Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-15: 2009 Meeting, Decadal Survey, green initiatives...

Issue 09-15, August 28th 2009

1) 2009 DPS Meeting Updates
2) 2009 DPS Meeting: Volunteers Needed for Outreach Talks in Spanish
3) 2009 Decadal Survey Update
4) DPS Green Initiatives
5) New Horizons KBO Search- DPS Meeting Workshop
6) HST Multi-Cycle Treasury (MCT) Programs Call for Proposals
7) Ali Safaeinili
8) Job Announcements
9) Upcoming Meetings



DPS Meeting website:

1) Registration


The regular registration deadline is Tuesday, 1 September 2009.
Registration after the deadline will be available on-site, at an
increased rate.

You may register online at
or download and print out a copy of the registration form from
and fax it to the AAS at 202-234-7850

If you have any questions, contact Laronda Boyce at

2) Hotel Reservation Updates

The El Conquistador hotel is nearly sold out on Thursday, 8 October
and Friday, 9 October. We are in the process of negotiating rates for
an additional hotel. Daily shuttle service will be provided from the
new hotel to the El Conquistador. For assistance with making a
reservation, please contact Laronda Boyce at

3) Late Abstract Submission Deadline

The Late Abstract Deadline is Tuesday, 9 September 2009 at 5:00 PM EDT.

The following DPS presentation rules apply: One contributed planetary
presentation per person. The following exceptions do not count as your
one contribution:

History talk or poster
Education talk or poster
Decadal Survey "White Paper Poster"
Invited talks

Non-members may only present one time at a DPS Meeting. Non-members
must have a DPS member sponsor their presentation. Non-members must
enter the sponsor's name before accessing the abstract form. The
sponsor will be notified.

To implement these rules, abstracts must be submitted through the
presenting author's AAS account.

4) Meeting schedule now available




Help celebrate IYA!

Volunteers are still needed to give Spanish talks on general astronomy
or planetary science in Puerto Rico. If you are willing to talk to
the general public, or to school children in Spanish, during, or
immediately before or after DPS, please contact Mayra Lebron
( or Ellen Howell (



1) There are several activities at the 2009 DPS meeting related to the
decadal survey. These include:

* Plenary Town Hall meeting on Monday, 11:00am - 12:30pm
* Special White Paper Poster Session,
* Giant Planets Panel: Community Workshop (date TBD)
* Satellites of the Outer Planets Panel: Public Meeting (date TBD)
* Small Bodies Advisory Group: Wednesday lunch meeting

Updates will be posted at
(though this is not quite up-to-date at the time of posting)

2) A reminder that there will be a session of the Fall AGU meeting
(P15: "Recent Results in Planetary Science and Their Impact on Future
Science and Mission Priorities") devoted to providing input to the
Decadal Survey. See

AGU abstract deadline is September 3rd 2009

3) A reminder that Decadal white papers are due on September 15th.
Please post information on planned white papers at and submit them via



Thanks to the donation of $1500 by registrants to the 2008 Ithaca DPS
meeting, the DPS has been able to purchase 725 megawatt-hours of
Renewable Energy Credits from 3 Degrees (, to
offset the impact of meeting travel on the environment. This purchase
has been carefully chosen to have maximum impact in replacing
carbon-emitting energy sources with renewable energy. Thanks to Beth
Clark of Ithaca College for organizing this effort.

We would like to increase the fraction of meeting-related CO2
emissions that we can offset in future meetings. So please consider a
$30 donation to the carbon neutrality fund for the 2009 DPS meeting to
offset its environmental impact- this can be done from the
registration page or, if you have already registered, at the meeting

There will be a workshop at the DPS meeting to discuss how we can
further reduce our environmental impact: Contact John Spencer,, for details.



Following its July 2015 Pluto encounter, the New Horizons (NH)
spacecraft will continue into the Kuiper Belt, and one or more KBOs
may be targeted for close flybys. There are probably KBOs brighter
than magnitude 27 that are accessible by the spacecraft, but these
have yet to be discovered. The optimum time for a search for flyby
targets for NH is the period 2011-2014, when the search area is
relatively small and is beginning to emerge from the Milky
Way. Large-aperture telescopes, wide-field imagers, and software
capable of extracting moving objects from crowded starfields will be

The New Horizons project is soliciting help for this search, and can
provide financial support for selected search teams. NH science team
participation of search team PIs in the KBO encounter(s) is also a
possibility. There will be a workshop at the 2009 DPS meeting (time
and place TBD), which will include discussion of the search region,
search depth required, possible search and data analysis strategies,
results of preliminary searches, and potential mechanisms for forming
and funding search teams.

