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AAS Electronic Announcement #219 — April 2011

AAS Electronic Announcement #219 - April 2011

Date Emailed: 11 March 2011

CONTENTS:

1. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
2. AAS CALENDAR
3. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
4. BOSTON MEETING INFORMATION
5. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
6. AJ AND APJ AUTHOR CHARGES NOW DIGITALLY QUANTIZED
7. SPITZER CRYOGENIC MISSION ARCHIVE AND SUPPORT
8. WISE PRELIMINARY DATA RELEASE
9. CARMA CALL FOR SEMESTER 2011B OBSERVING PROPOSALS
10. YOUR COMMENTS ON NASA ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH PROGRAM
11. WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY OBSERVING TIME
12. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE (CYCLE 0) CALL FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED
13. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS
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1. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 30 June 2011

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2011 must arrive in the Secretary's Office by 30 June 2011. Members may obtain the Prize nomination form online at aas.org/grants/awards.php.

Electric submission to aassec@aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard copy, please email aassec at aas.org.
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2. AAS CALENDAR

The AAS publishes dates of meetings held in North, South, and Central America as well as deadlines of interest to astronomers worldwide (e.g., grant and observing-proposal deadlines) based on input from our members, meeting organizers, and facility or agency administrators. This calendar will now also be available online at the AAS web page. The easy-to-remember link is aas.org/calendar. Instructions on submitting additional meeting information is available on the page as well.
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3. 2011 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

The 2011 AAS Membership Directories are on their way! For extra copies please contact Scott Garvey (garvey@aas.org).
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4. BOSTON MEETING INFORMATION

Registration Reminder
The regular registration deadline for the meeting is this 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.

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: $190.00 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 (http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/travel_and_lodging) to view reservation details.

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.

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/meetings/aas218/registration) 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...
http://www.abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7BE29B4337%2D1CDD%2...

Events

AAVSO Banquet
21 May, 7:00pm-10:00pm
The AAVSO Spring Banquet will be held at 7pm at AAVSO Headquarters on the evening of Saturday, 21 May. The banquet will begin with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The buffet dinner will be followed by a brief award presentation. The evening will culminate in a variable star invited talk by Dr. Nancy Morrison. Buses will leave the Westin for the AAVSO at 6:45pm.

The cost for this event is $50. Registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration. To add this event to an existing registration, please fax in the registration form (http://aas.org/meetings/aas218/registration) to 202-234-7850. You can also email Debbie Kovalsky at debbie.kovalsky@aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 ext. 110.

Undergraduate Orientation Reception
22 May, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Undergraduate students, their advisors and those interested in attracting undergraduate students to their graduate program, or undergraduate research opportunity are invited to attend this event. Members of the AAS Council and of the Astronomy Education Board will be there to meet and chat with students. For the benefit of those students attending an AAS meeting for the first time, we will explain how to get the most out of an AAS meeting and outline how the meeting works. Sign up, free of charge to all undergrads, their advisors and those offering research opportunities (or jobs) to undergraduates, through the meeting registration form. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

AAVSO Open House
23 May, 7:00pm-9:30pm
The AAVSO is thrilled to be holding their 100th Spring Meeting jointly with the AAS. As part of the AAVSO's 100th anniversary celebration all attendees are invited to attend an open house at AAVSO Headquarters on Monday evening, May 23rd. AAVSO staff members will be present to give tours and answer questions about the AAVSO's rich history and current activities. Transportation will be provided between the Westin and AAVSO Headquarters. Refreshments will also be provided. Buses will leave the Westin for the AAVSO at both 6:45 and 7:30pm.

AAS Closing Reception
25 May, 7:00pm-9:00pm
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5. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

We need members to judge posters for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards at the Boston meeting. You will be asked to evaluate several undergraduate- and/or graduate-student posters according to defined criteria; see the rules: http://aas.org/grants/Chambliss_Astronomy_Achievement_Student_Award_Rule...

The authors will sincerely appreciate your expertise in judging their work. Judging will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (23, 24, and 25 May) from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Please indicate your willingness and availability by filling out the Chambliss Judge Sign Up Form (http://aas.org/meetings/chambliss_judge_sign_up_form) by Friday, 6 May 2011.

Please contact Crystal Tinch at crystal@aas.org if you have any questions.
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6. AJ AND APJ AUTHOR CHARGES NOW DIGITALLY QUANTIZED

As of 1 April 2011, the Society will use a new calculation for author charges in the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal family. The new approach counts units of information in the digital form that the author supplies; we are calling these units "digital quanta". Digital quanta are units of information in digital form: words, figures, tables, digital-only components, figures within a figure set, etc.

In revising the author fees, an important goal for the Society was to maintain the magnitude of article charges authors. Hence, we do not anticipate that total fees will change very much for the majority of manuscripts.

The per quantum fee in 2011 will be $40; all types of quanta are priced the same. Several handling and processing surcharges may also apply; color figures in the printed journal are still billed at $350 per page, for instance. For further information and for a full list of charges, please follow the "News" and the "Article charges" links from the journals' home pages; e.g., for the Letters:

http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/page/News
http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/page/Article%20charges
http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/page/Article charges

As always, if you have questions concerning author charges as your paper is published, please contact customer service at IOP by sending email to custserv@iop.org.
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7. SPITZER CRYOGENIC MISSION ARCHIVE AND SUPPORT

The Spitzer project has reached a major milestone in the completion of the Spitzer cryogenic mission. Since the end of the cryogenic mission in May 2009, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) has been conducting the final data processing of all cryogenic mission data and these data are now available in the Spitzer Heritage Archive at the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC). IRSA is responsible for the long-term curation of the Spitzer mission science data, tools and documentation. In addition to curation of the data, IRSA now has responsibility for the cryogenic mission science user support.

The Spitzer cryogenic mission website is now available at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/docs/. The Spitzer Science Center's active warm mission website, as well as links to the cryogenic mission pages at IRSA, remains at http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/.

Based on the resources available at the SSC and IRSA, science user support tasks are divided as follows:
-- SSC: IRAC warm and cryogenic mission support
-- IRSA: all MIPS and IRS support

Questions sent to either the SSC or IRSA Helpdesks will be routed to the appropriate person at the SSC or IRSA. The contact information for the SSC and IRSA Helpdesks is:

SSC: http://ssc.spitzer.caltech.edu/spitzerhelpdesk/ or send email to
help@spitzer.caltech.edu
IRSA: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Helpdesk
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8. WISE PRELIMINARY DATA RELEASE

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE; Wright et al. 2010 AJ, 140, 1868) and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the WISE Preliminary Data Release scheduled for 14 April 2011.

WISE surveyed the entire sky at 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 microns in 2010, achieving 5-sigma point source sensitivities better than 0.08, 0.11, 1 and 6 mJy in unconfused regions on the ecliptic in the four bands. The WISE Preliminary Release incorporates data covering ~57% of the sky that were processed with initial calibrations and reduction algorithms. Release data products include an Atlas of calibrated, coadded Images in the four WISE bands, a Source Catalog containing positions and four-band photometry for 257 million objects, and an Explanatory Supplement. Ancillary products include an archive of calibrated WISE single-exposure images and a database of 2.2 billion source extractions made from those images, and moving object tracklets identified by the NEOWISE program (Mainzer et al. 2011, ApJ, 731, 53).

An introduction to the Release data products, data access instructions and supporting documentation is available at http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/prelim/index.html. Access to the WISE data products will be available starting 14 April via the on-line services of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu).

Research using WISE Preliminary Release data products is eligible for support under the 2011 NASA ROSES Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP).

WISE is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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9. CARMA CALL FOR SEMESTER 2011B OBSERVING PROPOSALS

CARMA, the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy, is accepting observing proposals for its 2011B semester, which will extend from 1 August 2011 to 24 February 2012. CARMA comprises 23 antennas operating in the Inyo Mountains of California at an elevation of 2200 meters. For the 2011B semester, proposals will be accepted for the 23-element array (with receivers for 3mm wavelengths), as well as for subarrays of 15 antennas (1mm & 3mm) and 8 antennas (3mm & 1cm).

In addition to regular proposals, as part of this call, CARMA seeks Key Projects that are of sufficient scope and potential scientific impact to justify a significant investment of CARMA resources. A Key Project can request any combination of standard antenna configurations for up to 1000 hours of observing time spread over 1 to 5 semesters. In addition to the science and technical justifications, the proposal must outline a plan for the management, production, and distribution of science-quality data products. CARMA anticipates running 1-3 Key Projects concurrently. Additional information on CARMA Key Projects can be found at http://www.mmarray.org , then following the "Special Call" link on the main page.

Proposals should be submitted using the electronic form at: http.//carma-prop.astro.illinois.edu . Detailed information about CARMA, including tools to assist you in preparing proposals, is available at http://www.mmarray.org.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 12:00 CDT (17:00 UT) on 2 May 2011.
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10. 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?

We have changed the website to make it simpler to share your comments: just click on this link, or paste it into your browser: http://astroresearchreview.nsstc.nasa.gov/portal/node/add/reviewform?tok... Your responses will be provided anonymously to the review panel unless you specify otherwise. Comments will be most useful if they are received by April 20, 2011.

You can find the charge for the review at
http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/working-groups/ApResRev2010/
http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/working-groups/ApResRev2010/
Many thanks!

Linda Sparke
Astrophysics Research Program Manager, NASA HQ

Jon Morse
Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ
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11. WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY OBSERVING TIME

As the recipient of an NSF PREST grant, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory is offering time to the community on the 2.3 m telescope between now and 2012 June. Currently available instruments include an optical prime-focus camera and an optical longslit spectrograph. Both service and visitor observing modes are available. We are also willing to entertain the possibility of visitor instruments. Although we cannot provide funding for travel or subsistence, we can offer visiting astronomers free lodging at the observatory. Proposers should consult the WIRO web page at http://physics.uwyo.edu/~chip/wiro and are encouraged to contact observatory director Chip Kobulnicky (chipk at uwyo.edu) for additional information prior to the quarterly proposal submission process.
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12. ALMA EARLY SCIENCE (CYCLE 0) CALL FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the partner organizations and all the personnel in Chile, East Asia, Europe, and North America involved in bringing ALMA to Early Science readiness, is pleased to issue the first Call for Proposals with ALMA <http://almascience.nrao.edu/call-for-proposals>. We invite members of the astronomy community to propose for scientific observations to be scheduled within the ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 period which we expect to start on 30 September 2011 or shortly thereafter.

The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) <http://science.nrao.edu/alma/intro-naasc.shtml> at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is the observer interface to ALMA for the US and Canadian user community. A primary goal of the NAASC is to maximize the community's understanding of and access to ALMA Early Science. To this end, the NAASC is conducting community outreach and training events across the US and Canada, supporting the community in the preparation of ALMA observing proposals, and providing ready access to the tools required to conduct science with ALMA. As science observations are acquired, the NAASC will offer a wide range of post-observation and data processing support for observers.
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13. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS

The next deadline for proposals to the AAS Small Research Grant Program is 2 May 2011. The program is funded by NASA and is thus intended mainly to support investigators in the U.S. working on NASA-relevant projects. Awards range from $500 to a maximum of $7,000. Proposals are welcome from astronomers with a Ph.D. or equivalent, including those not associated with an institution; graduate students are not eligible. Eligible research expenses include computing costs; equipment purchases, upgrades, and repairs; equipment transport/shipping; travel (including student travel) to observatories and/or scientific meetings, but not travel to AAS or Division meetings; and page charges. More information and application instructions: http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
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