Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 19:44:30 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-35: LOTS OF GOOD STUFF!!

Greetings, DPS Members -
       |3) SPECIAL SESSION AT 2001 DPS MEETING                  |
       |5) DECADAL STUDY INPUT FOR E/PO                         |



Recent problems with the NASA grants programs have been due largely to 
staffing shortages at NASA Headquarters. To help avoid a recurrence of
these problems, I ask you to consider volunteering for the positions 
detailed below. They are well remunerated, provide valuable experience,
and are important to community. Support for "re-entry" after the 
appointment is also provided. You previous responsiveness to these 
calls was noted and appreciated at our meeting at NASA HQ two weeks
ago. Thank you.

Mark V. Sykes
DPS Chair


The Solar System Exploration Division, Office of Space Science, NASA 
Headquarters, seeks applicants for the following "rotating" positions 
under the Intergovernment Personnel Act (IPA).  A typical IPA 
appointment is for two years and can be extended to three years. 

Salary is competitive with senior scientists at universities. 
Allowances for relocation and travel expenses and occasional trips to
the home institution are included. Time available for research will 
be negotiated.  To provide a partial offset for time spent away from
research at NASA Headquarters, a "re-entry grant" equivalent to half 
of his/her salary will be issued after return to the home institution. 
The duration of this grant will equal the time spent at Headquarters.

Cosmochemistry (CC) and Origins of Solar Systems (OSS) 
Discipline Scientist 
Contact:  Mr. Joseph Boyce (

The Discipline Scientist for the Cosmochemistry (CC) and Origins of
Solar Systems (OSS) Programs supports Division-sponsored research
related to CC and OSS.  These programs support studies of the nature,
origin and evolution of solar system and extra-solar system materials,
and of the physical and chemical nature, formational and evolutionary
process and history of Solar Systems origins.  Specifically, the
Discipline Scientist for CC and OSS: (1) Plans and administers the CC
and OSS portions of the Research and Analysis (R&A) Program, including
the preparation of NASA Research Announcement, evaluation of proposals,
the arrangement of reviews by peers outside NASA Headquarters,
recommendations for selection and funding, the monitoring of progress
and performance by grantees, and the debriefing of unsuccessful
proposers, (2) participates in reviews of the Division's research and
analysis program with the scientific community and NASA management in
order to ensure that Division, Office of Space Science, and Agency
goals and objectives are consistent with program content and
implementation strategy, (3) Report on the status of the CC and OSS
programs and associated NASA programs to executive levels at NASA,
other U.S. Government agencies, and scientific groups such as the
Academy of Sciences, and provides authoritative information on the
areas of Cosmochemistry and Origins of Solar System, (4) Ensures that
CC and OSS programs are responsive to the needs of the scientific
community by maintaining cognizance of program activities at all levels
and by serving as an advocate for the community's scientific interests,
(5) Participates in the development of long- and short - range plans
for the CC and OSS and contributes to the overall SSED and OSS
strategic plans, formulating scientific objectives, reviewing and
evaluating planning and management, recommending programming of
resources, and documenting justifications for budget requests.

Mars Instrument Development Program and Planetary Instrument Design 
and Development Program Discipline Scientist (IMMEDIATE)
Contact:  Dr. James Garvin (

The incumbent serves as the Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP) 
Discipline Scientist, which is NASA's science-driven, technology 
development program designed to develop orbital and in situ 
instruments suitable for competition for flight to Mars on core Mars 
Exploration Program or Scout missions. MIDP is intended to map science 
measurement requirements into technological instrument solutions that 
are ready enough (high enough TRL) to be proposed to solicitations for 
upcoming Mars Exploration Program missions. In addition, the incumbent 
serves as the Discipline Scientist for the Planetary Instrument Design 
and Development Program (PIDDP), which is NASA's program which 
supports design and development of new instruments intended to provide 
scientific measurements of Solar System objects beyond those currently 
available for flight (space-worthy).  This program is an important 
research component in NASA's Space Science Enterprise, and has 
contributed a suite of new instruments that have recently provided 
revolutionary new data about planetary surfaces, atmospheres and 
interiors.  Working with the Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, the 
incumbent will help define and develop the science strategy underlying 
the MIDP activity, as well as to develop the research acquisition 
strategy for the PIDDP Program to ensure it contributes to and supports 
the goals of NASA's Solar System Exploration Theme. The incumbent's 
duties may also include serving as a Mars Exploration Program Mission 
Program Scientist, with responsibility for soliciting, recommending, 
and overseeing flight instruments and scientific investigations on a 
particular mission.  In collaboration with the Lead Scientist for Mars 
Exploration, the incumbent will help define the elements of the MIDP 
program needed to reach research goals and objectives; define the 
structure and direction of the program; establish program priorities; 
identify alternatives; analyze goals and program plans to identify 
current and future resource requirements; allocate resources within 
program elements; assess programmatic impact of conflicts and effect 
resolutions by defining, evaluating, and implementing or recommending 
tradeoffs.  The incumbent advocates the instrument-related science 
activities linked to MIDP and PIDDP within and external to NASA to 
ensure the infrastructure is established to implement the required 

