Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 11:50:30 -0500
Subject: #06-04: 2006 Prize Nominations Sought:  Masursky and Sagan;
 New Horizons
 
Greetings, DPS members,
 
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1)  2006 Prize Nominations Sought:  Masursky Prize                |
2)  2006 Prize Nominations Sought:  Sagan Medal                   |
3)  New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Coordinated Observing Campaign |
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2006 HAROLD MASURSKY AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
 
Nominations for the 2006 Harold Masursky Award for Meritorious 
Service to Planetary Science are due April 20 2006 at 6 p.m. CDT. 
This prize was established by the DPS to recognize and honor 
individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary 
science and exploration through engineering, managerial, 
programmatic, or public service activities.  For purposes of 
this prize, "planetary science" is understood to refer 
to the multidisciplinary study of the solar system and its 
members, excluding work dealing primarily with the Sun or the Earth.
 
Candidates for the Masursky Award may be of any age or nationality, 
and need not be members of the DPS.  While primarily intended to 
honor living people, a posthumous nomination may be submitted 
within one year of a nominee's death.
 
Go to http://www.aas.org/~dps/prizes_contact.html, fill out 
the nomination form and send it to me along with the 
supporting materials listed there.  In addition, I 
request that all nomination materials be submitted in 
electronic format.  A complete nomination will be 
considered by the Prize subcommittee for three years. 
You may wish to contact me to see if there already is 
an active pending nomination for your candidate. Because of 
the time it takes to accumulate materials needed for 
a nomination, I encourage all of you to begin as soon as 
possible. The award will be presented at the 2006 DPS 
meeting in Pasadena, California.
 
Past Masursky Award Winners include:
 
1991    C. Sagan               1992    H. J. Smith
1993    M. S. Matthews         1994    J. A. Burns
1995    W. Brunk               1996    W. Quaide
1997    J. T. Trauger          1998    J. H. Rahe
1999    W. T. Huntress         2000    G. Brown
2001    (no award)             2002    (no award)
2003    R. F. Beebe            2004    A. Basilevsky
2005    J.K. Beatty
 
William B. McKinnon
DPS Prize Subcommittee Chair
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130
314-935-5604 (w)
314-935-7361 (f)
314-935-5610 (main office)
mckinnon at wustl.edu
 
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2006 SAGAN MEDAL NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
 
Nominations for the 2005 Carl Sagan Medal are due April 20 2006 
at 6 p.m. CDT.  This award was established by the DPS to recognize 
and honor outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist 
to the general public.  It is to be awarded to scientists whose 
efforts have significantly contributed to a public understanding 
of, and enthusiasm for, planetary science.
 
 Communicating our science to the public is a critical part of 
sustaining our science, which is supported largely through public 
financing by state and federal institutions.  The public, in 
turn, finds solar system exploration immediate and exciting.  We 
owe a debt to those planetary scientists who take it upon 
themselves to clearly articulate what we do and present it with 
energy and enthusiasm to general audiences to the benefit of all.
 
For purposes of this prize, "planetary science" is understood to 
refer to the multidisciplinary study of the solar system and its 
members, excluding work dealing primarily with the Sun or the Earth.
 
Candidates for the Sagan Medal may be of any age or nationality. 
Only living nominees will be considered for an award.
 
Go to http://www.aas.org/~dps/prizes_contact.html, fill out  
the nomination form and send it to me along with the supporting 
materials listed there.  In addition, I request that all nomination 
materials be submitted in electronic format.  A complete nomination 
will be considered by the Prize subcommittee for three years.  
You may wish to contact me to see if there already is an 
active pending nomination for your candidate.  Because of the time 
it takes to accumulate materials needed for a nomination, I encourage 
all of you to begin as soon as possible.  The award will be presented 
at the 2006 DPS meeting in Pasadena, California.
 
Past Sagan Medal winners include:
 
1998    W. K. Hartmann         1999    C. R. Chapman
2000    L. A. Lebofsky         2001    A. Brahic
2002    H. B. Hammel           2003    (no award)
2004    D. Morrison            2005    R. Lopes
 
William B. McKinnon
DPS Prize Subcommittee Chair
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130
314-935-5604 (w)
314-935-7361 (f)
314-935-5610 (main office)
mckinnon at wustl.edu
 
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NEW HORIZONS JUPITER ENCOUNTER COORDINATED OBSERVING CAMPAIGN
 
The New Horizons Pluto Kuiper Belt mission successfully launched on 
19 Jan 2006 and is en route to a Jupiter encounter centered on 
28 Feb 2007, just under a year from now. Encounter observations 
from the spacecraft will begin in January 2007 and extend 
through May. Observations will include studies of the Jovian 
magnetosphere, Io Plasma Torus, the Galilean satellites, 
some small satellites, Jupiter's ring system, Jovian aurorae, 
and Jovian meteorology. Additional information can be 
found at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu. A New Horizons Jupiter-DAP program is 
planned to be a part of the ROSES-08 funding proposal solicitation.
 
The New Horizons Science Team is now soliciting parties interested 
in making coordinated groundbased and spacecraft observatory 
observations of the Jovian system during the New Horizons encounter 
period. For more information and to register your planned 
observational involvement, interested groundbased observers 
should contact John Spencer (spencer at boulder.swri.edu); interested 
spacebased observers should contact Hal Weaver (hal.weaver at jhuapl.edu).
 
 
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