Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-11: Professional Development Ctte, Election Results...

Issue 10-11, August 11th 2010

1) Note from the Chair: Professional Development Subcommittee
2) DPS Election Results
3) 2010 DPS Meeting: Program Available, Deadlines
4) DPS Treasurer Candidates Wanted
5) DPS Webmaster Wanted
6) DPS E/PO Subcommittee Volunteers Wanted
7) Decadal Survey Update
8) SOFIA Tour and Workshop at the 2010 DPS Meeting
9) JGR Planets Editor Wanted
10)Upcoming Meetings



The DPS committee has formed a new subcommittee for Professional
Development. The goals of the Professional Development Subcommittee
are to:

1) Determine the professional development needs unique to our
2) Provide educational experience for the membership.
3) Encourage networking within the community.
4) Build and maintain an information resource center.
5) Strive for an inclusive community.

We are happy to announce that Rachel Mastrapa will lead this new
subcommittee. The tenure and rules will be similar to the Federal
Relations Subcommittee. More information about the charter and plans
for this new subcommittee can be found at

The first activity organized by this subcommittee will be the early
career scientist workshop planned for Sunday, October 2 preceding the
DPS meeting in Pasadena: see This
workshop is open to all graduate students and recent post-graduates
interested in learning more about advancing their career in planetary
science. The full day workshop will include a networking event, a
panel on career pathways, and a tutorial on proposal writing. Lunch
and refreshments will be provided to participants. Pre-registration is
required for this event due to space limitations. Please contact
Rachel Mastrapa ( to pre-register. If
openings are still available, there will be a sign-up list at the main
DPS meeting registration area, as well. This event is sponsored by
NASA and the DPS Committee.

Candy Hansen, DPS Chair



The winners of the 2010 DPS election are as follows:

Vice Chair: Daniel Britt

Committee: Elizabeth (Zibi) Turtle, Dale Cruikshank

They will take office at the DPS business meeting at the upcoming DPS
meeting in Pasadena. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to
everyone who ran for the DPS offices.



The annual DPS meeting will be held October 3rd-8th in Pasadena, CA.
See for details.

The meeting program is now online: see

Late abstracts can still be submitted: the deadline is September 1st.

The regular registration deadine is September 1st. See



The DPS will need a new Treasurer to begin a 3 year term at the 2011
Nantes meeting. For more information about the duties of the
Treasurer or to express an interest in being considered, please
contact the current Treasurer, Diana Blaney



Can you help maintain the DPS Web pages?

The DPS is seeking a new Webmaster to look after the content of the
DPS Web pages. In the past, this position has required a more
detailed understanding of Web technologies. However, the DPS is
moving to a content management system (Drupal) and the AAS IT staff
will be doing more of the technical work. The DPS Webmaster will
mostly need to work within the system managing the pages via the
content management portal. This will allow the DPS Webmaster to
concentrate more on the content of the pages, and not so much on the
machinery that provides them.

If you have questions about being the next DPS Webmaster, send an
e-mail to the current Webmaster, Ross Beyer, at If
interested please email



The DPS Education & Public Outreach Subcommittee is seeking activist
volunteer members interested in leading projects of their
choosing. E/PO is defined broadly, and includes both service by and to
DPS members. Identified projects in search of volunteers include (1)
Teaching resources for undergraduate educators; (2) Information
clearing house for graduate education in planetary science; (3)
resources for scientists doing school visits or public talks; (4) web
page developer and curator; (5) information clearing house on E/PO
funding sources; (6) follow-up events to the International Year of
Astronomy, including the 2010-2012 "Year of the Solar System"; (7)
coordination & collaboration with other astronomical organizations &
clubs; (8) planetary outreach speaker's bureau. If any of these sound
like a good idea to you, please consider joining us to head up the
effort. If you've identified a project you consider higher priority,
please suggest it! Please reply to,
the DPS E/PO officer. Interested parties will meet informally at the
Pasadena DPS meeting.



Dear Colleague:

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

1. The five decadal survey panels have completed their integration of
the inputs from the community, and have provided their
recommendations to the steering committee.

2. Cost and technical evaluations for the highest priority missions
recommended by the panels are nearing completion.

3. Final prioritization of mission candidates and other activities by
the steering committee is underway, and will be completed within
the next few weeks.

4. A report is being drafted, and we expect it to begin a
comprehensive peer review process beginning in late September.

5. We hope to have a final report ready to present to the community by
next spring.

6. More information is available on the SolarSystem2012 web site:

Late spring and early summer were an exceptionally busy time for the
five panels, as they finished working through all of the inputs from
the community, integrating them for inclusion in the final decadal
survey report. The statistics on the community inputs were impressive,
with 199 white papers written by 1691 unique authors and
co-authors. The panels also worked closely over this period with the
Applied Physics Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory to perform detailed studies of a large number of
candidate missions that arose from the community inputs.

After receiving the mission studies from the panels, Aerospace
Corporation, under contract to the NRC, has performed a number of
detailed cost and technical evaluations of the candidate
missions. Most of these evaluations are now done, and the final few
will be completed within the next two weeks.

