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AAS Electronic Announcement #227 - December 2011

CONTENTS:
1. AUSTIN MEETING NEWS
1a. Austin Hotel Information
1b. Childcare Available in Austin
1c. Free Workshop by Renowned Investment Advisor Ric Edleman
1d. Presentation Uploading in Austin is Available
2. ANCHORAGE, AK SUMMER MEETING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER
3. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: WE NEED MORE JUDGES FOR THE AUSTIN MEETING
4. 2012 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
5. AAS ELECTRONIC VOTING
6. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS
7. 2011 ANNUAL REVIEWS
8. CAREER CENTER
9. NSF DIRECTOR SEEKS SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW MPS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
10. AAVSONET CALL FOR OBSERVING PROPOSALS
11. SPECTRAL ENERGY DISTRIBUTION CONSTRUCTION AND ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
12. THE NASA EXOPLANET ARCHIVE
13. BARUCH S. BLUMBERG NASA/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CHAIR IN ASTROBIOLOGY
14. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 20 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
15. FREE ACCESS TO SPRINGER JOURNALS IN ASTRONOMY UNTIL 31 DECEMBER
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1. AUSTIN MEETING NEWS

Registration Deadline Is Tuesday To pre-register for the upcoming meeting in Austin and avoid on-site registration fees register by Tuesday, 20 December 2011.

http://aas.org/meetings/aas219/registration
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1a. Austin Hotel Information

Great rates and benefits are available at the following hotels. Make your reservation by the specified deadlines to guarantee group discount pricing.

Courtyard by Marriott (one block from Convention Center) Reservation
Deadline 12/19/11
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Reservations: 1-800-321-2211
Single and Double Rooms: $159 (includes breakfast)
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auscd-courtyard-austin-downtown-co...

Courtyard by Marriott Reservations
Marriott Residence Inn (one block from Convention Center) Reservation
Deadline 12/19/11
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Reservations: 1-800-331-3131
Studio: $159 (includes breakfast)
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ausrd-residence-inn-austin-downtow...

Residence Inn Reservations
The Four Seasons, Reservation Deadline 12/12/11
98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701
Reservations: 1-800-819-5053
Local: 512-478-4500
Single and Double Rooms: $185
https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=3506621...
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1b. Childcare Available in Austin

The AAS provides childcare during the meeting through the Kiddie Corps service. Childcare will be available Sunday, 8 January through Thursday, 12 January 2012 at a cost of $8 per hour per child. Advance registration deadline for childcare is Monday 12 December 2011. Please visit the Child Care information page at http://aas.org/meetings/aas219/child_care to download the registration form or for more information.
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1c. Free Workshop by Renowned Investment Advisor Ric Edleman

Personal Finance in Turbulent Times: What You Should Do Now Workshop Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 12:30pm-2:00pm, Pre-Registration Requested Greece. The deficit. Recession fears. Volatile stock prices.

You're worried, and perhaps even a bit scared. The good news, though, is that you can still achieve your financial goals. If you're confused as to how you should handle your investments in today's environment, come join Ric Edelman* as he reveals the answer to this question and more in this timely and informative seminar.

Ric was twice named the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron's**, and he'll show you:
-What you should really be worrying about (it's very important, and not what you think)
-What's really going on in the U.S. and global economy--and what you need to do in response
-How to recognize mental traps that could unwittingly cause you to make costly investment mistakes, and, most importantly,
-The 4 proven investment rules you must follow today to help you reach your goals

*Ric Edelman is Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services, a Registered Investment Adviser and Co-CEO, President and a Director of the Edelman Financial Group (NASDAQ: EF). He is an Investment Adviser Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and a Registered Principal of (and offering securities through) Sanders Morris Harris Inc. an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

**Barron's ranking "Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors" (Aug. 28, 2010 / Aug. 31, 2009) based on the quality of the advisors' practices, including client retention and compliance record, contribution to the firm's profitability, and the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams.
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1d. Presentation Uploading in Austin is Available

For those presenting oral talks, your presentations are required to be uploaded in the AAS Speaker Ready service. Ability to upload oral presentations is available at aas219.warpspeedtech.com. We encourage you upload your presentation early to avoid delays and to assure your important talk is ready to go!

If you have trouble uploading your presentation at the link above, please email it to presentations@aas.org with the session number, speaker presentation number, last name, email address, and operating system.

A confirmation email will be sent to all presenters after they have uploaded their talk. If you do not receive an email please contact SpeakerReady@aas.org for assistance.
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2. ANCHORAGE, AK SUMMER MEETING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER

To propose a Workshop for the 2012 Summer Meeting in Anchorage, AK, proposals are due 15 December 2011. See http://aas.org/meetings/summer_session_organizer_deadlines.php for information and deadlines.

Please direct questions to lisa.idem@aas.org.
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3. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: WE NEED MORE JUDGES FOR THE AUSTIN MEETING

Many thanks to all AAS members who signed up to judge posters for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards at the Austin meeting. There are lots of you, but with more than 340 student posters in the awards competition, the Executive Office needs still more judges. Volunteers will be asked to evaluate no more than five undergraduate- and/or graduate-student posters according to defined criteria; see the rules on our website: http://aas.org/grants/Chambliss_Astronomy_Achievement_Student_Award_Rule...

Attention junior members: Advanced graduate students who have finished their coursework and are working on their dissertation research are now eligible to judge undergraduate posters.

Student poster authors will sincerely appreciate your expertise in judging their work. Judging will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (January 9, 10, and 11) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and on Thursday (January 12) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Each poster will be assigned to one date and time slot.

Please indicate your willingness and availability by filling out the Chambliss Judge Sign-Up Form by Friday, 16 December 2011: http://aas.org/meetings/chambliss_judge_sign_up_form

Contact Rick Fienberg (rick.fienberg@aas.org), AAS Press Officer and Education & Outreach Coordinator, if you have any questions.
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4. 2012 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

If you have not yet renewed, please remit your payment immediately for arrival and processing by 31 December 2011. For your convenience you may renew online at members.aas.org. Prompt cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our programs. Please direct any questions regarding your renewal status to membership at aas.org or (202) 328-2010 extension 101.
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5. AAS ELECTRONIC VOTING

The AAS conducts online elections. When balloting opens, each eligible AAS member with a valid email address on file will receive an emailed request to vote. Voting will be accomplished through the "members-only" area of the AAS website which requires your login and password. Ballots have been mailed to members without email addresses.

Any other member wishing to use a paper ballot may request one by fax to (202) 234-2560 or by email to ballot at aas.org. Please include your member number with your request.
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6. PLEASE INCLUDE THE AAS IN YOUR YEAR-END DONATION PLANS

The AAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations to the AAS are fully tax deductible and gratefully accepted. Please consider contributing to our "Power of Giving" campaign, or one of the many projects that define the AAS and our progress in astronomy.

Donations above $100 are acknowledged by letter for tax filing purposes. The AAS also accepts donations of stock, which can be of even greater benefit to donors come tax time.

Donations are accepted online at https://members.aas.org/contributions/.

Donations of stock can be arranged through the executive office. Questions about donations can be addressed to Faye Peterson, Director of Membership Services (faye.peterson@aas.org).
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7. 2011 ANNUAL REVIEWS

AAS Members Save 30% on Annual Reviews Journals

We want to remind you that as an AAS member, you have the opportunity to purchase volumes from Annual Reviews at a 30% discount off the retail price. Download the Annual Reviews order form from the AAS Members Pages (members.aas.org) to order the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics or the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Tables of contents for each volume may be reviewed online at http://www.annualreviews.org/, but you may only order at a discount by downloading the form from the AAS Member Pages and following the directions on the form.
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8. CAREER CENTER

The AAS hosts a Career Center at winter meetings. It is a place for job seekers to find jobs and interview for jobs. Employers also advertise their jobs and interview job candidates. There is no cost to participate in the career center. The hours are Monday-Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm, and Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm.

Employers: If you are planning to conduct interviews or have questions about the Career Center, please let us know. Send your name, institution and position for which you will be interviewing or your questions to jobs@aas.org. Please see the other the networking events scheduled during the meeting for graduate students and postdocs.

Job Seekers: To participate in the Career Center, please submit your resume and cover sheet to jobs@aas.org at the AAS Executive Office by 15 December 2011.

