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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.

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) low-frequency radio telescope in Western Australia invites shared-risk observing proposals for the period 1 January 2014 through 30 June 2014. Deadline: 15 October 2013.

AASWomen is the weekly electronic publication of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). It consists of news, advice, and job postings relevant to women in astronomy.

The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising early-career researchers. Deadline: 25 October 2013.

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 recipients are the researchers behind an algorithm used to match kidney donors to recipients and the discoverers of a bacterium that helped launch the biotech industry.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia has announced the creation of a new and unique fellowship aimed at providing senior female astronomers with the opportunity to visit ICRAR and interact with researchers and graduate students.

The AAS is reaching out to its emeritus members and those who have belonged to the Society for at least 40 years to recognize them for their long-term support and to explore how better to serve them.

The AAS Executive Office seeks volunteers to judge posters for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2014. You can sign up when you register or submit your own abstract for the meeting.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory invites observing proposals for the period 1 February - 31 July 2014. Time is available on telescopes at Kitt Peak, Cerro Tololo, Mauna Kea, and other observatories. Deadline: 26 September 2013.

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