Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 14:41:19 -0500
From: Linda French <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DPS Mailing #04-18: DPS Election 2004
It is election time; please vote!
1) DPS ELECTION 2004
DPS ELECTION 2004
To: All Members of the DPS
From: Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
Subject: Election of Officers and Committee members
In accordance with the bylaws of the Division for Planetary Sciences,
the membership must elect a Vice-Chair and two DPS Committee members.
The person elected as the Vice-Chair will serve in that capacity
during 2004-2005 and then serve as DPS Chair during 2005-2006. The
two Committee Members elected will serve in those positions for
three-year terms. The members retiring from the Committee are
Rick Binzel (Past-Chair), Caitlin Griffith, and Catherine de Bergh.
Biographies and position statements for all of the candidates are
included in this mailing.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: You may vote by e-mail by simply sending an
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Following this message are the ballot and the position statements
for each candidate. Please indicate your selections on the ballot
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Please indicate your selections by e-mail or on the ballot provided
below, faxed or mailed in the envelope provided. The deadline for
receipt of the ballots by me is September 20, 2004.
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702 USA
Vice-Chair (vote for 1):
Michael J. Drake
Richard G. French
DPS Committee (vote for 2):
Donald R. Davis
Imke de Pater
CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES AND POSITION STATEMENTS
MICHAEL J. DRAKE, candidate for Vice-Chair
Professor and Head of the Department of Planetary Sciences and
Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona
Michael J. Drake's research interests center on the composition,
formation and primary differentiation of
the rocky planetary bodies into metallic cores, silicate mantles and
crusts, oceans, and atmospheres. He has published more than 100
peer-reviewed papers. Drake has chaired or been a member of numerous
NASA, National Science Foundation, and National Research Council
committees and has organized several international conferences.
He is Past President of both the Geochemical Society and the
Meteoritical Society. Drake recently chaired the Solar System
Exploration Subcommittee and was a member of the Space Science
Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical
Union, of the Geochemical Society, and of the Meteoritical Society.
He is the 2004 winner of the Leonard Medal, the senior award of the
Meteoritical Society for lifetime achievement.
A lot can happen in three years. Three years ago we did not have
a coherent solar system exploration program. Today, thanks to the
excellent work of the Solar System Decadal Survey, we have a
powerful vision for the future of planetary exploration. But
Columbia was lost, the war in Iraq has severely affected budget
priorities, and the President has articulated a vision for human
exploration of the solar system focusing initially on the Moon with
eventual expeditions to Mars. The President's vision appears, at
first glance, to upset the careful work of the Decadal Survey.
In fact I think it strengthens that work.
For the first time since Kennedy, a sensible vision of why we
have humans in space has been articulated. Importantly, Bush has
embraced the concept of the "frontier", so deeply embedded in our
culture. The President's Initiative is affordable, sprinkled with
well-defined short-term goals such as phasing out the Shuttle,
while being admirably vague about longer-term goals that present
significant challenges to achieve such as sending humans to Mars.
Some you may have a negative response to the President's Initiative
and interpret it as Moon/Mars only, at the expense of all other
science, especially because the Hubble Servicing Mission was
threatened. I think that is the wrong way to view the Initiative.
Rumors of Hubble's demise appear premature. To support astronauts
at an Antarctic-type lunar base, nuclear fission power will almost
certainly be necessary. That will also provide power for outer
planet missions. It will facilitate grand tours. Until the
President's Initiative came along, I worried about how we would
sustain Prometheus and the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter. Now I
think they are secure. Other outer solar system objectives will
be similarly reachable. Robotic missions will undoubtedly
continue through Discovery and New Frontiers.
I think this Initiative will be good for planetary science.
Just as Apollo jump-started planetary exploration, so I think
this will be a shot in the arm. Missions to Mercury, Venus, Moon,
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all got started under the shadow of
Apollo. I don't think this will be very different. Having NASA
on the Presidential radar screen in a positive light is good.
However, the President's Initiative is foundering in Congress,
particularly in the House of Representatives. The Division of
Planetary Sciences needs to step up and articulate planetary
exploration priorities in the context of the President's
Initiative. If Congress does not support the President's
Initiative, the Division of Planetary Sciences will need to
work hard to preserve the gains of the Decadal Survey.