More information on the AAS Career Center and the resume cover sheet are available on our website http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JRIncludes/jobcen.cfm
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9. NSF DIRECTOR SEEKS SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW MPS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Recommendations due by 15 January 2012

Dear Colleague:

We are initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation's Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates.

The Assistant Director, MPS, leads a Directorate comprised of five divisions: Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics; as well as the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the mathematical and physical science communities in the areas of education and research; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector--academic, industry, or government--are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/MPS Search Committee via e-mail (mpssrch@listserv.nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by 15 January 2012.

Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.

Dr. Subra Suresh, NSF Director
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10. AAVSONET CALL FOR OBSERVING PROPOSALS

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) operates a robotic worldwide network of small telescopes. These are capable of UBVRI or ugriz wide-band, and Halpha/SII narrowband, photometry of stars from 2nd magnitude to approximately 20th magnitude (depending on cadence). Because of their autonomous operation, the best projects are those that require one observational set per night for extended periods, though we do perform time series on selected targets. Fully processed images, or pipeline-processed photometric measures, are available within 24hrs of observation. We encourage submission of projects from AAS members. While proposals can be submitted at any time for targets of opportunity, we have available free time now and will be updating the telescope queues in February. All proposals received by 31 January 2012 will get priority for the available time slots. Please read the network description at http://www.aavso.org/aavsonet and contact Arne Henden (arne@aavso.org) for more details.
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11. SPECTRAL ENERGY DISTRIBUTION CONSTRUCTION AND ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

Iris is a new desktop tool for construction and analysis of spectral energy distributions (SEDs), developed under the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) framework.

Iris enables the construction of a SED from multiple, separate data segments or photometric data, gathered from various observatories across a wide spectral range, and fit the aggregate SED with emission and/or absorption spectral models; individual data segments may also be separately analyzed. SED data may be uploaded into the application from VOTable and FITS format files, or imported directly from the NASA Extragalactic Database (NED). Iris also includes the capability to convert from other formats to a FITS or VOTable. Iris also writes the resulting SEDs, and their fits, to external data files. Iris is available through the VOA at http://www.usvao.org/tools/.
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12. THE NASA EXOPLANET ARCHIVE

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) is pleased to announce the release of the NASA Exoplanet Archive, a new NASA-funded service that will provide long-term data curation and analysis tools to the user community working with exoplanet data--primarily transit data sets from Kepler and CoRoT. The Exoplanet Archive's content includes exoplanet and stellar host properties and Kepler candidate properties presented in interactive tables, including centroiding information from the Kepler pipeline. The service's visualization of Kepler light curves includes interactive, multi-quarter plotting with optional normalization and links to periodogram and phased light curves. Analysis tools include periodogram calculations for both archive and user-supplied data, and transit ephemeris predictions. Additional data content includes contributed exoplanet data from space- and ground-based projects. The Exoplanet Archive is available at http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu.
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13. BARUCH S. BLUMBERG NASA/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CHAIR IN ASTROBIOLOGY

Application deadline: 30 January 2012

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for the new Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. This senior research position will study the intersection between the science of astrobiology and its humanistic aspects. Application deadline, 30 January 2012.

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-202.html
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14. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 20 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Release Date: 7 December 2011
Proposal Deadline: 24 February 2012

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 20 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. This solicitation for proposals will be open through 24 February 2012 8:00pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT), which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission will be made available/released for Cycle 20 Phase I use during the 2nd week of January 2012. Results of the selection will be announced in early June 2012.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI site at: http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/docs/cycle20announce

Please take note of the What's New for Cycle 20 section on the announcement page.

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (email: help@stsci.edu; phone: 410-338-1082).
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15. FREE ACCESS TO SPRINGER JOURNALS IN ASTRONOMY UNTIL 31 DECEMBER

No registration required. No strings attached. View or download all content from the astronomy journals: Solar Physics, Astrophysics and Space Science, Experimental Astronomy, The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, Astrophysics, Astronomy Letters, Astronomy Reports, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Radiophysics and Quantum Electronics, Earth, Moon, and Planets.

http://www.springer.com/astronomy?SGWID=0-123-12-774104-0&cm_mmc=AD-_-Jo...
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