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AAS Informational Email 2012-07

Subject: NSF AST Portfolio Review Report

AAS members should be aware that the AAS has issued a resolution endorsing the process and goals of undertaking a portfolio review, which may be found at this link:
http://aas.org/governance/resolutions.php#NSFPort

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2012-07

Subject: NSF AST Portfolio Review Report

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2012-05

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Sign-Up Now For Communicating With Washington and Local Visits

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2012-03

Bethany Johns
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Astronomy in the President's FY 2013 Budget Request

The President released the FY 2013 Budget Request on February 13, 2012. Federal funding for astronomy is mainly from NASA and NSF. Below is a quick analysis of the proposed budget compared to FY 2012 estimated actual dollars for both agencies.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM NSF DIVISION of ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES

[forwarded by the Society on behalf of NSF]

The last day for community input to the AST Division's Portfolio Review is Tuesday, 31 January 2012. We strongly encourage all interested members of the community to become informed about the review process, by making use of the materials posted on the Portfolio Review web page, http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/ast_portfolio_review.jsp.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

The AAS has issued a resolution relating to the ongoing NSF-AST Portfolio Review.

Approved by the AAS Executive Committee on 2 January 2012, the statement supports the concept of the NSF-AST Portfolio Review and highlights its importance for enabling the Decadal Survey priorities.

The full statement is available on the AAS Resolutions page: http://aas.org/governance/resolutions.php#NSFPort

Mailed 5 January 2012

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2011-17

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

AAS Announces New Communicating With Washington Program

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Subject: NSF Portfolio Review

The following message is being sent to all AAS members, Division Members and Division Affiliates as a service to the NSF Astronomical Sciences Division.

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2011-15

The following is a message from Jim Ulvestad, Director of the NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences. We are forwarding it to our membership as a service to the NSF.
________________________________

Dear Colleagues,

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Subject: President Elmegreen Testifies Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer & Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

The AAS regularly provides testimony to Congressional committees that have direct impact on astronomy and astrophysics. Typically, this testimony takes the form of submitted written remarks, which are considered by the committees as they pursue their legislative activities.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2011-13

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

FY2012 Appropriations for Astronomy

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2011-11

Decadal Priorities and Fiscal Realities

Debra Elmegreen, AAS President
Kevin Marvel, AAS Executive Officer

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2011-10

JWST: What Can We Do Now?

Debra Elmegreen, AAS President
Jack Burns, Chair of the Committee on Astronomy & Public Policy

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Electronic Announcement #223 - August 2011

Date Emailed: 11 August 2011

CONTENTS:

23 Oct 2012

Subject: Recent Policy Activity on James Webb Space Telescope and Pu-238

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow and Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Summary

Two important FY 2012 appropriations bills for astronomy and astrophysics have been working their way through the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill:

House Approved Energy and Water Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 2354) on July 15, 2011, which provides annual funding for Dept. of Energy Office of Science and Nuclear Energy.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2011-08

Subject: AAS Releases Statement on Proposed Cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

The AAS Executive Committee has released the following statement related to the proposed cancellation of the James Web Space Telescope.

American Astronomical Society Statement on the James Webb Space Telescope
Adopted 7 July 2011

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2011-06

10 June 2011

Subject: NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences Announces Portfolio Review Process

[note: This AAS Informational Email is being distributed as a service to the NSF, Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer]

Message from NSF-AST Division Director, Jim Ulvestad

Dear Colleagues,

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

12 April 2011
Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Subject:  FY2011 Budget Cuts and the Affect on Science

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2011-04

Subject: President Elmegreen Testifies Before the House Appropriations
Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer
&
Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

The AAS regularly provides testimony to Congressional committees that have direct impact on astronomy and astrophysics. Typically, this testimony takes the form of submitted written remarks, which are considered by the committees as they pursue their legislative activities.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Astronomy & Astrophysics in the Federal Budget
Bethany Johns

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-14

Subject: Bay Area AAS Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

All AAS members in CA, NV and OR are advised that a Bay Area AAS Decadal SurveyTown Hall will be held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley on 29 November from 1pm to 4pm.

