Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 17:14:27 -0500
Subject: DPS News #04-11:  DPS 2004 Meeting Information....
 
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| 1) DPS 2004 MEETING INFORMATION                                 |
| 2) NEW DPS TREASURER SOUGHT                                     |
| 3) DECADAL SURVEY UPDATE FOR PROJECT PROMETHEUS                 |
| 4) SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CONFERENCE CONFLICT WITH DPS MEETING |
| 5) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT                                             |
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DPS 2004 MEETING INFORMATION
 
Meeting registration information for the 2004 Louisville DPS meeting 
is now available at http://dps04.org/
 
Information about the abstract due date will be forthcoming.
 
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NEW DPS TREASURER SOUGHT
 
After six year of dedicated service to the DPS, first as 
Secretary-Treasurer and then as Treasurer after the two offices 
were split, Melissa McGrath has decided that the time has come for 
a new person to take over as Treasurer beginning with the fall 2004 
DPS meeting.   The DPS Officers and Committee would like to express 
their sincere gratitude to Melissa for her years of outstanding 
service to the DPS community as Secretary-Treasurer and as Treasurer.
 
We now must ask for volunteers willing to serve a three-year term as
DPS Treasurer. The duties of the Treasurer are described in detail in
the DPS By-Laws, available at http://www.aas.org/~dps/bylaws_2003.html 
Melissa McGrath will be quite willing to talk to anybody interested in 
taking over as Treasurer, to give her perspective on the job. Anybody 
interested in  becoming the new DPS Treasurer should contact DPS Chair 
Bill Cochran  (wdc@astro.as.utexas.edu, 512-471-6474).
 
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DECADAL SURVEY UPDATE FOR PROJECT PROMETHEUS
 
Dear DPS Colleagues,
 
At the request of Edward J. Weiler, NASA's Associate Administrator 
for Space Science, the National Research Council is conducting a 
study to update the findings of recent decadal survey reports to 
take into account new capabilities resulting from Project 
Prometheus.  The purposes of the study are:
 
 
1. To identify high priority space science objectives that could be
uniquely enabled or greatly enhanced by development of advanced
spacecraft nuclear power and propulsion systems; and
 
2. To make recommendations for an advanced technology development
program for long-term future space science mission nuclear power and
propulsion capabilities.
 
MOST IMPORTANTLY, the overall goal of the study is not to rewrite 
or reprioritize the decadal surveys drafted in the last few years 
by the science communities served by NASA's Office of Space Science. 
Rather, the aim is to identify scientifically promising missions 
that might effectively utilize Prometheus technologies and be ready 
for implementation in the time frame 2015 to 2030 and beyond.  
In other words, the study will identify mission concepts which, 
following additional study by NASA and the space science community, 
will be sufficiently mature for prioritization within the context 
of the next set of space science decadal surveys.
 
A high-level steering group and multiple panels have been 
established to conduct this update.  The membership of the 
Solar System Exploration Panel consists of:  Richard Binzel (Chair),
 Reta Beebe (Vice-Chair), Anita Cochran, Michael Duke, 
Krishan Khurana, Martha Gilmore, Heidi Hammel, Jim Head, 
Ralph Lorenz, Louise Prockter, Tom Spilker, and David Stevenson.
 
The membership of the Astronomy and Astrophysics panel consists 
of: Sterl Phinney (Chair), William Cochran (Vice-Chair), 
Gary Bernstein, Webster Cash, Michael Kaplan, Victoria Kaspi, 
Daniel Lester, Ho Jung Paik, and Edward Wright.
 
Please see the community input website for more details: 
http://qp.nas.edu/sse-strategy
 
We welcome DPS community input via the website or directly via 
email to ssb@nas.edu(subject line Prometheus).  Your input 
stands the greatest chance of being incorporated if received 
prior to 2 August 2004.
 
Best regards,
Richard Binzel and Sterl Phinney
 
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SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE CONFERENCE CONFLICT WITH DPS MEETING
 
We regret that the upcoming Spitzer Science conference: "The Spitzer 
SpaceTelescope: New Views of the Cosmos" was inadvertently scheduled 
to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Astronomical 
Society's Division of Planetary Science (DPS).  To bring the solar 
system to Spitzer,  Dale Cruikshank will present a review of solar 
system science results with Spitzer on the first morning of the Spitzer 
meeting, which is  Tuesday, November 9.  There will be opportunities on 
that day for contributed talks and posters on solar system science from 
Spitzer as well. On Thursday, November 11, at the DPS meeting, Dale and 
Vikki Meadows will organize a special session on Spitzer results 
including both invited and contributed papers. We hope this is a 
satisfactory solution for our colleagues who would have wished to
attend both meetings.
 
Michael Werner
Spitzer Project Scientist
 
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Mars Exploration Program (MEP) Director; 
Salary range: $104,927-$145,600; 
Location:  NASA HQ Washington, DC.  
Vacancy Announcement No.: HQ04S0162; 
Closing Date:  6/25/2004; further details  & application instructions 
at http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/
 
 
 
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
send submissions to lfrench@iwu.edu