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With Congress now in week two of its five-week summer recess, here's an update on where things stand with the federal budgets for the next two fiscal years.

The National Science Foundation has teamed up with Popular Science for the newly renamed science and engineering visualization challenge: The Vizzies. Deadline: 30 September.

The National Solar Observatory welcomes proposals to use its telescopes on Sacramento Peak in New Mexico and/or Kitt Peak in Arizona during the 4th quarter of 2014.

Meg Urry

Meg Urry looks to build better links between academia and industry by connecting students and professors with astronomers in all fields worldwide.

Hundreds of snapshots from the June 2014 AAS meeting in Boston have been posted in our online gallery at

Priorities during the period Feb. 2015 to Sep. 2016 are Astro2010 science themes, solar-system targets, and JWST precursor observations. Letters of intent are due 28 August 2014.

Despite what's shown on the AAS Wall Calendar, there are not two new Moons in August 2014. A full Moon will occur on the 10th of the month, as scheduled.

Former AAS Councilor Bruce Balick (University of Washington) links to some articles and reports that can help identify sources of job dissatisfaction and ways to address them.

The National Research Council's committee studying how to optimize the US optical and infrared (OIR) system in the era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope meets in Washington, DC, this week, and you can tune in remotely if you can't make it in person.

Among those elected to the 2014 class of American Geophysical Union Fellows are two AAS members: Alexander G. Kosovichev and Thomas N. Woods.