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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialog on Science, Ethics and Religion program (DOSER), will air the movie "The City Dark" on 10 May 2012 beginning at 5:30 pm at the AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC.

AAS members in the local region are welcome and encouraged to attend. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion on light pollution and its impact on humans, both physically and culturally. AAS President, Debra Elmegreen will also participate in the panel discussion.

23 Oct 2012 - Light

The AAS is happy to announce its second annual report in a new format, published electronically apart from the BAAS. The 2010 Annual Report is available at

For future years, the report will be available in July each year for the year prior. This is due to needing Council approval of the audit report for the prior year before we include the financial results in the annual report. Comments or questions about the annual report are welcome

23 Oct 2012 - Publications

Subject: Celebration of Huchra's Life in Science

AAS Informational Email 2010-15

[note: This message is being sent to AAS members as a service to the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics -kbm]

Dear Colleagues:

23 Oct 2012 - Governance

AAS Informational Email 2010-13


23 Oct 2012 - Grants and Prizes: AAS

AAS Informational Email 2010-9

Subject: John Huchra

Dear AAS Members and Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that the American Astronomical Society announces the passing of AAS past-president John Peter Huchra on October 8.

23 Oct 2012 - Governance

AAS Informational Email 2010-8

AAAS Seeks DC Region Volunteers

[Sent on behalf of the AAAS - Kevin B. Marvel]

Dear AAS Member,

23 Oct 2012 - Public Outreach

AAS Informational Email 2010-7

Subject: Editor for Astrophysical Journal Letters Sought

23 Oct 2012 - Journals

The AAS is distributing this program announcement to its members located in DC, MD and VA as a service to the NASA Alumni League. Please note that you must RSVP for this event.

Kevin B. Marvel

The State of the Agency: NASA Future Programs Presentation Sponsored by the NASA Alumni League with support from the AAS, AIAA and WIA

Friday, 12 February 2010

James E. Webb Auditorium
NASA Headquarters
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

23 Oct 2012

He’s Retiring!

After 25 years of service as the Press Officer of the American Astronomical Society, Steve Maran is FINALLY retiring; and we invite you to join us as we celebrate this monumental event with a Farewell Roast.

Monday, 4 January 2010 from 7:00-9:30pm

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC

Please RSVP to retirement at by Friday, 20 November 2009.

23 Oct 2012 - Governance

Beyond the Decade: The Future of International Astronomy
A Symposium in Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy

This symposium, which will take place on Friday, October 9, 2009 at the Keck Center of The National Academies in Washington, DC, will explore various dimensions of international astronomy. Three panels will respectively discuss contributions of international astronomy focusing on programs and activities in six countries and regions; three case studies of multi-national cooperation; and implications for the future from a perspective of key disciplines.

23 Oct 2012

The draft ethics statement is below. This statement is also on the forums as well. Please go to the forums to login and comment on the draft. Once comments have been approved by the moderator they will appear online for everyone to read.

AAS Forums:

AAS Statement On Professional Ethics

Draft adopted June 7, 2009

23 Oct 2012 - Governance

AAS Council Seeks Input On Ethics Statement

23 Oct 2012 - Governance

Dear AAS Members:

The AAS Employment Committee is considering a recommendation to shift the decision deadline for postdoctoral offers from February 15 to be later in the spring. Please help the committee decide whether (or by how much) to shift the decision deadline by participating in an anonymous survey at:

23 Oct 2012 - Employment

AAS Informational Email 2009-10

NPR Seeks Astronomer's Opinion on their Favorite HST Image

Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Apologies for sending this email to everyone outside of our normal Electronic Alert series, but the request I describe below from NPR could not be supported otherwise due to timing.

23 Oct 2012

AAS Informational Email 2009-09

AAS Announces Open Recruitment for Press Officer and Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kevin B. Marvel

The AAS announces an open recruitment for the full time position of Press Officer and Education & Outreach Coordinator. A job announcement is now available on the AAS Job Register and the description is included here.

AAS members are encouraged to distribute this information to potential candidates.

Job Title: Press Officer and Education & Outreach Coordinator

23 Oct 2012

Four days of cosmic fun begin April 2 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Astrophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is coordinating a series of events to bring the cosmos down to Earth in the DC metropolitan area.

The festivities take place April 2-5 as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy. This worldwide celebration is associated with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, which marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of the telescope.

Events taking place at Goddard include:

23 Oct 2012

International Year of Astronomy Activities Update

Mailed 16 March 2009


More than one-fifth of the world population, two-thirds of the United States population and one half of the European Union population are unable to see the stars in our Milky Way galaxy arch across a pristinely dark sky. With half the world's population now living in cities, this problem is only getting worse. Yet you can easily be part of a local solution to a global problem.

23 Oct 2012

Informational Email 2009-06

Mailed 11 March 2009

U.S. Naval Observatory to Host Open House, 2009 April 4
As Part of IYA 2009 "100 Hours of Astronomy" Program

23 Oct 2012

AAS Informational Email 2009-03: Election Results

Sent 10 February 2009

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) announces its new officers, Council members, and certain other officials, as elected by the members of the Society.

23 Oct 2012

Subject: Recommended Deadline for Acceptance of Postdoctoral Offers

J. Craig Wheeler, President

I am concerned that the recommendation of the American Astronomical Society concerning the earliest date on which decisions on postdoctoral offers should be required, February 15, is being ignored by several leading organizations within our community.

22 Oct 2012

AAS Informational Email 2007-18

Michael A'Hearn, Publications Board Chair


Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

Subject: AAS Survey on the Future of AAS Publications

22 Oct 2012

Subject: Astrophysical Journal Office Moving

16 May 2007

J. Craig Wheeler, President

Dear Colleagues:

I have more news amidst the overall changes in our journal publications.

22 Oct 2012