Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-01: Prize nominations, Glo Helin, Keck,	IYA...

Issue 09-01, February 18th 2009

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1) Call for DPS Prize Nominations - Deadline 17 April
2) Final Reminder: DPS membership renewal
3) Reminder: 2009 Icarus subscriptions are only $99 for DPS members
4) Eleanor "Glo" Helin
5) NASA-Keck Telescope Proposals due March 6th
6) International Year of Astronomy
7) NRC study on The Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities
8) Google Earth Now Includes Mars
9) Planetary Exploration Newsletter Invitation
10) Job Announcements
11) Upcoming Meetings
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CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS - DEADLINE 17 APRIL

All DPS members are reminded and strongly encouraged to engage
actively in submitting nominations for DPS Prizes. The deadline for
2009 nominations is Friday April 17. Note there is a new prize
established this year, the Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences
Journalism Award. The Eberhart award has slightly different
nomination procedures from the other prizes. See
http://dps.aas.org/prizes/


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FINAL REMINDER: DPS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

A reminder that if you have not yet renewed you DPS membership for
2009, you will be removed from the active member list very soon, and
will no longer receive these mailings. Please return the renewal form
that you should have received in the mail in late 2008, or renew
online via http://aas.org/node/337


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REMINDER: 2009 ICARUS SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE ONLY $99 FOR DPS MEMBERS

A reminder that you can receive a personal subscription to Icarus
for 2009 for only $99. Unlike institutional subscriptions, the
personal subscription provides electronic access to all volumes
back to Volume 1.

See http://dps.aas.org/publications/
and print out and submit the form
http://dps.aas.org/publications/2009_Icarus_Form.pdf


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ELEANOR "GLO" HELIN

Eleanor "Glo" Helin passed away in late January. She was one of the
pioneers of the search for Near Earth objects (NEOs) and established
and led the NEAT Project at JPL. The NEAT Program discovered hundreds
of NEOs, many comets, and 64 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
(PHAs). Glo is survived by her son. If you would like to send him a
note or card, his address is: Bruce Helin, 210 E. Elm St., Flagstaff,
AZ 86001.


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NASA-KECK TELESCOPE PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 6TH

See http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml

Note that the science that can be addressed using NASA Keck time has
been broadened. To quote from the call for proposals:

This 2009B call includes proposals for CoRoT Key Science as well as
proposals in the following discipline areas: 1) Investigations in
support of Exoplanet Exploration science goals and missions; 2)
Investigations in support of Cosmic Origins science goals and
missions; 3) Investigations of our own solar system; and 4) Direct
mission support.


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INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, created to celebrate the
400th anniversary of Galileo's first telescopic observations and to
foster public interest in astronomy. The DPS encourages its members
to get involved in promoting astronomy in their local communities as
part of IYA. See the U.S. IYA web pages at http://astronomy2009.us/,
and in particular the page of resources for those wishing to
participate, at http://astronomy2009.us/getinvolved/


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NRC STUDY ON THE ROLE AND SCOPE OF MISSION-ENABLING ACTIVITIES IN
NASA'S SPACE AND EARTH SCIENCE MISSIONS

In response to a request from Congress, the Space Studies Board has
organized a committee to conduct a study of mission-enabling
activities in NASA's space and Earth sciences
program. (Mission-enabling activities--which traditionally encompass
much of NASA's research and analysis (R&A) programs--include support
for theory, modeling, and data analysis; sub-orbital flights and
complementary ground-based programs; and advanced mission and
instrumentation concept studies.) The study will identify the
appropriate roles for mission-enabling activities and metrics for
assessing their effectiveness. It also will evaluate how, from a
strategic perspective, decisions should be made about balance between
mission-related and mission-enabling elements of the overall program
as well as balance between various elements within the
mission-enabling component. It is important to note that while the
study will consider portfolio allocation principles and metrics from a
strategic perspective, it will NOT address or propose specific funding
levels. More information about the study committee and its charge is
available at
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48965 .


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GOOGLE EARTH NOW INCLUDES MARS

Google, Inc., recently released Google Earth 5.0, which contains a
greatly
enhanced Mars mode, developed in collaboration with NASA-Ames. The mode
includes global MOLA topography and some HiRISE topography, and many
high-resolution images, including some from the MERs.

