice-President
(June 2011 - June 2014)
Edward B. Churchwell

Treasurer
(June 2011 - June 2014)
Hervey Stockman

Councilor
(June 2011 - June 2014)
Angela Speck
Bruce Balick
Eileen D. Friel

Nominating Committee
(February 2011 - February 2014)
Joan T. Schmelz
Terry D. Oswalt

Publications Board Chair
(June 2011 - June 2015)
Anne P. Cowley
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2. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Important! Important!

Renew by 18 February 2011 to ensure you are included in the 2011 Directory.

To ensure your listing is correct, please take a moment and log in to the Member Pages (http://members.aas.org) and click the Member Profile link to review your information. Any changes can be made directly on that page. The Directory is created from the membership database using an automated process. Your information must be up to date online in order to be correct in the printed Directory.
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3. AAS PUBLIC POLICY ON TWITTER

Follow AAS Public Policy online at blog.aas.org or on Twitter @AAS_CAPP
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4. CHANGES TO THE RODGER DOXSEY TRAVEL PRIZE

The new Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize
(http://aas.org/grants/rodger_doxsey_travel_fund) provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at an AAS meeting. It has recently come to light that nearly all dissertation abstracts are submitted for winter meetings and hardly any for summer meetings. Also, judging for the inaugural round of prizes for the Seattle meeting raised some other issues. Accordingly, the AAS Executive Committee has approved the following changes to the Doxsey Prize rules: (1) the prize will be awarded only for winter meetings, (2) the prize will include not only a stipend to apply toward meeting-related travel costs but also complimentary meeting registration, and (3) the judges may elect to name not only a group of winners but also a group of runners-up who will receive complimentary meeting registration but no travel stipend. Any questions may be directed to Rick Fienberg, AAS Press Officer and Education & Outreach Coordinator, at rick.fienberg at aas.org.
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5. BOSTON MEETING INFORMATION

Registration
The early registration deadline for the meeting is today, 10 February 2011.

Online: http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850

Rates will increase 11 February 2011.

Abstract Submission
The deadline to submit abstracts is Tuesday, 1 March 2011, 9:00pm ET.

Abstract forms are available at http://members.aas.org/abstracts/

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

Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word processing files, cutting and pasting or typing directly into the abstract form. A character pallet of common symbols is provided.

See the Boston Meeting site for further details and access to the abstract and registration forms, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas218.

Abstract Sorting
We are currently looking for sorters to help with the program planning for Boston 218. If you are interested, please email abs-help at aas.org. Sorting will take place on 10 March 2011 - all you need is an Internet connection and phone line!

Calling all Volunteers!
Participate at the Boston meeting as a volunteer and receive complimentary registration for 16 hours worked. This is a great opportunity for 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. Sign up today at http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/volunteer.

Hotel Information
The AAS has contracted blocks of rooms at the Westin Copley Place

Group Rate: $239.00 Single and Double Rooms

The deadline to make reservations is 22 April 2011. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone.

Workshops
The following workshops are open for registration.

CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier 1 Teaching Excellence Workshop
21-22 May, 8:00am-5:00pm
The cost for this 2-day workshop is $45. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

CAE/CATS Tier II Technology Special Topic Workshop
22 May, 8:00am-5:00pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden at as.arizona.edu

Nuetron Stars and Gravitational Waves: The Next Steps Toward Detection
22 May, 8:00am-6:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $90. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Keith Riles, kriles at umich.edu

The Galileoscope and Dark Skies Awareness Programs
22 May, 9:00am-5:00pm
The cost for this workshop is $40. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Connie Walker, cwalker at noao.edu

To add a workshop to an existing registration, please fax in the registration form (http://aas.org/files/218th_Meeting_Registration_Form_0.pdf) to 202-234-7850. You can also email Debbie Kovalsky or call 202-328-2010 ext. 110.
Details for all workshops are available at: http://www.abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7BE29B4337%2D1CDD%2...
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6. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL DEADLINE

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to theNational Solar Observatory is 15 February 2011 for the second 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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7. VISITING SCIENTISTS IN ASTROPHYSICS AT NASA HQ

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) seeks one or more experienced scientists to fill visiting scientist positions within the Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. These two-year positions, extendible to six years, are normally filled by scientists who take leave from their home institution. Positions are available in the following science areas: physics of the cosmos (exploring the fundamental physics of the universe and the extremes of space-time); cosmic origins (the origins and evolution of stars, galaxies, and cosmic structure); exoplanet exploration (the search for and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems and potentially habitable environments around other stars); and in Astrophysics research and technology programs that cut across these science areas. At this time, we would particularly value expertise in ultraviolet/optical/near-infrared science, instrumentation and technology.

