Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 15:54:44 -0500
Subject: DPS News #04-10:  Candidates for 2004 DPS elections, workshops....
| 1) CANDIDATE SLATE FOR 2004 DPS ELECTION                             |
| 2) WORKSHOP - Meteoroids 2004 Conference                             |
| 4) WORKSHOP - Mars Astrobiology Science and Technology               |
The Nominating Subcommittee, chaired by Hal Levison, has prepared 
the following slate of candidates for the next election:
Vice-Chair:  Michael Drake (LPL/University of Arizona)
             Richard French (Wellesley College)
Committee:   Bill Bottke (Southwest Research Institute)
             Don Davis (Planetary Science Institute)
             Imke de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)
             Chris McKay (NASA/Ames)
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 July 1, 2004.  Ballots, including candidate 
biographies and position statements, will be mailed in early August. 
The deadline for receiving ballots back will be in early September 2004.
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary (
Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
P. O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61704
Meteoroids 2004 Conference
London, Ontario, CANADA
August 16-20, 2004
This conference will be the fifth in a series of meteoroid meetings 
which have been held every few years since 1992, the last in Kiruna, 
Sweden in 2001. It will accommodate a broad range of meteoroid research 
ranging from the dynamics, sources and distribution of these bodies, 
their chemistry and their physical processes in the interplanetary 
medium and the Earths atmosphere to their impact on space weather and 
their hazard to space technology, and laboratory studies of meteorites, 
micrometeorites and interplanetary dust. Current research further 
benefits from the use of large aperture radar facilities to detect 
fainter meteors and the general availability of high powered computing 
facilities to support dynamical model calculations. With this theme we 
wish to address both the dynamics of small bodies in the solar system 
as well as the evolution of solid matter which provides a bridge to 
include aspects of astrobiology and astromineralogy. The meeting will 
be of interest to researchers from astronomy, astrophysics, 
cosmochemistry, mineralogy and space physics.
website for more information :
The "Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy" (SOFIA) is 
currently being assembled. It is scheduled to perform 960 flight 
hours/year for 20 years. The Upper Deck of this Boeing 747 aircraft 
may in the future facilitate experiments for serendipitous research 
during regular deployments, independent or in support of the regular 
mid-IR and submm observations with the main telescope. Preferentially, 
this research will support NASA's and DLR's mission goals.
In order to investigate the science questions that could be addressed 
uniquely in potential future research experiments on the SOFIA Upper 
Deck, NASA's Space Science APRA program and NASA's Earth Science 
Enterprise are co-sponsoring a workshop:
           SOFIA Upper Deck Science Opportunities Workshop
                         to be held on:  June 22-23, 2004.
          at: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
We are soliciting extended (2-5 page) abstracts that will be published 
on-line prior to the meeting. From that library, the important science 
questions will be summarized in a white paper, writing tasks for which 
will be allocated at the workshop.
More information on the workshop and registration can be found at:
Important dates:
    Registration deadline foreign nationals:  May 15
    Registration deadline for US citizens:    June 10
    Extended abstract submissions:            June 15
    Workshop:                                 June 22-23
Mars Astrobiology Science and Technology Workshop
8-10 September 2004
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC
Abstract Deadline, 5 July 2004
The discovery of evidence for past liquid water on Mars, along with 
the resulting potential for ancient current life there, has galvanized 
the scientific community's interest in astrobiology research on Mars.  
This workshop will help pave the way toward the next generation of 
Mars in situ astrobiology science and technology experiments, aimed 
toward determining martian history, understanding martian habitability, 
and detecting signatures of past or present life. 
The workshop will involve (i) presentations on aspects of the 
current program, technology issues, and funding opportunities, 
(ii) poster presentations on possible new concepts and directions, 
(iii) focused discussion on specific topics relevant to technology 
and instrument development, and (iv) development of recommendations 
for NASA HQ on Mars astrobiology technology issues. The workshop 
will be open to the science and technology communities, and we 
specifically encourage participation from people who have not been 
involved previously in the program. For more information on the 
meeting, abstract format, and registration, see the conference web 
site at .
Bruce Jakosky (Univ. of Colorado;
Greg Bearman (NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory;
Andrew Steele (Carnegie Institution of Washington;
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
send submissions to