Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 14:31:58 -0400
Subject: DPS Mailing #03-14: DEADLINES and MORE

Greetings DPS colleagues -

       +------------------CONTENTS:------------------------------+
       |1) DPS MTG DEADLINES:   EARLY REGISTRATION     AUGUST 1  |
       |                        EXHIBIT SPACE REQUEST  AUGUST 1  |
       |                        LATE ABSTRACTS         AUGUST 4  |
       |                        HOTEL REGISTRATION     AUGUST 15 |
       |2) DPS ELECTION RESULTS - ADDENDUM                       |
       |3) SIRTF SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS WORKSHOP AT DPS       |
       |4) INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY INPUT TO JIMO SDT            |
       |5) BILL TO FREE FEDERALLY-FUNDED SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE   |
       +---------------------------------------------------------+

1---------1---------1---------1---------1---------1---------1---------1

DPS MEETING DEADLINES ARE NEAR     

 EARLY REGISTRATION     AUGUST 1  
 EXHIBIT SPACE REQUEST  AUGUST 1  
 LATE ABSTRACTS         AUGUST 4  
 HOTEL REGISTRATION     AUGUST 15 

See: http://dps03.arc.nasa.gov/ 

2---------2---------2---------2---------2---------2---------2---------2

DPS ELECTION RESULTS - ADDENDUM

I forgot to mention in the announcement of election results in Mailing
#03-11 that both by-laws changes passed.

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

DPS Bylaws change #2: No longer require S-T to send written
notices for delinquent dues, done automatically by AAS.

Melissa McGrath
DPS Secretary-Treasurer

3---------3---------3---------3---------3---------3---------3---------3

SIRTF SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS WORKSHOP AT DPS

At this year's DPS, the SIRTF Science Center is offering a "Planning
SIRTF Solar System Observations Workshop",  Sep 1, 9am-1pm.  This is
a free 4-hr tutorial-style workshop for Solar System observers who wish
to learn more about planning and specifying their observations for the
Space Infrared Telescope Facility.   Registration Deadline: August 15th,
2003 (30 participants maximum).

More workshop details and the web registration form can be found at:

http://sirtf.caltech.edu/SSC/ost/workshops/2003c/

4---------4---------4---------4---------4---------4---------4---------4

INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY INPUT TO JIMO SDT 

Dear Colleague,

>From June 12 to noon June 14, a Forum was held at the Lunar and 
Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas to discuss the science issues 
related to the Jupiter Icy Moon Orbiter (JIMO) project. The forum was 
open to the community with participation through submitted abstracts. 
The forum began with overviews by NASA Headquarters and JIMO Project 
Scientists and Engineers, and included a series of focused science 
presentations. These were followed by working sessions organized by 
science theme areas with the goal of identifying the potential 
high-priority objectives for JIMO, and defining the possible means to 
meet those objectives.

More than 140 individuals participated in the working sessions.  A 
synthesis of the results from the Forum has been posted on the Lunar 
and Planetary Institute web site 
(http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/jimo2003/). The synthesis is 
organized by theme sessions, with each theme group having derived 
their primary science objectives, investigations, and measurements 
for JIMO.

The material resulting from discussions at the Forum will provide 
significant input to the deliberations of the JIMO Science Definition 
Team appointed by NASA to make recommendations regarding project. On 
behalf the SDT, we invite comments from the planetary community on 
the results of the JIMO Forum, held in Houston. To be most useful, 
comments should be sent to

Ron Greeley (SDT co-chair) - greeley@asu.edu
Torrence Johnson (SDT co-chair and JIMO Project Scientist)- 
Torrence.V.Johnson@jpl.nasa.gov

with copies to
David Senske - david.senske@jpl.nasa.gov

5---------5---------5---------5---------5---------5---------5---------5
   
BILL TO FREE FEDERALLY-FUNDED SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE

The Public Access to Science Act, HR 2613, was recently submitted by
Rep. Sabo to remove copyright protection from federally-funded papers.
Since there is no financial value to astronomical research papers,
this benefits the researcher by providing the widest possible
dissemination for papers.  It is the same protection that Civil
Servants enjoy for their articles.  The sponsors argue that the work,
including publication, was already paid for by the US taxpayer, and it
should be freely available to all.

There are numerous examples of successful, open, scientific
publication, including the AAS's own journals.  The AAS journals use
page charges to cover the cost of producing the content and running
the journal web sites, and use subscription revenue to cover delivery
of paper.  Though they restrict access to subscribers for three years,
there is no significant financial concern against open access: if
interest in subscriptions disappears, there is still a viable journal.

If this bill becomes law, ADS will be able to get and distribute the
full text of nearly all US papers.  You will not need to ask
permission to use your own work for any purpose.  Everyone in the
world will be able to access any paper written with Federal funds
within a short time after it is published, even if they cannot afford
a subscription or only want just one paper from a given journal.
Those working in subfields that use the astro-ph e-print server have
already enjoyed the benefits of an open literature.

The bill will need bipartisan support to receive the President's
signature, and one can anticipate a lobbying effort against it from
the publishing industry.  We can expect that the bill will not pass
without our strong support, so AAS members are encouraged to contact
their members of Congress to support this bill.

Bill Text (and link to status info):
 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2613:

More info:
 http://www.plos.org/news/index.html

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

                               Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer
                                      submissions to: mcgrath@stsci.edu