Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 16:51:20 -0700 (MST)
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-04: Pluto, Meetings, R&A Program input

Greetings, DPS Members-

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       |1) NOTES FROM THE CHAIR -Pluto at the Hayden Planetarium|
       |2) ASTEROIDS 2001: Palermo, Italy 11-16 June '01        |
       |3) Science Data Ctrs Symposium: Pasadena, Mar 26-28 '01 |
       |4) 5 YEARS AFTER HALE-BOPP: Tenerife, 21-25 Jan '02     |
       |5) IAMAS2001 Assembly: Innsbruck,Austria July 10-18 '01 |
       |6) INPUT FOR PLANETARY SYSTEMS SCIENCE CLUSTER PROPOSAL |
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NOTES FROM THE CHAIR - A Pluto Controversy at the Hayden Planetarium?

On January 31st, I traveled to New York City to see the exhibit at the
Hayden Planetarium which purports to have unilaterally removed Pluto from 
the list of planets and to visit with its director, Neil Tyson. This action
by the Hayden has received national media attention and confused public 
reaction. Having reflected on the matter for several days now, it is my 
opinion that the issue at the Hayden is more one of poor pedagogy than a 
clarion call for controversy.

My report to the DPS membership can be read at:

http://www.aas.org/~dps/nfc/01.html

Mark V. Sykes,
DPS Chair

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ASTEROIDS 2001: SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

"Asteroids 2001: from Piazzi to the 3rd Millennium"
will be held in Santa Flavia (Palermo) from 11 to 16 June 2001. For further
information, please go to 

www.astropa.unipa.it/Asteroids2001/index1.html

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4th Annual Raytheon Science Data Centers Symposium
March 26-28, 2001, Pasadena, CA

***** Final Call for Papers *****

The abstract deadline for this conference has been extended to Feb 15.  See
the previous announcement in DPS mailing #00-28 for further details, or the
web site at:

http://www.sci-datacenter.org

or, contact one of the following:

   Lou Mayo (East Coast Chair)
   Raytheon ITSS
   Phone: (301)286-0165
   E-mail: lmayo@pop600.gsfc.nasa.gov

   Emily Greene (West Coast Chair)
   Raytheon ITSS
   Phone (626)744-5420
   E-mail: egreene@sdsio.jpl.nasa.gov

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5 YEARS AFTER HALE-BOPP: PROGRESS IN COMETARY SCIENCE
Santa Cruz, Tenerife, 21-25 January 2002
Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias 
"5 Years after Hale-Bopp: Progress in Cometary Science" is aimed at covering the
progress in cometary science made since 1998.  The conference will consist
of invited and contributed oral as well as contributed poster presentations. 

SOC Contact Address:               LOC Contact Address:

Rita Schulz                        Mark Kidger
ESA Space Science Department       Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
ESTEC                              C/ Via Lactea, s/n
Postbus 299                        E-38200 - La Laguna, Tenerife
2200 AG Noordwijk                  Spain
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31-71-565-4821              Tel.: +34-922-605-389 
Fax:  +31-71-565-4697              Fax:  +34-922-605-210
e-mail: Rita.Schulz@esa.int        e-mail: mrk@ll.iac.es

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The IAMAS2001 Assembly will be held in Innsbruck/Austria from 
July 10 to 18. There is a section (Section 10 - see details below) 
on planetary atmospheres which is of interest to the planetary astronomy
community. 

You are welcome to attend and deliver invited talks. The details of 
it can be found from the web site (http://meteo.uibk.ac.at/IAMAS2001/).

I would like to remind you that the deadline for abstract submission 
is Feb. 16.  Thank you for your atentions. 

Best regards. 

Torrrence V. Johnson 
Fredrick W.Taylor 

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REQUEST FOR INPUT ON NASA'S PLANETARY SYSTEMS SCIENCE CLUSTER PROPOSAL

The Planetary Systems Science/Management Operations Working Group 
(PSS/MOWG) has been charged with preparing a proposal representing the NASA 
Planetary Systems Cluster for the 2001 Senior Review. The PSS Cluster 
includes Research and Analysis (R & A) work in planetary astronomy, 
planetary atmospheres, and near-earth object research. The purpose of the 
review is to evaluate the work for relevance to NASA's strategic goals and 
for possible reallocation of R & A resources between clusters.

The Proposal rules call for (1) a few highlights from the past 2-3 years, 
(2) highlights of work currently in progress, and (3) a description of one 
research area in strongest need of augmentation/creation. The MOWG regards 
this activity as extraordinarily important to the future of planetary 
system science and requests community input on the items listed above. The 
schedule dictates having a good draft of the Proposal by March 15, 2001.

Send suggestions (a paragraph or two of narrative and eye-catching
illustrations) to the Chair, Cluster Proposal Committee, Drake Deming of
the Goddard Space Flight Center, ddeming@pop.600.gsfc.nasa.gov

For further information contact Jack Brandt, Chair PSS/MOWG,
jbrandt@as.unm.edu

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                      Nick Schneider, on behalf of the DPS Committee
                      (submissions to Al Harris: awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov)