AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement # 12
- NASA and NSF Appropriations Bill Passes House
- Congress on Vacation - Good time to Contact Your Representatives
- NASA Science Policy Document Available Community Comments Are Sought
- AAS WWW Public Policy Page Updated
- AAS Letter Supports SOFIA and SIRTF
- AAS Topical Session Proposals due to Executive Office, Deadline November 15
- AAS Prize Nominations Sought
- 2nd Goddard Workshop on Small Satellites and Low Cost Access to Space - Deadline: September 1
- Haystack Observatory Call for Proposals, Deadline: 1 October 1995
- NSF Visiting Professorships for Women Available, Deadline November 15, 1995
- Symposium to Honor Bertram Donn
1. NASA AND NSF APPROPRIATIONS BILL PROGRESSES
Before going on vacation the House passed the Appropriations bill covering NASA and NSF. NSF emerged with a relatively small cut, $200 million. NASA was cut more, with science the major loser, mostly from Mission to Planet Earth. There was a major scare when the House Appropriations Subcommittee cut CASSINI, GPB, SOFIA and SIRTF and proposed closing Goddard and Marshall Space Flight Centers. This was changed in the full Committee when the House Science Committee Chair Bob Walker and House Speaker Newt Gingrich voiced strong support for NASA's space science program. Readers are referred to articles by Peter Boyce (August, 1995, AAS Newsletter) and Irwin Goodwin (August Physics Today, p. 45) for more detailed accounts of the process in the House. House passage is only the first step. The future for federal funding for basic research is far from certain. The Senate has yet to act. And, in the same appropriations bill, the House cut EPA by over 25%, leading supporters to pressure Congress to add money back. However, the stringent budget caps in place this year make it very hard for appropriators to solve problems by adding money. If the Senate has different science priorities than the House and does not cut EPA by as much, the money will have to come from somewhere. NSF and NASA science is a likely target.
In addition, the President has said he will veto several of the appropriations bills for various policy reasons. Both Congress and the President are making threatening statements about the government closing down because appropriations bills are not passed. In such a "train wreck" atmosphere, rational action on science agency budgets could be threatened.
2. CONGRESS ON VACATION
Good Time to Contact Your Representatives
As every friend of science in Congress has stated again and again, it is important for individual constituents to talk to their elected representatives. As a scientist living and voting in his or her district, an individual can have a strong effect upon a Congressman. To carry influence, you have to understand the arena in which a Congressman works and the pressures upon them. You also have to be informed about the issues, and informed about what science is being done in the Congressman's district.
With Congress adjourned, this is an excellent time to visit your Congressional Representatives. They generally have more time to talk and there are fewer distractions than in Washington. Advice on contacting your elected representatives is included in a link on the AAS Home Page on the World Wide Web -- http://www.aas.org.
A good source of information about how Congress works is the book, The Cardinals of Capitol Hill, Richard Munson, Grove Press, 1993. It details fairly accurately how the 1992 NASA budget was developed and passed, and provides valuable insights about the process.
3. NASA SCIENCE POLICY DOCUMENT AVAILABLE
Community Comments are Sought
NASA has developed a document which seeks to formulate the rationale for their science programs, as well as define the mechanisms for review and advice and the roles of individuals, groups, institutions and commercial enterprises involved in the NASA science programs. The draft of the document is available on the WWW via links from the NASA Home Page:
NASA Chief Scientist France Cordova asks the community to make comments on the draft document.
4. AAS PUBLIC POLICY PAGE UPDATED
The AAS WWW pages on public policy have been updated with new links and new material. Look under the public policy link for new information, updated advice and links to other information sources. Please let us know how these pages could be made more useful: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. AAS LETTER SUPPORTS SOFIA AND SIRTF
The AAS sent a strong letter of support for the new missions contained in the NASA budget. A copy of the letter appears in the August AAS Newsletter. The same Newsletter carries three letters to the editor concerning the need for individuals to contact their own Congressmen. If you are in doubt about the need to do so, these letters may be of interest. This activity is part of the effort to revitalize the AAS public policy program, which will remain under the direction of Peter Boyce.
