AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #23
- JOB HUNTING SKILLS AND CAREER RESOURCES WORKSHOP
- COMET HYAKUTAKE DISPLAY SESSION IN MADISON
- LARGE ABSTRACT COUNT FOR MADISON
- CORRECTION: NED HOLDINGS 382,000
- NASA's ASTROPHYSICS THEORY PROGRAM
- NASA OBSERVING TIME AT KECK OBSERVATORY
- NASA ROSAT GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM, NRA 96-ROSAT-07
- GOLDIN'S SPEECH TO AAS POSTED ON WEB
- TASK GROUP ON SPACE ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
- HST SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY TO BE RELEASED IN FALL - SEEK SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING NOW
- INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FREE-FLYER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
1. JOB HUNTING SKILLS AND CAREER RESOURCES WORKSHOP
The AAS is sponsoring a career workshop at the Madison Meeting for Astronomers seeking employment. The workshop will cover a wide range of tools needed by a job seeker with a background in astronomy.
Sign-up by 10 May 1996.
Information available at:
2. COMET HYAKUTAKE DISPLAY SESSION IN MADISON
A poster session on Comet Hyakutake is being organized by Mike A'Hearn and added to the schedule of the Madison Meeting. Contributed late papers are being accepted through 10 May 1996. In conjunction, a panel
discussion will take place at noon on Wednesday, 12 June 1996.
Further details will be published in the Final Program -- but remember by the time you read the Program it may be too late to submit an abstract for this Comet Session.
3. LARGE ABSTRACT COUNT FOR MADISON
We received many more abstracts than anticipated for a summer meeting -- 787. The previous record was 757 for the Berkeley meeting. We encourage participants to make their room reservations early. See
4. CORRECTION: NED HOLDINGS 382,000
In the last Electronic Announcement we inadvertently reported that NED has holdings of 82,000 objects, this should have read 382,000 objects.
5. NASA's ASTROPHYSICS THEORY PROGRAM
By James Schombert, JPL/NASA HQ and Guenter Riegler, NASA HQ
The NASA Astrophysics Theory Program supports efforts to develop the basic theory needed for NASA's Space Astrophysics program. This program seeks to address theoretical problems in Space Astrophysics which are either broadly applicable across Astrophysics, or narrowly focused on a particular subdiscipline of Space Astrophysics. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the period ending 19 June 1996. The proposal deadline will be adhered to strictly, and proposals received after 19 June 1996, will be held for the next review cycle which will commence in 1996. Proposals will be evaluated by scientific peer review panels with the goal of announcing selection in September 1996, and with availability of funds tentatively scheduled for October 1996 (subject to the NASA budget cycle).
Further details relevant to this program are available from our ftp site, ftp.astrophysics.hq.nasa.gov. The command "ftp ftp.hq.nasa.gov" should be issued from the users machine. The user will then be prompted for a user name (use "anonymous") and a password (please use your own host name). ASCII and Postscript files for the Research Announcement, cover pages, budget forms, and the electronic submission form are located in the directory "/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/ATP/96-ATP-04." In addition, a file named "README.txt" resides in this directory and gives detailed instructions.
6. NASA OBSERVING TIME AT KECK OBSERVATORY
From Dear Colleague Letter dated 18 March 1996.
Applications for observing for the partial semester starting 1 October 1996 through 5 February 1997 are due 1 May 1996.
Details available on the Web:
7. NASA ROSAT GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM - NRA 96-ROSAT-07
Proposals due 15 May 1996. Program description and appendices available from
8. GOLDIN'S SPEECH TO AAS POSTED ON WEB
The "NASA in the Next Millennium" speech delivered by Daniel S. Goldin at the AAS San Antonio Meeting is available on the AAS Homepage. See
9. TASK GROUP ON SPACE ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
NASA's Office of Space Science has asked the NRC's Space Studies Board to "begin a process to develop recommendations to OSS for future directions in space astrophysics" The goal of this study is "to identify
the most exciting scientific objectives in astrophysics and to support formulation of a strategy to achieve these objectives."
NASA's request is being addressed in two phases by the newly formed Task Group on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics (TGSAA), chaired by Patrick Thaddeus of CfA, in cooperation with the NRC's existing Committee
on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA), co-chaired by Marcia Rieke of the U. of Arizona and Marc Davis of the UC, Berkeley.
The first phase will assess the scientific progress made since the publication of the Bahcall report in 1991. It will identify and prioritize open questions in astronomical and astrophysical research. The resulting science strategy will be used by OSS in formulating the next revision (mid-1997) of its strategic plan.
The second phase will assess the degree to which specific mission concepts meet the scientific goals outlined in the phase one report. The resulting mission prioritization will enable OSS to develop budget advocacy for new missions in the FY 2000+ period. TGSAA has established four panels to draft the science strategy. These panels cover the areas traditionally the responsibility of NASA's former astrophysics division (i.e., planetary astronomy and solar-, space- and cosmic-ray physics will not be considered in this study).
The panels are:
1. Star Formation and the Interstellar Medium (chaired by Christopher McKee, UC, Berkeley) -- including the search for extrasolar planets;
2. Stars and Stellar Evolution (chaired by J. Craig Wheeler, U. Texas) -- excluding star formation, but including the end points of stellar evolution;
3. Galaxies and Stellar Systems (chaired by Richard Kron, U. Chicago) -- including formation and evolution of galaxies, galactic structure and active galactic nuclei; and
4. Cosmology and Fundamental Physics (chaired by Michael Hauser, STScI) -- including cosmic background radiation, gravitational astronomy and the search for dark matter.
What scientific goals and priority missions NASA should pursue in the post-SIRTF era? Please send your ideas, mission proposals, etc. to email@example.com. Additional information about this study can be found on
the World Wide Web at
or by contacting David H. Smith, Space Studies Board, HA-584, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Av., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20418, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
10. HST SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY
Potential Proposers Should Consider Seeking Supplemental Funding
April 5, 1996
I'm writing to make you aware of the Hubble Space Telescope Project's plans for the development of a new scientific instrument to be placed on board the HST during our regularly scheduled servicing mission in 2002.
In October or November of 1996 NASA Headquarters will be releasing a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO), soliciting proposals for the development of this instrument and for scientific investigations to be conducted with it by the selected Instrument Development Team (IDT). As with our most recently selected instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), slated to fly in 1999, the 2002 instrument will be "built
to cost." The ability to meet cost and schedule will be weighted equally with scientific merit as a selection criterion. Because the projected funding available from NASA for this instrument is quite limited (currently expected to be in the $40-50M range in real year dollars), it is important that potential proposers consider the possibility of seeking supplemental funding (or the equivalent) from other sources. This could entail collaboration with scientists and their funding agencies in other countries. It could entail donations from foundations, industry, or other institutions or individuals in the private sector. With this advanced notice I am hoping to stimulate interest in the community in this upcoming flight opportunity, and particularly to encourage potential proposers to begin immediately the process of seeking supplemental resources to allow the development of a facility-class instrument.
Additional information, including a list of HST instruments which might still be operational in 2002, will be published in the June AAS Newsletter.
If you have questions regarding the 2002 instrument opportunity, please feel free to contact me by email at HRSLECKRONE@STARS.GSFC.NASA.GOV.
David S. Leckrone
HST Senior Project Scientist
11. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FREE-FLYER SCIENCE AND
NASA is sponsoring a workshop to explore the scientific and technical logic of a free-flyer research program in conjunction with the Johnson Space Center, International Space Station. The Workshop will be held
at the University of Maryland Conference Center in College Park, Maryland, on 14-15 May 1996.
Information is available via the Web: