Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-23: Archiving DPS talks, MSL, Icarus, future meetings...

Issue 08-23, October 24th 2008
DPS Web site: http://dps.aas.org/

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1) DPS Meeting 2008: Opting out of talk archiving
2) DPS Resolution on MSL Overruns
3) Icarus: Reminder About "Old" Manuscripts
4) Future DPS Meetings
5) HST Heads-Up: Upcoming Call for Supplementary Proposals
6) Job Announcements
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DPS MEETING 2008: OPTING OUT OF TALK ARCHIVING

The AAS is in the process of permanently archiving (online) the
webstreamed presentations from the DPS08 meeting in Ithaca. If you DO
NOT want your presentation to be permanently archived by the AAS,
please send an email to that effect to Jim Bell (jfb8@cornell.edu) or
Scott Idem (scott.idem@aas.org) and we will make sure your talk is not
included. Details on how to access the archived presentations will be
provided on the DPS web site in the near future.


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DPS RESOLUTION ON MSL OVERRUNS

The DPS has endorsed the recommendations of the Planetary Science
Subcommittee as they relate to the Mars Science Laboratory
mission. See
http://dps.aas.org/public_policy/docs/DPS-resolution-2008.pdf


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ICARUS: REMINDER ABOUT "OLD" MANUSCRIPTS

This is a reminder that those authors who are working on revisions to
manuscripts submitted prior to 1 August 2008, but who have not yet
submitted a revised manuscript, should do so using the "old" system
before 31 October 2008. This is so that the editorial processing of
those manuscripts can be completed before the Editorial Office moves
toward retiring the "old" Cornell-based server.

-- Icarus Editorial Office and Editorial Staff


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FUTURE DPS MEETINGS

The 2009 DPS meeting will be at the El Conquistador resort in Puerto Rico,
during the week of October 4th - 9th 2009. Ellen Howell and Mike Nolan
of Arecibo Observatory are leading the Local Organizing Committee.

The 2010 DPS Meeting will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention
Center in Madison, Wisconsin, probably during the week of October 24th
- 29th 2010. Sanjay Limaye (SanjayL@ssec.wisc.edu) will be heading up
the Local Organizing Committee, and is looking for volunteers to help
with the LOC.

The venue for the 2011 DPS Meeting is not finalized, but will probably
be in Europe, possibly in Nice, France at the Nice Acropolis.


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HST HEADS-UP: UPCOMING CALL FOR SUPPLEMENTARY PROPOSALS

The Hubble Space Telescope is in the process of switching to its "Side
B" data handling electronics. If all goes well, WFPC2 and the ACS/SBC
will be restored to service, and efforts will be made to restart
NICMOS at the earliest opportunity. If the latter efforts are
successful, then NICMOS will require 4-6 weeks before it cools to
operating temperatures.

We have been steadily working through the residual Cycle 16 tail, with
an additional 4 months at least until SM4, we do not have sufficient
observations in hand to keep HST active over that period. Indeed, there is
the potential that we will run out of observations by mid-December.
Consequently, we need to issue a supplementary call for proposals as soon
as possible.

All being well with side B, we will issue the call for supplementary
programs early next week. The new programs should meet the following
criteria:

1.	Programs must use WFPC2, ACS/SBC and/or the FGS. We may extend the
call to include NICMOS, depending on the results of the initial
on-orbit tests to restart the cooling system. [We have almost 600
orbit of unexecuted Cycle 16 & 17 NICMOS observation in hand.]
2.	Preference will be given to programs that request at least 50
orbits.
3.	Programs must not duplicate the science programs of any Cycle 17
proposals.
4.	The proposed observations should involve as few constraints as
possible to permit maximum scheduling flexibility.
5.	Any accepted programs will not be extended beyond SM4, and will
therefore not displace any approved Cycle 17 programs. Targets
must therefore be accessible to HST in 2-gyro mode between
October 2008 and May 2009.

Programs will be assigned a 6 month proprietary period, and funding may
become available at a later date.

The proposals will be submitted via APT, with format requirements
matching Large programs. Given the time constraints, we will not require
proposers to submit full target lists. We are currently contacting Cycle
n17 TAC member to ask if they will assist in reviewing these programs.

We envisage the following schedule:

October 20: Issue call for supplementary programs

November 10: Deadline for Phase I submissions

November 21: Deadline for submission of grades

Based on those grades, the director will select sufficient programs to
maintain observations through early next year, At this stage, we
anticipate requiring 300 to 400 orbits, but may require more depending
on both the availability of NICMOS and the date selected for SM4.
Successful PIs will be notified by Thanksgiving.

December 7: Phase II deadline for accepted proposals.

Neill Reid
Head, Science Mission Office


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Two research associate positions are available within the Space and
Atmospheric Physics Group at Imperial College London. The work will
involve data analysis, modelling and theory in the areas of research
which include Heliospheric, Solar Terrestrial and Planetary
Magnetospheric Physics. Data will be utilised from the Group's
involvement in Cluster, Cassini and Venus Express.

Please see this link for details:
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment/research/ns2008186ga

The deadline for applications is 17th November 2008.


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