The Russell Lecturer is normally to be chosen annually on the basis of a lifetime of eminence in astronomical research.
At its 223rd semiannual meeting last week in Washington, DC, the AAS named the recipients of its 2014 prizes for outstanding achievements in research, public policy, instrument development, education, and writing.
IOP Publishing and the AAS are pleased to announce the launch of the Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE), which provides researchers with quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of graphics and videos that have been published in the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.
The AAS Award for Public Service to the Astronomical Sciences is given at most annually to up to two individuals who have performed outstanding public service in support of astronomy, planetary science, and related fields.
The AAS has issued a statement addressing the potential elimination of the EPO activities in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, as called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. The statement says that the suggested cuts “would dismantle some of the nation’s most inspiring and successful STEM education assets.”
The AAS press officer is often asked, by members as well as journalists, how decisions are made about which papers to feature in news briefings at AAS meetings. The answer may surprise you!
The AAS has issued a statement acknowledging President Obama’s strong support of science as embodied in his proposed budget for fiscal year FY 2014 but encouraging him and the Congress to maintain a balance of small, medium, and large space missions in astronomy, planetary science, and solar physics.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today expressed deep concern about the U.S. government’s new restrictions on travel and conference attendance for federally funded scientists.
Fifteen members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) traveled to Washington, DC to express the need for sustained and predictable federal funding of research and development (R&D) programs — including NASA, NSF, and the Department of Energy — which are critically important to American economic growth.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) supports President Barack Obama’s new policy on “open access,” the idea that published results of taxpayer-funded research should be made freely available on the Internet rathe
At its 221st semiannual meeting two weeks ago in Long Beach, California, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) named the recipients of its 2013 prizes for achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing.
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Two high school students from Texas and Louisiana are the winners of the 2012 Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards for their astronomy projects presented at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May. The awards were presented on May 18 by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS), supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Fifteen members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are traveling to Washington, DC, April 24-25 to thank Congress for recent appropriations in the fiscal year 2013 spending bill and to express the need for continued federal funding of research and development (R&D) programs, which are critically important to American economic growth.
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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today issued a statement thanking President Obama for his strong support of science as embodied in his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2013 but asking him and the Congress to strive harder to maintain a balance of small, medium, and large space missions in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, and solar physics. Some provisions of the President’s FY 2013 budget, especially a 20 percent cut in NASA’s planetary science funding, threaten to undermine the recommendations of recent decadal surveys of these fields by the National Academy of Sciences.
At its 219th semiannual meeting last week in Austin, Texas, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) presented a certificate of appreciation commemorating Dr. Frank Kameny’s lifetime efforts to secure equal employment rights for all. In 1957 Dr. Kameny, a Ph.D. astronomer and member of the AAS, was unjustly fired from his position with the U.S. government because he was gay. His subsequent efforts to advance the cause of gay rights included organizing some of the first public protests for homosexual rights in America, running as the first openly gay candidate for Congress, and writing the first petition to the Supreme Court to argue that discrimination based on sexual orientation violates constitutional civil-rights protections.
At its 219th semiannual meeting last week in Austin, Texas, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) named the recipients of its 2012 prizes for achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has named Frederic A. Rasio of Northwestern University as the next editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Rasio will succeed Christopher Sneden (University of Texas, Austin), who plans to retire from the position at the end of 2012 after 10 years of service.
Three members of the American Astronomical Society have been named recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today that half of the SEK 10 million ($1.44 million) award will go to Saul Perlmutter (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & University of California, Berkeley) and half will be shared by Brian P. Schmidt (Australian National University) and Adam G. Riess (Johns Hopkins University & Space Telescope Science Institute). The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics is being given “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.”
Astronomy Education Review (AER), the online journal of astronomy and space-science education published by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), celebrated 10 years of promoting science literacy last week.
The Tinsley Prize recognizes an outstanding research contribution to astronomy or astrophysics, of an exceptionally creative or innovative character. The Prize is normally awarded every two years.
The AAS vice-presidents name a special invited lecturer to kick off each AAS meeting with a presentation on recent research of great importance. The Kavli Foundation's generous support covers the lecturer's travel expenses and as well as promotional expenses.
The Lancelot M. Berkeley New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is awarded annually for highly meritorious work in advancing the science of astronomy during the previous year.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) today issued a strong statement protesting yesterday’s proposal from the House Appropriations Committee to cancel the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Hubble’s successor and the centerpiece of U.S. space astronomy for the next two decades. “The proposed cancellation of JWST is a bad idea,” says AAS Executive Officer Dr. Kevin B. Marvel. “Several billion dollars have already been spent developing new cutting-edge technology, and the last thing the American people want is for Congress to throw good money away. The U.S. will rightly be proud of the accomplishments of JWST, but first we need to finish it and launch it.”
