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AAS Electronic Announcement #221 — June 2011

AAS Electronic Announcement #221 - June 2011

Date Emailed: 9 July 2011

CONTENTS:

1. JUNE IS AAS PRIZE SEASON!
2. BOSTON MEETING INVITED SESSION VIDEOS
3. ALMA PROPOSAL SUBMISSION OPEN & SCIENCE VERIFICATION DATA AVAILABLE
4. IVOA NEWSLETTER
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1. JUNE IS AAS PRIZE SEASON!

Deadline: 30 June 2011

To foster and reward excellence, the AAS maintains 14 prizes for outstanding contributions to astronomy. Nominate a worthy associate (or book). In the case of the Pierce and Warner prizes, nominate yourself*!

With the exception of the student awards, AAS prize nominations are due to the AAS Secretary's Office by 30 June 2011. Submissions are welcome either electronically (aassec@aas.org) or by mail (G.F. Benedict, McDonald Observatory, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712). ALL Society Members may submit nominations. The prize nomination form is posted online in the Members Only area, members.aas.org.

Read the short descriptions and recipient lists, http://aas.org/grants/awards.php to verify eligibility. A complete nomination packet must include:

-A letter of nomination outlining as concretely as possible the major scientific results that the candidate has produced and what their subsequent impact has been.
-A vita and bibliography. -Abstracts of three illustrative publications. -At least two, but not more than three, supporting letters in addition to the basic letter of nomination. Supporting letters should also outline the candidate's major scientific results and their impact. -For the Cannon Award, a research plan is to be submitted by the nominee. This plan should be no more than three pages and describe her anticipated course of work for the next five years. The plan should be broadly accessible to astronomers with a range of scientific interests.

*Note for Pierce and Warner Prizes: A nomination package will now consist of a CV, a publication list, and three letters of support. Self-nominations are now allowed. The committee will be blind regarding self-nominations versus outside-nominations. Also, because of the age and length of career restrictions, nominees/applicants must provide birthdate and month/year of earned PhD.
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2. BOSTON MEETING INVITED SESSION VIDEOS

Invited session recordings from the Boston Meeting are now online for AAS Members. Please log in to the Members Only Section (http://members.aas.org/) of the website and look for the highlighted view session videos on the left.
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3. ALMA PROPOSAL SUBMISSION OPEN & SCIENCE VERIFICATION DATA AVAILABLE

Proposals Due: Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) has announced that the ALMA Science Archive is now open for the submission of Cycle 0 Early Science observing proposals until the submission deadline at 15h UT/11h EDT/08h PDT on Thursday, 30 June 2011.

Proposers are reminded that all proposals must be submitted to the Science Archive using the ALMA Observing Tool, and that all PIs and co-Is must be registered at the ALMA Science Portal.

Additional information regarding ALMA Early Science proposals, the Observing Tool, and the proposal submission process is available via the ALMA Science Portal at http://www.almascience.org.

The JAO has also announced the availability of the first 2 ALMA Science Verification datasets:

(1) The protoplanetary disk source TW Hya at Band 7 (0.87 mm), with high spectral resolution; and (2) The galaxy merger NGC 3256 at Band 3 (3 mm), with low spectral resolution.

These datasets demonstrate the very early capabilities of ALMA. They were observed before 10 ALMA antennas were available and while many of the subsystems were still being tested, so they should not be construed to represent the data quality for Early Science. These datasets are provided now to enable the user community to become acquainted with the ALMA data structure, observing strategies, and data reduction techniques.

Additional information regarding the Science Verification Data is available via the "ALMA Data" tab at the ALMA Science Portal.
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4. IVOA NEWSLETTER

The May 2011 issue of the IVOA Newsletter is now available at http://ivoa.net/newsletter/. This biannual newsletter for astronomers is intended to highlight new capabilities of Virtual Observatory tools and technologies for doing astronomy research. It also lists recent papers and upcoming events. You can find news and information about the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory program at http://www.usvao.org/.
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