Dear Commission 35 member
   With this message, the election for four (4) members of the Organizing
Committee of Commission 35 begins -- and you will have until next Tuesday
(March 25) at 9:00 am (Pacific Standard Time) to cast your vote.  First
of all, on behalf of the current OC and the general membership, I thank
those who submitted nominations: I think that everyone will agree that we
have an excellent slate of candidates.  (The OC accepted all of the
nominations that were received.)
   I have asked James Clem (a doctoral student at U.Vic.) to be the
co-ordinator for the election.  He will count the number of votes that
are received by each candidate, as well as the number who voted, and he
report to me.  It is my intention to send you the results of the election
next Tuesday afternoon (or Wednesday morning, at the latest).  The
preferred way for you to cast your vote is via the commission web site:
(the welcome page has a link to the voting page as well).  Here, you
can simply check off the names of up to 4 candidates and then submit
your ballot electronically.  The web site will automatically generate a
return e-mail message to you to acknowledge the receipt of your vote.
The votes will be CC'ed to James Clem.  Julie Chen, who works at the
Space Telescope Science Institute, is in charge of this aspect of the
process and she is the only one at StScI who will have access to the
data.  She will forward a summary of the web-site votes to me at the
end of the election.
    If the above procedure poses any difficulty, then you are welcome
to send your vote (consisting of up to 4 names from the list of
candidates below) directly to James Clem: his e-mail address is:
He will send a short acknowledgement in response to the votes that are
    The candidates for membership on the OC are:
 1. Kwing L. Chan (China).  His interests are multi-dimensional
            computations of stellar fluid dynamics and stellar structure,
            and convection.
 2. Corinne Charbonnel (France).  She works on stellar evolution and
            nucleosynthesis, processes that transport chemicals and
            angular momentum in stars, and abundance anomalies.
 3. Ene Ergma (Estonia).  Her research areas: the formation/evolution
            of binary systems with black holes and neutron stars, and
            unstable nuclear burning on accreting neutron stars.
 4. Gilles Fontaine (Canada).  He studies the evolution and pulsation of
            white dwarfs.
 5. Margarita Hernanz (Spain).  Her fields of interest are white dwarfs,
            novae, nucleosynthesis, and X-ray/gamma-ray emission.
 6. Detlev Koester (Germany).  His main interest is the evolution of
            white dwarfs.
 7. Richard Larson (U.S.A.).  He works on the theory of star formation,
            the initial stages of stellar evolution, and the first stars.
 8. John Lattanzio (Australia).  His interests are stellar evolution and
            nucleosynthesis, with emphasis on AGB stars.
 9. Claus Leitherer (U.S.A.).  He studies stellar populations, population
            synthesis, starburst galaxies, and stellar winds.
10. Jim Liebert (U.S.A.).  His research areas include the late stages of
            stellar evolution, and brown dwarfs.
11. Ewald M\"uller (Germany).  He works on numerical hydrodynamics,
            multi-dimensional models of supernova explosions, and
            relativistic astrophysics.
12. Dina Prialnik (Israel). Her research is on the evolution of accreting
            white dwarfs, cataclysmic variables, and accretion disks.
13. Pilar Ruiz-Lapuente (Spain).  Her research is concerned with the late
            stages of stellar evolution, and supernova progenitors.
14. Giora Shaviv (Israel).  His main interests are physical processes in
            astrophysics, stellar evolution, and accretion disks.
15. Peter Wood (Australia).  He studies the pulsation and evolution of
            low- and intermediate-mass stars, and Cepheids.
The above information is given on the web site as well.  At this point in
time only G. Fontaine and D. Koester have not confirmed their willingness
to serve on the OC if elected (presumably they are out of e-mail contact
at this time).  If either/both of them are among the "winning" candidates
but prefer(s) not to join the OC, then the candidate(s) with the next
highest number(s) of votes will take their place(s).
     Please take a few minutes to vote.  I would really like to be able
to report to you next week that a high percentage of the membership
participated in the election.
     All the best.
          Don VandenBerg
          President, C35