At its winter meeting last week in Washington, DC, the American Astronomical Society honored more than a dozen distinguished astronomers for their achievements in research, instrument development, education, and writing. The latest recipients of the annual AAS awards and prizes run the gamut from college students to senior faculty members.
The Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS.
The award will be for an achievement in astronomical research made by an amateur astronomer.
The Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award is to be given for astronomy writing for an academic audience, specifically textbooks at either the upper division undergraduate level or the graduate level.
The awards were given annually to up to four individuals who have performed outstanding public service in support of science.
The Annie Jump Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher.
The AAS Education Prize is to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and/or the next generation of professional astronomers.
The Van Biesbroeck Prize is normally awarded every two years and honors a living individual for long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy, often beyond the requirements of his or her paid position.
The AAS's Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation is to be awarded to an individual, of any nationality, for the design, invention or significant improvement of instrumentation (not software) leading to advances in astronomy.
The Warner Prize is normally awarded annually for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award or must be within eight years of receipt of their Ph.D. degree.
The Pierce Prize is normally awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award.
The AAS administers a National Science Foundation grant that provides funding for airline travel to international science meetings. This funding is available only to individuals at US institutions.
Summary of Presentations at the AAS Business Meeting Supplementary Session Chicago, IL, June 1999
Chrétien grants further international collaborative projects in observational astronomy. Emphasis is on long-term visits and the development of close working relationships with astronomers in other countries.
The AAS Executive Office has decided not to pursue renewal of our NASA SmRG grant. We hope we will be able to announce the resumption of the SmRG program under new management in the very near future.
The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate student AAS members who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal or, in the case of honorable mention, a certificate.
All AAS members may submit prize nominations and are encouraged to do so. With the exception of the student awards, prize nominations are due in the AAS Secretary's Office by 30 June each year.
The American Astronomical Society announces the selection of seven prize winners.