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Message from AAVSO Director, Arne Henden

As I mentioned in my Director’s Report last Fall, I will be retiring on or about February 1, 2015 (about 18 months from now).   I wanted to announce this early, so as to give the Search Committee sufficient time to find the right replacement.  Therefore, the search process is taking place a bit earlier than would normally be expected, so as to provide a good overlap between myself and the next Director.  Kevin and Mario have put together an excellent Committee, with a breadth of experience and expertise.

Search for New AAVSO Director Underway!

From: Kevin B. Marvel, AAVSO Director Search Committee Chair and Executive Director, American Astronomical Society

Update on Search: October 2013

AAVSO meetings always invigorate me and the recent gathering was no exception.  Listening to talks, exchanging ideas, tips and tricks and the joy of observing at coffee breaks and meals was enhanced by a great banquet with a first-ever trivia contest.  Sadly, my table didn't even come in the top three, but it was fun to try answering questions drawn from the long history of the AAVSO and its active members.

Job Description: AAVSO Director

The American Association of Variable Star Observers has initiated a search process for its next Director, to start February 1, 2015.  Application deadline is September 30, 2013.

The AAVSO Director acts as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Organization.  The Director reports to the AAVSO Council, which is the governing board for the non-profit corporation.  The CEO & CSO dual role is unique for most scientific organizations, and the duties are wide-ranging.

Director's Message from AAVSO Newsletter 29 (October 2003)

From the Director

Janet A. Mattei


We have had a very active and fruitful first part of the fiscal year [2002-2003]. I want to share with you some highlights.

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei


Page 7

Our prayers are with Janet and Michael, I lost my father last month who got me started in astronomy. This year has started out rough for me with the lost of my father and Janet. I am happy to know that when I look up at the night sky I know that my father and Janet are looking down at me and encouraging me to keep observing variable stars. —Paul Kneipp

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei



Page 6

I have just returned from the National Science Festival here in SA and was unable to access my e-mail whilst there.

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei

Page 5

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the death of Dr. Janet Mattei. It is great loss for amateur and professional astronomy. Please accept my sincere condolences. —Jerzy Speil (Poland)


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