Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #11-01


Issue11-01, January 22nd 2011

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1) DPS Membership Renewals For 2011
2) 2011 Prize nominations
3) EPSC-DPS 2011 Joint meeting
4) Hartmann Travel Grants for EPSC-DPS 2011 meeting
5) YSS Update
6) Job Opportunities
7) Upcoming Meetings
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DPS MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS FOR 2011

The 2011 renewal period is open online at
http://dps.aas.org/membership/
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.
Be aware that DPS members should have been renewed by 31 December 2010, but
to avoid becoming "inactive" in the AAS lists, should pay no later than
27 February 2011.

For your convenience you may renew online at members.aas.org. Prompt
cooperation saves the AAS substantial cost and increases funding for our
program. Please direct
any questions regarding your renewal status to membership@aas.org or (202) 328-2010
extension 101.

The Director of Membership Services at AAS further told us that :
- The renewal time line is 9/1, that's when the online renewing begins.
Members are notified by the Newsletter, Exploder and website.
- Paper renewals are mailed the 1st week of November (except for
International Affiliate (IA) members).
- A reminder renewal notice is mailed shortly after our Winter Meeting. The
best practice would then be for members to renew at the DPS Meeting time.
- The reinstatement fee is applied to the AAS members record. Also it is
very difficult for the DPS member that has lapsed more than a year to pay
for years he/she missed, as the AAS do not carry over balances.

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.


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2011 PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. It is
time to consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS
prizes. The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the
field of planetary science. The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding
achievement in planetary research by a young scientist. The Harold Masursky
Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary science and
exploration. The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding
communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. The
Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and
stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences. Detailed
descriptions of each of the prizes and the criteria for nominees for each
are found at http://dps.aas.org/prizes.

The nomination form and instructions can also be retrieved from this
website. Anyone may submit a nomination. The nomination form and supporting
material are emailed to dpsprize@aas.org.

The deadline for nominations this year is April 4.


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JOINT DPS-EPSC 2011 MEETING

A joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress -- EPSC and the
American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences -- DPS

+-------------------- First Announcement and Call-for-Sessions
The joint EPSC-DPS Meeting will take place at La Cité Internationale des
Congrès Nantes Métropole in Nantes, France, 3-7 October 2011.
This modern congress centre is very close to the centre of Nantes, an
attractive city, the historical capital of Brittany, on the west coast of
France, about 2 hours by high speed train from Paris.
The aim is to provide an attractive platform for the worldwide planetary
science community to exchange and present timely results, develop new
ideas, and to network. The format of the meeting will be a mix of plenary
sessions, topical oral and poster sessions, and workshops. Given previous
experience with EPSC and DPS we are expecting a large attendance from
around the world. We hope to make it THE planetary science meeting of 2011!
The meeting website is http://meetings.coperni
cus.org/epsc-dps2011/.
Travel funding will be available for students: Europlanet will provide
contributions to a large number of European PhD students to support their
attendance; DPS will provide scholarships to recipients of the Hartmann
Student Travel Grant.
We hereby invite you to take an active part in organizing the scientific
programme of the conference by suggesting Sessions and Conveners at:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/epsc-dps2011/provisionalprogram
me

If you have ideas for press or media events, please communicate them to
Anita Heward, Europlanet Press and Outreach Officer, anita.heward@europlanet-eu.org
, or Vishnu Reddy, DPS Press officer, dpspress@aas.org.

Important dates:
16 January 2011: Proposals for Sessions : closed, but suggestions can be
sent to the SOC
31 May 2011: Abstracts due (NOTE EARLY DEADLINE)
21 June 2011: Letter of Acceptance to authors
7 July 2011: Letter of Schedule to authors

Future announcements: More information will be available in future updates
and posted on the meeting website as well as sent by e-mail. Please also
forward this email to interested colleagues.

Best regards,
Manuel Grande, Renu Malhotra
For the Scientific Organizing Committee

The EPSC represents a cooperation between Europlanet RI and the European
Geosciences Union.
The Europlanet RI project is a EU supported initiative to strengthen and
unify European planetary science. A main objective is to achieve a long
term integration of planetary sciences in Europe through the networking of
the European research groups and to provide a major distributed European
infrastructure to be shared, fed and expanded by all planetary scientists.
The DPS is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to the
study of the solar system and other planetary systems.

Links :
Meeting Homepage http://meetings.coperni
cus.org/epsc-dps2011/
Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes http://
www.lacite-nantes.com/uk/discover/press-pictures.html
EuroPlaNet http://www.europlanet-ri.eu/
DPS Homepage http://dps.aas.org/

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Hartmann Travel Grants for the join DPS/EPSC meeting
in Nantes, France 2-7 October, 2011.

Starting with a generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, followed by
member contributions and matching funds from the DPS Committee, a limited
number of student travel grants are made available to assist toward
participating at the annual DPS meeting. Travel grants are primarily
intended for students, but post-doctoral scientists without other means of
support will also be considered. Travel grants for the Nantes meeting will
be no more than approximately five hundred dollars and are intended to
provide a supplement that makes the difference on whether or not a student
is able to attend the annual meeting. In some cases the travel grant may be
requested to cover the meeting registration fee. Preference is given to
students who have not received a Travel Grant in the past.
Because of the joint meeting there will be several changes to the DPS
travel grant program for this meeting only:
 DPS travel grants will be limited to students or post-docs attending US
institutions only. We have a reciprocal agreement with the EPSC that they
will fund European (and other foreign) students.
 The deadline for applications will be will be very early this year.
Application deadline is 9:00 PM PDT, Friday May 20, 2011. Late applications
cannot be accepted. All notifications will be made on or before June 3,
2011.
Please see the Hartmann Travel Grant page at the DPS web site (http://dps.aas.
org/meetings/travel_grant_application) for detailed information on
submittal and format.


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Year of the Solar System Update

DPS members are invited to participate and showcase their exciting results
via NASA's Year of the Solar System (YSS), themed "New Worlds, New
Discoveries", spanning a Martian year of 23 months. YSS covers the timeline
of upcoming missions/encounters with the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, comets and
asteroids. YSS provides DPS scientists with immediate outreach
opportunities through its website and streamlined process for submission of
products/results. A themed calendar for YSS provides an opportunity to
highlight new results, create and upload E/PO products and share
information regarding related local activities. Please visit the following
websites for more information:

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/yss

For more detailed information, please contact any of the following:

Padma A. Yanamandra-Fisher (DPS; padmayf@gmail.com)
Nick Schneider (DPS; Nick.Schneider@lasp.colorado
.edu)

Stephanie Shipp (YSS; shipp@lpi.usra.edu)
Daniella.M.Scalice (YSS; daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov)




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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

a)
At the Bear Fight Institute
The Bear Fight Institute (www.bearfightinstitute.com) is seeking candidates
for scientist staff positions and post-doctoral fellowships who have
experience and interest in studying the surfaces of Solar System objects
and interpreting their origin and evolution. Current programs emphasize
planning, operations, data analysis, and background science disciplines
associated with active and proposed space missions, and conducting research
using multi and hyperspectral images and related data. This may include
laboratory studies of candidate outer solar system surface materials and
modeling of optical radiation-material interaction behavior. Experience is
needed in data processing and analysis and in the science, mathematical and
computer skills associated.
Work is centered with a small research group located near Winthrop WA, but
extensive domestic and international travel is typically involved to
participate in space flight team and Professional society meetings and
workshops, and for collaborative efforts with other research groups. Good
writing and communication skills in English are needed for preparing
professional articles, progress reports, and funding proposals. Candidates
may be at any stage in their careers but are expected to develop and
maintain their own research program, including funding, as well as to
participate in existing Institute programs. Especially desired are those
candidates in the early stages of their careers with developing research
programs or in mid to latter career stages and interested in taking a
leadership position. Position(s) could start immediately and is/are
annually renewable, dependent on federal funding. Ph.D. in fields related
to planetary science and the ability to work independently is required.
Salary and benefits are competitive. The Institute has full legal, fiscal,
and administrative capabilities to administer grants and contracts that
candidates may already posses or proposals for new funding. Part-time and
off-site associations will also be considered. We value diversity and are
committed to equality of opportunity.
Forwarded by Thomas B. McCord, The Bear Flight Institute, Winthrop, WA
98862


