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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #68

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #68 05/99

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:55pm 10 May 1999]

CONTENTS

  1. ROOMS IN CHICAGO
  2. UCP JOURNALS PUBLICATION DELAYS
  3. HOW TO WRITE A WINNING PROPOSAL!
  4. AASTEX UPGRADE AVAILABLE ON 20 MAY
  5. AASTEX TEAM AT CHICAGO AAS MEETING
  6. DECADAL SURVEY PUBLIC TOWN MEETING
  7. AAS DECADAL ISSUES DISCUSSION WEB FORUM UPDATE
  8. COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON NASA SUN EARTH CONNECTION SYSTEM PLAN
  9. 2MASS DATA RELEASE

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1. ROOMS IN CHICAGO

The Hilton Chicago and Towers no longer has rooms available for the AAS Centennial Meeting. Additional rooms have just been secured at the Hyatt Printers Row Hotel, just a few blocks from the Hilton. Rooms are $129. Reservations may be made by calling 800-233-1234 or 312-986-1234.

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2. UCP JOURNALS PUBLICATION DELAYS
Julie Steffen, Astronomy Publications Manager, UCP

Starting with the 1999 issues of The Astrophysical Journals and The Astronomical Journal, the University of Chicago Press has changed to a more efficient and economical typesetting technology. The unfortunate side effect of this is that we have been publishing two to four weeks behind schedule since this change was made. The new system is now under control, and we apologize for any inconvenience these delays may have caused in the astronomical community.

The May issues of the journals will begin posting to the web and mailing this week. We expect the ApJ to be back on schedule by the end of June, i.e., posting and mailing approximately one week before the cover date. Readers will soon notice shorter delays for the AJ and the ApJ Supplement Series as well. The ApJ Letters have not been affected by this change in technology, because they are typeset in house at UCP.

We thank you for your patience during this transition period.

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3. HOW TO WRITE A WINNING PROPOSAL!

Communicating your ideas for research through an effective proposal can be a challenge. Competition is keen, oversubscription prevails, and the stakes can be high. Come to the AAS Business Meeting to hear a panel of experienced scientists share facts, insight and wisdom to demystify the process of writing a successful proposal. Sethanne Howard (Program Director for Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology, NSF), Guenter Riegler (Director of Program Management Division, NASA), Rob Kennicutt (U. Arizona), and Mike Shull (U. Colorado) have experience with panels and peer reviews, TACS and selection committees. They will explain procedures, identify opportunities frequently overlooked, offer hints, and answer questions to minimize your chances of rejection slip shock.

The AAS Business Meeting will be held Tuesday, 1 June, 1:00pm, Chicago Hilton, Continental Ballroom A.

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4. AASTEX UPGRADE AVAILABLE ON 20 MAY

A new release of AASTeX will be available on 20 May 1999.

The package and its documentation is being finalized at this time; you can read the release notes now, if you wish. The resource name remains the same.

http://www.aas.org/publications/aastex/

Re-iterating the highlight from my March Newsletter remarks, there are two versions of this upgrade: one called v5.0 that runs only under LaTeX 2e, and one called v4.1 that will run on LaTeX v2.09 installations.

While we made modest additions to the markup, you should realize that for purposes of electronic submission to the AAS journals, v4.0 manuscripts will still be acceptable.

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5. AASTEX TEAM AT CHICAGO AAS MEETING
Chris Biemesderfer

The AASTeX Team will be at the University of Chicago Press AAS Journals exhibit booth on Tuesday morning 1 June at the AAS meeting. This is an opportunity to meet the folks who can help you with your AASTeX manuscripts, and to thank them for past assistance.

You can also address your, um, concerns about AASTeX to its designer. But mostly I want to invite you to meet the people who support you in preparing articles for the journals.

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6. DECADAL SURVEY PUBLIC TOWN MEETING

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (AASC) will hold a Public Town Meeting in conjunction with the AAS Centennial Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8:15 p.m. in the Waldorf Room of the Hilton Hotel. The AASC Co-Chair, Chris McKee will present a status report, and then the chairs of the nine panels under the AASC will convene separate break-out public sessions.

Contact Joel Parriott (jparriot@nas.edu) for more details.

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7. AAS DECADAL ISSUES DISCUSSION WEB FORUM UPDATE
Lee Anne Willson, lwillson@iastate.edu

Four new Cross Panel Working Groups have been set up; these are:

National Observatories (Frank Bash, Chair)
Planetary Astrophysics (David Jewitt, Chair)
Laboratory Astrophysics (Charles Alcock, Chair)
Massive Surveys (Tom Prince, Chair)

New threads are being added to the forum corresponding to these topics.

There is now an "easy-access" summary page (http://www.aas.org/decadal/summary.html) which allows you to scan rapidly for those messages you would be interested in reading in detail. All the contributions to the forum have been thoughtful, and we encourage you to visit the forum and see what your colleagues have written.

There is now also a page of links to relevant sites (http://www.aas.org/decadal/links.html) which includes NOAO long-range planning and information regarding NGST. If you know of any other links that should be provided here, please contact the DID forum moderator, Lee Anne Willson, at willson@aas.org.

Reminder: The web forum will continue only until 15 June, since the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee is operating on a tight schedule. If you have been considering sending in a contribution, sooner is better.

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8. COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON NASA SUN EARTH CONNECTION SYSTEM PLAN
Redistributed from SolarNews 1999 No. 12

NASA's Office of Space Science plans to establish a Sun Earth Connection Data System (SECDS) as a distributed active archive environment for the management and dissemination to the general research community of NASA mission data covering solar physics and space plasma physics. Components of the SECDS will be selected through peer reviewed solicitations to the community.

In anticipation of the establishment of the SECDS, the Technical Working Group of the NASA Space Science Data System (SSDS)  developed  a set of recommendations to NASA regarding the data needs of the community and an architecture for a community-based SECDS. The report, drafted by a committee of scientists meeting at River Bend, Texas, is available on the SSDS web pages at
http://ssds.nasa.gov/info/secds/river_bend.html

It is vital to the success of the new SECDS that it be responsive to the needs of the community, and that the community be directly included from the outset. Therefore, we solicit your comments on these recommendations and ask that they be sent to ssds_twg@stsci.edu. This address will forward your comments to NASA Headquarters (J. Bredekamp) and to the members of the SSDS Technical Working Group
and the River Bend committee. Comments will be most valuable if they arrive on or before 28 May 1999.

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9. 2MASS DATA RELEASE
Schuyler Van Dyk

The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) announces the public availability of its first large Incremental Data Release. The release data products can be accessed from the IPAC/2MASS Web site at http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/ or directly from the NASA/Infrared Science Archive site at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/.

The 2MASS 1999 Spring Incremental Data Release consists of a Point Source Catalog containing 20.2 million objects, an Extended Source Catalog containing 73,980 resolved sources, and 233,979 compressed 512x1024 pixel (1"/pixel) images, covering about 2,483 square degrees of the northern sky. Also provided are tools for a) obtaining full resolution (non-compressed) "postage-stamp" images for the Extended Source Catalog objects, and b) for determining whether a specified position is included in the release area.

The 2MASS webpage contains general information, including sky coverage, and documentation about this data release. Assistance with the release is available via the 2MASS Help Desk at 2mass@ipac.caltech.edu.

The Two Micron All Sky Survey is a joint project of U. Mass. and the IPAC, funded by NASA and NSF.

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