Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 16:54:59 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-28: Travel grants; AGU; ...

Greetings, DPS Members-
 
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       |1) TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 2001 MEETING                   |
       |2) AGU FALL MEETING, DEC 10-14, 2001, SAN FRANSISCO     |
       |3) 34th COSPAR, OCT 10-19, 2002, HOUSTON                |
       |4) IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 1, 2001         |
       |5) NEW DISCIPLINE SCIENTIST AT NASA HQ: JOHN HILLMAN    |
       |6) PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - UPDATE                |
       |7) PUBLIC FORUM FOR GIANT PLANETS PANEL, DECADAL SURVEY |
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TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 2001 MEETING

A small number of travel grants for eligible students, post-graduate
fellows, or scientists without other means of support are expected to
be available through the generosity of Dr. William K. Hartmann, plus
some additional support from DPS funds.  Grants will consist of partial
travel expenses (we anticipate about $250), plus a waiver of
registration fees.  The application package (no longer than 3 pages)
should contain:

1.  A COPY (preliminary draft is sufficient) of the abstract of the
paper to be presented.  Both oral and poster papers are eligible. The
abstract MUST also be submitted through the regular submission process
to the AAS.

2.  A letter describing the scientific significance of the research,
and any further justification for attending the meeting (e.g. job
hunting).  For students or post-docs, the letter may be written by the
advisor, or if not, should be concurred (co-signed) by the advisor.  In
either case the advisor should confirm the need for travel assistance.
 
3.  A brief CV including degree status.

For full consideration, the application package should be submitted by
September 10, 2001, to the DPS Chair, Dr. Mark V. Sykes, Steward
observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721, USA, or the
materials can be sent by e-mail to sykes@as.arizona.edu.  Notification
of grants to those meeting the above deadline will be well before the
abstract deadline, for those who may wish to receive notification
before submitting an abstract.  Late applications for travel support
may be considered if funds are available.

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AGU FALL MEETING, DECEMBER 10-14, 2001, SAN FRANSISCO

The annual "fall" meeting (closer to winter nowdays) of the AGU will
feature 27 sessions sponsored or co-sponsored by the Planetology
section, including several sessions on Mars, space mission results,
space physics, etc.  Please see the AGU web site for complete meeting
infomation and a complete listing of sessions by subject:

http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm01top.html

The abstract deadline is August 30 (hard copy submissions), or
September 6 (electronic submissions).

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34th COSPAR SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY, HOUSTON, TX, OCTOBER 10-19, 2002

The next meeting of COSPAR will be in Houston, TX.  Note that this
overlaps the time of the DPS meeting in Ann Arbor, MI, Oct 7-11, 2002.
The COSPAR abstract deadline is May 1, 2002.  For further information,
session titles, etc., see:

http://www.copernicus.org/COSPAR/COSPAR.html

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IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 1, 2001

Proposals for observing time on the IRTF for the semester February 1 
to July 31 are due October 1, 2001.  Complete proposal information is
available at:

http://irtf.ifa.hawaii.edu/userSupport/timeAppAnnounce2.html


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NEW DISCIPLINE SCIENTIST AT NASA HQ: JOHN HILLMAN

To:   The Planetary Science Community

From: Jay T. Bergstralh, Science Director, 
      Solar System Exploration Division,
      Office of Space Science, Code SE, 
      NASA Headquarters, Wash., DC 20546

Dear Colleagues,

This letter is to introduce you to Dr. John Hillman, the new Discipline
Scientist for the Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Suborbital, and
Planetary Astronomy Research Programs.  This change is effective
immediately and Dr. Hillman will be handling the review, evaluation,
and selections of proposals to these programs in response to
NRA-01-OSS-01, Research Opportunities in Space Science - 2001 (ROSS
2001).  Tom Morgan will remain Discipline Scientist for the Near Earth
Objects program and Denis Bogan will remain Discipline Scientist for
the Jovian System Data Analysis program. In addition, Drs. Morgan and
Bogan will retain their mission assignments.

Dr. Hillman has a background in spectroscopy and spectroscopic
instrumentation with application to planetary atmospheres and planetary
astronomy.  He is retired from Goddard Space Flight Center and is now
on the Research Faculty in the Department of Astronomy, University of
Maryland, College Park.

This change is intended to facilitate the timely evaluation, and
selection of proposals in response to ROSS 2001, and to avoid the
delays due to understaffing and conflicting priorities that were
experienced with ROSS 2000.  We believe that it will benefit all
concerned.

Jay T. Bergstralh

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PLANETARY DECADAL STUDY NEWS - UPDATE

New community decadal panels continue to form. You are invited 
to participate!

	The Kuiper Belt
	Planetary Formation
        Technology Development
	Neptune System Exploration

	Planetary Rings (Organizer: Mitch Gordon)
	Near-Earth Objects: Discovery, Tracking, and Characterization
          (Organizer: Don Yeomans)
	Comets (Organizer: Mike Combi)
	Education and Public Outreach (Organizer: Jennifer Grier)
	Titan (Orgnanizer: Ralph Lorenz)

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

Recent discussions are have been posted in

        Education and Public Outreach 
        NEOs - Science 
	Main Belt Asteroids 
	Kuiper Belt Objects

Go to http://www.aas.org/~dps/decadal
Click on Real-Time Forums

Upcoming NRC panel meetings:

	Giant Planets Panel, AUG 15-17, Caltech
        (see following message for details)

The notice for these meetings at the above URL is hyperlinked to 
their agendas.

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PUBLIC FORUM FOR THE GIANT PLANETS PANEL OF THE NRC DECADAL SURVEY

The Giant Planets Panel of the National Research Council Solar System 
Exploration Survey (a.k.a. Planetary Decadal Survey) is meeting at 
Caltech August 15-17, 2001.  This NRC study and the report to follow 
were requested by Ed Weiler, who expects to use it to sell the 
planetary component of the OSS program to OMB and Congress. Weiler 
requested that the report contain the following components:

  - A "big picture" of solar system exploration - what it is, how 
    it fits into other scientific endeavors, and why it is a compelling 
    goal today;

  - A broad survey of the current state of knowledge about our solar 
    system today;

  - An inventory of the top-level scientific questions that should 
    provide the focus for solar system exploration today; these will 
    be the key scientific inputs to the roadmapping activity to follow;

  - A prioritized list of the most promising avenues for flight 
    investigations and supporting ground-based activities.

The formal panel sessions from 9:30 Wednesday, August 15, to 2:30 
Thursday August 16, are open and will be held in the Buwalda 
Room, 151 Arms Laboratory, Caltech Bldg. 25.

From 2:30 to 5:00 Thursday August 16 an open public session will be 
held to obtain direct input from regional scientists.  This meeting is 
scheduled in 155 Arms Laboratory, Caltech Bldg. 25.

It is important to make this report contain the integrated opinion of 
the planetary community. We seek your input.

                                         - Reta Beebe, Panel Chair

Further information is available at the web links contained in 
message #6 above.