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AAS Electronic Announcement #224 — September 2011

AAS Electronic Announcement #224 - September 2011

Date Emailed: 2011

CONTENTS:

1. 2012 AAS ELECTIONS PRELIMINARY SLATE
2. 2012 ONLINE RENEWALS OPEN--RENEW TODAY!
3. 219TH AAS MEETING
4. EVLA EARLY SCIENCE: SPECIAL APJ LETTERS ISSUE
5. 2012A NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
6. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: CALL FOR 2012 AWARD NOMINATIONS
7. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2012A
8. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2012A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2011
9. 2012 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS
10. USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL
11. SMART SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SMART STUDENTS
12. JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT A COSMIC CAFE
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1. 2012 AAS ELECTIONS PRELIMINARY SLATE

The Nominating Committee candidates were omitted from the August Electronic Announcement.

The AAS conducts its elections in December using an electronic ballot. When the balloting opens, each eligible AAS member for whom we have an email address on file will receive an email 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 an email address 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@aas.org. Please include your member number with your request.

Vice President:
Paula Szkody
Margaret Hanson

Councilors:
Dara Norman
Todd Henry
Amy Simon-Miller
Steve Kawaler
Nancy Brickhouse
Todd Hoeksema

Education Officer:
Ed Prather

Nominating Committee:
Jacob Noel-Storr
Arne Henden
Elizabeth Blanton

USNC-IAU:
Arlo Landolt
TBD

Additional nominations for Officer or Councilor may be submitted by mail and must be accompanied by a written statement from the nominee indicating a willingness to serve and by the signatures of at least 30 voting Full Members of the Society. Additional nominations for the Nominating Committee must be proposed by at least 5 Full Members of the Society and must also be accompanied by the nominee's written statement indicating a willingness to serve.

All nominations and supporting materials must be received by 16 September 2011 in the Office of the Secretary. Send nominations to: G. Fritz Benedict, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712.
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2. 2012 ONLINE RENEWALS OPEN--RENEW TODAY!

Pay your 2012 membership dues online at https://members.aas.org/ through 31 December 2011. Renew today by logging in to your membership record, and consider making a donation to the Power of Giving Campaign. These programs support our discipline as well as recognize the research of your fellow astronomers. By renewing online and not receiving a paper renewal, you will help your Society save enormous costs.

If you will renew your dues electronically before 31 December 2011 log in to your membership record today and opt out of a paper renewal to avoid receiving an invoice in the US mail.

You will need your member login ID and password. If you have not used this before, give the membership department a call and they will provide you with that information or, you can reset your password online. Any address changes can be made directly on that page. If you need assistance, please contact membership at aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 x101.
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3. 219TH AAS MEETING

Important information about the 219th AAS Meeting in Austin, TX is available at aas.org/meetings/aas219. In addition to viewing the website, a special electronic announcement will be sent on Monday, 12 September with specific details on special sessions, workshops, splinter meetings, and meeting deadlines.
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4. EVLA EARLY SCIENCE: SPECIAL APJ LETTERS ISSUE

A special issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters (739, #1, 2011 Sept. 20) features 34 papers that describe a broad range of Early Science results from the NRAO Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA). This ApJ Letters issue is online at http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/739/1.
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5. 2012A NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposals Due: 4 pm PDT, 15 September 2011

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2012A observing semester (February - July 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 is the last semester that the Keck Interferometer will be available.

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 15 September 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@ipac.caltech.edu.
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6. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: CALL FOR 2012 AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations Due: 15 September 2011

The National Academy of Sciences is currently accepting nominations for awards of interest to AAS members.

* The J. Lawrence Smith Medal is awarded to recognize recent original and meritorious investigations of meteoric bodies. This award is presented with a gold-plated bronze medal and a $25,000 prize. http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AWARDS_jlsmith

* The James Craig Watson Medal is awarded to recognize contributions to the science of astronomy. This award is presented with a gold-plated bronze medal, a $25,000 prize, plus $25,000 to support the recipient's research.
http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AWARDS_watson

Nominators and nominees do not need to be NAS members. Self-nominations will not be accepted. To nominate, the following materials should be sent by e-mail to the NAS at awards@nas.edu:

* Nomination letter (up to three pages in length) describing candidate's work and why he or she should be selected for the award.

* Nominee's curriculum vitae, including country of citizenship and date of birth.

* A short bibliography listing 12 or fewer of the nominee's most significant publications.

* Up to three supporting recommendation letters.

