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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #72

AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #72 08/99

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:40pm 10 August 1999]

CONTENTS

  1. NASA HQ SENIOR-LEVEL VACANCIES
  2. IMPACT OF FUNDING LESIGLATION ON NASA GRANTS
  3. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CREATIONISM
  4. NEW INSTRUMENTS AT KECK
  5. STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
  6. NASA'S NAME -- APOSTROPHE VS. SLASH

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1. NASA HQ SENIOR-LEVEL VACANCIES

The NASA Headquarters Office of Space Science, Research Program Management (RPM) Division, Washington, DC, announces the following senior-level scientist vacancies:

*Senior Scientist for Astrobiology, Announcement No. HQS-SST-99-01 This senior scientist will lead the development of NASA's Astrobiology Program, which includes exobiology and evolutionary biology, and will provide scientific and technical advice on all aspects of the Agency's

Astrobiology Program.

*Senior Scientist for Space Science Research, Announcement No. HQS-SST-99-02  This senior scientist will serve as senior science advisor for multi-disciplinary research in space science and oversee mission  operations and data analysis programs during the observing phases of space science missions.

*Senior Scientist for Planetary Protection, Announcement No. HQS-SST-99-03 This senior scientist will oversee the development and monitoring of NASA's Planetary Protection Program principles and their implementation  on space flight missions.

All positions require education and experience equivalent to a Ph.D. in an appropriate space science discipline; ability to organize and oversee scientific research, instruments, and mission selection processes; and the ability to communicate orally and in writing to both
professional and non-professional audiences. Additional qualification requirements are listed in the referenced vacancy announcements.

Detailed vacancy announcements, including application instructions, can  be found under Senior Executive positions at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov  or a copy can be obtained by calling (202) 358-0347 or (202) 358-1588.

These are full-time, permanent civil service positions.  Salary range: $110,351 - $125,900 p.a. Applications must be postmarked
no later than 15 September 1999, and sent to NASA Headquarters, Human Resources Management Division, Code CP, Attn: Wendy Davis, Washington, DC 20546-0001.

Questions of a technical nature concerning these positions may be directed to Dr. Guenter Riegler, Director, Research Program Management Division, at (202) 358-1588.

[Editor's Note: Because of the importance of these positions to Astronomy and the short application period we are distributing this
job announcement to AAS members outside of the normal Job Register procedure. The positions will also be advertised in the September
AAS Job Register.]

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2. IMPACT OF FUNDING LESIGLATION ON NASA GRANTS

NASA has distributed a letter to its grant holders describing short-term actions to be taken in anticipation of possible funding reductions resulting from the legislation currently pending in the house of representatives. The full text of this letter is available on the AAS public policy web site at http://www.aas.org/policy/nasaltr.txt

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3. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CREATIONISM

The Washington Post has reported that the Kansas Board of Education may adopt a statewide curriculum that would wipe out any mention of evolution or the origins of the universe and may substitute references to creationism. It further indicates that similar efforts are underway
in many other states. The full Post article is available on the web at

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-08/08/157l-080899-idx.html

More information on the Kansas standards is available on the web site of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers http://www.kabt.org/

The AAS Council adopted a resolution on this issue in 1982. This is available on http://www.aas.org/council/resolutions.html. Since this is an official statement of the Society it may be freely quoted.

AAS Member Adrian Mellot advises: "The school board is also accepting email or faxed comments on the standards; they should be directed to Penny Plamann at pplamann@ksbe.state.ks.us or 785-291-3791 (fax)." The Board is expected to vote on the new curriculum on Wednesday, 11 August.

Members may also wish to check the following sites on creation science.
http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/creationism/introduction.html
http://www.natcenscied.org/welcome.html

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4. NEW INSTRUMENTS AT KECK

Two powerful new instruments will be available on the Keck Telescopes in the upcoming semester (2000A) beginning 1 February 2000.  NIRSPEC, a near-infrared, cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph, and AO, an adaptive optics imaging system, will both be available to the user community. In addition, ESI, a versatile, multi-mode spectrograph and imager may be available. For detailed information about these instruments see http://www2.keck.hawaii.edu:3636/.

NASA is a one-sixth partner in the Keck Telescopes and makes time available to U.S. investigators for research in support of NASA programs in the areas of extrasolar planets, Origins, and planetary astronomy.

For information about application procedures and guidelines, see http://stargate.jpl.nasa.gov:1090/. Proposals seeking time during the
2000A semester are due September 1.

Because of the additional load placed on the Keck staff by the new instruments and by work related to implementing interferometry at Keck, visitor instruments will not be supported during the coming semester.

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5. STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

In the summer of 2000, Earthwatch Institute and The Durfee Foundation will sponsor research projects through the Student Challenge  Awards Program. This program supports research through grants of $6,000 to $15,000 and the assistance of talented high school students. Scientists supported through this program work with a single team of six to eight students, for a period of two to three weeks.

1 September 1999 is the deadline for summer 2000 projects.

For further informaiton see: http://www.earthwatch.org/cfr/CFRdurfee.html

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6. NASA'S NAME -- APOSTROPHE VS. SLASH

Over 500 members answered our recent call for address updates. A few inquired why the AAS naming convention for NASA Centers includes an apostrophe, ie. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. We would like to clarify that the possessive naming standard was set by NASA, the AAS Executive Office did not set the standard.

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