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In early January the AAS named astronomer Henny J.G.L.M. Lamers, best known for his work on stellar populations, as an honorary member of the Society.

Harvard professor Robert P. Kirshner, who led the AAS from 2004 to 2006, has received the National Academy of Sciences' prestigious James C. Watson Medal for contributions to astronomy.

This award-winning project, a legacy of the International Year of Astronomy, is looking for 10- to 60-minute podcasts on all manner of interesting topics, including history, the latest research news, and observing tips.

The AAS leadership and Executive Office staff thank our 3,000+ attendees, the venue staff, our logistics contractor, our audiovisual contractor, our speaker-ready contractor, our volunteers, and especially our exhibitors and sponsors.

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is seeking to fund innovative curricula to expand its residential program for talented high-school students. Deadline for proposal summaries: 31 May 2014.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is offering grants to support data-intensive research combining natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science. Pre-application deadline: 24 February 2014.

The K2 mission solicits comments on the fields that the repurposed Kepler spacecraft will observe during its first two years, as well as target proposals for a performance demonstration test starting in March. Deadline: 1 February 2014.

NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute seek proposals for Hubble observations and funding for archival and theoretical research programs. Deadline: 11 April 2014.

Proposals to use the SMA radio interferometer on Mauna Kea during the period 16 May through 15 November 2014 are due on 13 February.

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.