Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:54:46 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #02-26: DPS ELECTION





To:  	      All Members of the DPS
From:  	      Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary/Treasurer
Subject:      Election of Officers and Committee members

In accordance with the bylaws 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
2002-2003 and then serve as DPS Chair during 2003-2004.  The two
Committee Members elected will serve in those positions for three-year
terms.  For reference, the present Officers and Committee members are
listed below.  The members retiring from the Committee are Mark Sykes
(Past-Chair), Nadine Barlow, and Guy Consolmagno. 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.  Please identify yourself explicitly in your message,
especially if you are sending from other than your regular e-mail
address as we have it on file.  If you are voting by regular mail, you
must be sure to identify yourself in a legible manner on the envelope
provided.  I will also accept ballots by fax (410.338.1592) as long as
the identity of the voter is clearly indicated. BALLOTS SUBMITTED

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.


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 2002-2003, and finally the ballot.  DO NOT return it by "reply",
but instead address it to  I would also appreciate
it if you could please edit off all unnecessary text so I don't get
1000 copies of the candidate statements in my e-mail box.



WILLIAM D. COCHRAN, candidate for Vice-Chair
Senior Research Scientist, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas 
   at Austin

Educational Background:
      BS Physics 1972, Duke University
      MA Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin
      Ph.D. Astrophysics 1976, Princeton University

DPS Service and Experience:
      DPS/AAS Member for 27 years
      Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee, 20th Annual Mtg, Austin 1988
      Regular DPS attendee (all meetings since 1975)

Other Community Service Positions:
      Co-Investigator on NASA KEPLER mission.
      Receiving Editor, New Astronomy 1998-present.
      NASA Space Interferometry Mission External Review Board 2001.
      NASA Keck-IRTF Management Operations Working Group 2001-2003.
      NASA IRTF Telescope Time Allocation Committee 2001-2002.
      NASA Origins Sub-Committee 1996-2000.
      NASA Keck Telescope Time Allocation Committee 1996-1997.
      IAU Commission 30 Organizing Committee 1994-2000.
      NASA Origins of Solar Systems MOWG 1992-1995. 
      Served on numerous NASA proposal review panels.


The DPS comprises a diverse group of scientists and engineers all
united in our quest of the scientific exploration of our solar system
and more recently, planetary systems around other stars.   The DPS is
the major international professional society representing this
community of scientists. Although most of our efforts have been
focused on the United States planetary exploration program undertaken
by NASA, we must continue to recognize that we are indeed an
international society representing scientists around the world.

The past decade has seen a remarkable change in the way we accomplish
planetary science.  In the early 1990s we had just a handful of very
large, complex, and costly missions. We have now learned the
difficult lesson that smaller and less expensive missions may indeed be
a more practical means to achieve our scientific objectives. The
lesson is that with patience, cooperation, and unity we can achieve an
astonishingly large amount of science on a budget that is affordable
and with a risk that we can bear.

The United States planetary science community has recently completed
its first Decadal Survey, "A New Strategy for Solar System
Exploration". The final report will be released by the National
Research Council very soon, possibly by the time we all are reading
this. Because the report is still under embargo as I write this
statement, I have not seen the actual detailed recommendations, and
thus I cannot comment on any specific aspects of the report. However,
the extremely wide community involvement in the production of the
report gives it a voice of authority that we must recognize and
capitalize on. The production of this important document was a very
difficult and often contentious process for the planetary sciences
community. However, it is impossible to overestimate the importance of
this report. Based on past experience with the astrophysics decadal
surveys, these reports are taken very seriously by both NASA and by
Congress.  This document is viewed in Washington as the voice of our
community. It contains a blueprint for the exploration of our solar
system which reviews the rationale and motivations for our scientific
investigations, and sets priorities for the major initiatives of the
coming years.  While our Decadal Survey may not necessarily contain
everything that every one us of wanted to see in the final report, it
is absolutely imperative for our community to close ranks and unite
behind the Decadal Survey in order to work to bring its recommendations
to fruition. As we have learned from bitter past experience, it is
always very difficult to get any sort of major space-based exploration
program through Congress. The hard work of the survey steering
committee and its panels now gives our community the strong voice that
is needed to achieve the goals presented in the report. As your DPS
Vice-Chair and Chair, I will work diligently with Congress and NASA to
accomplish the bold and ambitious plan of solar system exploration
outlined in the Decadal Survey. I will attempt to unify our community
voice so that we may all benefit from this survey exercise. We must
also realize that the recommendations of the survey are not necessarily
"cast in stone".   There will be ample opportunities to reevaluate the
priorities in the future, in light of new findings and results.  In
particular, the NASA triennial strategic planning exercises afford us
the future opportunity to update these recommendations as our knowledge
and the available technologies all advance. I will work to ensure
proper community- wide input into these future planning exercises.

On a more mundane level, there are a wide variety of additional issues
that require constant attention. Our community has an unusually large
percentage of its membership subsisting on "soft money", living from
grant to grant. While there is no easy cure for this fundamental
problem, the DPS needs to continue its efforts to work with the funding
agencies to minimize the impact of glitches in the proposal review and
funding cycles and to ensure the ability of our scientists to continue
their research and to feed their families.

We enjoy the luxury of conducting our scientific research primarily as
a result of the public willingness to fund our endeavors. Thus, we owe
a debt back to the public of letting them know what we are doing with
their money, and what we have learned. In recent years, the DPS has
significantly expanded its public outreach efforts, both at the annual
DPS meetings, and through its year-round efforts. This DPS outreach
effort is essential if we are to enjoy the future widespread popular
support we find today. I will work with our DPS Education and Press
Officers to explore means to expand these efforts and to improve their


DARRELL F. STROBEL, candidate for Vice-Chair
Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Departments of Earth & Planetary 
   Sciences, and Physics & Astronomy, Center for Astrophysical Sciences
Principal Research Staff, JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory

   North Dakota State University, B.S. (honors) 1964 Physics
   Harvard University, A.M. 1965; Ph.D. 1969 Applied Physics

DPS Service and Experience:
   DPS Member for 25 years
   Chair, Program Committee, 17th Annual Meeting, Baltimore 1985

Professional Affiliations:
   American Astronomical Society - Division for Planetary Sciences
   American Geophysical Union, Fellow
   American Meteorological Society
   International Astronomical Union

Professional Activities:
   Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1976-79, Space 
      Physics; 1982-1984, Atmospheres
   Associate Editor, Icarus, 1980-present
   Space Science Board, National Academy of Sciences, 1985-1988
   Committee on Solar and Space Physics, SSB, NAS, 1982-1985
   Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), SSB, 1992-1996
   Committee on International Programs, Space Studies Board, 1996-1998
   Co-Investigator/Science Team Leader: UV Spectrometer Experiment, 
      Voyager Mission
   Co-Investigator, Middle Atmosphere High Resolution Spectrographic 
      Investigation (MAHRSI) flown on the Christa SPAS platform, 
      Atlas 3 Mission, STS-66
   Interdisciplinary Scientist for Aeronomy, NASA/ESA Cassini Mission
   Co-Investigator, New Horizons Pluto Kuiper-Belt Mission
   Chair, Fachbeirat, MAX-PLANCK INSTITUT fur Kernphysik, 1994-2001.
   Member of the Outer Planets Study Team of the NAS-ESF Joint Working 
      Group on Planetary Exploration, 1983.
   Naval Research Advisory Committee's Environmental Support Panel, 
   Chairman, Committee on Upper Atmosphere, American Meteorological 
      Society, 1982-1984
   American Geophysical Union: Publications Committee, 1992-1993; 
      Book Board, 1998-present

Professor Strobel is a physicist who is an expert in planetary
atmospheres. He has made fundamental contributions to outstanding
problems in atmospheric chemistry, dynamics, and radiation pertinent to
the Earth's atmosphere and the atmospheres of the giant planets and
their satellites with the goal to understand the global structure of
composition, pressure, temperature, and winds.  He is the author of
approximately 150 journal publications and 15 book chapters.


