Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 14:19:23 -0500
Subject: DPS Mailing #06-05: Federal Relations Subcommittee Nominations...
 
Greetings, DPS members,
 
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1)  Federal Relations Subcommittee Nominations Requested by April 12 |
2)  House Appropriations Committee Meeting on March 30               |
3)  Fourth International Planetary Probe Workshop                    |
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FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE NOMINATIONS REQUESTED BY APRIL 12
 
The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee, currently chaired by Alan Stern, 
is elected by the members of the DPS Committee to keep our community 
informed of current developments in government science policies, to 
provide information to Congressional committees and governmental 
agencies about the DPS, to maintain close connections with other 
allied professional societies, and to propose recommended courses 
of action for the DPS Committee.
 
The DPS Committee solicits nominations for two additional FRS 
members. We seek candidates with experience in dealing with 
Congress and federal funding agencies, and a willingness to devote 
time and energy to this important work. With the current federal 
budget being decided over the next few months, the new members 
would begin their work immediately upon their election.
 
Please submit all nominations (or self-nominations) by e-mail to 
the Chair (rfrench @ wellesley.edu) with Subject: FRS Nomination.  
For each nomination, please include:
 
- a brief paragraph describing the nominee's qualifications for the 
  position
 
- for other than self-nominations, a copy of e-mail from the 
  nominee indicating a willingness to serve if elected. Please 
  enclose this confirmation within the body of the submission, 
  not as a separate e-mail or an attachment.
 
Nominations are due by April 12. The DPS Committee will vote on 
the nominees shortly thereafter, and announce the results 
to the DPS community once they are final.
 
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HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING ON MARCH 30
 
The House Committee on Appropriations will be meeting at 10 AM on 
March 30 (tomorrow) to discuss the NASA budget. NASA Administrator 
Michael Griffin will be testifying.
 
Congress has paid close attention to communications from scientists 
about concerns with the NASA budget, as we know from recent 
Congressional hearings. If your representative is a member of the 
House Appropriations Committee, this would be a good time to inform 
him or her of your own concerns, either before or after the hearings.
 
A FAXed letter is much more effective than email. Here is 
information about how you can contact your representative:
 
The Appropriations Committee:
 
http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Detail&HearingId=722&Month=3&Year=2006
 
The list of Appropriations Committee members:
 
http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutTheCommittee.MemberList&SubcommitteeId=18
 
Here is a site where you can obtain the FAX number of your 
representative:
 
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm
 
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FOURTH INTERNATIONAL PLANETARY PROBE WORKSHOP
 
27-30 June in Pasadena
 
http://ippw.jpl.nasa.gov/
Abstract Deadline: April 15
Registration Deadline: May 1.
 
Please note that a number of student scholarships are available 
for the workshop (including lodging, registration, and meals)
 
https://ippw.jpl.nasa.gov/WORKSHOP/StudentMatters/
 
 
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