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AAS Electronic Announcement #228 — January 2012

CONTENTS:
1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS
2. 2012 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
3. NRAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SEMESTER 2012B
4. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE EXOPLANET
EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG)
5. THE SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY (SMA) CALL FOR PROPOSALS
6. RAYMOND AND BEVERLY SACKLER PRIZE IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES
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1. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS

Due: 31 January 2012

Please be reminded that electronic voting will close at 11:59pm EST on 31 January 2012. Paper ballots are due to Fritz Benedict, AAS Secretary, by 31 January 2012.
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2. 2012 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

The Membership Directory will be published in April 2012. Please make sure your contact information is accurate and your dues are paid in full for 2012 by logging into your AAS member account at http://members.aas.org/
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3. NRAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SEMESTER 2012B

Deadline: 1 February 2012

The NRAO is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the Semester 2012B. The call solicits proposals for the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), and/or the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). The call is open now and will close on 1 February 2012 at 17:00 EST (22:00 UTC).

Proposal preparation and submission are via the NRAO Proposal Submission Tool (PST) available through the NRAO Interactive Services, http://my.nrao.edu/. Several modifications to the PST have been made and will be in place starting 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC) Friday, 6 January 2012. All proposal authors must be registered users. On the registration form you will be asked for contact information that will be used for notification about proposal status, telescope scheduling, student funding, etc. We encourage all new proposers to register early.

The complete NRAO Call for Proposals for Semester 2012B is at http://science.nrao.edu/enews/5.1
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4. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG)

Deadline: 3 February 2012

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group, or ExoPAG. In the coming months, NASA anticipates making four new appointments to the ExoPAG Executive Committee, to replace four current members who will be rotating off the committee after the semi-annual ExoPAG meeting in January (ExoPAG 5; information at (http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag/exopag5). Appointments will be for a period of three years.

The ExoPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a conduit for community input into NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), and for conducting analyses in support of ExEP science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities. The ExoPAG is led by a Chairperson drawn from the membership of the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and an Executive Committee, whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in the field of exoplanet exploration.

Together, the ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing ExoPAG analyses, reporting ExoPAG findings and
inputs to the Astrophysics Subcommittee, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within NASA's ExEP. Detailed information about the structure and function of the ExoPAG can be found on the Web at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag.

Nominations for the ExoPAG Executive Committee should be submitted via email to the address: NASA-ExoPAG@nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee's relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee's area of expertise and qualifications for service on the ExoPAG Executive Committee. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 3 February 2012, with announcement of selections anticipated for late March 2012.
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5. THE SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY (SMA) CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 16 February 2012

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), is a radio interferometer located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, comprising eight 6-m antennas operating in the 230, 345, 420 and 690 GHz bands. The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics. For the observing semester 16 May 2012 through 15 November 2012, the proposal deadline is 16 February 2012. For more information, please visit the SMA Observer Center web site at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/.

Questions or comments regarding the Call for Proposals can be addressed to propose at sma.hawaii.edu.
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6. RAYMOND AND BEVERLY SACKLER PRIZE IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Nomination deadline: 15 March 2012

Through the generosity of Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Beverly Sackler the Prizes are awarded each year alternating between Physics and Chemistry. The Sackler Prize supports dedication to science, originality and excellence, and is intended for young scientists who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions.

The research field for 2012 is observational or theoretical achievements in the study of extrasolar planets. The amount of the prize is $100,000 and the age limit is 40 years (nominee's birth date must be after 15 March 1971). The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 March 2012.

For more information: http://www.tau.ac.il/president/sackler-physics.html
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