Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-14: Chair update, in memoriam, subscription renewals, meetings etc

Issue 10-14, October 20th 2010

1) Update from the DPS chair
2) In memoriam : John Huchra
3) Obituary : Audouin Dollfus
4) DPS membership renewals for 2011
5) From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS) online collection of images
6) GNIRS system verification
7) The NASA postdoctoral program at the Goddard Space Flight Center
8) Request For Community Input for The Solar And Space Physics Decadal Survey
9) Upcoming meetings


This is the first of periodic updates from the new DPS Chair, Melissa McGrath.

Greetings to the DPS!
We had a very successful meeting in Pasadena. During the meeting the DPS Committee made several important decisions:
- we installed Dan Britt as the new DPS Vice Chair and Athena Coustenis as the new Secretary
- we welcomed new DPS Committee members Dale Cruikshank and Zibi Turtle
- we selected Vishnu Reddy as the new DPS Press Officer, effective Oct 7, 2010
- we selected Andy Rivkin as the new DPS Treasurer, to take office in 2011 at the Nantes meeting
- we selected Tony Roman as the new DPS Webmaster, to take office in 2011 after a brief training period
- we elected Henry Throop to the Nominating Subcommittee
- Andrea Milani and Julie Castillo were selected as the two new members of the Icarus Editorial Board
- we selected two new DPS Prize Subcommittee members, Leslie Tamparri and Guy Consolmagno

We also selected Reno, Nevada as the site for the 2012 DPS meeting, to take place October 14 - 19.

We presented a “tutorial” on meeting finances at the business meeting, which can be found at:

The first results from the 2010 DPS Membership Survey were also presented, and can be found at:

Stay tuned for further updates in future newsletters!


The DPS joins the astronomical community in mourning the untimely death of John Huchra, distinguished astronomer and Past President of the AAS, on October 8. John was a friend of the DPS in our time of financial crisis, when he was serving as the AAS President. He will be sorely missed.

From the AAS Informational Email 2010-8:
John was one of those unique astronomers with friends and interests across the whole discipline. He stayed vigorous and active in our field even after suffering a heart attack a few years ago. John was passionate about astronomy and life, full of energy and ideas. He served the Society phenomenally well in his two years as president (and year as president-elect and in his current term as past president). During the same time he served the Society, he served our discipline by working actively on the Decadal Survey Committee. He was always willing to say yes to committee service and always offered sage advice. His research and his AAS and Decadal Survey visions are a legacy for us all. It was an honor and a privilege to work and laugh with him, and we will very much miss his presence at the table of past leaders of our Society. We cannot yet grasp this devastating news, except to know there's now a great void and a shared profound sadness.


The French astronomer and aeronaut Audouin Dollfus passed away October 1, 2010 in Versailles, France, at the age of 85. Born November 12, 1924 in Paris and son of an aeronaut, he built his first refracting telescope at the age of 14. Graduated in Mathematical Sciences and Physics, he started his career at the Observatory of Paris-Meudon as a student of astronomer Bernard Lyot. At a time when astronomy was focusing on deep sky, Dollfus turned to the study of the Solar System, and became a worldwide expert on the subject. He created the Laboratory of Solar System Physics at Meudon, studying all planets, with special interest in Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. He also contributed to the study of the Sun through the development of a coronagraph that was used by many spacecraft missions. Dollfus led astronomical campaigns both at the Observatory of Meudon and the Pic-du-Midi Observatory. He discovered Janus, 10th satellite of Saturn in 1966, and asteroïd 2451 bears his name. The breadth and reach of his research and his numerous (330) scientific publications allowed him to contribute to many international committees.
His analysis of the Lunar dust using polarimetry allowed him to deduce the basaltic nature of the Lunar soil (1955). As a result, NASA invited him to collaborate to the study of the Apollo 11 landing site and to provide expertise for the design of the astronauts Moonboots. He contributed to the analysis of the Lunar samples returned by the Apollo program and to the studies of the Martian soil in preparation to the Viking mission, which landed in 1976 on Mars. In addition to Apollo, he collaborated with NASA on the Ranger and the Venus Mariner programs, and to the Soviet Mars-5 mission in 1973.
Expert in planetary mapping, he created the International Center for Planetary Photography at Meudon, from which stemmed many maps and nomenclatures, domains that were highly innovating to the time.
Audouin Dollfus was above all a pioneer of space exploration through his practice of astronomy using balloons. Bringing together his two passions of astronomy and balloons, he designed prototypes that allowed him to take a telescope up to 6,000 m (19,700 ft) in the air in a simple nacelle. His most spectacular and famous flight remains that of April 24, 1959, when taking off from Villacoublay near Paris, he reached 14,000 m (45,920 ft), still the French record today, opening the path to the study of astronomy from space. The data he collected during that flight allowed him to infer the existence of water on Mars.
Talented mongolfiere and balloon pilot, he held several world records for flight duration, distance, and altitude in free ballooning. Historian of sciences, historian in aeronautics, and member of the Aero-Club de France, Dollfus was also dedicated to passing on his passion for astronomy and never refused an opportunity to share his enthusiasm through lectures, debates, and talks to astronomy and aeroclubs. He mentored students in astronomy and planetary sciences. Many of them are today directly involved in planetary and space exploration. He was the recipient of many prizes and recognitions and has also written several books.