Visiting scientists participate in the planning, development and management of NASA missions and of the astrophysics grants program. They serve as Discipline Scientists to develop research solicitations, conduct scientific peer reviews, and recommend highly rated proposals for selection, and serve as Program Scientists for NASA space missions. Visiting scientists play a leadership role in developing budgets and program plans, in designing and participating in E/PO activities, and in long-range strategic plans to define the future NASA astrophysics program. They can make a difference in the execution of the overall SMD science mission, and are expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative in doing so.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in astronomy or physics, plus relevant experience in instrumental, observational and/or theoretical research. They should be familiar with the U.S. grants programs, and possess an ability to communicate effectively with the scientific community, educators, and the media. Positions are available beginning in August 2011, though the starting date is negotiable. Interested scientists should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter by 15 March 2011, preferably by e-mail, to Sheila Gorham: sgorham at nasa.gov; Mail Stop 3Y28, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546; 202-358-0032.
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8. 2011B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2011B observing semester (August 2011 - January 2012). 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. NASA Keck time is open to a wide range of disciplines including exoplanets and solar system topics, galactic and extragalactic topics, 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 17 March 2011 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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9. YOUR COMMENTS ON NASA ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is conducting a review of its programs in Research, Analysis and Enabling Technology. These include programs for suborbital payloads, development of enabling technology, laboratory astrophysics, theory and data analysis. This review invites your innovative ideas and suggestions to improve Astrophysics programs! What aspects of these
programs are working well, and what are not? A splinter meeting was held at January's AAS meeting in Seattle for input from the astronomical community, and there is also an opportunity to comment via the web.

Please read the charge for the review at http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/working-groups/ApResRev2010/ We ask you to make sure you are registered in NSPIRES (at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external), then go to http://astroresearchreview.nsstc.nasa.gov/portal/ to share your ideas. Your comments will be provided anonymously to the review panel unless you specify otherwise.

Many thanks!

Linda Sparke
Astrophysics Research Program Manager, NASA HQ

Jon Morse
Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ
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10. ASTROBITES: LITERATURE JOURNAL AND WEBLOG FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Do you know undergraduate students beginning research in astronomy? Point them to Astrobites, a new daily astrophysical literature journal and weblog.

Each day, Astrobites, written by graduate students at Harvard University and the University of Michigan, distills one interesting astro-ph paper into a brief format at a level accessible to undergraduate students in the physical sciences. Our goal is to develop a gateway to the astrophysical research community suitable for an undergraduate starting in research, complete with simple explanations and links to introductory level resources designed to familiarize students with the field of astrophysics. Readers will learn about the latest research, major questions motivating the field, observational and theoretical techniques, and what it's like to observe at a large telescope or attend an AAS meeting.

Visit us on the web at http://astroph.wordpress.com/. Email us at astrobites at gmail.com.
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11. NASA LUNAR SCIENCE FORUM: FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

The NASA Lunar Science Institute is pleased to announce the 4th annual NASA Lunar Science Forum, to be held 19-21 July 2011. This year's forum will feature sessions on recent scientific results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, dedicated side-conferences for graduate students and young lunar professionals, as well as the annual recognition of scientific accomplishments and associated keynote lecture. As in past years, science sessions are structured to report on both recent results and future opportunities for lunar science, exploration, education and outreach. We also look forward to news on the upcoming lunar missions GRAIL and LADEE, and welcome abstracts across the many fields of lunar science.

Abstracts will be accepted starting 21 February through 2 May 2011 at http://lunarscience2011.arc.nasa.gov/

A subsequent announcement will discuss the Lunar Science Forum logistics, but please save the date now as you make your summer meeting plans. We look forward to another exciting meeting focusing on science Of, On and From the Moon!

Dr. Yvonne Pendleton
Director, NASA Lunar Science Institute
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