b)
JOB OPENING - LUNAR SAMPLE CURATOR - January 5 through January 26, 2011

Vacancy number: JS11B0022
Level: GS-14

The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate (ARES) at
NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) invites applications to a civil service
position in Planetary Science in the Astromaterials Acquisition and
Curation Office. The successful applicant will serve as Lunar Sample
Curator. Responsibilities include overseeing the preservation, protection,
and distribution of NASA's Apollo lunar samples; the safe operation of the
Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at JSC and the Curation Remote Storage
Facility at the White Sands Test Facility; as well as providing overall
technical insight into the development and management of policies,
procedures, and operational schedules necessary for lunar sample curation.
The successful applicant will also be encouraged to conduct their own
fundamental research in planetary science and to support mission planning
for exploration of solar system objects.

For more information about Lunar Sample Curation see http://curator.jsc.nasa.
gov/lunar/index.cfm or contact Dr. Carlton Allen, Astromaterials
Curator, at carlton.c.allen@nasa.gov or
281-483-5126.

To apply please go to www.usajobs.gov
--add the vacancy number (JS11B0022) as the keyword in the first box
--click on search jobs


c)
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS AT NASA MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

(1) LABORATORY MANAGER for the MSFC Noble Gas Research Laboratory (MNGRL)
to assist in initial set-up and subsequent routine maintenance and
operation of the new multi-collector noble-gas mass spectrometry facility.
The incumbent will also participate in collaborative or independent
research on geochronology of planetary materials. Qualifications include an
MS or PhD in planetary or earth sciences and experience in high-precision
mass spectrometry (noble gas and/or ICPMS, TIMS, etc.). Applications will
be reviewed starting Feb. 1. Please go to <http://cspar.
uah.edu/research/lunarjobopportunity.html> for more information and how
to apply.

(2) POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in noble-gas isotopic analysis of planetary
materials. Postdocs will conduct a mix of directed and original research
using noble gas mass spectrometry (Ar, Ne, Kr, Xe) on lunar, martian,
and/or asteroid samples to obtain their isotopic age, cosmic ray exposure
age, or isotopic composition. The application deadline is March 1.
Candidates must apply through the NASA Postdoctoral Program <http://www2.orau
.gov/NASA_Catalog/Opportunity/18395> and are encouraged to contact us
directly to develop a research proposal.

Additional information, application instructions, and more about the MSFC
Planetary Science group and facilities can be found on our website (http://planetary.msfc.nasa.gov),
or by contacting Dr. Barbara Cohen (Barbara.A.Cohen@nasa.gov).


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UPCOMING MEETINGS
You may want to consult the excellent Planetary meetings and Conferences
Calendar at:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/<
/a>

a) Fourth International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and
Observations
February 8-11, 2011 ; Paris, France
http://www-mars.lmd.jussie
u.fr/paris2011/

b) TARGET NEO Workshop:
Providing a Resilient NEO Accessibility Program for Human Exploration
Beyond LEO

Speakers and an agenda have been announced for the Target NEO Workshop. The
workshop is scheduled for February 22, 2011 at the George Washington
University Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Panel discussion topics include:
 The NEO Population: Known and Unknown
 Mission Design: Getting There and Back
 NEO Characteristics for Safe and Meaningful Exploration
 Mission Duration: Quantifying the Risks
 Affordable Options for Providing a Resilient NEO Accessibility
 Program for Human Exploration Beyond LEO

