Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:24:56 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: DPS Mailing #00-18: O'Keefe, DPS Program, NSF Fellowships, DPS Election

Greetings, DPS Members-
       |1) JOHN A. O'KEEFE (1916 - 2000)                        |
       |2) DPS 2000 PROGRAM ONLINE                              |    
       |3) NEW NSF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS                     |
       |4) DPS BALLOTS DUE WEDNESDAY                            |


JOHN A. O'KEEFE (1916 - 2000)

John A. O'Keefe, retired from GSFC and longtime member of the DPS, passed
away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, September 8, 2000.  Dr.
O'Keefe's work on the origin of the moon and on the nature of tektites
dates back to early in the 1960's, and continued to the time of his death.
He will be missed by his many colleagues.  His daughter, Lucy O'Keefe
Hancock writes:

"Father's colleagues meant so much to him; he liked them, liked their company, 
and found their ideas so interesting.  It would mean a lot to all concerned
to have Father's colleagues see him off.  The wake will be on Monday, from
six to eight p.m., at DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C.  The funeral will be at 11:00 on Tuesday, September 12, at
Blessed Sacrament Church, 6001 Western Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.  The
church is just off Chevy Chase Circle.  The burial will be at Gate of
Heaven cemetery afterward.  Should anyone wish to reach my mother, her
address will be 111 W. 17th Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota  57104."

Lucy O'Keefe Hancock



The Program ( for
the DPS 2000 meeting is now available on line.  A total of 583 abstracts were
received, a record (we believe) for any DPS meeting.  Because of the large
number of abstracts, it was unfortunately necessary to assign some authors who
preferred oral presentations to posters.  Authors are cautioned to carefully
check the presentation format for their abstracts.  We apologize to anyone who
is inconvenienced by their assignment.  It was unavoidable given the large
number of abstracts and the strong desire to avoid triple sessions.  A block
diagram of the Program Schedule 
( is available
as a PDF file. 

Late abstracts will be accepted until September 22, 2000.  All late abstracts
will be assigned to appropriate poster sessions and published in a subsequent
issue of the BAAS.  Abstract forms and instructions are available at the AAS
website ( 


The NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences announces a new program of
postdoctoral fellowships in astronomy and astrophysics.  

The NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an
opportunity for highly qualified young investigators within 3 years of
obtaining their PhD to carry out an integrated program of independent
research and education.  Fellows may engage in research of observational,
instrumental, or theoretical nature, in combination with a coherent
educational plan for the duration of the fellowship.  The program supports
researchers for a period of up to 3 years with fellowships that can be taken
to the institution or national facility of their choice.  The program is
intended to recognize young investigators of significant potential, and
provide them with experience in research and education that will establish
them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community. 

Please see the program announcement (NSF 00-136) at
for information on the fellowship opportunities and how to submit
applications.   Deadline for submission of proposals is 13 November 2000.
Please contact Dr. James P. Wright ( or 703-292-4910) 
or Dr. Eileen D. Friel ( or 703-292-4895) for more
information, or see the Astronomy Division web site



Ballots for the election of new DPS officers must be received by 13 September. 
At this point you should vote by email to, or fax 
your ballot to (818) 354-0966. 

The ballot and candidate statements are available at the DPS email archive


                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: