Kevin Marvel highlights some new or relatively unknown AAS activities that benefit our members and profession and about which you can learn more via links at the bottom of our website.
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Our membership and meetings teams are back up to full strength with the arrival of Diane Frendak, Director of Membership Services, and Lynn Ervin, Meeting Services Specialist.
Online membership renewal season is here! By renewing early and online you save the Society considerable expense while also saving some trees and helping us to reduce our carbon footprint.
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 AAS will now endorse regional meetings — conferences organized for the benefit of clearly defined geographical areas — that meet a few simple rules designed to support and foster astronomical discourse.
AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel looks forward to the IAU General Assembly, 3-14 August 2015, in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii.
All of our current and former John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellows gathered for lunch with fellowship benefactor (and former AAS Vice-President) Neta Bahcall.
Now back from his six-month sabbatical, AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel looks back on his time away and looks forward to the busy time ahead.
The AAS leadership and Executive Office staff thank our 3,000+ attendees, the venue staff, our logistics contractor, our audiovisual contractor, our speaker-ready contractor, our volunteers, and especially our exhibitors and sponsors.
AAS meetings are the largest and most logistically complex astronomy meetings in the world. We ask all attendees to work together to enhance the value of the meetings by keeping a few simple things in mind.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the considerations that go into choosing where to hold our semiannual meetings, including how we strive to minimize the cost to attendees.
Kevin Marvel reports on the Journals Futures Workshop, which considered ApJ and AJ in light of the ongoing communications revolution, and offers some thoughts on AAS staff training, our impending office relocation, and his upcoming mini-sabbatical.
The AAS honored Tom Gergely, who is retiring from the National Science Foundation after 27 years of service to the astronomical community and other disciplines that utilize radio spectrum to perform their research. At a special lunch for him hosted at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC on March 28 with NSF colleagues past and present and his family, AAS Executive Officer Kevin Marvel read a congratulatory letter from AAS President David Helfand and presented him a certificate of recognition that reads:
The AAS is pleased to announce the "soft-launch" of our new website and member communication system, which represents the culmination of very large amount of work by members of the AAS staff and external contractors over the past year and more. We will be rolling out the website and its new functionality over the coming months, so stay tuned for some exciting new features.
The Long Beach meeting is underway as I write this column (during a break between sessions). Roughly 2500 people attended the meeting and judging by the hoarse voices and happy grins mid-week, most valued the opportunity to speak with and hang-out with their colleagues. Organizing a meeting of this size and logistical complexity is not easy and takes real professionals working both on site and for years (literally) ahead of time to pull it off.
By the time you read this column, the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting for 2012 will be history and the results will no doubt be bouncing around the Internet. The AAS is proud to help organize the annual meeting of the DPS when it is held in the US and support our largest Division to accomplish their goals. We have expanded and improved our support for all of our Divisions in the last several years, with what I think are very positive results. Our Divisions play a central role in our Society by bringing focus to specific areas of our diverse science.
The AAS is sad to announce the passing of former AAS Vice-President Gart Westerhout. When the AAS incorporated in Washington, DC, Dr. Westerhout signed the Articles of Incorporation. He was a life-long supporter of the AAS.
As I write this column, I am preparing and packing for the long trip across the Pacific Ocean to the 28th International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Beijing, China. More than 500 US astronomers will be attending as well, more than a hundred of which had their travel enabled through support provided by a grant from the NSF and administered by the AAS as our International Travel Grant Program.