AAS Electronic Announcement #114 -- July 2002
[Mailed from aas.org at 3:50pm,11 JULY 2002]
- DIRECTORY INFORMATION DEADLINE COMING SOON
- CORRECTION TO PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFS #4 AND #5
- MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR TPF SCIENCE WORKING GROUP
- SCIENCE WORKING GROUP FOR THE LSST
- STI PUBLIC DOMAIN SYMPOSIUM
1. DIRECTORY INFORMATION DEADLINE COMING SOON
The deadline for information updates for the paper edition of the AAS 2003 Membership Directory is Friday, 2 August 2002
If you want your member record to be published correctly for 2003, please send information updates to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. This applies as well to the institution information found at the back of the Directory.
Help us keep the paper edition Directory up-to-date and useful. Send us changes, revisions, new area codes, new email addresses, etc. by 2 August.
2. CORRECTION TO PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFS #4 AND #5
We apologize for the errors in Public Policy Briefs #4 and #5.
The President signed the FY 2002 appropriations bill on 10/27/01.
In the President's Budget for 2003 the total for NASA-OSS should have read $3,414,300,000.
The total NSF-AST Budget for FY2002 is $178,360,000 including $12,500,000 for ALMA and the FY2003 total is $191,250,000 including $30,000,000 for ALMA.
Members should remember that any amount allocated for astronomy facility construction from the MREFC budget line does not take away (or add) direct funding for individual researchers from (or to) the NSF-AST budget.
But, the MREFC budget line does provide vital funding for costly research equipment and facilities required to perform research in astronomy and other fields and is therefore an important component of the overall funding portfolio for any of the sciences funded by the NSF.
3. MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR TPF SCIENCE WORKING GROUP
Letters of Interest Due: 14 August 2002
NASA Headquarters and the Terrestrial Planet Finder Project (TPF) at JPL have issued a letter soliciting membership in a TPF Science Working Group. Details of this announcement can be found at the TFP Website at
The deadline for receipt of letters of interest and associated material is 14 August 2002. Please refer any questions to the TPF Program Scientist, Dr. Philippe Crane at mailto:email@example.com.
4. SCIENCE WORKING GROUP FOR THE LSST
During the recent Albuquerque meeting NOAO received authorization from NSF to form a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Science Working Group. This is a further step towards the goals of the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey.
This working group is intended to be the community based body that will develop the science case and justification for any federal investment by NSF and other agencies in LSST. This guidance is intended to be a product of all public, private and international groups that expect to play a role in the LSST. The LSST SWG's tasks, include:
- developing the science cases and scientific priorities for an LSST,
- developing performance metrics for the LSST telescope, instrumentation, software, operations, data management, and other aspects of the program; and assessing performance against these metrics,
- preparing a design reference program for a 10 year LSST mission,
- establishing the scientific relationship between LSST and other major facilities (for example SNAP, Gemini, POI, GSMT, VISTA etc),
- assembling appropriate community-wide partnerships for preparation of any proposals to NSF and NASA for funding activities related to LSST.
If you wish to offer your services to LSST SWG, please send Jeremy Mould, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, a brief proposal outlining your expertise in any of the relevant areas. NOAO will meet the travel expenses of the Working Group. A number of invitations to join LSST SWG have already been made. Hopefully, the composition of the group will be announced in the September NOAO newsletter.
5. STI PUBLIC DOMAIN SYMPOSIUM
Symposium on the Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information in the Public Domain
5-6 September 2002,
National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2100 C Street NW
The Symposium will bring together leading experts and managers from the public and private sectors who are involved in the creation, dissemination, and use of STI to discuss: the role, value, and limits of public-domain STI in the research and education context; the various
legal, economic, and technological pressures on producers of public domain STI, and their potential effects on research and education; the existing and proposed approaches for preserving the public domain or providing "open access" to STI in the United States; and other important issues in this area that may benefit from further analysis. The meeting will be free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. For additional information and registration, please visit the Symposium web site at:
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/biso/Public Domain SymposiumAnnouncement.html
or contact the project director, Paul Uhlir, 202-334 2807, mailto:email@example.com.
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