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Debra Elmegreen, Chair of the AAS Committee on Astronomy & Public Policy (CAPP), discusses the group's recent strategic-planning retreat and how CAPP and the Society's policy staff will pursue their mission.

Early-career attendees at November's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson are welcome to apply to our one-day workshop on effective public outreach. Extended deadline: 11 September.

The National Research Council’s Optical and Infrared System Study Committee requests white papers from the astronomy community to aid its work. Deadline: 6 October 2014.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, invites applications from undergraduates and graduate students for grants up to $5,000. Deadline: 15 October 2014.

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array's Guest Observer Program gets under way in April 2015, and NASA now seeks proposals for research relevant to the NuSTAR mission. Deadline: 25 November 2014.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites applications for the 2015 Karl Jansky Fellowship Program, which provides outstanding postdoctoral research opportunities. Deadline: 3 November 2014.

NASA seeks proposals for use of the two 10-meter W. M. Keck telescopes for the observing semester that runs from February through July 2015. Deadline: 18 September 2014.

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech seeks applicants for Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships to begin on or about 1 September 2015. Application deadline: 6 November 2014.

In this guest post, graduate student Sara Barber (University of Oklahoma) describes her experience organizing a campus visit with Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma's 4th district over the August Congressional recess.

The AAS is now managing the AAS LinkedIn group, which from now on will better serve the community as a venue for discussion and networking among professionals in the astronomical sciences.