Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #07-21: Ground-based telescopes, Kavli Prize...

Issue 07-21, October 18th 2007

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1) Your Input Needed on Telescopes Vital for Planetary Astronomy
2) Kavli Prize in Astrophysics (including planetary science)
3) Keith Noll Wins the AAS Education Prize
4) Job Announcements
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YOUR INPUT NEEDED ON TELESCOPES VITAL FOR PLANETARY ASTRONOMY

An important activity is underway to evaluate the future of telescopes
and instrumentation in astronomy -- an activity that has largely gone
unnoticed in the DPS Community.  Your input is urgently needed.

The activity is called "ReSTAR" for "Renewing Small Telescopes for
Astronomical Research."  The activity is being conducted by the
National Science Foundation (through its Senior Review).  The ReSTAR
committee is developing a report on the instrumental capabilities
needed by the U.S. community for ground-based Optical/IR telescopes
less than 6.5 meters in aperture. The list of capabilities needed should
flow from community scientific aspirations and should represent all
areas of astronomical research and wavelength and types of observation.

At present very little planetary astronomy input has been received.
No input means the facilities and instruments most important to you
could be closed down.  Respond NOW via the ReSTAR home page:

       http://www.noao.edu/system/restar/

Rick Binzel, Chair


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KAVLI PRIZE IN ASTROPHYSICS (INCLUDING PLANETARY SCIENCE)

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics will be awarded for outstanding
achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the
origin, evolution, and properties of the universe, including the
fields of cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science,
solar physics, space science, astrobiology, astronomical and
astrophysical instrumentation, and particle astrophysics.

Information regarding nomination guidelines etc. can be found on
www.kavliprize.no.  Deadline for nominations is December 15.


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KEITH NOLL WINS THE AAS EDUCATION PRIZE

We wish to (belatedly) congratulate DPS Member Keith Noll on being
awarded the 2007 AAS Education Prize for his work in creating and
managing the Hubble Heritage Project.


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University
has an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Planetary
Sciences.  Application deadline is Dec. 10, 2007.  For more
information contact: Michael E. Summers, msummers@physics.gmu.edu
https://jobs.gmu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1191616274451


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John Spencer, DPS Secretary (spencer@boulder.swri.edu)