Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-03: Prize Reminder, Decadal Survey...

Issue 09-03, March 31st 2009

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1) Reminder: DPS Prize Nominations - Deadline 17 April
2) Planetary Decadal Survey Update
3) NASA Planetary Science Summer School
4) Job Announcements
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REMINDER: DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS - DEADLINE 17 APRIL

You have just over two more weeks to submit prize nominations to honor
your favorite planetary scientist (or with the new Eberhardt prize,
your favorite piece of planetary journalism). See
http://dps.aas.org/prizes/ for details.


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PLANETARY DECADAL SURVEY UPDATE

From Heidi Hammel:

The Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey is starting to take shape.

Steven Squyres of Cornell University has been named chair; Larry
Soderblom of the U.S.G.S. has been named vice chair.

The DPS community is encouraged to nominate people for the Survey
Committee and/or Panels. You can do so at:
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/survey/deps/ssb2011.htm

Please, take the time to go there and make nominations.

Reminder: DPS member contact info is available through the AAS on-line
membership directory
(http://members.aas.org/directory/public_directory.cfm).

More information about the Survey, including an overview by Steve
Squyres, can be found at the Space Studies Board website
(http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/ssedecadal2011.html).


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NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs,
recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 21st Annual Planetary
Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this
summer (20-24 July and 3-7 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif. During the program, student teams will carry out the
equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal
authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and
receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer
understanding of the life cycle of a robotic space mission;
relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the
tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving
the quality of science. Applications are due 1 May 2009. Partial
financial support is available for a limited number of
individuals. Further information is available at
http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov .


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona
University (NAU) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to work with Professor
David Trilling on studies of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) using the
Spitzer Space Telescope and possibly ground-based facilities. The
successful candidate will also be encouraged to lead his/her
independent projects.

Applications will be considered beginning April 10, 2009.
Inquiries to David.Trilling@nau.edu.
See http://hr.nau.edu/ (job #558009)


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