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AAS Electronic Announcement #230 - March 2012

Mailed 9 March 2012

CONTENTS:
1. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS
1a. Registration Reminder
1b. Anchorage Hotel Information
1c. Inaugural AAS Talent Show Scheduled for Anchorage Meeting
1d. Anchorage Workshops and Events
1e. Sign up to Volunteer at the 220th Anchorage Meeting
1f. Undergraduate Orientation Sponsorship
1g. Splinter Meetings
1h. Exhibiting in Anchorage
1i. Sponsorship Opportunities
2. AUSTIN MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS
3. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
4. ASSOCIATE EDITORS FOR THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
5. 43rd ANNUAL DDA MEETING DEADLINES
6. WISE ALL-SKY DATA RELEASE
7. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2012B
8. NEW FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY INTERNATIONAL GRANT COMPETITION
9. LARGE BINOCULAR TELESCOPE INTERFEROMETER EXOZODI KEY SCIENCE TEAM PROPOSAL CALL
10. AMERICAN COLLEGIATE INNOVATION VIDEO CONTEST: BUILDING A BETTER AMERICA THROUGH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
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1. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS

1a. Registration Reminder

The regular registration deadline for the meeting is Thursday, 12 April 2012.

Registration Options
Online: aas.org/meetings/aas220/registration
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 106
Fax: 202-234-7850

Fees will increase 13 April 2012.
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1b. Anchorage Hotel Information

It is important to make your reservation as early as possible at one of the host hotels. Rooms will sell out quickly because June is peak season in Anchorage. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone.

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. For more information please visit aas.org/meetings/aas220/travel_and_lodging
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1c. 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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1d. Anchorage Workshops and Events

The following education workshops are open for registration. To add a workshop to an existing registration, please fax in the registration form available at aas.org/meetings/aas220/registration to 202-234-7850. You can also email Debbie Kovalsky at reg-help@aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 ext. 106.

Details for all workshops are available on the online Program Planner at: abstractsonline.com/plan/start.aspx?mkey=%7BBB3E359E%2D8BE7%2D4FFA%2D8CAA%2D9AA16CF92061%7D
(Click "Browse" to see meeting content)

CAE/CATS Astro 101 Tier 1 Teaching Excellence Workshop
9-10 June, 8:00am-5:30pm
The cost for this 2-day workshop is $45. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas220/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu

CAE/CATS Tier II Technology Special Topic Workshop
10 June, 8:00am-5:30pm
The cost for this workshop is $35. Workshop registration can be completed through the AAS registration form, available at aas.org/meetings/aas220/registration.
Organizer: Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu

AstroZone: Anchorage
9 June, 12:00pm-4:00pm
AstroZone is an open house for everyone to learn about the cool science currently going on in earth and space science. At AstroZone, you will have a chance to meet scientists, do hands-on science and take home lots of cool resources collected during your visit. AstroZone provides a venue where the local community and American Astronomical Society (http://aas.org/) members can come together to share the excitement of science. AstroZone: Anchorage will be held at the Anchorage Public Library: 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503.

For more information or to register as an exhibitor at http://astro-zone.org/
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1e. Sign up to Volunteer at the 220th Anchorage Meeting

Participate at the Anchorage meeting as a volunteer and receive complimentary registration for 16 hours worked. This is an excellent opportunity for undergrads, grads, 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. Don't miss the 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 aas.org/meetings/aas220/volunteer
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1f. Undergraduate Orientation Sponsorship

The American Astronomical Society will host the Undergraduate Orientation at the 220th AAS Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Undergraduates and advisors are invited to attend this event. It is a great opportunity to highlight your REU program, graduate program, and attract students to your undergraduate research opportunities.

Attendance in Austin exceeded 300 students and faculty; and both REU and graduate school programs have successfully recruited undergrads at this reception. The cost to represent your organization at the reception is $250 and will significantly help offset the cost of the event. We will provide a table to display your materials during the orientation.

Your sponsorship will be acknowledged at the event, on the meeting website, and in the meeting program. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Kovalsky at debbie.kovalsky@aas.org, 202-328-2010 x110 or aas.org/meetings/aas220/exhibitors_and_sponsorship#undergrad
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1g. Splinter Meetings

Splinter meetings are typically small group meetings from 5 to 50 individuals to discuss mission planning, collaborative science efforts or other non-science issues. They are not meant to replace science sessions at the meeting and will not be widely advertised by the AAS as meeting content. The splinter meeting concept is provided as a service to our members.

If you would like to request a splinter meeting you will need to complete the room request form, available at aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php, by 15 April 2012. These splinter meetings are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Lisa Idem at lisa.idem@aas.org for more information.
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1h. Exhibiting in Anchorage

Exhibitors at the AAS Meeting have an opportunity to speak directly with the customers they are serving. If your institution, observatory, company, lab or university is doing business in astronomy...you need to be exhibiting at the AAS Meeting in Anchorage. More information can be found at aas.org/meetings/aas220/exhibitors_and_sponsorship. Contact Debbie Kovalsky, debbie.kovalsky@aas.org or 202-328-2010 x110.
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1i. Sponsorship Opportunities

The AAS gratefully acknowledges the support of Northrop Grumman and Apogee Imaging Systems for their sponsorship of the AAS 220th Meeting.

Are you looking for more exposure for your company and a way to support astronomy? Look no further than a AAS Meeting Sponsorship. We can customize packages to fit your budget and needs. Contact Debbie Kovalsky, debbie.kovalsky@aas.org or 202-328-2010 x110. See the standard packages at aas.org/meetings/aas220/exhibitors_and_sponsorship
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2. AUSTIN MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS

Plenary session recordings from the Austin 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. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Important! Important!

Members who renew by 29 February 2012 will be 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.

Also, if you do not wish to receive a paper copy of the 2012 AAS Membership Directory, please opt out under the "Manage Mailings" option.
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4. ASSOCIATE EDITORS FOR THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS

The American Astronomical Society is soliciting applications for two new positions of Associate Editors for the Astrophysical Journal Letters. These Associate Editors will play the same role for ApJ Letters that the ApJ Scientific Editors play for the main journal. Starting in Fall 2012 the new Associate Editors will work closely together with the new ApJ Letters Editor, Dr. Frederic Rasio, to help with the peer review process. See the AAS Job Register for more details.

http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=41840
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5. 43rd ANNUAL DDA MEETING DEADLINES

The Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) will hold its annual meeting in the historic and spectacular Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon, 6-10 May 2012. Important deadlines are as follows:

Student Stipend Applications--Midnight EST, 9 March
Abstract submission--11:59 PM EDT (Daylight Time), 26 March
Early Online Registration--11:59 PM EDT, 6 April
Hotel Registration at conference rate--11:59 PM EDT, 6 April

For full meeting information, please refer to the DDA 2012 Meeting website [http://dda.harvard.edu/meetings/2012/].
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6. WISE ALL-SKY DATA RELEASE

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE; Wright et al. 2010 AJ, 140, 1868) and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the WISE All-Sky Data Release scheduled for 14 March 2012.

WISE surveyed the entire sky at 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 microns in 2010, achieving 5-sigma point source sensitivities better than 0.08, 0.11, 1 and 6 mJy in the four bands in unconfused regions on the ecliptic plane. The WISE All-Sky Release incorporates all data taken during the WISE full cryogenic mission phase, 7 January to 6 August 2010. All data were reprocessed with improved calibrations and reduction algorithms for the All-Sky Release. Release data products include an Atlas of match-filtered, calibrated and coadded images in the four WISE bands, a Source Catalog containing positions and four-band photometry for over 563 million objects, and an Explanatory Supplement.

Ancillary products include an archive of calibrated WISE single-exposure images and a database of 9.4 billion source extractions made from those images, and moving object tracklets identified by the NEOWISE program (Mainzer et al. 2011, ApJ, 731, 53).

A quick guide to the Release data products, data access instructions and supporting documentation is available at http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/allsky/.

Access to the WISE data products is available via the on-line services of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu).

Research using WISE All-Sky Release data products is eligible for support under the 2012 NASA ROSES Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP).

WISE is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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7. CALL FOR AAT PROPOSALS IN SEMESTER 2012B

Deadline: 15 March 2012

The proposal deadline for AAT time in Semester 12B (1 August 2012 to 28 February 2013) is: Thursday, 15 March 2012, at 17:00** (Australian Eastern Summer Time, i.e. UTC + 10 hrs)

** Note the new closing time.

Proposals can be submitted from 1 March 2012 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

Important notes for 12B applicants:

* A call for Large Programs will NOT be made in Semester 12B or 13A. Since ~50% of time available to ATAC is pre-allocated to existing Large and Long-Term Programs, and since we expect significant down-time in 13A while commissioning HERMES, we anticipate the next call for Large Programs will be no earlier than Semester 13B.
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8. NEW FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY INTERNATIONAL GRANT COMPETITION

Deadline: 16 April 2012

The New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition is offering opportunities for innovative research on the following topics:

I. What was the earliest state of the universe?
II. Is our universe unique or is it part of a much larger multiverse?
III. What is the origin of the complexity in the universe?
IV. Are we alone in the universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?

Grants are offered for theoretical work, up to $300,000 for two years; and experimental research, up to $500,000 for two years. Proposers are required to complete a pre-application due 16 April, available on the website www.NewFrontiersinAstronomy.org in mid-March.

In addition to the grants program, the New Cosmic Frontiers Essay Contest offers prizes for high school and college student essays. Further details can be found at www.NewFrontiersinAstronomy.org.
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9. LARGE BINOCULAR TELESCOPE INTERFEROMETER EXOZODI KEY SCIENCE TEAM PROPOSAL CALL

Deadline: 27 April 2012

NASA solicits proposals to become members of the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) Exozodi Key Science Team (LBTI-ST). The LBTI-ST will work under the leadership of the LBTI Principal Investigator (Dr. Phil Hinz, University of Arizona) in order to most effectively execute the exo-zodi key science program. LBTI-ST members will participate in science deliberations, target selection, LBTI observations, data processing and analysis, follow-up observations, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Proposals from participants are due April 27 2012. Results of the selection will be announced in early June 2012. Additional information may be obtained from Dr. Rafael Millan-Gabet, NASA-LBTI Project Scientist, at lbti_nexsci@ipac.caltech.edu. For detailed information about this proposal call please refer to: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/LBTI/cfp_keysci.shtml
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10. AMERICAN COLLEGIATE INNOVATION VIDEO CONTEST: BUILDING A BETTER AMERICA THROUGH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Deadline: 31 May 2012

The Task Force on American Innovation wants you to show us your creativity and imagination in a 3-minute video that demonstrates How has federally funded scientific research resulted in discoveries that changed our lives in any or all of the following ways: enhanced competitiveness and the creation jobs, improved quality of life, strengthened national security.

The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC to participate in an awards ceremony and a Congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol. Two runners-up will receive $500 each.

https://communities.acs.org/groups/american-taskforce-video-contest
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