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AAS Electronic Announcement #235 - August 2012
Mailed 9 August 2012

CONTENTS:
1. PRELIMINARY SLATE FOR 2013 ELECTIONS
2. 2013 ONLINE RENEWALS BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER
3. ANCHORAGE MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS
4. 222ND AAS MEETING IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN: SPECIAL SESSION, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS
5. EXHIBITING IN LONG BEACH
6. AAS RELEASES 2011 ANNUAL REPORT
7. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR
8. AAS BOOK INVENTORY
9. AAS ONLINE PHOTO ALBUMS
10. NASA'S EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG) HELD
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 44TH DPS MEETING
11. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL
12. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY (SMA) OBSERVING PROPOSALS
13. NEOWISE POST-CRYO PRELIMINARY DATA RELEASE
14. SDSS-III DATA RELEASE 9
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1. PRELIMINARY SLATE FOR 2013 ELECTIONS

President:
Chris Impey
C. Megan Urry

Vice President:
Chryssa Kouveliotou
Nancy B. Morrison

Secretary:
G. Fritz Benedict (unopposed)

Council:
Sarbani Basu
Geoffrey C. Clayton
Dawn M. Gelino
Jeffrey Mangum
Dara J. Norman
Nicole S. Van Der Bliek

Astronomy Education Board:
Gina Brissenden
Matthew W. Muterspaugh
Aaron Price
Rica Sirbaugh French

Nominating Committee:
Jacob Noel-Storr
Massimo Marengo
Rica Sirbaugh French
Virginia L. Trimble

Additional nominations for Officer or Councilor may be submitted by mail and must be accompanied by a written statement from the nominee indicating a willingness to serve and by the signatures of at least 30
voting Full Members of the Society. Additional nominations for the Nominating Committee must be proposed by at least five Full Members of the Society and must also be accompanied by the nominee's written
statement indicating a willingness to serve.

All nominations and supporting materials must be received by 14 September 2012 in the Office of the Secretary. Send nominations to: G. Fritz Benedict, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas, 1
University Station, Austin, TX 78712.
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2. 2013 ONLINE RENEWALS BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

You can renew your membership and pay your 2013 dues online beginning the first week of September, 2012. Please help the AAS save substantial costs by renewing online at aas.org.

Paper renewals will be mailed in late October so please take a moment and log in to your member record and opt out of receiving your renewal notice by US mail. You will need your member login ID and password. If you have not used this before, give the membership department a call and they will provide you with that information or, you can reset your password online. Any address changes can be made directly on that
page. If you need assistance, please contact membership at aas.org, or call 202-328-2010 x101.
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3. ANCHORAGE MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS

Plenary session recordings from the Anchorage Meeting are now online for AAS Members. Please log in to the Members Only Section (http://members.aas.org/) of the website and look for the highlighted
view session videos on the left.
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4. 222ND AAS MEETING IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN: SPECIAL SESSION, MEETING-IN-A-MEETING, AND TOWN HALL PROPOSALS

If you would like to propose for a Special Session, Town Hall, or Meeting-In-A-Meeting at the 2013 Summer Meeting in Indianapolis, proposals are due 30 September 2012. See aas.org/meetings/summer_session_organizer_deadlines.php for information and deadlines. Please direct questions to lisa.idem@aas.org.
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5. EXHIBITING IN LONG BEACH

Exhibitors at the AAS Meeting have an opportunity to speak directly with the customers they are serving. If your institution, observatory, company, lab or university is doing business in astronomy...you need to be exhibiting at the AAS Meeting in Long Beach. More information can be found at aas.org/meetings/aas221/exhibitors_and_sponsorship.

Contact Debbie Kovalsky, debbie.kovalsky@aas.org or 202-328-2010 x110.
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6. AAS RELEASES 2011 ANNUAL REPORT

The AAS is happy to announce its third annual report in a new format, published electronically apart from the BAAS. The 2011 Annual Report is available at: http://aas.org/files/2011_Annual_Report.pdf.

For future years, the report will be available in August each year for the year prior. This is due to needing Council approval of the audit report for the prior year before we include the financial results in the annual report. Comments or questions about the annual report are welcome: publications@aas.org.
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7. AAS MEMBERSHIP CALENDAR

Deadline: 1 September 2012

Sponsors and potential sponsors for future AAS calendars are reminded that sponsorship space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups interested in sponsoring a month may contact Crystal
Tinch (crystal@aas.org) for more information and pricing details for the 2012 Calendar. Deadline for sponsorship is 1 September 2012. The Calendar is free to members, economical for sponsors and invaluable to
the community. The Calendar includes important proposal and grant deadlines. Please forward any 2013 deadlines to crystal@aas.org by 1 September 2012.
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8. AAS BOOK INVENTORY

The AAS has a surplus of books. We offer them to members on a first-come first-served basis. A flat shipping and handling fee of $10.00 per book applies. Discounted shipping may be available for bulk orders. Please fill out the book order form (http://aas.org/staff/book_inventory.php) and direct any questions to Tracy Rowe (aas@aas.org).
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9. AAS ONLINE PHOTO ALBUMS

Over 4,000 photos from AAS meetings are available online. You may browse the AAS photo albums on Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/American.Astronomical.Society

400 of these photos are also available on the AAS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanAstronomicalSociety

Feel free to tag your friends and add comments!
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10. NASA'S EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG) HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 44TH DPS MEETING

NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) will hold its sixth meeting on Saturday-Sunday, 13-14 October, 2012, just prior to the 44th AAS Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Reno, NV.
ExoPAG meetings are open to the entire scientific community, and offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and to provide input into NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the astronomical and planetary science communities are invited to attend and participate.