This special Town Hall, hosted by Imke de Pater and the UC Berkeley has an exciting range of speakers and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Don't miss this unique opportunity to delve deeply into the recommendations of Astro2010.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2010-12

Bethany Johns, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, bethany.johns at aas.org

Subject: Plutonium 238 Production: An Ongoing Issue for Washington

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-11

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting
29 November 2010
12:30pm-4:00pm (Session begins at 1:00pm), refreshments provided.
University of California, Berkeley
Location on the Berkeley campus: TBA
Scientific Organizing Committee: Imke de Pater, University of California, Berkeley (Chair) Roger Blanford, Stanford University Michael Levy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact Barbara Hoversten (bhovers at astro.berkeley.edu) with any questions

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-10

Subject: Correction to October Electronic Alerts

The following items were inadvertently left out of the October Electronic Announcement and we are forwarding them to the membership due to time-critical content.

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer
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REQUEST FOR COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE SOLAR AND SPACE PHYSICS DECADAL SURVEY

Deadline for Submission: 12 November 2010

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-6: More Decadal Survey Town Halls
Debra M. Elmegreen, President
Subject: Next round of AAS Decadal Survey Town Halls

As noted last week, to foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

Scheduled Town Halls include:

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-5.1: Special Decadal Survey Town Hall Notice

Debra M. Elmegreen, President

Subject: First AAS Decadal Survey Town Hall to be held Thursday, September 2 in Washington, DC

To foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-5

Subject:
Decadal Survey Report and AAS Decadal Survey Town Halls

From:
Debbie Elmegreen, AAS President
John Huchra, AAS Past-President and CAPP Chair
Kevin Marvel, AAS Executive Officer

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-4

Subject: AAS Decadal Survey Release Event and AAS Decadal Survey Town Halls: Member Support Requested

Debbie Elmegreen, AAS President
John Huchra, AAS Past-President and CAPP Chair

We eagerly anticipate the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee report that will be released Friday, August 13, and look forward to the announcement of the exciting opportunities it will present. It is vital that we uniformly support the report and its recommendations .

NRC Release Event

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Electronic Announcement #210 – July 2010

Date Emailed: 9 July 2010

CONTENTS:

23 Oct 2012

AAS Informational Email 2010-3

Subject: ASTRO2010 CHAIR’S COMMUNITY BULLETIN

Background: The following is being sent to the US members of the AAS as a service to the National Academy of Sciences ASTRO2010 Survey.
-- Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Colleagues:

This will be a short Bulletin to report to you that Astro2010 has remained on track since my last community bulletin in September. In the intervening period the Survey Committee has held three plenary meetings in October, January, and earlier this month.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational email - The President's Budget Request for FY 2011
Anita Krishnamurthi, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2010-1

Subject: Jim Ulvestad Named as NSF-AST Director

This announcement from Edward Seidel is being forwarded to all AAS members as a service to the NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences.
-- Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James S. Ulvestad as Division Director for Astronomical Sciences in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, effective March 1, 2010.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email #2009-19 - Appropriations for NASA, NSF Headed to Conference
Anita Krishnamurthi, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

VIEW ONLINE: http://aas.org/publications/exploder_detail.php?ExploderID=320

SUBJECT: FY2010 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email #2009-17

ASTRO2010 CHAIR’S COMMUNITY BULLETIN FOR DISTRIBUTION
17 September 2009

Colleagues:

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

American Astronomical Society

The Office of Management and Budget has a job opening for a program examiner that will cover NASA, among other duties. The job announcement number is OMB-09-53-SR-DE. From the job listing, the "Major Duties" are:

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2009-13

This email is being sent as a service to NSF.

NSF Extends Deadline for Application for Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences

The NSF had informed the AAS that the deadline for applications for director of the Division of Astronomical Sciences has been extended to 30 June 2009. Full information and the position is available through the AAS Job Register and the NSF homepage.