The nomination deadline is 15 September 2011. Additional details, including lists of past recipients, are available on the NAS website at http://www.nasonline.org/awards.
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7. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2012A

Proposals Due: 17:00 AEST, 15 September 2011

The proposal deadline for AAT time in Semester 12A (1 February 2012-July 2012) is Wednesday, 15 September 2011, at 17:00** (Australian Eastern Standard Time, i.e., UTC + 10 hrs)

** Note the new closing time.

Proposals can be submitted 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.
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8. NOAO STANDARD PROPOSALS FOR 2012A DUE 30 SEPTEMBER 2011

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2012A semester (February-July 2012). Time is available on both the Gemini North and South telescopes of the Gemini Observatory, the 6.5-m telescope of the MMT Observatory, the 200-inch Hale telescope of the Palomar Observatory, the CHARA Interferometer at Mt. Wilson, 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/proposal-info.

Proposals are due no later than 11:59pm MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Friday, 30 September 2011.
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9. 2012 SAGAN FELLOWSHIPS

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2012 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2012.

The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration area. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or after 1 January 2009, in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of the fellows' choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host institution per year. The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

Note: Starting with the call for 2012 Sagan Fellows, we are accepting the submission of up to two host institutions. The purpose of designating first and second-choice institutions in the application is to provide the program with flexibility should there be several highly ranked applications at any single institution.

The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program policies and application instructions is available at the web site: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml

Applicants must follow the instructions given in this Announcement. Applications must be submitted electronically through the above website. Inquiries about the Sagan Fellowships may be directed to saganfellowship@ipac.caltech.edu.

The deadline for both applications and letters of reference is Thursday, 3 November 2011. Offers will be made before 1 February 2012 and new appointments are expected to begin on or about 1 September 2012.
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10. USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

The USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF, http://usasciencefestival.org) is the largest celebration of science and engineering in the country. The inaugural event, held in October 2010 on the National Mall, attracted 650,000 people to its two-day Finale Expo. The 2nd USASEF will culminate with an expanded three-day Finale Expo in Washington, DC, 27-29 April 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. New features include a Sneak Peak Friday for students from underserved schools, government officials, and the press; a book fair, job fair, and college fair; and a Saturday-evening star party (weather permitting).

Already more than 400 organizations have signed up to present science and engineering principles in novel, fun, educational, engaging, and captivating interactive formats. Headlining the 2012 Finale Expo are Bill Nye the Science Guy and MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

The USASEF invites professional- and amateur-astronomy associations and their members, as well as authors of popular science books, to participate in what promises to be the "Woodstock of Science." To get involved, either as an exhibitor or book-fair author, please contact organizer Larry Bock at biobock@mac.com or 760-846-3473.
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11. SMART SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SMART STUDENTS

A tremendous scholarship-for-service opportunity is available to fully fund students' undergraduate or graduate education. The American Society for Engineering Education's SMART (Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation) program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers in world-class Department of Defense facilities. This is a highly competitive national program, open to U.S. citizens only. The SMART program will pay all educational costs and a stipend while recipients are in school from as little as 1 term up to 5 years.

Specifically, the program pays for:
* Full tuition to any accredited U.S. university
* A very generous stipend while in school ranging from $25,000 to $41,000 per year
* Book allowance of $1,000
* Health-insurance contribution
* Paid summer internships
* Travel fees for internships
* All required student fees

The application deadline is 1 December 2011. For more information, including a list of DoD research facilities, visit http://smart.asee.org/

The SMART Scholarship Team
smart@asee.org, (202) 331-3544

NOTE TO UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND OTHER PH.D. RESEARCHERS: The SMART program seeks reviewers for the 2012 SMART Evaluation Panel to be held 19-21 January 2012, in Washington, D.C. The program pays directly for academic panelists' travel costs, including food and lodging, and provides an honorarium for panelists' service. Government panelists will receive instructions from their service liaison on travel funding. If you are interested in serving as a SMART panelist, please register at https://panelists.asee.org/program_info/smart
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12. JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT A COSMIC CAFE

This fall, PBS-TV's NOVA is premiering a new four-part series, "The Fabric of the Cosmos," based on Brian Greene's book of the same name. In conjunction with the show, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is partnering with NOVA to encourage groups all around the country to host cosmic-themed science cafes, or Cosmic Cafes. Science cafes are live -- and lively -- events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. The SPS is looking for enthusiastic scientists to be a part of these cafes.

There are many different models for science cafes, but most Cosmic Cafes will include a brief welcome by the host, a 2-3 minute clip from "The Fabric of the Cosmos," a short (10- to 15-minute) introduction to the topic by a scientist, and then a moderated discussion with the audience. The scientist and moderator are welcome to select a specific topic of mutual interest and shouldn't feel constrained by what's featured in the clip or covered in the program more generally.

The SPS is compiling a list of physicists and astronomers across the U.S. who are willing to participate in a Cosmic Cafe this fall (most will be in October and November). This list will be made available to potential hosts via the website sciencecafes.org, produced by the WGBH Science Unit in association with Sigma Xi. If you are interested in participating in a Cosmic Cafe, please complete the online form located at http://tinyurl.com/cosmiccafespeaker

Questions? Contact Kendra Redmond, SPS Program Coordinator, 301-209-3047, kredmond@aip.org.
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