Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 19:09:30 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #03-07: DPS ELECTION - PLEASE VOTE

Election time, your vote would be appreciated! 

       |1) DPS ELECTION 2003                                     |


DPS ELECTION 2003     

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

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
2003-2004 and then serve as DPS Chair during 2004-2005.  The two
Committee Members elected will serve in those positions for three-year
terms.  For reference, the present Officers and Committee members are
listed to the left.  The members retiring from the Committee are Wes
Huntress (Past-Chair), Dan Britt, and Steve Larson. Biographies and
position statements for all of the candidates are enclosed in this

In addition, the DPS Committee has recommended, and the AAS Council has
approved, two proposed amendments to the DPS Bylaws. Such changes then
require ratification by the DPS Membership.  Please read through the
discussion of the motivation for the changes, the proposed changes, and
also indicate approval or no.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: You may vote by e-mail by simply sending an e-mail
message with your choices to me at  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 (410.338.4424) as long as the identity of the
voter is clearly indicated. Ballots submitted anonymously, by any
means, will not be counted.

Please indicate your selections by e-mail or on the ballot sent to you
1, 2003.

Melissa A. McGrath, Secretary/Treasurer


Vice-Chair (vote for 1):
	Roger F. Knacke                          
	William B. McKinnon

DPS Committee (vote for 2):
    	Fran Bagenal                             
	Jim Bell
    	Douglas P. Hamilton                      
	Alex D. Storrs

Proposed DPS Bylaws change #1 (Streamline DPS membership categories to
match AAS and other Divisions by merging DPS Junior Affiliate and
Affiliate categories):

Proposed DPS Bylaws change #2 (no longer require S-T to send written
notices for delinquent dues, done automatically by AAS):


ROGER F. KNACKE, candidate for Vice-Chair
Director, School of Science, Penn State Erie

	BS Physics 1963, University of California Berkeley
	Ph.D. Physics/Astronomy 1969, University of California Berkeley

DPS Service and Experience
	DPS member since 1981, AAS since 1969
	Member DPS Prize Subcommittee 1998-2000
	Regular DPS attendee

Other Service Positions
	ISO - Planetary Team, Planetary Team 1988-2000
	NASA Keck Telescope Allocation Committee, Chair, 1996-99	
	NSF Planetary Astronomy Review Panel, Chair, 1996	
	NASA Solar System Exploration Panel Review, 1990, 1995
	NASA DISCOVERY Review Panel, 1994	
	NASA IRTF MOWG 1989-94, Chair, 1990-93
	NASA Planetary Sciences MOWG, 1989-93
	NASA Planetary Science Peer Review Committee, 1989-91
	ISO-NASA Science Team Review Panel, 1991
	International Halley Watch (NASA-JPL), Discipline Specialist, 
              Infrared Studies, 1981-89
	NASA Space Station Attached Payloads Review Panel, 1989
	NASA IRTF Time Allocation Committee, 1983-85
	Kitt Peak Telescope Time Allocation Committee, 1979-81
	NASA Shuttle Infrared Telescope Advisory Committee, 1977-78
	USRA Peer Proposal Review Committee, 1977				
	Kitt Peak User Committee, 1974-75


With the completion of the Solar System Exploration Survey soon to be
published as, "New Frontiers in the Solar System:  An Integrated
Exploration Strategy," the planetary science community has a
beautifully executed report that lays out carefully developed
directions and plans for the coming years.   As Vice-Chair I would see
it as my highest priority to work for the implementation of this
strategy, and encourage support for it within the DPS, NASA, and
Congress.  Both the large missions, Europa Geophysical Explorer and the
longer-term Mars Sample Return, are critical to our understanding of
the extremes in which life can exist, and for the search for life as a
whole.  The medium cost missions, including the Kuiper Belt-Pluto
Explorer and the Mars Smart Lander among others, address fundamental
issues in our understanding of the origins and evolution of the Solar
System.  These programs overlap scientifically with research in star
and planet formation, bioastronomy, and origins. The opportunities
today are as exciting and important as at any time since the direct
exploration of Solar System began.

The Solar System Exploration Survey also calls for support for research
infrastructure. I strongly agree with these conclusions of the report.
In order for the missions to succeed, and to maintain a viable and
healthy scientific community, we must have solid levels of funding for
basic research at universities and institutes, and for ground-based
facilities, technology development, sample analysis, and education.
These areas are the basis for the training, employment, and growth of
future planetary scientists, and for future scientific progress.  It's
important to maintain and expand opportunities for younger scientists
to find research support and employment in planetary science.

The present climate is difficult financially, and perhaps politically,
to initiate new missions and programs.  However, we've faced
difficulties like these almost constantly in the last three decades.
Missions and programs were accomplished because people persevered,
often for many years, and persuaded NASA, government, and society of
their importance.  As a society, we can afford planetary science, and
it is important that it continue to prosper.

WILLIAM B. MCKINNON, candidate for Vice Chair
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University (St. Louis)

Educational Background:
	S.B. Earth and Planetary Sciences, MIT
	M.S. and Ph.D Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech

Research Grants:
	NASA Planetary Geology & Geophysics
	NASA Origins
	NASA Exobiology
	NASA DAPs (various)
	NSF Instrumentation and Facilities

DPS Service and Experience:
	Long-time DPS member
	Regular DPS attendee (all meetings since 1978)
	Icarus Editorial Board, 1988-1990
	Icarus Associate Editor, 1991-present
	DPS Committee, 1990-1993
	Prize Committee, 2001-2003
	Program Committee, 1998, 2000, 2003
	Lead co-chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, 33rd Annual 
            DPS Meeting, New Orleans, 2001

Other Community Service Positions:
	Solar System Exploration Subcommittee, 1999-2002
	National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Planetary Exploration 
               (COMPLEX), 1985-1988 and 1992-1995
	NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Working Group, 1986-1991
	NASA Planetary Research and Analysis Study Group, NASA, 1991-1992
	NASA Planetary Geosciences Management and Operations Working 
               Group, 1994-1998
	NASA Outer Planets Science Working Group, 1991-1996
	NASA Campaign Strategy Working Group on Prebiotic Chemistry 
               in the Outer Solar System, Member & Chair, 1996-1999
	NASA Outer Solar System Senior Science Team, 2000
	Associate Editor, JGR Red, 1990-1992
	Associate Editor, JGR - Planets, 1991-1994
	Numerous NASA and one HST Cycle Review Panels
	Co-investigator on NEW HORIZONS mission
	Member AGU, IAU, ASP, Meteoritical Society, AAAS


We live in interesting times. A combination of support from the general
public, Congress, NASA, and the Administration, and ourselves of
course, has resulted in a very vigorous American program of Mars
exploration, a PI-driven Discovery program of low-cost missions, a new
PI-driven program of intermediate cost missions (New Frontiers), and
the prospect of an entirely new class of planetary explorations
(Project Prometheus). Even the traditional handmaiden to all of this,
research and analysis, has been reinvigorated with new components and
inflation adjustments. European and Japanese planetary programs are
also on the upswing. We should not be complacent, however - political
tides can reverse direction with astonishing rapidity, and it should be
obvious that the future is uncertain. The chickens have not come home
to roost in terms of budget realities and fallout from the conflict in
Mesopotamia. A major goal of mine, if elected, will be to safeguard and
promote all that we have worked so hard to achieve in planetary science
(such as through the Decadal Survey).

And our planetary program is worth defending. With its mixture of pure
exploration and scientific discovery, I believe that the planetary
program speaks to the best of America (and the world at large). It
offers to ourselves and people all over the Earth the promise of a
better tomorrow, where fundamental knowledge can be won by peoples of
all lands and for the benefit and progress of all humankind. When I was
in graduate school I would have looked at the prospect of being
involved in scientific politics with deep apprehension. I believe that
almost continuous involvement with NASA committees for more than 15
years (I have only recently stopped) has allowed me to develop some
degree of appreciation of "what is really going on" and "how things are
really done." I have good relations with people at NASA headquarters,
which hopefully could prove useful in defending and promoting the R&A
budget and continuing NASA support for groundbased planetary astronomy!
We have wonderful science, and a wonderful worldview to promote, and I
believe the division should work to promote these, not just at the
school and grassroots level, but with more high-profile lectures at
universities and civic forums. It is time to pick up the torch that
Carl Sagan passed to us.

Focusing on the DPS itself, it goes without saying that the division,
its annual meeting, and its associated journal, Icarus, are all
wonderful. I gave my second scientific talk at the 1978 DPS in
Pasadena, and I have been attending ever since. The annual meeting and
Icarus need attention, however. Our meetings grow ever larger and more
successful, but the downside is that many division members are now
leery of taking on the responsibility of hosting and running the annual
meeting. We see this in a lack of competing bids for a given year, the
highly variable times in which our "fall" meeting occurs, and the
difficulty of finding suitable venues in smaller cities. Part of the
solution will be to standardize procedures and to create an electronic
institutional memory of what to do and when. I intend to work with the
DPS committee and membership to find longer term and stable solutions
to annual meeting issues. I was deeply involved with the 2001 meeting,
and my perspective is that the annual meeting is a great thing, and
putting it on is incredibly rewarding.

Icarus, despite the growing success of its competitors (and about which
we should not complain), remains the flagship publication in planetary
science. It is going through some growing pains as the academic
publishing world both consolidates and adapts to the
electronic/internet age. My position is that we should be patient, and
work with Elsevier, to make sure that Icarus both serves its
traditional functions and adopts new ones, but always maintains its
exceptionally high quality.

Finally, all of this will take dedication and time on my part. I have
secured a promise of institutional support from my academic department
so that I can meet the challenges and opportunities ahead for our

FRAN BAGENAL, candidate for Committee Member
Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University 
       of Colorado, Boulder

	BSc  Geophysics & Physics, University of Lancaster, England, 1976
	PhD  Earth and Planetary Sciences, MIT, 1981

	Post-doctoral researcher, Imperial College, London, 1982-1987
	Research scientist, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, 1987-1989
	Faculty, Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, U.of Colorado, 
            Boulder 1989-

	Voyager - Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science experiment
	Galileo - Interdisciplinary Scientist
	Deep Space 1 - Science Team
	New Horizons - Plasma Science Team Leader

	Member Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey Committee for the 
                 NRC (2001-2)
	Organized "Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere", 
                 Boulder (2001)
	Member of the Space Studies Board for the NRC (1998-2001)
	Member of the SSB's Committee on International Space Programs 
                for the NRC (1998-2001)
	Member of the NRC Committee on Planetary Exploration (1993-8)
	Organized "Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets", Boulder (1997)
	Member, Magnetospheres MOWG NASA's Space Physics Division (1993-7)
	Member, NASA Solar System Exploration Division, Outer Planets 
                Science Working Group (1992-1994)
	Associate Editor, Reviews of Geophysics (2001-4)
	Associate Editor, Geophysical Research Letters (1997-2001)
	Special Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets (1997-8)
	Editor, "Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere" (2001-3)
	Program Chair, AAS conference on Women in Astronomy II (2003)

	DPS, AAS, AGU, APS, AAPT, Planetary Society


The DPS is a relatively small professional organization (compared with
the AAS as a whole, the AGU, etc.). Yet, the membership is loyal, the
meetings are well attended and the esprit de corps is strong. I regard
the primary function of the DPS to be representing the profession of
planetary research. In addition to organizing good meetings, the DPS
has become more active in issues of publications, outreach and
political advocacy. One area where I feel the DPS could play a stronger
role is in tracking the demographics of our profession, providing
guidance for young researchers and exploring how the workforce needs of
planetary research could be better met. The NRC advisory committees
provide strategic plans for planetary science. NASA committees make
roadmaps for implementation of missions. But are we attracting enough
students and researchers with the appropriate training to complete
planned planetary research? With declining numbers of graduates in the
physical sciences, are PhD programs in planetary science chasing a
decreasing pool of qualified applicants?  Are we training researchers
in the areas that future missions will need? Are there ways that the
DPS can provide more/better advice/assistance for young researchers?
These issues are being tackled for the broader community by the AAS,
APS and AGU. But the planetary scientists are not typical astronomers
or geophysicists (we are much better, of course!). The DPS could play a
vital role in strategic planning for the planetary science profession.

