Newsletter 24-04

Issue 24-04, February 16, 2024

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  1. AAS ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT FUNDING FOR ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
  2. CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
  3. 2024B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  4. EUROPA CLIPPER LECTURE SERIES EMAIL SIGNUP
  5. ABSTRACT AND GRANT SUBMISSIONS FOR IAU-S393 SYMPOSIUM ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXOPLATES IN THE ERA OF THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
  6. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – “A TOUR OF THE SOLID SOLAR SYSTEM: RECOGNIZING EARLY CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLANETARY SCIENCE”, A GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION
  7. NEO WARP COMMUNITY FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY
  8. ICE GIANTS SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
  9. SPECIAL ISSUE IN ADV. SPACE RESEARCH: LUNAR ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS RESULTING FROM HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OCCUPATION OF THE MOON
  10. UPDATED AND EXPANDED GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION WITH REASONABLE ASTRONOMY COMPILED BY ANDREW FRAKNOI
  11. EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
  12. REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
  13. SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024
  14. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
  15. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
  16. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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AAS ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT FUNDING FOR ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES

We’ve made it easy to contact your congresspeople to ask for support to fund NASA, NSF, and Department of Energy’s Office of Science to protect these agencies from severe budget cuts and let them know how important federal funding is for the astronomical sciences in the US. The AAS Public Policy Action Center contains an example message and phone script.

https://aas.org/advocacy/get-involved/action-alerts

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CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.

The DPS sponsors six prizes:

The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.

The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.

The Harold C. Urey Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.

The Harold Masursky Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.

The Carl Sagan Medal [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.

DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.

 A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/nomination-form], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.

 Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.

 Questions: Email [email protected]

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2024B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting proposals to use NASA’s portion of time on the two 10m Keck Telescopes for the 2024B observing semester (August 1, 2024-January 31, 2025).

The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator for NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers. Investigators from institutions outside of the U.S. may participate as Co-Investigators on proposals for NASA Keck time.

NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going space missions and/or high priority, long-term science goals. Proposals are sought in the following discipline areas: (1) investigations of our own SOLAR SYSTEM; (2) investigations in support of EXOPLANET EXPLORATION science goals and missions; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science goals and missions; and (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS science goals and missions. Direct mission support proposals in any of these scientific areas are also encouraged.

Deadline: March 14: all proposals due to NExScI by 4 pm PDT

Website: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml

Contact: [email protected]

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EUROPA CLIPPER LECTURE SERIES EMAIL SIGNUP

The Europa Clipper Project is happy to announce the opening of the Europa Clipper Lecture Series to the scientific community. Speakers in this series include a variety of Europa Enthusiasts ranging from, for example, the PIs of the recently awarded PSIE grants to authors of recently published Europa-relevant papers to members of NASA HQ. Talks are typically held biweekly on Fridays from 11am -12pm PT / 2-3pm ET. If you are a fellow Europa Enthusiast and would like to join the email distribution list, please sign up on this Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/ECLS-signup.

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ABSTRACT AND GRANT SUBMISSIONS FOR IAU-S393 SYMPOSIUM ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXOPLATES IN THE ERA OF THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE

We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts and/or apply for a grant to participate in our upcoming IAU-S393 Symposium on “Planetary Science and Exoplanets in the Era of the James Webb Space Telescope,” scheduled for August 13-15th, 2024 at the next IAU General Assembly, set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

To submit an abstract or apply for an IAU travel grant, please visit our official Symposium website: https://iaus393.uca.ma/iau-travel-grants/

Deadline: March 1st, 2024

For further information, please contact any of our symposium chairs directly:

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – “A TOUR OF THE SOLID SOLAR SYSTEM: RECOGNIZING EARLY CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLANETARY SCIENCE”, A GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION

We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the upcoming Geological Society of London Special Publication, “A tour of the solid solar system: Recognising early career contributions to planetary science,” is now open!

We are looking for contributions from early career researchers (students and those within 10 years of completing their degree) who are conducting novel science with extraterrestrial samples. The Geological Society of London represents the interests of the geoscience community globally, and planetary science was recently incorporated into the Society’s Scientific Themes. This upcoming Special Publication aims to encompass the solid solar system from pre-solar disk components through planetary bodies to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by students and early career researchers in planetary science.

Special Publications are high quality collections of peer-reviewed papers that are hosted online as well as being published as hardback books, and can be cited in future research as any other peer-reviewed article. Once accepted, articles are assigned a DOI and published online within two weeks. The Geological Society of London ensures a high standard of peer-review, inclusion in major indexers such as Scopus, editorial support for authors and reviewers, open access options, free colour figures, no page charges, and active marketing and promotion of the publication. Previous Special Publications can be found at the Lyell Collection website.