If elected, I will be an activist Chair.
RICHARD G. FRENCH, candidate for Vice-Chair
Chair, Astronomy Dept., Wellesley College
Louise S. McDowell and Sarah F. Whiting Professor of Astrophysics
B.A. Physics 1971, Cornell University
M.A. Astronomy 1975, Cornell University
Ph.D. Astronomy 1977, Cornell University
NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics
NASA Planetary Data System
STSCI Hubble Space Telescope
DPS Service and Experience
DPS member since 1977
Executive Committee and Press Officer 1987-1989
Regular DPS Attendee
Other Service Positions
Hubble Space Telescope TAC (Solar System) 1999, 2004
AAS DDA (Div. on Dynamical Astronomy) Exec. Committee 2003-2005
NASA Massachusetts Space Grant Committee 1997-
NASA Planetary Astronomy Review Panel 2000
NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Review Panel 1988-1991, 2002
Cassini Instrument and Team Member Review Panel 1989
Lunar and Planetary Sciences Review Panel 1988-1991
Cassini Radio Science Team (1990-
Hubble Space Telescope PI (1996-2004)
For many of us, membership in the DPS provides our primary
connection with the world community of planetary scientists.
As Vice-Chair of the DPS, I would work to build on the strengths
and extend the reach of our society, both at our annual meeting
and throughout the year.
Our success in scientific research depends critically on
adequate funding. On a national level, there are significant
changes underway at NASA that directly affect the strength and
breadth of the solar system exploration program. Resources are
being redirected to support the new human exploration program,
and costs of a Hubble rescue mission and of returning the Shuttle
to flight could further erode support for space science. The
DPS must resume its leadership role as an advocate for solar
system science and for successful NASA mission and research
programs. We need to engage Congress and NASA leadership, and
to act as a conduit of information between our membership and
our political representatives about research funding, the
status of planetary missions, and science policy. We can do
this more effectively by coordinating our efforts with other
AAS divisions and with other professional societies.
The annual DPS meeting gives us a chance to meet with colleagues,
learn of recent scientific results, and present our own
discoveries. It should also serve to extend our intellectual
horizons and to give a helping hand to young scientists. I would
institute a series of 'great debates' about important unsolved
problems in planetary science: Where is the water on Mars?
What is the origin of small bodies in the outer solar system?
How typical is our planetary system? How does climate work on
the giant planets? Is life easy ('just add water, stir, and
wait a billion years') or hard? Are mass extinctions convincingly
tied to major impacts? I would also invite prize winners from
other divisions of the AAS to present their results in a series
of lectures. As an organization with broad international
membership, the DPS should work more closely with our
international counterparts, such as the EGU and the IAU, to
insure a global perspective. Our junior members should also
receive a much greater focus during the annual meeting. I would
organize workshops on how to write a successful grant, and
(equally important) how to write a good review of a paper or
proposal. We could organize 'graduate student and post-doc'
social activities to help develop a sense of community among
our newest members.
The DPS as a society can do much more for our members throughout
the year. The annual DPS business meeting is one place where
opinions and concerns of our members are voiced, but it does
not include people who cannot attend because the meetings are
scheduled in the first week of the academic semester, or from
those who can't obtain funding to travel abroad, for example.
We need a better mechanism for the DPS Committee to learn the
needs and concerns of our community. The last survey of our
membership was conducted in 1996. It provided important insights
into the demographics of our community and the importance of
NASA and NSF grants and programs to its well-being. The DPS
should conduct these surveys on a regular basis, perhaps every
four years. I would see that a new survey is undertaken to find
out what you feel the DPS is doing well and what needs work,
with the results to be reported both on-line and at the annual
Because our research is funded almost exclusively by the general
public, we have a responsibility to transform our scholarly results
into a form that is exciting and accessible to everyone. We should
help to establish links between the DPS and science museums to
help develop current and accurate displays of planetary science.