If elected, I will do my best to fulfill the duties and
responsibilities of DPS Vice-Chair.  In the near term, the future of
planetary science in the US will depend on the reception of the NRC
Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey by all interested parties
(NASA-OSS, OMB, US Congress, DPS, and the planetary science community
at large).  As DPS Vice- Chair, I will work to maintain unified
consensus and support of this integrated strategy and implementation
plan for solar system exploration.  As an AAS Division with a
disproportionately large number of members on soft money, it is
extremely important that this plan be accepted by all and sold to NASA,
OMB, Congress, and ultimately to the US taxpayer as worthy of funding
on a timely basis. International participation should be strongly
encouraged and, wherever possible, it should be an essential and
substantial element in planning, implementation, operation, and science
analysis of individual missions.


G. RANDALL GLADSTONE, Candidate for Committee Member
Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

   B.Sc. (Geophysics and Astronomy), U.B.C., Vancouver, Canada 1978
   M.S. (Planetary Science), Caltech, Pasadena, CA 1980
   Ph.D. (Planetary Science), Caltech, Pasadena, CA 1983

   1982-1984	CRESS, York U., North York, Canada - Project Scientist
   1984-1987	LASP, Boulder, CO - Research Associate
   1987-1993	SSL, UC Berkeley, CA - Assistant Research Physicist
   1994-1997	Associate Editor,  Geophysical Research Letters
   1993-present	SwRI, San Antonio, TX - currently Institute Scientist

Science Interests:  Radiative transfer, aurora and airglow, hydrocarbon


At 1300+ members, the DPS is nearly as large as the other AAS special
interest divisions combined, and yet it functions very well at its
primary task of promoting planetary science in a unified way to other
scientists, governments, and the public. The DPS committee is charged
with assisting the Chair and Secretary-Treasurer in the managing of DPS
affairs.  Part of these duties include informing members of current
issues and opportunities in a timely way. If elected, I will work to
expand the current web site to make it even more useful to the
community. I will also strive for greater interaction with related
societies (e.g., the main AAS, the AGU and EGS) for the advocacy of our
common interests.


JOSEPH HARRINGTON, Candidate for Committee Member
Research Associate, Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, 
  Cornell University

Education and Positions Held
   SB in Physics, MIT, 1988
   PhD in Planetary Science, MIT, 1995
   National Research Council Resident Research Associate, GSFC, 1995-97
   Research Associate, CRSR, Cornell, 1997-present
   Lecturer, Astronomy 105 and 107, Cornell, Summers, 2000-present

Research Activities
   CONTOUR CRISP Spectrometer data calibration and pipeline
   Measurement of extrasolar planetary atmospheres
   Modeling the SL9 impacts
   Mid-IR observations of Jupiter's atmospheric dynamics
   Planetary occultations

Service Activities
   LOC (email, press rooms), Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 1999 
   NASA Planetary Astronomy Review Panel
   Author of Icarus LaTeX bibliography macros (1993-1999)
   Maintainer of Icarus BiBTeX format file 


The DPS, through the society journal, Icarus, sets the worldwide
standard for excellence in planetary science.  Yet in recent years,
many have become dissatisfied with the publisher's tight controls on
our content.  The lack of free electronic access to the articles
hampers the dissemination of our research. There have been significant
efforts on the part of the DPS Committee and the Icarus Editorial Board
to address these issues, with unsatisfactory response from the
publisher (including those shortly to be announced).  There have also
been some discussions with competing publishers, but there are
significant financial and political risks to switching.  A rash move
could ruin the journal.

