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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #58

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #58 9/98

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:45pm 24 SEPT 1998]

CONTENTS

  1. 1999 RENEWALS MAILED
  2. DECADAL SURVEY COMMITTEE NAMED
  3. FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF NOAO
  4. NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  5. NSF-NATO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

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1. 1999 RENEWALS MAILED

The renewal invoices for 1999 AAS membership were mailed the week of 21 September. I would like to ask that members please respond promptly and comply with the mailing instructions for renewal payments. This will avoid any risk of interruption in your subscriptions. We very much appreciate your cooperation because we have a large number of renewal payments to process in a relatively short period of time.

Please also note that the renewal mailing contains importantinformation on how to order the commemorative volume "The American Astronomical Society's First Century."

I thank you for your cooperation in making this a smooth renewal period.

--Bob Milkey

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2. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP OF DECADAL SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

The NAS has announced the members of the committee for the Decadal Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey and is seeking feedback from the astronomy community. Public comments on the committee membership will only be accepted for a limited time (ending 8 October 1998). A link to the background page and the public comment page, with brief bio's for each member may be found under the "WhatsNew" link at the AAS homepage.

http://www.aas.org/WhatsNew.html

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3. FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF NOAO

Over the next several months, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) will undertake an intensive examination of the role and future directions of the National Optical Astronomical Observatories (NOAO). This review, chaired by Prof. John Huchra, is intended to identify the overall role such a national center should play over the next decade and how it will fit into the overall architecture for ground and space based astronomy. You may view the charter and membership of the
review panel at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/.

In order to develop a clearer understanding of how NOAO serves the science community and what the community needs may be over the next decade, we need your help. We would like to solicit your personal views on any of the issues addressed in this charter. Any input you make will be provided to members of the review panel if received before 10 October. Those responses received after that time will still be of great help.

You may e-mail your comments to WSmith@smtp.aura-astronomy.org. We hope you take this opportunity to make your views known and
to help us map out a productive and visionary role for NOAO in the future.

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4. NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (NSF 98-143)
Application Deadline: 5 November 1998

The NSF will award approximately 1,000 new Graduate Research Fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering. Oak Ridge Associated Universitites (ORAU) provides support services for the Program.

Each three-year fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 for 12-month tenure, and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 per tenure year. Awards will be announced in March 1999.

Application forms can be downloaded from:

http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/dge/grfp.htm

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5. NSF-NATO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS (NSF 98-149)
Application Deadline: 16 November 1998

On behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites applications for 12-month postdoctoral fellowships from beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Approximately 20 fellowships will be offered for research abroad and approximatley 20 awards will be made to U.S. institutions that would like to host a Visiting Scientist from NATO Partner Countries. Awards will be announced in March 1999.

Details are posted at:

http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/DGE/nato.htm

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