|Astronomy & Geophysics 42 (1) 1.38|
|From the Council of the RAS and Burlington House|
|Changes to the Society News pages|
From the Council of the RAS and Burlington House
From this issue, the Society Information page will only be published once a year in the February issue. News of interest to Fellows will be incorporated into the regular News pages in future, while the lists of new members and Library accessions will be carried opposite the Diary at the end of the journal. Members are encouraged to check the RAS Web site regularly for Society news. Any routine administrative notices, changes to programmes etc will be included on the Whats New page. See www.ras.org.uk/ras.
|Items for sale|
The following can be purchased from the Society direct or by post.
Posters. A series of posters is available: Lagoon Nebula, Nebula in Sagittarius, Nebula in Eta Carinae, Vela, and Rho Ophiuchi. The cost is £10.00 (including packing and postage) per set of five.
RAS ties in a choice of three colours dark blue, maroon and green for £13.10 at Burlington House or £13.50 by post (both prices including VAT).
RAS squares in a choice of three colours dark blue, maroon and cream for £12.10 at Burlington House or £12.50 by post (both prices including VAT).
RAS wall plaques for £19.00 at Burlington House, £20.00 by post.
History of the RAS. Volumes I and II are £8.00 each (paperback), or £12.50 each (hardback). Prices include postage.
Herschel Organ Music CD. More copies of the original CD are now available. Price £13.25 each by post £14.00 (in the UK).
Payment. Members may pay for items mentioned above by the following methods: credit cards (Barclays/Visa/Carte Bleu/Access/Mastercard/Eurocard); sterling cheque; Giro (the Societys account number is 538 0103); Eurocheque; US/CAN dollar cheque; sterling bank draft. Items ordered from overseas will be sent via surface mail.
|Information and requests about journals|
Subscriptions to Astronomy & Geophysics. Several libraries and institutions have not yet taken out subscriptions to A&G. Council asks members to give maximum publicity to the journal and, if possible, to persuade/invite institutions to take out a subscription. Subscription details are contained in each issue.
Access to journals on-line. It is known that some institutes that have a subscription to MN and GJI have yet to take up their on-line access to these journals. Fellows not yet having such access should speak with their library staff. Assistance in gaining this access can be obtained from Blackwell Science Ltd at Osney Mead, Oxford.
Back issues of Monthly Notices. A number of back issues for Monthly Notices are held at Burlington House. These can be given to Fellows whose own copies have been lost or damaged. Fellows are expected to pay postage costs.
|Some Society services for members|
European Astronomical Society, European Geological Society and Joint Association for Geophysics. Members can obtain details on joining these organizations from the Membership Secretary at Burlington House.
National Maritime Museum. The Society is a corporate friend of the NMM and holds four complimentary tickets to the Museum; these may be obtained from the Executive Secretary.
Gerald Merton Fund. Members are reminded of the existence of the Gerald Merton Fund, the purpose of which is to aid members of the Society who are temporarily unable to pay their annual contributions to the Society for such reasons as prolonged illness, redundancy or perhaps currency restrictions. It is intended that the aid should be for a limited period not normally exceeding two years. Although payment will normally be a gift, it is hoped that recipients whose financial circumstances improve will treat it as a loan so that funds can be made available to others with comparable problems. Applications should be addressed to the Treasurer at Burlington House.
Mature Registered Students Status. Fellows over the age of Junior Membership may, at the Treasurers discretion, pay Junior Members rates if they are in full-time education and on low income. They should be studying astronomy, geophysics or a related subject. A form is available from the Executive Secretary which should be completed by the Fellow and his/her department supervisor. Fellows are reminded that they must apply for this concession each year that it is required.
Advertisements for vacancies. Members may care to know that wherever possible Burlington House will assist in advertising vacancies in the astronomical and geophysical communities. This is normally done through the Societys Web page, meetings notices and on notice boards, but those of a long-term nature can be advertised in A&G.
|How to hire a room in Burlington House|
The apartments at Burlington House are available at no charge to members of the RAS wishing to use them for Society business. Hire charges for use by other societies or by outside users are:
Council Room. By other societies: £150 (for a full day) or £90 (for a half day). By other organizations: £180 (full day), or £100 (half day).
The Fellows Room is normally only hired in conjunction with all-day use of the Council Room i.e. when it is required to serve refreshments there and then, at a charge of £40 per day.
The Herschel Room is not for hire but is kept as a meeting room for use by members at all times.
The Libraries are not hired. The RAS Library provides a wide selection of current and older books and journals in astronomy and geophysics, and can offer access to an outstanding collection of archives and rare books.
Note: Fellows holding meetings associated with Society business are not charged for use of any room, but this should be cleared with the Executive Secretary beforehand.
Contact: Colin Foster, Facilities Assistant. Tel: (0)20 7734 3307 or (0)20 7734 4582. Fax: (0)20 7494 0166 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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