Candidate Statement: Tim Bastian

Nominated Office: Publications Board Chair

Affiliation: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Position/title: Head, Science Support and Research

PhD institution: University of Colorado 1987

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Solar physics - chromosphere, corona, solar wind; energetic processes - flares, CMEs
  • particle acceleration
  • late-type stars
  • radiophysics - emission mechanisms, propagation phenomena, data inversion
  • radio instrumentation - interferometry

AAS positions:

  • AAS Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris (2003-2005)
  • AAS Publications Board member (2013-present)
  • Task Force on AAS Publications (2014)

Other relevant positions and experience:

  • Scientific Editor, Astrophysical Journal (2003-2007)
  • Member, NAS SSB Committee on Solar and Space Physics (2013-present)
  • Member, panel on Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Decadal Survey of Solar and Space Physics (2001-2002)
  • Member, panel on Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Decadal Survey of Solar and Space Physics (2011-2012)
  • Member and co-Chair, LWS working group on Ground-based Support of Solar Probe Plus (2014)
  • Member, Steering Committee, NJIT Center for Solar Terrestrial Research (2007-present)
  • Member, Users Committee, Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (2012-present)
  • Member, Program Committee, Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) (2012-present)
  • I have served on numerous SOCs, most recently for the Moscow COSPAR session on Coronal Magnetism and Earthcube
  • I have served on numerous review panels for both NSF and NASA
  • I oversee the proposal evaluation and time allocation process at the NRAO

Candidate Statement: The world of science publishing has been evolving rapidly over the past two decades. At the same time, the growth of the AAS journals has continued unabated: for the first time the number of pages published by the AAS will exceed 50,000 this year! A number of issues are raised by the rapid pace of change and the rapid rate of growth, ranging from access to published work to the technologies used to serve journal content to AAS members. My experience as an ApJ science editor, as a member of the AAS Publications Board, and as a member of the Task Force on AAS Publications has allowed me to gain understanding of, and insight into, science publishing and the myriad issues now confronting both publishers and consumers of scientific content, including the changing nature of papers themselves. If elected as the Chair of the Publications Board I will work with its members and with AAS leadership to provide the advice and oversight of its publications suite and associated policies and initiatives to ensure its continuing success as publisher of the premier journals in our discipline.