Once the steering committee has received all of the scientific inputs
from the panels and all of the technical and cost evaluations from
Aerospace, the final prioritization of mission candidates will take
place. The challenge, of course, is finding the best solar system
exploration program that fits the projected budget. Much of the
prioritization has already been done by the panels themselves, so the
number of decisions that the steering group will have to make is
small. As always, our decisions will be driven by our assessment of
the community's views on the science value and cost effectiveness of
all the missions and other activities under consideration. The final
prioritization will be completed within the next few weeks.

A report summarizing the current state of knowledge in planetary
science, the key outstanding science questions, and the affordable
mission candidates and other science activities that best address
those questions is being drafted. Most of the report is now written,
and we expect to have a final draft done within the next two
months. Once that draft has been submitted to the NRC, it will undergo
a long and rigorous peer review process, per NRC standards. Many of
you in the community will be asked to review it; if you do get asked
to provide a review, a timely response will be greatly appreciated!

As soon as the report has been through the review and revision
process, it will be released publicly. We expect that the release date
will be sometime in the early spring of 2011. After the report has
been released, we will also be able to provide briefings about it to
the community at major science conferences… so stay tuned for those.

I’d again like to thank everyone in the community for your many inputs
to this process. The set of activities that we have studied is
breathtaking in its scope, and finding the subset that best addresses
your highest priorities while fitting into a limited budget is turning
out to be both challenging and rewarding. I’m excited about the
recommended plan that is emerging, and I think you will be too.

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 web

Best wishes,
Steve Squyres
SolarSystem2012 Chair



A guided tour of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
(SOFIA) aircraft and the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility
(DAOF) in Palmdale will be offered to DPS attendees in Pasadena on
Sunday October 3. The tour bus will leave Pasadena at 12:30 pm and
return at 5:30 pm. Advance registration is required.

For more details, and to register for the tour, see

There wil also be a SOFIA Workshop during the meeting, Monday October
4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Pasadena Convention Center, Room 208.

The workship is open to all DPS attendees. The status of the
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), including
the aircraft, telescope, and science instruments, will be
presented. Opportunities to observe with SOFIA will be explained in
detail. Community input is solicited with an aim toward making SOFIA
as useful as possible for planetary science. If you have any
questions, please contact the workshop organizer, Bill Reach,

For general information about SOFIA, see



AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high
editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve as the
Editor for the Planets section of JGR. The 4-year editorial term
begins 1 January 2011 and is preceded by a transition period in Fall
2010. Applicants should be respected leaders in the community,
independent-minded, and evenhanded. As Editor you should be committed
to further strengthen JGR-Planets as the leading journal in planetary
sciences and be proactive in attracting innovative contributions in
traditional disciplines and in emerging areas. The Union is interested
in attracting papers in developing areas and ensuring that readers of
JGR-Planets receive the best and most timely information possible.

As Editor you will
* have full authority to accept or reject submitted papers
* ensure fair and timely review
* seek out stimulating papers for inclusion in the journal.

A search committee appointed by the AGU President evaluates
prospective candidates and conducts personal interviews with a small
number of highly qualified individuals. The President makes the final
selection and appointment. All AGU Editors serve at the pleasure of
the President. If you would like to serve your community as Editor of
JGR-Planets, send your curriculum vita with a letter of interest via
email to If you would like to nominate a highly
qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email

Please make sure that you specify JGR-Planets in the subject line of
the email.



1) AGU Fall Meeting, San Franciso, December 13-17 2010

Abstracts are due on September 2nd 2010

Planetary sessions include the following:

P01: Planetary Sciences General Contributions
P02: Mineralogical Studies of Impact Craters: Exhumed Crust,
Hydrothermal Processes, and Post-Impact Weathering
P03: Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres
P04: Planetary Rings: Theory and Observation
P05: Eyes on Enceladus
P06: Minds on Mimas
P07: Changes in the Lunar Paradigm: Implications of Hydrous Magmatism
on Lunar Evolution
P08: Characterizing Soils and Their Development on Mars, the Moon, and
Other Extraterrestrial Bodies
P09: The Atmosphere of Mars: New Findings from Modeling and Observations
P10: Planetary Analogs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
P11: Titan's Methane Cycle and its Effect on the Surface
P12: Planetary Radar Investigations: Observations, Theory, Lab
Measurements, Field Analogues, and Future Opportunities
P13: Exploring Venus
P14: Rosetta Flybys of Asteroids 2867 Steins and 21 Lutetia
P15: The Potential for Water-Organics Interactions on Titan
P16: Science From Multi-Spacecraft Observations: The Moon, Mars, and
P17: Icy Ocean Worlds
P18: Interiors of Terrestrial Planets and Super-Earth Exoplanets
P19: It's No Moonshine: The Amazing Origins and Evolutions of Outer
Planet Satellites
P20: Explosive Volcanism in the Solar System
P21: South Pole-Aitken Basin: New Insights
P22: On the Nature, Origin, and Evolution of Water on Airless Bodies
P23; The Shape of Things to Come: Using Topography to Investigate the
Evolution of Outer Solar System Satellites
P24: Shoemaker Lecture
P25: Whipple Lecture