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AAS Electronic Announcement #98 -- JUNE 2001

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:20pm 18 JUNE 2001]

CONTENTS

  1. NRC ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT
  2. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 11 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  3. DEMONSTRATION SCIENCE AT THE GEMINI TELESCOPES

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1. NRC ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT

The NRC Committee on Organization and Management of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (formerly known as the Blue Ribbon Panel) has begun its deliberations on

  1. the organizational effectiveness of Federal support of astronomical sciences;
  2. the advantage and disadvantages of transferring NSF's astronomy responsibilities to NASA; and
  3. other options for addressing the management and organizational issues identified by the committee and by recent NRC reports.

The committee needs to hear the views of all of us, and seeks input by its next meeting, 12 July 2001. Please send your thoughts and ideas to mailto:comraa@nas.edu.

http://www.nas.edu/bpa/projects/brp/

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2. HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE 11 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 11 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations, Archival Research and Theoretical Research. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. This solicitation will be open from 11 June 2001 through 7 September 2001 8:00pm EDT, and proposals may be
submitted throughout this period. Results of the selection will be announced in December 2001.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI World-Wide Web site at the Announcement Web Page with URL:

http://www.stsci.edu/ftp/proposer/cycle11/announce.html

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (email: mailto:help@stsci.edu; phone: 410-338-1082).

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3. DEMONSTRATION SCIENCE AT THE GEMINI TELESCOPES
By Phil Puxley and Caty Pilachowski

The International Gemini Observatory announces the opportunity to propose for Demonstration Science observations with visiting instruments during the 2001B semester. The Demonstration Science program will pursue three separate scientific themes, one each using FLAMINGOS I (a near-IR multi-object spectrograph and imager on Gemini South), Phoenix (a near-IR high resolution spectrograph on Gemini South) and CIRPASS (a near-IR integral field unit spectrograph on Gemini North). Each theme will be allocated about 1 week of telescope time.

Selection of the Demonstration Science themes and definition of the Demo Science teams (which may be drawn across multiple proposing teams and individuals) will be by Gemini Observatory together with the Gemini National Project Scientists. Each team will be led by a member of the Gemini scientific staff. Letters of Interest for participation in the Demonstration Science program should be submitted by e-mail directly to Gemini (mailto:demoscience@gemini.edu). The deadline for Letters of Interest is 15 July 2001.

For further information on the Demonstration Science Program and Gemini instruments, see the Gemini website at

http://www.gemini.edu.

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