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DDA Newsletter #83 - January 1998


New DDA Web Site

The Division has a new and much improved web site. The URL is
Please update your bookmarks accordingly. We owe many thanks to Doug Mink for the clean and friendly site design and for taking on the task of maintaining it for the Division. Take a moment or two and explore our new web site!


Student Stipend Awards

The DDA is again providing up to two $400 stipends each on a competitive basis to students attending the 1998 DDA meeting in Charlottesville. (See for information about the stipend program.) The applications for the 1998 meeting are under review. The applicants will be notified by e-mail, and the stipend will be presented to the recipient(s) at the meeting.


Charlottesville Meeting

Where & When

The 1998 DDA meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, from April 1-3. The location is the South Meeting Room, Newcomb Hall. Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to Newcomb Hall.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is served by the express versions of Continental, United, and USAir. A taxi from the airport to the University area costs about $25.00. The Best Western Cavalier Inn offers a complimentary airport shuttle service (but note that there are no rooms available there on Friday night, 3 April).

The University is about 5 miles south of the airport on Route 29 (which becomes "Emmett Street").

Source for Latest Information

The latest meeting details are posted to the C'ville meeting page as they come in.


Please note the abstract deadline: February 23, 1998. In keeping with recent AAS policy (and due to the fact that nobody sent abstracts via snail mail last year), all 1998 DDA meeting abstracts MUST be submitted electronically. The URL for submissions via the web is

Help may be obtained via the help page link on the form, or from

There is no charge for submitting an abstract. The abstract fee is included in the registration fee.

Detailed instructions for electronic abstract submission are shown below.

Registration Form

The meeting registration form is available at Instructions, fees, etc. are listed on the form. A few important particulars:

  • Registration Deadline: Feb. 27, 1998
  • Registration Fee: $75
  • Late Registration Fee: $90


When: April 2, reception starting at 6:30 pm.
Where: The Rotunda.
How Much: $40 per person.
Seating in the Rotunda is limited to 100 people.


Lunches can be purchase at the Rotunda cafeteria, or from local establishments within a short walk of Newcomb Hall.

Charlottesville Area Information and Attractions

Local information about the Charlottesville area can be found at the URL

For Virginia information, visit the URL

Lodging Update

Lodging information can be found at the URL In addition to that information, it should be noted that the reservation blocks will be held until Feb. 28. A copy of the full lodging information is shown below.

Invited Speakers

The invited speakers for this meeting are:

  • S. Tremaine – Resonant Relaxation (Brouwer Award)
  • P. Teuben – Barred Galaxies and Dynamical Modeling
  • O. Franz – Binary Star Research with the HST Fine Guidance Sensors
  • J. Giorgini – True Airspeed: Spacecraft Aerobraking Orbit Determination and Dynamics at Venus and Mars
  • F. Mignard – HIPPARCOS
  • T. de Zeeuw – The Schwarzschild Method for Building Galaxy Models (lead for special session in honor of Martin Schwarzschild)
  • Post-Banquet – To be announced

Contact Info

Local Host: Phil Ianna
Program Committee:
   Fritz Benedict (Chair)
   Phil Ianna
   Marc Murison (Secretary)


C'ville Lodging

For the 1998 Charlottesville meeting, the following hotels/motels are near the meeting site:

Motels with blocked rooms

  • Best Western Cavalier Inn
    105 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-296-8111 (fax) 804-296-3523
    rates: $49 (1-4p)
    Complimentary continental breakfast; courtesy airport shuttle.
  • Red Roof Inns
    1309 West Main St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-295-4333 (fax) 804-295-2021
    rates: $53.99 (1p), $59.99 (2p), $65.99 (3p)
    (when booking refer to block number B246000100)
  • Days Hotel
    1901 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-977-7700
    rate: $55 (1-4p)

Other nearby motels

  • Econo Lodge
    400 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-296-2104
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
    900 W. Main St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-923-8600
  • Quality Inn
    1600 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-971-3746
  • Comfort Inn
    1807 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-293-6188
  • Budget Inn
    140 Emmet St., Charlottesville, Va 22903
    (tel) 804-293-5141

Important Notes:

  • Both the Cavalier Inn and Red Roof Inns, the two closest motels to the meeting venue, are fully booked on Friday night, April 3rd, and have a limited number of rooms on other nights.
  • The Red Roof was formerly a Howard Johnson's and is newly renovated.
  • The quoted rates do not include the local taxes of 9.5%.
  • The Cavalier Inn and Red Roof Inns are both about half a mile from Newcomb Hall (the meeting room) and from the Rotunda (banquet location).


Electronic Abstract Submission Instructions

Electronic Submission via the World Wide Web

You can submit your abstract electronically just as for an AAS meeting anytime before February 23, 1998. There is a World Wide Web submission form available at the following URL:

If you have any questions about electronic submission while you are preparing your abstract, please contact the AAS Executive Office for assistance. You can call the office at 202-328-2010, or send email to

Electronic Acknowledgment of Abstract Receipt

When you submit your abstract on the Web form, you will receive an immediate acknowledgment to your browser, a copy of your submission to your email account, and then a later email message including your running ID.

If you do not receive these confirmations, DO NOT RESUBMIT THE ABSTRACT. Please contact the Executive Office by calling 202-328-2010 or by sending email to

Corrections to your Abstract

If you notice an error in your abstract after submission, send details of the correction to and the correction will be made for you. We cannot guarantee that corrections received after the abstract deadline will be processed.

NOTE: If you do not have access to the Web, the AAS Executive Office will make arrangements to include your abstract. Please contact them for assistance, 202-328-2010, or send email to