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Message SF2A No 797 - 18/06/18

1. SOFIA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals Released
2. Annonce des prix Fizeau et Michelon
3. 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists
4. TUIMP : The Universe In My Pocket. Free astronomy booklets in all languages.

1. SOFIA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals Released

The SOFIA project has released two calls for proposals (CfP) for observing time in the Cycle 7 period.

The regular call solicits proposals of any size and combination of instruments. A total of 400 hours of observing time and approximately $4 million of funding is available to support these programs.

A complementary call for proposals for "SOFIA Legacy Programs" (SLP) has also been released, soliciting large coherent programs aimed at high-impact science that also have a significant promise of valuable archival data sets. Programs up to 100 hours of observing time are solicited in this category. In addition to observing time, these programs are invited to deliver higher level data products (including supporting data, software and theory). Nominally, two SLP programs are expected to be selected per cycle, with observations carried out over two cycles, and a third year included for completion of the higher-level data processing and analysis. Up to $1 million per cycle is available for support of the SLPs.

The main parts of the Cycle 7 calendar are :
- CfP release : June 1, 2018
- CfP update : July 16, 2018
- Proposal Deadline : September 7, 2018 (9 p.m. PDT)
- Selections announced : November 2018
- Cycle 7 : April 27, 2019 - April 27, 2020

The Call for Proposals documents can be found at https://www.sofia.usra.edu/sites/default/files/Other/Documents/SOFIA_Cy7_CfP.pdf and https://www.sofia.usra.edu/sites/default/files/Other/Documents/SOFIA_Cy7_SLP_CfP.pdf

Any questions about the Cycle 7 Calls for Proposals can be directed to sofia_help@sofia.usra.edu

Transmis par Arielle Moullet

2. Annonce des prix Fizeau et Michelon

L’annonce des prix FIZEAU et MICHELSON 2018 a été faite le 15 juin lors du congrès SPIE à Austin. Le prix FIZEAU est sponsorisé par l’Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, le prix MICHELSON par le Lowell Observatory

Dr Welsey TRAUB - The Joint Fizeau-Michelson Prize Committee awards the 2018 Fizeau Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Wesley A. Traub for his broad and crucial contributions to the development of the field of Optical Interferometry during his career at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr Traub led the development of the Infrared Optical Telescope Array (IOTA) and, as Chief Scientist for NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, he has overseen the efforts related to Space Interferometry Mission, Keck and Large Binocular Telescope Interferometers, and also became JPL Project Scientist for the WFIRST mission.

Dr Hal MC ALISTER - The Joint Michelson-Fizeau Prize Committee awards the 2018 Michelson Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Harold A. McAlister for his leadership in the fields of speckle and long-baseline optical interferometry. This leadership began with the establishment of GSU’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy, better known as CHARA, and culminated in the construction and ongoing operation of the GSU CHARA Array, one of the world’s pre-eminent long-baseline facilities. CHARA, under Dr. McAlister’s leadership, has been at the forefront of both technology and science at the highest levels of angular resolution.

Dr Pierre KERVELLA - The Joint Michelson-Fizeau Prize Committee awards the 2018 Michelson Investigator Achievement Award to Dr. Pierre Kervella for his scientific investigations with optical interferometry and his contributions to optical interferometry instrumentation. Scientific insights in the areas of Cepheids, evolved stars, and fundamental parameters have all been directly shaped by his investigations. Dr. Kervella has also had significant leadership in the development of instrumentation at VLTI, ranging all the way from the VINCI commissioning instrument to the recently commissioned Gravity combiner.

Transmis par Denis Mourard

3. 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists

The "Gender Gap in Science" project has launched a broad global survey across several STEM disciplines :

http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18

This is a huge effort where several international unions (among which the IAU) have joined forces.

The goal is to reach 45,000 respondents in the next 5 months. Not easy at all - this is why we count on each single scientist, not only to respond to the survey but also to forward the link to all their networks, collaborations, distribution lists, and contacts (also outside the academic world). The survey is based on the snowballing scheme (widely used in social sciences) - for this reason, it is also important that people take it only once (to minimise duplications).

The survey is VERY long, but you can do it in multiple visits, i.e. you can save your first set of answers, you will then be issued an ID number with which you will be able to access the survey again and continue from where you stop the last time.

For astronomy, this is the first world-wide survey, so it carries a lot of weight and expectations. It’s very likely that you will receive the invitation to participate to the survey many times over the next 5 months - I apologise for that on behalf of the project, but different distribution channels are being used plus reminders will be sent.

Needless to say, you do not need to be a member of the IAU to take the survey.

Transmis par Céline Péroux

4. TUIMP : The Universe In My Pocket. Free astronomy booklets in all languages.

En allant sur le site www.tuimp.org, on peut télécharger des documents qui permettent de fabriquer des mini-livres d’astronomie à partir d’une feuille de papier A4 (imprimée recto-verso) qu’on plie et découpe pour en faire un livret de 16 pages A7 abondamment illustré. Ces mini-livres s’adressent à toute personne de 9 à 99 ans curieuse d’astronomie. Ils peuvent être distribués lors de manifestations astronomiques pour le public, lors de visites d’observatoires, ou encore dans les écoles.

Si vous aimez le projet, faite le connaître autour de vous, en France et à l’Etranger (TUIMP est international et fonctionne actuellement dans 10 langues).

Et si vous souhaitez participer, contactez-nous sur notre site web.

Une explication plus détaillee du projet est disponible sur https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.02671

Transmis par Grazyna Stasinska

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