Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-08: 2007 DPS meeting, DPS Prize reminder....

April 11th 2007

  1)  2007 DPS Meeting: Orlando, Florida, 7-12 October 2007
  2)  Reminder: DPS Prize Nomination Deadline, April 27th
  3)  Job Announcements
  4)  Three upcoming conferences and workshops


2007 DPS Meeting: Orlando, Florida, 7-12 October 2007

The Planetary Sciences Group in the University of Central Florida
Physics Department is pleased to invite you to attend the 2007 DPS
Meeting.  The meeting will take place 7-12 October at the Rosen Centre
Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  The meeting web site is

The site now lists events and deadlines and has information and
reservations for lodging and the Astro 101 Education Workshop (see
below).  Abstract submission, meeting registration, and all other
general meeting information will appear on this site in the future.

The hotel has given us an outstanding rate of $89/night ($129/night
for a club-level room).  However, our block of rooms is LIMITED and
WILL SELL OUT.  If you wish to stay in the host hotel, we urge you to
reserve now by following the link at the DPS07 web site.

The Rosen Centre is located in Orlando's hotel district, so there are
many other local hotel options, all served by a shuttle.  We look
forward to meeting with you in Orlando!



The deadline for prize nominations is Friday, April 27, 2007 at 5PM  
A description of each award, and the requirements for nomination, are
available at



1) Position Title: University Lecturer in Planetary Physics
Institution: University of Oxford, Dept of Physics
Contact: Professor David Andrews, University of Oxford, Dept of  
Phone Number: +44 (0)1865 272907

2) Two postdoctoral positions will be available this year at Southwest
Research Insititute in Boulder, for analysis and modeling of Cassini,
New Horizons, and ground-based observations of the satellites of
Jupiter and Saturn.  Contact John Spencer,, (303) 546-9674, for details.



1) 17th Annual Goldschmidt Conference, August 19-24, 2007 Cologne,
Germany: Session S18: Space missions: Probing comets, asteroids,
planets & moons


Abstract deadline April 19th 2007.  Contact: Athena Coustenis,

2) First Workshop on Binaries in the Solar System, August 20-23 2007,
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

or email to:

The goal of this workshop is to bring together various ideas on
detection, characterization, and formation of binary and multiple
objects among the NEO, main-belt, Trojan, and TNO populations.  The
format will be in a true workshop style, with all talks being invited,
reviewing major aspects of the field, with substantial time for
discussion after each talk.  Poster papers will allow presentation of
more specific results.  The venue is a small (pop. 10,000) ski-resort
village in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

3) Astro 101 Education Workshop at the Orlando DPS Meeting,
6-7 October 2007, Orlando, Florida


Improving the College Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for
Non-Science Majors Through Active Learning: A Tier I Workshop

Presented by Edward Prather, Gina Brissenden, and Timothy Slater
(University of Arizona)

The overarching goal of this workshop is for participants to become
familiar with learner-centered teaching and assessment materials, as
well as how to implement them in their college astronomy courses.

To accomplish this goal, participants in our workshop will learn how
to create productive learning environments by reviewing research on
the nature of teaching and learning; setting course goals and
objectives; and using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging
demonstrations, collaborative groups, tutorials, and ranking tasks.
Participants will also learn how to create more effective
multiple-choice tests.

This workshop is designed for college faculty, post-docs, and graduate
students currently teaching astronomy (or who think they will be in
the near future).

To learn more and to register, follow the link at the DPS07 web site:


Send submissions to:
John Spencer, DPS Secretary (