Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-15: DPS Elections, Workshops...

August 6th 2007

1) DPS Elections: Polls are open
2) DPS Meeting Workshops: Current Roster
3) Job Announcements
4) Upcoming Meetings




The annual election of DPS officers is now open.  Please cast
your vote electronically at

The candidates are:

Vice-Chair (elect one):
   Jonathan Lunine (University of Arizona)
   Linda Spilker (JPL)

Committee (elect two):
   Amanda Hendrix (JPL)
   Susan Lederer (California State University, San Bernardino)
   Rosaly Lopes (JPL)
   David O'Brien (Planetary Science Institute)

Continuing members of the DPS committee are Adam Showman, Athena
Coustenis, Roger Yelle, and Amy Simon-Miller.  Bill Bottke and Don
Davies are rotating off the committee.

Polls will close in 2 weeks, at midnight Eastern time on TUESDAY



The following workshops are scheduled in association with the 39th DPS
meeting in Orlando. If you are interested in organizing a workshop not
listed below, please contact Josh Colwell on the DPS Local Organizing
Committee (

"What You Need to Know When You Talk to Reporters"
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sunday October 7.

This "boot camp for scientists" will begin with a detailed explanation
of journalistic rules and terms. You'll learn the true definition of
phrases like "off the record". From there we will break into a
simulated press conference detailing what you should - and shouldn't -
say when addressing a room full of reporters. Finally, we'll finish
with an open panel discussion with some of the leading astronomy
journalists and public information officers in the field. Potential
briefers at the DPS press conferences are encouraged to attend, even
if you have spoken to the press before. In order to an idea of how
many are likely to attend, please send an e-mail to the DPS Press
Officer ( indicating your interest in attending.

"NASA Proposal Writing Workshop"
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Sunday October 7

Program scientists from NASA Headquarters will host a proposal writing
workshop. This meeting is open to all interested planetary scientists
as well as senior graduate students. The morning session will focus on
understanding NASA's research programs and will include information on
how to write a research proposal, where to apply for funding, and what
kind of feedback one can expect. Other opportunities for funding, such
as participating scientist programs and education/public outreach
add-on awards, will also be discussed. The afternoon session will be a
Mock Peer Review for participants who are ready to apply for grants
and want to understand what happens to their proposal after
submission. To register, send an e-mail with your name, affiliation,
and current position to

"Rosetta Target Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko"
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday October 7

The Rosetta target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will again approach
the inner solar system in 2008. From April to December 2008 the comet
will be observable while moving inbound from 3.3 AU to 1.4 AU, which
resembles a major part of the preperihelion orbit that will be covered
by the Rosetta rendezvous mission from 2014 to 2015. It is therefore
of utmost importance that the comet will be monitored during this time
in order to support the scientific preparation of the Rosetta
rendezvous. This workshop aims at starting the coordination of planned
observational campaigns. Contact Rita Schulz (

"Astronomy 101 Education Workshop"
8:30 a.m. - 4:40 pm. Saturday October 6 - Sunday October 7

for details.

"DPS Women's Brown Bag Lunch"
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 10

Bring a lunch and join us for the annual DPS Women's Brown Bag Lunch
session!  This year's topic will be Women in Leadership Roles.  We
will feature a panel discussion from women in various leadership roles
in our community, who will share their experiences and advice in an
informal setting. All are welcome! Contact Amy Simon-Miller

"NASA R&A Town Hall Meeting"
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday October 8

Description: Meeting with program managers from various NASA R&A
programs for current and potential grantees.  Contact Philippe Crane



1) Astrochemistry Research Associate

The SETI Institute is seeking a Research Associate to perform
measurements of ices relevant to comets and the interstellar medium
(ISM). These lab measurements will be driven by current understanding
of comet and ISM ice composition derived from ground- and space-based
spectroscopic observations. Comets and ISM grains are also known to
contain organic materials of interest to astrobiology, and lab
measurements to understand their origin are needed.



1) Titan after Cassini/Huygens
Corpus Christi, TX, July 7 - 11 2008

The Titan Book Symposium entitled "Titan after Cassini/Huygens" will be
held in Corpus Christi, Texas, July 7 - 11 2008.  The meeting is sponsored
by the Cassini-Huygens project and includes support from NASA, ESA, SwRI,
JPL, and APL.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to exchange ideas
that will culminate in the publication of a Springer-Verlag book on Titan.
The format will include invited talks on the various proposed chapters and
poster sessions with summary plenary reporting for introducing new ideas and
material that would be incorporated into the final text.  The meeting will
also include a day of presentations and discussion regarding the status of future
plans by NASA and ESA to return to Titan for further exploration.

The meeting will be held at the Corpus Christi OMNI hotel.  A room block has
been reserved under the name Titan Book Symposium.  If you are interested in
receiving further details on this meeting, please respond with the subject
line "Titan after Cassini/Huygens" to


Send submissions to:
John Spencer, DPS Secretary (