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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #62

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #62 12/98

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:00pm 9 DEC 98]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS COMPUTERS SHUT-DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE
  2. NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FOR THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
  3. AUSTIN INVITED LECTURES BY COLWELL AND BLANDFORD RESCHEDULED
  4. AAS ELECTION BALLOT MAILED
  5. WEILER NAMED ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR SPACE SCIENCE
  6. ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AURA ON GNIRS
  7. DECADAL PANEL LIST
  8. USNO-A2.0 CATALOG AVAILABLE

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1. AAS COMPUTERS SHUT-DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE

System upgrades at the AAS Executive Office will take place this weekend. Servers will be down Friday, 11 December through Sunday, 13 December. Access to the AAS Website, FTP archive and email to anyone at aas.org will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Access to the journals housed at the University of Chicago Press will not be effected.

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2. NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FOR THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL

The Council of the American Astronomical Society, in a special meeting on October 29, approved Professor Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. of Steward Observatory, the University of Arizona, to succeed Dr. Helmut A. Abt of the Kitt Peak National Observatory as the Editor-in-Chief of The Astrophysical Journal. The transition of editorial responsibilities is currently being planned, but is expected to take place sometime in the summer of 1999. Dr. Kennicutt's appointment was recommended by a special search committee chosen by the AAS Executive Committee. The recommendation was endorsed and forwarded to Council by the AAS Publications Board.

Details of the editorial transition plan will be announced in The Astrophysical Journal, the March AAS Newsletter, and in subsequent AAS electronic communications. In the interim, authors should continue to deal with Dr. Abt in the customary manner.

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3. AUSTIN INVITED LECTURES RESCHEDULED
Colwell: Saturday, January 9th
Blandford: Friday, January 8th

Dr. Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation will address the American Astronomical Society at its 193rd meeting on Saturday, 9 January 1999 at 11:40 am. Note that this presentation has been rescheduled.

The Heineman Prize Lecture, to be given by Dr. Roger Blandford, has also been rescheduled. This lecture will be presented on Friday, 8 January 1999 at 11:40 am.

Dr. Colwell assumed the helm of the National Science Foundation this fall from Dr. Neal Lane who has moved on to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She will address the society on the future of the NSF and her vision for the agency. All members are encouraged to attend.

The Program Update received when registering at the meeting will detail all schedule changes and contain late paper information.

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4. VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE * VOTE

The December Newsletter, which includes the annual election ballot and return envelope, was just mailed. Please safeguard these election materials because we cannot issue duplicate ballots should these become lost. To be counted, the ballots must be received in the Office of the Secretary by 13 February 1999. Thank you.

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5. WEILER NAMED ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR SPACE SCIENCE

On 16 November 1998, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin named Dr. Edward J. Weiler as Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Space Science, effective immediately. In this capacity, Weiler who has served as acting Associate Administrator since will be responsible for providing overall executive leadership of NASA's space science enterprise.

Weiler was appointed as Science Director of the Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems theme within the Office of Space Science in March 1996. He will continue to serve as the Program Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, a position he has held since 1979, until a replacement for that position is selected.

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6. ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AURA ON GNIRS
By Goetz K. Oertel

NOAO is experiencing difficulties with the Near Infrared Spectrograph. NOAO is developing "GNIRS" as a US instrument for the International
Gemini Project. GNIRS is up to two years behind schedule and will cost about $6 Million to complete. AURA and the International Gemini Project conducted senior reviews of GNIRS at NOAO this fall. NOAO is developing  a recovery plan. NOAO and Gemini are managed by AURA. Details about  the GNIRS situation will be posted soon on the web page of NOAO at  http://www.noao.edu/noao.html.

Significant difficulties have also been experienced by other builders of instruments for 6 to 10 meter aperture telescopes in the USA and elsewhere. A workshop is being planned for spring 1999 to review lessons learned.

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7. DECADAL SURVEY DISCUSSION IN AUSTIN

Just a reminder of the invitation from the survey chairs, Chris McKee and Joe Taylor, to learn about the plans for the next decade survey and to express your views on what the survey should do and why. The session will begin Thursday, 7 January, at 7:30pm with an overview, and then break up into meetings with the individual panels.

Benefits to the Nation

Education and Policy in Astronomy
High energy from Space
Optical and Infrared from the Ground
Particle Astrophysics and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
Radio and Submillimeter
Solar Physics
Ultraviolet, Optical, and Infrared from Space
Theory and Computational

Further details are included in the Meeting Program: http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas193/program/decadal.html

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8. USNO-A2.0 CATALOG AVAILABLE

The US Naval Observatory announces the availability of the USNO-A2.0 catalog. It contains 526,280,081 entries, and coordinates are given with respect to the ICRF (i.e., Hipparcos reference frame). The spatially culled version, USNO-SA2.0, is also available. Details can be found at http://www.nofs.navy.mil

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