Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 11:47:18 -0700
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-37: DPS Election

Greetings, DPS Members -
       |1) Election of Officers and Committee members           |


17 September 2001
To:  All Members of the DPS
From:  Alan Harris, DPS Secretary/Treasurer
Subject: Election of Officers and Committee members

In accordance with the by-laws of the Division for Planetary Sciences, the
membership must elect a Vice-Chair and two DPS Committee members.  The
person elected as the Vice-Chair will serve in that capacity during
2001-2002 and then serve as DPS Chair during 2002-2003.  The two Committee
Members elected will serve in those positions for three-year terms.  For
reference, the other Officers and Committee members who will be serving are
listed below.  The members retiring from the committee are Bob Nelson (Past 
Chair), Alan Harris (Secretary-Treasurer) and John Spencer (Committee member).
Melissa McGrath will end her term as a Committee member, but has accepted 
appointment as Secretary-Treasurer for the term 2001-2004.  Biographies and 
position statements for all of the candidates are given below.

Because of the need to protect against duplicate voting, we must strictly
enforce the requirement of providing member identification when voting.
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sending from other than your regular e-mail address as we have it on file.
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this requirement is that you may feel free to vote again if you change your
mind, forget if you have already voted, or whatever.  Only the
last-received ballot will be counted.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a current member of the DPS (regular,
affiliate or student).

Please indicate your selections on the ballot provided below, which you may
send by e-mail, fax or regular mail.  A hard copy letter with ballot and
return envelope will be mailed to every member, but you do not need to wait
for that in order to vote.  The deadline for receipt of the ballots by me
is OCTOBER 17, 2001.

Following this message are position statements from each candidate, the list 
of the other members of the committee who will be serving for the term 
2001-2002, and finally the ballot.  DO NOT return it by "reply", but instead 
address it to  I will also appreciate it if 
you edit off all the unnecessary text so I don't get 1000 copies of the 
candidate statements in my e-mail box.

Alan Harris, Secretary/Treasurer


RICHARD P. BINZEL, candidate for Vice Chair
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Educational Background:
      BA Physics, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
      MA Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin
      Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin

Current Position: Professor of Planetary Science, MIT (1988-

Fellowships and Awards:
      American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology MacVicar Faculty
      American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences 
          Urey Prize
      National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
      NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship
      National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
      American Physical Society  Apker Award

Research and Education Grants:
      NASA Planetary Astronomy
      NSF Solar System Astronomy
      NSF Course Curriculum Development
      NSF Instrumentation for Laboratory Improvement

DPS Service and Experience:
      DPS / AAS Member for 20 years
      Chair, Local Organizing Committee, 29th Annual Meeting, 
          Cambridge 1997
      Press Officer, 1989-1993
      Regular DPS attendee (19 out of 20 meetings since 1981)

Other Community Service Positions:
      General Editor, Space Science Series, University of Arizona 
          Press, 1999-
      Solar System Exploration Subcommittee  1992-1995 and 1999-
      National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Planetary 
          Exploration (COMPLEX) 1997-1999
      Icarus, Associate Editor, 1997 -
      Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Associate Editor, 1996-2000
      NASA, Outer Planets Science Working Group 1992-1995
      Icarus, Editorial Board, 1991-1993


"This has got to change" is probably the most frequent expression I 
have heard in talking with fellow DPS members in my effort to 
understand the current concerns of our membership.  This sentiment 
expresses the difficulty of securing funding for research and for 
supporting students and postdocs.  Additionally this sentiment 
arises from the proposal process seemingly being akin to roulette, 
with unacceptable delays in notification and awards.  To the credit 
of our current Chair and to the credit of responsive agency 
officials, great progress is being made to rectify these problems.  
A goal I will have as DPS Chair is to continue this improvement with 
the establishment of a "Proposers Bill of Rights":  1) Fair, 
knowledgeable, and unbiased reviews of proposals.  2) Scientific 
merit as the primary basis for funding decisions.  3) Prompt 
notification of funding decisions.  4) Reviews of proposals provided 
in writing to PIs.  5) Prompt processing of awarded funds.  6) 
Responsive and available program managers.  7) Cooperation and 
communication among program managers to ensure full and equal 
evaluation of cross-disciplinary proposals.

Each of these is a common goal within our community and within our 
principal funding agencies.  My purpose in codifying a "Proposers 
Bill of Rights" is to provide a further foundation upon which to 
continue our very constructive dialog and to measure changes and 
improvement.  My plan is to survey the community periodically to 
measure the performance of funding agencies with respect to these 
"rights."  Public announcement of our findings of increased or 
decreased performance will serve to compliment improvements or to 
highlight the most problematic areas.

We must never forget that research funding is not an entitlement and 
that our ultimate customers are the taxpayers.  Therefore it is the 
inherent responsibility of each and every DPS member to reach out to 
our schools and to the public at large to convey our excitement for 
planetary exploration and discovery.   School visits, public 
lectures, popular articles, and especially helpful, patient, and 
clear communication with the media are absolutely essential for the 
survival and growth of our field.  As DPS chair I would like to work 
to encourage increased individual involvement with some incentives 
(like a waived registration fee) to those who are most active in 
outreach activities, large or small.

We can little afford not to have an active and involved membership 
keeping our representatives in Congress informed of our 
accomplishments and our goals for the future.   Most important in 
our outreach to our government officials is having broad community 
support for the vitality of our Research and Analysis programs and 
our current missions.  We must also convey united community support 
behind new initiatives in the Mars program, the pending Pluto 
mission, Europa Orbiter, and Discovery.  The current decadal review 
process is one of tremendous importance and opportunity.  We must 
seize the opportunity to define and communicate our highest priority 
goals for the next decade.  By doing so as a community, we will have 
the best possible leverage for seeing that they become a reality.

Within the DPS, we must continue to welcome and foster growth and 
change.  Growth in our international membership and increased 
international collaboration is essential to the furthering of our 
discipline.  Extraordinary effort to attract and train the best and 
brightest young researchers is a never ending imperative for 
building our future.  I would like to see expanded fellowship 
opportunities for graduate students in planetary science.  
Intellectual growth and change are the hallmarks of our advancing 
field.  Continuing our advancement, now more than ever, requires 
coming together and working together as a community.  I would very 
much like to see the dialog arising from the decadal review process 
continue as a matter of routine.  Understanding the goals and 
concerns of the DPS community provides the best basis for its 

MICHAEL J. DRAKE, candidate for Vice-Chair
Professor and Head of the Department of Planetary Sciences and 
Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 
University of Arizona

Michael J. Drake's research interests center on the formation and 
primary differentiation of the rocky planetary bodies into metallic 
cores, silicate mantles and crusts, oceans, and atmospheres.  He has 
published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers.  Drake has chaired or 
been a member of numerous NASA, National Science Foundation, and 
National Research Council committees and has organized several 
international conferences.  He is Past President of the Geochemical 
Society and of the Meteoritical Society.  Drake currently chairs the 
Solar System Exploration Subcommittee and is a member of the Space 
Science Advisory Committee.


The downside of a competitive election for office is that one has to 
run against an excellent candidate.  I have no intention of "running 
against" Rick Binzel.  If elected, Rick will make a superb Division 
for Planetary Sciences chairman.  I will simply state my views as 
succinctly as I can.

Consider the following.

At the time of preparation of this statement (July, 2001) we do not 
have a coherent solar system exploration program.  We have 
Discovery, a Mars program, and a Europa mission.  As I write, the 
Senate Appropriations Committee has language that, if it survives 
Conference with modest changes in wording, and is signed by the 
President, will give us a Pluto-Kuiper mission plus an Outer Planets 
line for the first time.  We also need an Inner Planets line.  Not 
as entitlements, but in support of a coherent solar system 
exploration strategy.

NASA, the Congress, and the Executive Branch (OMB) respond to 
community prioritization.  Witness the power of the Astrophysics 
Decadal Survey.  Witness the power of the Solar System Exploration 
Subcommittee Report on the relative priority of Pluto and Europa.  
Yet there has been no recent clear articulation of why we should be 
exploring the solar system. While one can blame NASA, we must also 
point the finger at ourselves.

We have allowed the solar system exploration program to be carried 
along by emotion.  The current emphasis on biology, while an 
important intellectual element of solar system exploration, has 
assumed a role incommensurate with its importance.  Yes, I would 
like to know if we are alone in the universe, but I would also like 
to know how solar systems form, how planets evolve, what their 
interiors are like, and how environments conducive to life emerge.  
Solar system exploration needs to be balanced and inclusive.  Mars 
and Europa alone do not constitute a balanced program, even when 
Discovery is added to the mix.

