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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #19

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #19
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CONTENTS

  1. AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICE CLOSED Blizzard Hits DC
  2. CYCLE 6 ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE HUBBLE DEEP FIELD
  3. NEW HST KEY PROJECTS FOR CYCLES 7-9
  4. HEA NRA DEADLINE POSTPONED
  5. SPACE ULTRAVIOLET/VISIBLE DETECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  6. SECOND ANNUAL PRE-COLLEGE EDUCATION WORKSHOP FOR SPACE SCIENTISTS
  7. NASA WORKSHOP ON FREE-FLYER PROGRAM


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1. AAS EXECUTIVE OFFICE CLOSED

The Executive Office was closed Monday and Tuesday due to the blizzard that hit the Washington, DC area. We will also be closed on Wednesday and hope to be back in the office on Thursday, 11 January 1996.

The San Antonio Meeting registration office, ferberts assoc, in Arizona  is open, questions should be address to reg-help@aas.org. Messages are automatically forwarded to the registration office.

Some staff members can connect to their AAS e-mail from home. So please send any correspondence and we will respond as soon as possible.

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2. CYCLE 6 ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THE HUBBLE DEEP FIELD
Bob Williams, STScI

At the AAS meeting in San Antonio the Space Telescope Science Institute will make public the data from the Hubble Deep Field (HDF). At that time STScI will invite for submission proposals for archival research funding related to this data set. Further information about the HDF and about proposing for HDF archival project funding can be found on or after January 15, 1996 on the STScI Web page (at http://www.stsci.edu) or by
contacting the STScI Science Program Selection office (410-338-4996, hst_query@stsci.edu)

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3. NEW HST KEY PROJECTS FOR CYCLES 7-9

We have just finished a very successful year of scientific accomplishments with the HST. At the present time we are working with the HST Project at Goddard Space Flight Center and the Principal Investigator Teams and their contractors on preparations for the Second Maintenance Mission, and the installation of the science instruments STIS and NICMOS in the early months of 1997.

The selection process for the observing programs to be executed in Cycle 6 has now been completed, and we have already begun our preparations for Cycle 7, which begins in July 1997. This early start is necessary so that we may inform the community of the unique new capabilities that STIS and NICMOS will provide after they are installed in the telescope.

The purpose of this letter is to solicit your ideas for new and fundamental astronomical problems that should be tackled with HST and which would require large amounts of observing time (100-150 orbits/yr) over a 3-year period. Our plan is to collect these ideas and discuss them with a newly convened Advisory Committee during the month of March, and to use their recommendations as the basis for the topics of the new Key Projects which will be solicited in the Call for Proposals for Cycle 7, to be issued in the late Spring of 1996.

The success of this activity will depend largely on the scientific input we receive from the astronomical community, and therefore we strongly encourage you to send us your views. To facilitate your response to this request for suggestions for those topics to which Key Projects should be devoted, we have established an address in the STScI home page in the World Wide Web:

http://www.stsci.edu/stsci.html

We look forward to receiving your thoughts and ideas on this matter.

--Bob Williams

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4. NASA HEA SUPPORTING RESEARCH AND TECH PROGRAM POSTPONED

Proposal deadline postponed

Due to the current budget stalemate and partial government shutdown, the deadline for NASA Research Announcement 95-OSS-17 has been postponed for at least 3 weeks. Proposals to the High-Energy Astrophysics Supporting Research and Technology program will be due NO EARLIER than February 22, 1996.

Following the return-to-work order for NASA, a revised schedule for proposal submission and review will be sent via email to those who have submitted Letters of Intent and will also be posted for anonymous ftp retrieval on the NASA Headquarters ftp site ("ftp.hq.nasa.gov" - cd to directory "astrophysics/NRAs/95-OSS-17"; note that access to this site is not guaranteed during the shutdown).