N. Cabrol and his colleagues at Meudon Observatory


The 2011 renewal period is open online at

You will find there all the information you need on how to renew your membership whether an AAS member or non-AAS members. Please take the time to update your member data also if you have changed status or e-mail or address recently. Also, you can pay for 2010 combined with 2011 if you had forgotten your subscription this year.

While you are renewing please take a moment and consider making a contribution to one of our important programs or prize funds and help ensure the stability and growth of your DPS.


Dear Colleague,

Presented by the NASA Astrobiology Program as part of NASA’s Year of the Solar System, From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS) will be an online collection of images that can be freely downloaded and exhibited by organizations worldwide in whatever manner they choose. Download the flyer here:
We are currently seeking images for the exhibit, whether it be your favorite NASA image (we all have favorites!), or a picture from a research expedition. We’re looking for artistic and informative images of astrobiological or planetary science significance that tell a story and showcase views of the planets, moons, and other bodies in our Solar System, as well as pictures of field sites here on Earth.The deadline is 15 November.Beginning in January 2011, the final collection of images will be made available online for organizations to mount exhibits as they wish.
The concept stems from the success of the International Year of Astronomy initiative From Earth to the Universe, a collection of astronomical images that were exhibited globally in non-traditional venues such as rail stations, public parks, and shopping centers.
For more information and guidelines on how to submit an image, please see the attached flyer and/or go to the FETTSS website: 
Please contact Daniella Scalice with any questions:; 650.604.4024.


Dear Colleague,
The Gemini Observatory is delighted to invite the Gemini Community to submit proposals for GNIRS System Verification (SV) observations on the Gemini North Telescope. Twelve nights are available for SV science during the period December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. The goal of SV is to thoroughly test not only the capabilities of GNIRS, but also test the entire system from observation definition to data reduction and demonstrate to the community, through interesting and challenging astronomy programs, the potential of GNIRS. Note that this opportunity to propose for GNIRS comes in addition to the availability of GNIRS for regular proposals in 2011A.
The deadline for submitting proposals is before midnight HST on Monday October 25 (6:00am EDT Tuesday October 26). Detailed information on GNIRS SV and instructions for applying for SV time are available at
The GNIRS web pages contain detailed information about the capabilities of the instrument.
The GNIRS instrument scientists, Tom Geballe and Rachel Mason welcome questions about the instrument and the SV process.

Verne V. Smith and Knut Olsen


Want to work in a vibrant research environment that combines lab work, theory and spaceflight? GSFC wants you! The Solar System Exploration
Division seeks talented applicants for the NASA Postdoctoral Program for positions at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD in any of our
Labs: Astrochemistry (691), Planetary Systems (693), Laser Remote Sensing (694), Planetary Magnetospheres (695), Planetary Geodynamics (698) and Planetary Environments (699).
The NPP program has three yearly deadlines, Mar. 1, July 1 and Nov. 1, and we particularly seek applicants for the Nov. 1 deadline.
More information can be found on our websites:
(and /691, /693 ,/694, /695, /698, /699)
NPP applications may be found at:
Opportunities in the NPP catalog are listed under Space Science and Solar

Forwarded by A. Simon-Miller


Deadline for Submission: 12 November 2010

The Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Research Council has commenced a broadly-based assessment of the scientific priorities of the U.S. solar and space physics research enterprise for the period 2013-2022. Details regarding this "decadal survey" may be found via a link on the SSB website,, or directly via the URL: Concept papers covering topics such as missions or extended mission(s), observation, theory, or modeling activity, which promise to advance an existing or new scientific objective, contribute to fundamental understanding of the Sun-Earth/planetary system, and/or facilitate the connection between science and societal needs (e.g., improvements in space weather prediction) are being sought by the deadline of 12 November 2010.
Instructions on how to submit a concept paper can be found in the section "White Papers and Community Input." by clicking on "Read the Request for Information for the Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey." Your ideas will provide the foundation for an exciting and compelling program that the Steering Committee, Panel members and others involved in the Decadal process will endeavor to advocate as strongly as possible.


You may want to consult the excellent Planetary meetings and Conferences Calendar at:

See several planetary sessions at:
and the scientific program at :

7-11 March 2011, The Woodlands, Texas:
Abstract deadline: January 4, 2011

Vienna, Austria, 3-8 April 2011

There will be several Planetary Sciences Sessions during the meeting, see
The abstract submission is open until 10 January 2011.
Deadlines and information on support applications (deadline : 3 December 2010)