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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.

If you have students, friends, or colleagues who want to put their math or science knowledge to work for the young people who need them most, these teaching fellowships offers an unparalleled opportunity.

At the Golden Goose Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, a cadre of researchers were recognized for seemingly obscure basic research that has reaped huge and wholly unexpected rewards in societal applications.

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.

In this installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the Committee on Employment, Dr. Cara Rakowski describes her transition from astronomer to examiner in the US Patent and Trademark Office.