This absence of a rationale for solar system exploration is being 
addressed now with the Solar System Decadal Survey and the Solar 
System Exploration Subcommittee roadmap.  A survey once a decade, 
and a roadmap once every three years, is not enough.  The Division 
of Planetary Sciences community must provide this articulation as a 
grass roots activity on a continuing basis.

The Division of Planetary Sciences needs to step up and articulate 
priorities.  If elected, I will be an activist Chairman in this 

MARK BULLOCK, candidate for Committee Member
Southwest Research Institute

I received my Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College 
in 1978.  Succumbing to promises of the glamorous world of high 
technology, I eschewed science and worked as an engineer in Silicon 
Valley for 10 years (Hewlett Packard and National Semiconductor).  
After climbing the corporate ladder, I discovered that it was 
leaning against the wrong wall, and entered graduate school.  I 
received an MS in Physics from San Jose State University in 1991 
while working at the NASA Ames Research Center, and then a Ph.D. 
(1997) in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the 
University of Colorado, working at the Laboratory for Atmospheric 
and Space Physics.  Now, I am a soft-money planetary scientist, 
working as a senior research scientist at Southwest Research 
Institute.  My main research interests are in the climates of Venus 
and Mars, and in particular, the role that surface-atmosphere 
interactions play in establishing and stabilizing climate.  I'm 
currently engaged in projects to observe the nightside lower clouds 
of Venus in the infrared, using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility, 
and the Venus Lyman alpha line using HST.  I am working with 
colleagues at the NASA Ames Research Center on experiments to 
understand the compositions and formation rates of Mars analog-
brines and evaporites.  On the education and policy side, I co-
directed an NSF-sponsored program for undergraduates this summer 
whose purpose it was to investigate the relationships between 
climate change science, philosophy and public policy.  I had the 
opportunity to participate on NASA's 2000 Planetary Geology and 
Geophysics review panel, and have recently been appointed to the 
Inner Solar System Panel of the Solar System Exploration Survey, 
established by the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of 


My most deeply felt convictions about astronomy and planetary 
science have to do with the fact that we as individuals and as a 
community exist because of the public that funds us.  In this 
regard, I have been happy with the various functions of DPS as an 
organization.  I believe that the DPS has been effective in 
apprising us all of the rapidly changing political landscape that 
affects our field, helps foster communication between ourselves and 
the public, and been an effective political advocate.  I would like 
to serve DPS to continue and enhance these activities, but I would 
also like to see a few small changes in our profession.  These have 
largely to do with how we interact, or are encouraged to interact, 
with the public.  One only needs to give a few demonstrations to 
avid, wide-eyed 3rd graders to experience the intrinsic advantages 
we have in justifying our professional activities to society.  
However, in spite of the intense public interest in astronomy, it is 
still difficult for most of us to take the time out of our busy 
schedules to slow down and engage the public in a way that transmits 
the joy and excitement of what we do.  I realize that this is to a 
large extent a scientific cultural problem; we don't get much credit 
for these 'voluntary' activities.  I would like to see this change, 
and would investigate real possibilities for helping define our 
scientific productivity in terms of our role as public scientists.

CATHERINE DE BERGH, candidate for Committee Member
Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France

After a Licence de Mathematiques Appliquees at the University of 
Paris, France, and one year as a teacher in Mathematics in a 
secondary school, I got a Diplome D'Etudes Approfondies in 
Astrophysics at Paris University in 1968. After a little more than 
two years as an ESRO (now ESA) fellow at the NASA Goddard Institute 
for Space Studies in New-York (USA),  I went back to France and got 
my PhD at the University of Paris in 1976. I am presently Directeur 
de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and 
part of the staff of Paris Observatory (Departement de Recherche 
Spatiale). I have been mainly working on high-resolution 
spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres using ground-based telescopes 
and doing some accompanying laboratory work. More recently, I have 
become interested in the study of Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects. 
I am presently a co-I on the DISR-Cassini/Huygens experiment. I have 
been part of many committees: national committees to hire people for 
permanent positions or for scientific administration, observing time 
allocation committees (for the CFHT, for ESO telescopes, for the HST 
and the ISO satellite). In 2000, I was part of an international 
committee in charge of evaluating researches in Astronomy and 
Astrophysics made in Sweden. I was also a member of the DPS 
Committee from 1988 to 1991. I was the President of Commission 16 
(Physical Studies of Planets and Satellites) of the International 
Astronomical Union from 1997 to 2000. I have organized several 
international meetings.  I have also written several articles in 
popular science magazines.


