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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #35

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #35 1/97

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:55PM 8 JAN 1997]

CONTENTS

  1. CANADA WILL NOT ACCEPT VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS AS PROOF OF US CITIZENSHIP
  2. IMPORTANT CHANGE IN SCHEDULE FOR TORONTO PUBLIC POLICY SESSION
  3. ELECTRONIC ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL DEBUTS
  4. INTERLINKED ASTRONOMY RESOURCES
  5. LONG-TERM SPACE ASTROPHYSICS (LTSA) RESEARCH PROGRAM
  6. EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET EXPLORER (EUVE) GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM EPISODE 5
  7. LOS ALAMOS SUMMER SCHOOL IN ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, AND OPTICAL PHYSICS
  8. SOFIA INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP

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1. CANADA WILL NOT ACCEPT VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS AS PROOF OF US CITIZENSHIP

Canada no longer accepts voter registration cards as proof of citizenship. Passports, expired passports and birth certificates accompanied with a photo id are accepted.

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2. IMPORTANT CHANGE IN SCHEDULE FOR TORONTO PUBLIC POLICY SESSION

The public policy session, scheduled for Wednesday, 15 January, at 11:40am has been changed. Due to a conflict in a speaker's schedule, Dr. Ernest Moniz of OSTP and Dr. Clive Willis of The National Research Council of Canada, will address the Society on Tuesday, 14 January at 11:40am. In order to accommodate this change, the Rossi Prize Lectures by I. Felix Mirabel and Luis Rodriguez are now scheduled for Wednesday at 11:40am. Both talks remain in the Frontenac Ballroom.

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3. ELECTRONIC ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL DEBUTS

The full Astrophysical Journal is now on line beginning with the 1 January issue at:

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/

Like the ApJ Letters, it features links to references as well as to citations and contains all the material contained in the paper version.

Institutional licenses allow anyone at the institution to read the journal. Personal, password-controlled member subscriptions are available for $80; this makes the journal accessible from any computer on the Internet. Free access will be permitted during the next two months, after which a subscription will be required to access the electronic version.

Subscription inquiries and orders should be directed to Sharon Savoy at ssavoy@aas.org.

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4. INTERLINKED ASTRONOMY RESOURCES

A number of astronomical journals, data centers and the NASA/Astrophysics Data System (ADS) will officially launch an informal collaboration at the Toronto AAS meeting. Named Urania, the distributed digital resources are effectively interlinked to provide astronomers smooth functionality between the various electronic resources. The journals will follow the functionality of the electronic Astrophysical Journal, relying upon the bibliographic information in the ADS to provide access to the abstracts, images of the older journal papers, and data. Similarly, from the object oriented data centers, access to the original articles will also be a simple matter of one or two hypertext links.

After 13 January, more information will be available at:

http://www.aas.org/Urania/

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5. LONG-TERM SPACE ASTROPHYSICS (LTSA) RESEARCH PROGRAM
NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 96-OSS-13

Proposal Due Date: 26 February 1997

This NRA solicits basic research proposals relating to the analysis of data from space astrophysics observations. The dominant objectives  of this program, which was initiated in 1990, are to enhance the scientific return from space astrophysics missions by supporting long-term (up to five years) funding and to strengthen the U.S. long-term research base in space astrophysics. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations both domestic and foreign: industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies. The NRA is available  electronically on the OSS homepage:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/research.htm

A printed copy may be requested from Jorge Scientific at  debra.tripp@hq.nasa.gov. Inquires regarding scientific aspects of the program should be directed to Dr. Guenter Riegler, Research Program Management Division, Code SR, Office of Space Science, NASA  eadquarters,
Washington, DC 20546-0001, or e-mail guenter.riegler@hq.nasa.gov.

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6. EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET EXPLORER (EUVE) GUEST OBSERVER PROGRAM EPISODE 5
NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 96-OSS-15

Proposal Due Date: 28 February 1997

This NRA is the fifth announcement for the EUVE Guest Observer Program and solicits proposals for the observations to be carried out during the 12-month period of pointed operations beginning April 1997. The NRA is available electronically at:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/research.htm

and

http://www.cea.berkeley.edu

A paper copy may be requested from the EUVE Project Science Office by e-mail, euve@stars.gsfc.nasa.gov. Scientific inquires should be
addressed to Dr. Guenter Riegler, Research Program Management Division,  Code SR, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington,  DC 20546-0001, or e-mail guenter.riegler@hq.nasa.gov.

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7. LOS ALAMOS SUMMER SCHOOL IN ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, AND OPTICAL PHYSICS

Application deadline is 1 March 1997.

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Los Alamos Summer School in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Research includes topics in astrophysics. Contact:

Michael Zeilik
zeilik@chicoma.la.unm.edu
AMO Summer School WWW Site: http://www.phys.unm.edu/~zeilik/amo

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8. SOFIA INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP
at UCLA 31 Jan and 1 Feb
By Eric Becklin, USRA SOFIA Chief Scientist

NASA has awarded USRA the contract to develop and operate SOFIA.  The scientists involved with the USRA SOFIA project will be holding a  two-day workshop on future SOFIA instruments at UCLA on Friday 31 Jan  and Saturday 1 Feb. This workshop, which is being held with NASA  concurrence, will cover the following topics:

  1. How USRA plans to develop and operate SOFIA
  2. The Mix of PI and facility class instruments, including the definition of a facility instrument
  3. How USRA plans to work with instrument builders:
    1. To create Facility class instruments
    2. Interactions on PI instruments
  4. The feasibility of a facility instrument rotator--requirements, who should develop and when.
  5. Software standards and interface issues
  6. A strawman instrument complement and time scale (during development there is an $18M fenced budget for SOFIA instruments)
  7. Collaboration with the German Instrument Proposers
  8. The instrument proposal process
    -Call for proposals (dates, evaluation criteria, formats, etc)
    -review process
    -administration of grants
  9. Science Advisory and External Review committees
  10. Open discussion - suggestions and concerns of the community


All potential SOFIA instrument builders and users are invited to attend this workshop and contribute their thoughts on all of these and
any other issues. If you plan to attend or have any questions or suggestions, please contact one of the following team members:

Eric Becklin, UCLA, 310-206-0208, becklin@astro.ucla.edu
Jackie Davidson, USRA/Ames, 415-604-5531, davidson@gal.arc.nasa.gov
Mark Morris, UCLA, 310-825-3320, morris@astro.ucla.edu

Details of the meeting and agenda will follow.

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