Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2002 14:36:07 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #02-19: Travel grants, etc.

Greetings DPS colleagues -

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       |1) TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 2002 MEETING                    |
       |2) 2003 PRIZE NOMINATIONS CLOSED, NEW PROCEDURE IN FUTURE|
       |3) INPUT REQUESTED FOR PLANETARY DATA SYSTEM CAPABILITIES|
       |4) JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS                                     |
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TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 2002 MEETING

A small number of travel grants for eligible students, post-graduate
fellows, or scientists without other means of support are expected to
be available through the generosity of Dr. William K. Hartmann, plus
some additional support from DPS funds.  Grants will consist of partial
travel expenses (we anticipate about $250), plus a waiver of registra-
tion fees.  The application package should be no longer than 3 pages,
and contain the following:

1.  A COPY (preliminary draft is sufficient) of the abstract of the
paper to be presented.  Both oral and poster papers are eligible. The
abstract MUST also be submitted through the regular submission process
to the AAS.

2.  A letter describing the scientific significance of the research,
and any further justification for attending the meeting (e.g. job
hunting).  For students or post-docs, the letter may be written by the
advisor, or if not, should be concurred (co-signed) by the advisor. In
either case the advisor should confirm the need for travel assistance.
 
3.  A brief CV including degree status.

For full consideration, the application package should be submitted by
July 29, 2002, to the DPS Chair, Dr. Wesley T. Huntress, Geophysical
Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 5251 Broad Branch Road
NW , Washington, DC 20015-1305, USA, or the materials can be sent by
e-mail to huntress@gl.ciw.edu.edu. Late applications for travel support
may be considered if funds are available.

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2003 PRIZE NOMINATIONS CLOSED, NEW PROCEDURE IN FUTURE

Thank you for your nominations and letters of support for nominees.
There is much work, professional and public, that is deserving of
recognition. It is inspirational reading.

Now that DPS Bylaws allow for the electronic transaction of business by
the DPS Committee, and given that there is now a regular mid-term
meeting of the Committee in Washington DC, the DPS Committee has voted
for future nominations and selection of prizes to occur wholly between
meetings. So, nominations for the 2004 prizes will be declared open at
our 2003 meeting in Monterey (in 14 months), and selections will be
made at a time that will allow prize winners approximately four months
to prepare their prize lectures (when applicable) for the 2004
meeting.

Mark Sykes
Chair, DPS Prize Subcommittee

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INPUT REQUESTED FOR NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEM CAPABILITIES

The NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) curates data from all solar system
missions as well as a growing volume of groundbased and laboratory
data.  Holdings are expected to soon exceed 100 Terabytes (driven by
increasing volumes of data returning from Mars and other missions).

To support online access and use of all PDS holdings by the science 
community, NASA is funding the development of a web-based "front end" 
to the PDS that is more responsive to scientist needs. The Planetary 
Data System Working Group is collecting sample queries/functionalities 
to act as a guide for the interface.  

Your input is critical to the success of this effort. 

Samples:

* List all imagery of planetary surfaces from a specific viewing 
  angle and solar incidence angle.

* List all available imagery of Halley's comet when it was between 
  2.5 and 3.5 AU from the Sun.

* Display  MAG vectors in a line plot and PLS differential flux data in 
  a dynamic spectral plot during the time June 23, 1996 18:00:00 to 
  June 23, 1996 21:00:00 from the G1 orbit of Galileo.

Please send your list of queries/functionalities to
sykes@as.arizona.edu by July 12.

Mark Sykes
Chair, PDSWG

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Post Doctorate, SETI Institute.
http://publish.seti.org/jobs/job_details.php?jobID=46

OMB Career Staff Position - Program Examiner for research and devel-
opment activities (potentially including NASA)
http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/ftva.asp?OPMControl=IF1334 (note: in 
some browsers, this URL must be opened in a new window to function)

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

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