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AST division director Jim Ulvestad provides updates on the FY 2013 budget, the FY 2014 budget request, the AAG and PAARE grant programs, the ALMA inauguration in Chile, and forthcoming management competitions for several NSF-funded national facilities.

In the latest installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the CSWA and Committee on Employment, Dr. Monica Young traces her evolution from research astronomer to website editor for Sky & Telescope magazine.

The AAS has a surplus of books. We offer them to members on a first-come, first-served basis. A flat shipping and handling fee of $10.00 per book applies. Discounted shipping may be available for bulk orders.

Abstracts are due at 9 p.m. ET on May 1st for the inaugural meetings in the new AAS Topical Conference Series (AASTCS): Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales, Exascale Radio Astronomy, and Giants of Eclipse. All three meetings will be held in July 2013 in Monterey, California, at a comfortable mountain setting with ample opportunity for recreation.

One of the key features of our new website and communication system is the ability to customize the delivery of electronic content from the Society according to your personal preferences. While this feature is being debugged and improved, we'll alert you to important articles on our website via an every-other-week AAS News Digest.

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.

The AAS seeks session proposals for the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, 5-9 January 2014. We welcome proposals on both broad and narrow topics that will appeal to large and small groups.

Andrew Fraknoi, the chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, has won the 2013 Faraday Science Communicator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Agnes Kim recounts her experience going back on the job market for a faculty position at a non-PhD-granting institution. She offers an inside look at how to pursue a career in undergraduate education.

The American Institute of Physics, the umbrella organization for 10 professional societies (including the AAS) and 24 affiliate societies, hosted its annual Assembly of Society Officers on 4 April to discuss important issues of common concern to our members.