Mars Scout Program Scientist 
Contact: Contact:  Dr. James Garvin (

The incumbent serves as the Program Scientist for Mars Scout '07, a 
program of low-cost, innovative missions for the exploration of Mars.  
Although Mars Scout '07 is part of the overall Mars Exploration Program 
(MEP), it will be implemented in the style of NASA's Discovery program, 
i.e.  complete missions, selected through an open two-phase 
competition, with the Science Principal Investigator assuming full 
responsibility for mission success.  In collaboration with the Lead 
Scientist for Mars Exploration and with personnel at the Earth and 
Space Science Support Office (ESSSO), NASA Langley Research Center, the 
incumbent will (1) develop a proposal evaluation plan, (2) arrange 
scientific reviews of proposals by peers outside NASA Headquarters, 
(3) participate in technical/management/cost (TMCO) reviews of 
proposals conducted by ESSSO, (4) organize Categorization of proposals, 
(5) brief the Associated Administrator for Space Science on 
high-ranking proposals that are suitable for selection, and (6) debrief 
all proposers.  Similarly, in the second phase of the competition, the 
incumbent will (1) participate in the evaluation of Concept Studies 
developed by teams selected in the first phase, (2) develop 
recommendations for down-selection, and (3) debrief unsuccessful 
proposers. In addition to his or her duties as Mars Scout Program 
Scientist, the incumbent will support other Mars missions as needed by 
the MEP, potentially including aspects of the Mars Sample Return 
Mission, and the NASA role in the CNES Netlanders.  



A Special Session on the highly successful December 2000 joint
Cassini/Galileo encounter with Jupiter has been organized for this
fall's meeting.  On Tuesday morning, a plenary session of invited talks
will provide overviews of the encounter, Jupiter's atmospheric dynamics,
auroral and magnetospheric phenomena, and satellite science.  DPS
members are encouraged to contribute to a parallel session on the
encounter, which follows.  Submissions to the traditional outer planets
and satellite sessions will, of course, continue to be accepted.  Anyone
wishing to switch their submission topic number, simply send an e-mail
to  The abstract deadline is Sept. 24, 2001.



The Local Organizing Committee for the 2001 DPS/AAS meeting to be held
in New Orleans from November 27 - December 1 is soliciting student
volunteers to assist as audio/visual operators and runners at the
meeting. Student volunteers would be expected to fill these rolls for
at least two sessions during the 5 days of the meeting. (A session can
be either a morning, afternoon, or evening, and students will not be
asked to work during a session in which they are presenting.) The
committee will offer complimentary registration and banquet tickets to
the STUDENT volunteers (sorry, not for regular members ;) )

Students should contact the student volunteer coordinator, Shawn Brooks
( to indicate interest. Potential volunteers
should include their name, contact information, and dates they will be
attending the meeting. Any student who commits to be a volunteer and
has been selected by the Committee will receive confirmation of their
complimentary registration before the early registration deadline of
October 12.



Dear Colleague,

As most of you know, NASA HQ has asked the National Research Council to
conduct a survey of Solar System Exploration covering the next decade.
The charter and details of the study can be found at

As part of the Steering Group, Mike A'Hearn and I have been asked to
synthesize material for that part of the report dealing with SSE
activities in Education and Pubic Outreach (E/PO). In order to
represent the general views of the planetary community on this
important issue, we ask that you take a few minutes to address the
questions which follow. We know that you are being dunned for your
opinions on the broad spectrum of SSE survey issues, and that such
surveys can be bothersome. We simply ask that you start with the first
of the questions (or those which interest you most) and respond as
fully a you wish. The survey need not be completed, just do what you

E/PO activities in Solar System Exploration

Your Name_________________  Instutition_____________________

1. What are the best 3 things about the current SSE E/PO program?

2. What are the worst 3 things about the current SSE E/PO program?

3. What are the top 3 things that could done to improve the current 
SSE E/PO program?

4. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being favorable), how would you rank the
expenditure of 1-2 percent of SSE Flight project funds for E/PO?

5. Do you think the 1-2 percent for E/PO on flight projects should be
increased or decreased?

6. Do you conduct E/PO activities in addition to your normal duties 
(i.e., if you are a professor, classroom teaching does not count)? If 
so, give your top 3 examples.

7. Have you ever been asked to evaluate the scientific validity of E/PO
SSE activities? If so, what was your experience (the material was well
done, poorly done, etc.)

8. Other comments:

We appreciate your opinions on these issues and look forward to your
responses, even if you address only one or two of the questions posed.

Best wishes,
Ron Greeley and Mike A'Hearn

Send your e-mail responses to


                       Melissa McGrath, on behalf of the DPS Committee
              (submissions to Al Harris: