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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #26

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #26
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CONTENTS

  1. MADISON PUBLIC POLICY TALK
  2. SHUTTLE BUSSES FROM SHERATON AND EXCEL HOTELS IN MADISON
  3. PUBLIC BUSSES FROM INNTOWNER AND IVY INN HOTELS IN MADISON
  4. PHONE NUMBER FOR MESSAGES IN MADISON
  5. PARKING IN MADISON
  6. STSCI CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR HST CYCLE 7
  7. SUN-EARTH CONNECTION, NRA 96-OSS-09
  8. NEW NOAO ELECTRONIC FORUM -- GEMINI Instruments Vote

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1. MADISON PUBLIC POLICY TALK

The opening talk, 8:30am, Monday, 10 June originally scheduled to be Jack Fellows of OMB has been changed.

This talk will now be shared by:

France Cordova: "Astronomy at NASA--New Organization, Plans & Prospects"
Hugh Van Horn: "Astronomy at NSF--Plans and Prospects"

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2. SHUTTLE BUSSES FROM SHERATON AND EXCEL HOTELS IN MADISON

The Sheraton and the Excel are about ten minutes from campus. There will be shuttle busses running according to the following schedule:

Sunday, 9 June: starting at 5:30pm, every hour on the half hour from the Sheraton (stop at the Excel) and every hour on the hour from the Memorial Union. They will run through 11:00pm

During the meeting the busses will run from the Sheraton (and Excel)  at 7:30, 8:15 and 9:00 in the morning and return from the Memorial Union at 6:00, 6:45 and 7:30 in the evening. On Thursday, the busses will start to return to the hotels at 3:00, then 3:45 and 4:30pm

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3. PUBLIC BUSSES FROM INNTOWNER AND IVY INN HOTELS IN MADISON

The Inntowner and the Ivy Inn are a bit of a walk to the campus, however there are public busses that run from the hotels to within a short distance to campus. Check with the hotel desk for schedules.

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4. PHONE NUMBER IN MADISON FOR MESSAGES

To leave a message for someone at the meeting, call the Conference Services office at 608-262-2755. They will post the messages on the AAS message boards. There is no phone at the registration desk.

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5. PARKING IN MADISON

Parking on campus is always difficult and for those of you staying in Witte Hall, particularly so because of construction nearby. You can probably find hourly parking in the metered part of the university
ramp or lot (numbered 46 or 83) just north of Witte across Johnson Street (see map on the inside back cover of the AAS program). For long-term parking you should use the CITY lot two blocks north of Witte on Lake Street (also identified on the map). The cost is 60 cents/hour from 5:00am to 6:00pm and $1.00 total for the night, or $8.80 for 24 hours. Cars can be left there as long as you like; you pay as you leave.


Hourly parking is available just west of the Memorial Union in the H.C. White Public Parking are (#6) or just east of the Union in lot #1, in case you have equipment or heavy items to carry to the
union.

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6. STSCI CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR HST CYCLE 7

The Space Telescope Science Institute announces the Call for Proposals for Cycle 7 of HST observations, inviting participation by the international astronomical community in the HST General
Observer and Archival Research programs.

The deadline for electronically submitted proposals is Friday, 13 September 1996. The Call for Proposals (which includes Phase I Proposal Instructions), Instrument Handbooks, and Archive Manual are available on-line on the STScI Proposer Web page (http://www.stsci.edu/proposer), or can be ordered using the STScI On-Line Documentation Web Page (http://www.stsci.edu/proposer/documents.html) or by contacting the STScI Help desk (help@stsci.edu, 1-800-544-8125 or 410-338-1082).

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7. SUN-EARTH CONNECTION, NRA 96-OSS-09

NASA solicits proposals for basic research that seeks to understand natural phenomena relevant to the Sun-Earth theme. Notices of intent are due 20 June 1996 and proposals are due 20 August 1996. The NRA is available on the Web at:

http://umbra.nascom.nasa.gov/spd/spd.html

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8. NEW NOAO ELECTRONIC FORUM --
Cast your Vote for Gemini Instruments

The U.S. Gemini Program asks your help in defining the interests and priorities of the U.S. astronomical community for future instruments for the Gemini telescopes. The Gemini telescopes are a pair of 8-meter diameter high-performance telescopes to be located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii and Cerro Pachon, Chile. The U.S., funded through the National Science Foundation, is a 50% partner in the telescopes, and 50% of the time will be allocated to U.S. astronomers. The other countries participating in the Gemini partnership are the United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The telescopes are scheduled to begin their scientific operations phase in early 2000 for the northern facility, and in mid-2001 for the southern one.

As part of the process for defining the instruments which will be provided to the Gemini telescopes following the Phase 1 (construction phase) complement, the U.S. Gemini Program is soliciting input on the scientific observations that the community hopes to make with these telescopes and the instruments they will require. Ideas for important Gemini instrumental capabilities is the new "Hot Topic" on the NOAO Electronic Forum. Background information on the initial and potential Gemini capabilities, including facilities, Phase 1 instruments, and possible Phase 2 instruments, can be found on the World-Wide Web at http://www.noao.edu/eforum/. It is requested that input also be provided through this web site in the form of open submission of scientific cases and desired instruments. Alternatively, input may be provided by email to Todd Boroson, U.S. Gemini Project Scientist, at tboroson@noao.edu.

 

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