We should have teacher workshops at each DPS meeting. We could
establish a program where DPS members would meet with a high
school student for a day. We should make connections between
news outlets and DPS members who can articulately convey the
latest results of planetary science.
These are ambitious goals, and their achievement will require
active participation by all members of the DPS Committee and
by interested DPS members. My leadership style is not
autocratic: I prefer to work with others to develop
consensus, to provide the support necessary for others to do
their jobs well, and to lead by example, not by fiat. I welcome
input from all of you. It would be a great honor to serve the
DPS in this capacity over the next three years.
WILLIAM F. BOTTKE, JR., candidate for Committee Member
Section Manager, Planetary Science Group, Southwest Research Institute
B.S. Physics, University of Minnesota, 1988
B.S. Astrophysics, University of Minnesota, 1988
Ph.D. Planetary Science, University of Arizona, 1995
Texaco Prize Research Fellow, Caltech, 1996-1997
Research Associate, Cornell University, 1997-2000
Senior Research Scientist, SwRI, 2000-2002
Section Manager, SwRI, 2003-present
DPS Service and Experience
DPS member since 1989
American Astronomical Society - (DPS and DDA divisions)
American Geophysical Union
Editor, Asteroids III, Univ. Arizona Press, 2000-2003
Member of NASA's Near-Earth Object Science Definition Team, 2002-2003
Member of Planetary Astronomy/Planetary Atmospheres/Near-Earth
Object Observations Management Operations Working Group,
Member of Planetary Geology and Geophysics Management
Operations Working Group, 2003-present
Served on numerous NASA proposal review panels
At present, a large fraction of DPS members are dependent, to one
degree or another, on grants from NASA and the NSF. The process
scientists go through to get grants, however, is less than it could
be. One of my goals in running for DPS committee is to get the
DPS to investigate several issues that could potentially benefit
everyone in our professional organization. For example:
--Proposal triage. Under the present system, many NASA and NSF
R&A programs do not inform scientists of the status of their
proposals until Congress passes a budget. This procedure creates
numerous logistical problems for those who do not get funding.
Under a "proposal triage" system, program managers would send
messages to those that clearly will not get funded shortly after
the review panel ranks its proposals. These messages would not
be binding, but it would let people know where they stand so
they could make future plans. Note that this procedure is
already followed by a few program managers, but I would like to
see it become NASA policy.
--Additional funding for established grant programs. At present,
the NASA legislative system favors the establishment of new
R&A programs rather than the augmentation of existing programs.
While getting any new money for R&A programs is a success and
should be applauded, the paucity of significant budget increases
for established programs means fewer new starts, smaller grants,
and more proposal writing for everyone. I suggest the DPS
investigate this issue and determine the short- and long-term
funding goals they would like to see from their R&A programs.
--A move to 4-year rather than 3-year grants. No one relishes
the time-consuming effort involved with proposal writing or
serving on review panels. Our current 3-year grant system in NASA
and NSF, however, demands considerable time from nearly everyone
in our field, despite the fact that turnover in established
R&A programs is relatively small. As a first step to possibly
changing the current system, I suggest the DPS investigate the
pros and cons of moving to a 4-year grant system. Ideally, this
change could reduce the workload of both scientists and program
managers without causing significant upheaval.
--R&A program transparency. At present, it is
difficult-to-impossible to find information on several basic
NASA and NSF R&A program issues (e.g., What is the budget history
of each R&A program over the last 5 years? How many
investigations were funded in each program over this time frame?
What was the success rate? What were the mean and median grant
sizes of each program over this period? How many new starts
are given to scientists not already in the program each year?).
Without this information, scientists cannot easily determine
whether a given R&A programs is under- or over-subscribed.
I suggest the DPS (and the AAS) collect this information each
year from all program managers and make it easily available
at the AAS website.
If elected to DPS committee, I will do my best to work with
the DPS chair, vice-chair, and existing DPS committee to
address the needs and wide-ranging interests of our
international planetary science community. This includes
regular committee work as well as assisting DPS members
already dealing with Elsevier on making on-line Icarus cheaper
and more available to our community. Like many in the DPS,
I find it disturbing that several major universities and
related institutions are eliminating their Icarus library
subscriptions in an effort to hold down costs. Though there
are no easy solutions to this problem, the DPS should be made
aware of their options and the pros and cons of maintaining
the status quo.
