Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-08: DPS Prize Announcements,

Issue 08-08, May 24th 2008

1) 2008 DPS Prize Announcements
2) Call for Ancillary Workshops at the Ithaca DPS Meeting.
3) Child Care at the Ithaca DPS Meeting
4) Citing "In Press" Papers: Please Use DOI Numbers
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings



The DPS Committee is pleased to announce the recipients
of Division prizes for 2008 --

    2008 Kuiper Prize:    Michael A'Hearn (Univ. Maryland)

    2008 Masursky Prize:  Jon Giorgini  (JPL)

    2008 Sagan Medal:     G. Jeffrey Taylor (Univ. Hawaii)

Please join in congratulating our fellow members on their well
deserved recognition.  A reminder that all prize considerations
rely on strong and abundant nominations from our community.
See for details.



The Local Organizing Committee for the Ithaca DPS meeting, to be held
on October 11-15, 2008, would like to know of any ancillary workshops
being planned which will require the allocation of meeting rooms.

Currently, we have 8 rooms reserved on Saturday - Tuesday, 7 on
Friday, Oct 10 (the day before the DPS itself starts) and 5 on
Wednesday morning, in addition to those assigned to the main
sessions. These rooms range in capacity from 12 to 50, depending on
seat arrangements, and 4 of them can be combined into 2 larger rooms
with a capacity of up to 100. Most, but not all, have built-in
computer projectors. In addition, there is a very elegant semicircular
amphitheatre available on Sat - Wed which will seat up to 85, and
which would work well for half-day workshops.

If you are planning such a workshop, please contact either or both of
the undersigned, and provide us as much of the information requested
below which you can estimate at this time.

    Workshop title:

    Convenor or contact person:

    Contact email & phone number:

    Estimated attendance:

    Preferred day and time (if any):

    Is a computer projector necessary?

    Do you expect to provide your own food, or are you requesting
    catered lunches?

With regard to the last item, please be aware that all workshop rooms
are in the Statler Hotel, which generally does not permit food to be
catered by (or delivered by) outside agencies.  We do not yet have
cost estimates for prearranged box lunches, but are working on this.
As this is Fall Break on campus, there will be very few places open to
serve lunch within a 5 min walk of the meeting venue.

Phil Nicholson:
Don Campbell:



The Local Organizing Committee of the Ithaca 2008 DPS is seeking to
provide on-site organized child care at the meeting.  To assist in the
planning, we would be grateful if you could complete a brief survey on
your potential child care needs for the DPS meeting.  The survey is
available online at: 

Please complete the survey by June 1st.

Any questions concerning child care at the 2008 DPS meeting should be
addressed to James Lloyd (



Citation numbers are important for measuring the intellectual vigor of
a field and the extent to which it is recognized scientifically.
Journal publishers do track citations, and Elsevier, publisher of
Icarus, does so quantitatively. Friso Veenstra of Elsevier has made an
interesting point: for many weeks before an accepted paper gets a
volume and page number, it is issued a Digital Object Identifier (DOI
number).  This number indicates the paper has been published from the
electronic point of view.  Elsevier's tracking system recognizes
papers cited by DOI as published and hence counts them, but papers
listed as "in press" are not counted.  Of course, when a reference
list is published with some papers cited "in press" they will be
listed so forever, and they are lost citations from the point of view
of the statistics.

It is therefore very important, when you cite a paper in a reference
list, that you cite papers that do not yet have volume/page numbers
but do have DOI numbers by their DOI number and not with the label "in
press".  In this way we can help publishers more fairly count the
number of citations in our field.



1) Editor, Astronomy Education Review

The American Astronomical Society is soliciting applications and
nominations of candidates for the position of Editor of the Astronomy
Education Review (AER). This person will replace the current Editor,
Sidney Wolff, who is stepping down at the end of 2008. The AER is
internationally known as the pre-eminent scholarly journal in
astronomy education and research, and the new Editor will be
responsible for enhancing the excellence of the Journal. The AAS
Council has selected a Search Committee to fill this position, chaired
by its Education Officer, Tim Slater.

The Society expects to compensate the Editor at roughly $10,000 per
year paid as a stipend (or other arrangements as negotiated) and
performance will be reviewed annually by the publications board.  No
additional infrastructure will be provide.

Email Submission Address: (subject line: AER
Editor Search)

Applications will be reviewed starting June 15 and will continue until
position is filled.

Further information at:



1) The Great Planet Debate: A Scientific Conference and Educator's
Workshop August 14 - 16, 2008 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory Laurel, Maryland, USA

Online registration for the above meeting is now available at:

The deadline for abstracts and early registration is June 27, 2008.

During the first two days of the conference, speakers will present  
what we
have learned about planetary bodies after more than 40 years of robotic
exploration of the Solar System and what we are learning about planets
around other stars. The characteristics and criteria used to define and
categorize planets, including the IAU's dynamical-based definition and
alternative geophysical-based definitions, will be discussed and  

The invited speakers are leading researchers in the field of planetary
system formation and evolution. The schedule of talks can be found at:

The third day of the meeting will be an Educator's Workshop to  
discuss how
the question of "The Great Planet Debate" should be treated in  
schools and
how that can be used as a springboard to discuss science as a  
process, as
well as other topics in planetary science.

Meeting Organizers: Mark Sykes, Hal Weaver, and Keith Noll

2) GSA session on Titan Geology: A New Frontier, Geological Society of
America Joint Annual Meeting, October 5 - 9, 2008, Houston, Texas


Sponsors: GSA Planetary Geology Division; Gulf Coast Association of
Geological Societies

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is a dynamic, Earth-like body. Clouds
and rain, rivers and lakes, cryovolcanoes, and vast aeolian dunes all
shape its surface. These geologic phenomena give Titan a strikingly
terrestrial-style geomorphology, so that significant advances in
understanding Titan are being made through analogy to terrestrial
processes. Yet the materials observed spectroscopically in these
processes are exotic by terran standards: Titan's crustal material is
water ice, and its atmosphere synthesizes complex hydrocarbon

The juxtaposition of Earth-like processes and exotic materials makes
Titan a unique opportunity in comparative geologic studies. This
session will discuss Titan's varied geologic processes and their
resultant landforms, including surface-atmosphere and
surface-subsurface interactions.

Contributions analyzing Cassini data, ground-based observations,
terrestrial analogs, and laboratory studies, including geochemical
analogues to early Earth, are all welcome.

Abstract Deadline: June 3, 2008

Conveners:  Devon Burr (University of Tennessee Knoxville, Carl Sagan
Center/SETI Institute); Jason Barnes (University of
Idaho, NASA Ames Research Center)