Farid Salama (SSA) was elected Vice President of IAU Commission 14 (Atomic & Molecular Data) at the last IAU General Assembly (GA) that was held in Beijing, China in late August. Commission 14 is a commission of the IAU Executive Committee whose interdisciplinary role is to inform the astronomical community of new developments in the fields related to the needs for, and availability of, atomic and molecular data through specific involvement and support of IAU Symposia and Joint Discussions, and by Reports of the Working Groups.
Tom Greene has been helping with the cryogenic testing of the James Webb
Space Telescope (JWST) Near-infrared camera (NIRCam) flight instrument at
the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto since June 28.
Farid Salama and his colleagues from the Steering Committee attended the launch of the first new AAS Division in over thirty years, the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD), where they were presented with a certificate commemorating this historic occasion in recognition of the role they played in helping motivate the formation of the division.