If you are interested in the DPS workshop or the search, please
contact John Spencer,



Proposal Deadline: November 18, 2009

NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to
announce the Multi-Cycle Treasury Programs Call for Proposals for
Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations. Participation in this
program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and
foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit
organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

This solicitation for proposals will be open through November 18,
2009, 5:00 pm EST. The Astronomer's Proposal Tools (APT) version
17.4.3, which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission, has been
released. Results of the selection will be announced in late January
2010, 6-7 weeks before the Cycle 18 Phase I Deadline.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific
guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from
the STScI at

Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk (email:; phone: 410-338-1082).



Dr. Ali Safaeinili, a long-time and respected member of the Radar
Science and Engineering team at JPL passed away on Wednesday, July 29.
Born in Sari, Iran, Ali managed to find his way to Iowa State
University, where he earned Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate
degrees. At JPL for more than a decade, Dr. Safaeinili pursued radar
as a means to study ice on the Earth and the planets. An energetic and
innovative scientist, Ali participated in the design, development,
testing and operation of the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and
Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) still operating on Mars Express. He also
participated in the design and operation of the Shallow Subsurface
Radar (SHARAD) currently orbiting Mars on the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter. Active in the analysis of radar data, Ali served as the
Investigation Scientist for the radar investigations on both
projects. In addition to earlier work on the Shuttle Radar Topography
Mission (SRTM), he led and contributed to efforts to develop new VHF
and HF radars for Earth observations and potential applications to
Europa and other icy bodies. Survivors include his wife, two
daughters, his parents, siblings, and many, many friends and



1) School Postdoctoral Fellowship


This Fellowship aims to attract candidates of the highest ability,
irrespective of field, to the physics program in the Australian
National University's College of Physical Sciences. The physics
program at ANU includes research programs in planetary atmospheric
chemistry, planetary astronomy, and laboratory spectroscopy.
Applications are open to candidates who are within five years of the
date of award of their PhD. Candidates who are in the final stage of
their PhD must have been awarded their degree by the time of
commencing their appointment.

Candidates will be assessed on their research potential and track
record relative to opportunity, taking into account their background
in either theory or experiment. The Fellowship is for two years in
any of the physics research areas within the College of Physical
Sciences: or

Fellowship enquiries: Professor Kenneth Baldwin Planetary research
enquiries: Professor Brenton Lewis, Dr Stephen Gibson, or Dr Frank

Deadline for application 31 August 2009.



1) Challenging the Paradigm: The Legacy of Galileo, November 19, 2009,
Caltech, Pasadena

In the year when the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo
Galilei's discoveries through the use of the telescope, this one-day
symposium will reflect upon the significance of his discoveries to the
development of our culture and to science.

Sessions include:
* Galileo the Man and The Space Mission
* Exploration of Galileo's Worlds: The Jovian and Saturnian Systems
* What Galileo Hath Wrought: Observing the Cosmic System
* Beyond Galileo Galilei: Modern Frontiers of Cosmic Science

Researchers are encouraged to contribute a poster describing
innovative research on any of the themes discussed by the invited
speakers. Young researchers and students are especially
welcome. Abstracts are limited to 180 words. Deadline for poster
abstract submission is September 30, 2009.

Please register on our website early - registration is free but
seating is limited

2) Lunar Dust, Plasma and Atmosphere: The Next Steps. January 27–29,
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado,

This meeting is being organized by the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust
and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS), a NASA NLSI center, see:

3) Faraday Discussion 147: Chemistry of the Planets, 14-16 June 2010,
Saint Jacut de la Mer, Brittany, France

Call for oral abstracts: deadline - 21 September 2009

A host of missions either underway, or due to report back in the next
few years, are able to land on planets or descend into their
atmospheres, and apply powerful analytical techniques to determine
their chemical compositions. The wealth of chemical information sent
back from these missions has stimulated major efforts in laboratory
experiments and computational modelling, and created a fascinating
area for multidisciplinary exchange around the theme of the chemistry
of the planets. Furthermore, the recent discovery of water and methane
in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet (exoplanet) opens up a whole
new and exciting field of planetary chemistry outside of the Solar
System. We plan a fruitful Faraday Discussion at the interface of
these disciplines.

See the Web site for details.

Ian Sims, Institut de Physique de Rennes,