Flyer and agenda is available online: http://www.targetneo.org/
Registration is free and open: http://www.gwu.edu/~spi/sy
mposiumrsvp.cfm


c) PLATO Science Conference
Berlin, 24-25 February 2011
http://ww
w-astro.physik.tu-berlin.de/plato-2011/index.html

d) 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC 2011),
7-11 March 2011, The Woodlands, Texas
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/m
eetings/lpsc2011/
Abstract deadline : January 4, 2011

e) Second International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
March 14-16, Moffett Field, CA

see: http://www.seti.org/PhD2011

f) European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2011
Vienna, Austria, 3-8 April 2011
http://meetings.cop
ernicus.org/egu2011/home.html

There will be several Planetary Sciences Sessions during the meeting, see
h
ttp://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/sessionprogramme/PS
The abstract submission is closed.

g) Observing with ALMA - Early Science
ALMA is currently under construction and should start full operations in
2013.
However, already in 2011, ALMA will be operated with a limited number of
antennas (16)
and restricted capacity (e.g. baselines < 1 km).
This is an announcement of ALMA Community days, April 6-7, a two-day event
aimed at familiarising the community with ALMA Early Science capabilities,
as well as the procedure and software involved in proposal preparation and
submission. These ALMA community days will be hosted by the central
European ARC node at ESO Garching on April 6 and 7, 2011. Attendance could
be useful to anybody interested in obtaining ALMA Early Science observing
time. The first part of the meeting will be dedicated to both technical and
scientific presentations on ALMA and what can be expected during the first
period of Early Science. Subsequently, we will organise group tutorials on
the ALMA Observing Tool (OT), which will be used for the preparation and
submission of observing proposals. The conference website is now online at
http://www.es
o.org/sci/meetings/2011/alma_es_2011.html
and registration is open. Note that we can host only a limited number of
participants that will be accommodated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
You can still get in a waiting list.


h) Exploring Strange New Worlds: From Giant Planets to Super Earths
Flagstaff, Arizona, May 1-6, 2011
http://nexsci.caltec
h.edu/conferences/Flagstaff


i) Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium 280 on:
The Molecular Universe

May 30 - June 3, 2011 Toledo, Spain
http://www.cab.inta-c
sic.es/molecular_universe
Deadline for full payment of the registration fee and abstract submissions
:
February 1st, 2011

Contacts:
Prof. J.Cernicharo
jcernicharo@cab.inta-csic.es
CAB. INTA-CSIC
Crta Torrejon km 4
28850 Torrejon de Ardoz. Madrid. Spain

Dr. Marcelo Castellanos
Gestor Equipo Consolider-Ingenio "ASTROMOL" (CSIC)
Campus del Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
Centro de Astrobiologia (CSIC-INTA)
Departamento de Astrofisica
Ca. de Ajalvir km 4
28850 Torrejon de Ardoz (Madrid)


j) 8th International Planetary Probe Workshop
6 – 10 June, 2011; Portsmouth, Virginia
4 – 5 June, Short Course: “Atmospheric Flight Systems Technologies”

Sending space vehicles to other worlds is one of humankind’s most
challenging and rewarding ventures. The 8th International Planetary Probe
Workshop (IPPW‐8) will bring together scientists, engineers,
technologists, mission designers, space agency leaders, and exceptional
students from around the world for a compelling, weeklong collaboration
focused on exploring solar system destinations via in‐situ missions.
This 8th workshop will build upon the IPPW tradition by encouraging
international cooperation in planetary probe missions, new technologies,
and scientific discoveries. In addition, students from around the world
will have a unique opportunity to present their work and to interact with
the leaders in their discipline areas.
IPPW‐8 will be held June 6‐10, 2011, near the NASA‐Langley Research
Center in southeastern Virginia, USA. Our program includes invited talks,
contributed presentations, posters, and opportunities for networking with
colleagues.
Preceding the workshop, on June 4‐5, we will offer a 2‐day short course
on
“Atmospheric Flight Systems Technologies.”
Mark your calendars now!
For more information: Michelle.M.Munk@nasa.gov

k) The Second CoRoT Symposium: Transiting planets, Vibrating stars and
their connection; 14-17 June 2011, Marseille

