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AAS Electronic Announcement #103 -- October 2001

AAS Electronic Announcement #103 -- October 2001

[Mailed from aas.org at 5:05pm 10 OCT 2001]

CONTENTS

  1. LETTER FROM AAS PRESIDENT
  2. VISIT THE HILL AFTER THE AAS JANUARY MEETING
  3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS AT THE KITT PEAK 12-METER TELESCOPE
  4. NSF SUMMER PROGRAMS IN JAPAN, KOREA, AND TAIWAN FOR U.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
  5. TRAVEL WARNINGS

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1. LETTER FROM AAS PRESIDENT

Fellow AAS members,

We are all reeling in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Most of us have been touched directly or indirectly by these attacks and the anger that we feel can make it difficult to carry on with our normal lives, let alone engage in social or political discussion. However, at times like these, it is especially appropriate that we rededicate ourselves to maintaining an environment that is supportive and protective of all members of the astronomical community

Our profession is a truly global one. The condolences from colleagues around the world show that regardless of religion or nationality, all civilized people stand together against terrorism. We know that responsibility for these terrible acts does not lie within one nation or ethnic group. Yet already some have lashed out at Muslim Americans and sadly we have heard of students who have chosen to leave their institutions for fear of verbal or physical violence. Such an atmosphere of fear is unfair, intolerable and completely incompatible with the professional and scholarly values of the American Astronomical Society.

The AAS respects and affirms the value and unity of all members of the astronomy community, including visitors from other nations and members of all ethnic groups. We urge all AAS members to take responsibility for ensuring that our profession is one that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

Sentiments of vengeance and hatred have no place in our institutions of higher learning, observatories, laboratories and other workplaces. We encourage department chairs and others in positions of authority to assume leadership in informing colleagues of relevant institutional non-discrimination policies and of relevant institutional grievance procedures. We especially encourage sensitivity towards our students,
who may not feel empowered to seek out support on their own and whose needs for advocacy might otherwise go undetected.

While we encourage the use of institutional resources wherever possible, AAS members Kevin Marvel (mailto:marvel@aas.org) and Keivan Stassun (mailto:keivan@astro.wisc.edu) have volunteered to act as informal ombudspersons. Feel free to contact them with questions or concerns.

Let us stand united by a dedication to help build a profession, a nation and a world free of racism and ethnic violence.

Sincerely,

Anneila Sargent
President
American Astronomical Society

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2. VISIT THE HILL AFTER THE AAS JANUARY MEETING

On Friday, 11 January 2002, after the conclusion of the AAS Washington Meeting, members are encouraged to pay a visit to the offices of their Congressional Representatives. Although many members of Congress will be in the home district at that time, useful visits with Congressional staff can still be made.

As a service to members, Kevin Marvel (mailto:marvel@aas.org) will help arrange visits to Hill offices and offer advice on how to conduct an office visit. If enough members are interested, an informal Friday morning coffee klatch can be arranged to discuss particular strategies and current information.

Please send email to Marvel if you are interested in visiting the Hill.
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3. CALL FOR PROPOSALS AT THE KITT PEAK 12-METER TELESCOPE
Next Deadline: 22 October 2001

Steward Observatory is currently operating the Kitt Peak 12-meter telescope under loan agreement with the NSF and NRAO. The telescope is expected to be available on a limited basis for use by members of the astronomical community.

The upcoming periods and deadlines are:

5 November 2001 - 31 January 2002, Due: 22 October 2001
1 February 2002 - 30 April, Due: 2 January 2002
1 May - 31 July, Due: 1 April 2002

Details about the telescope and its instrumentation can be viewed at

http://kp12m.as.arizona.edu.

Proposals should consist of the standard Kitt Peak 12-meter cover sheet (http://kp12m.as.arizona.edu/proposal_submission.html); a brief scientific justification (not to exceed 2 pages + figures); and a source list with observing time requirements and justification. The Kitt Peak 12-meter Telescope TAC, appointed by the Steward Observatory Director, will review all proposals. The Director of the KP12M will schedule successful proposals according to instrument availability.

Please submit 5 paper copies of proposals to:

Dr. Aldo Apponi
Steward Observatory
The University of Arizona
933 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721

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4. NSF SUMMER PROGRAMS IN JAPAN, KOREA, AND TAIWAN FOR U.S. GRADUATE STUDENTS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Deadline: 1 December 2001

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support about 100 U.S. graduate students (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) for research & cultural experiences in Japan, Korea, or Taiwan during an eight-week summer program in 2002. The primary goals of the programs are to introduce students to Japanese, Korean and Taiwan 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.

International airfare, living expenses in the host country, and a summer stipend of $2,500 will be provided. The application deadline is 1 December 2001. For eligibility and other information, consult the Program Announcement (Summer Programs in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) that can be obtained from

http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/eap/gradstud.htm#gradsum

and the NSF Tokyo office web site (http://www.twics.com/~nsftokyo).

Graduate students seeking support for a specific research project with an identified collaborator in the East Asia and Pacific region should also consider NSF's other programs of support, including dissertation enhancement awards. See

http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/eap/gradstud.htm .

Questions should be directed to mailto:eapinfo@nsf.gov.

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5. TRAVEL WARNINGS

We want to call your attention to the following site containing the official travel warnings of the U.S. State Department,

http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html

In this time of heightened tensions, it is wise before undertaking travel to be as informed as possible about the conditions of one's destination and all points in transit.

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