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William A. Baum (1924 - 2012)

William Alvin “Bill” Baum was a versatile astronomer who helped Richard Tousey obtain the first ultraviolet spectrum of the Sun, developed the first photoelectric photometers for the Mt. Wilson & Palomar Observatories, worked with J. D. McGee in London on early solid-state imaging devices, headed the Planetary Research Center at the Lowell Observatory to monitor Mars (and other planets) and plan the first spacecraft (Viking Mission) to it, and helped plan and use the Hubble Space Telescope.

AAS Electronic Announcement #232 — May 2012

CONTENTS:
1. MEETING NEWS
1a. Long Beach Meeting Special Session and Town Hall Proposals
1b. Anchorage Registration Reminder
1c. Anchorage Oral and Poster Presentations
1d. Anchorage Presentation Uploads
1e. "Space Junk 3D" Screening and Panel Discussion, Regal Tikahtnu IMAX Theater
1g. AAS Meeting Sponsors
2. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: WE NEED MORE JUDGES FOR THE ANCHORAGE MEETING
3. COMMUNICATING WITH WASHINGTON (CWW) AND LOCAL VISITS
4. AAS TOPICAL CONFERENCE SERIES
5. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL
6. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-9 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
7. KEPLER COMMUNITY FOLLOW-UP OBSERVING PROGRAM

Gerald E. Kron (1913 - 2012)

Gerald Edward Kron ("Gerry") pursued high-precision photometry with photoelectric instrumentation of his design, primarily of variable stars and star clusters, aimed at advancing the field of stellar populations and interstellar reddening.  He worked at Lick Observatory, at the Flagstaff Station of the US Naval Observatory, and at Mt. Stromlo.

Li-Zhi Fang (1936 - 2012)

Fang Li-Zhi, a major voice for human rights and democracy and a pioneering scientist in his native China, continued to advance the field of astrophysics at the UA for more than 20 years before he died last week.

Human rights activist Fang Li-Zhi, who died last week at age 76, had been a professor in the University of Arizona department of physics and an adjunct professor with the UA's Steward Observatory for more than 20 years, where he made highly regarded contributions to astrophysics.

Jack L. Locke (1921 - 2010)

Jack Lambourne Locke, a pivotal figure in the growth of Canadian astronomy following WWII, died suddenly and peacefully on 2010 April 29 at home in New Westminster, B.C., just 2 days shy of his 89th birthday. During his distinguished 36-year career as a government research scientist and as a scientific director he witnessed extraordinary growth in astronomical research across Canada. He was responsible for overseeing two major reorganizations of government-operated astronomical facilities in 1970 and 1975.

Franco Pacini (1939 - 2012)

Franco Pacini, professor of astrophysics at the University of Florence, Italy, died on January 26, 2012 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. The news of his sudden death immediately spread across the astronomical community both in Italy and abroad leaving a deep sorrow.

Franco was born in 1939 in Florence, but grew up in Urbino, a jewel of the Italian Renaissance about 70 miles east of Florence as the crow flies, where he now lies buried in the family tomb.

AAS Electronic Announcement #229 — February 2012

CONTENTS:
1. AAS ELECTION WINNERS
2. 2012 AAS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
3. INTRODUCING THE AAS LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION
4. ANCHORAGE MEETING NEWS: REGISTER FOR ANCHORAGE
4A. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
4B. ABSTRACT SORTING
4C. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
4D. ANCHORAGE HOTEL INFORMATION
4E. STUDENT VIRTUAL FORUM IN ANCHORAGE
4F. INAUGURAL AAS TALENT SHOW SCHEDULED FOR ANCHORAGE MEETING
5. BOSTON MEETING PLENARY SESSION VIDEOS
6. 2012 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY
7. COMMUNICATING WITH WASHINGTON
8. FRED RASIO NEXT EDITOR OF APJL
9. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSALS
10. NOAO SURVEY PROGRAM LETTERS OF INTENT DUE 15 February 2012
11. SPECIAL SESSION ON LIGHT POLLUTION AT THE BEIJING IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
12. ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS
13. 2012B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
14. NOAO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2012B DUE
15. CALL FOR NOMINEES
16. AAS OPPOSES THE GRANT ACT OF 2011 (H.R. 3433)

James R. Arnold (1923 - 2012)

James R. Arnold, a Univ. of California, San Diego, nuclear chemist and visionary scientist, died at 88 on January 6, 2102 in La Jolla from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was founding chairman of UC San Diego’s chemistry department and first director of the California Space Institute.

Harold Zirin (1929 - 2012)

Dr. Harold Zirin, an emeritus professor of astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, died on January 3, 2012, in Pasadena after a long battle with debilitating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His passion for solar astronomy led his undergraduate students in the 1970s to produce a comic book of him as an unassuming professor who became the super-hero “Captain Corona” whenever he stepped into a solar observatory.

Franklin E. Kameny (1925 - 2011)

Dr. Franklin E. Kameny died October 11, 2011, at the age of 86 of cardiac arrest. Kameny observed RV Tau stars and yellow semiregular variables from 1952 to1954, and his photoelectric measurements served as the basis of his Harvard Ph.D. thesis. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1956, Kameny taught astronomy for a year at Georgetown University. A US Army veteran during World War II, he was hired as an astronomer by the US Army Mapping Service in 1957. His astronomical career was terminated when he was fired from this position due to the discovery of his sexual orientation.

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