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As part of the United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative and International Space Weather Initiative, a new solar-physics station has been set up at Quito Astronomical Observatory.

The Congress’ two week recess—time lawmakers spend at home in their states/districts—comes to an end on Monday (28 April 2014). When we last left off in this space (much too long ago) we were discussing how the President's Budget Request (PBR) for FY 2015 came into being over the last year and a half or so.

The recent Internet security vulnerability doesn't appear to have compromised any AAS member data, but we nevertheless recommend that you change all your online passwords.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory seeks proposals for the operation of the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1-meter and Coudé feed telescopes. Deadline: 7 July 2014.

Astronomers Ray Jayawardhana (University of Toronto) and Sylvain Veilleux (University of Maryland) are among the latest recipients of Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships.

Doctoral students needing funds to report their solar-system or exoplanet research results at scientific meetings may apply to Uwingu for travel grants. Deadline: 30 April 2014.

The EU seeks astronomers and physicists from all over the world to review proposals for its Horizon 2020 program. Reviewers will be paid and will have travel expenses reimbursed.

The Menu of Outreach Opportunities in Science Education (MOOSE) was assembled for the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program and is now available to the entire astronomical community.

A 20-minute film about the NSF-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories will be available to watch on Space.com beginning 15 April.

A gathering in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday, 3 May 2014, is a test of a new type of AAS meeting designed to foster closer ties and to support research and teaching in astronomy.

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