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AAS Electronic Announcement #157 -- January 2006

[Mailed from aas.org at 05 JANUARY 2006]

CONTENTS

  1. ACCESSING INTERNET AT AAS WASHINGTON MEETING
  2. PRESS RELEASES NOT ON WEB PRESS CONFERENCE LIST TO BE POSTED
  3. EDUCATION SESSIONS AT THE WASHINGTON MEETING
  4. LAST CALL: 2006 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
  5. AAS ELECTION BALLOTS TO SECRETARY
  6. 2006 DIRECTORY AND CALENDAR MAILING
  7. IAU XXVI GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEADLINES
  8. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS

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1. ACCESSING INTERNET AT AAS WASHINGTON MEETING

As a service to our members, the AAS provides Internet Access to our meeting attendees for quick access to email and your home office. Due to the record breaking number of attendees, please limit your time online so everyone can get access when needed. The Internet will be available Monday through Thursday.

Ports at Cyber Cafe

In addition to stationary laptops for your use in the Cyber Cafe, there will be several open lines available. You may bring your laptop to the meeting and hookup directly to the Internet via a twisted pair connection.

Wireless Access

Additionally, we will be providing access to two wireless networks with SSIDs of AAS1 and AAS2. These SSIDs will not be broadcast since we are in a public facility. AAS1 will be located on the Mezzanine Level of the Hotel around the Cybercafe. AAS2 will be available in the Exhibit Hall.
Wireless IP Address leases will expire after 90 minutes.

The AAS will not be providing wireless network adapters to attendees, so come prepared with your system ready to recognize a wireless device.

To Avoid Interruption

In order to ensure continuous access to your home site, please notify your local system and security administrators of the following:

All computers connected to the network will receive IP Addresses through DHCP from local routers. These addresses will strictly be internal to the local area network. All Internet traffic flowing from the meeting attendees will be coming from the external IP addresses in the range:

72.255.64.162 - .167 resolved as the stsn.net domain.

In the past government sites have become aware of heavy traffic from our meetings and without notice shut off ALL access to attendees. This was done as a security measure, unaware that the traffic was originating at an AAS Annual Meeting. It caused several days of service interruption for meeting registrants. Informing your system administrators of the IP addresses could save you a lot of distress later.

Any concerns prior to the meeting can be directed to Debbie Kovalsky, AAS IT Manager, at mailto:kovalsky@aas.org.
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2. PRESS RELEASES NOT ON WEB
PRESS CONFERENCE LIST TO BE POSTED

We are aware that astronomers who miss the meeting are often questioned by students and friends concerning the findings reported in the media. However, we do not post the press releases from the meeting on the Web because we supply information to the media, we don't compete with them in getting the information out. Press releases on individual papers and findings are prepared by the author institutions and not by the AAS.

During and after the meeting, we post digital images of the press conferences and links to online news stories on the AAS website.

http://www.aas.org/meetings/press/press207/index.html
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3. EDUCATION SESSIONS AT THE WASHINGTON MEETING

Cool Astronomy for Everyone: A Series of Programs for Introductory Astronomy Instructors, with:

Workshops, including the Teaching Excellence Workshop,

Special, oral and poster sessions on astronomy education, Cool Astronomy on Monday, Astronomy 101 on Sunday.

The flyer for the Cool Astronomy Sessions is at http://www.aas.org/education/coolbrochurev6.pdf

Professional Astronomers and Education and Small NASA EPO Grants: a half day workshop for current and future proposers of NASA EPO grants. Sunday, 8 January 2006 from 8:30am to noon. The flyer is at http://www.aas.org/education/nasaepo.pdf
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4. LAST CALL: 2006 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Please ensure your membership(s) and subscriptions are current by logging into the Members Only Pages at http:/members.aas.org and confirming the Paid Thru Date in your record is 12/31/2006. If not and you sent your payment over two weeks ago, please contact Faye Peterson at mailto:peterson@aas.org or (202) 328-2010, ext. 109 to resolve this matter.

Your prompt cooperation is appreciated to avoid unnecessary service interruptions and/or cancellations. ___________________________________________________________

5. AAS ELECTION ELECTRONIC VOTING/PAPER BALLOTS
Due: 31 January 2006

Please be reminded that electronic voting will close at midnight EST on 31 January 2006.

Paper ballots are due to John Graham, AAS Secretary, by
31 January, 2006.
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6. 2005 DIRECTORY AND CALENDAR MAILINGS

The 2006 AAS Membership Directory and 2006 Membership Calendar were mailed in early December 2005.

Members with US mailing address will receive the Directory and Calendar by third-class mail. If your mail room routinely discards third-class mail, ask them not to throw these away!

If you have not received your Directory by February, contact Membership Manager, Faye Peterson at mailto:peterson@aas.org.

If you have not received your Calendar by February, contact Crystal Tinch, mailto:crystal@aas.org.
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7. IAU XXVI GENERAL ASSEMBLY DEADLINES

Main Deadlines and Events for 2005-2009 are available at:
http://www.iau.org/IAU/News/deadlines.html
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8. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM PROPOSALS
Due: 15 March 2006

The NOAO Survey Program will be accepting proposals for new surveys to start in the 2006B and 2007A semesters. This program supports large observational projects that allow the identification of complete, well-defined samples that can yield both conclusions based on statistical analysis of the survey data itself and also provide important subsets for more detailed observations with larger telescopes.

Investigators must submit letters of intent to propose for the NOAO Survey Program to mailto:surveys@noao.edu by
31 January 2006 to be eligible to propose for an NOAO Survey Program commencing in the 2006B semester. Letters should include the broad scientific goals of the program, the membership of the survey team, the telescope(s) and
instrument(s) to be requested, the approximate amount of telescope time to be requested, and the duration of the proposed survey. Proposals are due 15 March 2006.

For further information on the NOAO Survey Program, see http://www.noao.edu/gateway/surveys/
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