Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-20:  Proposed Bylaw change, DPS meeting...

Issue 07-20, October 1st 2007

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1) Proposed DPS bylaw change: Embracing exoplanets within DPS
2) Reminder: DPS workshop on "What you need to know when you talk
    to reporters"
3) DPS Workshop: Comet Surface Sample Return Community Input
4) DPS Meeting Office Hours for NASA Officials at the NASA Booth
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings
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PROPOSED DPS BYLAW CHANGE: EMBRACING EXOPLANETS WITHIN DPS

At the 2007 October 7 meeting of the DPS Committee, amendments to the
DPS bylaws and prize statements will be considered that formally
include the study of exoplanets within DPS.  The sponsors of these
amendments present them and our reasoning, and solicit statements of
support, here:

http://physics.ucf.edu/astro/exodps/


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REMINDER: DPS WORKSHOP ON "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHEN YOU TALK TO REPORTERS"

1:00-3:30 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 (SanjayL@ssec.wisc.edu) indicating your interest in attending.


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DPS WORKSHOP: COMET SURFACE SAMPLE RETURN COMMUNITY INPUT

5:30-7:30pm, Thursday October 11th, Salon 17, Rosen Center

Dear Colleagues,

NASA is investigating the feasibility of a Comet Surface Sample Return
(CSSR) mission in advance of the next New Frontiers Announcement of
Opportunity (AO), which could be released as early as the fall of 2008. A
CSSR mission is expected to be one of several possible options for that AO.

NASA has tasked The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) to lead a detailed study to determine whether a CSSR
mission is indeed a viable candidate for New Frontiers.

NASA has also formed a CSSR Science Definition Team (SDT) to define the
scientific objectives of a CSSR mission and work with the APL technical team
to design a mission concept that can achieve those objectives.

The SDT held its first meeting August 21-22 at APL and has charted a course
that will result in the release of a formal report to NASA in mid-March
2008. An important component of the SDT's work is to collect ideas, advice,
and comments from the broader planetary community. To that end, the CSSR SDT
is hosting a community outreach meeting on October 11th (Thursday), during
the Division of Planetary Science (DPS) meeting. The CSSR meeting will be
held from 5:30pm to 7pm (i.e., after the DPS poster session that day), in
Salon 17 of the Rosen Center, which is the main venue for the DPS meeting
itself. We plan to spend the first half-hour making a presentation detailing
the objectives of the CSSR mission study and its status, and spend the rest
of the meeting getting feedback from the audience.

Please bring your ideas to this meeting, so that we can help pave the way to
a NASA mission that will return to Earth for laboratory investigation some
of the solar system's most primitive material.

Sincerely,

Mike A'Hearn (ma@astro.umd.edu)
Hal Weaver (hal.weaver@jhuapl.edu)


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DPS MEETING OFFICE HOURS FOR NASA OFFICIALS AT THE NASA BOOTH

Top NASA Officials for planetary science, including Alan Stern,
James Green, and Yvonne Pendleton will hold "office hours"
and be available for Q&A at the NASA booth throughout much
of the week.  Specific schedules for their availability will
be posted at the booth - all are welcome to come and meet them
and raise topics of interest.


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) The University of Arizona's Theoretical Astrophysics Program is offering
its Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship to a candidate who demonstrates
outstanding potential in original scientific research in theoretical
astrophysics, planetary science, or space science.

Applications are due December 1, 2007; for information, please see:
http://www.astrophysics.arizona.edu/postdoc-ad.html


2) Tenured/tenure-track faculty position with a focus on scientific
instrumentation, University of Michigan, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and
Space Sciences Department.

http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/
Contact, Michael Liemohn, liemohn@umich.edu, 734-763-6229


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) SOFIA Early Science Opportunities, AAS Workshop I
January 8, 2008, Austin, Texas

http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/08Jan_TaskForce/taskforce.html

The first in a series of workshops regarding early science
opportunities with SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared
Astronomy) will be held during the 211th Meeting of the AAS in Austin,
Texas from 1 to 5 PM Tuesday, January 8, 2008.

There will be updates on the state of the SOFIA Project including its
complement of nine instruments (3 cameras, 5 spectrographs, and a
high-speed photometer), and a charge to working groups that will meet
in splinter sessions to consider the early SOFIA general observer (GO)
science plan, then to discuss, revise, and update SOFIA's scientific
cases.  This will in turn provide input to a SOFIA Science
Opportunities document to be drafted after Workshop I and reviewed and
revised at the "SOFIA Community Task Force AAS Workshop II" to be held
during the 212th AAS Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri in June, 2008.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME. This is your chance to help define the ways that
SOFIA will best serve the science community. We specifically encourage
attendance by astronomers who have never had airborne astronomy
experience, theoreticians, and the large new community of astronomers
doing infrared astronomy with the Spitzer Space
Telescope. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Bob Gehrz, University of Minnesota, gehrz@astro.umn.edu,
612-624y-7806; Tom Roellig, NASA Ames Research Center,
troellig@mail.arc.nasa.gov, 650-604-6426


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