Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-16: 2009 Meeting, Decadal Survey, Telecope proposals...

Issue 09-16, September 28th 2009

1) 2009 DPS Meeting: Updates for Attendees
2) Decadal Survey Update
3) NASA IRTF Proposals Due October 1st
4) NOAO 2010A Observing Proposals Due September 30th
5) DPS 2008 Concert DVDs Available
6) ASP Resource Guide to the Moon for Educators
7) 2010 Sagan Fellowships
8) Job Announcements
9) Upcoming Meetings



DPS Meeting website:

1. DPS Business Meeting:
The public DPS business meeting will be on Monday, 8 pm to 10 pm, and
will include an open discussion of the philosophy for future DPS
conference locations.

2. Carbon neutrality fund:
Please consider a $30 donation to the carbon neutrality fund for the
2009 DPS meeting to offset its environmental impact. As was the case
last year, the money will be used to purchase Reneweable Energy
Credits which will enable new construction of renewable energy
facilities. Contributions can be made during on-site registration or,
if you have already registered, separately at the registration desk.

3. Hotels:
Reservations are now closed for El Conquistador and the Fajardo
Inn. If you do not have a reservation, please contact Laronda Boyce at for assistance.

4. Workshops:
The workshop schedule is available at If you have questions about your
workshop, please contact Lisa Idem at

5. Midweek Tours:
Due to low participation the Catamaran and Snorkeling trips have been
Space is still available for the Old San Juan Walking tour and the El
Yunque Rainforest tour. Please visit for more information.

6. Accessing the Internet During the Meeting
The Cyber Cafe will be located next to the Registration Desk, and will
provide computers for Internet access. In addition to the Cyber Café,
wireless internet will be available for use during the
meeting. Wireless hot spots will be located throughout most of the
public areas of the meeting. The wireless signal name (SSID) and
username/password will be printed on the back of your badge.

7. Attendee Badges During the Meeting
El Conquistador is a public building, and we cannot control the
traffic flow throughout the building. To make sure that the meeting is
a safe and enjoyable experience for all attending, we are asking that
attendee badges be worn and visible at all times.

See you in Fajardo!




The community's response to the request for decadal white papers was
remarkable: 199 papers were submitted by the September 15th deadline,
and these are now being digested by the survey panels and steering
group. All of them can be viewed at

A reminder that there are several activities at the 2009 DPS meeting
related to the decadal survey. These include:

* Plenary Town Hall meeting
11:00am - 12:30pm, Monday
* Satellites of the Outer Planets Panel: Public Meeting
12:45pm - 2:00pm, Monday
* Special White Paper Poster Session
11:00am - 12:30pm, Tuesday
* Giant Planets Panel: Community Workshop
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Tuesday
* Inner Planets panel: Public meeting
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Tuesday
* Debating Priorities for the Decadal Survey in the Area of
Primitive Bodies
12:30pm - 2:00pm, Wednesday

Updates are posted at




Due date for NASA Infrared Telescope Facility proposals for the 1
February 2010 to 31 July 2010 semester is Thursday, 1 October 2009.
Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 1-5 micron cross-dispersed
medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500); (2) CSHELL, a 1-5
micron high-resolution spectrograph (up to R=40,000); (3) MIRSI, a 5
to 25 micron camera and low-resolution spectrometer (R=100 to 200);
(4) NSFCAM2, a 2048x2048 pixel, 1-5 micron camera with a 0.04
arcsec/pixel scale and a circular variable filter; and (5)
PI-instruments including a low-resolution 3-14 micron spectrograph and
high-resolution spectrographs for 8-25 microns. Information on
available instruments can be found at:



Proposal forms and information for observing time requests for the
2010A semester (February - July 2010) at Gemini North and South, Cerro
Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and
for Community-Access time with the Hale, MMT, Magellan, and CHARA
telescopes are available at:

Standard observing proposals for all facilities available through NOAO
in 2010A are due by Wednesday evening, 30 September 2009, 11:59pm MST.



DVDs of part of the concert performed at last year's DPS meeting are
available for $15 by mail, or can be purchased at this year's meeting.
The DVD contains “Anillos”, a percussion concerto that celebrated the
Cassini Huygens mission as performed by the Cornell orchestra;
selected images from the mission are shown while the music is being
performed. The video contains interviews with Roberto Sierra, the
Puerto Rican composer of the concerto who is chair of Cornell's
department of music, and Joe Burns, a member of Cassini's imaging team
and a Cornell faculty member. It has images from the exhibit
"Spectacular Saturn" and links to several web sites for additional
information. The DVDs would make perfect holiday stocking stuffers
for friends and family.

To order by mail, send a check for $15 per DVD to Elizabeth Bilson,
132 North Sunset Drive, Ithaca, New York 14850. Please include your
mailing and e-mail addresses.