My purpose in running for DPS Committee is to find a solution and a
course of action that are acceptable to the membership, and to move on
that course of action. Over the past six years, I have researched
possible resolutions and interviewed numerous editors and several
publishers. I have posted some of my conclusions on  Since the key measure of success is whether the
community buys the solution, the best route to finding the solution is
through an open process where the community has direct input and
whereby we build the necessary member buy-in.  If elected to the DPS
committee, I will set up and lead a discussion among the interested
parties (DPS membership, publishers, Icarus Editor and Editorial Board,
DPS leadership, and possibly others) to find the most acceptable
solution to the problem of opening the planetary literature.  In
addition to the issues discussed above and on, my goals
include that the community not split on this issue, that electronic
access to the legacy literature not be lost, and, if it is possible,
that the current Editor and Board remain with the DPS rather than with
the current Icarus publisher, should the DPS decide to change its
affiliation to another journal.  Each of these goals is at risk if a
solution is presented as a fait accompli, without community input.

My tool for community discussion will be a set of web forums with a
superset of the Decadal Survey site's capabilities, including
member-only access, an optional email gateway with digests, community
documents, etc.  This tool would become a permanent capability of the
DPS.  It would enable secure electronic polls (including elections,
with an appropriate bylaw change), maintenance of community knowledge
on such topics as the details of running a conference, and the
solicitation of community feedback without overloading the secretary's
email box.  In addition, interested individuals could hold appropriate
topical discussions, such as what to expect when teaching your first
course or how to improve the PDS.  They could also maintain community
documents, such as sample graduate course syllabi.

Some DPS members have already tasted the nectar of a free literature.
The incredible progress of extrasolar planetary research is
attributable in part to the subfield's choice of the AAS journals,
combined with the astro-ph preprint server.  Reviewed articles are
electronically available to all from a central location within days of
acceptance.  Full-text searches allow users to find all the articles
they need easily, rather than requiring visits to the web sites of
every publisher to do the same search.  One rarely needs to visit a
paper library, which aside from saving a great deal of time opens up
the literature to those who do not work for a large employer with a
library, and to non-DPS members.  If we act together, the planetary
literature can also enjoy these benefits.

I ask for your vote for DPS Committee.


ANN L. SPRAGUE, Candidate for Committee Member

Ann L. Sprague, Ph. D., is a Senior Research Associate at the Lunar and
Planetary Laboratory, the University of Arizona.  As a planetary
astronomer, she has focused her research on the lunar atmosphere,
Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter during the period of the impact of Comet
Shoemaker Levy-9 in to the jovian upper atmosphere.  She continues a 15
year effort to use mid-infrared spectroscopy to learn the composition
of Mercury's surface and to use high resolving power visible
spectroscopy to study the distribution and origins of Mercury's tenuous
Na and K atmosphere.  For Mars, her main area of research is the
rapidly varying atmospheric water vapor abundance and its relationship
to martian local climate.  Service for the Division for Planetary
Science includes a term on the Editorial Board for Icarus and the
Nominating Committee.  She has served on the National Research Council
Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration, for the Inner Planets
and Mars the sub-panels of the Solar System Decadal Survey.


It would be an honor to serve on the Committee for the American
Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). The most
important thing the DPS does is to have the annual meeting at which we
can exchange our thoughts and report our latest scientific thinking.
Thus, one of my chief ambitions will be to continue and to improve, if
warranted, the forum of the annual meeting and the program balance.

As members of the Division for Planetary Science in the beginning of
the 21st century we have an important mission in establishing the way
in which planetary astronomy can continue to be a viable and important
force in solar system and extra solar system scientific discovery.
NASA is continuing to embark on new and exciting spacecraft programs
for the next decade which will challenge the role of astronomical
planetary science.  From my point of view the challenge is easily met
with ground-based observatories (including Arecibo) and, of course, the
HST and NGST.  Many scientific questions of composition, behavior, and
distribution of planetary atmospheres, in our solar system and others,
can be addressed with new generation instrumentation available at large
(4m and larger aperture), and smaller (less than 4m aperture) telescope
facilities.  Adaptive optics and high resolving multispectral imaging
in the infrared have opened new windows to the solar system including
new capability in remote sensing of surface composition.  I believe we
must be advocates for this research, and be mindful of ways in which
ground-based planetary astronomy can enrich the pursuit of knowledge
about our origins and the origins of other worlds in its own right as
well as in support of the many exciting spacecraft missions to come.

