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NASA Letters from SARA

September 29, 2008

29 Sep 2008, 18:35 UTC
September 29, 2008
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Dear Colleagues,


Under the tutelage of Denis Bogan, (who will be retiring soon after many years), I led the reviews for Cassini Data Analysis and (New Horizons at) Jupiter Data Analysis programs this past month. It was quite educational and reinforced what all the program officers have been saying: the most difficult part of getting awards announced in a timely manner is finding enough qualified reviewers willing to serve at the same time. We strove to find balanced panels and multiple external reviews for every proposal, but it was quite difficult in some cases. We were able to have real-time input from panelists who would otherwise not have been able to take part by having them attend virtually; a solution that seemed to please everyone. One thing is clear, whether in person or virtual, we badly need you to serve as reviewers for us. Since every proposal is read by four (and sometimes as many as to eight) people, it would be ideal if you read that many proposals for every one you submit. Of course we must avoid conflicts of interest, but if you are willing to provide external reviews or serve on a ...

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