Missing Sky Puppies


Our on-line database of Observing Program awardees is missing 13 entries for the Sky Puppy Observing Program.  We would like to get this fixed.  If you, your children, your grandchildren, or a member of your club has earned this certificate and they are not in the on-line database, please send an email to aaron@clevenson.org with the information so that we can add them in and give them the recognition that they deserve.  Thanks.  Aaron

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Thank You Mike!

The Astronomical League depends heavily on its team of volunteers, and is grateful for all their efforts. This past fall, Mike Benson, administrator of the Double Star Program, the Arp Peculiar Galaxy Program, and the Master Observer Program, decided to step down after many years of valuable service.
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MARS Region Election - Call for Nominations


The MARS Region is opening nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Regional Representative. During the annual convention each regional Chair and Representative (or their proxies) vote on matters before the Astronomical League Council. They also may participate in other meetings, usually teleconferences, to help guide the League in its activities.

In order to be considered the nominee must be a resident of a state in the MARS region and a member in good standing of the Astronomical League. This means that their name is on the club’s current roster or they are currently affiliated with the League as a Member-At-Large. 
Nominations are to be submitted between February 1, 2016 through February 15, 2016 by sending an email to Wayne Green (current MARS chair) stating the person's name, affiliation, position they are seeking, and a brief description (150 words or less) of their background and what they wish to accomplish in the position. A person may self-nominate if they wish.
Since there has not been a regional meeting these positions may be elected by the Regional Council (refer to Astronomical League By-Laws Article IX. Section 3, see  https://www.astroleague.org/al/bylaws/Z2_2007_Bylaws_and_SR.pdf ).
The Regional Council consists of the president and a representative of each club in the region, the current Regional Officers, current Regional Representative, and a representative of the Astronomical League members-at-large within the region (Astronomical League By-Laws Article IX. Section 2).
A list of the nominees for each position will be emailed to each Regional Council member (club president, etc. per previous paragraph) on or before March 1st. They are then to make their selections and email to Mitch Glaze rosters@astroleague.org by Tuesday, March 15th. The list will also be sent to patron members, lifetime members, and members-at-large within the MARS region. The majority vote for each position from these members will be the representative vote for these members.   
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Dr. Tim Brown to receive distinguished Watson Medal


Long time Longmont Astronomical Society (CO) member, Tim Brown, is to receive an award, the "James Craig Watson Medal for Astronomy, from the National Academy of Sciences on May 1st in Washington DC. The award recognizes Tim for “his visionary scientific and technical advancements that have been critical to the fields of helioseismologyasteroseismology, and the emerging field of spectroscopy of transiting exoplanets, and for his critical role in helping a new generation of scientists and facilities to succeed”.  For more info see the press release at the Las Cumbres Observatory website, http://lcogt.net/blog/dr-tim-brown-to-receive-distinguished-watson-medal/

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AstroCon 2017 Registration Now Open


You may now register for the Astrocon 2017 conference in Casper, Wyoming onAugust 16 through August 19, 2017. Visit the Astrocon 2017 webpage at https://astrocon2017.astroleague.org and click on the "Registration" tab at the top right of the page.


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Last Call -Coordinators Needed


If you are interested in helping the AL as an Observing Program Coordinator, we need to hear from you by Friday 1/15/2016.  We are beginning to contact those we have already heard from.  These programs are in need of a leader:  Analemma, Double Star, Galileo, and Sky Puppy Observing Programs.  Please send an email to Aaron Clevenson, Observing Program Director, at aaron@clevenson.org

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