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages and can include figures and tables if desired. Submission for this Special Publication is not restricted to studies that are currently complete; we are also accepting abstracts for studies that can reasonably be ready for peer-review within the next 10-12 months.

Abstracts should be submitted by 12pm (noon) GMT on Friday 8th March 2024 using this form. An abstract template can be downloaded here.

Abstracts will be assessed by the editors Dr Jennifer Mitchell (University of Minnesota, USA), Dr Natasha Stephen (The Geological Society of London, Imperial College London, UK), Dr Thomas Barrett (LPI, USA), and Dr Ashley King (Natural History Museum, UK) for novelty, impact, and reasonable completion within the timeframe. We will inform all submitters if their abstract was accepted or not as soon as possible.

Questions should be directed to Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Lead Editor, at [email protected].

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NEO WARP COMMUNITY FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY

NEO WARP Community Feedback Opportunity: Following the summary presentation at the recent 30th NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting about the Near-Earth Objects Workshops to Assess Reconnaissance for Planetary Defense (NEO WARP), the organizers of the NEO WARP workshop series are requesting community feedback from now through February 23, 2024. Feedback can be provided via this link (https://t.ly/3cSRc). For reference, the NEO WARP summary presented at SBAG can be viewed at this link (https://t.ly/iSfPt).

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ICE GIANTS SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES

The Ice Giant Systems Seminar Series showcases recent developments in scientific topics covering all aspects of the ice giant systems, including atmospheres, satellites, rings, magnetic fields, interior structures, and science related to formation and evolution.

To access the virtual seminar, view the seminar schedule, and “Stay Informed”, visit the series website here: http://icegiantsseminar.jhuapl.edu

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SPECIAL ISSUE IN ADV. SPACE RESEARCH: LUNAR ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS RESULTING FROM HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OCCUPATION OF THE MOON

We wish to announce a special issue of Advances in Space Research, entitled ‘Lunar Environment Effects resulting from Human Exploration and Occupation of the Moon’. Papers should focus on research concerning the environment of the Moon, its influence on humans and human systems on the Moon and in the Moon’s vicinity, and the effect of human exploration on the lunar environment. We encourage research concerning limits to human exposure on the lunar surface under different conditions, the various effects on human systems on the Moon and efforts to enhance protection. We encourage papers concerning the scientific value of the Moon and possible efforts to preserve scientifically valuable environments. Papers to be included in this special issue will be accepted until January 30, 2024. All papers must be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial Manager System (EM) for ASR. The papers should be designated for the special issue upon submission. There are no page limits for individual articles. While ASR does not have any publication costs, there is a charge for the printing of color pages. All papers will be refereed by a minimum of two individuals.

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UPDATED AND EXPANDED GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION WITH REASONABLE ASTRONOMY COMPILED BY ANDREW FRAKNOI

An updated and expanded guide to science fiction with reasonable astronomy, compiled by astronomy educator Andrew Fraknoi, is now available free on line. The 23-page guide is organized by topic; so, for example, all the stories that feature reasonable depictions of Mars or impacts are in one place.  Some 44 astronomy (and related physics) topics are covered.  For students (or scientists) on limited budgets, the new version includes 88 links to published stories that are available free on the Web.   Find the guide at: http://bit.ly/astronomyscifi 

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REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission is now open for “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024.  Join us as we discuss practical aspects of the next planetary flagship and how we can employ new paradigms to better enable robust outer planet exploration. 

 We also seek abstracts on the following topics: 

1. Near term technologies.  Infusions of near-term (TRL 4-6) technologies may help enhance the science return of power and data rate constrained missions.  We especially seek contributions on technologies that can help save mass or power or can improve science data volume return.

 2. Mission science drivers.  We seek broad summary discussions that can highlight the breadth of measurements that contribute to answering Decadal thematic questions, how they drive the mission architecture, and which measurements/methods offer the highest science return.  Each abstract should focus on a single UOP science objective (from the Decadal study) when discussing the above topics.

 3. Interdisciplinary and cross-divisional science.  Flagship missions often contribute to science beyond the STM.  Topics can include best examples of how this has worked on other missions, innovative investigations that could contribute UOP interdivisional science without changing the mission design, and how UOP exploration will benefit other Division’s decadal survey goals, etc.