An annotated list of resources for helping students and the public to
understand and appreciate the Moon is now available on the web site of
the Astronomical Society of the Pacific at:

The guide -- for educators, amateur astronomers, and everyone who
would like to know more about the Earth's only natural satellite --
covers our scientific understanding of the Moon as a world, the
appearance of the Moon in our skies, and tips for observing the Moon
through binoculars or small telescopes. It also suggests a few ways to
learn more about the Moon in popular culture and historical events.



The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute announces the 2010 Sagan
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and solicits applications for
fellowships to begin in the fall of 2010.

The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral
scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to
the science goals of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration area. The primary
goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize
planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or
instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality
who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or
after January 1, 2007, in astronomy, physics, or related
disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of
the fellows' choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host
institution per year. The duration of the fellowship is up to three
years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals
contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program
policies and application instructions is available at the web site:
Applicants must follow the instructions given in this Announcement.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the above
website. Inquiries about the Sagan Fellowships may be directed to

The deadline for both applications and letters of reference is
Thursday, November 5, 2009. Offers will be made before February
1, 2010, and new appointments are expected to begin on or about
September 1, 2010.



1) NASA Goddard Planetary Science and Data Management position

The Solar System Exploration Division at Goddard Space Flight Center
seeks a highly skilled individual to serve as a Space Scientist
specializing in planetary studies and science data management. The
applicant will provide leadership in management and oversight of
scientific data coming through the Planetary Data System (PDS) within
the Solar System Exploration Division Data Services Office (code
690.1). The incumbent serves as deputy to the PDS Program Manager
within the Solar System Exploration Data Services Office. This is a
Full-Time Term (6 year) civil servant appointment.

The applicant must possess a skill range that includes planetary
science research, program and/or project management, and use and
maintenance of standards for managing, archiving and distributing
planetary science data. He/she will document and report study results
to management in areas such as planetary space science. The individual
selected to fill this position will conduct scientific research in
planetary science, such as using data archived in PDS. In addition,
he/she will consult with all levels of management, Headquarters
personnel, other federal agencies and NASA supported missions.

This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS; apply for the
position (GS10D0001) at beginning Oct 1, 2009.

Contact Ed Grayzeck,

2) Postdoctoral position, Northern Arizona University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University
(NAU) seeks an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to work with Professor
David Trilling in studies of small bodies in the Solar System, and in
particular of the Kuiper Belt. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in
astronomy, physics, planetary science, or related field. Desired
skills include familiarity with optical and/or infrared observations,
large observational datasets, and/or the Kuiper Belt and Kuiper Belt
Objects. The successful candidate will work on projects of mutual
interest with Professor Trilling and will also lead independent
research projects. NAU has full competitive access to all University
of Arizona Observatories facilities, including the 6.5-meter MMT and
Magellan telescopes, the 2x8.4-meter LBT telescopes, and numerous
smaller telescopes.

The appointment is expected to be two years with a third year possible.
NAU offers an excellent benefits package to postdoctoral scholars.
Flagstaff is a beautiful town of 60,000 people nestled at the base of
the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona and features four seasons of
outdoor activities. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a small,
friendly group.

To apply, please visit the NAU HR web page and search for position

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of
dual career couples.



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

Call for oral abstracts deadline - 2 October 2009

The event aims to build on the history of successful Faraday
Discussions in the area of Astrochemistry (1992, 1998 and 2006), this
time focusing on the theme of chemistry of extraterrestrial planets.

Themes include:

* Planetary exploration: present and future
* Ground-based and remote experimental techniques for planetary
* Chemistry of exoplanets
* Chemistry of extraterrestrial atmospheres
* Surface chemistry, surface - atmosphere interactions and volcanism
* Planetary atmospheric aerosols

The following invited speakers will be presenting their work at the

Sushil Atreya (Michigan, USA), Darrell Strobel (Baltimore, USA), Nigel
Adams (Georgia, USA), Sébastien Le Picard (Rennes, France), Jonathan
Lunine (Arizona, USA), Steve Miller (London, UK), Julianne Moses
(Houston, USA), François Raulin (Paris, France), Giovanna Tinetti
(London, UK) and Roger Yelle (Arizona, USA).

The latest ISI citation data give Faraday Discussions an impact factor
of 4.6, emphasising their importance as a forum for developing
exciting new ideas. For your chance to be published in the journal and
discuss your work at the conference submit an abstract for oral

Abstracts for oral presentation (max 1x A4 page) are invited by 2
October 2009 to with ‘FD147 abstract’ in the
subject line. Abstracts for poster presentation are welcome until 16
April 2010.

For further information visit

RSC Conferences
Tel: 01223 432254 / 432380