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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #18

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #18
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CONTENTS

  1. TOWNES WORKSHOP ON OPTICAL/IR INTERFEROMETRY AND ADAPTIVE OPTICS: Contributions wanted by 23 DEC 1995
  2. NASA's RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ASTROPHYSICS DATA PROGRAM: Proposals due 27 FEB 1996
  3. NASA's OSS EDUCATION/PUBLIC OUTREACH STRATEGY: Community's views sought
  4. ITU HANDBOOK ON RADIO ASTRONOMY NOW AVAILABLE

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1. WORKSHOP ON OPTICAL/INFRARED INTERFEROMETRY AND ADAPTIVE OPTICS

Workshop on Optical/Infrared Interferometry and Adaptive Optics in honor of Charles H. Townes for his 80th birthday 25-27 January 1996

Information is available on World Wide Web site http://cfpa.berkeley.edu/workshops/gen.html

Because of the potentially large interest, the participation will be by invitation only. The organizers will strive to achieve a representative and balanced group. A few spots for contributed talks and in any case poster presentations are available. Interested scientists should send by December 23 an e-mail message to cfpa_workshop@physics.berkeley.edu. The e-mail message should include a biography of approximately
15 lines (current position, past achievements, current interests) and, if an oral or a poster presentation is requested, an abstract of 10 lines. We will attempt to send invitations before Christmas.

Organizers: M. Bester, W. Danchi. R. Genzel (co-chair), C. Max, J. Nelson and B. Sadoulet (co-chair)

Bernard Sadoulet
Center for Particle Astrophysics
Univ. of California - Berkeley
sadoulet@physics.berkeley.edu
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2. NASA's ASTROPHYSICS DATA PROGRAM
by Guenter Rielger (NASA HQ) and James Schombert (JPL/NASA HQ)

The NASA Astrophysics Data Program (ADP) began in 1986 as the "Space Astrophysics Data Analysis Program". The purpose of the ADP is to optimize the scientific return from space astrophysics missions  and to enable broad scientific investigations requiring analysis of data from one or several space-based data sets. The NASA Research Announcement was released November 28, 1995. Proposals are due Feburary 27, 1996.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the period ending Feburary 27, 1996. All forms are available through anonymous file transfer protocol from Internet host ftp.hq.nasa.gov. ASCII, Postscript, and Microsoft Word files for all Appendices and required forms are in the directory "/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/ADP/95-ADP-09." In addition, a file named "README.txt" resides in this directory and gives detailed instructions on obtaining the necessary files electronically.

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3. NASA's OSS EDUCATION/PUBLIC OUTREACH STRATEGY

Dear Colleague:

In March 1995, NASA's Office of Space Science (OSS) released "Partners in Education: A Strategy for Integrating Education and Public Outreach into NASA's Space Science Programs." This Strategy (available in electronic form through the World Wide Web at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/edu/educov.htm or through the NASA Headquarters File Server at ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov) is one component of NASA's overall contribution to a much larger ongoing national initiative to enhance science, mathematics, and technology education and scientific and technological literacy in the United States. The Strategy outlines OSS's policies and approach for making improved public understanding of science and education at all levels integral parts of space science missions and research activities. The Strategy is centered on the development of long-term partnerships between the space science and education communities--collaborations which are essential if education and public outreach efforts undertaken by OSS-supported researchers are to be genuinely useful to teachers, effective in the classroom, and accessible by the public.

In August 1995, a Task Force, which includes representatives from both the research and education communities (see below), was set up under the NASA Advisory Council's Space Science Advisory Committee to examine various approaches to the implementation of the OSS Education/Public Outreach Strategy. The Task Force--which has already had two meetings--recognizes that, in order to make most effective use of limited available resources, Education/Public Outreach activities undertaken by the OSS-supported research community must involve the scientific participants in an appropriate way which adds to and does not distort or compromise the research goals of OSS. These activities will have to be highly leveraged, build on existing programs and infrastructure, and contribute to the development of materials which can eventually be utilized at
district, state, regional, and national levels. In order to achieve these objectives, the Task Force is considering a number of approaches to fostering the development of collaborations between space science researchers and educators, utilizing state-of-the-art electronic information dissemination mechanisms (such as the World Wide Web), and to providing assistance to the research community in becoming more involved in education (particularly at the precollege level) and contributing to the broad public understanding of science.