Please visit our website to register and submit abstracts: https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/690/uranus-flagship

Registration Deadline:  5 April

Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 March, 5 pm eastern

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EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

With funding from NASA, we are pleased to announce early career domestic travel grants to attend the “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024. 

 Applications should consist of:

  • A letter of intent explaining why the applicant is interested in attending and what you hope to gain from the workshop;
  • A documented estimate of domestic transportation and lodging costs, any expected contribution from your advisor/supervisor/grants, and requested award (not to exceed $2000);
  • A complete curriculum vitae including US institution where you are based and status as a student or PhD date;
  • Brief letter of endorsement from an advisor, supervisor, or colleague*

 Eligibility: Applications should be students or within 10 years of their Ph.D. at the time of the workshop and based at a U.S. institution.

 Complete application packages should be emailed to Amy Simon ([email protected]).  *If preferred, endorsement letters may be sent separately but should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Deadlines: Applications are due 23 February and we anticipate selections to be made by 8 March.

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SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024

The NEO Surveyor mission is pleased to announce a community workshop: “Science with NEO Surveyor”. The intent of this workshop is to provide members of the scientific community a chance to interact with Surveyor Science Team members and learn more about the anticipated NEO Surveyor observing cadence, data products, and timescales of public delivery.  For more information, and to register, please visit the workshop webpage:  https://neos.arizona.edu/events/science-neo-surveyor

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.

Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:

  • Physical and dynamical properties
  • Dwarf planets
  • Binaries and multiple systems
  • Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
  • Distant TNOs
  • Formation and evolutionary processes
  • Current and future surveys
  • Laboratory studies
  • Current and future space missions
  • Occultations

The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.

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CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL

The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/409/suppl/C

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/2

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JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positionsfor free  **for free**.

Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.

  1.  Postdoctoral position at LSU for Star-Planet Chemical Interplay

🪅Happy Mardis Gras, all! 🪅I’m hiring an Interdisciplinary Postdoc for Star-Planet Chemical Interplay to work with me in my group at LSU! I’m interested in a wide variety of topics and people. See below for details or reach out to me with questions. 😃

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/b4d744ca

  • Lunar Postdoc Position at JPL

Job description:  The postdoctoral research associate will work with Dr. Catherine Elder to investigate the surface of the Moon. Specifically, they will use data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (Diviner) to constrain the thermophysical properties of the surface. Areas of particular interest include volcanism, and the breakdown of rocks and the evolution of regolith. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will supervise undergraduate interns. The interns will use LRO Camera (LROC) images to count boulders surrounding cold-spot craters to assess spatial variability in the subsurface rock content of the Moon.

Qualifications:  Applicants with a PhD in planetary science, physics, geology, astronomy, or any related field are encouraged to apply. Experience with some or all of the following is helpful but not required:

  • Supervising students
  • Using remote sensing data
  • Using ArcGIS
  • Numerical modeling

Interested applicants can apply here https://citjpl.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Jobs/job/JPL-Campus/Postdoc–Understanding-lunar-surface-processes-using-LRO-Diviner_R4872

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2023 Icarus Best Student-Led Paper

Congratulations to Teng Ee (Tony) Yap, Winner of the Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award. Teng Ee (Tony) Yap’s paper, ” The NC-CC dichotomy explained by significant addition of CAI-like dust to the Bulk Molecular Cloud (BMC) composition” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2023.115680 which appeared in the November 15, 2023 issue of Icarus.  The paper was selected by the independent Icarus Board of Advisory Editors and was among five nominated for the Award. 

Detailing their reason for selecting Tony Yap’s paper as the winner, the board stated, “The paper presents a model for the formation of isotope anomalies in solar system materials based on mixing among primordial reservoirs. In contrast to other recent studies, the authors demonstrate that mixing between CAI-like and bulk-molecular cloud reservoirs can explain observed isotope trends without a third reservoir representing CI chondrites and asteroid Ryugu. This work advances the field by providing a self-consistent model of early solar system formation that can be tested with further data on Fe isotopes in CC achondrites.”.”

The lead author obtained his B.A. in Astrogeophysics from Colgate University and is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Planetary Science at Caltech. His research lies at the intersection of isotope cosmochemistry and planetary astrophysics, and aims to offer new insights into early Solar System evolution and the planet formation process.

We wish to express our warmest congratulations to Tony and his co-author Francois Tissot on winning this Award.

2024 Prize Nominations Are Open

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes. The 2024 Prize Nominations are due by April 15, 2024.

The DPS sponsors six prizes:

The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.

The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.

The Harold C. Urey Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.

The Harold Masursky Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.

The Carl Sagan Medal [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.

DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.

 A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/nomination-form], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.

 Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.

 Questions: Email [email protected]

Two Associate Editor Openings with Icarus

Detailed Description can be found here.

The role of Associate Editor, along with the Editor-in-Chief and other members of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system.  The Associate Editor is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.

The Associate Editor role entails:

  • Responsibility for the scientific content of the Journal within a specific area relating  to  the  Journal,  taking  into  account  the  Aims  and  Scope, the Publisher’s editorial policies as updated from time to time (including without limitation those on ethics in publishing at the Publisher’s website) and the editorial policy of the Journal. 
  • The evaluation and selection of articles for publication in the Journal that are consistent with the high standards of the journal.  This includes coordinating an objective and unbiased peer-review process for submitted Articles, obtaining a minimum of (2) reviews for each article, and will reject, or  return  for  revision  to  the  authors Articles  that  do  not  meet  the required standards of the Journal.
  • Ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals of the Journal. If necessary, the Editor will solicit Articles to help meet such publication goals.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity in all matters respecting the selection, editing, acceptance and reviewing of Articles

Alongside the review process the Associate Editors are asked to periodically participate in discussions with Elsevier about the journal’s development and potential new initiatives.  The team of Editors will hold meetings approximately twice a year via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required.

The applicants:

  •  Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
  • Two positions for applicants who must have demonstrated broad expertise in either: terrestrial/super-Earth atmospheres, global circulation and climate models  OR giant planet atmospheres and interior models
  • Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in growing a journal
  • Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively

Elsevier is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and encourage all individuals interested to apply for a position with the board.

 Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise for this Associate Editor position by February 28, 2024.  Please include up to three references. 

Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected].

Newsletter 24-03

Issue 24-03, January 28, 2024

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  1. REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
  2. EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
  3. SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024
  4. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG; NOMINATION DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2024)
  5. SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR APOPHIS T-5 YEARS WORKSHOP
  6. CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN HABITABLE WORLDS OBSERVATORY MISSION CONCEPT MATURATION
  7. CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
  8. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
  9. CONGRATULATIONS TO TENG EE (TONY) YAP, WINNER OF ICARUS “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” AWARD
  10. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
  11. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission is now open for “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024.  Join us as we discuss practical aspects of the next planetary flagship and how we can employ new paradigms to better enable robust outer planet exploration. 

 We also seek abstracts on the following topics: 

1. Near term technologies.  Infusions of near-term (TRL 4-6) technologies may help enhance the science return of power and data rate constrained missions.  We especially seek contributions on technologies that can help save mass or power or can improve science data volume return.

 2. Mission science drivers.  We seek broad summary discussions that can highlight the breadth of measurements that contribute to answering Decadal thematic questions, how they drive the mission architecture, and which measurements/methods offer the highest science return.  Each abstract should focus on a single UOP science objective (from the Decadal study) when discussing the above topics.

 3. Interdisciplinary and cross-divisional science.  Flagship missions often contribute to science beyond the STM.  Topics can include best examples of how this has worked on other missions, innovative investigations that could contribute UOP interdivisional science without changing the mission design, and how UOP exploration will benefit other Division’s decadal survey goals, etc.

Please visit our website to register and submit abstracts: https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/690/uranus-flagship

Registration Deadline:  5 April

Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 March, 5 pm eastern

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EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

With funding from NASA, we are pleased to announce early career domestic travel grants to attend the “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024. 

 Applications should consist of:

  • A letter of intent explaining why the applicant is interested in attending and what you hope to gain from the workshop;
  • A documented estimate of domestic transportation and lodging costs, any expected contribution from your advisor/supervisor/grants, and requested award (not to exceed $2000);
  • A complete curriculum vitae including US institution where you are based and status as a student or PhD date;
  • Brief letter of endorsement from an advisor, supervisor, or colleague*

 Eligibility: Applications should be students or within 10 years of their Ph.D. at the time of the workshop and based at a U.S. institution.

 Complete application packages should be emailed to Amy Simon ([email protected]).  *If preferred, endorsement letters may be sent separately but should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Deadlines: Applications are due 23 February and we anticipate selections to be made by 8 March.

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SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024

The NEO Surveyor mission is pleased to announce a community workshop: “Science with NEO Surveyor”. The intent of this workshop is to provide members of the scientific community a chance to interact with Surveyor Science Team members and learn more about the anticipated NEO Surveyor observing cadence, data products, and timescales of public delivery.  For more information, and to register, please visit the workshop webpage:  https://neos.arizona.edu/events/science-neo-surveyor

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (EXOPAG; NOMINATION DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2024)

The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee (EC) of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG). In the coming months, NASA anticipates making several new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing three current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments.  New appointments will start in the Spring of 2024 and will be for a period of three years.

