The AAS needs members' help to convince Congress of the importance of astronomical research. Please get involved by signing up for our Communicating With Washington program. Deadline: 1 August 2013.
It's not too late to register for the inaugural meetings of the AAS Topical Conference Series, "Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales" and "Giants of Eclipse." Deadlines: 10 July and 24 July, respectively.
The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations and letters of support for the AAS prizes for 2014 must arrive in the Secretary's office by 30 June 2013.
David Helfand reviews the current state of our journals, which is excellent, and argues for improving it further by including links in ApJ and AJ articles to the data that underlies a paper's conclusions.
The AAS will cease publication of AER at the end of 2013; the journal's full archive will remain available online. A task force will be created to develop ideas for expanding the Society's investment in other types of astronomy-education activities.
Jim Manning, Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, reflects on proposed changes to federal science-education programs and previews the ASP's upcoming annual meeting in San Jose, California.
Fifteen undergraduate and graduate students were cited for their exemplary poster presentations at the 222nd AAS meeting in Indianapolis, 2-6 June 2013.
Integration and testing of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) is under way. This ongoing work is a major component of the overall JWST integration and test plan to prepare the observatory for its scheduled October 2018 launch.
AAS member John F. Hawley (University of Virginia) has been awarded half of the $1M 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his work, with Steven Balbus (University of Oxford), on the magnetorotational instability.
The recently established Astrochemistry Subdivision of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS) invites members of the American Astronomical Society, of the AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD), and of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) to join the ACS Astrochemistry Subdivision as an Affiliate Member.
NEOWISE and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the 2013 NEOWISE Post-Cryo Data Release.
Kevin Marvel reports on the Journals Futures Workshop, which considered ApJ and AJ in light of the ongoing communications revolution, and offers some thoughts on AAS staff training, our impending office relocation, and his upcoming mini-sabbatical.
We're inviting amateur astronomers and other interested members of the public to drop in to our 222nd meeting in Indianapolis. Weather permitting, we'll also hold a public star party with the Indiana Astronomical Society.
Provided free to all members, the annual AAS Wall Calendar highlights important astronomical events month by month. The AAS is now seeking sponsors and key dates and deadlines for the 2014 edition.
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!
Annually we acknowledge and thank our 25-year-plus members for their commitment and service to the Society. Anniversaries for 2013 are listed in five-year increments according to join date.
Seven AAS members have been honored by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Franklin Institute for contributions to the advancement of astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary science.
The first Virtual Town Hall meeting of the NASA Astrophysics Roadmap Team will be held 6-7 May 2013, during which a compelling 30-year vision for astrophysics will be presented via Adobe Connect and a teleconference.
The first of 12 planned Data Releases, DR1, from the Digital Access to a Sky Century @ Harvard (DASCH) project is now available. These are the first results from production scanning of the ~500,000 Harvard glass plate images covering the full sky from 1885 to 1992.
AST division director Jim Ulvestad provides updates on the FY 2013 budget, the FY 2014 budget request, the AAG and PAARE grant programs, the ALMA inauguration in Chile, and forthcoming management competitions for several NSF-funded national facilities.