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In his Communication Breakdown blog, science writer Matt Shipman makes a strong case for why it's in scientists' best interest to work with the press to publicize their research findings.

The American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics invite applications for a fellowship in the Office of Innovation and Improvement in the US Department of Education. Deadline: 5 April.

Do you love writing, giving presentations, and meeting new people? Are you interested in a potential career in public policy? Then you should apply to be the AAS's next John Bahcall Fellow! Deadline: 31 March.

Nominations for AAS prizes and awards for 2016 are due in the Secretary's office by 30 June 2015. Thanks to a recent Council vote, these prizes and awards are now open to self-nominations.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Deadlines: 27 April 2015 (Science), 1 June 2015 (Technology & Innovation).

NASA invites observing proposals for the 3-meter Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, for the 2015B semester, which starts 1 August 2015 and ends 31 January 2016. Proposal deadline: 1 April 2015.

This summer's International Astronomical Union meeting in Honolulu will be a truly universal gathering. You won't want to miss out on the science, the collaboration, and the opportunity to shape the future of our discipline.

Learn how to get involved with a privately funded, 1.8-meter-aperture, ultraviolet-visible space telescope intended to complement other planned ground- and space-based observatories in the 2020s.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory invites proposals for the use of its telescopes and those of its partners during the period August 2015 to January 2016. Deadline: 31 March 2015.

Kevin Marvel discusses the work of two AAS task forces, one examining how we organize our meetings and another recommending changes in how we operate our journals.

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