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You may think you belong to the AAS, but it's really the other way around: the Society belongs to you. That's why you should come to the Annual Members Meeting in Indianapolis, on Wednesday afternoon, 5 June, to hear reports from our leaders and to raise and comment on issues of concern to you. Or you can just come for the free drinks and snacks!

Due to popular demand, the "Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales" and "Exascale Radio Astronomy" conferences in Monterey, California, have extended their abstract-submission deadlines to 15 May!

Abstracts are due at 9 p.m. ET on May 1st for the inaugural meetings in the new AAS Topical Conference Series (AASTCS): Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales, Exascale Radio Astronomy, and Giants of Eclipse. All three meetings will be held in July 2013 in Monterey, California, at a comfortable mountain setting with ample opportunity for recreation.

The AAS seeks session proposals for the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, 5-9 January 2014. We welcome proposals on both broad and narrow topics that will appeal to large and small groups.

Four years ago U.S. astronomers made a significant discovery: the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, where the AAS gathered for its 213th meeting.

The abstract deadline for the Long Beach meeting is today at 9:00pm ET. You may have notice some slowness today because of the amount of traffic to the AAS website but it should be more responsive now. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Submit Your Long Beach Abstract Today!

Don't forget to renew your membership and register for the meeting.

A housing pirate is an unauthorized housing provider that often claims a vague affiliation with a conference and offers reduced rates to attendees.

As I write this column, I am preparing and packing for the long trip across the Pacific Ocean to the 28th International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Beijing, China.