To unsubscribe visit http://aas.org/unsubscribe or email unsubscribe at aas.org

To change your address email address at aas.org

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 15 - NASA/NSF Budget
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
blog.aas.org

NASA and NSF released their FY 2010 Budget requests over the last few weeks. While the top line numbers are unchanged, the detailed budget requests have full details at the division and program level. Astronomy sees gains at NSF AST, as part of the overall NSF budget growth, and flat or decreasing numbers at NASA Science.

NASA FY 2010 Budget Request

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Decadal Update 7

The following is sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the May 22 "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email - Local Congressional Visits Day
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
blog.aas.org

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Decadal Update 6

The following is sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the April 9 "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford.

Previous and Current bulletins are available online as: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin.html

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

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The Astro2010 Web Site: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010.html
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23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

The following is being sent to AAS Members, as a service to the National Science Foundation. Additionally, excerpts from the NSF statement are available at: http://blog.aas.org/2009/03/19/nsf-details-stimulus/

.............
Dear Colleague,

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Subject - FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriation Act Summary CORRECTION

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org
http://blog.aas.org

There was a typographical error in the Informational Email on the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The Science Mission Directorate received $4.503 Billion, a 4.3% decrease ($203.2 million) over FY 2008, not increase, as was written in the informational email text.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Subject - FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriation Act Summary

AAS Informational Email 2009-07
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org
http://blog.aas.org

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

The Netherlands Office for Science & Technology invites you for an upcoming lecture on Astrophysics: Unraveling the Distant Universe through the Hubble and James Webb Telescopes

By Rogier Windhorst
Regent's Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona
State University

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Royal Netherlands Embassy
4200 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Decadal Update 5 - Revised Call for white papers

The following is the fifth Decadal Update email, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the March 3 "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford, discussing some changes to the current call for white papers - soliciting input on technology development and theory, computation, and laboratory astrophysics.

It can also be viewed online at: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin_3Mar09.pdf

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2009-04
Sent 18 February 2009

Lou Strolger
Chair of the CSMA

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

The following is the fourth in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the most recent "Chair's Bulletin" message from Roger Blandford, discussing the ongoing progress of the survey, from the numerous science white papers to the call for State of the Profession position papers.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Decadal Update 3 - Chair's Update / White Paper Submission

The following is the third in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

Below is the text of the third "Chair's Update" message from Roger Blandford, discussing the online submission system for the Science White Papers, as well as information on other solicitations for input.

23 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

The House Appropriations committee released a draft of the spending portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on January 15, and the Senate released a summary of their version of the bill on Friday. The two bills differ on the amount of science funding, and the Senate press release lacks much detail in exactly where the money is going. Some Top Line Numbers:

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

The following is the second in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

CORRECTION: Robert Riemer's email address was incorrect in the original email; the correct address is rriemer at nas.edu

NASA Suborbital Program Ad-Hoc Committee

The following information is being sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Research Council.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

NASA Suborbital Program Ad-Hoc Committee

The following information is being sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Research Council.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Decadal Survey Update 1
American Astronomical Society

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

The following is the first in a new series of special Decadal Update emails, sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee.

This Chair's bulletin can also be viewed online, in PDF format, at the Astro2010 web site: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/Astro2010_Chairs_Bulletin_13Jan09.pdf

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22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2009-01

Decadal Survey Forums

Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

As part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal survey, the survey is soliciting input from the astronomical community on science white papers:

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2008-17

Sent 23 December 2008

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Summary

The following information is being sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Academy of Sciences Astro 2010 decadal survey committee.

ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS SURVEY REQUESTS NEW INPUT FROM SCIENCE COMMUNITY

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-16

Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee Named

The membership of the NRC's ASTRO2010 committee, otherwise known as the Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics has been announced. Comments on the membership can be submitted for the next 20 days via the NRC web page http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48964. The committee's first meeting will be on December 5th and 6th in Washington DC. Information on the agenda is available on the same web page.