In addition, I support a pro-active role of the DPS in policy making at
the federal level and regarding the Federal Relations Sub-Committee
that has been organized by the DPS Committee to hasten our
organizational and personal response to government actions impacting
planetary science and the DPS.


ALAN STERN, Candidate for Committee Member
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

   B.S./physics, B.A./Astronomy, U. Texas (1978, 1980)
   M.S./Aero Engineering, U. Texas (1981)
   Worked 6 years as an aerospace engineer in industry and academia
   Ph.D./astrophysics & planetary science, U. Colorado (1989)

Scientific Interests: I began my scientific career concentrating on
tenuous planetary atmospheres, with a particular emphasis on volatile
migration and escape problems, but migrated in the late 1980s to
studies of the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, and comets. I have
concentrated on spacecraft mission and UV instrument development, but
have done groundbased and airborne observing, and modeling, and project
management as an instrument and spacecraft PI. My mission experience
includes PI or CoI roles on sounding rockets, Shuttle experiments,
Rosetta, New Millennium/Deep Space 1, Mars Express, and New
Horizons/PKB science teams; I have been a guest observer on various
spacecraft observatories, including IUE, HST, EUVE, AXAF, and FUSE. See for additional background.

DPS and AAS Experience: 
   Member since 1986
   Nominating Committee 1999-2001
   DPS: Program Committee (1990, 1994), Co-Chair (2002); Co-Chair 2001 
          Local Organizing Committee (New Orleans) 
   AAS News Committee (1989-1992)

Other: Served on NASA LEXSWG, OPSWG, SSES, and NRC Decadal Survey Panel
for Primitive Bodies.  Member AGU, AAS, AAAS, IAU.


The DPS is the most identifiable community organization of professional
planetary scientists. My empirical experience is that the key
responsibilities of the DPS to its membership are five-fold. That is:
to foster communication and community; to represent the funding and
scientific interests of the community in Washington and with the press;
to offer professional development through meetings; to foster ties with
related professional societies like the AGU, EGS, and the larger AAS;
and to enthuse both students and the public with the real excitement of
planetary science and exploration.

The DPS is doing all of these things well because it has been served by
excellent leaders who put in their time as volunteers committed to the
community and the Division.

My goal as a DPS Committee Member would be first and foremost to help
the DPS through the continuing issues it faces annually, always keeping
in mind the five responsibilities of the DPS to its members. I would
however particularly like to also foster stronger ties to and benefits
to non-US members of the DPS.


PAUL WEISSMAN, Candidate for Committee Member
Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

   A.B., Cornell, Physics, 1969
   M.S., Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, 1971
   M.S., Planetary and Space Physics, UCLA, 1973 
   Ph.D., UCLA, Planetary and Space Physics, 1978. 
        Thesis topic: "Physical and Dynamical Evolution of Long Period     
        Comets." Advisor: George Wetherill 

   Research Assistant, UMass, 1969-71
   Research Assistant, UCLA, 1971-74
   Mission Analyst, JPL, 1974-77 
   Senior Scientist, JPL, 1977-95
   NASA Headquarters detailee, 1979
   Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, 1985
   Senior Research Scientist, JPL, 1995 to present

   Co-Investigator, Galileo Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, 1988 
        to present (NIMS science coordinator, 1977-95). 
   Deputy Project Scientist, Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby mission, 
   Project Scientist, Deep Space 4, Champollion, 1996-99. 
   Interdisciplinary Scientist, International Rosetta Mission, 1996-present.

   Division on Dynamical Astronomy, Executive Committee, 1985-87 & 
   Associate Editor, Icarus, 1991-present.  
   Associate Editor, Meteoritics, 1993-96.  
   NASA Small Bodies Science Working Group, 1992-96.  
   NASA peer review panels: PG&G, 1987-1989 (Group chief 1989); 
       Origins, 1990; Atmospheres 2001 (Group chief).  
   Palomar 200" Allocation Committee, 2000-present.  
   Organizing/program committees for nine international conferences on 
       comets and/or asteroids, including Asteroids II, 1989, & ACM, 1993.  
   Letter of Excellence in Reviewing, Icarus, 1997. 

