AAS Electronic Announcement #90 -- JAN 2001
[Mailed from aas.org at 7:00pm 10 JAN 2001]
- UCP MOVE UPDATE
- A.A.S. EDUCATION SUPPORT
- APJ IMPLEMENTS WEB-BASED PEER REVIEW SYSTEM
- NASA REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSER GUIDEBOOK
- SWAS DATA AVAILABLE
1. UCP MOVE UPDATE
The University of Chicago Press is back in business at 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Please note that all phone numbers remain the same, but email addresses are now @press.uchicago.edu. Servers were moved to a new subnet. The DNS changes took effect at 12:00 am Sunday, 7 January. If you have difficulty reaching the servers by host name, please try the new IP addresses:
2. A.A.S. EDUCATION SUPPORT
During the interim while the A.A.S. Education Office is being relocated to Washington, D.C., the Society has retained Gina Brissenden to assist in the administration of our education programs. During this period, which is estimated to extend through the month of June, all inquires and other correspondence may be directed to her by email at mailto:email@example.com or by phone at 608-231-1285. The mailing address for Brissenden is 303-E Eagle Heights Dr., Madison, WI 53705. Also, any mail sent to the Executive Offices in Washington will be forwarded as appropriate.
We will keep the membership advised through the email notices and the A.A.S. Newsletter as we progress with the hiring of the new Director of Educational Activities and subsequent reestablishment of the office in Washington.
3. APJ IMPLEMENTS WEB-BASED PEER REVIEW SYSTEM
The Astrophysical Journal has implemented a fully web-based peer review system (WPR, for short). The system provides secure web-based submission of new and revised manuscripts, downloading of manuscripts by referees, submission of referee reports, and other communications with the editorial office. The system currently serves the ApJ Part 1 and the ApJ Supplement; implementation for the ApJ Letters is expected later this year.
You can access WPR directly at
Authors who submit new or revised manuscripts following the instructions at
can receive "fast track" processing of their submissions. (Click the link for "Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Electronic Manuscripts: Journal/Supplement.") A sample LaTeX file which illustrates these instructions can be found at
Any questions or comments on the system are welcome at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. NASA REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PROPOSER GUIDEBOOK
An Office of Space Science-initiated effort to develop a guidebook for proposers, first begun in 1996, has since expanded to encompass all program codes at NASA HQ. This long-term project is nearing completion and NASA is now seeking public comment on the Guidebook for
Proposers in its current form. The Guidebook will be used by OSS for NRA's starting in January 2001. It is important that the community provide feedback on this document so that its contents reflect the needs of NASA proposers.
The Guidebook and a form for submitting comments is available until 28 February 2001 at the following web site:
5. SWAS DATA AVAILABLE
Data from the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) are available from the NSSDC. SWAS, a NASA Small Explorer satellite, was launched on 2 December 1998. Its chief science objectives are to determine the composition of interstellar molecular clouds and the means by which such clouds cool as they collapse to form stars and planets. SWAS measures emission in five molecular and atomic spectral lines in the submillimeter, in some cases mapping the line emission from extended sources.
Data from the first six months of the mission are available through a Web interface developed by the Astrophysics Data Facility at NASA/GSFC in collaboration with the SWAS team at CfA. The SWAS Data Archive Web site at
provides descriptions of the data products and the data processing pipeline, a bibliography of SWAS team publications, a list of sources observed, and online access to the data in FITS and CLASS formats. SWAS data are released at 6-month intervals.
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