Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 14:35:34 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-34: NEW AT NASA, IRFT, JOBS

Greetings, DPS Members -
 
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       |1) NEW DIRECTOR, NASA SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION DIVISION |
       |2) NASA IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 1, 2001    |
       |3) JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS                                    |
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NEW DIRECTOR FOR NASA'S SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION DIVISION

The DPS would like to extend a warm welcome Dr. Colleen Hartman as the 
new Director of the Solar System Exploration Division in the Office of 
Space Science at NASA. The DPS Committee had the pleasure of meeting 
with Dr. Hartman at its meeting in Washington DC on August 14. We look 
forward to working with her in the future.

Dr. Ed Weiler, NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Space 
Science has provided the following information:

Dr. Hartman recently led the team-effort which produced the selection 
of two phase-A study proposals for a mission to Pluto. She earned a 
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Pomona College, a Master's Degree in 
Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a
Doctoral Degree in Physics from the Catholic University of America. She 
began her career in federal service as a Presidential Management Intern 
at NASA Headquarters, and served in the Astrophysics Division as 
Program Manager for Explorer Programs from 1985-1988. While at the 
Goddard Space Flight Center, Dr. Hartman helped build and launch. 
HEIDI and TOMS, and served as C&DH and I&T Manager for the Aqua and 
Chemistry missions.  She has also served as a Senior Policy Analyst in 
the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Hartman's 
honors include the Hugh L. Dryden Memorial Space Club Award, the NASA 
Headquarters Outstanding Performance Award, and two Goddard Space 
Flight Center Director's Discretionary Fund Awards. 

Dr. Jay T. Bergstralh has been appointed Associate Director of the 
Solar System Exploration Division.  Dr. Bergstralh began his NASA 
career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked for nearly 
twenty years conducting original research on the atmospheres of Venus, 
Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, and on Jupiter's satellite, Io. He was 
detailed from JPL to the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA 
Headquarters in 1988 and became a career Civil Servant in 1992. 
During his tenure at NASA Headquarters, Dr. Bergstralh has served as 
Discipline Scientist for the Planetary Atmospheres research grants 
program and as Program Scientist for the Galileo, Cassini, Europa 
Orbiter, and MESSENGER missions, and for the Discovery Program. 
[Dr. Bergstralh is also a former Chair of the DPS.]

Dr. Carl B. Pilcher, most recently Director of the Solar System 
Exploration Division, is returning to a focus on developing the field 
of Astrobiology. Prior to becoming Division Director, Dr. Pilcher had 
undertaken a special assignment focusing on critical tasks related to 
the Astrobiology program. Central among these was NASA's goal of 
promoting the full development of Astrobiology as an interdisciplinary 
academic field. Since then, Dr. Pilcher has also completed an 
intensive microbiology training program at the Marine Biological 
Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Pilcher will be based in 
the Astronomy and Physics Division of the Office of Space Science, and
will also be responsible for ensuring close coordination in 
Astrobiology between that Division and the Solar System Exploration 
Division. 

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

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NASA IRTF OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 1, 2001

The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility is accepting observing
proposals for the 1 Feb.-31 July 2002 semester.  Instructions for
applications and information can be found at the web site below.
If you have questions, please contact Alan Tokunaga at
tokunaga@irtf.ifa.hawaii.edu

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

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

PhD fellowships, International Max Planck Research School on Solar 
System Physics http://www.solar-system-school.de

See also AAS Job Register: http://www.aas.org/JobRegister/aasjobs.html

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