Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 16:57:14 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-27:DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS, DECADAL STUDY NEWS, NEW ORLEANS MTG

Greetings, DPS Members-
 
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       |1) VOLUNTEERS  FOR DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE   |
       |2) PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - NEW COMMUNITY PANELS  |
       |3) DPS MEETING, NEW ORLEANS, NOV 27 - DEC 1, 2001       |
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VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED FOR DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Your DPS Committee is establishing a three person subcommittee with 
staggered three-year appointments (like the Nominating Subcommittee) 
to collect and maintain information on the federal activities that 
impact planetary science funding. The purpose of this subcommittee is
to keep the DPS Committee abreast of upcoming hearings and developments
in the federal budget process. In addition, it will collect information
for the DPS Committee to help maximize the focus and effectiveness of
DPS federal education and lobbying activities. However, the FRS is not 
intended to act as a lobbying arm of the DPS nor to speak for the DPS. 
A more detailed description may be found at

http://www.aas.org/~dps/frs.html

The initial appointments will be made for 1-, 2-, and 3-year terms.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact me and identify the term 
in which you are interested.

Thank you for your help.

Mark Sykes, Chair
dpschair@aas.org

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PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - NEW COMMUNITY PANELS FORMING

New community decadal panels are forming. If you are interested, you
are invited to participate!

	Planetary Atmospheres
	Outer Planets
	Lunar Exploration, Manned and Unmanned
	Terrestrial analogs to Mars

Go to http://www.aas.org/~dps/decadal
Click on Community Panels. Join!

Recent discussions are have been posted in 

	NEOs - Human Exploration and Utilization 
	Main Belt Asteroids
	
Go to http://www.aas.org/~dps/decadal
Click on Real-Time Forums

The schedule of NRC Panel Meetings is posted on the main page of the
main page of the Plnaetary Community Decadal Study Website above. 
Each notice will be hyperlinked to a meeting agenda when available.

Mark V. Sykes, DPS Chair, dpschair@aas.org

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DPS MEETING, NEW ORLEANS, NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 1, 2001, SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

The Second announcement of the DPS Annual Meeting is now available on the
meeting web site:

http://www.boulder.swri.edu/dps01/

Hard copies of the announcement will be mailed soon, but you don't need to
wait.  Forms for registration and abstract submission are available on the
web.  Relevant deadlines are:

Abstracts:  24 September 2001 at 9:00 EDT
Early rate meeting registration:  12 October 2001
Hotel booking:  5 November 2001

The Local Organizing Committee urges attendees to reserve their hotel rooms
as soon as possible.  New Orleans is a tourist town, and hotel space is in
high demand.  Those wishing to stay at the DPS meeting site hotel, the
Hyatt Superdome, should be sure to ask for the "DPS rate" of $142/night
(single), or $157/night (double).  If you reserve using the Hyatt web form
that is linked from their pages, you will receive a quote of $219.  PLEASE
DON'T RESERVE THIS WAY!  In addition to paying more, we will not receive
credit for filling our room block.  N.B., the DPS room rate may only be
honored up to the cutoff date of November 5; another reason to book early.
If you qualify for a government rate ($89/night), be sure to confirm with
the hotel what documentation for eligibility they will require.  If you are
refused the government rate when you arrive, you may have to pay the $219
rate.  If you want to come early and/or stay late, the DPS rate can be had
for three days before and after the meeting dates.

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