The first CoRoT symposium was held in February 2009 in Paris. At this
symposium, the first results were presented to the scientific community.
Since, the analysis of these initial high precision data gained scientific
maturity. In addition, the first two years of data are now public and
reviewed by a community much larger. It is thus time to gather again planet
and star communities.
The second CoRoT symposium will be held from 14 to 17 June 2011 in
Marseille (France) at the Palais des Congrès.
Besides presenting the latest results achieved in these two scientific
domains, the objective of this symposium is to highlight the
complementarity of these two fields of research. The symposium therefore
will also focus on the connection between stars and planets and what the
studies in one of the two field could bring to the other. Bringing together
the two communities will give rise to new projects that will ultimately
lead to new advances in the field of planetary systems, considered as a
whole.

You are invited to pre-register as soon as possible, for a final
registration before 15 May. You are also welcome to propose topics for
splinter sessions on half days, before 31 January.
Important dates and deadlines
* 31 January 2011: travel grant submission
* 31 January 2011: end of theme submission for splinter session
* 31 March 2011: end of pre-registration
* 30 April 2011: end of abstract submission
* 15 May 2011: end of final registration and payments
* 14–17 June 2011: colloquium
* December 2011: publication of the proceedings

http://symposiumcorot2011.oamp.fr
/


l) 9th IAA Low Cost Planetary Missions conference
June 21-24, 2011.
Hosted at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel
MD.

Abstract Submission is Open!
The 9th Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference, organized and hosted by The
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, is an
international forum for planetary scientists, technologists, engineers,
managers, and agency officials to collect and exchange information and
ideas for making this class of robotic mission scientifically valuable and
yet affordably low cost.
The Low-Cost Planetary Missions conference is designed to increase and
enhance the global community of practitioners. Areas covered in the
conference program include, but are not limited to: missions and scientific
results; mission planning and operations; mission management, technology
and engineering, and delivery methods.
The call for papers is posted: http://lcpm9.jhuapl.edu/submi
ssion.php
Due date for Abstracts: February 1, 2011
Author notification will be sent by March 1, 2011

http://lcpm9.jhuapl.edu/index.php<
/a> for more information.

m) IUGG/IAMAS General Assembly
Melbourne 28 June- 7 July 2011, see:
http://www.iugg2011.com/pr
ogram-iamas.asp

At that meeting, the ICPAE Commission has planned two Symposia:

M05 : Comparative Atmospheres of the giant planets and their satellites
Conveners : Athena Coustenis, Darrell Strobel and Frank Mills
Scope: Papers are invited which report progress on all aspects of our
current understanding of the evolution of atmospheres of the outer planets,
their moons and their interactions with their environment (rings,
magnetosphere, surfaces). The emphasis will be on insights gained from
recent space missions, including Cassini-Huygens and Earth-orbiting
satellites. Contributions describing the atmosphere-related objectives of
the relevant missions, analysis of observations, and the results of model
simulations of atmospheric evolution are also welcome. Research on
exoplanetary atmospheres in comparison to the ones in our solar system is
also of relevance. The relation of all of these aspects to the field of
Astrobiology shall be put forward.
and
J-M07 : Atmospheres and ices on terrestrial planets
Conveners: Dimitri Titov, Ralf Greve, Athena Coustenis
Scope: Papers are invited on the physics and chemistry of the lower, middle
and upper atmosphere, ionosphere and surface ice of the inner planets and
comets. Comparative studies of the atmospheres of Venus, Earth and Mars, as
well as the ices on Earth and Mars, are also invited, with emphasis on the
differences and similarities in their climates. Results from recent
missions to Mars, Venus and the terrestrial planets in general are of
particular interest. Reports on improvements in general circulation models
of the thermosphere and lower atmospheres of the planets, coupled
atmosphere/cryosphere models and descriptions of future planetary missions
are also invited, as well as advances in laboratory experiments.

n) ORIGINS 2011
ISSOL and Bioastronomy Joint International Conference
Montpellier, France, July 3rd-8th 2011
http://www.origins2011.univ-m
ontp2.fr/


Due date for submission is February 19th. Additionally, the travel grants
are due the same day! (You must submit and abstract to be considered for a
travel grant.)