The purpose of this letter is to obtain information and solicit the views of a broad segment of the NASA-supported space science community (as well as other interested individuals) on a number of critical issues relating to the implementation of the OSS Education/Public Outreach Strategy. The Task Force is particularly interested in learning about:

1. The kinds of educational and public outreach activities you are currently involved in. How much of your time is spent on such efforts? Towards what levels in the education system are your activities directed? Do such
activities involve active collaborations with the education community?

2. The kinds of education and public outreach activities you would like to be involved in in the future and specific areas where you think you could make your most effective contribution. How much of your time would you be prepared to spend on such activities as your contribution to NASA's and OSS's new mandates to involve the research community in precollege and public education ? Are there new kinds of opportunities for education and public outreach emerging as the result of new technology that you believe OSS and its research community should be emphasizing in the future?

For those of you willing to provide additional information related to these first two questions, a more detailed electronic questionnaire intended to help the Task Force obtain deeper insight on current and possible future
education/public outreach activities is located at URL http://ednet.gsfc.nasa.gov/oss/form.html. This site will be available for use after December 29, 1995.

3. The kinds of help that OSS might provide in order to improve your effectiveness in undertaking your own educational/public outreach efforts.

4. Any other comments you might like to make or specific suggestions you might like to offer concerning the implementation of the OSS Education/Public Outreach Strategy.

Responses to these questions should be sent to:

Dr. Reta Beebe
Astronomy Department
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, Department 4500
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001
(rbeebe@nmsu.edu)

and/or

Dr. Jeffrey Rosendhal
NASA Headquarters
Code SZ
Washington, DC 20546
(jrosendhal@smtpgmgw.ossa.hq.nasa.gov)

E-mail responses are strongly preferred. To allow adequate time for thoughtful consideration of your comments before the next Task Force meeting, we would appreciate a response by January 15.

The successful implementation of the OSS Education/Public Outreach Strategy can provide a new opportunity for scientists and educators to come together to share new discoveries, the process of doing science and its joys and creativity, and to develop effective approaches for making both the results and the process of science available to all students and the public. We look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,


Reta Beebe/New Mexico State University
Jeffrey Rosendhal/NASA Headquarters
Co-Chairs
OSS-Space Science Advisory Committee
Education/Public Outreach Implementation Task Force


Members/Affiliation:

Clarissa Bowman/Navajo Community College
Carol Christian/Space Telescope Science Institute
Julius Dasch/NASA Headquarters
Shelley Fisher/National Science Teachers Association
Linda French/Wheelock College
William Hammers/Cessna Aircraft
James Houck/Cornell University
William Jackson/University of California-Davis
Paula Keener-Chavis/College of Charleston
David Leckrone/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jorge Lopez/University of Texas at El Paso
Victor Mayer/Ohio State University
Patricia Reiff/Rice University
Dennis Schatz/Pacific Science Center
Frederick Shair/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Phyllis Sledge/Aldrin Elementary School

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4. ITU HANDBOOK ON RADIO ASTRONOMY NOW AVAILABLE

The first edition of the International Telecommunications Union HANDBOOK ON RADIO ASTRONOMY is now available. It is essential reading for radio astronomers and all persons involved in spectrum management.
The HANDBOOK includes a concise summary of radio astronomy and its need for extreme sensitivity compared to other radio communication services. It then focuses on information from all relevant ITU-R documentation relating to interference protection of radio astronomy and frequency coordination between radio communication services.

The HANDBOOK has been produced by the members of ITU-R Working Party 7D of Study Group 7 (Science Services) responsible for studies on radio astronomy, the search for extra-terrestial intelligence, and radar
astronomy, under the chairmanship of John B. Whiteoak, CSIRO. It is available from the ITU in Geneva.


Item 5737 ITU-R Handbook on Radio Astronomy
Geneva, 1995

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