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AAS Electronic Announcement #76 -- December 1999

AAS Electronic Announcement #76 DEC 1999

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:45pm 07 DEC 99]

CONTENTS

  1. LIVE WEBCASTS PLANNED FROM AAS ATLANTA MEETING
  2. LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON ATLANTA MEETING REGISTRATION
  3. AAS OFF-LINE 31 DEC 1999 - 3 JANUARY 2000
  4. FINAL INVOICE NOTICE FOR MEMBERSHIP YEAR 2000
  5. CANNON PRIZE LIST - DIRECTORY CORRECTION
  6. FCRAO OBSERVING PROPOSALS
  7. AEOS TELESCOPE TIME AVAILABLE AT AIR FORCE MAUI OBSERVATORY

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1. LIVE WEBCASTS PLANNED FROM AAS ATLANTA MEETING

In the first experiment at live webcasting from an AAS national meeting, two events from Atlanta will be carried live on the World Wide Web:

First Results from the Chandra X-ray Observatory 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST, Friday, January 14. This session features talks by Martin Weisskopf (MSFC), Leon P. Van Speybroeck (CFA), Gordon P. Garmire (Penn State U.), Stephen S. Murray (CFA), Albert C. Brinkman (SRON), and Claude Canizares (MIT) on the findings from the newest of the orbiting "Great Observatories."

The Importance of Comet Hale-Bopp: An Astronomical Perspective 8:30-9:20 a.m. EST, Saturday, January 15. This invited talk will be presented by Lucy-Ann McFadden (Univ. Maryland), who writes "Comet Hale-Bopp is repeatedly recounted in numerous scientific papers as the comet of the century."

You can watch these webcasts at http://www.seminarsource.com/aas
[Note: all in lower case]

The webcasts are sponsored by NASA.

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2. LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON ATLANTA MEETING REGISTRATION

Due Wednesday, 8 December 1999: Late Paper Submission
Early Meeting Registration
Paper Rescheduling Requests
Due Friday, 10 December 1999: Hotel Reservations

The Atlanta Final Program is on-line at:

http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas195/program/

Please check the schedule for your presentation and if there is a problem, contact Diana Alexander (diana@aas.org). No changes will be made to the program after 8 December.

A paper copy of the Final Program will be mailed to those that register by Wednesday, 8 December 1999. Others can pick up the Program at the Meeting.

Late papers will be scheduled as displays on Saturday, 15 January 2000. A listing of late papers will be distributed in Atlanta.

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3. AAS OFF-LINE 31 DEC 1999 - 3 JANUARY 2000

The AAS has decided to err on the side of caution during the New Year celebration. We will be doing a complete backup of our systems and storing the tapes off-site. In addition, we will be bringing down all of our Internet services during the period of Friday, 31 Dec 1999, 5:00pm EDT until Monday, 3 January 2000, 9:00am.

We have decided to take this conservative approach to the unknown factors that might affect our system or the internet during the change from 1999 to 2000. It also gives us the opportunity to fully test our systems before deploying them again on January 3rd.

This ultimately means that email sent to the aas.org domain will either bounce back or be held in your email server's queue until we are back online. It also means that our web services will be unavailable to any browsers.

We hope this does not inconvenience you. The AAS Staff would like to extend our wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours.

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4. FINAL INVOICE NOTICE FOR MEMBERSHIP YEAR 2000

The final invoice notices, to those who have not renewed, will be mailed this week. Members who have not renewed their membership should do so by 31 January 2000.

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5. CANNON PRIZE LIST - DIRECTORY CORRECTION

We note the following errata in the 2000 Membership Directory on page 13:

The prize winners dated 1990-1999 at the bottom of the list of Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize winners are actually winners of Annie Jump Cannon Award, and their names belong at the end of the preceding column.

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6. FCRAO OBSERVING PROPOSALS

The Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory invites proposals for observations using the 14 meter telescope in the period February 2000 to May 2000. The proposal deadline is 15 January 2000. The Observatory is equipped with a 16 element focal plane array receiver which operates between 85 and 115 GHz and a set of autocorrelation spectrometers and filter banks for molecular spectroscopy.

Instructions for the submission of proposals and technical information can be found at http://www.astro.umass.edu/~fcrao

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7. AEOS TELESCOPE TIME AVAILABLE AT AIR FORCE MAUI OBSERVATORY
James Breckinridge, jbreckin@nsf.gov

The U S Air Force and the National Science Foundation have entered into an agreement to jointly manage the use of the 3.67 meter Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) telescope at The Air Force Maui Observatory for the development of astronomical instruments and for astronomy.

Proposal deadline is mid-February 2000. A workshop will be held on Thursday 13 January at the AAS meeting in Atlanta in Hanover E from 7:00 to 9:00 PM to discuss technical capabilities of the telescope and the process for applying for telescope and instrument development time. Representatives of the NSF and the U S Air Force will be present to answer questions.

Dr. James B. Breckinridge
Room 1045
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Va. 22230
703-306-1820, jbreckin@nsf.gov

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