Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-17: Election results, DPS workshop, Wikipedia...

August 28th 2007

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1) DPS Election Results
2) Workshop at DPS: Improving NASA's Announcements of Opportunity
3) Wikipedia: A Public Service Opportunity
4) Upcoming Meetings
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DPS ELECTION RESULTS

The results of the 2007 election of DPS officers are as follows:

Vice-Chair:
   Jonathan Lunine (University of Arizona)

Committee:
   Susan Lederer (California State University, San Bernardino)
   Rosaly Lopes (JPL)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the election, both as candidates
and as voters, and congratulations to the winners, who will take office
at the DPS business meeting in Orlando in October.

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WORKSHOP AT DPS: IMPROVING NASA'S ANNOUNCEMENTS OF OPPORTUNITY

Tuesday October 9th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m

Alan Stern, Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate,
has initiated an effort to simplify mission Announcements of
Opportunity (like Explorer, Discovery, Mars Scout, etc.). Any
simplification must still result in NASA being able to evaluate the
feasibility of proposed missions and in mission teams being prepared
for Phase A if they are selected. The first step of this effort is to
gather information. NASA is seeking community input in all areas
including the current AO, the current 2-step selection process, and
suggestions for improving both. This discussion will start with a
brief presentation by NASA of the goals and constraints on the mission
AO process, followed by an opportunity for members of the proposing
community to offer their input.

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WIKIPEDIA: A PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia, is wildly popular among students
of all ages as a source of fast, free information.  Some statistical
studies even show that Wikipedia gets more hits than the nasa.gov web
sites.  However, recent experiences have made me think that perhaps
more than just non-scientists use Wikipedia materials.  During an
August NASA workshop's coffee break, several speakers told me that
Wikipedia was among the sources they checked for information in
preparing for their own professional talks.

The homepage for the International Society for the Origin of Life
(ISSOL) requests that members check the Wikipedia pages of their
specialty and edit them as necessary.  A similar request was made in
the March 13 issue of EOS, a publication of the American Geophysical
Union (AGU).  Let me encourage you to take a few moments to read the
Wikipedia pages for your areas of expertise and to correct any
"howlers" you find.  Wikipedia editing is fast, free, and anonymous.
Your professional assistance will be useful to the public, your
children, and perhaps even your DPS colleagues.

Reggie L. Hudson, Professor of Chemistry, Eckerd College,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) First International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and
Deimos, November 5-8, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/phobosdeimos2007/

This will be the first international meeting focused specifically on
Phobos and Deimos, and on how their exploration relates to that of
Mars and the solar system. The conference will be an open
international forum that gathers scientists, engineers, space
exploration professionals, and students interested in discussing the
status and advancement of the exploration of Mars' satellites, and the
exploration of Mars itself through them.

The abstract deadline has been extended to September 5, 2007, 5:00 p.m. CDT.


2) SOFIA's 2020 Vision: Scientific and Technological Opportunities
6-8 December 2007, Caltech, Pasadena, California

http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/07Dec_SOFIA_Vision/workshop.html

SOFIA's recent first flights highlight its proximity to
operations. Science observations will begin ramping up in the next few
years with the initial set of instruments. The time is now ripe to
envision the scientific and technological advances that will keep
SOFIA an exciting and dynamic program over its twenty-year design
lifetime. This workshop will examine science needs and relevant new
and emerging detector and component technologies.  These new
capabilities will arrive during a period of intense and rapid change
of the scientific landscape: the stream of results flowing from
projects such as Spitzer, Herschel, ALMA, JWST, and other facilities
will greatly expand SOFIA's discovery potential. The workshop's goals
are to evince the connections between the technological possibilities
and the scientific opportunities, to develop a vision for extending
SOFIA's productivity beyond the next decade, and to expand the
awareness of SOFIA's potential.


3) Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, December 10-14 2007

http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm07/

The AGU meeting will include 25 planetary science sessions, focusing
on bodies including Europa, Iapetus, Titan, Enceladus, rings, Mars, Venus,
and the Earth/Moon system.  Abstract deadline is September 6th 2007.


4) Symposium C31 "Planetary Atmospheres", part of the COSPAR Scientific
Assembly in Montreal, Canada 13-20 July 2008.

http://www.cospar-assembly.org

This symposium covers the latest results from spacecraft studies of
planetary atmospheres. There will be particular emphasis on Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, Cassini/Huygens, Mars Express and Venus
Express. We will include spacecraft results for atmospheres of all
solar system bodies, except Earth.

Submission of contributed talks for this symposium is
encouraged. Deadline for receipt of abstracts and financial support is
17 February 2008.

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Send submissions to:
John Spencer, DPS Secretary (spencer@boulder.swri.edu)