Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 14:22:53 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #01-41: Election reminder, LPSC change

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       |1) NASA SScAC MESSAGE AND SSES REPORT                   |
       |2) IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE 33rd LPSC       |
       |3) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT                                     |
       |4) DPS ELECTION REMINDER                                |
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NASA SScAC MESSAGE AND SSES REPORT

A message to the community from Steve Squyres summarizing the findings
and recommendations of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee 
(SScAC) since their July 25-27 meeting has been posted at

http://www.aas.org/~dps/nasa/sscac_091801.html

This covers the Mars Exploration program, Senior Review, in-space 
propulsion, and other topics.

The Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES) Report from their 
meeting July 18-20, has been posted at 

http://spacescience.nasa.gov/adv/letters/SSES0107.htm 

Subjects:
        Discovery Program
	Space Operations Management Organization (SOMO)
	Extended Missions
	Mars
	Outer Planets
	Technology
	NASA HQ Reorganization
	Research and Analysis
	Astrobiology
	Roadmapping
	Planetary Data System
	Curation of Extraterrestrial Materials
	Access to Space

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE 33rd LPSC

The events of September 11, 2001, have affected all of us in one way or
another.  Some of the effects will be short-term, transitory
phenomena.  Others effects may have longer-term implications.  Those of
us who share the fruits of our labor and exciting new ideas with our
colleagues at scientific meetings will find that our past experience
with travel may not be what we have in the future.  We may also find
that LARGE, INTERNATIONAL meetings at government laboratories become
difficult, perhaps even impossible, at least in the short term.

Unfortunately, this is the case for the 33rd Lunar and Planetary
Science Conference.  Because of security procedures that are now in
place at the Johnson Space Center, and the uncertainty as to when those
would be relaxed to a point that we could run the LPSC as we have in
the past, we must change the venue of the Conference.  This year the
LPSC, both oral and poster sessions, will be held at the South Shore
Harbour Resort and Conference Center, which is located almost directly
across Clear Lake from JSC.  Another consequence of this change is that
we will have to move the time of the LPSC back one week. ***THE NEW
DATES FOR THE LPSC ARE MARCH 11-15, 2002.***

The second announcement and additional logistical information should be
available no later than October 12 on the meeting Web site:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2002

It is our hope and expectation that steps will be taken at JSC to
permit easier public access to the Gilruth Center by the time of the
34th LPSC.

We regret any inconvenience that these changes may cause, but hope that
you will bear with us, and more importantly, with the LPI staff as they
adjust on the fly to what is a major logistical change.

Sincerely,

Carl Agee and David C. Black
Co-Chairs, LPSC

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant or Associate Professor (one-half time), Northern Arizona
University. http://www.aas.org/JobRegister/aasjobs.html

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

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DPS ELECTION REMINDER

The snail-mailing of the DPS ballots is now out, although it seems to
have been slow arriving, perhaps due to the aftermath of Sept. 11.  The
voting deadline is OCTOBER 17.  This is the deadline for receipt by the
Secretary-Treasurer, not a postmark deadline.  If you have not yet
received the mailing and want to be sure your vote is received on time,
you may print the ballot below and snail mail it to me.  If you do
this, be sure to identify yourself legibly either on the ballot, or on
the envelope return address.  Mail to the following address:

Alan Harris
DPS Secretary-Treasurer
MS 183-501
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109
USA

If you have not yet voted and wish to do so electronically, you can use
this ballot and return it by e-mail as instructed.  The candidate
statements were sent out by e-mail on 9/19/01, or can be found on the
web at http://www.aas.org/~dps/MAIL_ARCHIVE/dpsm.01-37.html

If you have forgotten whether you've already voted, or changed your
mind, feel free to cast another ballot (vote early, vote often).  Each
ballot received is checked against the member list and only the most
recently received one will be counted.
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PLEASE CUT HERE AND RETURN ONLY THE BALLOT TO
awharris@lithos.jpl.nasa.gov or snail-mail to address above, be sure to
identify yourself on the envelope.

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