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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #67

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #67 04/99

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:45pm, 6 April 1999]

CONTENTS

  1. CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
  2. DECADAL SURVEY TOWN MEETING IN CHICAGO
  3. DPS 31ST ANNUAL MEETING
  4. AAS SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM
  5. AAS DONATIONS WEBPAGE OPERATIONAL
  6. NSF MPS DIRECTORATE CONTINUES MOVE TO ALL ELECTRONIC PROPOSAL SYSTEM
  7. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
    Program Deadlines for FY 2000
  8. INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION

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1. CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Community Support Needed by 9 April 1999

The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Wyoming is in jeopardy of being closed. The department is home to the 2.3m Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) telescope, the largest telescope in the world in operation by a single university. The draft of the University of Wyoming's Academic Plan for the years 1999-2004 has recommended:

1) Elimination of the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Physics and Astronomy,
2) Selling of WIRO,
3) Reduction of the department to a 'service department,' teaching physics coursework to non-physics majors.

Over the years, the department has been the source of major advancements in observational astronomy, including infrared instrumentation and interferometry. The academic plan draft, the department's response, and correspondence contacts (trustees,newspapers, university officials) may be found at:http://faraday.uwyo.edu/savephysics.html

The alumni of the department encourage the physics community to read the web page, and write the university president, provost, and state legislators regarding this ill-advised course of action. Correspondence needs to be written by the 9th of April, when the second draft of the Academic Plan will begin to be written.

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2. DECADAL SURVEY TOWN MEETING IN CHICAGO

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee, co-chaired by Chris McKee and Joe Taylor, will hold a public Town Meeting at the Chicago AAS Meeting on Tuesday, June 1st at 8:15 pm. After a presentation and Q&A period with Chris McKee, the chairs of the nine panels under the AASC will break out into separate rooms in order to facilitate further input from the community. Please plan to attend and provide your valued input to the AASC and Panels.

Discounted registration fees for the 194th AAS Centennial Meeting  30 May - 3 June 1999 at the Hilton Chicago & Towers are in effect  through 28 April 1999. https://www.aas.org/meetings/aas194/regform.html

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3. DPS 31ST ANNUAL MEETING

You are invited to attend the 31st annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. The meeting is hosted by the Center of Studies and Activities for Space "Giuseppe Colombo" (CISAS) of the University of Padova and will be held at the Abano Terme Congress Center, 10-15 October 1999.

US WEBSITE: http://www.aas.org/dps99/

EUROPEAN WEBSITE: http://cisas.unipd.it/dps99/

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4. AAS SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM
Proposals Due: 7 May 1999

The AAS Small Research Grant deadline is fast approaching.  The Small Research Grant program is funded by NASA, the AAS  and the Gaposchkins' Research Fund. Proposals are accepted  for small research projects requesting amounts between 500  and 5000 dollars. Proposals should arrive at the AAS Executive  Office no later than Friday, 7 May 1999. Directions for the proposal format and other information can be found at  the AAS web site: http://www.aas.org/grants/smrg.html.  Questions about the program can be sent to Kevin Marvel at  the AAS Executive Office.

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5. AAS DONATIONS WEBPAGE OPERATIONAL

The AAS Donations Web page is up and running http://www.aas.org/donation. Both institutions and individuals can request materials such as journals, books, telescopes, etc. as well as offer materials for donation through the page. Ed Anderson, ed.anderson@nau.edu, is moderating the donations page and can field any questions about the project. Any policy questions regarding the page can be sent to Kevin Marvel, AAS Associate Executive Officer (marvel@aas.org).

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6. NSF MPS DIRECTORATE CONTINUES MOVE TO ALL ELECTRONIC PROPOSAL SYSTEM

The NSF Mathematics and Physical Science (MPS) directorate is continuing towards a paperless proposal and award system. The current plan is to have a fully implemented system by 1 July 1999. Support for implementation throughout the Directorate will remain the same as last year, with Ms. Florence Rabanal acting as the MPS FastLane Coordinator. As always, she is interested in hearing your views about upcoming procedural changes, and is available to answer any questions you might have. She may be reached at frabanal@nsf.gov, or by phone at 703-306-1998. Questions about proposal content or programmatic procedures within the Divisions should be addressed to the relevant Program Director. Information about the MPS Directorate, its staff, programs, and the FastLane implementation plans may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/home/mps along with a statement from MPS Assistant Director, Robert A. Eisenstein.

The division of Astronomical Sciences has an MPS staff member responsible for FASTLANE issues. Her name is Kim Elliott and she may be contacted with any questions either by email at Astfl@nsf.gov or by phone at 703-306-1804.

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7. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
Program Deadlines for FY 2000

CAREER - Faculty Early Career Development Program - 22 July 1999
[FastLane submission of cover sheet and project summary required.]

Advanced Technology and Instrumentation Program (ATI) - 31 August 1999

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Program (SAA) - 1 September 1999

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - 15 September 1999

Galactic Astronomy Program (GAL) - 21 September 1999

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (EXC) - 15 October 1999

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) - 15 October 1999

Planetary Astronomy Program (PLA) - 1 December 1999

Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE) - 9 December 1999 [Tentative]

Minority Research Planning Grants (RPG) - 15 January 2000

Minority Career Advancement Awards (CAA) - 15 January 2000

All of the AST research programs require the use of FastLane for full electronic proposal submission. Please see the AST Web page http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast for information about Astronomy programs and for important considerations for FastLane submissions. Instructions on FastLane proposal preparation and submission can be found on the FastLane home page at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov

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8. INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION

A lot's been happening at the IDA. Their website:http://www.darksky.org/ida/ida_2/index.html also includes information on "Preserving the Astronomical Sky," IAU Symposium No. 196, http://www.darksky.org/ida/iau196/.

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