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AAS Electronic Announcement #94 -- APRIL 2001

[Mailed from aas.org at 6:00pm 10 APRIL 2001]

CONTENTS

  1. PASADENA MEETING UPDATES
    Register by 25 April 2001
  2. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC
  3. USAGE SURVEY OF EPRINT ARCHIVES
  4. SOUTH POLE SUBMILLIMETER OBSERVING
    Proposals Due 20 April 2001
  5. LIMITED ACCESS TO NIRSPEC ON KECK II AVAILABLE TO GEMINI COMMUNITY
    Proposals Due: 23 April 2001
  6. NOAO NSO MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS PROGRAM
    Letters of Intent Due: 4 May 2001
  7. FAR UV SPECTROSCOPIC EXPLORER GUEST INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM
    Proposals Due: 11 May 2001
  8. 2001 COSMOLOGY PRIZE OF THE PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION
    Nominations Due: 31 MAY 2001
  9. 9. AAAS TO HOLD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CAREER WORKSHOP

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1. PASADENA MEETING UPDATES

In conjunction with the AAS business meeting in Pasadena, Dr. Eileen Friel of NSF and Dr. Guenter Riegler of NASA will present an informative discussion of the grant process at both of their agencies. They will also offer pointers for writing better proposals and how to succeed in securing agency funding for astronomical research.

The Employment Committee is organizing a lunchtime "Meet-and-Greet" activity for early-career astronomers to meet prize winners, topical session presenters and invited speakers in a casual setting. Tables will be set-up by the Job Center. Committee members will be available to help make introductions, facilitate interaction and discuss career opportunities, too.

A tour of JPL Interferometry Facilities has been planned for Tuesday, 5 June at 8:30am.

Hotel reservations must be made by 27 April 2001:

ftp://ftp.aas.org/meetings/aas198/houseform.pdf

Further details will be published in the Meeting Final Program. You will receive notice later this month when the Program is posted online. To receive a paper copy of the Program, you must register by 25 April 2001:

https://www.aas.org/meetings/aas198/regform.html

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2. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC

On 1 August 2001, Jay White will step down from his position as Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). Accordingly, the Board of Directors invites applications for the position. A later starting date may be arranged for especially well-qualified candidates. The Executive Director manages the day-to-day activities of the Society and interacts closely with the President of the ASP (currently Alex Filippenko, whose two-year term started in March 2001). The ASP is among the oldest and largest general astronomical societies in the world, with members in all 50 States and over 70 other countries. Its annual budget is approximately $3 million.

The ASP publishes Mercury magazine, the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), the ASP Conference Proceedings Series, the publications of the International Astronomical Union, and an electronic newsletter for K-12 teachers. It operates an extensive mail-order catalogue of astronomy and science education merchandise and is heavily involved in astronomy education.

Find more information on the ASP at http://www.aspsky.org, and the specific notice for the position of Executive Director at

http://www.aspsky.org/news/execdirect.html

This position will also appear in the May 1 AAS Job Register.

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3. USAGE SURVEY OF EPRINT ARCHIVES
Stevan Harnad, Professor of Cognitive Science,
University of Southampton, mailto:harnad@cogsci.soton.ac.uk

A survey is being conducted on current users and non-users of Eprint Archives. The survey results will be shared with the AAS.

http://www.eprints.org/survey/

The purpose of the survey is to determine who is and is not using such archives at this time, how they use them if they do, why they do not use them if they do not, and what features they would like to have added to them to make them more useful. (The survey is anonymous. Revealing your identity is optional and it will be kept confidential.)

The survey consists of about 72 web-based questions, and comes in four versions:

PHYSICISTS, ASTROPHYSICISTS, MATHEMATICIANS

1. arXiv Users
2. arXiv Non-Users

COGNITIVE SCIENTISTS (Psychologists, Neuroscientists, Behavioral Biologists, Computer Scientists [AI/robotics/vision/speech/learning], Linguists, Philosophers) and OTHER DISCIPLINES

3. CogPrints Users
4. CogPrints Non-Users

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4. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SOUTH POLE SUBMILLIMETER OBSERVING
Due: 20 April 2001

The Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (AST/RO) invites proposals for use of the 1.7m telescope during the current Austral winter season (2001 April-October). 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 winterover scientist in residence at South Pole, Dr. Chris Martin, who will be considered a scientific collaborator on the observations. Previously submitted proposals will also be considered for scheduling this year, with modifications possible.

SIS receivers at 806-809, 460-492, and 230 GHz are 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 the AST/RO website

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 2001 will be evaluated by the AST/RO Telescope Allocation Committee for scheduling later in the season: Dr. Adair P. Lane, AST/RO Project Manager, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, MS-78, Cambridge, MA 02138 (or, preferably, email proposal to: mailto:adair@cfa.harvard.edu).