DPS:  Member since 1972. DPS Program Committee: 1996, 1999; Program
Committee chair, 2000. Awards Committee 1997-99. Attended every
meeting since 1976.

Outreach:  AAS Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturer since 1983.  Technical
editor for Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan book, "Comets", 1985.  Technical
editor for "Earth & Sky" radio program since 2000.  JPL and Galileo
Project Speakers Bureaus.  Author of 30 popular articles, 5 book
reviews, one children's book, "The Great Voyager Adventure," 1990
(co-author: A.  Harris), and editor of "The Encyclopedia of the Solar
System," 1999 (co-editors: L. McFadden and T. Johnson).



Planetary Science has been in a perpetual state of crisis for over 30
years.  Tight Federal budgets, the end of the Cold War, dis-interested
Administrations, and inflation have all taken their toll on the funding
necessary to pursue our work.  Missions have often been started and
then canceled, usually due to Federal and/or NASA budget pressures.
Research and analysis programs have stagnated under years of level
funding. Entry positions for young scientists have dwindled as
universities turn their focus away from the physical sciences. The DPS
and its members have fought a valiant holding action against these
cuts, with occasional victories and all too frequent defeats.

A major change in the DPS relationship with NASA occurred in the last
two years due to the efforts of its chairs, Mark Sykes and Wes
Huntress. The DPS no longer reacts, it acts. Under the leadership of
Sykes and Huntress, the DPS has assumed an activist role in the way the
Office of Space Science allocates resources and chooses its points of
emphasis. The Decadal Review, advocated by the DPS under Sykes, has
given us a roadmap for the future, containing the inputs and
suggestions of the entire Planetary Science community. We may differ
with the detailed recommendations and priorities of the Decadal Review,
but we must all applaud this community effort to provide NASA with OUR
vision for our own future.

I strongly support the efforts of Sykes, Huntress, and the DPS
Committee members over the past two years. As a member of the DPS
Committee, I will support a continued activist role for the DPS, making
certain that our voice is heard in Washington and at key NASA centers.
We are fortunately in a period when projected budgets for Solar System
studies are increasing, but we must be ever vigilant that our promised
resources are not diverted to other NASA priorities. We must work
hand-in-hand with Ed Weiler at NASA and with our Congressional
delegations to guarantee that the projected budget growth becomes a
reality. Thanks to Wes and Mark, we now have a seat at the table.
Let's continue to use it to our advantage.

Growing resources in Washington is the key to all of our problems.
Remember, "It's the economy, stupid!"  The Discovery Program (started
by Wes Huntress when he was at NASA) has given us the opportunity to
propose our own missions and to carry them to fruition. The upcoming
New Frontiers Program promises us a similar opportunity to fly more
ambitious missions, openly competed among researchers and centers.
Increased R&A budgets will provide opportunities for young researchers
to enter the various research programs, further enriching and
strengthening our field.



         Past-Chair:  Wesley T. Huntress, Carnegie Inst. of Washington
              Chair:  Richard P. Binzel, MIT
Secretary/Treasurer:  Melissa A. McGrath, STScI
      Press Officer:  Ellis Miner, JPL
  Education Officer:  Larry Lebofsky, Univ. of Arizona
  Committee members:  Dan Britt, Univ. Of Tenn. at Knoxville
                      Catherine de Bergh, Observatoire de Paris
                      Caitlin A. Griffith, Univ. of Arizona
                      Stephen M. Larson, Univ. of Arizona



Vice-Chair (vote for 1):
___ William D. Cochran
___ Darrell F. Strobel

DPS Committee (vote for 2):
___ G. Randall Gladstone
___ Joseph Harrington
___ Ann L. Sprague
___ Alan Stern
___ Paul Weissman

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