Muriel Gargaud & Robert Pascal

Chairs of Origins 2011 Organizing Committee

o) JENAM2011
St. Petersburg, Russia, 4-8 July 2011.
http://jenam2011.org/conf/

S2: Planets of the Solar System and Beyond
Conveners: Mikhail Marov (Vernadsky Inst.Geochemistry/Keldysh Appl. Math.
Inst. Russia), Therese Encrenaz (Observatoire de Paris, France)

The symposium will be a meeting place for exchanging new results and
discussing future ground-based and space projects. The symposium will be
organized in six sessions:

-The Moon. Conveners: Sasha Bazilevsky, Yves Langevin
-Inner planets. Conveners: M. Lopez-Valverde, Igor Mitrophanov
-Outer planets. Conveners: Therese Encrenaz, Oleg Korablev
-Small bodies. Conveners: Maria-Teresa Capria, V. Emel'yanenko
-Exoplanets and planetary cosmogony. Conveners: Artie Hatzes, Leonid
Ksanfomality, Helmut Lammer
-Astrobiology. Conveners: Athena Coustenis, Alexei Rozanov

Deadline for abstracts : 25 April 2011


p) ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS 2011
An International Conference On Small Solar System Bodies
July 18-22, 2011
Niigata, Japan

The scope of presentations and discussion is broad, including all topics
related to asteroids, comets, and meteors. ACM 2011 is expected to bring
together experts on small-bodies studies from around the world. It will
be the first meeting held after several significant and anticipated
events, which include the return of "Hayabusa" mission and the expected
result of "Dawn", "EPOXI" and "NExT", as well as many others. ACM 2011
will highlight the research currently being conducted, and encourage
discussion among researchers in various areas, and identify new avenues
of research.
General information and important dates are available at:
http://chiron.mtk.nao.ac.jp/ACM
2011/
All the process of registration and abstract submissions etc. should be
performed in the USRA/LPI meeting portal site with the kind help of the
Lunar and Planetary Institute. You can register your e-mail address for
receiving further information of the ACM2011 at the following site:
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meeting_portal/iofi/?mtg=acm2011
21 March 2011 Abstract deadline21 May 2011 Deadline for early registration
at reduced rate

q) IAU Symposium 282
"From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools"
July 18-22, 2011
at Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
http://www.ta3.sk/IB2E/


r) Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems
July 17-22, 2011, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Chair:Michael R. Meyer; Vice Chair:Edward D. Young

The 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems will take
place at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA 17-22 July. This unique
interdisciplinary meeting includes astronomers and astrophysicists
interested in star and planet formation, planetary scientists and
cosmochemists interested in the early history, structure, and evolution of
the Solar System, as well as scientists in related disciplines. By bringing
together this mix of expertise the conference attempts to address
fundamental questions that are not tractable within the confines of just
one discipline. Our goal is to understand whether planetary systems like
our own, and the potential for habitability that they represent are the
exception or the rule in the Milky Way galaxy.
The focus of the 2011 meeting (the 11th since this series began twenty
years ago) will be "Composition of Forming Planets: A Tool to Understand
Processes". Topics covered will include: 1) the initial conditions for
planet formation in circumstellar disks, including estimates of solar
nebula composition from the Genesis mission; 2) the evolution of the
physical structure of the gas and dust from which planets form; 3) progress
in our theoretical understanding of the major physical processes that
control planet formation; 4) the interplay between disk dynamics and disk
chemistry in determining the composition of forming planets including new
results from the Herschel Space Telescope; 5) meteoritic constraints on the
physical and chemical conditions in the solar nebula; 6) the role of giant
impacts in the structure and evolution of forming planets; 7) satellites
and rings of giant planets as mini-laboratories to study the process of
planet formation; 8) current census of extra-solar planets including new
results from the Kepler and COROT missions as well as other facilities; 9)
the essential chemical conditions for life and whether those are readily
obtained through our current understanding of planet formation; and many
other topics.
The conference will continue the usual format of invited lectures, extended
discussion, and poster sessions. The meeting provides an excellent
opportunity for young researchers to present their latest research results
and to participate in the dynamic informal conversations that are typical
of a Gordon Conference. We encourage young scientists, including graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows, to attend. Special efforts will be made
to promote interactions between invited speakers and junior participants
and we expect to provide some financial support to facilitate the
latter’s participation.

s) 2011 Sagan Summer Workshop: Exploring Exoplanets with Microlensing
Pasadena, CA, July 25-29, 2011
http://nexsci.caltech.edu/wo
rkshop/2011

t) First Announcement Of Rings 2011 Scientific Workshop
Tentative Dates: July 27-29, 2011
Location: Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

This workshop will explore the present state of investigations into
the structure, composition and dynamics of planetary rings, emphasizing
recent results from the Cassini Mission to Saturn as well as current
theoretical work and numerical simulations. The format will combine
daily oral sessions with ample time for splinter meetings and informal
discussion. Contributed oral and poster papers are welcome.
Possible session topics include ring origins, ring composition
and particle size distributions, gravitational over/instablities
and accretionary phenomena, dynamics of ring-embedded objects,
dusty ring features' interactions with the electromagnetic environment,
and comparative studies of various ring/disk systems.
In addition to formal sessions we will allow time for outdoor activities
to make the best of Ithaca's scenic setting in the heart of the Finger
Lakes. These might include hikes to spectacular waterfalls, a dinner
lake cruise featuring wines from local vineyards, world-renowned museums
(Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of the
Earth), and more.
Participation in the workshop is open to anyone, but space may be
limited to ~100 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Instructions for registration and abstract submissions will be given at
a later time, but if you think you may attend, please e-mail M. Hedman
at mmhedman@astro.cornell.edu so
we may begin to obtain a rough head
count. The meeting dates may shift slightly depending upon availability
of rooms in Ithaca. Please let us know if you would prefer other dates.
Feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues

u) Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (Aogs) 2011
August 8-12, 2011, Taipei.
http://
www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2011/public.asp?page=home.htm
Abstract deadline : 15 March 2011.

v) New-Horizons Workshop On Icy Surface Processes
August 30 - 31, 2011 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The principal objective of this workshop is to review the state of
knowledge and present new ideas pertaining to the geological and
geochemical processes that operate on the surfaces of icy worlds, with the
goal of aiding our understanding of the Pluto system during the first
reconnaissance in 2015 by NASA’s New Horizons mission. In recognition of
the Lowell Observatory’s key role in the discovery of the Pluto System,
Lowell is hosting the workshop on the old Observatory grounds in Flagstaff
AZ. The workshop is co-sponsored by Southwest Research Institute and NASA
Ames Research Center.
The workshop will focus on Solar System solid body icy surfaces (anywhere
in the Solar System) and the physical and geological processes that shape
icy landforms and mobilize surface materials. Subjects to be covered
include possible analogs for surfaces of Pluto system, compositional
considerations, the physical properties of surface materials, landscape and
volatile origin and evolution, the implications for other KBOs, and the
plans and expected datasets resulting from Pluto system investigations by
the New Horizons mission. There will be both invited and contributed talks.
Contributed oral or poster papers are welcome.
Participation in the workshop is open to anyone, but is limited to ~75
researchers.
Instructions for registration and submissions will be given at a later
date.
SOC: Jeffrey Moore, Will Grundy, Alan Stern, William McKinnon, and Paul
Schenk
LOC: Will Grundy
POC: Carrie Chavez (carrie.l.chavez@nasa.gov)

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