The science instrument payload of the James Webb Space Telescope has begun the first of three space-simulation tests in a giant thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Nominated Office: Councilor
Affiliation: Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory
Position/title: Senior fellow
PhD institution: University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (1986)
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For the first time ever, the Society is offering a two-year membership-renewal option, locking in the 2014 rate for 2015 as well! Also, you'll receive a 15% discount off your share of the author charges for one paper in any of the AAS journals! Both offers are good through 31 December 2013.
If you have a degree in physics at any level and enjoy sharing your story with students, consider participating in Adopt-a-Physicist, a free program for high-school physics classes hosted by the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma. Deadline: 4 October.
The 223rd AAS meeting in January 2014 will be our first in a new venue, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor. Highlights include HEAD and HAD special sessions, a record number of Town Hall meetings, and a stellar lineup of plenary speakers.
Jim Ulvestad, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, reviews the AAG program's FY 2013 results and looks ahead to what we can expect in FY 2014. The FY 2014 deadline for receipt of AAG proposals is 15 November 2013.
The Society’s annual report for calendar year 2012 is now available for downloading as a PDF file. It includes a financial report and summarizes our membership, meetings, and other activities.
Exoplanet expert and AAS member Sara Seager (MIT) is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships, which carry a five-year, $625,000 prize with no strings attached. Congratulations, Sara!
AAS members will elect new officers and councilors in early 2014. The final slate of candidates is now set; candidate bios and statements will be coming soon.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) is the inaugural recipient of the new AAS Award for Public Service to the Astronomical Sciences, recently approved by the AAS Executive Committee.
With help from amateur and professional astronomers worldwide, Astronomers Without Borders will donate thousands of safe viewing glasses to schools in Africa for the solar eclipse on 3 November 2013.
This is an open solicitation from the Science Definition Team for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope/Astrophysics Focused Telescope Asset. Deadline: 1 November 2013.
The plan for institutional representatives described by AAS President David Helfand last April is now being implemented. Volunteers are welcome! Sign up today!
With Executive Officer Kevin Marvel on sabbatical, other managers on the AAS staff are taking turns writing this column. In this installment, Faye Peterson, Director of Membership Services, considers the many reasons to renew your membership in the Society.
AASWomen is the weekly electronic publication of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). It consists of news, advice, and job postings relevant to women in astronomy.
The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising early-career researchers. Deadline: 25 October 2013.
The Golden Goose Award celebrates scientists whose federally funded research seemed odd or obscure but turned out to have a significant, positive impact on society. The latest recipients are the researchers behind an algorithm used to match kidney donors to recipients and the discoverers of a bacterium that helped launch the biotech industry.
The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia has announced the creation of a new and unique fellowship aimed at providing senior female astronomers with the opportunity to visit ICRAR and interact with researchers and graduate students.
The AAS is reaching out to its emeritus members and those who have belonged to the Society for at least 40 years to recognize them for their long-term support and to explore how better to serve them.
Nominated Office: USNC-IAU
Affiliation: Space Telescope Science Institute
PhD institution: University of California Santa Cruz (1980)
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