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AAS Electronic Announcement #231 — April 2012

AAS Electronic Announcement #231 - April 2012

Mailed 11 April 2012

CONTENTS:

1. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS
1a. Registration Reminder
1b. Anchorage Hotel Information
1c. Presentation Uploading for Anchorage Meeting is Available
1d. Undergraduate Orientation Sponsorship
1e. Splinter Meetings
1f. Meeting Program--Ad Space
1g. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
2. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
3. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
4. ASSOCIATE EDITORS FOR THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
5. AAS BOOK INVENTORY
6. IMPORTANT NOTICE 132, IMPLEMENTATION OF REVISED NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD-APPROVED MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA
7. THE FIZEAU AND MICHELSON PRIZES IN INTERFEROMETRY--INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS
8. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS
9. CARMA CALL FOR SEMESTER 2012B OBSERVING PROPOSALS
10. ALMA CYCLE 1 EARLY SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS
11. CYCLE 2 CALL FOR PROPOSALS: LWA1 RADIO OBSERVATORY
12. THE GMT AND THE NSF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: AN EXPLANATION FOR OUR ASTRONOMICAL COLLEAGUES
13. 2012 INTERNET SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR--CALL FOR JUDGES
14. ATTENTION DC-AREA MEMBERS: AAAS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SCIENCE FESTIVAL
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1. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS

1a. Registration Reminder

The regular registration deadline for the 220th AAS Meeting in Anchorage 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. At this time there are availability in the AAS block for the main conference dates; extending your stay may mean moving to a different hotel within the city. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone. If you need assistance, please email AAS at reghelp@aas.org

Hilton Anchorage
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $179

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa
Group Rate: Single and Double Rooms $189
Government Rate at Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa - Temporarily Sold Out

The deadline to make reservations is 11 May 2012. For more information please visit aas.org/meetings/aas220/travel_and_lodging
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1c. Presentation Uploading for Anchorage Meeting is Available

For those presenting oral talks, your presentations are required to be uploaded to the AAS Speaker Ready server. Upload your oral presentation at aasuploads.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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1d. 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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1e. 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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1f. Meeting Program--Ad Space

A program ad is one of the many ways to call attention to your products and services at the AAS meeting. Consider purchasing the inside front or back cover in the meeting program for $2,500 or placing a full page black-and-white ad for $1,250.

Contact Debbie Kovalsky (kovalsky@aas.org, 202-328-2010 x 110) for details. The deadline is Monday, 16 April 2012.
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1g. NEEDED: JUDGES FOR CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The AAS Executive Office seeks members to judge posters for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards at the Anchorage meeting. Volunteers will be asked to evaluate no more than five undergraduate- and/or graduate-student posters according to defined criteria; see the rules (http://aas.org/grants/Chambliss_Astronomy_Achievement_Student_Award_Rule...) on our website. 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 (June 11, 12, and 13) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and 3:00 to 5:00 p.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 (http://aas.org/meetings/chambliss_judge_sign_up_form) by Friday, 4 May 2012. Even if you already signed up to be a Chambliss judge during the abstract-submission or meeting-registration process, we still need you to fill out the online form so that we'll know which dates and times you expect to be available to review students' posters.

Please contact Rick Fienberg (rick.fienberg@aas.org) if you have any questions.
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2. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 30 June 2012

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2013 must arrive in the Secretary's Office by 30 June 2012. Members may obtain the Prize nomination instructions online at http://aas.org/prizes/nominations.

Electric submission to aassec@aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard copy of the nomination form, please email aassec@aas.org.
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3. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

The 2012 AAS Membership Directories are on their way! For extra copies please
contact Tracy Rowe (rowe@aas.org).
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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. AAS BOOK INVENTORY

The AAS has a surplus of books. We offer them to members on a first-come first-served basis. A flat shipping and handling fee of $10.00 per book applies. Discounted shipping may be available for bulk orders. Please fill out the book order form (http://aas.org/staff/book_inventory_order_form.php) and direct any questions to Kelly Clark (Clark@aas.org).
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6. IMPORTANT NOTICE 132, IMPLEMENTATION OF REVISED NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD-APPROVED MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA

In December 2011, the National Science Board (NSB) released a report on the National Science Foundation's merit review criteria. The NSB report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions, was the result of a thorough examination by the NSB Task Force on Merit Review. The Task Force was charged to investigate the effectiveness of the merit review criteria (intellectual merit and broader impacts) used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 1997 to evaluate all proposals.

Please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/in132/in132.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_80 for the full report.
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7. THE FIZEAU AND MICHELSON PRIZES IN INTERFEROMETRY--INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline: 1 May 2012

In 2010, the IAU Commission 54 (Optical and Infrared Interferometry), The Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (OCA), and the Mt. Wilson Institute (MWI) announced the creation of two prizes in Interferometry, the Fizeau Prize and the Michelson Prize. The two prizes are similar but complementary, with the Michelson Prize emphasizing application of interferometry to astrophysical research, and the Fizeau Prize emphasizing innovative technical and theoretical work.

An invitation for nominations for the second award of these prizes is hereby extended to the astronomy community, with a due date of 1 May 2012.

For the complete announcements with requirements and other information, see http://www.mtwilson.edu/michelson.php and http://www.oca.eu/fizeau-prize
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8. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS

Deadline: 7 May 2012

The next deadline for proposals to the AAS Small Research Grant Program is 7 May 2012. The program is funded by NASA and is thus intended mainly to support investigators in the U.S. working on NASA-relevant projects. Awards range from $500 to a maximum of $7,000. Proposals are welcome from astronomers with a Ph.D. or equivalent, including those not associated with an institution; graduate students are not eligible. Eligible research expenses include computing costs; equipment purchases, upgrades, and repairs; equipment transport/shipping; travel (including student travel) to observatories and/or scientific meetings, but not travel to AAS or Division meetings; and page charges. More information and application instructions: http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
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9. CARMA CALL FOR SEMESTER 2012B OBSERVING PROPOSALS

Deadline: 17:00 CDT on 14 May 2012

CARMA, the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy, is accepting observing proposals for its 2012B semester, which will extend from 6 August 2012 to 22 February 2013. For the 2012B semester, proposals will be accepted for the 23-element array (with receivers for 3mm wavelengths), as well as for subarrays of 15 antennas (1mm & 3mm) and 8 antennas (3mm & 1cm).

Approximately 30% of the observing time will be awarded to PIs outside the CARMA partner universities.

In addition to regular proposals, CARMA seeks Key Projects that are of sufficient scope and potential scientific impact to justify a significant investment of CARMA resources. Key Projects that complement ALMA or lead to follow-up programs with ALMA are encouraged.

A Key Project can request any combination of standard antenna configurations for up to 1000 hours of observing time spread over 1 to 5 semesters. In addition to the science and technical justifications, the proposal must outline a plan for the management, production, and distribution of science-quality data products. CARMA anticipates running 1-3 Key Projects concurrently.

Proposals should be submitted using the electronic form at: http.//carma-prop.astro.illinois.edu . Detailed information about CARMA, including tools to assist you in preparing proposals, is available at http://www.mmarray.org.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 17:00 CDT on 14 May 2012.
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10. ALMA CYCLE 1 EARLY SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS

Deadline: 15 May 2012

The NRAO North American ALMA Science Center is pleased to announce that the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) expects to start the next cycle of Early Science observations (Cycle 1) in January 2013. With thirty-two 12m antennas, the Cycle 1 ALMA array will provide sensitivity that is double that of the Cycle 0 array, imaging capability that is improved by more than a factor of four, and resolution that will rival HST scales. The array will also include nine 7m antennas (for short baselines) and two 12m antennas (for making single-dish maps) in the Atacama Compact Array (ACA).

A Call for Proposals for Early Science Cycle 1 will be issued at the end of May 2012, with an anticipated deadline for proposal submission in mid-July. ALMA Early Science Cycle 1 observations will start in January 2013 and span 10 months. It is anticipated that approximately 800 hours of array time will be available for Cycle 1 projects. Any astronomer may submit a proposal in response to the ALMA Early Science Cycle 1 Call for Proposals. Cycle 1 operations will be conducted on a best efforts basis, similar to the current Cycle 0 observations.

The full Cycle 1 announcement is available at https://almascience.nrao.edu/news/pre-announcement-for-cycle-1.

