Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-02: DPS Award Nominations, New Frontiers PI requirements...

Issue 08-02, February 27th 2008

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1) Call for DPS Award Nominations
2) Simplification of NASA Requirements for New Frontiers Mission
    Principle Investigators
3) Planetary Science Subcommittee Meeting, March 3-4, Washington DC
4) Job Announcements
5) Upcoming Meetings
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CALL FOR DPS AWARD NOMINATIONS

At its annual meetings, the DPS presents four awards: The Kuiper Prize
honors outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science;
the Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary
research by a young scientist; the Masursky Award acknowledges
outstanding service to planetary science and exploration; and the
Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an
active planetary scientist to the general public.

How do you win such an award? You have to have a record of outstanding
contributions to our field; and *you have to be nominated*! Even if
you don't think you qualify yourself for such an award -- yet -- you
certainly know others who do. But they will never win such an award,
unless you do the nominating.

The rules for who qualifies for a prize and the procedures for making
a nomination (it's not that hard) are explained in detail on the DPS
web page, at http://dps.aas.org/prizes/ . The deadline for nominations
this year is April 1 -- no foolin'.

--Guy Consolmagno, Prize Subcommittee Chair


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SIMPLIFICATION OF NASA REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW FRONTIERS MISSION
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATORS

From NASA:

This notice clarifies the informational notice distributed earlier
this week entitled "NASA OFFERS PRE-SCREENING OF PRINCIPAL
INVESTIGATOR REVISED REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW FRONTIERS OPPORTUNITY."

In response to community input, the NASA Science Mission Directorate
has made several changes in the minimum experience qualifications for
mission principal investigators.

SMD has relaxed the PI experience requirements for large missions,
which includes New Frontiers missions, from the requirements that were
announced in January. The PI experience requirements no longer require
two different leadership experiences for large mission PIs. The
minimum experience requirements for large mission PIs can now be met
with a single 4-year experience in a mission leadership role or two
2-year experiences in either mission or instrument leadership
roles. Please read the PI experience requirements document posted on
the New Frontiers Acquisition Additional Information Page at
http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/ for the exact requirements.

These and other PI experience requirements are explained in the SMD
Policy Document "Experience Requirements for Mission Principal
Investigators." This policy document is posted on the New Frontiers
Acquisition Additional Information Page at
http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/. It can be accessed by selecting
"Pre-Screening of Pi Requirements" and then selecting the link atthe
bottom of the page labeled "Experience Requirements of Mission
Principal Investigators."

SMD apologizes for sending out the prior informational notice before
all of the relevant information had been posted on the New Frontiers
Acquisition Additional Information Page at
http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/. The web page had not been updated
when the prior notice was sent out, and checking it would have
revealed the old, outdated, incorrect PI experience requirements. The
web page has now been updated, and the revised, relaxed, correct PI
experience requirements are posted.

Questions on New Frontiers may be addressed to Dr. Adriana C. Ocampo,
NF Program Executive, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington,
DC 20546; Tel.: (202) 358-2152; Email: aco@nasa.gov. Questions on PI
experience requirements may be addressed to Dr. Paul Hertz, Senior
Advisor, Science Mission Directorate, NASA< Washington, DC 20546;
Tel.: (202) 358-0986; Email: paul.hertz@nasa.gov.


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PLANETARY SCIENCE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING, MARCH 3-4, WASHINGTON DC

The next meeting of the Planetary Science Subcommittee of the NASA
Advisory Council will be held March 3-4, 2007 in the Greenewalt
Auditorium on the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution
of Washington (5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W.; Washington, DC 20015).
As always, the meeting is open to the public (up to the seating
capacity of the room).  The agenda is planned to be:

3 March (8:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

  8:30   Welcome, Introduction of New Members, Appreciations of Departing
          Members & Other Administrativia   (Sean Solomon, Michael New)
  8:45   Planetary Science Division Update (Jim Green, Doug McCuistion)
 10:45   Discussion
 11:45   Lunch
 12:30   Teleconference with the Associate Administrator S. Alan Stern
  1:30   Annual Ethics Briefing (Rebecca Gilchrist)
  2:30   Requirements for a Mars Sample Receiving Facility  (Ron Atlas)
  3:00   Analysis Group & MOWG Reports
           VExAG (Ellen Stofan)
           LEAG (Clive Neal)
           MEPAG (Jack Mustard)
           OPAG (Fran Bagenal)
           SBAG (Faith Vilas)
           CAPTEM (Chip Shearer)
           PSS MOWG (Bill Bottke)
  5:00   Discussion   (Sean Solomon)
  6:30   Recess

4 March (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

  8:30   Administrative Matters   (Sean Solomon, Michael New)
  8:45   Report on Lunar Architecture 2 Study   (Geoff Yoder)
  9:45   Report on Outpost Science Working Group Activities   (Kelly Snook)
 10:15   Discussion   (Sean Solomon)
 11:30   Lunch
  1:00   NRC Committee to Assess Solar System Exploration   (Wes Huntress)
  3:00   Break
  3:30   Discussion   (Sean Solomon)
  4:30   Formulation of Recommendations & Planning of Future Meetings   (Sean Solomon)
  5:30   Adjourn

Michael New, NASA Headquarters, (202) 358-1766, michael.h.new@nasa.gov


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1)  Postdoctoral research position, University of Colorado, Boulder.

See http://www.jobsatcu.com,  Search for Job Number 803136

CU-Boulder has an open Post-Doctoral Research Position for work
related to landslides and granular mechanics on asteroids.  The
initial position is for one year with an additional year follow-on
possible.  Work will involve collaboration between CU and researchers
at UC-Santa Cruz and will entail applying landslide or granular
mechanics theory and computational tools to the asteroid
environment. Duties may require creation and modification of
simulation codes, theoretical study of multi-body contact mechanics,
and some laboratory experiments. Position is based in Boulder, CO with
several trips to Santa Cruz, CA for collaboration meetings and
research.


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) The Great Planet Debate; Science as a Process, August 14-16 2008,
APL, Laurel, MD.

See http://gpd.jhuapl.edu

This is a scientific conference and educator workshop to be held at
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel,
MD. Our current understanding of planet formation, both inside and
outside the solar system, will be reviewed during the first two
days. A workshop will be held on the third day to discuss how
educators can use the "The Great Planet Debate" to teach science as a
process.


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