DONALD R. DAVIS, Candidate for Committee Member
Senior Scientist and Director Emeritus, Planetary Science Institute
1967, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Ph.D. (Physics)
1962, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, B.S. (Physics)
Director, Planetary Science Institute (PSI), 1997 - 2004.
Assistant Director, PSI/San Juan Institute, 1995 - 1997.
Division Manager, PSI/Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), 1980-1995,
Research Scientist, PSI/SAIC, 1973-1985,
Senior Research Scientist, 1985-present.
Adjunct Faculty, Pima Community College 1980-1985, 1989,
IIT Research Institute, 1971-1973,
University of Arizona 1972-73 Lecturer, Planetary Sciences Department.
TRW Systems, 1967-1971.
American Astronomical Society DPS Member since 1975, American
Geophysical Union, Meteoritical Society, American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Organizing Chair, Federal Relations Subcommittee, 2002;
Ad Hoc FRS Member, 2003-Present; Organized DPS Telephone
Communication Tree, 1983-86.
Space Station Planetary Geosciences Experiments Review Panel,1985;
LPSC XVI Program Committee, 1985; Co-organizer of Workshop on
"Catastrophic Disruption of Asteroids and Satellites," Pisa,
Italy, 1985;Secretary/Treasurer, AIAA Southern Arizona Section,
1982-85; Organizing Committe Catastrophic Disruption Workshop,
Belgrade,Yugoslavia, 1987; Organizing Committee for Catastrophic
Disruption Workshop, Kyoto,Japan, 1990; Organizing Committee,
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 93, Belgirate, Italy; Organizing
Committee for 4th Catastrophic Disruption Workshop, Gubbio, Italy,
Organizing Committee for International Meeting on "Hirayama
Collisional Families," Tokyo, December 1993; Organizing
Committee, Asteroids, Comets, Meteors '96, Paris, France;
Co-Organizer of Catastrophic Disruption Workshop V held
in Mount Hood, Oregon, 1998, NEOO Review Panel, 2001.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE RELATED TO ASTRONOMY.
International Dark-Sky Association, 1990-present. IDA Board of
Directors, 1994-present, President, 1997-present.
Joint Tucson/Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code Committee,
1986-present, Chair OLCC, 1994-1998.
Presidential Medal of Freedom Team Award for Apollo XIII
Mission Operations Team, NASA Achievement Award, Asteroid 3638 Davis
Editor's Commendation for outstanding reviews, Icarus, 1997.
My scientific interests range from understanding the origin
and evolution of asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects to
experimental impact studies using the Ames Vertical Gun to
observations on physical properties of small bodies. The
Giant Impact model for the origin of the moon and the
"rubble pile" model for the interior structure of small
bodies proposed by myself and colleagues at PSI, that
have so far stood the test of time.
The field of Planetary Science faces major challenges in
he years ahead. Challenges range from enormous pressure
on discretionary resources within the Federal budget to the
need to maintain a balanced program of planetary exploration,
as outlined in the recent Decadal Survey, in competition with
the lunar-Mars initiative outlined by the President in
January, 2004. We are the world's largest society of
professional planetary scientists, and we must actively
work to help shape research priorities and funding
allocations for the exploration of the solar system.
As a member of the DPS Committee, I will pursue community
input to formulate and advocate our positions to other
players in the planetary science field: NASA, the
Administration, Congress and the American public. I would
promote expanding DPS contacts with key Congressional
staffers and legislators as well as establishing a dialogue
with OMB staff regarding the value of a healthy planetary
To be able to represent our positions most effectively, we
first need to have a better sense of ourselves. The last
membership survey was done in 1996. I will work with DPS
leadership to carry out a new membership survey and to
institutionalize this process so that it is revised on a
regular basis. Also, there are issues that arise regarding
grants that, when sufficiently widespread, could best be
addressed by the DPS on behalf of the science community,
rather than leaving it to individual scientists to seek
solutions. I would work with the DPS Chair and Committee
to provide a mechanism through which the DPS leadership
could be made aware of developing problems.
