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Candidate Statements

We are grateful for the following AAS members who have agreed to stand for election. Please support their dedication by voting. Members eligible to vote will be notified when the electronic ballot is posted on

President (vote for one)
Duties of a President:

Dennis J. Lamenti (1958 - 2012)

(For Dennis Lamenti, written by Richard H. Durisen)

I sing a song for this brave man,
     curious and kind,
     whose laughter burst from deep
           within his ample heart.
Warrior of formulas and codes,
     he traced the mathematics
     of the stars, with wonder,
          through his ancestors’ eyes,
And studied the tracks of science
     to divine his way anew
     along the sacred path,      
          out of the common desert.
Who could doubt the worthiness

Kenneth Michael Merrill (1947 - 2012)

Kenneth Michael Merrill, a member of the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), passed away from heart failure after surgery in Tucson, Arizona, on March 31, 2012. He was a leading developer of near-infrared and mid-infrared instrumentation, a pioneer in using these instruments to produce astrophysical results, and a catalyst for the growth of near-Infrared observing capabilities at NOAO.

Gart Westerhout (1927 - 2012)

Passing of Gart Westerhout
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A formal obituary is being prepared by Dr. William Howard

The AAS is sad to announce the passing of former AAS Vice-President Gart Westerhout. When the AAS incorporated in Washington, D.C., Dr. Westerhout signed the Articles of Incorporation and was a life-long
supporter of the AAS.

Robert F. Christy (1916 - 2012)

Robert F. Christy was unique and remarkable in many ways.

He was born May 14, 1916, and grew up as an orphan in Vancouver, Canada. He received the Governor General's Gold Medal as the top high school student in the province of British Columbia; this medal included a scholarship that enabled him to attend the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate. Thereafter, he stood out as a graduate student of Oppenheimer's in theoretical physics at Berkeley.

International Research Experience for US Graduate Students (IRES)

This program is administered by the National Solar Observatory (NSO), sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), and is open to US graduate students in any discipline of astronomy or astrophysics who are US citizens or permanent residents, age 21 years or older, and have a passport.  The main goal of the program is to expose potential researchers to an international setting at an early stage in their careers.  The program will take place in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), a