DPS Mailing #02-01: Icarus, Obit, Workshop, Etc

Status Report From: American Astronomical Society
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2002


Two announcements from the Icarus editorial office have been posted on the Icarus web site at

Here is a brief summary:

(1) Some authors have reported problems with image quality in galley proofs or final printed versions of Icarus papers. If you submit your figures to Academic Press electronically, be sure they are very high resolution digital files and also send them high quality glossy photographic hardcopies showing the precise colors and contrast that you want. Provide AP with detailed instructions regarding figure placement and orientation. Also, be sure to check your galleys carefully: what you see is what you will get.

(2) While electronic submission of Icarus manuscripts seems to be a hit, the editorial office is spending far too much time assembling many of these manuscripts from numerous files often in different formats uploaded by authors. The responsibility for assembling and submitting a manuscript that conforms to Icarus style guidelines rests with the authors, not the editors or editorial office. Beginning January 12, authors submitting manuscripts to Icarus via the Web will be allowed to upload only two files: one containing the complete manuscript and a second containing an accompanying cover letter. Only PS, PDF, DOC, WPD, or TXT formats will be accepted for these files, and manuscripts must be properly formatted according to Icarus style guidelines. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be able to upload high resolution digital figures directly to the publisher later.

Further information and details can be found at the URL listed above.


A reminder that DPS members are entitled to purchase a subscription to Icarus at special member rates:

Print -- N. America . . . . . . . . . $250
Print -- rest of world (ROW) . . . . .$278
Print & Electronic N. America . . . . $300
Print & Electronic ROW . . . . . . . .$328
Electronic only . . . . . . . . . . . $250
PRINT subscribers receive 12 issues of Icarus for the 2002 calendar year, expiring 31-Dec-2002.

ELECTRONIC subscribers will be provided access to Icarus for issues published between 1-Jan-2001 through 31-Dec-2002.

Questions regarding subscriptions, payments, etc can be directed to

Access problems/questions should be directed to


Graham Ryder, a premier lunar scientist who pioneered many of our most important concepts about the Moon and its evolution, passed away on January 5, 2002 as a result of complications from cancer of the esophagus. He received his BSc from the University of Wales (Swansea) (1970) and his PhD from Michigan State University (1974), specializing in the petrology of igneous rocks. He did post-doctoral study with John Wood's group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, was subsequently employed by Northrup Services Inc. in the Lunar Curatorial Facility (NASA Johnson Space Center), and since 1983, has been a Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Graham's work was instrumental in several areas of lunar science. He was among the first to recognize evidence in the lunar sample collection that mare volcanism began very early, before the end of the "late heavy bombardment." Graham's work with highland rocks and breccias clarified the processes and history of the lunar crust. He produced detailed catalogs and guides to the Apollo lunar sample collections, facilitating the scientific work of the entire sample community. As a result of these efforts, he was intimately familiar with the sample collections and could recite detailed characteristics of various samples and the results of studies associated with each. Graham's work helped provide the basis for understanding the geological context and petrological characteristics of the samples, which greatly advanced our understanding of the Moon's evolution. As part of his interest in the geological process of impact, Graham studied terrestrial impact breccias and melts and fully participated in the revolution in terrestrial geology that resulted from study of the Cretaceous-Tertiary impact and subsequent mass extinction. In recent years, Graham became interested in the problem of the early cratering history of the Moon (the so-called "lunar cataclysm") and undertook to obtain very precise radiometric ages of lunar impact melts to address this problem. This work produced revised estimates for the ages of major lunar impact events, a set of data that must be explained to unravel fully lunar history.

Graham is survived by his daughter Abigail, and his parents and siblings in England. Expressions of condolence may be sent to his daughter Abby Ryder, 2443 Heritage Bend Drive, Webster, TX 77598.


The Small Bodies Node of PDS will conduct a workshop on accessing and using the NEAR data at the end of the LPSC. Details will be posted at


The Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Division of the Geological Society of America jointly sponsor the "Planetary Sciences Best Student Paper Award". The award is for undergraduate and graduate students who are first author of a planetary science paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal during the calendar year 2001. The prize includes recognition by both Societies, a plaque, and a cash award of $500.

Paper topics include the disciplines of the Planetary Sciences in the broadest sense. The first author must have been a registered student at a degree-awarding institution anywhere in the world at the time the paper was submitted to the journal.

Papers will need to be nominated in order to be considered. Full members of the Geological Society of America, the Meteoritical Society, or any of their associated societies may make nominations. Electronic nominations via e-mail with the paper attached as a pdf file are encouraged. Nominations should include the following:

(1) The name of the student.  
(2) The full citation of the paper (Including a copy of the paper or the paper as a pdf file would be helpful, but not required).
(3) The name and address of the University the student was attending at the time of paper submittal.
(4) A brief description of why this paper is among the best.

Nomination deadline is January 30, 2002.
Questions and nominations should be directed to:
Dr. Dan Britt, Chair, Student Paper Selection Committee, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Tennessee, 306 Geological Sciences Building, Knoxville, TN 37996; phone: 865-974-6008,


Research Associate, University of Maryland.

See also AAS Job Register:

Melissa McGrath, DPS Secretary-Treasurer submissions to:

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