AAS’s 227th Meeting

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19 January 2016

Artist’s rendering of the Spitzer space telescope.The American Astronomical Society met in Kissimmee, FL, from January 4–8, saluting the New Year with sun and excitement.

More than 2,300 AAS members, exhibitors, teachers, and students convened to discuss their latest efforts in unlocking the mysteries of our universe. AAS Nova covers many of the meeting highlights. Check out the piece written on Giovanni Fazio’s Henry Norris Russell Lecture: Viewing the Universe with Infrared Eyes: The Spitzer Space Telescope (by Erika Nesvold). The Henry Norris Russell Lectureship is the highest honor given by the AAS, for a lifetime of eminence in astronomy research.

Another award presented at the meeting was the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, jointly administered by AIP and AAS. AIP CEO Robert Brown presented the award to Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University and David Spergel of Princeton University. AAS Nova covers their award lecture, where they “gave an impressive tag-team overview of the progress in the field of cosmology over the past 20 years.” AIP also presented science writing awards for articles, books, and broadcast/new media.

Map of high-energy skySpace.com also provides a nice summary of some of the research presented at the meeting. Check out the NASA video under the story, “Best-Ever Map of High-Energy Sky Unveiled.” Attendees contributed to the on-the-ground reporting via Twitter—see some excellent photos of the AAS public outreach activities, the exhibit hall, and events like the Stargazing Party and Hack Day.

AIP staff were onsite, partnering with AAS on a careers session and panel, “Beyond the Academy: Showcasing Astronomy Alumni in Non-Academic Careers”; holding an SPS Evening of Student Science that also featured an invited talk on careers; and identifying candidates for the Center for History of Physics’ new oral history project on heliophysics.