Subject: DPS Mailing #03-04: DPS CANDIDATE SLATE & other news
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 11:34:37 -0500

Greetings DPS colleagues -

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       |1) CANDIDATE SLATE FOR 2003 DPS ELECTION                 |
       |2) 2003 DPS MEETING ABSTRACT DEADLINE                    |
       |3) 2004 DPS MEETING DATE AND LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT       |
       |4) ICARUS NEWS - PAPERS AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY         |
       |5) FY2003 BUDGET INFORMATION: NASA & NSF                 |  
       |6) A MESSAGE FROM THE PLANETARY SOCIETY                  |
       |7) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT                                      |
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CANDIDATE SLATE FOR 2003 DPS ELECTION

The Nominating Subcommittee, chaired by Julianne Moses, has prepared 
the following slate of candidates for the next election:

Vice-Chair:  Roger Knacke (Pennsylvania State University at Erie)
             William McKinnon (Washington University)

Committee:   Fran Bagenal (University of Colorado)
             Jim Bell (Cornell University)
             Doug Hamilton (University of Maryland)
             Alex Storrs (Towson University)

The bylaws provide for the possibility to add candidates by petition.
If you wish to nominate a candidate, I must receive a petition, signed
by at least 20 DPS members (regular or affiliate, but not junior),
along with a statement from the candidate expressing willingness to
serve if elected, by May 1, 2003.  Ballots, including candidate
biographies and position statements, will be mailed in June. The
deadline for receiving ballots back will be July 1, 2003.

Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer (mcgrath@stsci.edu)

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2003 DPS MEETING ABSTRACT DEADLINE

The 2003 DPS meeting abstract deadline is July 1, 2003.

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2004 DPS MEETING DATE AND LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT

The 36th annual meeting of the DPS will be held Monday November 8
through Friday November 12, 2004 at the Louisville Convention Center.
We are grateful to Dr. Tim Dowling, University of Louisville, for
extending an invitation to Kentucky and serving as the LOC Chair.  
The Program Committee will be chaired by Dr. Dan Britt, University of
Tennessee. The Sunday night reception will be at the Louisville Slugger
Museum, and the Wednesday night banquet will be at Churchill Downs,
starting with a live horse race at the historic track.

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ICARUS NEWS

ICARUS PAPERS AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY PRIOR TO PAPER PUBLICATION 

The Icarus staff and Elsevier are pleased to announce that accepted
Icarus papers are now being made available electronically via the
publisher's "Articles in Press" web site.  This service provides access
to Icarus papers months before the paper appears in print.  Papers can
be cited using the DOI article identifier before volume and page
numbers are assigned. The article in press will automatically be
replaced online as soon as the final version of the article in the
printed journal has been published.  To access Icarus Articles in
Press, point your favorite web browser to
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00191035 and bookmark it.
Here you can find PDFs of all published Icarus papers back to Volume 1,
page 1.  Click "Articles in Press" to get to the accepted but not yet
in print papers.  The Abstracts are accessible to everyone, but access
to the full articles (including PDFs) requires either an individual or
institutional subscription to Elsevier's ScienceDirect service. More
information can be obtained by contacting our Publishing Editor:
Nicolette van Dijk at N.Dijk@elsevier.com

Jim Bell (Icarus Editor)

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FY2003 BUDGET INFORMATION: NASA & NSF

The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee has kindly provided the 
following summary of the FY2003 budget. 

On February 20, President George W. Bush signed into public law House
Joint Resolution 2, bringing to an end the tumultuous FY2003
appropriation year. The $397,400 million dollar FY2003 omnibus
appropriation bill H.J. Res. 2 includes $15,335M for NASA, an increase
of $443M  (3 percent) over the FY2002 funding level 0f $14,892M,
including $50M for expenses related to the Columbia investigation. In
the FY03 bill, NASA's R&D funding rises by 7.6 percent to $1l,000M, an
increase of $775M over FY2002, and exceeding the Bush's administrations
request by $283M. Within the NASA budget, Space Science received the
largest increase above FY2002 funding, both in absolute terms and by
percentage.  The funding for Code S R&D will climb to $3,500M, an
increase of $599M (20.7%), and includes $95M for the Pluto-Kuiper
Express, $20M for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter program, and an
increase of $19M for the Mars program. (Reference: From AAAS Final 
FY03 NASA Budget http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/nasa03f.pdf)

Note: The House Appropriations Bill Press Release: February 12, 2003,
located at, has slightly different numbers: "NASA funding is increased
by $513 million over FY02, bringing FY03 funding to $15.4 billion, $414
million above the President's request."
(http://www.house.gov/appropriations/news/108_1/04omnibus.htm)

Highlights of the FY03 Omnibus Appropriation Bill
(http://www.house.gov/rules/omniK3.pdf, starting on page 51)

NASA 
NASA funding is increased by $443 million over FY02 ($14,892M),
bringing FY03 funding to $15,335 million, $443 million above the
President's request of $15,000M.

