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If you think you might submit a proposal for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array by the December deadline, please submit a non-binding notice of intent by 10 October.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announces an open call for community white papers concerning the science goals, techniques, development areas, and overall design of the VLASS. Deadline: 1 December 2013.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announces an open call for nominations of individuals to serve on the VLASS Science Organizing Committee. Deadline: 11 October 2013.

The American Institute of Physics invites applications for its 2014-2015 State Department Science Fellowship, which is cosponsored by the AAS. Deadline: 1 November 2013.

With the regular abstract deadline for the 223rd AAS meeting now behind us, it’s time to choose this year’s Doxsey Prize winners. We seek help from full members willing to review and rank dissertation abstracts. Sign-up deadline: 11 October.

Just past the equinox, AAS President David Helfand reflects on some of the things that make this season special and on some of the special challenges we face this season.

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.

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.

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