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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #41 7/97

[Mailed from aas.org at 07:30PM, 10 July 1997 ]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS SERVER WILL BE DOWN 13 JULY
  2. APJ EUROPEAN MIRROR SITE AVAILABLE
  3. APJ SEEKING SCIENTIFIC EDITORS
  4. EXECUTIVE OFFICE INSTALLING NEW MEMBERSHIP DATABASE SYSTEM
  5. NEXT GENERATION SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTRUMENT REQUEST FOR OFFERS
  6. MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM 2001 ORBITER, LANDER, AND ROVER MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES
  7. DETECTOR DEFINITION AND INSTRUMENT ASSESSMENT FOR AN ADVANCED COSMIC-RAY COMPOSITION EXPERIMENT ON THE SPACE STATION

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1. AAS SERVER WILL BE DOWN 13 JULY

There will be no electricity in the AAS Executive Office Sunday, 13 July 1997. The AAS computers will be turned off at 9:00pm Saturday, 12 July and turned back on at 8:30am Monday, 14 July.

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2. APJ EUROPEAN MIRROR SITE AVAILABLE

The European mirror site of the Astrophysical Journal Electronic Edition is now operational at the Centre de Donnies astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS).

http://cdsaas.u-strasbg.fr:2001/ApJ/journal/

This site has the same access control restrictions as the North American site.

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

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3. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SCIENTIFIC EDITORS

Candidates are being solicited for possible future appointments to the position of Scientific Editor of The Astrophysical Journal. The volunteer Scientific Editors play ai vital role in maintaining the high scientific standards of the journal, and, in order for the journal to maintain its world leadership position, it is essential that Scientific Editors continue to have the highest professional credentials. Each Scientific Editor oversees the refereeing of approximately 2-3 submitted manuscripts per week. Some funding is available for equipment, secretarial support, and travel associated with the duties of each Scientific Editor. Appointments are for terms of three years, are subject to approval by the AAS Publications Board and the AAS Council, and are renewable at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with expertise in the following areas:

cosmology and the early universe;
galaxies and clusters of galaxies;
gamma-ray astronomy;
the interstellar medium;
atomic and molecular processes;
solar physics;
planetary physics; and
solar system astrophysics.

If you are interested in being considered for an appointment, please send a brief letter indicating your willingness to serve, as well as your curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a brief letter of support from your department head or other appropriate person at your home institution, to Prof. Paul C. Joss, ApJ Editor-in-Chief-elect, via email at joss@mitlns.mit.edu.

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4. EXECUTIVE OFFICE INSTALLING NEW MEMBERSHIP DATABASE SYSTEM

On 20 June 1997, member records in the AAS database were frozen while they are converted to a new - better, stronger, faster - system. The new system will be operational by 1 August. Address and other changes submitted during July will be input in the new system.

Members will experience a brief delay in the updating of their records, but please bear with us, and continue to send the updated information you wish published in the 1998 Membership Directory. The deadline for 1998 Directory updates is 8 August 1997.

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5. NEXT GENERATION SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTRUMENT REQUEST FOR OFFERS

NASA intends to release a Request for Offers (RFO) on behalf of the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) Project Office. Offers will be due in late August, 30 days after the final RFO is released.

The intent of this RFO is to enlist the greater science instrument building community in helping NASA and its Industrial Partners scope out the NGST Science Instrument (SI) Module in terms of technical and cost drivers, trade studies, and development schedules. The resources to help in this effort include the NGST Ad Hoc Science Working Group (ASWG) and their draft Design Reference Mission (DRM) which can be found on the NGST website:

http://ngst.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries may be directed to Paul Geithner at paul.geithner@gsfc.nasa.gov. Further information about this opportunity will be posted at

http://ngst.gsfc.nasa.gov/project/procure

In order to keep the astronomical community informed about NGST events the NGST study office maintains several listservs to which interested parties may subscribe. Please visit http://ngst.gsfc.nasa.gov/News/lists to learn more.

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6. MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM 2001 ORBITER, LANDER, AND ROVER MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES
AO 97-OSS-04
Notice of Intent Due: 18 July 1997
Proposal Due: 29 August 1997

Selection of proposals through this NASA AO are intended to provide science investigations for the Orbiter and Rover Missions, instrumentation for characterization of the Martian radiation and soil/dust environment, and for investigations using a NASA-provided descent imaging system.

Proposal guidance is available under "Research Opportunities" at

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

The Proposal Information Package (PIP) is available at

ftp://mgsw3.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/mars01-ao

Additional information on the AO may be obtained from Dr. Patricia G. Rogers, progers@hq.nasa.gov. Additional information on the PIP may be obtained from Ms. Lynn E. Lowry, lynn.e.lowry@jpl.nasa.gov.

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7. DETECTOR DEFINITION AND INSTRUMENT ASSESSMENT FOR AN ADVANCED COSMIC-RAY COMPOSITION EXPERIMENT ON THE SPACE STATION
NRA 97-OSS-13
Notice of Intent Due: 28 July 1997
Proposal Due: 29 September 1997

NASA solicits proposals to conduct scientific investigations for detector definition and instrument assessment for an Advanced Cosmic-Ray Composition Experiment on the International Space Station.

Proposal guidance is available under "Research Opportunities" at

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

Hard copies can be requested from Debra Tripp, debra.tripp@hq.nasa.gov.

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