Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2003 14:52:24 -0500
Subject: DPS Mailing #03-02: LOTS OF NEWS

Hello DPSers - lots of news for you!

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       |1) DPS MOURNS LOSS OF COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS                |
       |2) NASA FY03 FUNDING NOTIFICATIONS AND RENEWALS          |
       |3) NEW MILLENIUM PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY                     |
       |4) NASA OSS NEWSLETTER ON EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH  |  
       |5) DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES         |
       |6) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: NSF ASTRONOMY DIVISION POSITION     |
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DPS MOURNS LOSS OF COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS

DPS issued the following press release on February 4, 2003.

The membership of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American
Astronomical Society expresses its deepest sorrow to the families of
the seven astronauts lost on Columbia and to the men and women of NASA
for whom this is also a very personal tragedy.  We mourn the loss of
these astronaut explorers, with whom we share a bond in humanity's
quest to look beyond our boundaries for new knowledge and the means to
survive and prosper in our universe.

The planetary science community stands ready to help the Nation to
recover from this tragedy and we offer our support to NASA for the
continuing exploration of space by both robotic and human explorers.

The DPS is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to
the exploration of the Solar System.

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NASA FY03 FUNDING NOTIFICATIONS AND RENEWALS

Through contact with NASA Headquarters, the DPS Chair has learned that
NASA Planetary Astronomy funding notification letters were to be sent
out Friday, February 7. Funding notification letters for NASA Planetary
Atmospheres are to follow during the week of February 10.

All NASA Headquarters authorizations and grant packages for FY03 awards
have been are or now being delivered to the Grants Office at Goddard.
(These packages also include all renewals for which satisfactory
progress reports have been received to date.)  Actual  disbursement of
FY03 funds must await Congressional approval of the FYO3 appropriations
bill for NASA.

According to the AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Newsletter
ftp://igpp.ucla.edu/scratch/aguspa/volume10_2003/vol10no008, the grants
office at Goddard  will not be processing new or renewal grants between
mid-April and mid-June 2003 while they switch accounting systems.
Assuming Congressional FY03 action within the next few weeks, NASA
Planetary Astronomy and Planetary Atmospheres disbursements should not
be affected.  NASA Program Scientist John Hillman recommends that
Principal Investigators who have renewals falling within the April-June
period, submit their progress reports by February 28 for processing
before the temporary shutdown.

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NEW MILLENIUM PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY          

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of
Space Science is releasing NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 03-OSS-02
entitled The New Millennium Program Space Technology-8. This NRA
solicits proposals for revolutionary advanced technology subsystem
concepts that can be validated in space as part of the Space Technology
8 (ST8) flight validation opportunity planned during the 2006
timeframe. NASA has selected four (4) subsystem technology areas for
the ST8 flight validation opportunity. They are: Deployment of Ultra
Lightweight Booms, Deployment of Lightweight Solar Array, Thermal
Management Subsystem for Small Spacecraft, and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf
(COTS)-Based High Performance Computing for Space.

The ST-8 pre-announcement can be found at: 
http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=04#104194
The response date is April 18, 2003.
 
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NASA OSS NEWSLETTER ON EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH

The latest issue of Voyages, the NASA Office of Space Science
Newsletter on Education and Public Outreach is now online at
http://spacescience.nasa.gov/education/news/index.htm

Voyages  is published 3 times each year and highlights programs, events
and products supported by the NASA Office of Space Science, as well as
the many and diverse contributions made by the space science community
in support of education as a core mission of NASA.
 
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APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR NASA TIME ON THE KECK TELESCOPES

Applications are due on March 1 for NASA time on the Keck telescopes,
for the period August 2003 - January 2004.  The proposal process is now
handled by the Michelson Science Center at Caltech.  Please see the new
website at http://msc.caltech.edu  for further information. Note that
observers will receive financial support for travel to the W.M. Keck
Observatory.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to ask your help in identifying candidates for an open
position in the NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences.  If you know of
members of your department or colleagues who might be interested in
this position, please help in making this opportunity known to them.
The NSF Astronomy Division relies on the involvement of the community
through temporary positions like this, but we need help in encouraging
the best people to apply and come to NSF.  Temporary positions for
program officers in all the astronomical disciplines come up on a
regular basis; please let me know if I can provide information about
these specific positions or opportunities for working at NSF in
general.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of
Program Director, Education and Special Programs (ESP).   The ESP
Program Director has primary responsibility for programs in the
Astronomy Division that contain strong educational components or
focus.  These include programs specific to Astronomy, like the
Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, as well as
NSF-wide programs such as the CAREER, REU, or RUI programs.  Program
Directors are responsible for coordination of the merit review of
proposals, formulation of recommendations for funding, management of
program budgets, and award administration for the grants program.
Program directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to
the activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the
astronomical community and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and
Division activities and opportunities.

The position will be filled on a 1- or 2-year visiting scientist,
temporary, or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) basis beginning
fall of 2003.  The salary range, which includes locality pay
adjustment, is from $78,265 to $121,967 per annum.  Applicants must
have a Ph.D.  or equivalent experience in Astronomy or a related field
of science plus 6 or more years of successful research experience
beyond the Ph.D.

Applicants must submit a resume or other application form of choice
along with up to three letters of recommendation.  Applications must
specify the job title for which you are applying, and they should
include the following information:  country of citizenship; information
about education, including major and type and year of degree(s);
complete information about experiences related to this job, including
job titles, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and phone
number, starting and ending dates; and salary to:
 National Science Foundation,
 Executive Visiting Personnel Branch
 4201 Wilson Blvd. Suite 315,
 Arlington, VA  22230,
 Attn:Jacqueline S. Jackson.

For more information see the full description at
http://www.nsf.gov/oirm/hrm/jobs.  When applying, applicants should
refer to vacancy announcement number E20030019.  The position closes
1 April 2003.  For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Friel,
Executive Officer, 703-292-4895, efriel@nsf.gov.

Eileen D. Friel
Executive Officer, Division of Astronomical Sciences
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA   22230
703-292-4895
efriel@nsf.gov

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

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