The members are:

Committee on ASTRO2010

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2008-15 - NASA Conference Funding
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

HR 6063, the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, was amended and passed by the Senate by unanimous consent on September 25, and subsequently passed the house on September 27. It was signed by the president in early October. The Senate added, at the request of Senator Tom Coburn's office (R-OK), the following text:

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SEC. 1121. LIMITATION ON FUNDING FOR CONFERENCES.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Special Announcement from NASA and DOE regarding JDEM

(note: This special informational email is being sent out at the request of NASA and DOE to the AAS membership because of its importance to our community. We were unable to distribute it in our normal Electronic Alert, but felt that its importance required an additional message. Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer)

Joint Dark Energy Mission Public Website and Science Coordination Group

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2008-13

Sent 3 September 2008

This Informational Email is being sent to AAS members in the New
England area at the request of the American Institute of Physics

Kevin B. Marvel, AAS Executive Officer

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email 2008-12 - Local Congressional Visits Day
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org
blog.aas.org

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-11

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Subject: Ad Hoc JDEM Science Working Group

(The following information is being distributed to AAS members as a service. The information was not available prior to the last Newsletter deadline, but is deemed of significant interest to our membership. kbm)

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-10
Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

Last week, the House of Representatives and the White House reached a compromise supplemental funding bill that includes money for science. If this becomes law, it is a major victory for science groups, as the debate about the supplemental has focused on a variety of issues including education benefits for veterans, general controversy surrounding war funding, and presidential veto threats over the amount of domestic spending in the bill.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-09

Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow huerta at aas.org

Subject: Space Studies Board Colloquium, Washington, DC

This Informational Email is being sent to our DC-area members announcing a day-long colloquium in Washington at the National Academies. The Space Studies Board of the National Academies is having their final event of the "Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years" seminar series. The final event is an all-day Colloquium on June 26 in Washington, DC.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-08

J. Craig Wheeler, President

Subject: AAS Members Encouraged to Help NSF-AST Find a New Director

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-07

The following message is being sent to AAS members and division affiliates as a service to the National Science Foundation because the information is highly relevant to our community. -- Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

SUBJECT: Appointment of Dr. G. Wayne Van Citters, Senior Advisor, OAD/MPS and Dr. Craig Foltz as Acting Division Director, AST We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wayne Van Citters has accepted a new position as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Director, MPS. This appointment is effective April 14, 2008.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-06

Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
huerta at aas.org

Subject: Sound Science for Florida's Public Schools: Panel Discussion with Renowned Scientists and Educators

This Informational Email is being sent to our Florida members announcing a panel discussion on science education in Tallahassee.

** Sound Science for Florida's Public Schools: Panel Discussion with Renowned Scientists and Educators

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-05

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Subject: Sean Solomon to speak at Geological Society of Washington

This Informational Email is being sent as a courtesy to our DC, MD and VA members announcing a talk of an AAS member at an important Washington, DC institution, the Geological Society of Washington.

First Annual Bradley Lecture of the Geological Society of Washington

Dr. Sean C. Solomon, Director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Informational Email - For Florida AAS Members

Marcos Huerta
huerta at aas.org
John Bachcall Public Policy Fellow

Anti-Science Proponents Working to Impose "Academic Freedom" bill to Allow Unscientific Concepts Taught in Science Classrooms.

Summary

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-03

Subject: Top Level Summary of the President's Budget for FY 2009 for Astronomy

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Summary: The President released the FY 2009 budget on Monday, February 4. The news for science is good. The American Competitiveness Initiative is supported and the poor appropriations provided for Congress are compensated for in the President's request. It is now the responsibility of the science community to convince Congress to either appropriate the requested amounts or improve upon these baseline numbers.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2008-02

Subject: Special Reminder to vote from President J. Craig Wheeler

Colleagues,

Only a week remains to cast your vote for officers, councilors and important committee chairs of the Society. Please go to http://www.aas.org/vote/, consider the candidates, and vote now. Each and every vote is important and those elected will be empowered to decide the direction and goals of our Society. Please take the time to participate in this election.

