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AAS Electronic Announcement #229 - February 2012

Mailed 10 February 2012

CONTENTS:
1. AAS ELECTION WINNERS
2. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
3. INTRODUCING THE AAS LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION
4. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS: REGISTER FOR ANCHORAGE
4A. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
4B. ABSTRACT SORTING
4C. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
4D. ANCHORAGE HOTEL INFORMATION
4E. STUDENT VIRTUAL FORUM IN ANCHORAGE
4F. INAUGURAL AAS TALENT SHOW SCHEDULED FOR ANCHORAGE MEETING
5. BOSTON MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS
6. 2012 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY
7. COMMUNICATING WITH WASHINGTON
8. FRED RASIO NEXT EDITOR OF APJL
9. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSALS
10. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM LETTERS OF INTENT DUE 15 February 2012
11. SPECIAL SESSION ON LIGHT POLLUTION AT THE BEIJING IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
12. ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS
13. 2012B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
14. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2012B DUE
15. CALL FOR NOMINEES
16. AAS OPPOSES THE GRANT ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 3433)
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1. AAS ELECTION WINNERS

The results of the latest AAS election are presented below. The Society thanks all who agreed to stand for election, for their commitment and service to the community, and congratulates the winners. New AAS Officers and Councilors begin their terms after the Annual Business Meeting, June 2012, at the Anchorage meeting. Other terms are as noted.

Vice-President
(June 2012 - June 2015)
Paula Szkody

Councilor
(June 2012 - June 2015)
Nancy S. Brickhouse
Steven D. Kawaler
Todd J. Henry

Nominating Committee
(February 2012 - February 2015)
Arne A. Henden
Elizabeth L. Blanton

Education Officer
(June 2012 - June 2015)
Edward E. Prather

USNC-IAU Representative
(October 2012 - September 2015)
Arlo U. Landolt
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2. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Important! Important!

Renew by 29 February 2012 to ensure you are included in the 2012 Directory. To ensure your listing is correct, please take a moment and log in to the Member Pages (http://members.aas.org) and click the Member Profile link to review your information. Any changes can be made directly on that page. The Directory is created from the membership database using an automated process. Your information must be up to date online in order to be correct in the printed Directory, and you must have renewed for 2012 to be included in the Directory as well.
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3. INTRODUCING THE AAS LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION

You are invited to attend the inaugural gathering of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) during the 220th AAS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, 10-14 June 2012. There LAD will convene several Meeting-in-a-Meeting sessions devoted to the interplay between laboratory astrophysics and other fields in astronomy and related sciences.

The first new AAS division in more than 30 years, LAD is the successor to the AAS Working Group on Laboratory Astrophysics, established in 2007. The transition to a full-fledged division was approved by the AAS Council at the 219th AAS meeting in Austin, Texas, in January 2012. LAD's mission is to advance our understanding of the universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive cosmic evolution.

Among the special events planned in Anchorage is the Kavli Lecture opening the conference, "Laboratory Astrophysics as Key to Understanding the Universe," which will be given by Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden University and Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics). Over the next four days a Meeting-in-a-Meeting (MiM) entitled "Bridging Laboratory and Astrophysics" will feature 21 talks covering atomic, molecular, solid state, plasma, planetary, nuclear, and particle laboratory astrophysics, as well as an associated poster session.

To attend this event and support the new division, please visit http://aas.org/meetings/aas220 for registration and abstract-submission deadlines and guidelines. Please note that abstracts are due Thursday, 1 March 2012, and that LAD MiM talks and posters are among the allowed exceptions to the usual "one abstract per meeting" rule. Student participation is particularly encouraged. More information will soon follow on how to join the LAD and on other division activities.

The LAD Steering Committee
Paul Drake, Steve Federman, Wick Haxton, Farid Salama, and Daniel Savin
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4. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS: REGISTER FOR ANCHORAGE

The early registration deadline for the Anchorage meeting is only three days away, so register now! The Early meeting registration rate will be available through Monday, 13 February. Rates will increase 14 February.

Online: http://aas.org/meetings/aas220/registration
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110
Fax: 202-234-7850
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4A. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The deadline to submit abstracts is Thursday, 1 March 2012, 9:00pm ET.