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS), presented the annual Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards to two high-school students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 8 to 13 in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Maran is an astronomer and science writer with decades of experience in the space program. The author or editor of 12 books and more than 100 popular articles on astronomy and space exploration, and many more scientific publications, he retired from NASA on October 1, 2004, after more than 35 years with the agency. On August 31, 2009, he retired after 25 years (most of them overlapping with his NASA service) as AAS press officer.
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At its 217th semi-annual meeting last week in Seattle, Washington, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) named the recipients of its 2011 prizes for achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing. The honorees range from college students to distinguished senior astronomers.
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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is pleased to announce that the first Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is being awarded to William J. Borucki and David G. Koch. Both at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, Borucki and Koch (rhymes with "Bach") serve as principal investigator and deputy principal investigator, respectively, of the Kepler space mission, which — in the words of the prize committee's citation — "is discovering new exoplanets while making major advancements in the search for terrestrial planets around other stars."
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The American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, today endorsed the decadal survey recommending priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities of the next 10 years in astronomy and astrophysics. These include a balance of small, medium, and large initiatives, with ground- and space-based telescopes across the electromagnetic spectrum. The report of the Astro2010 Survey Committee, more than two years in the making, was released this morning during a briefing and webcast at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC.
Four members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election was held on Tuesday, April 27th, during the 147th annual meeting of the Academy. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.
Sixteen members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are traveling to Washington, DC, April 28-29 to meet with U.S. policy makers and express thanks and appreciation to Congress for recent appropriations in support of research and development (R&D) in science, engineering, and technology.
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The Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize—established through the support of his father, John Doxsey, and other friends, family, and colleagues—provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at a winter meeting of the AAS.
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At its winter meeting last week in Washington, DC, the American Astronomical Society honored more than a dozen distinguished astronomers for their achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing. The latest recipients of the annual AAS awards and prizes run the gamut from college students to senior faculty members.
Eleven members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), including its Executive Officer, Kevin B. Marvel, have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
The world’s largest meeting of professional astronomers is coming to the Hawaii Convention Center in 2015. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will hold its triennial General Assembly August 3-14, 2015, in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. A vote at this year’s General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, selected Hawaii as the location of the 2015 meeting against very strong competition from two other sites.
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With the addition of several new staff members and volunteers, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is strengthening its position as a leading advocate for and facilitator of excellence in astronomy journalism, education, and outreach.
The Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS.
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The awards were given annually to up to four individuals who have performed outstanding public service in support of science.
The Annie Jump Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher.
The AAS Education Prize is to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and/or the next generation of professional astronomers.
The Van Biesbroeck Prize is normally awarded every two years and honors a living individual for long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy, often beyond the requirements of his or her paid position.
The Heineman Prize for Astrophysics is awarded jointly by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society to recognize outstanding work in the field of astrophysics.
The AAS's Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation is to be awarded to an individual, of any nationality, for the design, invention or significant improvement of instrumentation (not software) leading to advances in astronomy.
The Warner Prize is normally awarded annually for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award or must be within eight years of receipt of their Ph.D. degree.
The Pierce Prize is normally awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award.
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Chrétien grants further international collaborative projects in observational astronomy. Emphasis is on long-term visits and the development of close working relationships with astronomers in other countries.
The AAS Executive Office has decided not to pursue renewal of our NASA SmRG grant. We hope we will be able to announce the resumption of the SmRG program under new management in the very near future.
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American Astronomical Society Names New Executive Officer
The American Astronomical Society announces the selection of seven prize winners.
The American Astronomical Society released a statement today (included in whole below and available at the AAS website decrying the recently announced cuts to NASA astrophysics funding.
Today the American Astronomical Society, the major professional organization for professional astronomy and space science researchers in the United States, released a policy statement on the servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has endorsed a new set of recommendations to improve the status of gender equity in astronomy. The recommendations, endorsed at the 205 th meeting of the Society in San Diego from January 8 to 13, 2005 , were prepared by the Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). The recommendation document, entitled Equity Now: The Pasadena Recommendations for Gender Equality in Astronomy is available online at http://www.aas.org/~cswa. The recommendations cover tenure-track hiring, career advancement and recognition, institutional policies, varied career paths, cultural issues and statistical information. The AAS Council endorsed the recommendations unanimously.
In a statement released today, the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional scientific association for astronomers and astrophysicists, has endorsed the congressional call for a review of the decision to cancel future Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.
This morning, the President of the American Astronomical Society, Dr. Catherine A. Pilachowski, who holds the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, sent the following letter of condolence to Mr. Sean O'Keefe, the NASA Administrator in light of the space shuttle tragedy this weekend.