I would like to take advantage of my past experience to help develop 
the international aspect of the Division for Planetary Sciences so 
that its representation corresponds better to its membership, which 
is 20% non-US. I would work to make the membership more aware of the 
opportunities that exist beyond the USA for cooperative 
interdisciplinary research, unique non-US experimental facilities, 

Strengthening the international aspects of the DPS will give more 
weight to the organization and the actions of its chair. Non-US 
astronomers can also provide different perspective, a different way 
of looking at things, a different approach. My participation in the 
DPS (I am one of the few current members who has attended DPS 
meetings since the second meeting in 1970) has been extremely 
valuable to me and I have always encouraged people to join the 
Division. The DPS has been a very important part of planetary 
research in France and elsewhere in Europe.

I am very sensitive to the importance of increasing public awareness 
of our science and will work to encourage communication of our 
research to the public.

With my past experience in the DPS Committee and my participation in 
many DPS Business meetings, I feel that I am in a good position to 
serve again on the DPS committee, as I have been asked to do. 

CAITLIN ANN GRIFFITH, candidate for Committee Member
Northern Arizona University


Ph.D. Physics          S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (1991) 
NRC Research Assoc.    NASA Ames Research Center (1992-1994)
Asst. Professor        Northern Arizona University (1994-1999)
Assoc. Professor       Northern Arizona University (1999-present)

Science Teams & Professional Activities: 

Member-at-Large   Steering Group, AAAS Section on Astronomy (2001-2005)
Panel Member      The NAS Decadal Study, Large Satellites Group (2001)
Committee Member  NASA PSS/MOWG  (1998-2001) 
Co-Organizer      Conference ``From Giant Planets to Cool Stars'' (1999)
Committee Member  NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (1996-2000)
Committee Member  NRC Workshop on Substellar Mass Objects (1997-1998)
Committee Member  NASA Roadmap Development Team (1996-1997)
Science Member    IRTF Observing Team: SL9 impact into Jupiter (1994)
TAC Member        Hubble Space Telescope, IRTF

Science Interests:

Titan (everything: surface, atmosphere, evolution...), Atmospheres 
of giant planets, brown dwarfs and extra-solar planets (dynamics, 
chemistry, thermal profile), Optical to infrared Astronomy.


The Division of Planetary Science covers diverse scientific fields, 
e.g. from geology to astronomy. It involves members of many 
pursuits: e.g. space missions design, fundamental research, ground-
based astronomy, laboratory measurements and instrument technology.  
It is international in scope. This variety renders the field quite 
fun, intellectually, and also a challenge. Its health depends on the 
balance of resources across many disciplines, scientific 
communication across sundry fields and nations, educated discourse 
with the public and young, and international collaboration on large 
scale projects such as spacecraft missions and observatories. 

The DPS committee, the only elected body that serves the planetary 
community, provides a forum for communication across the various 
sciences.  This is well needed for tackling the many large questions 
that we face.  Current examples are:  What missions should be flown 
to the outer solar system?  What is the direction of ground-based 
planetary astronomy in the age of large telescopes?  How do we best 
communicate advances in fundamental research to the public? How do 
we better incorporate scientists from evolving countries?  How do we 
set the stage for needed synthesis across related but outside 
disciplines such as Earth sciences?  How do we further spacecraft 
collaboration across nations?  How do we insure reasonable funding 
in a field with a strong soft-money component? Addressing the 
breadth of these questions requires many voices from the community. 

If elected I aim to improve the interface between the larger 
scientific community and the forcibly smaller advisory panels in the 
field.  I will facilitate and encourage individuals to bring 
questions of interest for wider public attention.  I will try to 
foster interest in discussions that might improve the health of the 
community.  The DPS is headed in a good direction, I think, with the 
instigation of an informative and interactive web site.  I will 
promote continued growth along these lines, with spirited 
discussions at the DPS and long distance follow-through on key 
topics, to improve discourse within the community so that we address 
present and future needs with informed alacrity. 