Abstract forms are available at http://members.aas.org/abstracts/

Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. Please set your spam filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com.

Abstract text may be submitted by uploading word processing files, cutting and pasting, or typing directly into the abstract form. A character pallette of common symbols is provided.

See the Anchorage meeting site for further details and access to the abstract and registration forms, available at http://aas.org/meetings/aas220.
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4B. ABSTRACT SORTING

We are currently looking for sorters to help with the program planning for Anchorage 220. If you are interested, please email abs-help@aas.org. Sorting will take place on 13 March 2012--all you need is Internet Explorer 7.0 and a phone line!
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4C. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Participate at the Anchorage meeting as a volunteer for 16 hours and receive complimentary registration. This is a great opportunity for undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and local amateur astronomers at our meetings: to supervise sessions, help at registration, usher at events, and various other odd (but greatly appreciated) jobs. This is a great chance to meet and mingle with your peers, get up to date on the newest science, and pick up some cool freebies in the Exhibit Hall. Sign up today at http://aas.org/meetings/aas220/volunteer
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4D. ANCHORAGE HOTEL INFORMATION

http://aas.org/meetings/aas220/travel_and_lodging

Hilton Anchorage
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $179

Anchorage Marriott Downtown
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $189

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $189

Government Rate at Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa (limited number of rooms)
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $181

The deadline to make reservations is 11 May 2012. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone.
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4E. STUDENT VIRTUAL FORUM IN ANCHORAGE

The AAS Astronomy Education Board (AEB) is pleased to announce an experimental online session at the 220th AAS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, called the Student Virtual Forum (SVF). Undergraduate students who cannot attend the meeting in person may nevertheless present short oral papers "virtually," that is, from remote locations via the Internet.

Students are invited to submit abstracts for the SVF on any astronomical research that they have conducted, including research in astronomy education or the history of astronomy. Faculty members are encouraged to mentor students in applying to participate. Abstracts should be submitted through the regular abstract form at http://members.aas.org/abstracts; be sure to specify topical category 46 (Student Virtual Forum). The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 March 2012, at 9 p.m. EST; late abstracts will not be considered for the SVF.

Note that a limited number of abstracts can be accepted for the SVF, and if your abstract is accepted, you will be required to pay a nominal registration fee to present your paper. Applicants will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted for the SVF in mid-March. To give your abstract the best possible shot at acceptance, we recommend you read "Tips for Writing the Abstract of an AAS Meeting Presentation" at http://aas.org/career/writinganabstract. Accepted presenters will be required to submit their presentation slides by 24 May 2012, for upload and testing.

Note that the virtual session will be a live online event during the AAS meeting; it will accommodate on-site meeting attendees, online student presenters, and other virtual participants. While there is a fee for students to present papers, there is no fee for audience members to participate in the session remotely online. More information for presenters and instructions for joining the SVF on-site or online will follow.

Carol Christian and Rick Fienberg, for the AEB
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4F. INAUGURAL AAS TALENT SHOW SCHEDULED FOR ANCHORAGE MEETING

Video submission deadline: Monday, 2 April 2012

For the first time since the early days of the Society's meetings, the AAS will host an informal talent show for meeting attendees at the Closing Reception on 14 June 2012 in Anchorage. In those early years, it was not uncommon for instrument playing and group sing-alongs to take place on the sunny lake-shore in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Although those days are long past, we know that our members are wildly talented in areas outside research, and we want to provide a forum for you to shine.

If you think you have talent, like singing, playing a musical instrument (even air-guitar!), juggling, telling jokes, or balancing pool cues on your forehead while bouncing on a pogo stick, then we need your help to make this inaugural event a success! Send a short video of your particular talent to aastalentshow@aas.org. AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel has promised a thrilling (or at least dangerously funny) juggling exhibition, so join in the fun and bring on the talent!
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5. BOSTON MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS

Plenary session recordings from the Boston Meeting are now online for public viewing, available at http://aas.org/meetings/meetings_past.php
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6. 2012 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY

The AAS is recruiting volunteers to participate in the annual Congressional Visits Day to be held on 24-25 April 2012. Organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group, this event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. More information on the 2012 SETWG CVD is available at: http://www.setcvd.org/

To participate, please contact Bethany Johns, AAS John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, at bjohns@aas.org or 202-328-2010. Participation is limited and slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
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7. COMMUNICATING WITH WASHINGTON

Staff in the White House and Congress often lament that they do not hear enough from scientists who do federally funded research about the importance of science and their research to the nation. The challenge is to make communicating with Washington a part of every scientist's academic and professional career. The American Astronomical Society rises to the challenge by starting a new initiative called Communicating With Washington.

The AAS Council has allocated funds to enable AAS members to participate in Communicating With Washington. As a volunteer you will learn how to most effectively communicate with policy makers and travel to Washington, DC, to meet with policy makers. The goal is to have one or two astronomers visit Washington every week that Congress is in session and to visit every Congressional office, the Congressional science committee offices, and the White House at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) over the life of the program.

Sign-up starts on 13 February (http://aas.org/policy/cww_sign_up_form) for visits with policy makers between 1 April and 30 June. The sign-up will close by 24 February. We have to select volunteers who balance the program by location, time of visit, career stage, and experience to meet the goals of the program. You will be notified by 2 March.
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8. FRED RASIO NEXT EDITOR OF APJL

The AAS has named Frederic A. Rasio of Northwestern University as the next editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. He will succeed Christopher Sneden (University of Texas), who will retire from the position at the end of 2012 after 10 years of service. Fred will formally take the reins of the ApJL on 1 January 2013, although he will work side-by-side with Chris for the six preceding months to ensure a smooth editorial transition. Fred has served as one of the ApJ's scientific editors since July 2005.
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9. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSALS

Deadline: 15 February 2012

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 February 2012 for the second quarter of 2012. Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation Committee at P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349 for Sacramento Peak facilities (sp@nso.edu) or P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726 for Kitt Peak facilities (kptac@nso.edu). Instructions may be found at http://www.nso.edu/general/observe/. A web-based observing-request form is at http://www2.nso.edu/cgi-bin/nsoforms/obsreq/obsreq.cgi. Users' Manuals are available at http://nsosp.nso.edu/dst/ for the SP facilities and http://nsokp.nso.edu/ for the KP facilities. An observing-run evaluation form can be obtained at ftp://ftp.nso.edu/observing_templates/evaluation.form.txt.

Proposers are reminded that each quarter is typically oversubscribed, and it is to the proposer's advantage to provide all information requested to the greatest possible extent no later than the official deadline. Observing time at National Observatories is provided as support to the astronomical community by the National Science Foundation.
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10. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM LETTERS OF INTENT DUE 15 February 2012

The NOAO Survey Program will be accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2012B and 2013A semesters. This program supports large observational projects using the Gemini, KPNO, and CTIO telescopes that allow the identification of complete, well-defined samples that can yield both conclusions based on statistical analysis of the survey data itself and also provide important subsets for more detailed observations with larger telescopes. In addition, surveys are expected to provide coherent datasets that will be useful for other researchers.

Investigators must submit letters of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program to surveys@noao.edu by February 15, 2012, to be eligible to propose for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2012B/2013A semester. The deadline for receiving completed Survey proposals is 29 March 2012 at 11:59pm.

Survey proposals are generally restricted to instruments that have been commissioned and are well-characterized for scientific use, due to the significant time investment required for Survey programs. The newest instruments at Gemini South, the multi-object near-infrared spectrograph Flamingos-2 and the GEMS Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics system and GSAOI camera, will not be available for this round of Surveys. The CTIO 4-m Dark Energy Camera (DECam) will also not be available for Surveys. Please also note that commissioning of DECam, as well as early operation of the Dark Energy Survey and DECam community programs, is likely to highly restrict the availability of ISPI and Hydra-CTIO for Surveys.

For more information, go to http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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11. SPECIAL SESSION ON LIGHT POLLUTION AT THE BEIJING IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Deadline: 20 February 2012

This is to alert AAS members attending the Beijing IAU of the special session SpS17 on Light Pollution: Protecting Astronomical Sites and Increasing Global Awareness through Education. A wide range of topics on light pollution, protecting dark skies, and education will be discussed. Consider submitting an abstract in these areas.

The web site is http://iau.iteda.org/. Please note that abstracts need to be submitted by 29 February 2012 through the IAU web site: http://www.astronomy2012.org/

Further information can be obtained from Connie Walker (cwalker@noao.edu).
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12. ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Submission deadline: 1 March 2012

The new management of Arecibo Observatory have recently sanctioned a move to a semester schedule for telescope proposal deadlines. In future these deadlines will be on or about 1 March and 1 September each year. Proposals will still be evaluated during a four-month period following each deadline. Approved proposals will remain active and eligible for scheduling under the same rules as currently, (i.e. A-graded proposals indefinitely, B-graded for the next eight months).

Due to the transition to a semester cycle, the proposal call for submissions due 1 March 2012, presents a special case. To avoid any shortage of active observing programs of high merit during the month of July 2012, the evaluation period for the 1 March 2012, deadline will be accelerated and completed in three months rather than four; B-graded proposals from this will be active for nine months instead of eight (i.e. until 1 March 2013). We hence remind 1 March 2012, proposers of the need, should it be relevant, to plan for an extra month of potential observing.

The new semester-based schedule offers several advantages including reduced burden on the Observatory staff and alignment (with a one-month delay) with the new semester-based cycle at NRAO.

We invite Arecibo telescope proposals for the Thursday, 1 March 2012, (23:59 EST), deadline. These requests should be for telescope usage within the nine months beginning 1 June 2012.

Latest news with relevance to the above deadline can be found at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12.shtml

Technical information that could be useful to prospective Arecibo proposers can be found at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12_tech.shtml

The Web Coversheet Form can be found at http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals/cover.html

Remember to also separately email a PDF of the main body of your proposal to proposal@naic.edu.
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13. 2012B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: 15 March 2012

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2012B observing semester (August 2012 - January 2013). 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 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, this is the *final* semester to request time to support CoRoT Key Science. 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 by 4 pm PDT on 15 March 2012. 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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14. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2012B DUE

Deadline: 29 March 2012

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2012B semester, August 2012 - January 2013. Time is available with the Gemini North and South telescopes, the 6.5-m telescope of the MMT Observatory, the 5-m Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, 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 Thursday, 29 March 2012.
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15. CALL FOR NOMINEES

Deadline: 31 March 2012

The National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation are the highest honors the President bestows in science, technology, and innovation. Help recognize the contributions of your colleagues by submitting a nomination for these prestigious awards before 31 March 2012.

National Medal of Science
The National Medal of Science, established in 1959, is the Nation'shighest honor for American scientists and engineers. The Medal is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the chemical, physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in combination with exemplary service to the Nation. It is administered by the National Science Foundation and, to date, has been awarded to over 450 individuals.

Nominations must be submitted by 31 March 2012. A complete submission consists of a nomination form and three letters of support. These items must be received via the National Science Foundation's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards. If you have any questions, please contact the program manager at nms@nsf.gov or 703-292-8040. For more information, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, first awarded in 1985, is the Nation's highest honor for technological achievement and innovation. The Medal is given to individuals, teams, companies, or divisions for their outstanding contributions to the Nation's economic, environmental, and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technology products, processes, and concepts; technological innovation; and development of the Nation's technological manpower.

Nominations must be submitted by 31 March 2012. A complete submission consists of a nomination form and six letters of support. These items should be submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office atnmti@uspto.gov. If you have any questions, please contact the program manager at nmti@uspto.gov or 571-272-8333. For more information, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/guidelines.jsp.
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16. AAS OPPOSES THE GRANT ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 3433)

AAS endorsed a letter by the Coalition for National Science Funding on 30 January 2012, writing in opposition to the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act of 2011 (H.R. 3433) because as written this bill could have unintended adverse effects on the continued development of the scientific and engineering research enterprise and compromise the U.S. innovation system. Many other scientific organization, such as the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Physical Society (APS), oppose the legislation as written. See http://aas.org/policy/endorsements for a link to the AAS endorsement.
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