Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 15:58:42 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #02-17: Icarus, child care at fall DPS, etc.

Greetings DPS colleagues -

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       |1) THE FUTURE OF SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION, 2003-2013     |
       |2) ICARUS NEWS                                           |
       |3) CHILD CARE SERVICES AT THE 2002 DPS MEETING           |
       |4) FILTERS FOR NEW HORIZONS PLUTO-KUIPER BELT MISSION    |
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THE FUTURE OF SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION, 2003-2013

Only two weeks remain for you to order the community
contributions to the planetary decadal study at our
special discount price ($49.95 plus shipping and handling).
Orders will be shipped in July.

Table of Contents:
http://www.aas.org/~dps/decadal/

Order:
http://www.astrosociety.org/pubs/cs/aas.html

Mark Sykes
DPS Past Chair
Editor

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ICARUS NEWS

Please find in the following a joint message from Phil Nicholson,
Editor-in-chief of Icarus, and Karel Nederveen from Elsevier Science.

Dear DPS members.

Karel Nederveen is Senior Publishing Editor at Elsevier Science in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and he is responsible for books and journals
in Geophysics & Planetary Sciences. As of April 1, 2002, his
responsibilities included Icarus. Before joining Elsevier Science
almost 3 years ago, Karel worked for almost 6 years with Kluwer
Academic Publishers in the field of Materials Science & Engineering.
Karel is a physicist by training.

Once the responsibility for the journal was transferred to Karel, in
March, he visited with the Editors at Cornell, and met with Mark Sykes
as the representative of the DPS.

In these meetings, Elsevier was urgently asked to arrange for
electronic access to all published issues of Icarus for DPS members.
Karel realizes the special importance this carries for the DPS
community and has already submitted a proposal to the DPS, explaining
that Elsevier is prepared to take care of this, and in which way. The
proposed arrangement, if accepted by the DPS, would be effective as of
January 2003.

Furthermore, Elsevier has been working on including Icarus in its
generic author and reader services. In this respect, please note a few
of the accomplishments:

  * Inclusion of Icarus in ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com)
  * Establishment of a so-called Front Page for Icarus
(http://www.elsevier.com/inca/publications/store/6/2/2/8/4/3/index.htt)
  * Inclusion in Elsevier's Author Gateway
(http://authors.elsevier.com/JournalDetail.html?PubID=622843&Precis=)

We had a good discussion on the "environment" in which Icarus as a
journal functions, and we have confidence that the Editors and Elsevier
will cooperate fruitfully in order to achieve our joint goals: publish
high quality papers and ensure the widest possible exposure of these
papers.

We look forward to continue working with you in the future, and seeing
your research papers submitted to Icarus!

Please feel free to give us your comments.

Philip D. Nicholson
Scientific Editor
Astronomy Department, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853
Email: nicholson@astro.cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-8543
FAX: 607-255-5907

and 

Karel Nederveen (Mr.)
Senior Publishing Editor
Elsevier Science, PO Box 1930, 1000 BX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: k.nederveen@elsevier.com
Phone: +31-20-485-2824
Fax: +31-20-485-2696

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CHILD CARE SERVICES AT THE 2002 DPS MEETING

The LOC for the fall DPS meeting has graciously agreed to help arrange
and coodinate child care services for those who might desire it during
the meeting.  If you anticipate a need for such services, please
complete the following and return it to Amy Simon-Miller, who will be
working with the LOC to arrange the service.  After the arrangements
are complete, a notice will be sent in the DPS enews, and a link put on
the meeting web page, containing information about how to access the
service.  We also welcome your comments about how to provide the most
effective service at this and future meetings.

Cut and email to Amy.Simon@gsfc.nasa.gov (do not reply to this message).
PLEASE RESPOND BY FRIDAY, JUNE 28.

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If you anticipate the need for child care services at the 2002 DPS
Meeting in Birmingham, please answer the following:
PLEASE RESPOND BY FRIDAY, JUNE 28.

1.  Do you prefer an on-site service or a list of services you can
contact?

____ on-site
____ list

2.  How many children do you have in the following age groups:

____  Under 2 years 
____  2 to 4 years 
____  4 to 6 years 
____  6 yrs and older

3.  How much would you be willing to pay for day care services?

$____  (per child per day)

4. Do you anticipate the need for only partial day care, or
   evening services?

____ Yes, partial day care
____ Yes, evening services

5. We would appreciate any COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS you could make
   about how to facilitate useful child care services at this or
   future meetings:


Cut and email to Amy.Simon@gsfc.nasa.gov (do not reply to this
message).  PLEASE RESPOND BY FRIDAY, JUNE 28.

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FILTERS FOR NEW HORIZONS PLUTO-KUIPER BELT MISSION

The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission project is considering a
group buy of filters matched to the main imager bandpasses.  Our
purpose is to encourage consistent ground-based photometric monitoring
of Pluto and Charon during the years preceding (and following) the
spacecraft visit, which should occur in 2015 or 2016.  The filter
bandpasses are approximately as follows:

                    BLUE          350 - 550 nm
                    RED           550 - 700 nm
                    CH4           875 - 915 nm
                    CONTINUUM     780 - 960 nm

The group buy would likely be made in <12 months.  The likelihood of
New Horizons sponsorship or cost sharing in one or more filter set buys
is high.

Groups or individuals interested in this opportunity should contact CoI
Will Grundy for details (grundy@lowell.edu).

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