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- The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have announced a new partnership to publish the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP). Established in 1889, PASP has a long and illustrious history in the field of astronomy, disseminating refereed research, invited reviews, and dissertation summaries. PASP's primary focus is to provide a medium through which astronomy research at all wavelengths and distance scales can be communicated to a global community at all levels. The journal also publishes timely and informative articles on the latest innovations in astronomical instrumentation and software. The new collaboration between the ASP and IOP will build on the reputation of PASP. It will enable both organizations to further their outreach mission by communicating astronomy research to a broader spectrum of the scientific community. "We look forward to our partnership with IOP," said Dr Linda Shore, Executive Director of the ASP. "Astronomy has become an international enterprise increasingly involving researchers in every corner of the globe and IOP will help PASP support astronomers throughout the world." Jeff Mangum, Editor-in-Chief of PASP said: "IOP has distinguished itself as the premier publisher in the physical science community. With this new collaboration, PASP will be able to broaden its exposure within the international astrophysical community through IOP's partnerships in rapidly-developing physics communities, such as those in Asia and South America." Steven Hall, Managing Director of IOP said: "We are delighted to partner with the ASP on its journal. We look forward to bringing the benefits of IOPscience to PASP and to expanding its global audience still further." Jamie Hutchins, Head of Publishing of IOP said: “PASP has a long and dignified history and we are pleased to welcome the ASP as a publishing partner. Our new partnership will ensure that the journal and the individual articles within it are disseminated to the widest possible audience. We will be adding additional support to the editorial operation of the journal and look forward to a smooth transition over the course of 2015." PASP will be available on IOPscience from January 2016 and will continue to be available to ASP members as well as institutional subscribers. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is accepting nominations for the organization’s national annual awards which recognize special achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach. Nominations are welcome in seven categories, online or in writing until February 15, 2015. Honorees receive a cash award and engraved plaque, as well as travel and lodging to accept the award at a banquet which takes place as part of the ASP’s Annual Meeting next fall. The awards for which nominations are accepted are as follows: The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award recognizes recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure. The Robert J. Trumpler Award is presented each year to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. The Klumpke-Roberts Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. The Richard A. Emmons Award celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors. The Thomas J. Brennan Award is given for excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity. The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award honors outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 youth and the interested lay public. The nominations deadline is February 15, 2015. Submission guidelines, lists of past recipients and additional information may be found here: www.astrosociety.org/about-us/awards About the ASP Founded in 1889 in San Francisco, the ASP’s mission is to increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy--by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public--to advance science and science literacy. The ASP publishes scholarly and educational materials, conducts professional development programs for formal and informal educators, and holds conferences, symposia, and workshops for astronomers and educators specializing in education and public outreach. More information may be found at www.astrosociety.org
- The vote on the ASP bylaw amendment was completed on November 1st. The amendment was approved by the membership with a vote of 267 yes and 55 no – an 84% approval rate. For more information, please read this letter from ASP Board President, Gordon Myers. Results of ASP Bylaw Amendment Vote The vote on the ASP bylaw amendment completed on November 1st. The amendment was approved by a vote of 267 yes and 55 no – an 84% approval rate. The new process to identify and elect ASP Directors contains a critical new element – the nomination of candidates by ASP members. We will formally request your nominations in the Spring. Please be thinking about potential nominees. We are looking for people with a deep love of astronomy who want to share that love with others – whether it be professionals, amateurs, educators, students or the general public. Nominees need to strongly support our mission of advancing both the science of astronomy and science literacy using astronomy. They also need to be willing to commit their personal time and efforts by becoming active Board members. We are looking for astronomy advocates from various backgrounds including professional astronomers, college and secondary school teaching, educational program development, public outreach and science education, as well as those who have expertise in finance, business management, fundraising, social media, marketing communications, and applicable technologies. This is an exciting time of growth with our new Executive Director, Linda Shore, leading the organization. Thanks for your continuing support of ASP! Gordon Myers ASP Board President