The Task Force on American Innovation, of which the AAS is a member, has urged Congress and the White House to resolve their disagreements over budget issues in a way that would close the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and education.
A new cable TV series will follow a diverse group of people taking an outdoor survival course taught by a wilderness expert — and the casting director wants one of those people to be an astronomer.
In this installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the Committee on Employment, Dr. Edmund Bertschinger describes how he became head of the physics department at a major research university.
The federal government remains shut down. We are sorting out its effects on our astronomical sciences, and we're asking you for your stories, which we'll collect for a letter to Congressional leaders.
The Historical Astronomy Division's biennial LeRoy E. Doggett Prize will be presented in January to the founder of the field of applied historical astronomy.
In this installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the Committee on Employment, an astronomer describes the long road to becoming a tenure-track faculty member and project scientist at an observatory.
If you think you might submit a proposal for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array by the December deadline, please submit a non-binding notice of intent by 10 October.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announces an open call for community white papers concerning the science goals, techniques, development areas, and overall design of the VLASS. Deadline: 1 December 2013.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory announces an open call for nominations of individuals to serve on the VLASS Science Organizing Committee. Deadline: 11 October 2013.
The American Institute of Physics invites applications for its 2014-2015 State Department Science Fellowship, which is cosponsored by the AAS. Deadline: 1 November 2013.
With the regular abstract deadline for the 223rd AAS meeting now behind us, it’s time to choose this year’s Doxsey Prize winners. We seek help from full members willing to review and rank dissertation abstracts. Sign-up deadline: 11 October.
Just past the equinox, AAS President David Helfand reflects on some of the things that make this season special and on some of the special challenges we face this season.
The science instrument payload of the James Webb Space Telescope has begun the first of three space-simulation tests in a giant thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
For the first time ever, the Society is offering a two-year membership-renewal option, locking in the 2014 rate for 2015 as well! Also, you'll receive a 15% discount off your share of the author charges for one paper in any of the AAS journals! Both offers are good through 31 December 2013.
If you have a degree in physics at any level and enjoy sharing your story with students, consider participating in Adopt-a-Physicist, a free program for high-school physics classes hosted by the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma. Deadline: 4 October.
The 223rd AAS meeting in January 2014 will be our first in a new venue, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor. Highlights include HEAD and HAD special sessions, a record number of Town Hall meetings, and a stellar lineup of plenary speakers.
Jim Ulvestad, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, reviews the AAG program's FY 2013 results and looks ahead to what we can expect in FY 2014. The FY 2014 deadline for receipt of AAG proposals is 15 November 2013.
The Society’s annual report for calendar year 2012 is now available for downloading as a PDF file. It includes a financial report and summarizes our membership, meetings, and other activities.
In this installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the Committee on Employment, Dr. Joseph Pesce describes leaving his university position to start his own consulting business.
Exoplanet expert and AAS member Sara Seager (MIT) is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships, which carry a five-year, $625,000 prize with no strings attached. Congratulations, Sara!