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The National Optical Astronomy Observatory invites proposals for the use of its telescopes and those of its partners during the period August 2014 to January 2015. Deadline: 31 March 2014.

This year's forum, 21-23 July 2014, will feature discussions of exploration targets of interest, including the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars. Deadline for abstract submission: 26 April.

On March 4th the Obama Administration rolled out the top-line information on their budget request for FY 2015, which begins 1 October 2014. Details below the top line and a handful of policy bullet points will follow shortly.

Fourteen business, higher-education, and scientific organizations have created a video urging Congress to support federal investments in research to keep the U.S. globally competitive.

How often should the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope return to the same field of view? Help answer this question and others in Tucson in August. Expressions of interest are due 15 March.

You can download the January 2014 issue of Status, the newsletter of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, from the CSWA website.

We are looking at a potentially busy spring and summer for federal policies related to the astronomical sciences. In lieu of a deep dive into any one of the interesting policy issues on the horizon, I thought I would just lay out what we're likely to see and approximately when.

When the 224th meeting of the AAS comes to town 1-5 June 2014, Boston really will be the "Hub of the Universe."

The National Research Council Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy invite you to attend a joint meeting of their standing advisory committees in Washington, DC, 3-5 March 2014.

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's work on black holes led to his championing a U.S. supercomputing revolution and to Web browsers.