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AAS Electronic Announcement #218 — March 2011

Contents:

  1. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
  2. DPS ENDORSES PLANETARY SCIENCES DECADAL SURVEY
  3. BOSTON MEETING NEWS
  4. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE 218TH BOSTON MEETING
  5. NSF SEEKS INPUT ON MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA
  6. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2011B
  7. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2011B DUE 31 MARCH 2011
  8. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS
  9. NEW LARGE PROGRAM CALL (SEMESTER 11B)
  10. AAVSO DATA RELEASE
  11. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE AND NAASC COMMUNITY DAY EVENTS

1. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

If you do not wish to receive a paper copy of the 2011 AAS Membership Directory, please take a moment and log into the Member Only website members.aas.org to opt out under the "Manage Mailings" option.


2. DPS ENDORSES PLANETARY SCIENCES DECADAL SURVEY

The AAS Division for Planetary Sciences has endorsed the decadal survey recommendations for the most important scientific and technical priorities in planetary sciences over the next 10 years. These include ground- and space-based assets and the best balance between small, medium, and large planetary space missions. The result of a two-year effort by the decadal survey committee, the report was released publicly on March 7th during a special session at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, by the committee chair, Dr. Steven Squyres (Cornell University).

The DPS endorsement reads as follows: "The Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society enthusiastically endorses the Planetary Science Decadal Survey process and the recently released report 'Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022.' This report is the culmination of an in-depth community-driven process and presents exciting yet realistic recommendations for the next decade. The DPS, largest international planetary science society, urges the planetary sciences community to support the findings and priorities outlined in the survey report."

More information, including a schedule of Town Hall meetings for the community: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/2013decadal/


3. BOSTON MEETING NEWS

Registration Reminder
The regular registration deadline for the meeting is Thursday, 14 April 2011.

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

Fees will increase 15 April 2011.

Society Banquet now Closing Reception
In an effort to create more opportunities for networking, the society banquet has been changed to a closing reception. Each day of the meeting will be filled with so many great scientific sessions and the closing reception will provide another chance for everyone to mingle and network with colleagues.

Splinter Meetings
If you are requesting a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete the room request form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php, by 1 May 2011. These splinter meetings are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Lisa Idem (lisa.idem@aas.org) for more information.

Boston Hotel Information
It is important to make your reservation as early as possible at one of the host hotels. Rooms will sell out quickly because May is peak season in Boston. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone.

The AAS has contracted blocks of rooms at the following hotels:

Westin Copley Place.
Group Rate: $239.00 Single and Double Rooms
Government Rate: $231.00 Single and Double Rooms

The Fairmont Copley Plaza
Group Rate: $239.00 Single and Double Rooms

The deadline to make reservations is 22 April 2011. Please visit the Travel and Lodging page to at http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/travel_and_lodging view reservation details.

Boston 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@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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden@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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Keith Riles, kriles@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 http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration.
Organizer: Connie Walker, cwalker@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 at debbie.kovalsky@aas.org, 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...


4. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE 218TH BOSTON MEETING

Participate at the Boston meeting as a volunteer and receive complimentary registration for 16 hours worked. This is an excellent 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. Don't miss the 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


5. NSF SEEKS INPUT ON MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA

The National Science Board's (NSB) Merit Review Task Force is undertaking a thorough review of the National Science Foundation's two merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). The merit review process is at the heart of NSF's mission, and the merit review criteria form the critical base for that process. Moreover, in the recently enacted America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, the Broader Impacts Review Criterion was specifically mentioned.

The Task Force is now gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, and will be developing its report and recommendations during 2011.

To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input, NSF has established a web site through which you can submit your thoughts and ideas on several issues of interest to the Task Force (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/meritreviewform.cfm).

Please take this opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for improvements, as the Task Force undertakes this important review.

Comments will be accepted through 15 March.

The Dear Colleague letter is posted here: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/publications/2011/01_19_mrtf.jsp.


6. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2011B

The main proposal deadline for AAT time in Semester 11B (August 2011 - January 2012) is: Tuesday, 15 March 2011, at 17:00** (Australian Eastern Summer Time, i.e. UTC + 11 hrs) **Note the new closing time.

Proposals can be submitted from 1 March 2011 using the AAT online proposal form, and are welcome from astronomers worldwide. General information on applying for AAT time can be found at: http://www.aao.gov.au/astro/apply/ATAC_AAT.html


7. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2011B DUE 31 MARCH 2011

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2011B semester, August 2011 - January 2012. Time is available with the Gemini North and South telescopes, the two 10-m telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory, the 6.5-m telescope of the MMT Observatory, the 5-m Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, and the telescopes of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Details of instrumentation, observing modes, schedules, and proposal submission instructions are available at: http://ast.noao.edu/observing/cfp

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Thursday, 31 March 2011.


8. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS,

Due date for the 2011B semester (1 August 2011 to 31 January 2012) is Friday, 1 April 2011. See http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php for our online submission form. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=40,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200), (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048'2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04"/pixel scale (40"x40" field-of-view) and a circular variable filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on available instruments can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/.

Important notice: NSFCAM2 will be taken off line on 1 October 2011, to install a new infrared array. We expect it to be available starting in semester 2012A (1 February 2012-31 July 2012). Near-infrared imaging is suitable for some projects with the SpeX slit viewer which has 0.12"/pixel and a 60"x60" field-of-view.

In addition we anticipate that SpeX will be taken off line on 1 Aug. 2012, and will be unavailable for then entire 2012B semester (1 August 2012-31 January 2013). This is necessary to upgrade SpeX with new arrays and array controllers. We strongly recommend observers to plan their observing accordingly. We also expect to accommodate key projects requiring large amounts of observing time using CSHELL, NSFCAM2, MIRSI, MORIS, and visitor instruments.


9. NEW LARGE PROGRAM CALL (SEMESTER 11B)

The AAO is currently soliciting proposals for Large Observing Programs (i.e. those requiring 50 nights or more, possibly over several semesters) to commence in Semester 11B. Further details can be found at: http://www.aao.gov.au/AAO/astro/Large_Programs_RfP_11B.pdf


10. AAVSO DATA RELEASE

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is pleased to announce the second 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 DR2 includes about 4 million new stars, all in the southern sky from our CTIO site. Together with the original DR1 northern stars, about 1/3 of the sky is now covered with at least two epochs. DR3 is anticipated in May. Both an interactive visualization tool and a direct access method for DR2 are included. More information about the survey, the restrictions and limitations of DR2, 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.


11. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE AND NAASC COMMUNITY DAY EVENTS

The ALMA Early Science call for proposals will be published 31 March 2011 with an expected 30 June 2011 proposal submission deadline. As the observer interface to ALMA for the US and Canadian communities, the NRAO - North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) is supporting the users in the preparation of ALMA observing proposals, providing up-to-date information on ALMA observing modes and capabilities, and providing access to the tools required to conduct science with ALMA.

To prepare the North American community to fully participate in ALMA Early Science, the NAASC is supporting and scheduling ALMA Community Days. These are one to two day events organized and led by astronomers from around the community 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 NAASC is supporting these events 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, a tool for simulating observations. Several of the Community Day events also include a hands-on tutorial component for training on ALMA proposal tools.

The complete ALMA Community Days schedule and registration is available at http://science.nrao.edu/alma/community1.shtml.

Additional information about ALMA, ALMA Early Science, and the NAASC is at http://science.nrao.edu/alma.

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