Requesting Indications of Interest for MEPAG Committee Membership

Mars community,

Please see the announcement below, regarding submission of Indications of Interest to serve as MEPAG Executive Committee and Goals Committee members. In particular, Indications of Interest for membership on the Executive Committee are requested, through December 15, 2017 – to be submitted via the google form linked below. For more information about MEPAG and its current Committee membership, please see https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm. Please send any questions to mepagmeetingqs@jpl.nasa.gov.

Thank you!

The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for inquiry and analysis in support of planning and implementing Mars exploration objectives.  The MEPAG Terms of Reference and organization are described more fully at https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/about.cfm.  The two executive bodies for MEPAG are:

Ø  The MEPAG Executive Committee consists of the MEPAG Chair (lead), the previous MEPAG Chair, the MEP Lead Scientist, the Mars Program Office Chief Scientist, the Goals Committee Chair, ad hoc members, and up to 5 additional members of the MEPAG community.  Members discuss and approve MEPAG reports, meeting agendas, and committee and science analysis group (SAG) membership and charters. Members are expected to take a broad and integrated view of Mars exploration activities, particularly in regard to NASA policy discussions and actions related to Mars scientific activities.

Ø  The MEPAG Goals Committee nominally has two members for each of the four goal areas (Life, Climate, Geology, and Preparations for Human Exploration), in addition to its Chair, who is also a member of the Executive Committee.  A prime activity of this committee is to maintain and, based on new discoveries and findings, update the MEPAG Goals Document <https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/reports.cfm?expand=science>.

Membership of the Executive and Goals Committees are solicited from the MEPAG community and determined by the MEPAG Chair and current Executive Committee members.  Terms of service are typically 2-3 years, depending on MEPAG tasks and desire for overlapping terms.  Participation in the Executive Committee includes a monthly telecon, participation in MEPAG community meetings, reviews of MEPAG reports, and related activities.  Goals Committee activity is dependent upon the pace of updates to the Goals Document.  Related travel is supported (except for civil servants); time is not.

This notice solicits indications of interest for membership on the Executive Committee (2 at-large positions are currently open) and for possible membership on the Goals Committee (positions which may open in the coming year). To respond to this notice, please submit your Indication of Interest by December 15, 2017. The plan is to fill the current openings by January, 2018.

Interested community members not selected in this round may be considered as future openings occur.  To indicate interest, please go to < https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclnKX5bXJNtRZIfVoEd7v4pnwtKL0ZX3IWwJf9rWfPhuNAmw/viewform> and fill out the form, providing your name, host institution, brief summary of Mars experience/expertise, and brief statement of interest and suitability for committee membership.  Please encourage those whom you believe to be good candidates to submit their indication of interest.  Committee membership is open to qualified U.S. and international MEPAG participants.  Representation of the diverse membership of the Mars science community, including women and minorities, is important; expressions of interest from all career levels and disciplines are encouraged.

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