Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-20: Ithaca DPS Meeting...

Issue 08-20, September 30th 2008
DPS Web site:

1) DPS Meeting 2008: Pre-Registration Deadline is October 1
2) DPS Meeting 2008: Rideshare Program at DPS Conference
3) DPS Meeting 2008: More DPS Workshop News
4) DPS Meeting 2008: Sagan Medal Prize Talk at DPS
5) DPS Meeting 2008: Volunteers Still Needed for Several DPS08 E/PO Events
6) DPS Meeting 2008: Remember that DPS08 Will be Webstreamed Live!
7) DPS Meeting 2008: Correction to Jim Bell's e-mail address
8) Job Announcements



The on-line pre-registration deadline for DPS08 is 1 October, 10 PM
EDT. If you do not register by this time, you will only be able to
register on site, at a higher rate.

Register online at

The registration form can be downloaded and faxed to AAS from:

For the first time this year, the registration form includes an
opportunity to contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the



The DPS Ithaca meeting Green Conferencing Initiative has an
easy-to-use web-based program that facilitates ride sharing during the
conference. Like a bulletin board, users can post ride offers and
ride requests, starting now. If you'd like to avoid renting a car,
have a specialty destination, or want some company on a tour of local
attractions, please visit our rideshare website:



1) Delayed Start for James Webb Space Telescope Workshop

Jonathan Lunine, organizer and presenter of the workshop "Observing
With the James Webb Space Telescope" that will take place on Friday,
October 10, announces that the workshop will begin at 10:00am (not the
earlier 9:00am announced previously). Workshop attendees, please make
note of the time change. 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. For
more information, contact Jonathan Lunine: or
Heidi Hammel:

2) Next Decadal Study for Planetary Science: Update and Information

The Space Studies Board of the National Research Council has been
requested to carry out a Decadal Study for planetary science for the
2010-2020 decade. An informational session about this study will be
held at the upcoming Ithaca DPS meeting. This session will provide an
update on current planning for this activity, which is scheduled to
begin in January 2009, and will outline some of its major goals. A
particular focus will be to seek ideas and suggestions from DPS
members on how to maximize effective inputs from the science
community. The session will be held on Sunday, October 12 from
5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium. Please contact Joe Veverka
( for more information.



The 40th DPS Sagan Medal prize talk will take place on Sunday, October
12 at 7:30 pm in Bailey Hall on the Cornell University campus. The
event will be free and open to the public.

Presenter G. Jeff Taylor, from the University of Hawaii and winner of
the prize, will speak about "Lunar Settlements, Lunar Science".
Emmy-award winning television host and science educator Bill Nye will
emcee the event.

According to Jeff: The talk will discuss the reasons why scientists
and explorers want to return to Earth's neighbor and the value of
humans settling it. Humans living and working on the Moon will pave
the way for a broader human presence on other planetary bodies, while
providing scientific insight into the Moon and its unexplored
mysteries. In many ways, the Moon is the eighth continent. Its
settlement will enable us to use all the space near the Earth and
Moon, for both science and commerce. The Moon contains vital evidence
about planet formation, melting, and early impact bombardment of the
inner solar system, and a permanent presence on the Moon will allow us
to decipher that complex record.

For more information, see



Additional DPS member volunteers are still needed for the Sunday
Oct. 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., "Ask an Astronomer" E/PO event with Bill
Nye on the Sciencenter's Sagan Planet Walk, and for the Monday
Oct. 13, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Family Open House Day in the Barton Hall
poster area. See the Sept. 3 DPS member email for more details, and
please contact Jim Bell at if you are willing to help
with either of these E/PO events.



Remember that this year, as an experiment, all DPS oral talks in all
sessions will be streamed LIVE on the internet. Session chairs will
be strongly encouraged to stick to the allotted time schedule, to
enable remote participants to plan to view specific talks, if desired.
Please mark your calendars, and check
for details and web links during the conference.

To help you plan to participate by webstream, the science program is
posted at



In the last e-news issue (08-19), the item about yesterday's DPS
webstreaming test gave an incorrect e-mail address for Jim Bell, who
is the person to contact with feedback or reports of technical
problems. His correct address is



1) Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Planetary Science

The Department of Astronomy of the University of Maryland, College Park,
seeks applications to fill an immediate post-doctoral position in
planetary science, in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center (GSFC). The aim of the research project is to study the lower
atmosphere and surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, using data collected by
the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on the Cassini Saturn orbiter

The position is a two-year appointment in the first instance, with the
possibility of extension depending on the success of future grant
proposals. For further information on this position, including
qualifications required and application details see:
or contact Dr C.A. Nixon (

Applications received by November 12th will receive full consideration.

2) Postdoctoral Scholar Positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Postdoctoral Scholars
Program at JPL invites applications for postdoctoral research
positions in Martian atmospheric properties and dynamics. The research
will involve analysis and modeling of data collected by the Mars
Climate Sounder (MCS) instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft. The successful candidate will work with
retrieved profiles of temperature, pressure, and ice and aerosols
abundance to study the distribution and properties of Martian clouds
and dust and Martian atmospheric dynamics (including tides and the
global circulation).

Dr. David M. Kass, Mars Climate Sounder Instrument Scientist, of
JPLís Division 32 will serve as JPL postdoctoral adviser to the
selected candidates.

A Ph.D. in planetary atmospheric sciences or related fields is
required. Experience in the analysis of Martian atmospheric data and
processes (i.e., atmospheric dynamics, radiative transfer, or
scattering) is highly desirable. Prior experience with instrumental
datasets (such as TES) will be beneficial. A strong background in
programming, UNIX systems, and experience working with large data sets
is also highly desirable.

The positions are open immediately and appointments are contingent
upon completion of Ph.D. The annual starting salary for a recent
Ph.D. is $US 52,000 and can vary somewhat according to the applicantsí
qualifications. Positions are awarded initially for a one-year
period. Appointments may be renewed in one-year increments for a
maximum of two additional years.

Applicants should submit a CV and the names of three references to:

Dr. David M. Kass
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, M/S 169-237
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
FAX : 818-393-4619

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John Spencer, DPS Secretary (