Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-03:  DPS 2010, Prize reminder, Decadal...

Issue 10-03, February 26th 2010

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1) DPS Meeting 2010: Website now available
2) DPS Prize Nomination Reminder
3) Decadal Survey Update
4) 2010B NASA Keck Call For Proposals
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings
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DPS MEETING 2010: WEBSITE NOW AVAILABLE

The 2010 DPS meeting will be held in Pasadena, California, from
October 4-8 2010. The web site is now up and running: see
http://dps.aas.org/meetings/2010/index.shtml

The website will be continually updated between now and the meeting.


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DPS PRIZE NOMINATION REMINDER

A reminder that nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 DPS
Prizes. See http://dps.aas.org/prizes/ for details of the prizes, and
nomination procedures.

The deadline for nominations is April 16th 2010.


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DECADAL SURVEY UPDATE

This is an abstract of Steve Squyres' latest message to the community
regarding the planetary decadal survey, dated January 28th 2010. The
full text of this newsletter is at:
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/ssb_052412#letters

Dear Colleague:

This is the fifth newsletter to the community regarding
SolarSystem2012, the planetary science decadal survey. The key points
in this newsletter are these:

1. Assessment by the panels of the key science goals for the coming
decade is nearing completion.

2. The Steering Group has identified and focused on several important
crosscutting issues, including launch vehicle costs, availability
of plutonium-238, and mission-related technology development.

3. Our studies of candidate missions are proceeding well. Several
recent changes to the list of studies have been made.

4. Decadal survey sessions are planned for the upcoming LPSC and
AbSciCon meetings.

As always, more details, including archived webcasts of meetings,
agendas for past and future meetings, and materials presented to the
Steering Group and panels, are available at the SolarSystem2012
website:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/ssb_052412

Best wishes,

Steve Squyres
SolarSystem2012 Chair


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2010B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2010B
observing semester (August 2010 - January 2011). 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 NASA
Headquarters has opened up the NASA Keck call to a wide range of
disciplines including exoplanets and solar system topics, galactic and
extragalactic topics as well as cosmology and high energy
astrophysics. In addition, an identified Key Science project for
2010B is in support of the CoRoT mission. The 2010B 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 of our own
SOLAR SYSTEM; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science
goals and missions; (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE
COSMOS science goals and missions; and (5) direct MISSION SUPPORT.
The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science
Institute (NExScI) at Caltech and all proposals are due on 11 March
2010 at 4 pm PST. Please see the website
http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml for
further information. Questions not answered on these pages can be
directed to KeckCFP@ipac.caltech.edu .


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS


1) Tenure-Track Research Position - Lowell Observatory

http://www.lowell.edu/employment/

Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track
research positions in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science.
Over the next several years, Lowell expects to expand its scientific
and engineering staff to maximize the scientific potential of the
4.2-meter Discovery Channel Telescope. We seek individuals with
demonstrated records of research accomplishment and clear evidence or
potential for obtaining independent grant support. A Ph.D. in
astronomy, planetary science, or a closely related field is required.
All areas of astronomical and planetary research will be considered.
Individuals with background and interest in instrument development are
encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates at all career
levels will be considered. See the Lowell web site at
http://www.lowell.edu for more information about the DCT and Lowell
facilities and information on how to apply.

Application deadline is 15 March 2010.


2) Commissioning Scientist Discovery Channel Telescope - Lowell
Observatory

http://www.lowell.edu/employment/

Lowell Observatory invites applications for a Commissioning Scientist
for the 4.2-meter Discovery Channel Telescope. Candidates should be
an active research astronomer with a PhD and a proven track record of
obtaining external funding, and with broad experience in the operation
of large telescopes and astronomical instrumentation. Working with
Lowell engineering and instrument staff, the Commissioning Scientist
will oversee the DCT commissioning process from first light to full
science operations, including setting priorities for integration and
commissioning of telescope pointing, open- and closed-loop performance
of the active optics system, telescope subsystems, and first light
instrumentation. See http://www.lowell.edu for more information about
the position and how to apply.

Application deadline is 31 March 2010.


3) JAXA International Top Young Fellowship in FY2010

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) offers scientists and engineers in
aerospace an opportunity to conduct research into the scientific and
technical aspects of space. Examples of possible research topics
include:

* Structure and origin of the universe
* Formation of the earth and solar system
* Utilization of the space environment for microgravity experiments
* Engineering and technology development for the exploitation of space

See http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/e/researchers/young-fellowship/

Application deadline is April 20th 2010.


4) Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University - The QUEST search
for Planets and Transients

See http://hepwww.physics.yale.edu/quest/sedna/job/

Application deadline is April 1st 2010.


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Meteoroids 2010, Breckenridge, Colorado, May 24-28 2010

http://www.cora.nwra.com/Meteoroids2010/


2) Io workshop, Provo, Utah, May 25-26, 2010

http://pirlwww.lpl.arizona.edu/~jani/ioworkshop2010/


3) 2010 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop, Caltech, Pasadena, July
26-30, 2010

http://nexsci.caltech.edu/workshop/2010/

The 2010 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: "Stars as Homes for
Habitable Planetary Systems", will take place on the Caltech campus
July 26 - 30. With results from missions such as CoRoT and Kepler, we
are learning more about planetary host stars. This timely workshop
will consist of a series of tutorial and scientific lectures covering
theory and observations of stars and their potentially habitable
planetary systems.

More information, including a draft agenda and instructions on
applying for financial assistance to attend the workshop (applications
due March 5), can be found on the workshop website.

For questions, email: sagan_workshop@ipac.caltech.edu


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