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AAS Electronic Announcement #87 -- OCT 2000

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:45pm 5 OCT 2000]

CONTENTS

  1. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WEB PAGE
  2. ANNUAL REPORTS OF ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES AND DEPARTMENTS
  3. 2001 AAS DIRECTORY . . . ALERT YOUR MAILROOM
  4. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN FORUM ON S&T
  5. INFO FOR ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAM CHAIRS
  6. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HERBERT FRIEDMAN
  7. DISCOUNTED AAPT MEMBERSHIP FOR AAS MEMBERS
  8. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ADDITIONAL TARGETS FOR THE 6dF GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY
  9. ALL FOR 6dF SHARED-RISK COMMISSIONING-TIME (JAN-MAR 2001) AND 6dF OPEN-TIME (APR-JUL 2001) PROPOSALS
  10. APPLICATIONS FOR GEMINI NIRSPEC OBSERVATIONS
  11. SIGMA XI FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT RESEARCH
  12. CALL FOR EARLY SCIENCE OBSERVING PROPOSALS USING THE NEW GREEN BANK TELESCOPE

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1. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WEB PAGE

The AAS maintains a web page of summer employment opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Institutions with programs (such as REU programs) are welcome to send an email with a brief description of the program, a web link where students can retrieve further information and a contact person's email address. Information for summer 2001 programs will be posted as soon as we receive the information. The Summer Employment Opportunities web page is:

http://www.aas.org/career/Summer.html

Send information to Kevin Marvel, mailto:marvel@aas.org.

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2. ANNUAL REPORTS OF ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES AND DEPARTMENTS
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2000

Information on the preparation of Observatory/Departmental Reports can be found at

http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/baasems.html

Reports submitted in LaTeX may be submitted at any time during the year and will be posted on the BAAS Website within 3-4 weeks of receipt.

http://www.aip.org/baas/vol_33toc.html

New this year: LaTeX-formatted reports and coversheets should be EMAILED to obsrep@aas.org.

For further information, contact Lynn Scholz, mailto:lscholz@aas.org

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3. 2001 AAS DIRECTORY . . . ALERT YOUR MAILROOM

The 2001 AAS Membership Directory will be mailed Third Class at the end of October. If your institution mail room has a policy of discarding Third Class Mail, please ask them to make an exception for the Directory. We cannot replace Directories discarded by members' institutions.

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4. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN FORUM ON S&T

A forum sponsored by the AAAS will be available for viewing online starting on Friday, 6 October. The event took place on 5 October in Washington and featured science policy advisors close to each campaign. Speaking for the Gore campaign was David Beier, the chief domestic policy advisor to the Vice President since April 1998. Representing the Bush campaign was former House Science Committee Chairman Bob Walker, currently the CEO of the Wexler Group (a DC government relations firm). AAS members may find the first portion of the event of interest. Each representative had 15 minutes to provide an opening statement followed by some questions from National Public Radio's science correspondent, Joe Palca and members of the DC S&T Policy community.

http://www.aaas.org/news/forum.html

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5. INFO FOR ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAM CHAIRS

To Astronomy Department and Program Chairs,

In late September, a meeting of department chairs or other leaders of forty astronomy departments and programs was held in Dallas, with sponsorship by the AAS. This group decided to gather and distribute statistical information that might be useful to astronomy department chairs for planning and advocacy purposes. The statistics slated for inclusion are: --salary distributions, startup funding offered, fringe benefit packages for postdocs, graduate funding packages, summer support, indirect cost return fraction and obligations, faculty load, enrollments in astronomy courses, class size, and size of discretionary budgets and departmental endowments. This material will be assembled via a Web-based form, probably maintained by the AAS, and will be made available to department chairs. If you have concerns about this activity or are interested in helping, please reply to me by e-mail at mailto:bpartrid@haverford.edu WITH A COPY TO DOUG  RICHSTONE at mailto:dor@umich.edu.

Many thanks,
Bruce Partridge

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6. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HERBERT FRIEDMAN

Dr. Herbert Friedman, Chief Scientist Emeritus of the E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. passed away on 9 September 2000.

Friends are invited to a memorial service in his honor on 19 October 2000, 2:00-4:00pm at the COSMOS Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington D.C.

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7. DISCOUNTED AAPT MEMBERSHIP FOR AAS MEMBERS

Take advantage of a special price introductory membership offer from the American Association of Physics Teachers. Access

http://www.aapt.org/membership/aas

to read about some of the benefits of membership: the American Journal of Physics, the Physics Teacher and programs directly related to astronomy.

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8. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ADDITIONAL TARGETS FOR THE 6dF GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY
Deadline: 15 October 2000

The Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) is to undertake a redshift survey of the southern sky using the Six-Degree Field multifibre spectroscopy system (6dF) on the 1.2-m UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST).

6dF is now nearing completion at the AAO's Epping laboratory. It consists of 150x100um fibres (projecting to 6.7 arcsec diameter on the sky), which are positioned off-line by an r-theta robot across a circular field with diameter 6 degrees. Sources cannot be observed at separations less than 5 arcmin.

