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AAS Electronic Announcement #165 – October 2006

[Mailed from aas.org on 11 October 2006]

CONTENTS

  1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2007
  2. 2007 AAS/AAPT JOINT MEETING
  3. GADGETS AND GIZMOS
  4. THE CHAMBLISS ASTRONOMY ACHIEVEMENT STUDENT AWARDS
  5. JOHN BAHCALL PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP
  6. NSF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES PRIORITY AREA (MSPA)
  7. 2007 JEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOWSHIPS
  8. EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR U.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS (EAPSI)

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1. AAS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2007

Renew now and save time by renewing online at aas.org. Invoices for the 2006 membership year will be mailed this week. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial costs and increases the funding available for our programs.
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2. 2007 AAS/AAPT JOINT MEETING

The 209th 206th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society will be held jointly with the Historical Astronomy Division, the High Energy Astrophysics Division and the American Association of Physics Teachers 5-10 January 2007 - Seattle, WA

DEADLINE REMINDER

Wednesday, 18 October 2006, 9:00 p.m. EDT is the deadline for receipt of abstracts of presentations for the AAS Seattle Meeting.

***This is a strict deadline***

Abstract submission instructions:
http://www.aas.org/meetings/abstracts.html

Meeting Announcement:
http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas209/
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3. GADGETS AND GIZMOS

If you're interested in sharing educational materials you've developed, adapted and used, whether you're new to teaching or an old hand, this session is for you. Suitable demonstrations include interactive web tools (applets, immersive experiences, touch screens), instructional software, remote observing tools, audience response systems ("clickers"), wireless delivery of content to handheld devices, laboratory activities, planetarium programs, etc., etc., and, of course, real gadgets and gizmos. Only non-commercial educational products, for any level and for any audience, are appropriate for this forum. Presenters may distribute materials – print, CD, DVD -- but not conduct sales.

Gadgets and Gizmos will be located in the main lobby right across from the Exhibit Hall and between the Cyber Café and the registration area. It will be open throughout the week to give everyone the opportunity for a hands-on experience. If you are interested in using this forum, or have questions about the suitability of an idea or technology, please email deustua@aas.org. Register online at www.aas.org/meetings/gadgetregform.php by October 18.
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4. THE CHAMBLISS ASTRONOMY ACHIEVEMENT STUDENT AWARDS

Through the generosity of Carlson Chambliss, the AAS has established the Astronomy Achievement Student Awards given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present posters at the semi-annual AAS meetings. Graduate and undergraduate posters are considered separately. Awardees will be honored with a Chambliss medal and a certificate.

Rules for participating in the awards are:
1. Only posters are eligible for judging.
2. Students must be members of the AAS.
3. The work must have been done while the presenter was an undergraduate or graduate student.
4. Participants must check the box on the abstract submittal form indicating that the poster is being submitted for the award.
5. Participants must be present at the meeting to be eligible.
6. Awards will be announced at the banquet

Judging:
1. Submissions will be assigned to poster sessions on Monday through Wednesday.
2. Each poster will be judged by at least two reviewers during the meeting, who meet with the presenters.
3. Judging critera are based on presentation and content, and weighted so that content is 60% of the score.

For further information go to http://www.aas.org/education/edoffice.htm#programs
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5. JOHN BAHCALL PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP

The AAS council has approved the establishment of the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship of the AAS. The fellowship will be a half-year postdoctoral level position with the first fellowship planned to begin in January of 2007.

In partnership with the Executive Officer, the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow will be responsible for a wide range of AAS public policy activities including:

• Direct advocacy for astronomy-related issues • Maintaining relationships with key policy people related to astronomy (agencies, hill staff, OMB, OSTP, NRC, etc.) • Visits with Hill offices (all Spring) • Coordination of Congressional Visits Day Springtime, either March or April • Coordination of CNSF Hill exhibition participation (sometime May-July) • Authorship of the Washington News Column in the AAS Newsletter, a chapter in the AAAS annual R&D budget book and Action Alerts and Informational Emails as required • Coordination with and support of the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy, strategic planning • Attendance at policy events: coalitions, colloquia, etc. (mainly spring)

Applications for the position are due on 15 October 2006. Interested applicants holding a Ph.D. should send a resume, names and contact information of three professional references and a one or two page summary of why the position is interesting to them. Candidates will be interviewed in late October. The salary will be $22,500 plus benefits for six months.

Send resumes to: Executive Officer, AAS Executive Office, 2000 Florida Ave, NW, #400, Washington DC 20009.
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6. NSF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES PRIORITY AREA (MSPA)
Deadline: 15 November 2006

Proposals appropriate to this activity are those that address at least one of the following broad interdisciplinary topic areas: (1) mathematical and statistical challenges posed by large data sets, (2) managing and modeling uncertainty, and (3) modeling complex nonlinear systems. Past award topics include astronomical statistics and computational fluid dynamics. Due to a change in the solicitation last year, proposals for this year should be submitted to the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Grants program, NSF 05-608, or if appropriate to any program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences. To ensure proper consideration, proposals should have a title that begins with “MSPA-AST:”, and include a brief statement of their relevance to the MSPA. The deadline for NSF 05-608 is 15 November 2006. More details are still available in last year’s (archived) solicitation, NSF 05-622 (www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05622), and all inquiries should be directed to Nigel Sharp (mailto:nsharp@nsf.gov, 703-292-4905).
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7. 2007 JEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOWSHIPS

Tenured academic scientists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning are eligible for selection to be Jefferson Science Fellows. Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in either a regional or functional bureau. The assignments may be coordinated with the relevant U.S. embassy overseas. All JSF assignments will be designed through a consultation that considers both the interests and expertise of the Fellow and the needs of the hosting office. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.

Application forms and information on how to apply are available on the JSW website: www.national-academies.org/jsf ___________________________________________________________

8. EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR U.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS (EAPSI)

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

More information can be found at the following link: www.nsf.gov/index.jsp ___________________________________________________________

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