Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 13:13:23 -0600
Subject: DPS mailing #03-23:  MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL,ICARUS, TRANSIT OF VENUS
 EDUCATION PROGRAM, SPECIAL EVENTS AT  AGU MEETING, TIMESCALES CONFERENCE,
 DPS MEMBERS ON THE AAS BALLOT, JOB ANNOUNCEMENT, SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: 
 ASTEROID DYNAMICS WORKSHOP

+------------------CONTENTS:-------------------------------+
|1) MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
|2) ICARUS SUBSCRIPTIONS
|3) TRANSIT OF VENUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
|4) SPECIAL EVENTS IN SPACE PHYSICS, AERONOMY AND PLANETARY
|             SCIENCE AT THE AGU MEETING: 9 DECEMBER 2003
|5) TIMESCALES CONFERENCE
|6) DPS MEMBERS ON THE AAS BALLOT
|7) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
|8) SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT:  ASTEROID DYNAMICS WORKSHOP
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

DPS/AAS membership renewals were mailed out by the AAS in early October. 
If you have not received yours by now, please contact the AAS at 
membership@aas.org to request a copy. Please note that renewals also allow 
the opportunity for members to make a donation to the Division if desired.

Please note that as approved by the DPS membership in the 2003 balloting, 
the Junior Affiliate membership category has been discontinued. 
Former Junior Affiliate members are now being billed at the regular 
Division Affiliate rate.

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ICARUS SUBSCRIPTIONS

As a reminder, December 15 is the deadline for personal subscription 
orders to Icarus for 2004.  The special DPS member rate is $99 for 
electronic, $99 for print, $198 for both.  Please use the order form 
available at the DPS web site: http://www.aas.org/~dps/dps.html

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TRANSIT OF VENUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

As many of you are aware, June 8th, 2004 will bring the first transit 
of Venus since 1882. For this important event, the NASA Office of 
Space Science is launching an international education program aimed 
at teaching students, teachers, and the public about the historic 
scientific importance of the transit as well as giving them the 
opportunity to view the transit through a live webcast from Spain 
and to replicate the calculation of the value of the astronomical 
unit through solar observatory images from Nova Scotia through 
Uruguay. Other elements of the program include a re-orchestration 
and performance of the 1883 John Phillips Sousa Venus Transit March, 
a section on comparative planetology of the inner planets, 
connections to Native American cultures, and amateur astronomer 
involvement through a Venus Transit Observing Certificate Program. 
We are anticipating a huge response from schools, museums and 
science centers, and researchers.

DPS members interested in participating through talks and presentations 
in schools, science centers, or other public venues are welcome to 
browse our web site and to register at:

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/sunearthday/2004/index_vthome.htm

You can register by clicking on the "For Scientists" link. 
For more information, contact Lou Mayo (301) 286-0165, 
lmayo@pop600.gsfc.nasa.gov. Free CDs of the Sousa March are 
available for participating scientists!

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SPECIAL EVENTS IN SPACE PHYSICS, AERONOMY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AT 
THE AGU MEETING: 9 DECEMBER 2003

As part of the upcoming AGU meeting at the new Moscone Center in 
San Francisco (8-12 December 2003), there are two events on 
Tuesday, December 9th, of special interest to the members of the 
AGU Sections on Space Physics & Aeronomy (SPA) and Planetology (P).  
At the conclusion of the science sessions on Tuesday afternoon, 
there will be an Agency Night featuring speakers from NSF and NASA on 
the post-decadal-survey status of programs in our fields (our guests 
will be Dr. Richard Behnke, Dr. Richard Fisher and Dr. Jay Bergstrahl). 
A question and answer period will follow their presentations.  
At the conclusion of Agency Night, a Joint Dinner for the Planetology (P) 
and Space Physics & Aeronomy (SPA) section members (and guests) will 
be held at the nearby Nikko Hotel.  This annual event features updates 
on section activities, fine food and drinks, and brave attempts at 
entertainment.  Please join us!

Tickets for the SPA-P dinner are available from the AGU website, as 
are registration and hotel details: http://www.agu.org

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TIMESCALES CONFERENCE

You are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary conference 
bringing together astronomers, planetary scientists, and Earth scientists.

The title is "Planetary Timescales: From Stardust to Continents."

16-20 February 2004
 Australian Academy of Science
 Canberra, Australia
Registration deadline: 15 Dec. 2003

http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/PSI/white_conference.html

Contact Ulyana Dyudina (ulyana@mso.anu.edu.au) or 
Vickie Bennett (vickie.bennett@anu.edu.au)

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DPS MEMBERS ON THE AAS BALLOT

DPS members who have their parent society affiliation with the 
American Astronomical Society will notice two DPS members on the 
2003 - 2004 AAS election ballot.  DPS Past-Chair Richard Binzel is a 
candidate for AAS Councilor and DPS Treasurer Melissa McGrath is a 
candidate for the AAS Nominating Committee.  Ballots are distributed 
within the December AAS Newsletter and are due (by mail) by 
Friday January 30, 2004.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Tenure-Track Research Position, Lowell Observatory. 
http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobdetailPage.cfm?JID=20482
Contact Bob Millis, Lowell Observatory, rlm@lowell.edu, (928) 774-3358.

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SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT:  WORKSHOP ON ASTEROID DYNAMICS
NOTE DEADLINE!

hosted by The National Astronomy and Ionospheric Center

   The Dynamics of Asteroids: Orbits and Rotation States
                 February 2-4, 2004
            Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

Abstract / Funding Request Deadline 2003 December 8 14:00 UTC

For more information, please visit our website, and send an abstract 
as soon as possible, but no later than 2003 Dec 8. 
http://www.naic.edu/~ehowell/astdyn

Contact address: ehowell@naic.edu

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Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
Illinois Wesleyan University
lfrench@iwu.edu