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Kenneth I. Kellermann

The 2013 Grote Reber Medal for significant and innovative contributions to radio astronomy was awarded to AAS member Jim Moran on 8 July at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science meeting in Turku, Finland.

Moran is the Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics at Harvard University and Senior Radio Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He was recognized for his ground-breaking work in the study of molecular masers as tracers of the structure and magnetic fields in the envelopes of late-type stars and massive protostars and for his pioneering development and application of spectroscopic very-long-baseline interferometry. Using the VLBI techniques that he developed, Moran led the group of scientists and students that provided the first definitive and direct evidence for the existence of supermassive black holes in the nuclei of galaxies and the first direct geometric distance estimate to a galaxy independent of the traditional multistep extragalactic distance ladder.

Nominations for the 2014 Grote Reber Medal may be mailed to Martin George, Queen Victoria Museum, Wellington St., Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia, or emailed to Deadline: 15 October 2013.

Dariusz C. Lis
California Institute of Technology

The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) was constructed with NSF funding and has been fully operational since 1989, providing about 50% of the available observing time to the national and international communities.

Although NSF support of the CSO has now ended, the observatory continues its scientific operations as a partnership between Caltech/JPL and the East Asian Core Observatories Association, whose members are the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatory of China, and the Korean Astrophysics and Space Sciences Institute.

Institutions in the field of millimeter- and submillimeter-wavelength astronomy interested in future scientific or technical collaborations involving the use of the CSO are encouraged to contact the CSO Director, Prof. Sunil Golwala (, or Deputy Director, Dr. Darek Lis (

More information about the CSO and the instrumentation available can be found on the CSO page.

Crystal M. Tinch
Communications Manager
American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Time-domain astronomy has come of age, with astronomers now able to monitor the sky at high time rate both across the electromagnetic spectrum and using neutrinos and gravitational waves. By such monitoring, astronomers can discover violent stellar explosions as they happen across the universe.

New observing facilities permit new science, but these ever-increasing capabilities demand efficient communication of new source detections and better subsequent coordination among the scientific community so as to turn detections into discoveries.

The new issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society reports on the outcomes from an interdisciplinary meeting that brought together experimentalists and theorists from photonic, astro-particle, and gravitational-wave experiments to discuss their results and ideas and prepare for the coming multi-messenger era.

For more information see The Royal Society webpage.

J. M. Wrobel
Program Director
National Science Foundation

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is pleased to announce the Semester 2014A Call for Proposals for the Very Large Array (VLA), Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and Green Bank Telescope (GBT). The proposal submission deadline for this Call is 1 August 2013 at 17:00 EDT (21:00 UTC). Complete technical and programmatic information for this NRAO Semester 2014A Call for Proposals is available online.

Proposal preparation and submission for this Call are via the NRAO Proposal Submission Tool (PST) available through NRAO Interactive Services. All proposal authors must be registered users of NRAO Interactive Services. The registration form requests contact information that will be used for notification about proposal disposition, telescope scheduling, etc. Proposers are encouraged to register early.

Proposers with questions regarding this Call or the NRAO proposal process are encouraged to contact the Observatory’s scientific staff via the NRAO Help Desk.