ExoPAG-6 will focus on ways to expand the inclusiveness of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) to the wider exoplanet community, beyond the past focus on future flagship missions in space. Topics of
discussion will include challenges and opportunities in exoplanetary science in the coming decade, and the status of NASA's plans to sponsor the development of mission concepts for reduced-scale (<$1B)
exoplanet exploration missions. The ExoPAG would also like to broaden the discussion to include other ways in which NASA might facilitate exoplanet research over the next few years, so suggestions for topics
and/or speakers at the meeting are always welcome.

Suggestions can be sent to Prof. Scott Gaudi, ExoPAG Chair (gaudi@astronomy.ohio-state.edu), and/or Dr. Douglas Hudgins, ExoPAG Executive Secretary (Douglas.M.Hudgins@nasa.gov). The meeting will run
for two full days, so there should be plenty of time for both presentations and discussion. News and information about NASA's ExoPAG and the ExoPAG-6 meeting can be found on the ExoPAG web site at
http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag.

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11. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL

Deadline: 15 August 2012

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 August 2012 for the fourth quarter of 2012. Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation
Committee at P.O. Box 62, Sunspot, NM 88349 for Sacramento Peak facilities (sp@nso.edu) or P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726 for Kitt Peak facilities (kptac@nso.edu). Instructions may be found at
http://www.nso.edu/observe/. A web-based observing-request form is at http://www.nso.edu/obsreq. Users' Manuals are available at http://nsosp.nso.edu/dst/ for the SP facilities and
http://nsokp.nso.edu/mp for the KP facilities. An observing-run evaluation form can be obtained at ftp://ftp.nso.edu/observing_templates/evaluation.form.txt.

Proposers are reminded that each quarter is typically oversubscribed, and it is to the proposer's advantage to provide all information requested to the greatest possible extent no later than the official deadline. Observing time at National Observatories is provided as support to the astronomical community by the National Science Foundation.
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12. SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY (SMA) OBSERVING PROPOSALS

Deadline: Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), is a radio interferometer located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, comprising eight 6-m antennas operating in the 230, 345 and 420 GHz bands. The SMA is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics. For the observing semester 16 November 2012 through 15 May 2013, the proposal
deadline is Thursday, 13 September 2012. For more information, please visit the SMA Observer Center web site at http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu/.

The deadlines for the following semesters (2013A and 2013B) are expected to be on 7 February 2013 and 8 August 2013.

Questions or comments regarding the Call for Proposals can be addressed to propose at sma.hawaii.edu.
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13. NEOWISE POST-CRYO PRELIMINARY DATA RELEASE

NEOWISE and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the NEOWISE Post-Cryo Preliminary Data Release.

The NEOWISE Post-Cryo Preliminary Release consists of over 900,000 3.4 and 4.6 micron images and a database of over 4.9 billion source detections extracted from those images, acquired by the Wide-field
Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE; Wright et al. 2010 AJ, 140, 1868) between 29 September 2010 and 1 February 2011 after the satellite's solid hydrogen cryogen was completely exhausted. During this 115 day
period, known as the NEOWISE Post-Cryo survey phase, the telescope and payload warmed to approximately 73.5 K, and the 3.4 and 4.6 micron detectors continued to operate with nearly the same sensitivity as in
the full cryogenic mission phase with only a small increase in the number of high noise pixels. WISE obtained multiple, independent observations of approximately 70% of the sky during the Post-Cryo
phase, completing a survey of the inner Main Asteroid Belt and a second coverage epoch of the inertial sky. WISE Post-Cryo survey operations and science data processing are funded by the NASA Planetary Division as part of the NEOWISE program (Mainzer et al. 2011, ApJ, 731, 53).

The NEOWISE Post-Cryo Preliminary Release products are useful for providing the individual flux measurements for solar system objects that were identified by the NEOWISE Moving Object Pipeline, as well as
for studying time-dependent properties of inertial sources found in the WISE All-Sky Release Catalog. The All-Sky Release remains the best compendium of sources of mid-infrared emission over the entire sky.

The NEOWISE Post-Cryo Preliminary Release products were generated using very early calibrations and reductions that were not yet optimized for the warm system performance. The Post-Cryo Single-exposure data will undergo a complete second-pass processing in late 2012 that will utilize improved calibrations and algorithms that are optimized for the characteristics of the detectors and optics during the Post-Cryo phase. The improved Post-Cryo data products will be released in 2013.

A quick guide to the Release data products, data access instructions and supporting documentation is available at http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/postcryo_prelim/. Access to the WISE data products is available via the on-line services of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu).

Research using WISE and NEOWISE data products is eligible for support under the NASA ROSES Astrophysics and Planetary Mission Data Analysis Programs.

WISE is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology. NEOWISE is a project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California
Institute of Technology. WISE and NEOWISE are funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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14. SDSS-III DATA RELEASE 9

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III announces its ninth public data release (DR9): http://sdss3.org/dr9

DR9 features the first data from the upgraded spectrographs as part of the SDSS-III BOSS survey to map the distribution of massive galaxies out to z~0.7 and of the Lyman alpha forest from quasars from 2<z<3.5.
The new BOSS spectrographs feature improved throughput and wider wavelength coverage from 360-1040 nm. In addition to including all previous SDSS data, DR9 presents 536,000 new galaxy spectra at a
median z=0.5; 93,000 new quasar spectra at a median z=2.3; 83,000 new spectra of stars in our galaxy; and updated stellar parameters for previously released stellar spectra.

The next SDSS-III data release will be in the summer of 2013.
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