Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-14: Election results,	teaching workshop...

Issue 09-14, August 6th 2009

1) DPS Election Results
2) 2009 DPS Meeting: Astro 101 Teaching Workshop
3) NASA Keck Telescope Call for Proposals
4) Correction: Decadal Survey Mars Polar Science White Paper
5) Upcoming Meetings



The winners of the DPS election are as follows:

Vice Chair: Melissa McGrath

DPS Committee: Jason Barnes, Leslie Young

The new officers' terms will begin at the 2009 DPS meeeting.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who ran in the
election, and to everyone who voted.



There will be a Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Astro 101
Teaching Workshop on Sat Oct 3 and Sun Oct 4 2009, 9am-4pm, just prior
to the 2009 DPS meeting, at the same venue (the El Conquistador

Deadline for registration is Friday, August 21
Fee: $30

This workshop is an ideal teaching workshop for anyone teaching
intro-level astronomy and planetary sciences classes to non-science
majors. Grad students, post-docs, lecturers, and professors welcome!
Learn how to turn your classroom from a standard (dare I say boring
for you and your students??) lecture-only format to a highly
effective, interactive style. It is not only easier on the
professor/lecturer, but research proves it is significantly more
effective at aiding the students in learning and retaining the
material you cover. Help improve test scores, understanding, and

Registration is currently below the minimum, so the workshop MAY BE
CANCELLED- but not if this number grows, so it is important that you
register now if you are planning to attend. The deadline is 21
August! To register, please follow the link below now (thank you!).

If you have questions about what the workshop has to offer, and for
registration, please see the following link:

If you have further questions, contact workshop organizer Gina
Brissenden at or DPS committee member (and
3-time Astro 101 workshop attendee) Sue Lederer at



Proposal deadline: 16 September 2009 at 4pm PDT

NASA is soliciting proposals using the Keck Telescopes for the 2010A
observing semester (Feb 2010 - July 2010). NASA intends the use of the
Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going missions
and/or high priority, long term science goals. Thus, starting with the
2009A semester, NASA Headquarters opened up the NASA Keck call to a
wider range of disciplines. These disciplines include studies of
exoplanets and our own solar system, as well as galactic and
extragalactic studies in support of NASA's Cosmic Origins science
goals and missions. In addition, an identified Key Science project for
2010A is in support of the CoRoT mission.

This 2010A 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.

The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science
Institute (NExScI) at Caltech.

See for
further information. Questions not answered on these pages can be
directed to



A cut-and-paste error in the last newsletter resulted in an
announcement for the "ARS Polar Science White Paper". Here is the
corrected announcement in full:

Mars Polar Science White Paper Solicits Coauthors

Dear Colleagues, We have prepared a white paper for the consideration
of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey promoting the idea of a
subsurface drilling mission focused on paleoclimatology to the north
polar cap of Mars. Deep drilling is one possible approach, but not the
only one. The purpose of the White Paper is to indicate to the panel
the strong community support for such a project. The white paper may
be viewed at:

If you would like to lend your support to this white paper please
reply by email to Michael Hecht ( as

"I would like to be listed as a co-author on the Decadal Survey white
paper entitled "Next Steps in Mars Polar Science."

Thanks for your consideration,
Michael Hecht and coauthors.



1) UCF Winter School 2010: Exoplanets for Planetary Scientists,
University of Central Florida Campus, Orlando, Florida, USA, 6-8
January 2010

This warm winter workshop will bring together experts in exoplanet
observation and planetary theory, delivering both the latest research
results and school-style talks on applying planetary science to
exoplanetary problems. We hope you will join us!

Prof. Joseph Harrington, Program Chair
Dr. Csaba Palotai, Local Arrangements Chair
and the UCF Planetary Sciences Group
Department of Physics
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida 32816-2385

2) Galileo's Medicean Moons: Their Impact on 400 Years of Discovery
IAU Symposium 269, University of Padua, Italy, Jan. 6-9, 2010

The discovery of the Medicean Moons by Galileo Galilei took place in
Padova from January 7 -15, 1610. The discovery added four new worlds
to the known solar system, destroyed the Earth-centered universe, and
had a major influence on the development not only of astronomy and
science, but also religious and philosophical theories and social
behavior. This symposium, to be held in Padova 400 years after the
discovery, has several aims:

* to recall the memorable event and examine its influence on
science and humanities;
* to examine the status of present knowledge on Jupiter, the
Medicean Moons and its system in general, and the prospects for
advancing our understanding by future space missions and future
* to expound the contemporary vision of our solar system, of the
many extra solar planetary systems, and the expectations of
discovering new intelligent inhabitants in them.

Galileo's discovery of the Medicean Moons continues to point the way
towards a deeper understanding of our place in the Universe -- but now
from the linked perspectives of the physical and life sciences.

3) Workshop on Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration,
Honolulu, Hawaii, March 14-17 2010

The meeeting will be held in conjunction with the ASCE Earth and Space
2010 conference.

We are soliciting papers in the areas of:

Cratering and Plume Flows on Granular Media
Geotechnical Properties and Excavation of Plenatary Regolith
Granular Flows and Geotechnical Properties
Lunar Dust
Lunar and Martian Simulants
Modeling of Regolith Mechanics
Particle Properties of Lunar Soil and Dust

The deadline for abstract submission is August 18th.

Juan H. Agui
Symposium Chair