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The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech seeks applicants for Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships to begin on or about 1 September 2015. Application deadline: 6 November 2014.

In this guest post, graduate student Sara Barber (University of Oklahoma) describes her experience organizing a campus visit with Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma's 4th district over the August Congressional recess.

The AAS is now managing the AAS LinkedIn group, which from now on will better serve the community as a venue for discussion and networking among professionals in the astronomical sciences.

Kevin B. Marvel

AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel provides an update on activities that will be keeping us busy for the rest of 2014, including wrestling with public-policy challenges and planning next year's IAU General Assembly.

The European Space Agency seeks concepts for a medium-size, or M-class, mission for launch in 2025 as part of its Cosmic Vision program. Letters of intent are due by 16 September.

The 305-meter William E. Gordon Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico is the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. Proposals to use it for observations during the first half of 2015 are due by 1 September 2014., a free online registry of codes used in astronomy research, has a new website that offers more flexible browsing and an easier submission process and author search. Got code? Please share!

The latest issue of the James Webb Space Telescope newsletter is available as a PDF. It describes the status of the project, a thermal-vacuum test, and exoplanet science plans.

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech announces the availability of six-month graduate-student fellowships. Applications are due 5 September 2014.

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.