Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-07: Prizewinners, Icarus,	Floyd Herbert

Issue 10-07, May 20th 2010

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1) 2010 DPS Prizes
2) Icarus Now Covers Extrasolar Planets
3) In Memoriam: Floyd Herbert
4) Job Announcements
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2010 DPS PRIZES

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 DPS prizes, as
follows:

Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of
planetary science:

Jeff Cuzzi, NASA Ames Research Center

Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research
by a young scientist:

Jonathan Fortney, University of California, Santa Cruz

Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and
exploration:

Alan Tokunaga, University of Hawaii

Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary
scientist to the general public:

Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute

Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award to recognize and
stimulate distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences:

George Musser, Scientific American

Congratulations to all the prizewinners, thanks to the prize committee
for their difficult work, and special thanks to all those people who
submitted nominations for the prizes.


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ICARUS NOW COVERS EXTRASOLAR PLANETS

The discovery of extra-solar planets and the study of their dynamical
and physical properties have opened an exciting new field of planetary
sciences. Icarus, the journal of the Division of Planetary Sciences
(DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and traditionally
billed as "The International Journal of Solar System Studies", is
pleased to announce that it will now also cover extra-solar planet
studies. To mark this shift of emphasis, a new editor has been
appointed for papers on exo-planets: Prof. Giovanna Tinetti of UCL,
London. Icarus therefore encourages the extra-solar planet community
to submit papers on the discovery, physical characterization and
interior models of exo-planets and on dynamical studies of
multi-planet systems. The editors hope that having papers on solar
system studies and extra-solar planets in the same journal will favor
interdisciplinary exchange and help to place planetary systems into a
broader context. Icarus has no page charges, and maintains a rigorous
system of two reviewers for all papers submitted. Color figures appear
free of charge in the electronic issue, however, there is a charge for
color figures in the print issue of Icarus.


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IN MEMORIAM: FLOYD HERBERT

Floyd Herbert passed away on May 12, 2010 following a series of lung
infections that could not be cured. Floyd was a dear friend to many
among the membership of the DPS. Many of us knew him as a
Co-Investigator on the Voyager mission and champion of the
ultra-violet spectral region for use in understanding the physics of
the upper atmospheres and magnetospheric properties and interactions
of Uranus, Neptune, and Triton. His passion was the study of the many
intricacies of the Io plasma torus. Floyd had a gift for getting the
most from data that others had let pass by. He knew that all data,
despite noise, complex geometry and other limitations, had something
to tell us about the universe, and his elegant mathematical approach
allowed him to coax out whatever the data could tell us - no more and
no less. He applied this attitude to all Voyager, EUVE, Galileo,
Horizons, HST, and other data. His early career focused on the
interaction of the Moon, Mercury and asteroids with magnetospheric
phenomena, in particular heating of the interior and shielding of the
surface from the solar wind. He was generous with his time, always
available to help when asked. He was generous with co-authorship,
adding a person's name to his paper after receiving helpful comments
and suggestions. Floyd is remembered not only for these broad and
important scientific accomplishments in planetary physics, but for his
warm and endearing character. He loved the outdoors, achieved the 2nd
degree black belt in Karate, piloted an ultra-lite and survived two
episodes of engine failure gliding safely back to Earth. His was a
motor cyclist, a photographer, and opera lover, and had a particular
fondness for Japan. We remember Floyd for his kind character,
low-keyed manner; always helpful and pleasant. Those of us who were
fortunate to experience the Wednesday lunches started by Joe
Chamberlain when Floyd started his first work at Kitt Peak, fondly
remember Floyd predictably ordering a carne seca taco, no cheese with
a glass of milk. At these lunches he often related tales of his
travels and adventures with his beloved wife Maggie whom he
unabashedly admired. We will miss Floyd and think of him often.


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Postdoctoral position, Department of Planetary Sciences, University
of Arizona

See www.hr.arizona.edu and reference job #45204.

This position is to investigate a variety of problems related to the
chemistry, thermal balance, and escape of the upper atmospheres of
Titan, Mars and extra-solar planets. The investigations involve both
theoretical modeling and interpretation of observations with radiative
transfer calculations. The applicant will work in the group led by
Prof. Roger Yelle. Applicants that are proficient with computer
modeling, especially parallel processing, are strongly encouraged to
apply. Applicants should have a PhD in Planetary Science, Astronomy,
Physics or a related field and a proven ability to carry out
independent research. No experience beyond the PhD is necessary. The
appointment is for 2 years, contingent upon the availability of
funding. 

The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer - M/W/D/V.


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