AAS Electronic Announcement #134 -- February 2004
[Mailed from aas.org at 3:00pm 10 FEBRUARY 2004]
- PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
- ARIZONA RADIO OBSERVATORY
- ABSTRACTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR DDA MEETING
- ENHANCING THE POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE
1. PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
We were recently appointed to serve on the President's Commission on the "Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Vision" (http://www.moontomars.org/). Four of the nine commissioners are scientists, with three planetary scientists (Maria Zuber [MIT], Paul Spudis [JHU], and Laurie Leshin [ASU]), and one astrophysicist-(Neil deGrasse Tyson [AMNH]). The President's vision identifies specific exploratory goals in the service of a manned mission to Mars and beyond, but with planetary exploration as the most obvious science linked to the vision. This fact, however, does not preclude clever or innovative space science that involves areas such as space weather, the deployment of lunar or Lagrangian-point telescopes, and the like. During this month we will welcome input from the AAS membership on these issues, or on others that you feel should be considered by the commission.
The commission has set up a web page for submission of public comments, http://www.moontomars.org/notices/contact.asp. If you submit a comment using this page, please preface your comment with the phrase "AAS Member Comment." This will help us identify those comments from our professional colleagues.
Neil deGrasse Tyson & Maria T. Zuber
2. ARIZONA RADIO OBSERVATORY
Announcement of Observing Opportunities
Proposal Deadline: 16 February 2004
The Arizona Radio Observatory operates the 10m Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (HHSMT) on Mt. Graham and the Kitt Peak 12m telescope (KP12m). Descriptions of the telescopes, instrumentation and remote observing capabilities can be found at http://aro.as.arizona.edu.
In the current absence of federal funding for telescope operations the amount of observing time available to non-Arizona astronomers on an open competitive basis is very limited. A grant from the Research Corporation has permitted ARO to provide some 20 to 25 days per year. Preference will be given to outstanding proposals from graduate students completing their theses and from astronomers at four-year colleges. The amount of public access will increase if/when funding materializes.
Proposal forms and procedures for March to June 2004 may be found on the following websites. The deadline for these proposals is 16 February 2004.
ARO also invites expressions of interest on the part of astronomers and institutions interested in acquiring guaranteed time on the ARO telescopes. Costs will depend on amount of observing time purchased and any special requirements of the observing programs. Interested parties should contact Cathi Duncan at the address below.
For KP12m proposals: http://aro.as.arizona.edu/kp12mpages/proposal_submission.html
For HHSMT proposals: http://aro.as.arizona.edu/hhsmtpages/obs_info.html
Proposals should be sent to:
Cathi Duncan, Program Coordinator
Arizona Radio Observatory
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
3. ABSTRACTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR DDA MEETING
Deadline: 15 March 2004
The American Astronomical Society's Division on Dynamical Astronomy will hold their 35th Meeting in Cannes, France 20-23 April 2004.
Abstracts of presentations are being accepted at: http://abstracts.aas.org/dda04/
4. ENHANCING THE POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE
The Second Convocation on Enhancing the Postdoctoral
Experience will take place in Washington, DC on 15 April 2004
The event is co-sponsored by:
The Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) of the National Academies The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
REGISTER NOW at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/postdoc/April_Agenda.html
Purpose: To evaluate the impact of the COSEPUP Guide to "Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience": What progress has been made since its release in 2000? Are there specific action items that need renewed attention? What can the various stakeholders do to encourage action? This meeting will be focused on collecting effective practices and determining next steps. The majority of the meeting will be spent in moderated working groups. The primary Academies product from the meeting will be a proceedings transcript; participating groups may
decide to release policy papers.
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