Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-08: 238Pu letters...

Issue 10-08, June 9th 2010

1) Note from the chair: 238Pu
2) Special Issue of Planetary and Space Science - "Titan Through Time"
3) Herschel Space Observatory Cycle-1 Announcement of Opportunity
4) Job Announcements



Members of the DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee and the DPS
committee carried out our annual "Hill" visits May 13 to key members
of Congress. We had two messages--restart domestic production of
Pu238, and our concerns about R&A carry-over language. With regards
to the production of Pu238, we are not out of the woods. We still
need to convince the members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water that this is a critical need right now--that NASA is
already curtailing missions to the outer solar system, and anywhere
else Pu238 is required (the New Frontiers 3 AO ruled out missions
which require Pu238).

In particular we need constituents of the following states to write

Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Water
Dorgan (ND)
Byrd (WV)
Feinstein (CA)
Bennett (UT)
Hutchison (TX)
Murray (WA)
Bond (MO)
Alexander (TN)
Shelby (AL)

Also, Johnson (SD), Cochran (MS), Harkin (IA), Landrieu (LA),
Lautenberg (NJ), McConnell (KY), Reed (RI), Tester (MT), Voinovich

If these are your representatives we need you to write:

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development:
Visclosky (IN)
Frelinghuysen (NJ)
Edwards (MD)
Pastor (AZ)
Davis (TN)

Or you live in these districts: IN-01, TX-17, AR-01, PA-02, NY-02,
OH-17, MA-01, TN-04, CO-03, NJ-11, TN-03, ID-02, MT, CA-44 and LA-05.

We have a handout that you may wish to send with your letter – the
link to it is:

For more background and a letter template, see

Thanks for your efforts!

Candy Hansen



A special issue of the journal Planetary and Space Science is currently
being arranged, on the theme of "Titan Through Time: Formation,
Evolution and Fate".

The issue was originally conceived to capture science presented at the
recent workshop held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April 6-8th
2010, with the same name. However, the PSS special issue is open to any
authors wishing to submit an original contribution related to the topic.
The theme is interpreted in a broad sense, encouraging articles on not
only Titan data analysis and modeling, but also progress in key related
scientific areas such as laboratory experimentation, which having an
important bearing on the interpretation of Titan's history on daily,
seasonal, climatic and cosmological timescales.

The deadline for article titles, author lists and abstracts (to is June 30th. First submission of the complete
article is expected by August 31st: late submissions will be considered
for a regular issue of PSS. Articles should adhere to regular PSS
formatting, and authors will be informed of detailed submission
instructions in July.

We look forward to reviewing a wide range of contributions, and a very
successful PSS Special Issue on this exciting and topical theme.

Conor Nixon & Ralph Lorenz, Guest Editors.


Herschel Space Observatory Cycle-1 Announcement of Opportunity

NHSC Website:
NHSC Astronomer's Website:

The NASA Herschel Science Center is pleased to inform you of the
release of the Cycle-1 Open Time Announcement of Opportunity for the
Herschel Space Observatory. For US-based proposers there is an
associated Call for Proposals from NASA for Herschel Data Analysis
Funding of successful observing proposals.

Please go to the following and included links for important additional

The deadline for Herschel Proposals to ESA is 22 July 2010, 12:00 UT

The deadline for NASA Funding Proposals is 2 August 2010, 5:00pm PDT

Please see also:

for other announcements and information about a number of upcoming
events, including Herschel at the Miami AAS meeting plus Observation
Planning and Data Processing Schools coming up soon at the NHSC.

In addition, we are happy to bring to your attention that all but one
of the 99 talks and over 50 posters form the Herschel First Results
Symposium are available online at:



1) Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Geomorphology, University of

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in
modeling of planetary landscapes in the Department of Environmental
Sciences at the University of Virginia. We seek applicants with an
interest in analyzing and modeling the evolution of planetary
landscapes on Mars, Titan, and the icy outer planet satellites.
Research topics that may be investigated include simulation modeling
of fluvial landform evolution on Mars and Titan, hydrology and
climatology of early Mars, and evolution of outer planet icy satellite
surfaces by volatile sublimation, condensation, and mass
wasting. Field studies of terrestrial analogs of planetary surfaces
may also be involved. Applicants must be proficient in quantitative
analysis of geomorphic processes and must have experience with
simulation model programming in one or more computer languages. A PhD
in geology, environmental science, engineering, physics, planetary
science or a related field is required at the time of appointment. A
one year appointment is available, with the possibility of extension
to a second and third year. The position is immediately available and
will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a CV and letter
of interest, along with contact information for two references, by
email to Alan Howard (

Alan D. Howard, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of
Virginia, 434-924-0563,

2) Professorial Faculty Position at the University of Maryland

The Astronomy Department of the University of Maryland at College Park
seeks highly qualified candidates for a tenured professorial faculty
position in observational/experimental planetary science. Strong
preference will be given to candidates with interest and experience in
playing a leading role in spacecraft missions, although exceptional
applicants with experience in related areas of planetary science will
also be considered.

The successful candidate will have a strong international reputation
as a leader in planetary science and an established, vigorous,
externally funded research program. Demonstrated leadership skills are
necessary, as the successful candidate will play a senior role in a
strong planetary science group.

The Astronomy Department has a major focus on comet and asteroid
science, hosts the NASA Planetary Data System's Small Bodies Node, has
recently led the Deep Impact space mission, and is currently leading
the follow-up EPOXI mission. Further information about the position
and the department can be found at

Interested candidates should forward a letter of application,
curriculum vitae, and publication list to: Dr. Douglas Hamilton,
Chair, Astronomy Search Committee, Department of Astronomy, University
of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2421. For best consideration
applications should be received by June 30, 2010. The University of
Maryland is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action