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As I noted in my opening remarks at the 221st meeting of the Society in Long Beach, the state of the AAS — unlike that of the nation — is strong. We ended the year with a small positive balance in the Society's account for the fourth year in a row.

At its 221st semiannual meeting two weeks ago in Long Beach, California, the AAS named the recipients of its 2013 prizes for achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing.

The Society is saddened to learn of the deaths of the following members, former members, and affiliate members:

Bertram D. Donn
John Galt 
Robert Hobbs
Arthur Page
Stephan D. Price

 The following actions were taken by the AAS Council at their January 2013 meeting in Long Beach, California.

Women are now more than 1/3 of physics majors at several top universities and 28% of astronomy assistant professors were women in 20061.

The biennial AAS Department Chairs Meeting was held in Chicago on Saturday, 3 November 2012, with about 35 chairs attending from around the nation. The meeting was sponsored by the AAS and organized by Jerry Sellwood (Rutgers) and David Kieda (Utah), with assistance from Jeri Cochran (U.

The JWST science instrument payload is designed as a highly integrated module in which many systems are shared among the science instruments in order to reduce mass, power, and volume resources.

We are grateful for the following AAS members who have agreed to stand for election. Please support their dedication by voting. Members eligible to vote will be notified when the electronic ballot is posted on members.aas.org.

Telling our story has become more and more important as we begin to peer over the fiscal cliff.  We must tell our story on the importance of investing in the astronomical sciences or we risk critical losses in funding.  Contact policy makers and your members of Congress to tell your story on how

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