Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 17:13:51 -0600
Subject: DPS Mailing #04--5:  DPS Prize Nominations....
| 1)   DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS SOUGHT                       |
| 2)   REQUEST FROM AURA PRESIDENT                        |
| 4)  CALLS FOR PAPERS                                    |
Because relatively few nominations for 2004 DPS Prizes were received by 
the original deadline, the DPS Prize Sub-Committee has extended the 
deadline to 31 MARCH 2004.  Your nominations of deserving individuals 
are _actively_and_immediately_sought. The DPS is authorized  to award up 
to four prizes annually:
The Kuiper prize recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to 
planetary science by awarding scientists whose achievements have most 
advanced our understanding of the solar system.  Recent recipients: 
S. J. Ostro, E. Grun, B. Hapke.
The Masursky Award recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered 
outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through 
engineering, managerial, programmatic, or public service activities.  
Recent recipients: R. Beebe, G. Brown, W. T. Huntress.
The prestigious Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding 
communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. 
It is to be awarded to scientists whose efforts have significantly 
contributed to a public understanding of, and enthusiasm for, planetary 
science.  Recent recipients: H. B. Hammel, A. Brahic, L. A. Lebofsky.
The Urey Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in 
planetary science by a young scientist. A nominee must be younger than 
37 years old on December 31, 2004 or have held a recognized doctorate 
for less than 7 years by December 31, 2004.   Recent recipients: 
R. M. Canup, B. J. Gladman, M. Brown.
A complete nomination requires a curriculum vitae, bibliography, 
abstracts of three illustrative papers by the candidate, and three 
supporting letters from people other than the nominator. (For the 
Masursky Award or Sagan Medal, bibliography and abstracts are not 
required, but may be included if appropriate.)  Full details on Prize 
qualifications and the required nomination form may be found at:

All nominations and supporting letters must be submitted to the DPS 
Prize Sub-Committee Chair no later than 31 MARCH 2004.  Thank you in 
advance for your immediate efforts to help recognize outstanding 
contributions by planetary scientists worldwide.
Richard P. Binzel
DPS Prize Sub-Committee Chair
I am seeking your help in an important emerging matter that may affect 
all science, and astronomy in particular.
Astronomy is inherently an international undertaking.  The need to 
establish unimpeded intellectual exchange, form large integrated 
teams of scientists to address major projects, and take full advantage 
of the advances, facilities and capabilities of other astronomical 
communities make astronomy particularly sensitive to national policies 
on immigration, border security, and travel.
Since 9/11 a number of changes have taken place that could have an 
impact on scientific meetings and conferences, student programs, and 
normal peer-to-peer interactions.  For example, the National Security 
Entry-Exit Registration System is intended to register and track 
non-immigrant individuals from a list of 25 countries.  Some features of 
this law include the requirement for individuals from certain countries 
of origin to be fingerprinted, interviewed, periodically re-registered, 
and to undergo completion of departure checks when leaving.  Thus, 
participation in scientific conferences in the U.S. could entail 
additional steps that may become more than an inconvenience, but a 
substantial barrier.  The full impact of these changes and the specific 
policies that have led to these changes are not well known.
In an effort to more fully understand the experiences of both U.S. and 
non-U.S. astronomers, and to identify any changes that may be needed and 
justified, AURA would like to solicit input from those affected.  Thus, 
we have created on the AURA website a project aimed at collecting data.  
It is indicated on the home page and can be found at
Our goal is not to develop a list of incidents or complaints, but to 
understand the extent of the problems and to identify patterns that 
merit attention.
The Astronomy Workforce
Thursday, 3 June, 10:00-11:30am, AAS Meeting
The population of astronomers is changing - the age/gender/ethnicity 
profiles of institutions are evolving and astronomers have increasingly 
diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Of concern for the future 
of the astronomy workforce are the trends of declining numbers of 
physics graduates. The AIP statistics division reports retirement in 
physical sciences to be 3% per year with many institutions anticipate 
enhanced recruitment over the next decade with the retirement of the 
60's hiring boom. Issues of dual careers (the "2-body" problem") and 
combining family with career impact both recruitment and retention. The 
time is ripe for a discussion within the astronomy profession of our 
evolving demographics and strategies for attracting and retaining a 
talented astronomy workforce.
The purpose of this special session of the AAS is to present the 
demographics of the profession and to involve a broad audience in 
discussing solutions (institutional and personal) to the challenges 
posed by the evolution of the astronomy workforce.
The program for this 90-minute special session will be composed of 3-4 
invited talks followed by audience discussion.
Organized by: Fran Bagenal,
1)  Call for Papers 2004 WPGM
The Western Pacific Geophysical Meeting (WPGM), sponsored by the AGU, 
will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from 16 - 20 August 2004.  This is a 
call for papers addressing initial science results from Cassini,
following its orbit insertion in July 2004.  The WPGM provides a timely 
forum to bring together mission scientists, ground-based observers and 
modelers to understand the data and test models from Voyager to Cassini 
era.  Abstracts are invited for invited, review, contributed and poster 
talks.  The abstract submission deadlines are 15 April 2004 for postal 
or hard copies and 22 April 2004 for on-line submissions.  Please visit 
the AGU website at for more information regarding the 
meeting or contact Dr. Padma A. Yanamandra-Fisher at (email), 818 354 2321(v-mail).
2)  CALL FOR PAPERS: Fourteenth International Conference on Vacuum 
Ultraviolet Radiation Physics (VUV14), Cairns, 19-23 July 2004: 
space/planetary science contributions
From: Brenton Lewis <>
VUV-XIV will encompass all aspects of theoretical and experimental 
studies of the interaction of ultraviolet and X-ray radiation with 
matter over a photon-energy range from a few eV to many keV. Relevant 
areas of research include, but are not limited to, atomic and molecular 
science, materials science, surface science, condensed-matter science, 
soft-matter science, and other aspects of physics, chemistry, and 
biology, together with the novel instrumentation required to conduct 
such research.
This year, the VUV conference will include a special session on 
applications of VUV physics in the areas of planetary science, 
atmospheric photochemistry, aeronomy, and space physics.
The purpose of this message is to call for VUV14 papers from these 
communities, which are presently underrepresented. Presently, we have 
Bob Meier (NRL), Tom Slanger (SRI International), and Joe Ajello (JPL) 
as invited speakers representing these areas. Support them with your 
contributions and have a concurrent tropical vacation down-under! 
Theoretical or experimental contributions on any planetary, atmospheric, 
space, or indeed astronomical subject relevant to VUV or soft X-ray 
radiation are welcome, including traditional laboratory VUV 
spectroscopy. Abstract submission is available online at the VUV14 
Website: the deadline has been extended to 
24 March 2004. Poster abstracts will be accepted after this deadline. 
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary Illinois Wesleyan University