A more activist role for the DPS will place a growing
workload on DPS leadership, particularly the Chair.
For soft-money scientists, which make up a significant
fraction of the DPS membership, this activist role may
place an unacceptably large time/money burden. To address
this issue, I propose to undertake a discussion with the
DPS membership about establishing an honorarium for DPS
leadership that would compensate for the increased time
commitment needed to meet the challenges that our field
faces in future years.
Our community faces its greatest challenges since the
threat to terminate planetary exploration in the early days
of the Reagan administration. We need to speak clearly on
the benefits that our fields contribute to society.
This effort will require that the DPS, through its leadership,
build on the tradition of activism established by recent
DPS Chairs and Committees in advocating our views in the
public arena in which critical funding decisions are made.
Having recently extricated myself from the Directorship of
the Planetary Science Institute, I anticipate having
sufficient time available to fulfill responsibilities of a
DPS Committeeperson. I will work to the best of my ability
to accomplish this task.
IMKE DE PATER, Candidate for Committee Member
Professor, Department of Astronomy and Department of Earth and
Planetary Sciences, Univ. California, Berkeley
Education: Ph. D. (cum laude) in Astronomy, Oct. 1, 1980
Doctoral Degree (equivalent>Master's Degree), 1976
Professional Positions: Professor, University of California, Berkeley, July 01 1993-present.
Associate Professor, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1987-1993.
Assistant Professor Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1983-1987.
Research Associate, Lunar and Planetary Lab, Univ. of Arizona, 1980-1983.
Professional: Member of AAS, DPS, AGU, IAU, URSI, NAC
Member of NRAO millimeter Array Scientific Advisory Committee 1985-1988
Member of Executive Committee of Space Science Laboratory 1984-1987; 1991-1996
Member of Steering Group of International Jupiter Watch: co-founder 1986--
Member of Editorial Board of Icarus 1990-1992
Counselor-at-large of Space Telescope Institute Council 1990-1992
Member Review Panel of programs at Lawrence Hall of Science 1998
Member of Editorial Board of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, 1996-2002
Member of Editorial board: Earth, Moon and Planets, 2001-2004
Member of Warner/Pierce Prize Committee of AAS Council, 2001-2003
Member of NASA's proposed Nuclear Systems Initiative, 2002-2003.
Honors and Awards: C. J. Kok award, Feb. 1982
URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal (Aug. 1984)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (Sep. 1985)
NASA Group Achievement Award for Voyager Science Investigation 1990
Miller Research Professor, Univ. of California, 1993 and 2003-2004
The DPS is still a relatively small community, and many of its
members do attend the DPS meetings. This is a good thing, since
here we can meet our colleagues, discuss projects of common
interest, and introduce students to scientific research. I hope
to be able to help the DPS meetings to attract its members also
in the future, and to plan interesting special sessions and
review talks. I like to see more education in astrobiology
within the DPS, perhaps in form of a special session or a
series of invited plenary talks. I support education at all
levels, as well as public outreach in any form: public talks,
public forums, sessions, telescope viewing, engage students
(university and high school) in research. If there is an
opportunity as a DPS committee member to promote education
and public outreach, I will do so.
CHRISTOPHER MCKAY, candidate for Committee Member
Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
B.Sc. (Physics), Florida Atlantic University, 1976
Ph.D. (Astrogeophysics), Univ. Colorado 1982
1982-1984 NASA Ames - NAS-NRC postdoc with Jim Pollack
1984-present NASA Ames - Research Scientist, Space Science Division
Local Organizer for DPS in Palo Alto CA, circa 1991
Atmospheres of Earth, Titan and Mars,
The search for life on other planets.
The DPS is a unique and valuable association of scientists from
many disciplines and many countries working together to explore
other planets. I will work to preserve this. Our main
professional activities are to hold annual meetings, publish a
scholarly journal and influence NASA policy. In addition we
bring our research to the public. I feel strongly about all
of these. As a NASA federal employee I have certain
restrictions regarding lobbying activity but I also bring
certain insights to the NASA system and can inform our
choices as a society.
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary
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