Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-16: DPS elections close Tuesday...

August 20th 2007

1) DPS Elections: Polls close on Tuesday!
2) NASA Keck Proposal Deadline
3) Job Announcements
4) Upcoming Meetings



The annual election of DPS officers wraps up at midnight, Eastern
time, this coming Tuesday August 21st.  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)



NASA is soliciting proposals using the Keck Telescopes for the entire
2008 observing year (Feb 2008 - Jan 2009).  The majority of the NASA
Keck time will be dedicated to a Key Science project to study
exo-zodiacal emission around main sequence stars.  Thus the time
allocated through the usual TAC process is greatly reduced this
year. This call includes proposals for the Key Science as well as
proposals in the following discipline areas: detection of extrasolar
planets, origin and nature of planetary systems, investigation of our
own solar system and mission critical support.  The proposal process
is being handled by the Michelson Science Center at Caltech and all
proposals are due on September 24, 2007 at 5pm PDT.




1) Title: Planetary Wind Tunnel Operator
Position #: 134450

The Planetary Aeolian Laboratory (PAL) at NASA-Ames Research Center is
operated by Arizona State University (ASU) as a national facility for
the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program. The position of resident
facility operator is open for full-time or part-time employment
through ASU; requirements are a degree in science or engineering, or
equivalent experience, an interest in planetary science, and an
ability to coordinate among users of the facility, Ames Research
Center personnel, and program managers. Salary ranges from $50,000 to
$62,500 per year, plus benefits. This position will report directly to
Dr. Ronald Greeley ( For questions, contact



1) American Society of Civil Engineers' Aerospace Division: 11th Biennial
International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and
Operations in Challenging Environments, March 3-5. 2008, Long Beach,

Abstract due date: Sept. 03, 2007.
Conference website:

2) Astrophysics in the Next Decade: JWST and Concurrent Facilities
Tucson , AZ, Sep 24-27, 2007

This professional conference will focus on astrophysics to be enabled
by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and concurrent facilities
during the next decade.  The meeting, which will be hosted in Tucson
by STScI and NASA/GSFC, will engage the broad science community in a
discussion of science enabled by JWST and concurrent orbital and
ground-based facilities. It will describe and stimulate work on the
theoretical foundations for astrophysics in the next decade. Speakers
include David Jewitt, Mark Marley, Adam Burrows, and Sara Seager; SOC
and LOC members include Dale Cruikshank, Ewine van Dishoeck, Heidi
Hammel, and Yvonne Pendleton.  Members of the planetary science
community are encouraged to attend the conference and present posters
about planetary-related astrophysics in the next decade.

3) Second Workshop on Titan - Observations, Experiments, Computations,
and Modeling, Miami, Florida, March 24-26, 2008

This workshop is the second in a series of annual meetings aimed to
better understand the chemistry taking place in the atmosphere and on
the surface of Titan. It brings together atmospheric modelers,
astronomical observers, mission specialists, planetary scientists,
physical chemists, theoreticians, astrobiologists, and organic

The workshop features invited (40 min + 10 min discussion) as well as
contributed talks (15 min + 5 min discussion) and is limited to 50
participants. Deadline: December 31, 2007. Contact: The registration site opens September 1, 2007.

Send submissions to:
John Spencer, DPS Secretary (