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AAS Informational Email 2010-6: More Decadal Survey Town Halls
Debra M. Elmegreen, President
Subject: Next round of AAS Decadal Survey Town Halls

As noted last week, to foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

Scheduled Town Halls include:

Host: University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA/Marshall Space
Flight Center
Date: Tuesday, 14 September, 1:00pm-4:00pm with reception following
Location: UAHuntsville Campus, Shelby Center for Science and Technology, Room 107 On Line (free) Registration at starting noon CDT on 7 September 2010 Directions: UAHuntsville point of contact: Rhonda Griner, (256) 824-6100 AAS representative: Chryssa Kouveliotou (xpysag at Decadal presentation: Steve Battel

Host: Rutgers University
Date: Wednesday, 15 September, 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, Rutgers University

The registration website is Lunch will be provided for the participants. Directions: Local host: Andrew Baker (ajbaker at, (732) 445-5500 x2544 Decadal presentation: Scott Tremaine

Host: Space Telescope Science Institute/Johns Hopkins University
Date: Monday, 20 September, 1:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Bahcall Auditorium, STScI Directions: Local host: Ian Neill Reid, inr at Decadal presentation: Tim Heckman AAS representative: Peter Stockman

Host: Boston University Department of Astronomy and Institute of
Astrophysical Research
Date: Saturday, 25 September, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: BU Photonics Center, Room 906, 8 Saint Mary's Street, Boston, MA 02215
Directions and complete information are located at: Local Hosts: Tereasa Brainerd (brainerd at and Tom Bania (bania at Decadel Presentation: John Huchra AAS representative: James Lowenthal Administrative Contact: Laura Wipf, (617) 353-2625

Host: Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Kavli Institute for
Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
Date: Wednesday, 6 October, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC), The University of Chicago, 5720 S. Ellis Avenue Directions and complete information: Local host: Michael Gladders (gladders at, (773) 834-0392; Aimee Giles for logistics, (, (773) 702-4338 Decadal presentation: John Carlstrom, Joshua Frieman, Dan McCammon and Michael Turner

Host: NRAO at Soccoro, NM
Date: Thursday, 4 November, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: NRAO's Domenici Science Operations Center (DSOC) on the campus of New Mexico Tech Directions: Local host: Bob Dickman; contact Lori Appel (lappel at, (575) 835-7300 Decadal presentation: Paul Vanden Bout

We encourage all AAS members within easy driving distance of these events to attend, and future regional Town Halls will be announced to the whole membership using the Informational Email format as their plans are finalized.

At the January AAS meeting in Seattle, a culminating Town Hall event will cap off this series. You can register now to attend the AAS Seattle meeting by visiting the AAS web pages at

The scientific program is exciting and I hope to see many of you in Seattle this January.

[Mailed from 7 September 2010]

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