Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-17: 2008 DPS Meeting, telescope deadlines...

Issue 08-17, September 3rd 2008
DPS Web site: http://dps.aas.org/

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1) DPS Meeting 2008: Early Registration and Late Abstract Deadlines
  Next Week
2) DPS Meeting 2008: More Workshops
3) DPS Meeting 2008: Public Outreach Volunteers Needed
4) NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals Due October 1st
5) NASA Keck Observing Proposals Due September 8th
6) Job Announcements
7) Upcoming Meetings
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DPS MEETING 2008: EARLY REGISTRATION AND LATE ABSTRACT DEADLINES
NEXT WEEK

See http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu

A reminder that the early registration deadline, and the late abstract
deadline, are both next Wednesday, September 10th 2008.  Note that,
new this year, the registration form includes a checkbox for a $20
contribution towards the meeting's carbon neutrality.


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DPS MEETING 2008: MORE WORKSHOPS

DPS workshops and lunchtime sessions are listed at
http://dps08.astro.cornell.edu/events.html.  In particular, note the
following:


Observing Planets (Wherever They May Be) with the James Webb Space
Telescope

9-5 pm, Friday 10 October 2008
Auditorium (Consult DPS meeting homepage for any venue changes)

In this workshop, we will discuss the science of planetary
observations with the James Webb Space Telescope, the premier space
observatory of the next decade.  We will focus on both planets within
our Solar System and planets beyond, as well as objects relevant to
planetary system formation (small solar system bodies, exoplanetary
disks).  The workshop goals are to: engage the broader planetary
community in the exciting science that JWST will enable, educate the
community about JWST's capabilities, and elicit from the community new
ideas for planetary observations with JWST.

We welcome proposals for short (10 minute) presentations on potential
observations, as a basis for discussion and better understanding of
JWST's role in solar system studies. Or just come and participate
informally.

Scientific Organizing Committee: J. I. Lunine, H. B. Hammel
Contact: jlunine@lpl.arizona.edu


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DPS MEETING 2008: PUBLIC OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Local Organizing Committee is seeking DPS member volunteers for
four specific E/PO events at the upcoming DPS.  Please consider
helping to make our outreach activities a success at this meeting.
Here are the opportunities and contact details:

*  Saturday Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., "Ask a Astronomer" at the
"Spectacular Saturn Exhibit"
(http://www.museum.cornell.edu/HFJ/calendar/calendar.html) We are
seeking 5-10 volunteers to talk to the public about the images in the
'Spectacular Saturn' exhibition and related topics, during the lunch
break (any time you can spare between 11:00 and 1:00). There will also
be fun planetary art activities for children. Please contact Matt
Hedman (mmhedman@astro.cornell.edu) if you can help with this
activity.

* Sunday Oct. 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., "Ask an Astronomer" on the
Sciencenter's Sagan Planet Walk (http://www.sciencenter.org/saganpw/)
We are seeking at least 2 scientists per planet station (including
Pluto!) to answer questions from the public during a sponsored Planet
Walk through Ithaca during the DPS lunch break on Sunday Oct. 12.
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) will be leading the tour.  Transportation
to/from the meeting site will be available.  The Sciencenter is a
hands-on children's science museum who are also sponsoring an
"Astronomy Day" at the museum that day. Please contact
mbell5@twcny.rr.com if you can help at "your planet" during this fun
family activity.

* Monday Oct. 13, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Family Open House Day at Barton
Hall poster area We are seeking 5-10 volunteers to talk with and
answer questions from the public about the posters on display during
the DPS lunch break on Monday. Please contact mbell5@twcny.rr.com if
you can help with this E/PO activity.

* Tuesday Oct. 14, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., "Women in Science" event at
Boynton Middle School We are seeking 20 or more female scientists to
proctor activities and to talk with middle school age children
one-on-one about science. This event is sponsored by our local
library. Please contact mbell5@twcny.rr.com if you can help with this
event.


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NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 1ST

Due date for the February 1 to July 31, 2009 semester is Wednesday,
October 1, 2008.  See
http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php for our
new ONLINE submission form. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a
1-5 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to
R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5 micron highresolution spectrograph (up to
R=30,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5 to 25 micron camera and lowresolution
spectrometer (R=100 to 200), (4) NSFCAM2, a 2048x2048 pixel, 1-5
micron camera with a 0.04 arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable
filter; and (5) PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron
spectrograph and high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25
microns. Information on available instruments can be found at:
http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/.


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NASA KECK OBSERVING PROPOSALS DUE SEPTEMBER 8TH

Proposals for NASA time on the W.M. Keck Observatory for the 2009A
semester (February 1, 2009 to July 31, 2009) are due on September 8th
2008.  See http://msc.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, has an opening for a tenure-track Assistant
Professor in Planetary Sciences. Application deadline is 1st November
2008; please refer to position #410-09 in all correspondence. For more
information, please contact Judy Van Leuven (eps08@ucsc.edu) or refer
to http://www.es.ucsc.edu/about/jobs/410-09.pdf.  UCSC is an AA/EEO
Employer.


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) meeting, November 6-7,
Tempe, AZ

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/

The November meeting of OPAG is a very important occasion.  The outer
planets science community needs to hear the results of the extensive,
detailed studies of missions to Europa and Titan.  We will discuss
their scientific merits and hear about technical feasibility.  This
will probably be the last opportunity for OPAG to provide comments to
NASA for their potential decision about these two missions.

Contact: Fran Bagenal, OPAG Chair


2) Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19 2008

See www.agu.org/meetings/fm08/

Abstract deadline is September 10, 2008.  There are several additional
sessions of planetary interest beyond those mentioned in last week's
newsletter (08-16), as follows:

* Comparative Climate Studies of Earth, Venus and Mars
* MESSENGER at Mercury: The Second Flyby
* The Library - Data Center Alliance in Earth and Space Sciences
* The Phoenix Mission
* The Van Allen Radiation Belts and Their Impact on Modern Space
 Science
* Runaway Electrons and Energetic Radiation in Terrestrial and
 Planetary Atmospheres
* Lightning and Electrical Phenomena on Other Planets
* Sagan Lecture
* IYA Dark Skies Awareness Programs, Citizen Science and You
* Deccan Volcanism, Chixculub Impact, Global Environmental Change, the
 KTB and Other Mass Extinctions
* Analog Modeling of Deep Planetary Interiors
* Magnetism of Shock in Impact Craters and Planetary Magnetic
 Anomalies - New Developments
* Composition and Evolution of Iron-Rich Cores in the Earth and Other
 Planets
* Planetary Ices - Cryo-mineralogy and Cryo-petrology
* Minerals in the Early Solar System - From First Condensates to
 Planetesimals
* Outer Planet Auroras: In Situ and Remote Sensing Results


3) Europa lander: science goals and experiments: First announcement:
International workshop

9-13 February 2009, Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, Russia

http://www.iki.rssi.ru/conf/2009elw

The Europa lander workshop will be hosted by the Space Research
Institute (IKI) of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia, from
9 to 13 February 2009. The workshop will last 5 days including the
days of arrival/departure (and some sightseeing events) and consists
of several sessions dedicated to the scientific goals and logistics of
the project, key issues of Europa science with the special emphasis on
astrobiology, and discussions of the requirements for scientific
instruments.

We kindly ask all colleagues interested in participation of Europa
Lander workshop to preregister preliminarily before September 25 2008,
at the meeting website.


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