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.
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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.
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.