JIM BELL, candidate for Committee Member
	Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University 
	Ph.D.: 1992, University of Hawaii; Planetary Geosciences
	M.S.: 1989, University of Hawaii; Geology and Geophysics
	B.S.: 1987, Caltech; Planetary Science and Aeronautics 
Professional Experience
	Since 1998:  Assistant Professor, Cornell Department of Astronomy
	1995-1998:  Res. Assoc., Sr. Res. Assoc., Cornell Astronomy Dept.
	1992-1995:  NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Ames 
Scientific Interests
	Composition and Geology of Terrestrial Planets, Asteroids, Comets
	Reflectance & Emittance Spectroscopy (Telescopic, Lab, Spacecraft)
	Image Processing and Data Reduction/Calibration/Analysis 

Member: DPS, AGU, IAU, ASP, METSOC, AAAS, Planetary Society 

DPS and AAS Experience
	Icarus Assistant Editor since 1998
	DPS Program Committee, 2000
	AAS Working Group on Professional-Amateur Collaboration, 1999-2002 

Outreach Activities
	Member: JPL/NASA Mars Education and Outreach Advisory Board
	MER/Athena student intern program mentor
	Frequent volunteer and speaker at schools, clubs, and museums 


The DPS is a vital and growing organization that represents the
interests of the international planetary science community.  I have
interacted with many DPS members in my role as an Icarus editor, both
"in the trenches" with authors and reviewers and at annual DPS Business
Meetings.  While I do not have a specific agenda to pursue, my goals on
the DPS Committee would be to continue to press Elsevier to provide
more open and affordable access to current and past electronic Icarus
papers (even beyond the substantial improvements of the past year), and
to advocate for reforms in the NASA and NSF proposal review process
that would lead to more specific and honest/accurate feedback being
provided to PIs whose proposals do not get funded.  If elected to the
DPS Committee I would listen carefully to the facts and to the diverse
range of opinions likely to be expressed on these and other topics, and
strive to help the Officers and Committee to reach decisions that
represent a consensus of the entire membership.

Douglas P. Hamilton, candidate for Committee Member
Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Educational Background and Positions Held
	BS Physics, Stanford University (1988)
	MS Applied Physics, Cornell University (1990) 
	Ph.D. Applied Physics, Cornell University (1994)
	NSF/NATO Postdoc, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg (1993-1995)
	Assistant Prof., U. Maryland (1995-2000)
	Associate Prof., U. Maryland (2000-Present)
	Visiting Scientist, SwRI (2001-2002)

DPS Service and Experience
	DPS member since 1989
	DPS Prize Subcommittee, 2000-Present

Professional Affiliations
	American Astronomical Society - (DPS and DDA divisions)
	American Geophysical Union
	International Astronomical Union

Professional Activities
	Member of the Icarus Editorial Board (1999-2002)
	Planetary Data System Rings Node Advisory Council Member 
	Served on 1 NSF, 2 NASA, and 1 AAS  proposal review panels 
	Organized the Galileo/Ulysses/Cassini Dust Team Meeting (1998)


The DPS annual meeting is the best place for planetary scientists to
meet and exchange the latest scientific results. I have attended every
one of these meetings since becoming a member in 1989, and it would be
a privilege to be able to give a little back to the community by
serving as a DPS committee member. As a committee member, one of my
primary objectives would be to ensure that the DPS annual meeting
continues to attract scientists with the newest and most exciting
results in our field.  I am also well placed geographically to help
advance the division's goals in Washington and, if given the
opportunity, would argue strongly for increased support for the R&A
programs that support individual scientists.