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5. LIMITED ACCESS TO NIRSPEC ON KECK II AVAILABLE TO GEMINI COMMUNITY
Proposals Due: 23 April 2001

Scientists from the Gemini partner countries are invited once again to apply for time on the 1-5 micron spectrograph, NIRSPEC, on the 10-m Keck II Telescope. In the current 2001A semester the W. M. Keck Observatory has allocated three nights to the Gemini Observatory. Observations will be carried out in a "Service Observing" mode, with Gemini staff executing the observations on behalf of successful applicants from the Gemini partnership. Proposals for use of this NIRSPEC time are to be submitted to the Gemini Observatory and will be reviewed and prioritized by external scientific referees and internal technical assessors.

The Gemini NIRSPEC observing time in semester 2001A is scheduled on 11-13 June. Proposals are due by 23 April. Further
information about this opportunity, including application forms and more detailed information about NIRSPEC, is available on the Gemini web pages, via the home page

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

or via the NIRSPEC page\

http://www.us-gemini.noao.edu/sciops/instruments/nirspec/nirspecIndex.html

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6. NOAO NSO MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS PROGRAM
Letters of Intent Due: 4 May 2001

The National Science Foundation announces the release of a program solicitation for the Management and Operations of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories and the National Solar Observatory (NSF 01-80). Letters of intent are due 4 May 2001, with full proposals due 20 July 2001.

The Division of Astronomical Sciences will hold a briefing on 23 April 2001 for potential proposers with interest in this program solicitation. The program solicitation can be found at

http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0180.

Please contact Daniel Weedman, at 703-292-4909 or at mailto:dweedman@nsf.gov for more information.

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7. FAR UV SPECTROSCOPIC EXPLORER GUEST INVESTIGATOR PROGRAM
Proposals Due: 11 May 2001

Observing proposals for Cycle 3 of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) Guest Investigator Program are due 11 May 2001. Cycle 3 covers the period December 2001 through November 2002. The NASA Research Announcement, electronic proposal template, and other information of interest to prospective proposers are available at:

http://fusewww.gsfc.nasa.gov/fuse/

The FUSE Observer's Guide and other relevant documentation are available from the FUSE Science Center web site:

http://fuse.pha.jhu.edu/

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8. 2001 COSMOLOGY PRIZE OF THE PETER GRUBER FOUNDATION
Nominations Due: 31 MAY 2001

The Peter Gruber Foundation of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, is currently inviting nominations for the year 2001 Cosmology Prize of the Foundation. The deadline for the receipt of nominations has recently been extended to 31 May 31 2001 to accommodate those individuals and institutions wishing to submit nominations. Recipients of the award are presented an unrestricted cash prize of $150,000 and 2.5 inch gold medal at ceremonies held in historic settings related to the history of scientific cosmology.

Nominations are invited from the fields of astronomy, cosmology, mathematics, physics, and philosophy of science for achievements that have produced fundamental advances in our scientific understanding of the nature of the Universe and how we perceive it.

Nomination forms and related information may be downloaded from the foundation's website at

http://www.PeterGruberFoundation.org

(also reachable through the award program's earlier address www.gruberawards.org). Forms may also be requested by mail from the Foundation's Office at PO Box 503210, St. Thomas, VI 00805, by phone at 340-775-8035 or fax 340-775-8040.

Questions relating to proposed nominations, eligibility of individuals or achievements, and the like should be addressed to Dr. Larry E. Tise, Executive Awards Administrator, Peter Gruber Foundation Awards, PO Box 15792, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone 215-765-4525, Fax 215-765-2721, E-mail mailto:ltise@attglobal.net.

In year 2000, the first year of the Cosmology Prize, two Cosmology prizes of $150,000 each were presented to Phillip James E. Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Princeton University and to Allan  R. Sandage, Staff Astronomer Emeritus, The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The awards were announced at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Manchester, UK, in August and were conferred at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican in November.

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9. AAAS TO HOLD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CAREER WORKSHOP

An informal gathering for the rising generation of S&T policy professionals will be held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, on Saturday, 5 May 2001. The program follows the 26th Annual AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy on 3-4 May.

The workshop will provide a forum for the next generation of S&T policy professionals to discuss careers in and the future of S&T policy. Speakers will include both early career professionals and leaders in the field. The intended audience is the rising generation of science policy professionals, especially students and those within five years of their final degree.

The event will be free of charge and open to the public, and will be held 8:30 am - 12:45 pm on Saturday, 5 May 2001, in the AAAS Auditorium, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (main  entrance at the corner of 12th and H Streets, one block north of the Metro Center metro station). The workshop is sponsored by the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. Please RSVP at the workshop's website

http://www.aaas.org/spp/nextgen

so that we can gauge attendance. Questions may be directed to mailto:ssingh@aaas.org

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