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The Society is saddened to learn of the passing of member Riccardo Giacconi, who died on 9 December 2018. If you would like to write Dr. Giacconi’s obituary, please contact the Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division.

The AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Division has announced the recipients of its 2019 Laboratory Astrophysics Prize (Prof. Lucy Ziurys) and Early Career Award (Dr. Brett McGuire).

The public nomination period for the $3 million 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is now open. Nominations may be submitted online through 1 April 2019.

The SMA is now accepting proposals for Large Scale and Standard Observing Projects for the 2019A semester, which runs from 16 May to 15 November 2019. Notice of Intent is due 10 January.

Most AAS members receive the magazine Physics Today as a membership benefit. The latest issue is now en route to subscribers' mailboxes and can be accessed online.

In this monthly feature of the AAS Policy Blog, we share a calendar of upcoming events in science and space policy that may be of interest to our members.