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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #69 05/99

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:50pm 20 MAY 1999]

CONTENTS

  1. ANTICIPATED NEWS COVERAGE IN CHICAGO
  2. CHICAGO: OPEN HOUSE SHUTTLE BUS AND PARKING GARAGES
  3. UVOIR PANEL OF THE ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS SURVEY

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1. ANTICIPATED NEWS COVERAGE IN CHICAGO
Steve Maran, AAS Press Officer

The AAS has had repeated requests from members for information on topics likely to be featured in the news media during and immediately after the national meetings of the Society. The most likely topics are those featured in press conferences at the meetings.

A list of the press events anticipated at the Chicago meeting, along with the abstract numbers of the related papers is available at:

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

It is emphasized that topics are selected on the basis of what we believe is newsworthy (likely to be reported widely) and that the Society does not endorse individual scientific results nor judge their scientific significance.

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2. OPEN HOUSE SHUTTLE BUS AND PARKING GARAGES

Adler Planetarium
The open house at the Adler Planetarium will be on Monday, 31 May from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The Hilton will be providing shuttle service for this event. The shuttle will begin running from the hotel at 6:15 and will run continuously until the last pickup at the planetarium at 9:00. It will be leaving and returning to the hotel at the 8th Street entrance, next to the registration area.

Parking in Chicago
The Hilton hotel is on Michigan Avenue at the corner of 8th Street. The streets running parallel to Michigan behind the hotel are Wabash Avenue and State Street. There are several parking garages in that area between 9th Street and Congress Parkway, a four block area. We
do not have the parking rates, but they are quite a bit lower than those at the hotel.

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3. UVOIR PANEL OF THE ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS SURVEY

Dear Colleague,

Are you interested in funding for space missions in astronomy? If you are, we would like your opinion about NASA's current budgetary lines for new missions. As it presently stands, NASA provides a steady stream of opportunities for very small (<$7.5 M, UnEx), small (<$75 M, SmEx), and medium-sized (<$150 M) missions through its Explorer program, and for larger missions, up to several billion dollars, that emerge from its strategic planning process. There is also a separate line for intermediate class missions, the Discovery class (<$300 M),
but these are granted primarily for solar system science. Our interest is whether this mix adequately addresses the range of potentially important missions, or if there should be different or other levels of  funding.

I am writing on behalf of the panel on Ultraviolet, Optical, and Infrared astronomy from space (UVOIR) for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee, the decade survey. We are interested to learn about specific missions or proposals that are not accommodated by NASA's current suite of opportunities. If you have specific examples of missions that are excluded by this process, we would welcome your input to our panel. One of the issues before us is to evaluate how well the current mix serves the best ideas for astronomical space  missions, and we are considering recommendations to change the mix. If we are to make such a recommendation, it is important that we hear from as many people in the astronomical community as possible.

Our committee recognizes that any reply will take some of your time, and we thank you in advance for your constructive input. Please reply
to <a href="mailto:UVOIR@stsci.edu">UVOIR@stsci.edu</a>.

For more information regarding this panel: http://www.nas.edu/bpa/projects/astrosurvey/uvoir/

Best wishes,
Steven Beckwith, Chair
UVOIR Panel

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