Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-06: Election slate, Moon Zoo...

Issue 10-06, May 13th 2010

1) DPS Elections 2010: Candidate Slate
2) DPS Meeting 2010: Note the Dates
3) "Moon Zoo" Citizen Science Project
4) Planetary Exploration Newsletter
5) Job Announcements
6) Upcoming Meetings



The DPS Nominating Committee has identified the following candidates 
for the 2010 DPS elections for Vice-Chair and Committee:

Vice-Chair (1 to be elected):
Dan Britt, University of Central Florida
Torrence Johnson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Committee (2 to be elected):
Dale Cruikshank, NASA Ames Research Center
Andrew Rivkin, Applied Physics Laboratory
Andrew Steffl, Southwest Research Institute
Elizabeth Turtle, Applied Physics Laboratory

Thanks to these candidates for being willing to serve, and to the 
Nominating Committee for their work. 

Additional candidates, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS
members, may be nominated within the next 30 days. Please send any
nominations to the DPS Secretary, John Spencer,, by June 15th 2010.



Please note that the dates for the 2010 DPS Meeting in Pasadena are
October 3rd-8th. These have been the planned dates for some time, but
if your calendar still shows the dates as October 17th-22nd, as
originally planned when the meeting was to be held in Madison,
Wisconsin, it's time to update your calendar.



Moon Zoo, just launched at, is a citizen
science project which invites volunteers from around the world to
record and measure craters in images taken by NASA's Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera archived through the Planetary Data
System. The interface also invites visitors to the website to look for
interesting surface features and to record boulder-surrounded craters
in an effort to better understand the nature of the lunar
regolith. The site has been developed by the Citizen Science Alliance,
the team behind the highly successful Galaxy Zoo, and in collaboration
with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Adler Planetarium.

We invite you to try out the website and provide feedback on the
project either by the Moon Zoo Forum ( or by
contacting one of the team members ( If
you are interested in analysing scientific data collected by the
project to address your own lunar science research please do also get
in touch with the team.

Thank you for you help and we hope that you enjoy exploring the lunar
surface with Moon Zoo! Please do spread the word.



You are invited to subscribe to and participate in the Planetary
Exploration Newsletter (PEN). PEN is a free weekly electronic
newsletter, providing a means by which planetary scientists around the
world can communicate with each other. PEN contains meeting
announcements, job announcements, and your submissions of news
regarding or impacting solar system exploration, upcoming mission
events, awards, policy issues, as well as editorials and commentary.

The PEN Meeting Calendar (
strives to be the most exhaustive listing of planetary-related
meetings, conferences and workshops around the world. Send the title,
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Go to to subscribe to future mailings, read
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Mark Sykes, Melissa Lane, Susan Benecchi (Planetary Science Institute)



1) Interdisciplinary (Physical Scientist, Geophysicist, Cartographer,
Geodesist or Mathematician), USGS Astrogeology Science Center,
Flagstaff, Arizona

Contact: Annie Howington-Kraus,, 928-556-7244



1) In the Footsteps of Galileo: A Hands-on Workshop on Astronomy,
Jul. 31 - Aug. 1, 2010, University of Colorado, Boulder

One unit of Continuing Education Credit available.

In this hands-on workshop for everyone teaching astronomy or
space/earth science in grades 3 - 12, participants will explore
Galileo's life, work, and legacy, and learn a wide range of hands-on,
classroom-ready activities. They will each receive a Galileoscope, a
new small telescope prepared for last year's Galileo anniversary
celebrations, plus resource guides, videos, and background information
on astronomy and astronomy teaching. There will be special emphasis
on understanding the Moon and its recent exploration, and a segment on
preserving the dark night sky against the light pollution.
Participants will break up into elementary and secondary groups for
parts of the workshop to make sure all teachers receive
age-appropriate materials for their students.

No background in astronomy will be assumed. Cost is $70.

2) Cosmos in the Classroom: Symposium on Teaching Astronomy for
Non-science Majors, Boulder, Colorado, August 1-4 2010.


The discounted registration deadline is May 15th. Rates will go up
closer to the meeting dates. The late abstract deadline is May 28th.

Activities include:

* Hands-on workshops on how to use clickers, how to engage students
outside the traditional lecture format, how to teach
astrobiology, how best to convey curved space, and what to say
to your students about "Doomsday 2012"
* Nobel Prize Winner Susan Solomon updating us on global warming
* Special interest group meetings about on-line courses and tools,
student learning outcomes, teaching climate change, what should
be covered in Astro 101, and astronomy education research.
* Award-winning science journalist Marcia Bartusiak discussing some of
the hidden stories behind Hubble's announcement of the
expansion of the universe.
* Poster papers on a course on cultural astronomy, on the new NASA
Working Group on Higher Education, on the broad national study
assessing the teaching and learning of astronomy, on a new
solar system concept inventory and lecture-tutorials, on
questions to ask on the first day of class, and on the use of
virtual worlds.

A very limited number of $750 scholarships are still available for
qualifying instructors. Discount hotel rooms and campus residence
halls have been arranged. 

Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College,
David Bruning, University of Wisconsin
Program Committee Co-chairs

3) European Planetary Science Congress 2010, 19 – 24 September 2010,
Rome, Italy

The abstract deadline has been recently extended to May 26th 2010

4) Venus, Our Closest Earth-like Planet: From Surface to Thermosphere -
How does it Work? August 30th-September 2nd 2010, Madison, Wisconsin,

Important Dates:
1. A Registration and Indication of Interest form should be filled out
by MAY 15, 2010:
2. Extended Abstracts are due before 15 July 2010
3. Accommodation at Hilton Madison Monona Terrace at special rates can
be made until 30 July 2010.

The Workshop will be followed by NASA/VEXAG Meeting starting on
September 2. NASA's newly formed Technology Committee will also meet
in Madison on 31 August and 1 September, 2010.

Sushil Atreya, Chair
Sanjay Limaye, Co-Chair
Venus International Workshop Program Committee