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David J. Helfand offers a valedictory column in which he channels Charles Dickens to describe the best of times and worst of times, that is, his two years as AAS President.

Travel support is available for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists who wish to attend the Industrial Physics Forum that will be held 29 Sept. to 3 Oct. 2014 in Brazil.

The House of Representatives passed their bill funding NASA and NSF on 30 May, with strong increases for research at both agencies. The Senate now looks to take up its version of the bill, which passed out of committee on 5 June.

Results are in from the 224th AAS meeting in Boston: 14 graduate students and undergraduates are receiving Chambliss medals or award certificates to honor their winning poster presentations.

Jeffrey Newmark, a member of the AAS as well as our Solar Physics Division, is now overseeing the heliophysics effort within NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

The AAS will now endorse regional meetings — conferences organized for the benefit of clearly defined geographical areas — that meet a few simple rules designed to support and foster astronomical discourse.

On 3 May more than 60 astronomers and students from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia met for the first AAS Regional Meeting and found that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

The National Science Foundation seeks proposals from organizations interested in managing and operating the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Deadline for letters of intent: 4 September 2014.

We launched our first mobile app just in time for the 224th AAS meeting in Boston. If you downloaded it to your smartphone or tablet, we'd like to hear from you about how you used it and how you liked it.

Want to use your science knowledge to directly address societal challenges? The American Association for the Advancement of Science's policy fellowships will be the subject of a live chat on 19 June.