[ASA] ASA Council and PASA news
andrew.hopkins at aao.gov.au
Thu Oct 30 17:30:02 AEDT 2014
Dear ASA Members,
At our July meeting this year, the ASA Council was informed by ASA
Croton of his intent to resign from Council, and by Bryan Gaensler of his
intent to step down
as Editor-in-Chief of PASA. Both indicated that they would continue to serve
roles until suitable replacements were identified, and to be available to help
a smooth transition.
With Darren's resignation from Council there was a need to identify not only a
for the vacancy on Council but also for the role of Vice-President. In
accordance with item
16 of the Society's Constitution, the vacancy has been filled through
invitation by the Council.
I am pleased to announce that Assoc. Prof. Virginia Kilborn has been appointed
to this role,
following extensive discussion with the Council and the Executive, with due
the responsibilities of the role, and following her acceptance of the invitation.
Virginia is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director in the Centre for Astrophysics
and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology. In addition to her many
other accomplishments, Virginia was Acting Director at CAS for an extended
period in the
transition between Warrick Couch's move to the AAO and Karl Glazebrook's
appointment as Director.
The Council has strongly endorsed and unanimously supported her appointment as
In keeping with the ASA tradition of selecting the current Vice-President as
Council's nomination for
President, Virginia will be so nominated in due course for Council elections
in 2015. I am looking
forward to working with Virginia on the ASA Council in these roles.
I warmly thank Darren for his contributions during his time on Council and as
Darren has been a member of Council since 2011, and Vice-President since
that time he has been instrumental in significant activity on the ANITA
Chapter, as well
as in proposing and initiating the ECR Chapter, over and above the usual
levels of support
provided through regular Council business.
To ensure the new PASA Editor-in-Chief role was filled by someone with
and a vision for the continuing success of PASA, the Society's journal, we
I am pleased to report that the ASA Council has appointed Daniel Price, Senior
ARC Future Fellow at Monash University to the role. Daniel has been a member
of the PASA
Editorial Board for the past four years, and will formally begin in the role
on 1 January 2015, although over the coming months he will be transitioning
role, working closely with Bryan in the lead up to Bryan's departure. I am
to working with Daniel in his new role with PASA and with the Council.
I heartily thank Bryan for his contributions during his time as PASA
the past 6 years. In this time Bryan has led many initiatives leading to the
substantially increased impact factor, introduced the Dawes Review, and smoothly
managed the transition from CSIRO Publishing to Cambridge University Press.
Once again, I thank Bryan and Darren for their contributions. Please join with
welcoming Virginia and Daniel to their new roles in the Society.
A.Prof. Andrew Hopkins, Head of Research and Outreach
Australian Astronomical Observatory
P.O. Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia
ph: +61 2 9372 4849 fax: +61 2 9372 4880
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