Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #08-25: Membership reminder, HST proposals, 2010 DPS...

Issue 08-25, November 25th 2008
DPS Web site:

1) AAS/DPS Membership renewal reminder
2) Supplemental Call for Proposals for HST Cycle 16 Observations
3) Dates for the 2010 Madison DPS meeting
4) NSF Dear Colleague Letter: National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
5) Job Announcements



A reminder that (unless you are an affiliate DPS member) it's time to
renew your AAS membership and DPS membership. If you don't, your
membership will expire early in the new year. Please return the
renewal form that you should have received in the mail, or renew
online via



NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
announce a Supplemental Call for Observing Proposals for the
Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Participation in this program is
open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign,
including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations,
NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

A serious electronic malfunction on HST in late September led to
the postponement of Servicing Mission 4 (SM4). HST has been
restored to operations, and we anticipate exhausting the pool of
both existing Cycle 16 programs and Cycle 17 observations that
can be brought forward before SM4 occurs. We are therefore issuing
this call for supplementary programs using Wide-Field Planetary
Camera 2 (WFPC2), the Advanced Camera for Surveys Solar Blind
Channel (ACS/SBC), the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object
Spectrometer (NICMOS) and the Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS) to
ensure that HST remains fully productive scientifically over this period.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through Monday December 8,
2008 11:59pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT) version 17.2.6,
which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission, will be released on Monday
November 17, 2008 and can be downloaded from:
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by members of the Cycle 16 & 17
Time Allocation Committees. Results of the selection will be announced no
later than January 13, 2009.

We anticipate allocating 1,000 to 1,200 orbits for an SM4 launch in the
April/May timeframe. If SM4 is scheduled at a later date, the allocation will
be increased accordingly.

Full details are given at this web site:



The 2010 DPS meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, will be held during the
week of 18 - 22 October 2010, and not the following week, which was
reported as the probable meeting week in the 08-23 newsletter.


(NAIC) (NSF 09-014)

Consistent with the National Science Board Resolution on Competition
and Recompetition of NSF Awards (NSB-08-12), NSF will compete the next
cooperative agreement for the management and operation of the National
Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) through an open, merit-based
review process. The Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) of the
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), in
cooperation with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM) of the
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), is currently preparing the program
solicitation, which is expected to lead to the award of a single,
five-year cooperative agreement for the management and operation of
NAIC following the expiration of the current cooperative agreement in

More information on the competition is provided in publication NSF
09-014, available at



1) Researchers, Bear Fight Center

We are searching for one to two candidates who have experience and
interest in studying the surfaces of Solar System objects and
interpreting them in terms of the origin and evolution of the
objects. Position is to assist in the planning, operations and data
analysis of five active space missions and conduct research using
multi and hyperspectral image data. Also, assist in laboratory studies
of candidate outer solar system surface materials and in modeling of
optical radiation-material interaction behavior. Work in a small
research group located near Winthrop WA
( Candidates can be at any stage of their
career. Especially desired are those candidates in their early stages
of career development or in mid career and interested in taking a
leadership position. Position(s) could start immediately and is/are
annually renewable, dependent on federal funding. Ph.D. in fields
related to planetary science and ability to work independently
required. Salary competitive. We value diversity and are committed to
equality of opportunity. Closing date for applications is December 31,

Send expressions of interest and resume to Tricia Cook:

2) Origins Research Associateships and PhD Studentships at University
College London

Applications are invited for four 2-year research associate positions
and four 3-year PhD studentships in fields related to the origin and
evolution of the Universe, including all areas of planetary
science. Planetary science positions will be held at The Centre for
Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck.

The closing date for research associate applications is 12th December
2008. PhD positions will be filled from February 2009 onwards. Further
details are available at

3) Postdoctoral scholar, Northern Arizona University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University
(NAU) seeks an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to work with Professor
David Trilling in studies of the Kuiper Belt. The successful candidate
will use both archival datasets and acquire new observations of the
Kuiper Belt, and may also execute independent research. NAU has full
competitive access to all University of Arizona Observatories
facilities, including the 6.5-meter MMT and Magellan telescopes, the
2x8.4-meter Large Binocular Telescope, and numerous smaller
telescopes. Ample research and travel funds will be available.

For a complete description, see

Consideration of applications will begin on January 15, 2009.