6. TOPICAL SESSION PROPOSALS FOR JUNE 1996 MEETING DUE TO EXECUTIVE OFFICE NOVEMBER 15.
Proposals for topical sessions for the AAS meeting in Madison, WI, June 1996, are due in the Executive Office on November 15, 1995. Sessions may run from one half to one and one half days and are up to the discretion of the organizer. Information on organizing these sessions is available in the August AAS Newsletter and will be sent to department chairs shortly. Questions regarding topical sessions at AAS meetings may be directed to Diana Alexander at the Executive Office:
7. AAS PRIZE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
We call your attention to the prize nomination form which was included in the AAS Newsletter. The AAS prize committees are concerned about the small number of nominations which are received every year. They urge you to bring worthy candidates to their attention by using the form.
8. 2nd GODDARD WORKSHOP ON SMALL SATELLITES AND LOW COST ACCESS TO SPACE
Registration Deadline September 1, 1995
Workshop at Goddard Space Flight Center,Greenbelt, MD
September 11-14, 1995
The workshop will feature an exchange of ideas and information on NASA programs which provide frequent and low-cost access to space. Sounding Rockets, Balloons, Shuttle-Based and ELV Ultralight Payloads, Secondary Payloads and Flights of Opportunity offer access to space. A comprehensive program of frequent, low-cost space access must consider how to optimize opportunities and techniques so as to maximize the scientific return. These and other issues of interest to
space scientists will be discussed at the workshop. The intent of the workshop is to act as a forum for open discussion between the government, academic and commercial sectors of the space science community.
The Workshop will be held at the Building 8 Auditorium of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, beginning at 1:00 pm Monday, September 11, 1995, concluding three days later at 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 14, 1995.
Attendance is limited and all participants must register electronically prior to SEPTEMBER 1, 1995. There is no registration fee.
Small Satellite Workshop information can be obtained via anonymous FTP:
From Host: aesop.gsfc.nasa.gov
In the Directory: workshop
In the File: lowcost.announcement1
or on the WWW at URL:
For additional information, contact: email@example.com
General information on other workshops in this series can be obtained over the World Wide Web by following the relevant links on the GSFC Space Science Directorate (Code 600) page under "Upcoming Events" at URL
9. HAYSTACK OBSERVATORY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: 1 October 1995
Haystack Observatory invites proposals for the use of the 37m radio telescope for observations in the 3-mm wavelength band (85-115 GHz), as well as in the 7-mm (35-49 GHz) and 1.3-cm (21-25 GHz) bands. Priority in the winter 1995-96 season will be given to observations at 3mm, with other wavelengths covered in the Fall and Spring months. All available time for radio astronomy will be allocated on the basis of scientific merit and suitability to the instrumentation, and visitors will be expected to operate the telescope for their observations.
Information about the capabilities and operations of the Haystack telescope, and procedures for proposal submission and time requests are available on the Haystack Observatory home page on the World Wide Web at the following URL:
Or request information by email from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadlines for submission of proposals are:
1 October 1995 (all frequencies)
1 January 1996 (85-115 GHz only)
1 April 1996 (21-25 GHz and 35-49 GHz)
10. NSF VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS FOR WOMEN AVAILABLE
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 1995
The NSF Visiting Professorships for Women program is available to women scientists and engineers below the rank of professor. Eligibility, performance measures and review criteria are given in a recent NSF publication (NSF 95-113). NSF will support visits of 6 to 15 months to do research at a host institution. NSF will cover salary, travel relocation costs and research support.
If you visit the NSF Home Page (http://www.nsf.gov) the VPW program is listed under "Travel to NATO Institutes" and seems to have last year's information, including an erroneous deadline date. November 15 is correct for this year.
11. SYMPOSIUM TO HONOR BERTRAM DONN
"40 Years of Astrochemistry"
A daylong symposium to honor Bertram Donn's research accomplishments, broad interests and foresight will be held in the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, November 13, 1995. There will be no registration fee, only a charge for meals.
For travel arrangements, contact:
Sandra B. Sullivan - email@example.com