Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 16:52:04 -0600
Subject: DPS Mailing #06-02:  Important Message from the Chair...
 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
 
NASA FY06 and FY07 Budget Update - and action you can take TODAY
 
Thanks to those of you who have written to the House Science 
Committee and your Congressional delegations about the 
NASA FY06 and FY07 budgets. Our message is being heard, 
and on March 2 at 10AM, the House Science Committee will 
conduct a second hearing, focusing on the NASA science programs. 
This time, the witnesses will include members of the 
DPS and other scientists. To appear before the committee are:
 
Mary Cleave - NASA HQ
Fran Bagenal - heliophysics
Wes Huntress - planetary science
Barrien Moore - earth science
Joe Taylor - astrophysics
 
All testimony will be available on the web:  
http://www.house.gov/science
 
This hearing provides a second opportunity for DPS members 
to communicate their concerns about the NASA budget to 
Congress, especially those who have not yet done so.
 
As you know, Astrobiology is particularly hard-hit in 
the current budget proposal. The SETI Institute has posted 
a page on their website with additional information about 
the Astrobiology situation:
http://www.seti.org/site/pp.asp?c=ktJ2J9MMIsE&b=1425163
 
I encourage all DPS members to FAX the House Science Committee 
(FAX 202-226-0113) before March 2, highlighting your 
individual concerns as well as the requested actions 
described in the February 14 letter to the DPS membership 
(http://www.aas.org/dps/MAIL_ARCHIVE/dpsm.06-01.html):
 
Requested actions:
 
NASA should be directed to restore the 15% cuts to Science 
in the FY06 Operating Plan and in the FY07 proposed budget, 
particularly those funds supporting research programs.
 
NASA should be directed to seek a more effective means 
of balancing space science and human exploration, with 
both having equal footing, as was articulated in the 
Vision for Space Exploration.
 
NASA should be directed to support the President's 
American Competitiveness Initiative and increase funding 
for scientific research.
 
Once again, thanks for your help.
 
Dick French, DPS Chair
 
 
Send submissions (no attachments, please) to:
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary (lfrench @ iwu.edu)
Department of Physics
Illinois Wesleyan University
P. O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702