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.
With Executive Officer Kevin Marvel on sabbatical, other managers on the AAS staff are taking turns writing this column. In this installment, Chris Biemesderfer, Director of Publishing, describes the ongoing evolution of the AAS journals in the digital age.
Ten winners and four honorable mentions will receive support to present their dissertation talks at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, in January.
The second data release (DR2) for the Digital Access to a Sky Century @ Harvard (DASCH) is now available from the project website. DASCH provide images and fully processed astrometry and photometry from the digitized Harvard plates for the period 1885 to 1992.
If you think the news media may be interested in your oral or poster presentation at the 223rd AAS meeting in January, please consult with your institutional public-information officer and ask him or her to contact AAS press officer Rick Fienberg.
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the AllWISE data release.
Balloting for the next election of AAS officers and councilors will open in mid-December 2013 and close at the end of January 2014. All AAS members eligible to vote in the election will be notified once the ballot is available. Every vote is important, and those elected will be empowered to decide the direction and goals of our Society.
We are grateful to the following AAS members who have agreed to stand for election. Click on a name to read the candidate's statement. Please support the candidates' dedication, and help define the future of your Society, by voting.
NASA seeks white papers on potential coronagraphic science to be done with the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope - Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA) mission. Deadline: 15 November 2013.
The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is conducting a survey about two-body careers in astronomy. You're invited to take the survey whether or not you are partnered.
On Tuesday evening, 7 January, at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, we’ll hold our first-ever open-microphone night. Sign up now to share your musical or other talents with friends and colleagues!
Nominated Office: USNC-IAU
Affiliation: Iowa State University
Position/title: University Professor
PhD institution: University of Michigan (1973)
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It’s time to choose the Doxsey Prize winners for the 223rd AAS meeting. We need help from full members willing to review and rank dissertation abstracts. Our last call for volunteers didn't net us enough. Please sign up by 21 October!
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is accepting nominations for its annual awards recognizing special achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach. Deadline: 1 January 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.