Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 17:35:45 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #02-10: Sagan Medal

Please note the importance of the prize nominations! 

       |1) 2003 SAGAN MEDAL NOMINATIONS SOUGHT                   |



Dear Members -

Nominations for the 2003 Carl Sagan Medal are due June 30. This award
was established by the DPS to recognize and honor outstanding
communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
It is to be awarded to scientists whose efforts have significantly
contributed to a public understanding of, and enthusiasm for, planetary

For purposes of this prize, "planetary science" is understood to refer
to the multidisciplinary study of the solar system and its members,
excluding work dealing primarily with the Sun or the Earth.

Candidates for the Sagan Medal may be of any age or nationality. Only
living nominees will be considered for an award.

Go to, fill out the
nomination form and send it to me along with the supporting materials
listed there.  The winner will be announced after the next DPS meeting
(at which the 2002 Sagan Medal winner, Heidi Hammel, will be presented
her award).

Sagan Medal winners include

1998   W.K. Hartmann
1999   C.R. Chapman
2000   L.A. Lebofsky
2001   A. Brahic
2002   H.B. Hammel

Communicating our science to the public is a critical part of
sustaining our science, which is supported largely through public
financing by state and federal institutions. The public, in turn, finds
solar system exploration immediate and exciting. We owe a debt to those
planetary scientists who take it upon themselves to clearly articulate
what we do and present it with energy and enthusiasm to general
audiences to the benefit of all.

Because of the time it takes to accumulate materials needed for a
nomination, I encourage all of you to begin as soon as possible.

Mark Sykes
DPS Prize Subcommittee Chair

Steward Observatory
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

                             Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
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