Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 16:18:59 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-31: HOTEL BOOKING CORRECTION, etc.

Greetings, DPS Members -
 
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       |1) CORRECTION: GOVERNMENT RATE, NEW ORLEANS HYATT HOTEL |
       |2) MEMBERSHIP STATUS                                    |
       |3) DECADAL ABSTRACTS FOR THE NEXT DPS MEETING           |
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CORRECTION: GOVERNMENT RATE BOOKINGS AT NEW ORLEANS HYATT HOTEL

After several discussions with Daniel Ketelsen, the Western Association
Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, he has sent me the
following written agreement: "The hotel will accept federal, state and
contractor identifications as forms of government identification.  It
is assumed that attendees who have confirmed the government rate are on
official business."  So the good news is, if you have made a government
rate reservation, and can provide such identification when you check
in, you are qualified and should hold on to your reservation at the
government rate.  The bad news is, that rate block is sold out on all
nights, so if you haven't made a reservation already, the best rate
they can offer is the group rate of $142/night.  That rate is still
available for all nights of the meeting.

PLEASE FURTHER NOTE that both the New Orleans hotel reservation
department at (504) 561-1234, and the Hyatt National Reservations
department at (800) 561-1234 are now aprised of this reservation policy
and should be able to assist you.  The number I distributed on Friday
for Ms. Jane Tebbe, the Hyatt Reservations Manager, should not be
used.  If you have unresolvable problems with booking, you should
contact me (awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov) and if necessary I will
contact Ms. Tebbe or Mr. Ketelsen on your behalf.  They have been very
understanding and helpful in resolving this matter.

Alan Harris
Secretary-Treasurer

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MEMBERSHIP STATUS

My thanks to those of you who have checked up on your membership status
in advance before the abstract and registration deadlines of the New
Orleans meeting.  In most cases, you can verify that your membership is
current by looking for yourself in the AAS online membership
directory:

http://directory.aas.org/

If you are listed (with DPS division membership included), then your
membership is current.  If you receive a return message "No data found
for this request", that means your membership has a problem (dues not
paid, spelling error or name transposition, etc.), and you should
contact me to resolve the problem.  Please check the web directory
first if you can before inquiring with me if that is necessary.

Alan Harris, Secretary-Treasurer       awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov

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NOTES FROM THE CHAIR - DECADAL ABSTRACTS FOR THE NEXT DPS MEETING

DPS Abstracts will be accepted for Decadal Survey topics. These will
be poster only, and the Speaker's Rules regarding only one 
contribution, oral or poster, per presenting (first) author DOES NOT
APPLY. That is, you may be the first author of a Decadal Survey poster
and still be the first author of a scientific presentation. Also, the 
Speaker's Rule does not apply to Education, History, or Invited papers.
I would like to encourage those of you engaged in writing white papers 
for the planetary decadal study to take advantage of this opportunity 
of an additional forum to present and discuss your ideas for the future 
of solar system exploration.

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

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