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As of 1 October the NASA archives will sustain the key components of the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory infrastructure.

The US Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Working Group seeks input on how you would use TMT for your scientific research and on how to maximize the facility's scientific return. Deadline: 6 October 2014.

The AAS Employment Committee and others have arranged an excellent lineup of professional development workshops at the winter meeting in Seattle, Washington. Register now!

A $10,000 prize lectureship for the best postdoctoral scholar from all fields related to origins is being offered by the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Nomination deadline: 1 December 2014.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeks applications for its Spring 2015 Internship Program from college students who are US citizens. Deadline: 17 October 2014.

Lynne Hillenbrand, chair of the US National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, shares information about next year's General Assembly. IAU membership applications are due 15 December 2014.

In this guest post, Jason Steffen (Northwestern University) describes his recent local visit with his House representative, Randy Hultgren. With Congress in recess, now is a good time to do a visit of your own!

The Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation (JAI) publishes papers describing astronomical instruments proposed, developed, under construction, and in use. Submissions are welcome!

AST director Jim Ulvestad provides updates on AAG research grants, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the Mid-Scale Innovations Program, and the NRC study of the US OIR system.

The US National Committee for the IAU is now accepting applications for individual membership from US astronomers at least three years past completion of their PhD. Deadline: 15 December 2014.