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AAS Electronic Announcement #80 -- APRIL 2000

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:05pm 10 April 2000]

CONTENTS

  1. WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY SEEKS INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS
  2. AAO UKST SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE
  3. SIRTF LEGACY SCIENCE PROGRAM: Call for Proposals
  4. COSMOLOGY PRIZE OF THE PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION

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1. SOLICITATION FOR INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS TO ASSIST IN THE USE AND OPERATION OF THE WYOMING INFRARED OBSERVATORY

The University of Wyoming owns one of the largest infrared telescopes in the world. In an effort to enhance the use, operation, and scientific contribution of this telescope, the University is seeking innovative proposals from institutional partners for the operation of its 2.3-m visible/infrared telescope.

Schedule for Selecting Institutional Partners:

Letter of Intent by Interested Parties: by 10 May 2000

Presentation by Interested Parties to UW Wyoming Infrared Observatory Council: by July 12, 2000

Selection of Viable Institutional Partner Candidates: 12 July 2000

All interested parties should request a full solicitation by sending an email to mailto:msbenson@uwyo.edu .

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2. AAO UKST SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE
Questionnaire Deadline: 12 May 2000

The AAO UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST) is undertaking an H-alpha survey of the Southern Galactic Plane and Magellanic Clouds with an unprecedented combination of coverage, resolution and sensitivity. This should be superior to any other survey of optical line emission in our Galaxy.

We would be grateful if you could spare a few moments answering the questions found at the URL below which relate to the form and scope of the digital data products that the community would like. If demand/interest is low then only a rudimentary level of survey product will be produced.

Questionnaire URL: http://www.roe.ac.uk/wfau/halpha/questionnaire.html

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3. SIRTF LEGACY SCIENCE PROGRAM: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Issued: 28 April 2000
Letters of Intent Due: 31 July 2000
Proposals Due: 15 September 2000.

The SIRTF Science Center (SSC) at the California Institute of Technology, on behalf of NASA and the SIRTF Project at JPL, will issue the SIRTF LEGACY SCIENCE PROGRAM Call for Proposals on 28 April. This research announcement, and the accompanying SIRTF Observers Manual, will be available online. To obtain copies of these documents (once issued), visit the 'Proposal Kit' section of the SIRTF public web site (http://sirtf.caltech.edu/).

The SIRTF LEGACY SCIENCE PROGRAM enables investigators to conduct coherent, large-scale science investigations early in the mission lifetime. Approved Legacy Science investigators will be funded starting in December 2000, one year prior to the nominal SIRTF
launch date.

Questions pertaining to the LEGACY SCIENCE PROGRAM, or to any aspect of SIRTF, should be sent to the SSC HelpDesk: mailto:sirtf@ipac.caltech.edu.

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4. COSMOLOGY PRIZE OF THE PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION
Dr. Larry E. Tise, ltise@ibm.net

Please visit http://www.gruberawards.org for information on the world's first award devoted to cosmology with a substantial cash prize of $150,000. The Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation, given annually to an outstanding astronomer, cosmologist, physicist or mathematician, will recognize fundamental scientific advances that shape the way we see and comprehend our universe. The Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation will accept its first round of nominations from 2 March until 31 May 2000. The first recipient will be announced at the time of the XXIV General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Manchester, U.K., in August. The award will be formally presented on November 11, 2000, in ceremonies at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican.

The award recipients will be chosen by a distinguished Advisory Board which includes Professor John D. Barrow of Cambridge University; Dr. Vera C. Rubin of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Sir Martin Rees of the University of Cambridge; Rev. Dr. George V. Coyne, S.J.; and Professor Owen Gingerich of Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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