Alex D. Storrs, candidate for Committee Member
Assistant Professor, Towson University, Towson MD

	B.Sc.  (Physics), M.I.T. 1982
	M.S.  (Physics and Astronomy), Univ. Hawaii 1985
	Ph.D.  (Astronomy), Univ. Hawaii 1987

	1987-1989	Goddard Space Flight Center - NAS-NRC postdoc
	1989-1991	Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX - postdoc
	1991-2000	STScI, Baltimore, MD - planning scientist
	2000-present	Towson University, Towson, MD - Assistant Prof.

	Signatory of "Baltimore Charter" on status of women in astronomy
	Member of Towson University Women in Science committee
	DPS Nomination Subommittee
	Member of Baltimore City "Journey through the Universe" team

Science Interests: Small bodies (comets, asteroids, meteorites), teaching


Recent years have seen the DPS emerge into an active state, informing
the public and especially our elected representatives of the
accomplishments and importance of planetary science, and of the
continuing need for their support. I wholehearted support this activity
and if elected to the DPS committee will do all I can to assist the DPS
chair and vice-chair in this process. Towson is only an hour's drive
from Washington D.C. and so I am well placed to assist in these

I am a hands-on, one-on-one type of person-I can honestly look
individuals in the eye and find common ground. I can talk about science
to just about anyone-from colleagues to students to the homeless-in a
way that I have found effectively communicates the joy and wonder of
our work. I think this ability will be especially important on the DPS

I have worked in both the "pure research" and "teaching and research"
modes. I have experience working with geologists as well as
observational astronomers. My current employment in the Department of
Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences brings me into daily contact with
geologists and meteoriticists, keeping my viewpoint fresh. Thus I am
familiar with the problems and pressures facing the majority of the DPS
membership. I am also very active in teaching and public outreach,
activities I consider essential to the survival of our field. I believe
it is necessary for us to demonstrate to the public the wonder of our
work, and not to expect support merely because its been there in the
past, or on the basis of the assumed worth of the endeavor.

I am a well rounded and articulate candidate for the DPS committee. I
can serve the community in many beneficial ways as a committee member.
I ask for your vote for DPS committee.


The current DPS Bylaws may be found at 
If you are unable to access the electronic version and would like to
receive a hard copy version, please contact Melissa McGrath
(; 410.338.4545, fax 410.338.4424).

Amendments to the DPS Bylaws are covered by Article VIII. The Bylaws
may be amended only upon recommendation of the Committee. Proposed
changes must then be submitted to and approved by the AAS Council, and
then ratified by the Membership in a ballot by mail or electronic means
by two-thirds of the Members voting.

The DPS Committee has recommended, and the AAS Council approved, two
proposed changes to the DPS Bylaws:

1. This is a proposal to streamline the membership tracking for our
Division by bringing the DPS membership categories into alignment with
the AAS and other Divisions.  It is proposed that the DPS Junior
Affiliate membership category be eliminated in favor of just the
"Affiliate" category.  (The AAS and other AAS divisions have the
"Affiliate" category only,  no "Junior Affiliate" category.)   All
current  "Junior Affiliate" members (about 20 people) would be made
"Affiliate" members.  At the time of membership renewals, this would
result in an increase of $5 (from $15 to $20).  Recall that the regular
membership rate through the AAS is $125, so even with the change, the
Affiliate membership represents a substantial savings.

Making this change greatly facilitates the membership tracking for the
DPS as it establishes the same membership categories between us and the
AAS.  Junior Affiliate for the DPS is a category of membership that is
not currently tracked in the AAS/DPS membership database. It therefore
adds a level of complexity for DPS that does not exist for other
Divisions and is non-standard for AAS. This change would affect the
language in the current Bylaws Article II, sections 1, 2, and 3 (which
would be struck if the proposed change is approved).

2. This is a proposal to modernize the Bylaws.  Current DPS Bylaws
Article VI, section 2 requires that the DPS Secretary-Treasurer  "shall
send written reminder notices to any Member whose dues are in arrears
more than three months."  Dues notices, and reminders, have been
automated by the AAS, making the sending of written notices by the
Secretary-Treasurer cumbersome and outmoded. It is proposed that the
current language be changed to "shall PROVIDE THAT NOTICES ARE SENT to
any Members whose dues are in arrears more than three months."

                               Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
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