J. HUNTER WAITE, JR., candidate for Committee member
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences,
The University of Michigan

Hunter obtained a B.S. degree in physics from the University of 
Alabama in 1976. He then attended graduate school at the University 
of Michigan in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space 
Sciences, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Saturn's 
ionosphere. He received his Ph.D. in 1981. After completing his 
graduate studies at Michigan, he returned to Alabama, where he 
worked first as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate 
at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Later that 
same year he was hired as a regular civil-service employee in the 
Space Sciences Laboratory. At MSFC, his research focused primarily 
on auroral processes at Earth and polar ion outflow, which he 
studied using data from the Dynamics Explorer satellite program. 
During this time, however, he continued his modeling studies of the 
atmospheres of the major planets, and adapted his aeronomical model 
of Saturn to cover auroral processes at Jupiter. In addition, he 
broadened the scope of his research to include planetary astronomy 
and used the International Ultraviolet Explorer to look for signs of 
heavy ion aurora at Jupiter. In 1988, Hunter moved to the Southwest 
Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas to become the assistant 
Director of the Space Science Department. At SwRI Hunter expanded 
his modeling program of Jupiter through the development of a Jovian 
thermospheric general circulation model. Recognizing the importance 
of multispectral data for our understanding of Jovian auroral 
processes, he also expanded his work in planetary astronomy to 
include observational programs with ROSAT, Chandra, the Canada-
France-Hawaii Telescope, and the Hubble Space Telescope. In 
addition, under the tutelage of Dave Young he began developing and 
building mass spectrometers. In 1991 he was selected the Facility 
Team Leader for the Cassini Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer. In 1998 
he became the Director of the Space Science Department. He left SwRI 
in the summer of 2000 and in January 2001 assumed his present 
position as a Professor in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space 
Sciences Department within the College of Engineering at the 
University of Michigan, where he continues his planetary research in 
Jovian auroral modeling and observations,as Facility team leader of 
Cassini INMS, and as a developer of neutral and ion mass 


The primary purpose of DPS is to further planetary research through 
improved scientific exchange, international cooperation and 
communications, and education. Of primary importance to the 
membership at large is the quality of the annual meeting and the 
research and educational opportunities that surround it. However, it 
is clear that it takes the dedication and work of many of the 
members year round to provide timely and appropriate communications 
with the membership, to arrange for the meetings, and to provide the 
lobbying and presence within the scientific community to ensure the 
future growth of planetary science. I have contributed to this 
behind-the-scenes process over the years by helping with local 
AAS/DPS meeting organization. I was the local organizing chair of 
the San Antonio AAS meeting in 1995. I am a member of the New 
Orleans local organizing committee for the upcoming meeting, and 
will be the local organizing chair for the 2002 meeting in Ann 
Arbor, Michigan. However, I would like to broaden my contributions 
to DPS to include other activities. I am particularly interested in 
the promotion of planetary science at the international level and in 
setting the stage for future appreciation and contributions to space 
science through education. Thus my motivation for standing as a 
candidate for the DPS Committee.

If I am elected, I will work with the chair and other DPS officers 
to improve the working relationships both among NASA, NSF, industry, 
and institutions of higher learning and among the international 
space agencies. It is particularly important that we coordinate with 
the space agencies of Europe, Japan, and Russia to find common goals 
and mission interests and to restore a proper balance of large, 
small, and intermediate size missions to the planetary mission 
queue. We should not let the mantra "better, cheaper, faster" drive 
the science; instead, science must once again drive the requirements 
of the space agencies. Clearly, cost is an issue, but an issue that 
can be met through international cooperation and patience in the 
mission queue. Furthermore, we need to improve the balance of our 
program from the point of view of mission, instrument, and 
spacecraft design by going out of our way to involve institutes of 
higher education in the process, as equal partners with the national 
agencies and the large aerospace providers. This is essential if we 
are to carry forth the best ideas and educate a new generation of 
planetary scientist that can take over from the old guard. Finally, 
I would work hard to improve the balance of scientific interest 
within the planetary community by trying to promote active 
cooperation with related disciplines, such as astrophysics and Sun-
Earth studies. It is only through a broad, interdisciplinary 
approach that we will achieve true understanding of the important 
solar system processes.


         Past-Chair:  Mark Sykes, Univ. of Arizona
              Chair:  Wesley T. Huntress, Jr., Carnegie Inst. of Washington
Secretary/Treasurer:  Melissa McGrath, STScI
      Press Officer:  Ellis Miner, JPL
  Education Officer:  Larry Lebofsky, Univ. of Arizona
  Committee members:  Nadine Barlow, Univ. of Central Florida
                      Dan Britt, Univ. Of Tenn. at Knoxville
                      Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Observatory
                      Stephen M. Larson, Univ. of Arizona

___Richard P. Binzel
___Michael J. Drake

DPS Committee (vote for 2):
___Mark Bullock
___Catherine de Bergh
___Caitlin Ann Griffith
___J. Hunter Waite

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