Detailed information on Cycle 1 will be published in the Call for Proposals.

The announcement includes a call for Notices of Intent to submit an ALMA proposal, due by 15 May 2012.
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11. CYCLE 2 CALL FOR PROPOSALS: LWA1 RADIO OBSERVATORY

Deadline: 15 June 2012

We invite applications for observing time with the LWA1 Radio Observatory. At this call the first station of the Long Wavelength Array (LWA1) is operational and offers up to four independently-steerable wide-band beams and two all-dipole modes. Each beam supports two independent tunings over the LWA1 frequency range from 10 to 88 MHz with a FWHM ranging from 15 to 2 degrees. We expect to schedule approximately 1000 beam-hours between 1 September 2012 and 28 February 2013.

The deadline for application is midnight MDT on 15 June 2012. The complete call for proposals including a cover page can be found at http://lwa.unm.edu. Support for operations and continuing development of the LWA1 is provided by the National Science Foundation under grant AST-1139974 of the University Radio Observatory program. We invite proposals from all communities wishing to use this new instrument.

More information about the capabilities of the LWA1 can be found on the LWA web pages http://www.phys.unm.edu/~lwa/status.html. An introduction to using the LWA1 is also available at http://www.ece.vt.edu/swe/lwa1/.

For questions regarding this call for proposals, please email lwa@unm.edu.
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12. THE GMT AND THE NSF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: AN EXPLANATION FOR OUR ASTRONOMICAL COLLEAGUES

The board of directors of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization has informed the National Science Foundation (NSF) that they will not submit a proposal in response to an NSF solicitation related to the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope program. After careful consideration, the GMT Board has chosen not to pursue this solicitation, but will develop their own program for cultivating partnerships within the U.S. community and with their international partners. The GMT partners remain committed to NSF's goal of realizing significant opportunities in research, education, and instrumentation for the U.S. community under a public/private/international partnership. A statement from the GMT Board explaining the rationale behind their decision and their plan to engage the US astronomical community can be found at the following link: http://www.gmto.org/pressrelease07a.html
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13. 2012 INTERNET SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR--CALL FOR JUDGES

The University of Central Florida's College of Engineering and Computer Science is seeking national on-line judges for our 15th annual Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF). Our ISTF program was recently showcased along with Google's science fair and other virtual programs in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Reporter at http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=59206. Our goal is to seek upwards to five professionals from your technical organization to participate.

This year, over 800 students in grades three through twelve (from eight states and schools in India and China) are participating. They have worked as teams using IT tools to research how national critical technologies might be applied to solve real world problems. They adhere to guidelines based on national science content standards, work with on-line technical professionals as advisors and have presented their final (four-month) research projects in a website format for judging. Your involvement is especially important as we are directing this request to organizations whose members have technical expertise related to our student team research projects.

This year's final round of judging occurs between 23 April 2012 and 11 May 2012. Each judge is asked to evaluate six teams with each review taking upwards to 20 minutes to complete and enter your scores on-line. For additional information regarding the ISTF Program and the final judge's role, please visit the ISTF Judges Newcomers section at our website at http://istf.ucf.edu/.
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14. ATTENTION DC-AREA MEMBERS: AAAS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR SCIENCE FESTIVAL

AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to talk with local high school students in a Meet the Scientist/Engineer program at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held 28-29 April at the Washington, DC, Convention Center. The free, family-oriented festival expects more than 100,000 attendees and 3,000 hands-on science activities, and AAAS is participating with activities and a stage show.

AAAS will also be hosting an hour-long Meet the Scientist/Engineer at the festival's Career Pavilion on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. This is a chance for the scientists to chat with local high school students and others in an informal, roundtable setting and answer questions about their discipline or field, research, education, career path, etc.

The scientists are asked to arrive at 2:45 p.m. and check-in at the registration desk at the Career Pavilion in the DC Convention Center, receive a free festival T-shirt to identify them as a scientist, and talk with students until 3:50 p.m. Participating scientists are encouraged to bring a prop--a cool object related to their work to help spark discussion.

Interested members should contact Linda Cendes (lcendes@aaas.org) with their name, title, institution, email, phone number, scientific discipline or field, and any ideas they have for a prop object.

Learn more about the festival: http://www.usasciencefestival.org.
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