Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-12: DPS Meeting, Election,	Decadal Survey...

Issue 09-12, July 12th 2009

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1) 2009 DPS Meeting Update
2) DPS Election Reminder
3) How to Submit a White Paper to the Planetary Science Decadal Survey
4) Availability of Decadal Survey Presentations and Archived Webcasts
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings
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2009 DPS MEETING UPDATE

See http://dps09.naic.edu/

The abstract deadline is 9pm EDT on Wednesday July 22, 2009

The early registration deadline is Thursday July 23, 2009.
Registration rates go up after this deadline.

Please consider an additional contribution of $30 to offset the carbon
footprint of the meeting: a checkbox is provided on the registration
form.

You can also sign up for various tours, including a tour of Arecibo
Observatory on the Saturday after the meeting.

Applications for special Sunday or lunchtime workshops will be
considered until July 29th. Please contact Laronda Boyce,
laronda.boyce@aas.org

See you in Puerto Rico!


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DPS ELECTION REMINDER

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


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HOW TO SUBMIT A WHITE PAPER TO THE PLANETARY SCIENCE DECADAL SURVEY

The decadal survey process depends heavily on white papers provided by
the community. White papers on any topic of relevance to the survey
are strongly encouraged. Instructions on how to format a white paper
and submit it for consideration by the decadal survey can be found at

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/SSEdecadal_whitepapers.html.

White papers will be accepted until 15 September, 2009. Questions
should be directed to planetary_decadal@nas.edu.


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AVAILABILITY OF DECADAL SURVEY PRESENTATIONS AND ARCHIVED WEBCASTS

Links to the presentations from and archived webcasts of the 6-8 July
meeting of the Steering Group of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey
have been posted on the decadal survey’s website at

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/SSEdecadal2011.html.

The decadal survey thanks Spacepolicyonline.com and the NASA
Astrobiology Institute for providing this community service.


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Staff astronomer positions, ESO-VLT.

See https://jobs.eso.org.

Job details: The successful candidates will have the opportunity to
provide expert knowledge on novel instrumentation, and may be given
the overall responsibility for an instrument at the Very Large
Telescope. The successful candidates will:

* Contribute to the observing support in both visitor and service
mode at the La Silla Paranal Observatory, with duty station on
Paranal, including short-term scheduling of observations,
calibration of instruments and the assessment of the scientific
quality of the astronomical data.

* Work in collaboration with one or several of the teams operating
the instruments currently on the mountain to improve their
operations and scientific performances, and contribute to the VLT
operations-readiness of the second generation of instruments.

The successful candidates (Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or equivalent)
will be member of the ESO Science Faculty, with an appointment at the
level of Assistant or Associate Astronomer. They will be expected and
encouraged to actively conduct astronomical research. We are seeking a
active researcher staff astronomers, with substantial observing
experience in any of the state-of-the-art observing techniques
available at Paranal. A good command of English and a strong sense of
team spirit are essential. The position requires three letters of
reference to be sent to vacancy@eso.org.

Contact: Christophe Dumas (cdumas@eso.org)

Deadline for application: July 31, 2009


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Nix and Hydra : Five Years After Discovery, May 11-12, 2010,
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD

This workshop is planned to discuss our current understanding of
Pluto's two small satellites, Nix and Hydra, 5 years after their
discovery, as a part of New Horizons Pluto system encounter planning. 
The
workshop will also focus on Nix and Hydra in the context of Pluto
formation, KBO analog bodies, and the general topic of KBO satellites.
Other topics to be covered include: interrelationships among the objects
in the Pluto quadruple system, dynamical considerations, the physical
properties of Nix and Hydra, their origin and evolution, the 
implications
for other KBOs, how Nix and Hydra compare to other moons in the solar
system, and the plans and expected datasets resulting from Nix and Hydra
investigations by the New Horizons mission. Most of the presentations
will be invited, but there will also be an opportunity to present
contributed papers.

Participation is open to everyone, but attendance will be limited to ~50
people. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to
Hal Weaver (hal.weaver@jhuapl.edu), who will put your name on a
distribution list for future mailings.

Alan Stern, Hal Weaver, Bill McKinnon (SOC)
Max Mutchler, Keith Noll (LOC)


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