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5. SPACE ULTRAVIOLET/VISIBLE DETECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
by Edward J. Weiler (NASA HQ) and Hashima Hasan (JPL/NASA HQ)

The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for the Space Ultraviolet/Visible Detector Development Program (NRA 95-OSS-18), released December 27, 1995, specified proposal submission any time during the period ending March 27, 1996. Letters of intent should be submitted by February 5, 1996. This NASA Research Announcement solicits proposals for basic supporting research and technology in the area of ultraviolet (UV) and visible detector development for space astrophysics. This NRA is for new development efforts, as well as for ongoing programs. The purpose of this program is to provide for the basic research and technology development of detectors needed for future ultraviolet and visible space astronomy missions. The spectral range of interest is 100 to 7000 Angstroms, which covers the extreme ultraviolet, the ultraviolet, and the
visible. This program is open researchers at all categories of organizations, including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, corporations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

The main thrust of the Space Ultraviolet/Visible Detector Development Program is to provide for the orderly development of detectors needed for future space ultraviolet and visible astronomy missions. The primary goal of the program is research into and the development of detectors representing the best possible state-of-the-art detector technology for instruments that may be proposed as candidate experiments in response to future announcements of space flight opportunities. Potential future astrophysics missions include instruments which might be flown on the Space Shuttle, Small Explorer (SMEX) missions, Medium-class Explorer (MIDEX) missions, follow-on Hubble Space Telescope instruments, and future space interferometers. The intent of this NRA is not to develop space qualified hardware for specific instruments but rather to understand the fundamental operational aspects of detectors and to develop them to the point where they can be proposed as part of an instrument for future announcements of flight opportunity.

The NRA is available electronically from the NASA FTP server on "ftp.hq.nasa.gov." You should use "anonymous" for the user name and enter your e-mail address for the password. Files containing the NRA and the Appendices are located in a directory entitled "/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/UV_Visible/Detector". It will also be available from the World Wide Web directory ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/UV_Visible/Detector. For further information please contact Dr. Hashima Hasan, Office of Space Science, Code SZ, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Phone: (202) 358-0377 ; email:  hhasan@hq.nasa.gov.

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6. SECOND ANNUAL PRE-COLLEGE EDUCATION WORKSHOP FOR SPACE SCIENTISTS
(FEBRUARY 18-21, 1996, BOULDER, COLORADO)


CO-CONVENERS:
Paul B. Dusenbery, Space Science Institute
Ramon E. Lopez, University of Maryland

INTRODUCTION

The Space Science Institute will hold the 2nd annual workshop on pre-college and informal science education in Boulder, Colorado from February 18 - 21, 1996.

The Workshops' main goals are to produce a cadre of informed space scientists who can act as advocates for effective science education and to increase the effectiveness of the education activities presently underway in the space science community.

In the Workshops, scientists will be 1) acquainted with current trends in science education, such as developmentally appropriate, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum materials and performance-based assessment,
2) informed of the nature and reality of elementary and secondary school systems, 3) acquainted with national efforts such as the National Science Education Standards, the State Systemic Initiative Program,
and Project 2061, 4) acquainted with science education in an informal setting, and 5) allowed to examine the roles they can play within their communities, affecting the way science is taught.


INFORMATION

For more information, contact:
Carl Wuth
Space Science Institute
1234 Innovation Drive, Suite 294
Boulder, CO 80303-7814
Phone: (303)492-3774
Fax: (303)492-3789
Email: wuth@colorado.edu

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7. NASA WORKSHOP ON FREE-FLYER PROGRAM


NASA is sponsoring a workshop in the April 1996 timeframe to explore the scientific and technical logic of a free-flyer research program in conjunction with the International Space Station (ISS). The main goals of
the workshop are to assess the utility of such a program to the community, and evaluate possible implementation concepts. The workshop is sponsored by the NASA Space Station Research Management Office (RMO), in cooperation with NASA Headquarters' Offices of Space Science, Mission to Planet Earth, Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications, Space Access and Technology, Space Flight, and the Goddard Space Flight Center. The Goddard Space Flight Center will host the workshop, and it will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus Conference Center in the Washington, DC area.

At this early stage, we would like to solicit your interest in such a workshop. We have set up an Internet World Wide Web (WWW) homepage at

http://cobi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ISS_SW/ISS_SW.html

that provides the most current information, including a copy of the full announcement and invitation letter from the sponsors. You will find a survey form there that you may want to complete as soon as possible so we can
benefit from your thoughts. We will be using the list developed from this survey for future notifications.

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