Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:42:28 -0600
Subject: DPS Mailing #05-32:  NSF Senior Review...
  1)  NSF Senior Review of Astronomical Observatories
  2)   Job Announcements
NSF Senior Review of Astronomical Observatories - your input is needed!
The NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) is conducting 
a Senior Review that is certain to have important, long-term 
consequences for planetary science. The committee  has been 
charged with identifying ways of redirecting $30 million a year 
(out of a $120 million available pool) to support the design and 
development of several new large facilities by'selective  reductions 
in the operations of existing facilities and instrument development 
programs' supported by the National Science Foundation.  
These include Arecibo, NOAO, Gemini, NRAO, and the National
Solar Observatory. The objective is to 'trade progress on new
and enhanced programs against the preservation of existing capability.'  
(For more see
The review committee is now conducting a series of town meetings to 
describe the review process and to solicit community input.  By 
mid-January 2006, the committee will meet to discuss the results 
of these town meetings, and by mid-March, 2006, the committee will 
meet to make its final recommendations.
I  urge all DPS members to write in support of facilities and 
projects that are especially important for planetary science. 
If we are to have an impact on the decisions, we need to act now. 
The AST Senior Review has invited the astronomical community to 
communicate its views, concerns, and suggestions by sending 
e-mail to astsenior-review @
If you are willing to share your communications with the 
DPS Committee, please send a cc: to me at rfrench @
Many thanks,
Dick French
DPS Chair
Faculty Position in Extrasolar Planets, M.I.T.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory - tenure track astronomer
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites
applicants for tenure track astronomer positions.  
Appointments are not restricted to radio astronomers.  
Please see a more detailed description at: - tenure
Send submissions (no attachments, please) to:
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary (lfrench @
Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
P. O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702