See
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2009/09_10AR.html
and
http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/02/google-earth-goes-to-mars.html
and a short video tour at:
http://tinyurl.com/d5mavj


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PLANETARY EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER INVITATION

You are invited to subscribe to and participate in the Planetary
Exploration Newsletter (PEN). PEN is a free weekly electronic
newsletter, providing a means by which planetary scientists around the
world can communicate with each other. PEN contains meeting
announcements, job announcements, and your submissions of news
regarding or impacting solar system exploration, upcoming mission
events, awards, policy issues, as well as editorials and commentary.

The PEN Meeting Calendar (http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html)
strives to be the most exhaustive listing of planetary-related
meetings, conferences and workshops around the world. Send the title,
dates, location and URL to pen_editor at psi.edu.

Go to http://planetarynews.org to subscribe to future mailings, read
current and past mailings, and guidelines for submitting
content. There is no charge.

Mark Sykes, Matt Balme, Nic Richmond (Planetary Science Institute)


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Post-doctoral position in Titan climate modelling (based in Paris)

The planetary science team of the Laboratoire de Meteorologie
Dynamique (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace) based on the Jussieu Campus
in the heart of Paris, France, is looking for a postdoc, position
available for a start in early 2009, for 18 months. The objective is
to extend the GCM vertically into the mesosphere. Work will include
model development, then study of mesospheric processes.

See http://www.lmd.jussieu.fr/recrutements/postdoc
Informations: Sebastien Lebonnois ( sllmd@lmd.jussieu.fr )


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Society for Astronomical Sciences Symposium on Telescope Science

The annual Symposium on Telescope Science is one of the leading
pro-am meetings in the United States. It brings together professionals
and some of the more dedicated and qualified amateur observers where
they exchange ideas about research and mutually beneficial
collaborations.

The meeting will be held May 19-21, 2009, at Big Bear Lake, CA, and
will be a joint gathering with the American Association of Variable
Star Observers.

Abstracts for short presentations (20 min. including Q/A) are now
being accepted. The deadline is March 13, 2009. Final papers for the
proceedings are due May 3. The proceedings will be distributed as
a PDF on a CD. Unless requested otherwise, papers are also indexed
and made available on-line by the ADS.

See http://www.SocAstroSci.org

Brian D. Warner
Palmer Divide Observatory / Space Science Institute
brian@MinorPlanetObserver.com
program@SocAstroSci.org


2) Spring AGU meeting, Toronto, May 24-27, 2009.

The meeting includes several sessions of planetary interest, including:

P01: Planetary Sciences General Contributions
P02: Physical Attributes of Dwarf Planets in our Solar System and Others
P03: Rosetta at Asteroid Steins
P04: Great Enceladus Debates: Plumes, Beams, Ocean, Chemistry?
P05: Planetary Atmospheres: Dynamics, Chemistry, Climate, and Couplings
P06: Comparative Studies of Planetary Magnetospheres

CG11: Lunar Secular Evolution
DI03: Earth and Planetary Deep Interiors
GA22: Polar Processes on Earth and Mars: Comparative Studies
GP12: Planetary Magnetism
MA03: The Mineralogy of Mars: Missions, Meteorites and Terrestrial
Analogues
MA09: Manna from Heaven: Insights on Solar System Processes from the
Physical and Mineralogical Properties of Meteorites
SM03: Saturn Gas and Plasma: Sources, Losses and Transport
V17: Experiments, Observations, and Models of Planetary Magmatic
Evolution

Meeting Details & logistics:
Abstract deadline: March 4 at 23:59 UT (18:59 EST; 15:59 PST).
See http://www.agu.org/meetings/sm09/index.php/Program/HomePage


3) IAU Symposium 263, Icy Bodies in the Solar System, XXVII General
Assembly in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Aug. 03 - 14, 2009

Abstract Deadline: March 1st, 2009
http://www.astronomy2009.com.br/abstract.html

An interdisciplinary meeting aimed to discuss the geochemistry,
physics, morphology (roundish versus irregular shapes), and internal
differentiation of the icy bodies of the solar system (comets,
trans-neptunian objects, satellites of the outer planets, Centaurs,
Trojans and transition objects in the asteroid belt), their accretion
and transport within the different regions of the solar system, from
near-Earth to the Oort cloud, and their suitability for sustaining and
delivering life forms.

For more information visit: http://www.astronomia.edu.uy/congresos/symp263/


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