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AAS Electronic Announcement #79 -- March 2000

AAS Electronic Announcement #79 -- MARCH 2000

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:05pm 09 March 2000]

CONTENTS

  1. CHRETIEN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH GRANT
  2. UPCOMING ABSTRACT DEADLINES
  3. ALLEN'S ASTROPHYSICAL QUANTITIES -- DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS
  4. SPACE INTERFEROMETRY MISSION SCIENCE TEAM AO
  5. EARLY SCIENTIFIC USE OF THE GEMINI NORTH TELESCOPE
  6. SOUTH POLE OBSERVING OPPORTUNITY
  7. 2MASS SECOND INCREMENTAL DATA RELEASE
  8. FRIENDS OF DARK SKIES

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1. CHRETIEN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH GRANT
Proposal Deadline: 31 March 2000

The Chretien International Grant deadline is 31 March 2000. To ensure full consideration, all applications must be received by Dawn-Marie Craig in the Executive Office no later than the deadline. Complete instructions on how to apply can be found at:

http://www.aas.org/grants/chretien.html

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2. UPCOMING ABSTRACT DEADLINES

31st Meeting of the Solar Physics Division
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 18-22 June 2000
Abstract Deadline: 30 March 2000
Meeting Website: http://www.lmsal.com/spd/

196th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Rochester, New York, 4-8 June 2000
Abstract Deadline: 5 April 2000
Meeting Website: http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas196/prelim/prelim.html

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3. ALLEN'S ASTROPHYSICAL QUANTITIES -- DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS

The Fourth Edition of ALLEN'S ASTROPHYSICAL QUANTITIES, edited by Art Cox, is being offered by the publisher, Springer Verlag, to AAS Members at a 20% discount. To order, go to:

http://www.springer-ny.com/catalog/np/sep99np/0-387-98746-0.html

and follow the instructions. The discount code is "AAS."
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4. SPACE INTERFEROMETRY MISSION SCIENCE TEAM AO
Letters of Intent Due: 27 March 2000
Proposals Due: 26 May 2000.

NASA has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO 00-OSS-01) for participation on the SIM Science Team. The formal announcement is on the Office of Space Science web site, at:

http://spacescience.nasa.gov/research/open.htm

This AO solicits Key Science Projects for SIM, and also for qualified individual scientists to serve on the Science Team. Information for proposers is available via a set of information pages on the JPL SIM web site: http://sim.jpl.nasa.gov/ao_support

All questions regarding this Announcement of Opportunity should be directed to the SIM Program Scientist, Philippe Crane, at mailto:pcrane@mail.hq.nasa.gov. If necessary, the web site will be updated with new information, including 'Frequently Asked Questions'.

Proposers should check for updates occasionally; the revision date of the above web page will indicate any changes. More general information on SIM is available at the main web site: http://sim.jpl.nasa.gov/

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5. EARLY SCIENTIFIC USE OF THE GEMINI NORTH TELESCOPE
QuickStart Proposal Deadlines Vary: 31 March - 14 April 2000
Demonstration Science Letters of Interest Due: 31 March 2000

The Gemini Observatory announces a one-time-only early opportunity to use the 8-m Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea. The opportunity consists of two separate programs; a QuickStart Service (QSS) program and a Demonstration Science(DS) program. Two visiting instruments will be available for use: Hokupa'a/QUIRC the University of Hawaii 1-2.5um Adaptive Optics module and near-IR imager, and OSCIR a University of Florida 8 - 25um imager/spectrometer.

The QSS program is a service observing opportunity where Gemini staff will execute observations proposed by members of the Gemini communities. The Observatory will endeavor to make available at least one week of telescope time each month for the QSS program starting in August 2000 and continuing until the end of Jan 2001. The DS program will pursue two scientific themes; one using Hokupa'a/QUIRC and one using OSCIR. Each theme will be allocated 1 to 1.5 weeks of telescope time prior to the start of the QSS observations. The intent of the DS program is to produce data sets for the community that illustrate the capabilities of the Gemini telescope and will be of immediate scientific interest. Gemini will be forming two international DS teams to work closely with Observatory staff to define the two themes, their scientific goals and observations, execute the observations, reduce the data and prepare the data products.

For more information on this opportunity, the instrumentation and the proposal process, please see http://www.gemini.edu/ or the U.S. mirror site at http://www.us-gemini.noao.edu.

Proposals for use of QSS time should be submitted through the National Project Offices of the Gemini Partner countries. Submission deadlines range from 31 March 2000 to 14 April 2000 depending on country.

Investigators proposing for Gemini QuickStart observations through the U.S. share should apply through the normal NOAO proposal process at http://www.noao.edu/noaoprop/. Proposals are due 31 March 2000.

Letters of interest for participation in the DS Program should be emailed to mailto:demoscience@gemini.edu and are due by 31 March 2000.

The amount and distribution of telescope time available for these programs is also subject to reassessment as part of the Gemini Operational Readiness Review, scheduled for 1,2 May 2000.

NOAO/U.S. Gemini Program

(Reminder: the deadline for the second round of request for Keck/NIRSPEC observations is 21 March (see http://www.us-gemini.noao.edu for further details).)

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6. SOUTH POLE OBSERVING OPPORTUNITY
Proposals Due: before 20 April 2000

The Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (AST/RO) invites proposals for use of the 1.7m telescope during the current Austral winter season (April-October 2000). Proposals may be submitted by any qualified astronomer and will be evaluated based on scientific merit. Scheduled observations will be carried out by the AST/RO winter-over scientist in residence at South Pole, Dr. Rodney Marks, who will be considered a scientific collaborator on the observations.

Proposals submitted last year were reviewed, but observations were not possible due to instrumental problems. These problems have now been solved and we anticipate an excellent observing season this year. Previously submitted proposals will be considered again for scheduling this year, with modifications possible.

SIS receivers at 810, 460-492, and 230 GHz will be available, along with two acousto-optical spectrometers (AOS) with 1.07 MHz resolution and 1.1 GHz bandwith, and one AOS with 44 kHz resolution and 64 MHz bandwidth. Instrumental parameters are available on our web site
(http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/~adair/AST_RO), or by contacting Tony Stark or Adair Lane.

Proposals sent to the following address before 20 April 2000 will be evaluated by the AST/RO Telescope Allocation Committee for scheduling later in the season: Dr. Adair P. Lane, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS-78, Cambridge, MA 02138 (or email proposal to: mailto:adair@cfa.harvard.edu).

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7. 2MASS SECOND INCREMENTAL DATA RELEASE

The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) announces the public availability of its Second Incremental Data Release, which includes JHKs data from the northern and southern 2MASS facilities, covering 47% of the sky. Data products include positions and photometry for over 162 million point sources; positions, photometry and basic shape information for over 585,000 extended sources; and, approximately 1.9 million compressed 512x1024 pixel (1"/pixel) images in the three Survey bandpasses. Details are available on the 2MASS web site at IPAC: http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/.

2MASS is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by NASA and the NSF.

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8. FRIENDS OF DARK SKIES
Bob Gent, Public Relations Officer, IDA

The April 2000 issue of Audubon magazine is now on the news stands. On the front page, the title "Reduce Light Pollution (p. 92)" appears.

The article by Joe Bower is six pages long and is a major step forward in describing light pollution's problems and solutions. It describes
the adverse impacts of bright lights on birds, and there are many excellent quotes, side bars, and references.

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