Subject: DPS Mailing #03-01: Various items
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:25:50 -0500 (EST)

Greetings with the first DPS news of 2003!

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       |1) SSES REPORT OF DECEMBER 16-17, 2002 MEETING          |
       |2) FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WEBSITE NOW AVAILBLE   |
       |3) MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY            |  
       |4) CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD        |
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SSES REPORT OF DECEMEBER 16-17, 2002 MEETING          

The report of the December 16-17, 2002 Solar System Exploration 
Subcommittee has bee linked to the DPS web page
http://www.aas.org/~dps/
It contains the following topics:
	- Solar System Exploration Program
	- Mars Program
	- Nuclear Systems Initiative
	- Discovery and Mars Scouts
	- Roadmap
	- Personal Note from outgoing SSES Chair Michael Drake

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FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WEB SITE NOW AVAILBLE

The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee web site is now available from
the DPS home page ( http://www.aas.org/~dps/ ). It contains
the statement of purpose of the committee, information about the FY03
budget, including the NASA budget, the budget process, news and action 
items and how to become involved.  Thanks to the current and past 
members of the FRS for making this happen!

FRS members:
	- David Atkinson (Chair)
	- Walter Harris
	- Pamela Clark
	- Don Davis (Past Chair)
	- Steve Larson (DPS Committee Liaison 2002) 
	- Wes Huntress (DPS Committee Liaison 2003) 
 
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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Contributed papers and posters at IAU General Assembly 
Sydney, July 18-19, 2003

The IAU General Assembly in Sydney, Australia will feature a 1.5-day 
Special Session on Recent Progress in Planetary Exploration, organized 
by Dale Cruikshank and Catherine de Bergh. The program is organized a
round invited presentations, with time for some contributed papers and 
an unlimited number of posters. Planetary scientists who can travel to 
Australia are invited to submit titles to the organizers at 
Dale.P.Cruikshank@nasa.gov, with abstracts due by March 1, 2003 (see 
the IAU web page). The organizers will decide on oral presentations 
versus posters, unless the author specifically requests a poster. 
Other members of the Org. Committee for the Special Session are 
T. Owen, N. Thomas, A. Coradini, and L. Ksanfomality.

While this note is a solicitation for contributions to the Special 
Session only, other planetary events at the General Assembly are the 
Joint Discussions on:
   - Mercury (JD 02) [thomas@linmpi.mpg.de]
   - Formation of Cometary Material (JD 14) [whuebner@swri.edu] 
   - Physical Properties & Morphology of Small Solar System Bodies 
     (JD 19) [etedesco@terrasys.com]  

Details for these events can be found on the IAU web page
http://www.iau.org

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Planetary Sciences Best Student Paper Award

Introduction: The Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Division of 
the Geological Society of America jointly sponsor the "Planetary 
Sciences Best Student Paper Award". The award is for undergraduate 
and graduate students who are first author of a planetary science 
paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal during the 
calendar year. The prize includes recognition by both Societies, a 
plaque, and a cash award of $500.

Topics
Paper topics included under this award include the disciplines of the 
Planetary Sciences in the broadest sense. These topics include, but are 
not limited to, asteroids, comets, craters, interplanetary dust, 
interstellar medium, lunar samples, meteors, meteorites, natural 
satellites, planets, planetary atmospheres, tektites, origin and 
history of the solar system.


Eligibility
This award is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who are 
the first author of a paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific 
journal during a specific calendar year. The first author must have 
been a registered student at a degree awarding institution at the time 
the paper was submitted to the journal. Papers published during the 
year 2002 are now under consideration for the award.

Nomination
Papers will need to be nominated in order to be considered. Full 
members of the Geological Society of America, full members of the 
Meteoritical Society, or full members of any of their associated 
societies may make nominations. Electronic nominations via e-mail 
with attached pdf files are encouraged. Nominations should include 
the following:

(1) The name of the student.
(2) The full citation of the paper (Including a copy of the paper or 
the paper pdf file would be helpful, but not required).
(3) The name and address of the University the student was attending 
at the time of paper submittal
(4) A brief description of why this paper is among the best.

Nominations may be sent to either the Chair of the Student Paper 
Selection Committee, the Secretary of the Meteoritical Society, or 
the Secretary of the Planetary Division of GSA at the addresses listed 
below, by January 31, 2003. Either hardcopy or electronic nominations 
are acceptable. For questions, please contact Dr. Iain Gilmour.

Dr. Iain Gilmour, Chair, Student Paper Selection Committee 
Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute 
The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 
6AA United Kingdom 
phone: +44 190 865 5140 
i.gilmour@open.ac.uk

Dr. Edward R.D. Scott, Secretary of the Meteoritical Society 
Hawaii Inst. Geophysics & Planetary, University of Hawaii 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA 
escott@kahana.pgd.hawaii.edu

Dr. Tracy Gregg, Chair, Planetary Division of the Geological Society 
  of America 
Department of Geology, 876 Natural Science Complex 
State University of New York at Buffalo 
Buffalo, NY 14260 
tgregg@nsm.buffalo.edu
  
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                               Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
                                      submissions to: mcgrath@stsci.edu