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AAS Electronic Announcement #225 — October 2011

AAS Electronic Announcement #225 - October 2011

Date Emailed: 10 October 2011

CONTENTS:

1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2012
2. AUSTIN MEETING INFORMATION
3. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT DEADLINE
4. IAU SYMPOSIA DEADLINE FOR 2013
5. ASTRONOMY FOR DEVELOPMENT
6. INVITATION TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE AASWOMEN NEWSLETTER
7. AIP STATE DEPARTMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
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1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2012

When renewing online at aas.org (login to the Member Pages to complete the renewal process), please consider donating to the Power of Giving program, or any fund, to help ensure the stability and growth of your Society.
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2. AUSTIN MEETING INFORMATION

Regular Registration Deadline
If you missed the Early registration deadline that's OK because there's still time to register!

Register by 17 November 2011 and save up to $60.

Registration for the Austin meeting is available online at http://aas.org/meetings/aas219/registration but hurry because registration rates will increase on 18 November.

Volunteering at the Meeting
Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, including session coverage, registration, basic computer help, etc. Volunteers that work 16 hours receive complimentary meeting registration, an AAS volunteer t-shirt, meal vouchers, and complimentary parking. Please fill out the Volunteer Availability Form, available at http://aas.org/meetings/volunteer_form. Undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, professional and amateur astronomers are all welcome to volunteer.

Late Abstract Deadline
Late abstracts are now being accepted for the Austin meeting. The late abstract deadline is Thursday, 1 December 2011. All abstracts should be submitted by 9pm ET.

Abstract forms are available on the AAS website at http://members.aas.org/abstracts. Abstract correspondence originates from abstractsonline.com. It is necessary for each member to set your SPAM filters to allow email from abstractsonline.com.

Splinter Meetings
Don't forget, the deadline to submit Splinter Meeting Proposals is 1 December 2011.
Submit your proposal at aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php.

The splinter meeting concept is provided as a service to our members on a first-come, first-served basis. Splinter meetings are typically small group meetings from 5 to 50 individuals to discuss mission planning, collaborative science efforts or other non-science issues. They are not meant to replace science sessions at the meeting and will not be widely advertised by the AAS as meeting content.

Anchorage Workshop Proposals
We are accepting workshop proposals for the 2012 Summer Meeting in Anchorage, AK. Proposals are due 15 December 2011. To submit a proposal visit http://aas.org/meetings/splinter_proposal_form.php.

Please direct questions to lisa.idem@aas.org.
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3. SMALL RESEARCH GRANT DEADLINE

The Small Research Grant (SmRG) Program is administered by the AAS Executive Office. The program is funded by a grant from NASA and is thus intended mainly to support investigators in the U.S. working on NASA-relevant projects. A small amount of additional funding may be provided by income from the AAS operating-reserve fund to support particularly meritorious proposals from outside the U.S. and/or not strictly relevant to current or future NASA missions. The amount of money available during any proposal cycle depends on the sources of support available to the Society at that time.

Completed proposals are due in the AAS Executive Office by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on 28 November 2011 for funds to be awarded in early 2012.

http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
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4. IAU SYMPOSIA DEADLINE FOR 2013

The deadline for the submission of Proposals for IAU Symposia for calendar year 2013 is 1 December 2011. Please see http://www.iau.org/science/meetings/proposals/lop/

If you plan to organize a Symposium here in the US, the AAS Meeting Services team is prepared to take care of the logistics so you and your co-organizers can focus on the science.

Contact us at kim.earle@aas.org for more information.
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5. ASTRONOMY FOR DEVELOPMENT

The IAU is establishing a new activity dubbed "Astronomy for Development" and has established the office for this activity in South Africa. A workshop is being held 12-14 December 2011 to discuss how organizations, institutes and astronomy departments can contribute to this global effort. A link to a workshop announcement is provided here: http://iau.org/static/education/oad/message_to_organisations_sep2011.pdf
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6. INVITATION TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE AASWOMEN NEWSLETTER

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) strives to create a climate of equal opportunity in hiring, promotion, salary, and in access to research opportunities and infrastructure at all levels within the field of astronomy ranging from undergraduate and graduate programs and then throughout a career in teaching, research, and/or other astronomy-related fields such as public outreach.

AASWOMEN is CSWA's weekly electronic newsletter. As a new academic year begins, we invite you to help us expand our community of readers and contributors. Please forward this message to any new students, post-docs, and scientists that may be interested.

To subscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter: http://lists.aas.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/aaswlist

To read old issues of the AASWOMEN newsletter: http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN
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7. AIP STATE DEPARTMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The American Institute of Physics is accepting applications for the 2012-13 State Department science fellowship term. Applications are due 1 November 2011.

Qualified scientists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a PhD in physics or a closely related field, be members of one or more of AIP's ten Member Societies and be eligible to receive an appropriate security clearance prior to starting the Fellowship. (In exceptional cases the PhD requirement may be waived for outstanding applicants.) Final interviews will take place early in 2012 and the 12-month Fellowship term will begin in late August or early September 2012.

Benefits include:
• Stipend of $70,000 per year
• Relocation allowance
• Allowance for in-service travel for professional development
• Reimbursement for health insurance premiums up to specified maximum

For more information on AIP's State Department Fellowship Program and application instructions, please visit the website: http://www.aip.org/gov/fellowships/sdf.html. Application materials include a letter of intent and resume as well as three letters of recommendation. Developing a clear, comprehensive and competitive application takes significant time. We encourage applicants to start early and contact your references as soon as possible.
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