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ASTRONEWS - The AAS Electronic Notification Service

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CONTENTS

  1. VA-HUD-IA Approporiations Bill Close to Passage - Veto Likely
  2. FUSE Passes Confirmation Review
  3. Textbooks Needed for Vietnam
  4. Second Stromlo Symposium - The Nature of Elliptical Galaxies, 26-30 August, 1996 - Canberra, Australia
  5. Nominations for 1996 National Space Club Science Award

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1.HOUSE-SENATE CONFEREES AGREE ON VA-HUD-IA APPROPRIATIONS BILL

The agreement was reached Thursday night and prompt approval by both houses is expected. Then President Clinton is likely to use his veto pen again. The conferees split the difference between the two versions on Research and Related Activities at NSF. The final figure is $2.27B, which is just slightly above FY 95.  Although some of the funds cut earlier from EPA were added back in, and 17 riders restricting enforcement of environmental regulations were dropped, EPA is still down 14% from FY 95. The space station was, of course, fully funded. Meanwhile, the Defense Appropriations bill got final approval and goes to the President for his veto. The defense bill calls for another Seawolf submarine, expansion of the stealth bomber fleet, and $3.4B for missile defense. The President wants less in the defense bill and more in VA/HUD/IA.
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Excerpted from:
WHAT'S NEW by Robert L. Park Friday, 17 Nov 95 Washington, DC
THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY
http://www.aps.org/WN/wn95gen.html

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2. FUSE PASSES CONFIRMATION REVIEW

The NASA Confirmation Review for the FUSE mission was held on Wed, Nov 8, 1995 at NASA headquarters. At the conclusion of the meeting Associate Administrator Wes Huntress authorized the FUSE project at Johns Hopkins University and the Explorer Project at Goddard to proceed with the development of the FUSE mission, with launch scheduled for October 1998.
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3. TEXTBOOKS NEEDED FOR VIETNAM

Vietnam will soon introduce a new astronomy course into the last year of high school (physical sciences branch). But the student teachers are taught from a text that has almost no information on astronomy since 1965. About half of them can read English.  While a new text is being written, they would much appreciate receiving copies of introductory astronomy texts from the USA.  If you are willing to send an unused copy of a text (by  surface mail), please ask me for one of the mailing addresses.

Don Wentzel (wentzel@astro.umd.edu)
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4. SECOND STROMLO SYMPOSIUM - THE NATURE OF ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES
26-30 August, 1996 - Canberra, Australia
Contact: sss@mso.anu.edu.au
WWW URL: http://msowww.anu.edu.au/meetings/sss

As part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Australian National University and the eighth decade of Mt. Stromlo Observatory Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories of the Australian National  University, we are planning to hold a five day meeting on "The Nature of Elliptical Galaxies".

http://msowww.anu.edu.au/meetings/

The meeting will focus on the origin and evolution of both giant and dwarf ellipticals and in particular, will address the structure and dynamics of elliptical galaxies, dark matter, stelar populations and the influence of mergers and environment on their evolution.

Contributed papers will be in the form of posters which will be displayed for the entire meeting. There will be significant amounts of time set aside for discussion.

Invited review speakers at the meeting will include: R. Bender (Heidelberg), B. Binggeli (Basel), P. Goudfrooij (ESO), D. Merrit (Rutgers), J. Tonry (MIT), F. Schweizer (DTM) and T. de Zeeuw (Leiden).

For more information on this Symposium, including a pre-registration form,  please contact:
Dr. Magda Arnaboldi
Mt. Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories
Private Bag,
Weston Creek P.O.
ACT 2611
Australia
Contact Address: sss@mso.anu.edu.au
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5. NOMINATIONS FOR 1996 NATIONAL SPACE CLUB SCIENCE AWARD

The NSC science award was established in 1986 by the executive committee of the National Space Club in recognition of the role that scientists and scientific investigations in space have played in advancing the goals of the United States Space Program.

The award may be presented annually in recognition of an individual or group of specifically named individuals whose efforts have resulted in a significant contribution to the Space Sciences Program of the United States.

This award is intended for persons who, through their involvement in the conception, implementation and/or analysis of data from scientific investigations conducted in the space environment or in the theoretical support of such investigations have made a significant contribution to the state of scientific knowledge and understanding.

Nominations of candidates for consideration for the 1996 award should consist of a justification statement of not more than two typed pages and a cover letter that includes a suggested award citation. Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to the address below in time to be received by December 15, 1995.

pperry@explorer.csc.com or to:

Peter M. Perry
National Space Club Award Committee
Computer Sciences Corporation 10000 A Aerospace Road
Lanham-Seabrook Maryland 20706

Award recipient(s) will be selected by an Awards Committee appointed by the President of the National Space Club.

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