Sincerely,

J. Craig Wheeler, President

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Subject: Appropriations Endgame

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer
J. Craig Wheeler, AAS President
Jack Burns, Chair, AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (CAPP)

Summary

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-19

Subject: AAS Council Resolution on BEPAC Report

J. Craig Wheeler, President
&
Kevin Marvel, Executive Officer

The AAS Council has passed the following resolution on the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee Report with input and advice from the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy.

AAS Statement on the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-17

NSF Dear Colleague on the Senior Review

The following Dear Colleague letter from Wayne Van Citters, Director of the Division for Astronomical Sciences of the National Science Foundation is being

distributed to AAS members as a service to the NSF. The letter, in a variety of formats, is available at  www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf07052

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-16

The following message is being sent to the AAS membership as a service to the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy.

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

The National Research Council's upcoming report "NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation" will be released to the public in pre-publication form on Wednesday, Sept 5th at 4 pm EDT via the National Academies Press website - www.nap.edu.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Forging the Future of Space Science

In September the Space Studies Board will kick off a yearlong series of public lectures and colloquia in cities across the country and abroad on the future of space and earth sciences. The first event will take place in Baltimore, Md., on 10 September 2007. Series topics include understanding the universe, global climate change, the cosmic origins of life, scientific exploration of the Moon and Mars, and the research and technology needed to support human spaceflight.

For more information, visit www.nationalacademies.org

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Dear Fellow AAS Members,

I am writing on behalf of a young female AAS member who has received a prestigious National Academy of Sciences fellowship, the Christine Mirzayan Fellowship. Participants learn about the public policy process and have an extensive period of training, including seminars with key policymakers and visits to the Hill and other agencies. Astronomers rarely have secured places in this program.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

L. Jeremy Richardson, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow Kevin B.
Marvel, Executive Officer

Subject: Help AAS advocate for NSF funding on 18 & 19 September

The AAS is seeking volunteers to lobby Congress on the issue of increased NSF funding on 18 & 19 September. The reason for this multidisciplinary effort is to make a final push for FY 2008 NSF Appropriations.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

This Informational Email is being distributed to AAS members as a community service. The contents were written by Alan Stern and Jon Morse and approved by them for broad release to the community. The AAS President and Executive Officer approve such occasional releases to the community.

New NASA Explorer AO
Alan Stern & Jon Morse, NASA Headquarters

Early this fall, NASAs Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will release a new Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Principal Investigator (PI) led Explorer missions.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-10

America COMPETES Act and NSF Authorization

L. Jeremy Richardson
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow

Two recent Congressional actions have direct bearing on the scientific community, and on the astronomy community in particular. Both are authorization bills, meaning no money is appropriated, but they indicate that scientific research and innovation are on the minds of many Members of Congress.

America COMPETES Act

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-09
May 4, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote to you just before the Seattle meeting that we were reconsidering the publishers of our journals, the Astrophysical Journal the main Journal, the Letters, and the Supplements and the Astronomical Journal. We have since had a short, intense, and very professional process to issue a Request for Proposals to publish our Journals, to evaluate the proposals, and to select a vendor.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-08

Jeremy Richardson, AAS John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
Kevin Marvel, AAS Executive Officer
Jack Burns, CAPP Chair

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS Informational Email 2007-07

Sent on behalf of the NSF-AST, Wayne Van Citters, Director

Exoplanet Taskforce White Papers Due April 2

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy

AAS INFORMATIONAL EMAIL - Mt. Stromlo Fire

From AAS President Catherine Pilachowski

Dear fellow AAS Members,

As many of you heard over the weekend, a series of bush fires burning in and around Canberra, Australia, has resulted in substantial damage to the Mt. Stromlo Observatory.

22 Oct 2012 - Public Policy