Overview of ExoPAG: 

https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/overview/

Full call for nominations to ExoPAG Executive Committee:

https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/internal_resources/2880/2024-ExoPAG_EC_recruitment.pdf

ExoPAG Executive Committee Membership:

https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/executive-committee-membership/

Nominations and inquiries for the ExoPAG EC should be submitted to Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell (NASA Headquarters, Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary) at [email protected].

The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2024, with announcement of selections anticipated in Spring of 2024. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

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SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR APOPHIS T-5 YEARS WORKSHOP

The Apophis T-5 Years: Knowledge Opportunity for the Science of Planetary Defense workshop will be held April 22–23, 2024, at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

This workshop will focus on international collaboration opportunities, as recommended by the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), for both Earth-based observations and potential in situ investigations, optimally supporting the science return from the OSIRIS-APEX spacecraft making a post-Earth-encounter rendezvous with Apophis.

The abstract deadline is February 12, 2024.  For Workshop information and abstract submission, the website link is   https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/apophis2024/

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CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN HABITABLE WORLDS OBSERVATORY MISSION CONCEPT MATURATION

The Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) is NASA’s next astrophysics flagship mission concept recommended by the 2020 Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Two community groups are guiding the early mission concept maturation activities for HWO: a Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) and a Technical Assessment Group (TAG).

Working Groups being organized under the START and TAG will be exploring the HWO mission concept’s fundamental science goals and how best to pursue them. Several of these Working Groups are focused specifically on planetary science, including solar system observations.

Participation in HWO Working Groups is open to the community, and while there is no deadline for expressing interest in participating, activities are anticipated to begin around the end of January 2024 and last throughout the calendar year. Please express interest in joining an HWO Working Group here: https://forms.gle/jwdexDLAfnKAt1eK6.

More information on the Habitable Worlds Observatory and START/TAG activities can be found on the NASA website: https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/programs/habitable-worlds-observatory/start-tag/. Questions can be sent to the HWO Program Scientist, Megan Ansdell ([email protected]).

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CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.

The DPS sponsors six prizes:

The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.

The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.

The Harold C. Urey Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.

The Harold Masursky Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.

The Carl Sagan Medal [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.

DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.

 A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/nomination-form], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.

 Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.

 Questions: Email [email protected]

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.

Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:

  • Physical and dynamical properties
  • Dwarf planets
  • Binaries and multiple systems
  • Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
  • Distant TNOs
  • Formation and evolutionary processes
  • Current and future surveys
  • Laboratory studies
  • Current and future space missions
  • Occultations

The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TENG EE (TONY) YAP, WINNER OF ICARUS “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” AWARD

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award. Teng Ee (Tony) Yap’s paper, ” The NC-CC dichotomy explained by significant addition of CAI-like dust to the Bulk Molecular Cloud (BMC) composition” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2023.115680 which appeared in the November 15, 2023 issue of Icarus.  The paper was selected by the independent Icarus Board of Advisory Editors and was among five nominated for the Award. 

Detailing their reason for selecting Tony Yap’s paper as the winner, the board stated, “The paper presents a model for the formation of isotope anomalies in solar system materials based on mixing among primordial reservoirs. In contrast to other recent studies, the authors demonstrate that mixing between CAI-like and bulk-molecular cloud reservoirs can explain observed isotope trends without a third reservoir representing CI chondrites and asteroid Ryugu. This work advances the field by providing a self-consistent model of early solar system formation that can be tested with further data on Fe isotopes in CC achondrites.”.”

The lead author obtained his B.A. in Astrogeophysics from Colgate University and is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Planetary Science at Caltech. His research lies at the intersection of isotope cosmochemistry and planetary astrophysics, and aims to offer new insights into early Solar System evolution and the planet formation process.

We wish to express our warmest congratulations to Tony and his co-author Francois Tissot on winning this Award.

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CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS

The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/1

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/409/suppl/C

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JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positionsfor free  **for free**.

Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.

  1.  Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis invites applications for the Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Department seeks outstanding candidates who will strengthen and complement existing areas of study, including terrestrial and planetary geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and climate science. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate directly with faculty and students within the Department, and will be invited to lead a seminar in their area of expertise.

This competitive postdoc is awarded for a one-year period, which may be extended to a second year. The annual salary is $70,000 with additional research funds of $6,000 per year. The appointment is anticipated to begin on or around July 1, 2024.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth, planetary, or climate science or a related field at the time of appointment, and have a record of excellent scholarship. The ideal candidate will have trans-disciplinary interests, and will interact scientifically with a broad spectrum of the Department’s members.

