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At around 8 pm last night, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers introduced omnibus appropriations for FY 2014, the fiscal year that began this past October. Here we look at how this would affect the astronomical sciences.

If anybody understands the importance of light, it’s astronomers. Here’s a chance to help our physicist colleagues educate the public about the science of light and its applications.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory seeks proposals for use of the Very Large Array, Very Long Baseline Array, and Green Bank Telescope. Deadline: 3 February 2014.

Attendees at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, are invited to attend two special events on Sunday and Monday related to light pollution and observatory site protection.

The renewal notices recently mailed to many AAS members contained several printing and typographical errors. This short article should help clear up any confusion.

AAS President David Helfand welcomes the new year with thoughts about big astronomy meetings, how to advocate for federal investments in science, and the astounding pace at which our understanding of the universe is increasing.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory has issued a call for membership in its International Science Development Teams (ISDTs), which provide scientific input and facilitate collaboration across and beyond the TMT partnership. Applications are welcome from all PhD scientists. Deadline: 17 January 2014.

This workshop on Sunday afternoon, 5 January, will cover the proposed redefinition of Universal Time to no longer be tied to the rotation of the Earth, which would have significant implications for astronomy.

The U.S.- and Europe-based scientific collaborations seek astrophysicists interested in signing agreements for the identification of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave triggers. Deadline: 16 February 2014.

Renew your AAS membership by 31 December 2013 to take advantage of our new two-year renewal option, locking in the 2014 rate for 2015 as well. For each year, you'll also receive a 15% discount off your share of the author charges for a paper in any of the AAS journals.