The webcast of the open session of the planetary science decadal resumes at 1:30 EDT
At the Keck Building at National Academies in DC next week, the Planetary Sciences decadal survey gets underway. Here is the final agenda in PDF form. There are open sessions on Monday and Tuesday, which the public can attend. You can also see the decadal in the current projects system at the Academies.
Open sessions at Academies events such as these occur when people from outside the committee are presenting to the committee. In this case, the decadal panel will be hearing from the agencies (NASA, NSF) as well as from OMB and staff from Congress.
Update There will be a webcast of the open session available as well. Open session begins at 11:30 EDT
I’m a bit late to covering this, but the Planetary decadal is beginning to get underway. Steven Squyres of Cornell University has been named the chair, and Larry Soderblom of the U.S. Geological Survey is the vice-chair.
You can view the full committee membership at the Planetary Science Decadal Survey site and it’s also listed in the current projects system. Also at the web site is a PDF copy of the presentation given in March in Houston at the Lunar and Planetary science conference.
In his speech today to the National Academies of Sciences, President Obama set a goal of spending 3% of our GDP on Research and Development:
I believe it is not in our American character to follow – but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than three percent of our GDP to research and development. We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the Space Race, through policies that invest in basic and applied research, create new incentives for private innovation, promote breakthroughs in energy and medicine, and improve education in math and science. This represents the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in American history.
I’m struggling to find a hyper link for the transcript of the speech, so I’ve put the entire speech is below the fold here (or “after the jump”). (I think I’m using this feature properly.)
The membership of the committee is listed below:
- Roger D. Blandford (Chair), Stanford University
- Martha Haynes (Vice Chair – Science Frontiers), Cornell University
- John P. Huchra (Vice Chair – State of the Profession) Harvard University
- Marcia Rieke (Vice Chair – Program Prioritization), University of Arizona
- Lynne Hillenbrand (Executive Officer), California Institute of Technology
- Steven Battel, Battel Engineering
- Lars Bildsten, University of California, Santa Barbara
- John E. Carlstrom, The University of Chicago
- Debra Elmegreen, Vassar College
- Joshua Frieman, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Fiona Harrison, California Institute of Technology
- Timothy Heckman, Johns Hopkins University
- Robert Kennicutt, University of Cambridge
- Jonathan Lunine, University of Arizona
- Claire Max, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Daniel McCammon, University of Wisconsin
- Steve Ritz, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center
- Juri Toomre, University of Colorado
- Scott Tremaine, Institute for Advanced Study
- Michael S. Turner, The University of Chicago
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hayden Planetarium
- Paul Vanden Bout, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
- Tom Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Retired
More detailed information on the members is at the Astro2010 web site.
The National Academies has announced that Dr. Roger D. Blandford of Stanford University will chair the Decadal Survey committee. The board of Physics and Astronomy continues to solicit nominations for the other members of the committee:
Dr. Roger D. Blandford of Stanford University has been appointed by the NRC to chair the Astro2010 decadal survey committee.
The Board on Physics and Astronomy and the Space Studies Board are renewing their call for nominations of candidates for survey committee and panel members from the community.
To make your contribution to that process, please use the survey suggestions web form. You may also submit suggestions via e-mail to email@example.com. If you use email, please include a few sentences about the candidate’s background and what the person would bring to the survey.
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Survey Committee membership — September 30, 2008*
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Panel chairs as well as committee and panel members will be drawn from the pool of nominations. The survey committee will work out the panel structure at its first meeting.
Today is the final day for official comments on the appointments made to an NRC committee to study “The Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Missions,” through the Space Studies Board at the NRC.
You can read the full description of the committee’s purpose. An excerpt:
The study will identify the appropriate roles for mission-enabling activities and metrics for assessing their effectiveness. It also will evaluate how, from a strategic perspective, decisions should be made about balance between mission-related and mission-enabling elements of the overall program as well as balance between various elements within the mission-enabling component.
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