Application Instructions

Applicants should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae (including full publication list), a two- to four-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. William McKinnon ([email protected]). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by Febuary 7, 2024. Please see:

https://apply.interfolio.com/138677

  • Two Associate Editor Openings with Icarus

The role of Associate Editor, along with the Editor-in-Chief and other members of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system.  The Associate Editor is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.

The Associate Editor role entails:

  • Responsibility for the scientific content of the Journal within a specific area relating  to  the  Journal,  taking  into  account  the  Aims  and  Scope, the Publisher’s editorial policies as updated from time to time (including without limitation those on ethics in publishing at the Publisher’s website) and the editorial policy of the Journal. 
  • The evaluation and selection of articles for publication in the Journal that are consistent with the high standards of the journal.  This includes coordinating an objective and unbiased peer-review process for submitted Articles, obtaining a minimum of (2) reviews for each article, and will reject, or  return  for  revision  to  the  authors Articles  that  do  not  meet  the required standards of the Journal.
  • Ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals of the Journal. If necessary, the Editor will solicit Articles to help meet such publication goals.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity in all matters respecting the selection, editing, acceptance and reviewing of Articles

Alongside the review process the Associate Editors are asked to periodically participate in discussions with Elsevier about the journal’s development and potential new initiatives.  The team of Editors will hold meetings approximately twice a year via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required.

The applicants:

  •  Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
  • Two positions for applicants who must have demonstrated broad expertise in either: terrestrial/super-Earth atmospheres, global circulation and climate models  OR giant planet atmospheres and interior models
  • Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in growing a journal
  • Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively

Elsevier is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and encourage all individuals interested to apply for a position with the board.

 Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise for this Associate Editor position by February 28, 2024.  Please include up to three references. 

Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected].

  • Postdoctoral Position, UC Santa Cruz, Planetary Thermal Evolution Modeling

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Other Worlds Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in planetary evolution modeling. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working on theory and modeling of planetary or stellar interiors or atmospheres. 

Successful candidates will work in the research group of Professor Jonathan Fortney, which focuses on the physics and chemistry of the atmospheres and interiors of substellar objects, from terrestrial planets to giant planets to brown dwarfs, for objects in and out of the solar system.  Potential projects for the Scholar include the thermal evolution and internal structure of strongly irradiated giant planets, solar system giant planets, brown dwarfs, and sub-Neptunes. Projects will require code development in Python and potentially include work with the open-source MESA code.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All documents and materials must be submitted as a single PDF and should be forwarded to Jonathan Fortney ([email protected]). Applications must include:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae with list of publications
  • a research statement (up to 3 pages) that includes a discussion of relevant experience in addition to future research interests
  • names of three references who will be submitting letters

Please have each of the three references e-mail their recommendation letters to [email protected] by the application deadline for full consideration. Please refer to “Evolution Postdoc” in all correspondence.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD: Full consideration will be given to applications completed by Monday January 22, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered if the position has not been filled.

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Newsletter 24-02

Issue 24-02, January 20, 2024

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  1. SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR APOPHIS T-5 YEARS WORKSHOP
  2. CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN HABITABLE WORLDS OBSERVATORY MISSION CONCEPT MATURATION
  3. CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
  4. 30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
  5. CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA
  6. EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING
  7. OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE
  8. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
  9. DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
  10.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
  11. CONGRATULATIONS TO TENG EE (TONY) YAP, WINNER OF ICARUS “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” AWARD
  12. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL 
  13. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT FOR APOPHIS T-5 YEARS WORKSHOP

The Apophis T-5 Years: Knowledge Opportunity for the Science of Planetary Defense workshop will be held April 22–23, 2024, at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

This workshop will focus on international collaboration opportunities, as recommended by the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), for both Earth-based observations and potential in situ investigations, optimally supporting the science return from the OSIRIS-APEX spacecraft making a post-Earth-encounter rendezvous with Apophis.

The abstract deadline is February 12, 2024.  For Workshop information and abstract submission, the website link is   https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/apophis2024/

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CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN HABITABLE WORLDS OBSERVATORY MISSION CONCEPT MATURATION

The Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) is NASA’s next astrophysics flagship mission concept recommended by the 2020 Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Two community groups are guiding the early mission concept maturation activities for HWO: a Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) and a Technical Assessment Group (TAG).

Working Groups being organized under the START and TAG will be exploring the HWO mission concept’s fundamental science goals and how best to pursue them. Several of these Working Groups are focused specifically on planetary science, including solar system observations.

