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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #4

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #4 

  1. NASA and NSF Budget Update
  2. NASA Education Proposal
  3. EUVE Guest Observer Program
  4. BIMA Observing Proposals
  5. FCRAO Observing Proposals Due
  6. Statistical Consulting Center for Astronomy
  7. Electronic Communication with AAS Divisions

As usual, comments are welcome. To:


Both NASA and NSF received more money than called for in the President's budget request. This is excellent news for basic research. The science community -- well beyond the astronomical community -- responded to the funding dilemma outlined in the previous announcement and The White House, working with Senator Mikulski, was able to solve the budget problem.

The next step will be the House-Senate Conference Committee. It is hoped that the House will accede to the higher Senate numbers, but his is not at all certain.

The details of the funding developments are covered well in the electronic "FYI" announcements produced by Dick Jones at AIP. Anyone interested in the policy and budget situation regarding federal support of science should sign up to receive these announcements. Write to Dick Jones at and ask to be put on the electronic list.


NASA's Astrophysics Division is pleased to announce the "Initiative to Develop Education Through Astronomy" (IDEA) Research Grants. The purpose of the IDEA grants program is to encourage the participation of research astronomers in experimenting with projects that take advantage of their special talents and the excitement of astronomy to promote greater mathematical, technological, and scientific literacy.

To apply for an IDEA grant you must be a professional in astronomy. Strong preference will be given to proposals that include the active participation of NASA-supported investigators. Astronomers at any institution, including industry and NASA field centers are eligible for this program.

There are two funding categories for the IDEA grants program: Small grants, totalling less than or equal to $6,000 (most proposals will be awarded at this level) and mid-size, between $6,001 and $20,000 (0-5 awarded at this level).

Proposals are due before September 30, 1994. A review panel will announce funding decisions 4-6 weeks later.

A detailed description of proposal guidelines and evaluation criteria for the IDEA Grants Program can be obtained through the following means:

via e-mail: request the IDEA announcement from:

The STScI FTP Server:
Using FTP client software
1) connect to
2) login: anonymous
3) password: your internet e-mail address
4) default directory is /stsci/epa/education
5) transfer files
6) disconnect

Using Mosaic client software
1) connect to the STScI Office of Public Outreach home page at the following URL:
2) click on IDEA Grants Call for Proposals

Using Mosaic client software
1) connect to the NASA HQ home page at the following URL:
2) click on the Astrophysics Division FTP Server
3) click on the file you want to view or download


NRA 94-OSS-13

Proposals Due: October 17, 1994

This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits basic research proposals for participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) program to acquire scientific data from the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) satellite. This NRA is the third announcement for the EUVE Guest Observer Program and solicits proposals for observations to be carried out during the third 12-month episode of pointed operations covering the period February 1995 - January 1996.

Further details, including the full text of the NRA and Appendices, are available electronically via anonymous ftp from the ftp server (, via e-mail from, and on WWW/Mosaic at http:://, or by contacting:

Dr. Yoji Kondo
EUVE Project Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 684
Greenbelt MD 20771
(301) 286-7664


Next Deadline is October 3 1994 for Winter 1995 Observing

The Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Association (BIMA) invites observing proposals for the Hat Creek 6-element millimeter array. The next deadline for receipt of proposals is October 3, 1994 for the
observing period which begins in January and ends in  March 1995. The winter 1995 observations for the 3 mm band are expected to start with the C configuration (10-15" resolution) to be
followed by the B configuration (5-7") and A configuration  (1-2").


Details of the instrument, the proposal coversheet form, and how to submit proposals electronically are available on the BIMA World Wide Web Server (accessible with NCSA Mosaic or other client software) at:

or by anonymous ftp to in the /pub/bima/proposal_info subdirectory

or by e-mail request to:

For paper submission of a proposal, send one copy to

BIMA Time Allocation Committee c/o Prof. Lewis Snyder
Univ. of Illinois, 103 Astronomy Bldg.
1002 W. Greet Street, Urbana, IL 61801


The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory invites observing proposals for the 14 meter telescope for the 1994-1995 observing season. The deadline for observing proposals is
September 1, 1994. The primary frontend instrument is the 15 element focal plane array receiver (QUARRY) which operates within the 86-115.5 GHz band. Spectrometers include 15
autocorrelation spectrometers for galactic observations and a 15 element system of wide band filter banks for extragalactic  studies.

Additional information on FCRAO can be obtained by anonymous ftp ( in the subdirectory ./pub/fcrao. 


What is the SCCA?

The Statistical Consulting Center for Astronomy (SCCA) is a team of Penn State faculty with interest and expertise in statistical problems arising in astronomical research. The Center has contacts with experts in the international statistical community. The goals of the center are: (a) address the immediate statistical needs of astronomers by providing prompt high-quality statistical advice; (b) make publicly available questions and answers for the benefit of the wider astronomical community; and (c) encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of statistics and astronomy.

Statistical Problems in Astronomy

Astronomers encounter statistical issues frequently during their research. The SCCA can address problems on topics such as regression and correlation, treatment of measurement errors, nonparametric statistics, methods for censored and truncated data (e.g., nondetections and flux-limited surveys), multivariate analysis, spatial point processes (e.g., galaxy clustering,
photons in images), variability and time series analysis, density estimation (e.g., smoothing), Bayesian image restoration.

Who can use the SCCA?

Any individual in the astronomical community: a graduate student preparing a dissertation; a scientist confronted with a tricky data set, preparing or revising a paper for publication; a scientist preparing software for an instrument or a data analysis software system; a scientist organizing a major observational program.

How does the SCCA operate?

Incoming questions are reviewed by the members of the team and colleagues in the Department of Statistics at Penn State. Many questions will be answered in house. But particularly complex and important problems will be sent to top-ranked experts worldwide. The turn-around time for straightforward problems should be no more than three weeks. The Center will provide advice, references to published literature and software, illustrations for the use of statistical software, but will not engage in detailed data analysis. Summaries of questions and answers will be made publicly available through the Internet/WWW and publications.


The operation of the SCCA is partially supported by the NASA Astrophysics Data Program starting in mid-1994. During the initial phases, consulting can be free of charge to U.S. astronomers. However, we strongly encourage those submitting questions to pay a nominal fee for the service. This will ensure the continuance of the Center into the future, and the availability of top-quality external consultants.

Further information

The principal members of the SCCA are Professors Michael Akritas and James Rosenberger from the Department of Statistics, and Eric Feigelson from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Center can be contacted through Professor Michael Akritas (814-865-3631) or by mail to SCCA, Department of Statistics, Penn State University, 326 Classroom Building,
University Park, PA 16802-2111, USA.

Information through internet

** Anonymous FTP to (information in /pub/scca)

** World Wide Web at

** Gopher to

To submit questions to the SCCA

** e-mail (Internet)

** FAX 814-863-7114

AAS Division Officer E-mail Aliases

The AAS Executive Office corresponds with the Division Secretaries and Treasurers by e-mail a great deal. To make the transition between old and new officers easier we have been maintaining officer aliases on blackhole. Those outside the Executive Office who correspond regularly with the Divisions are welcome to make use of these aliases.

Dynamical Astronomy Secretary
Dynamical Astronomy Treasurer
High Energy Secretary/Treasurer
Historical Secretary/Treasurer
Planetary Science Secretary/Treasurer
Solar Physics Secretary
Solar Physics Treasurer