The z-survey is to start in April 2001, and is expected to take about 2 years, using 75% of scheduled time on the UKST. The survey will cover the entire southern sky with |b|>10 degrees. The primary target list will be galaxies without already-measured redshifts selected from 2MASS, DENIS, APM and SuperCosmos data. The galaxy sample will be complete to total magnitudes close to K'=12.8, H=13.5, J=14.1, I=15.0, r_F=15.5, b_J=16.5. The data will be non-proprietary.

The primary target list amounts to approximately 100,000 galaxies. The 6dF Science Advisory Group (6dFSAG) has recommended that there is scope for up to an additional 20,000 objects to be observed along with the main sample.

Applications are now invited to determine the best additional samples that can be accommodated on scientific and technical grounds in these two categories. These additional targets will be observed, reduced and the data made publicly available along with the primary sample.

Full details of the configuration of the instrument for the additional targets and the manner in which they will be incorporated into the survey are in the complete version of this announcement, which can be found at

http://www.aao.gov.au/6df-ao.txt

Proposals for the z-survey additional targets should be submitted by 15th October 2000 using the web form indicated at the above site.

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9. CALL FOR 6dF SHARED-RISK COMMISSIONING-TIME (JAN-MAR 2001) AND 6dF OPEN-TIME (APR-JUL 2001) PROPOSALS
Deadline: 15 October 2000

It is expected that 6dF commissioning will start on the UKST during December 2000. A three-month commissioning period has been agreed, with the main 6dF Galaxy Survey scheduled to begin in April 2001. Depending on progress during the commissioning phase, there
is the possibility that significant amounts of 6dF commissioning-time could be used to perform scientific observations on a best-efforts basis. Optimum efficiency and performance may not be available during this phase. However, projects requiring observations of a few hundred objects over several 6dF fields should be able to be attempted. Such commissioning time is likely to cover the period Jan-Mar 2001.

All observations will be carried out in service mode by the 6dF commissioning team. Science observations will be chosen at appropriate points during commissioning on the basis of scientific ranking by the STP and compatibility with the functionality of 6dF at the time (e.g. fibre reconfiguration time).

Every attempt will be made by the commissioning team to fulfill the notional 12 nights allocated to science during the period. However, the science time should be viewed as `shared-risk' by proposers. In the event that essential commissioning encroaches on this time, there can be no guaranteed pay-back.

Standard 6dF open-time (at the level of 15% of overall UKST time) will be available for community use from Apr-Jul 2001 (i.e. the remainder of Semester 01A) and on the usual 6-monthly cycle thereafter. Thus, approximately 10 nights of open-time will be available in Semester 01A.

Astronomers interested in either the commissioning time or general open-time are invited to consult the full text of this announcement on

http://www.aao.gov.au/6df-ao.txt

The deadline for both commissioning applications (Jan-Mar) and those for the remainder of Semester 01A (Apr-Jul) is 15 October 2000.
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10. APPLICATIONS FOR GEMINI NIRSPEC OBSERVATIONS
Deadline: 16 October 2000

The Gemini Observatory has been allocated twelve nights of observing time with the NIRSPEC IR spectrometer on the 10-m Keck II telescope on Mauna Kea over a two year period, in return for one of Gemini's Aladdin InSb arrays. The NIRSPEC observations are carried out as a "service" program by Gemini staff.

The next scheduled nights for Gemini NIRSPEC observing are 14-16 December 2000. The deadline for receiving NIRSPEC proposals for the December 2000 run is the end of Monday, 16 October, Hawaiian time. Proposals submitted for last semester (2000A) will not be considered for 2000B; new versions must be submitted. The proposal rules have changed somewhat since last semester, so please (re)read them prior to writing your proposal(s).

For further information, please see Gemini's NIRSPEC website available via the Gemini Observatory homepage at

http://www.us-gemini.noao.edu

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11. SIGMA XI FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT RESEARCH
Deadline: 16 October 2000

Small grants for undergraduate and graduate student research in all branches of science and engineering, up to $1,000. Funds awarded in early December. Additional funds, up to $2,500 available for Astronomy in general, and research specifically involving meteors, meteorites and space. Fall deadline is October 16, 2000. Membership with Sigma Xi is required for some, but not all funds. Send applications
electronically to Grants-in-Aid of Research Program:

http://www.sigmaxi.org/giar/guidelines.htm

For more information about Sigma Xi: www.sigmaxi.org

Julia Reed
Programs Coordinator
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
giar@sigmaxi.org
800-243-6534 ext. 206

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12. CALL FOR EARLY SCIENCE OBSERVING PROPOSALS USING THE NEW GREEN BANK TELESCOPE
Deadline for receipt: 1 December 2000

The 100 m NRAO Green Bank Telescope saw first light at 403 MHz on 22 August. Commissioning will begin soon at low frequencies (< 5 GHz). The frequency limit will rise steadily, and should reach 50 GHz within one year, with plans for 100 GHz operation within two years.

The NRAO will schedule a small number of early science projects during the commissioning process as the observing capability and frequency range permit. These should utilize one of the unique capabilities of the GBT -- unblocked optics, large fully-steerable aperture, active surface and metrology systems, wide bandwidth spectrometer, and Quiet Zone location -- and should offer the possibility of significant and unique scientific results. This special call for proposals is intended for experienced observers willing and able to perform
observations in a commissioning environment.

A complete description of the call for GBT Early Science proposals including important conditions, a short users guide for the GBT, and instructions for using the new proposal submission tool can be found at

http://www.nrao.edu/GBT/proposals

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