$50M is provided to NASA to investigate the recent Columbia tragedy and
additional flexibility is provided to the Administrator to utilize
resources where they are most appropriate.

Human Space Flight: $6,180.9 Million (FY02: $6,830.1M). This is $50M
above the President's request for expenses related to investigation of
Columbia accident.

FY02: $6,830.1M
FY03 Request: $6,130.9M

Science, Aeronautics, and Technology: $9,207.665M 
FY02: $8,047.8M
FY03 Request: $8,844.5M

Space Science (Code S): $3,524.26M, increase $109.96M above budget
request
	FY02: $2,867.1M
	FY03 Request: $3,414.3

Including (but not limited to)
* an increase of $95M for Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission
* an increase of $20M for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) Program
* an increase of $19M to Mars Program to cover recent cost increases
* a decrease of $16.5M due to the cancellation of the Flight Projects
  building construction project at JPL
* a decrease of $10M to the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Program
* a decrease of $9M to the Nuclear Power Program

Biological and Physical Research (Code U): $868.8M, increase $26.505M 
above budget request 
FY02: $820M
FY03 Request: $842.3M

Earth Science (Code Y): $1,1719.135M, increase $90.735M above budget 
request
FY02: $1,625.7
FY03 Request: $1,628.4M

Aero-Space Technology (Code R): $2,891.92M, increase $76.12M above budget
request 
FY02: $2,507.7M
FY03 Request: $2,815.8

Academic Programs (Code N): $203.545M, increase of $59.845M above budget 
request 
FY02: $227.3M
FY03 Request: $143.7M

References:
AAAS Final FY03 NASA Budget http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/nasa03f.pdf
FY2004 Budget Request:
http://www.nasa.gov/about/budget/content/FY_2004_Budget_Highlights.pdf
NASA FY2003 Budget Briefing
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/budget/2003/budget_summary.pdf NASA&NSF
FY03 VA-HUD-IA Approp (AAU)
http://www.aau.edu/budget/2003VA-HUDTable.html

NSF
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is increased $536 million over
last year's level and $316 million over the budget request, bringing
FY03 funding to $5.3 billion, the largest NSF budget ever. Funding
includes: $4 billion for research; $150 million for research equipment
and construction; and $909 million for education and human resources.

Research and related activities: $4,083B
* $574.886M for Biological Sciences
* $582.235M for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
* $534.057M for Engineering
* $689.211M for Geosciences
* $1,041.165 for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, including Astronomical   
  Sciences 
  - $4M for Telescope Systems Instrumentatin Program
  - $6M for the Nationial Radio Astronomy Observatory Program
  - $4.2M for the National Optical Astronomy Observatories
  - $2M for the National Optical Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
* $252.330M for U.S. Polar Research Programs

(Reference: http://www.house.gov/rules/omniK3.pdf, p72)

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PLANETARY SOCIETY

Since its founding by Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray, The Planetary
Society and DPS have had a close and symbiotic relationship.  DPS
members helped significantly in the earliest days of the Society, and
the Society  which includes many individuals who are also DPS members
has led public advocacy for planetary exploration ever since.  The
Society is the only public interest organization that consistently
lobbies for planetary exploration.

In the last several years the Society has successfully advocated for
additional funding of missions and research programs. It is recognized
in Congress and in the media for a strong public advocacy role. The
Society contributed innovative educational and public outreach programs
to planetary missions (without the use of NASA or any government
funds).  Crucial to the Society's success is its membership base as
large and as broad as possible. The Society is recognized for
bringing the scientific community and popular interest together.

To this end I urge all of you, to become members of The Planetary
Society.  If you are or have been a member of The Planetary Society,
thank you  and please renew and support The Planetary Society and your
interests  in any way you can.   If you are not a member, please find
out more about the Society, and join, at http://planetary.org  

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Wesley T. Huntress, Jr.  
President of The Planetary Society

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

JPL Research Scientist, Geology/Geophysics 
http://nbs-web05.jpl.nasa.gov:8000/pls/hrweb/jpl_web_jobpost.query?p_query_mode=SEARCH&p_is_ext=n&p_job_family=X50&p_reqs=9646

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

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                               Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
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