Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-11: DPS Meeting, Elections,	Decadal Survey...

Issue 09-11, June 30th 2009

1) 2009 DPS Meeting: Letter from Dick French
2) DPS Election Reminder
3) July Decadal Survey Meeting Webcasting
4) Grants for Astronomy Education from ASP
5) Job Announcements



Dear DPS members:

As a past chair of the DPS and currently a member of the AAS Council,
I'd like add my voice of strong encouragement to attend the 2009 DPS
meeting in Puerto Rico. Of all of the scientific conferences one could
attend, our divisional meeting is the one that best represents both
the diversity and focus of our members' collective energies.

The 2009 meeting will also provide an opportunity for our members to
convene at a particularly critical time. The combination of the
ongoing economic crisis and losses in recent DPS meetings have put the
DPS in a challenging position. The stark reality is that the Puerto
Rico meeting absolutely must pay for itself, since we have essentially
no buffer to cover a deficit. The DPS Committee has been working very
hard to cut expenses, to work effectively with the AAS, and to plan
for the fall meeting to be scientifically strong and economically

We have to do our part. Registration fees are higher than in the past,
but not out of line with comparable conferences, and are required to
cover the costs of the meeting. Travel costs are lower for many,
however, especially if we make early reservations. If we want to
retain control over our annual meetings, we need to demonstrate to the
AAS and to our membership that we can make the 2009 meeting a success.

Please support your society by submitting an abstract for the 2009
meeting (the deadline is July 22), register early (by July 23),
propose a workshop by July 29 [note that this is a 1-month extension
of the original workshop deadline], and attend what promises to be a
wonderful scientific meeting in Puerto Rico next October.

Many thanks.
Richard French


See for full details of the 2009 DPS meeting.



A reminder to vote in the 2009 DPS elections for Vice-Chair and 
members. Go to for information on the candidates,
and a link to the voting page. Polls close on 27 July 2009.



The National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey will
webcast all of the open sessions during the 6-8 July meeting of its
Steering Group. The webcast will be available at the following URL:

Audio can be accessed via a telephone call to 1-866-878-9452, passcode
9387576. The times of the open sessions is available on the meeting
agenda posted on the decadal survey’s website at

Please note that the agenda is subject to change. The decadal
survey offers its sincere thanks to the NASA Astrobiology Institute
for the technical support to make this community service possible.



Simple Effective Education and Dissemination (SEED) Grants For
Astronomy Researchers Available for 2009
from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific


Thanks to the support of the Planck and Herschel Missions, the
Astronomical Society of the Pacific is offering SEED Grants for 2009
to active researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, or space science to
engage in public outreach, K-14 formal education, or informal
education programs or activities.

Maximum grants are $2,500; funds may be used to purchase equipment
related to the proposed EPO activity, or to defray expenses associated
with carrying out the activity. Given the nature of the Planck and
Herschel Missions, SEED Grant proposals involving cosmology, galaxy
studies, solar system investigations, and space science will be given
special consideration.

Proposal submission deadline is July 31, 2009, with announcement of
awards by September 15, 2009.



1) Postdoctoral position in the planetary science group of
Observatoire de Paris (LESIA)

Applications are opened for a Postdoctoral Research position within
the planetary science group of Observatoire de Paris (LESIA). The
position is in relation with the Herschel Key Program observations of
trans-neptunian objects. Starting in the fall of 2009, about 140
objects will be observed at thermal wavelengths with Herschel (mainly
the PACS instrument), in order to determine their size, albedo, and
thermophysical properties, for a total of 370 observing hours. The
successful applicant will participate in the reduction, modelling, and
interpretation of the data. A significant fraction of the task will
include archiving of the observations and their science products,
ensuring their availability to the community. Preference will be given
to applicants with experience in thermal infrared photometry
observations and reduction techniques and/or in trans-neptunian
objects science.

The position is available for two years, starting nominally December
2009, with possible extension for a third year.

Contact: Emmanuel Lellouch (

Deadline for application: September 15, 2009.