AAS Electronic Announcement #86 -- SEPT 2000
[Mailed from aas.org at 4:50pm 7 SEPT 2000]
- AAS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GRANT PROGRAM
- INDUSTRIAL ASTRONOMER NETWORK
- US ELECTION DURING HEAD HAWAII MEETING
- FIRST WORKSHOP ON THE GROUND-BASED O/IR SYSTEM
- STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS PROGRAM GRANTS
- NOAO CALLS FOR U.S. GEMINI PROPOSALS
- NSF ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMS
- RESEARCH CORPORATION CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- MARCONI SCIENCE AWARD
- UPDATES TO STARPAGE LISTINGS
1. AAS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GRANT PROGRAM
Deadline: 22 September 2000
The deadline for application to the International Travel Grant program has been extended until Friday, 22 September 2000.
This AAS program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides US researchers with funding for international round-trip air transportation to scientific meetings overseas. Meetings occurring between 1 September 2000 and 1 April 2001 will be considered by the
Applications are available for download from
2. INDUSTRIAL ASTRONOMER NETWORK
Did you know that the AAS maintains a growing database of astronomers working in industry? Would you like to be listed? Send email to Kevin Marvel (mailto:email@example.com) to get your company and personal email address listed. The idea behind this service is to provide astronomy educated individuals with a ready network for information about working in industry as well as serving as a network for astronomers already working in industry. As the database grows, the employment committee, may consider increasing the programs focused on industrial astronomers provided at meetings and by the AAS in general. Sign up today!
3. US ELECTION DURING HEAD HAWAII MEETING
The United States Presidential Election is on Tuesday, 7 November 2000. Voters planning to attend the High Energy Astrophysics Division Meeting should check with their local authorities if they wish to obtain absentee ballots. Election regulations vary from state to state.
4. FIRST WORKSHOP ON THE GROUND-BASED O/IR SYSTEM
As a result of the recommendation of the recent AASC decadal review, a community workshop is being organized to begin exploring the ways that publicly and privately funded observatories and institutions can work together with the goal of keeping our suite of capabilities relevant, cutting-edge, and competitive over the next decade. This workshop will include a discussion of the elements of the O/IR ground-based system and science-based needs for the coming decade. The organizers are planning for participation by 50 invited guests and an additional 50 drawn from the community.
The workshop will be held 27-28 October (Friday and Saturday) at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. More information can be found at
5. STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS PROGRAM GRANTS
Advertised Deadline: 15 September 2000
Extended Deadline: 1 October 2000
In the summer of 2001, Earthwatch Institute and The Durfee Foundation will sponsor 10 - 12 research projects through the Student Challenge Awards Program. Scientists with research projects amenable to the participation of talented high school students are invited to apply for grants of $8,000 to $14,000. These grants cover the expenses of giving six to eight high school students the opportunity to work alongside scientists at research sites in North America, Hawaii, or the Caribbean. Students with interest in science, and demonstrated talent in the arts and humanities, are recruited through a nationwide search and highly competitive selection process. Earthwatch Institute assigns the students to research sites.
Student Challenge Awards projects are fielded between 15 June and 20 August and run for 12 to 18 days. 15 September 2000 has been advertised as the proposal deadline for SCAP projects fielded in the summer of 2001, but proposals received by 1 October will be considered.
For a program overview, project structure, and grant application information, please go to:
For links to web sites created by SCAP teams and information about nominating students for an award please go to:
For more information contact:
Dee Robbins, SCAP Program Director
3 Clocktower Place, Suite 100
P.O. Box 75
Maynard, MA 01754
Phone: 800-776-0188 or 978-461-0081, ext. 109
Fax number: 978-461-2332
6. NOAO CALLS FOR U.S. GEMINI PROPOSALS
By: Bob Schommer and Caty Pilachowski
Deadline: 30 September 2000
The International Gemini Observatory has announced the availability of the Gemini North Telescope for science programs in the 2001A semester, and NOAO has issued a call for proposals for U.S. programs on Gemini. Proposals for Gemini observing time are due 30 September 2000. Approximately 34 nights are available for U.S. allocations during the 2001A semester. Proposals should be submitted through NOAO using the NOAO proposal form. Further information is available at the NOAO Proposal website at the following URL:
The instruments available include the Near-IR Imager (NIRI), the University of Hawaii's Hokupa'a/QUIRC AO camera, and OSCIR, a 10-20 micron imaging spectrometer from the University of Florida.
Gemini observing requests may be submitted as part of proposals for time at CTIO, KPNO, or on the HET through the NSF Public Access Program. These requests are also due 30 September 2000.
7. NSF ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMS
Deadline: 13 November 2000
The NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences announces a new program of postdoctoral fellowships in astronomy and astrophysics.
The NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified young investigators within three years of obtaining their PhD to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in research of observational, instrumental, or theoretical nature, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice.
The program is intended to recognize young investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community.
Please see the program announcement (NSF 00-136) at:
for information on the fellowship opportunities and how to submit applications. Deadline for submission of proposals is 13 November
Please contact Dr. James P. Wright at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or
703-292-4910; or Dr. Eileen D. Friel at mailto:email@example.com or
703-292-4895 for more information, or see the Astronomy Division
web site at:
MPS DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline: 13 November 2000
The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) announces a special opportunity for postdoctoral investigators to conduct research projects abroad as MPS Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellows (MPS-DRF). The program is intended to provide talented recent doctoral recipients in the mathematical and physical sciences an effective means of establishing international collaborations in the early stages of their careers. Please see the program announcement at:
for more information, or contact Dr. Eileen D. Friel at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-292-4895.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH (ITR)
The solicitation for the Information Technology Research (ITR) program has just been released, and is posted on the NSF web site at:
Pre-proposals are required for some categories of proposals, and deadlines vary with proposal size, so please refer to the program announcement for details. Additional information related to the ITR initiative, Awards Listings for ITR 2000, responses to Frequently Asked Questions and expanded discussion of research topics will be available on the ITR Home Page at:
Please contact Dr. Eileen Friel at mailto:email@example.com or 703-292-4895 with questions or to discuss plans for proposal
RESEARCH IN UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS
A new program announcement for the NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Program is now available (NSF 00-144). It may be found at:
This announcement replaces publications NSF 94-79 and NSF 99-11.
8. RESEARCH CORPORATION CALL FOR PROPOSALS
A foundation for the advancement of science, Research Corporation supports basic scientific research in chemistry, physics and astronomy at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. Proposal deadlines follow the program descriptions.
Cottrell College Science Awards support research involving students in physics, chemistry and astronomy at public and private undergraduate institutions (15 May, 15 November).
Cottrell Scholars Awards support excellence in university research and teaching for faculty in the third year of their first appointment (1 September).
Research Innovation Awards fund highly original research by beginning faculty members at research universities (1 May).
Research Opportunity Awards assist midcareer chemists, astronomers and physicists in doctoral departments to pursue new areas of research (1 May, 1 October).
Complete program guidelines and application request forms are available from the the foundation's web site:
Contacts: Humberto Campins, Program Officer and Carmen Vitello, Editor, 520-571-1111, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
9. NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 2 October 2000
Applications for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility are solicited for the time period 1 February 2001 through 31 July 2001.
The IRTF has three facility instruments available: NSFCAM, a 1-5 micron camera; CSHELL, a 1-5 micron echelle spectrograph; and SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed moderate resolution spectrograph. Information on these instruments and the IRTF may be obtained at:
The 4.5-25 micron TEXES grating spectrograph will be available for collaborative projects. TEXES has three spectrographic modes:cross-dispersed with resolving power of approximately 100,000 and long-slit with resolving power of approximately 4,000 and 15,000. For further information, contact Matt Richter at: mailto:email@example.com.
In addition, the 7-25 micron MIRLIN camera will also be available at the IRTF for 8 months each year starting March 1, 2001. MIRLIN is a 128x128 pixel camera with 13 fixed filters and a 2% CVF which covers 7.5-13.5 microns. The plate scale is 0.47 arcsec/pixel, yielding a total field-of-view of about 1 arcminute. Further information may be found at the MIRLIN web page:
or contact Mike Ressler at: mailto:Michael.E.Ressler@jpl.nasa.gov.
Instructions on how to prepare and submit the electronic application may be found on the IRTF web site at:
Further questions can be addressed to Alan Tokunaga, IRTF Division Chief, at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. MARCONI SCIENCE AWARD
Deadline: 31 October 2000
The U.S. national Italian-American organization UNICO is looking for an Italian American scientist to recognize. The candidate must be a scientist or engineer of Italian heritage who has been published and holds at least one patent.
The deadline is 31 October 2000. The award will be presented at a banquet in San Diego California on 20 January 2001.
Contact: Matt Risi, mailto:RIGOLETTO2@aol.com
11. UPDATES TO STARPAGE LISTINGS
Prof. Andre Heck has asked us to remind our members of the availability of the collection of directories, dictionaries, databases and related products which constitute the StarPages listings. These are freely available on the WWW for all astronomers. Persons interested in adding or updating personal listings in the Star Heads section of this group should visit
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