With Executive Officer Kevin Marvel on sabbatical, other managers on the AAS staff are taking turns writing this column. In this installment, Kim Earle, Director of Meeting Services, reports on the inaugural events in the new AAS Topical Conference Series.
NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group holds its 8th meeting just prior to, and at the same venue as, the upcoming DPS meeting in Denver. ExoPAG meetings offer an opportunity to discuss scientific and technical issues and to provide input to NASA.
The AIP Statistical Research Center has published two new reports that provide a detailed, department-by-department listing of Fall 2012 enrollment and 2011-12 degree data for every degree-granting physics and astronomy department in the U.S.
New Horizons will fly past Pluto and its moons in July 2015, and as Richard Binzel (MIT) explains, mission scientists seek Earth-based observers to monitor the system for at least a year pre- and post-flyby.
AAS President David Helfand reflects on some of the beginnings and endings relevant to the Society and its members as we head toward autumn.
Deadlines are just around the corner to register and make hotel reservations for the 45th annual meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences, 6-11 October 2013, in Denver, Colorado.
The UNBSSI is a long-term effort for the development of astronomy and space science through regional and international cooperation on a worldwide basis, particularly in developing nations. A full report on a series of workshops held from 1991 to 2012 is now available.
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 recipient is a physician whose study of Gila monster venom led to a drug that protects diabetics from blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage.
Please consider making a donation to the AAS to help advance student achievement, acknowledge extraordinary service, and celebrate outstanding research.
Video recordings from the 222nd AAS meeting in Indianapolis are now online for members to view. Please note that you will need your AAS login and password.
The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in Western Australia invites shared-risk observing proposals for the 2014A semester (1 January 2014 through 30 June 2014). Deadline: 15 October 2013.
The AAS Division for Planetary Sciences is pleased to announce its new crop of prize winners. The 2013 DPS prizes will be presented at the 45th annual DPS meeting in Denver, Colorado, 6-11 October.
The 2013 Grote Reber Medal for significant and innovative contributions to radio astronomy has been awarded to AAS member Jim Moran of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The Royal Society has just published the proceedings of an interdisciplinary meeting on the new era of multi-messenger astrophysics. It's available online.
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.