Participation in HWO Working Groups is open to the community, and while there is no deadline for expressing interest in participating, activities are anticipated to begin around the end of January 2024 and last throughout the calendar year. Please express interest in joining an HWO Working Group here: https://forms.gle/jwdexDLAfnKAt1eK6.

More information on the Habitable Worlds Observatory and START/TAG activities can be found on the NASA website: https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/programs/habitable-worlds-observatory/start-tag/. Questions can be sent to the HWO Program Scientist, Megan Ansdell ([email protected]).

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CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.

The DPS sponsors six prizes:

The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.

The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.

The Harold C. Urey Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.

The Harold Masursky Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.

The Carl Sagan Medal [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.

DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.

 A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/nomination-form], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.

 Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.

 Questions: Email [email protected]

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30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)

SBAG 30 – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2024

The 30th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will take place Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 – February 1, 2024. The meeting is hybrid with the in-person portion being held in Tucson, AZ at University of Arizona facilities. Registration information, early career opportunities, hotel block, and other logistical information will be posted when the details become available at

https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/

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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA

April 11-13, 2024 – Tucson, Arizona

The emerging generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will transform the study of exoplanets. While the high angular resolution of ELTs allows imaging of planets at small separations, deep, precise spectroscopy will allow characterization of fundamental planet properties.  The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) provides an edge-to-edge separation of 23 m, and when used as an interferometer (LBTI), it already functions as an ELT.  In this conference, we will discuss new ELT-era exoplanet science with LBT, as well as more general exoplanet science for the upcoming ELT landscape.

Full details available at the conference website, https://www.lbto.org/exo24/

Sponsored by the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

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EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING

Save The Date

Exoplanets in our Backyard III, November 13-15, 2024, Louisville, KY USA, #EioB3

Conference Location and Dates

We are happy to announce the Exoplanets in our Backyard III workshop scheduled for

November 13-15, 2024 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY USA. The workshop

format will be in-person only.

Purpose and Scope

Exoplanets in Our Backyard focuses on the collaborative exploration of exoplanets, uniting

researchers from various scientific disciplines to share knowledge and expertise, particularly in

the detection and characterization of exoplanet atmospheres. Emphasizing discussion and

cross-disciplinary research, this workshop aims to inspire and educate participants of all

experience levels in the collective effort to understand distant worlds and their formation

processes.

The science program will feature invited talks related to four major themes and multiple

breakout sessions aimed towards creating new collaborations among scientists from various

fields.

  1. Star-Exoplanet Interactions Using Our Heliosphere as a Rosetta Stone
  2. Leveraging the History of the Inner Solar System to Inform the Search for Habitable and

Inhabited Exoplanets

  • Cross-Domain Machine Learning Methods for Applications to Exoplanetary Atmospheric

Retrieval

  • Theory and Experiments Collide to Tackle Exoplanet Research Challenges

Important: To be added to the mailing list to receive additional information about this

conference, submit an indication of interest.

www.exoplanetsbackyard.com

For more information contact [email protected]

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OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE

The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Steering Committee (SC) announces several upcoming openings on the OPAG Steering Committee. We invite the community to review the current Steering Committee membership and the membership guidelines at this link: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/committee/ 

We welcome applications from candidates who are interested in supporting OPAG’s strategic mission), and who have a desire to support the community, as well as those who fill any topic area gaps. Through the search process, we will strive to ensure representation across multiple axes to foster an interdisciplinary, diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible community.  All interested candidates, at any career stage, are encouraged to apply. People who submitted applications during the last selection cycle are encouraged to re-submit. Applications include a one-page letter addressing the applicant’s interest in the OPAG SC and how the applicant feels they will contribute based on their expertise and experience, and a two-page NASA proposal-style CV. In your letter, please discuss your leadership, project and organizational experiences, and your past or current involvement in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) activities. Applicants may voluntarily self-identify by providing demographic information in their letter. 


We intend to accept applications November 30, 2023 through January 30 2024; selected new members should plan to start their service in time for the OPAG Spring 2024 meeting (the exact timing of which is to be confirmed). 

Please send your nominations, with the letter of interest and CV together in a single PDF file, to: [email protected].  For the file name, please use the format Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_CV and Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_Letter.


Inquiries about the OPAG Steering Committee membership should be directed to the OPAG committee [email protected] or Amanda Hendrix [email protected]

https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/reports/goals-08-28-19.pdf https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/reports/OPAG-Whitepaper-2020-08-12_%20UPDATED.pdf

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.

Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:

  • Physical and dynamical properties
  • Dwarf planets
  • Binaries and multiple systems
  • Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
  • Distant TNOs
  • Formation and evolutionary processes
  • Current and future surveys
  • Laboratory studies
  • Current and future space missions
  • Occultations

The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.

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DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Are you interested in making the planetary science community more diverse and inclusive? If so, please contact [email protected]  to volunteer to be part of the DPS Professional Culture and Climate subcommittee (PCCS). A list of our charge, duties, and expectations can be found at:  https://dps.aas.org/leadership/climate

You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at above site) and, in particular, you are welcome to contact Chair James Roberts ([email protected]).

To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to [email protected], including:
(1) why you are interested,
(2) a brief description of any EDIA work you’ve already done, and
(3) a brief statement on what you might hope to accomplish with the
PCCS. Comments about past or potential future work by PCCS are also
welcomed, as always.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Focus Meeting 3: Follow-up Observations of Small Bodies in the Solar System in the Era of Large Discovery Surveys (as part of the IAU General Assembly, which runs 6-15 August 2024)

Website:  https://sbss2024.saao.ac.za/

Motivation: A significant increase in the rate of discoveries of small bodies in the Solar System is expected, given ongoing and anticipated data-intensive surveys. This 2-day Focus Meeting will address multiple aspects of the international response to small-body detections from surveys and their follow-up characterizations.

Important dates:

31 Oct. 2023 – Early registration opens

30 Nov. 2023 –  Abstract submissions open

01 March 2024 – Deadline for abstracts and early registration

31 May 2024 – Deadline for normal registration

Contacts: SOC Chairs Amanda Sickafoose ([email protected]); Nic Erasmus ([email protected])

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TENG EE (TONY) YAP, WINNER OF ICARUS “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” AWARD

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award. Teng Ee (Tony) Yap’s paper, ” The NC-CC dichotomy explained by significant addition of CAI-like dust to the Bulk Molecular Cloud (BMC) composition” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2023.115680 which appeared in the November 15, 2023 issue of Icarus.  The paper was selected by the independent Icarus Board of Advisory Editors and was among five nominated for the Award. 

Detailing their reason for selecting Tony Yap’s paper as the winner, the board stated, “The paper presents a model for the formation of isotope anomalies in solar system materials based on mixing among primordial reservoirs. In contrast to other recent studies, the authors demonstrate that mixing between CAI-like and bulk-molecular cloud reservoirs can explain observed isotope trends without a third reservoir representing CI chondrites and asteroid Ryugu. This work advances the field by providing a self-consistent model of early solar system formation that can be tested with further data on Fe isotopes in CC achondrites.”.”

The lead author obtained his B.A. in Astrogeophysics from Colgate University and is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Planetary Science at Caltech. His research lies at the intersection of isotope cosmochemistry and planetary astrophysics, and aims to offer new insights into early Solar System evolution and the planet formation process.

We wish to express our warmest congratulations to Tony and his co-author Francois Tissot on winning this Award.

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CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL 

The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/408/suppl/C

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/1

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JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positions **for free**.

Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.

  1.  Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis invites applications for the Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Department seeks outstanding candidates who will strengthen and complement existing areas of study, including terrestrial and planetary geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and climate science. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate directly with faculty and students within the Department, and will be invited to lead a seminar in their area of expertise.

This competitive postdoc is awarded for a one-year period, which may be extended to a second year. The annual salary is $70,000 with additional research funds of $6,000 per year. The appointment is anticipated to begin on or around July 1, 2024.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth, planetary, or climate science or a related field at the time of appointment, and have a record of excellent scholarship. The ideal candidate will have trans-disciplinary interests, and will interact scientifically with a broad spectrum of the Department’s members.

Application Instructions

Applicants should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae (including full publication list), a two- to four-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. William McKinnon ([email protected]). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by Febuary 7, 2024. Please see:

https://apply.interfolio.com/138677

  • Two Associate Editor Openings with Icarus

The role of Associate Editor, along with the Editor-in-Chief and other members of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system.  The Associate Editor is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.

The Associate Editor role entails:

  • Responsibility for the scientific content of the Journal within a specific area relating  to  the  Journal,  taking  into  account  the  Aims  and  Scope, the Publisher’s editorial policies as updated from time to time (including without limitation those on ethics in publishing at the Publisher’s website) and the editorial policy of the Journal. 
  • The evaluation and selection of articles for publication in the Journal that are consistent with the high standards of the journal.  This includes coordinating an objective and unbiased peer-review process for submitted Articles, obtaining a minimum of (2) reviews for each article, and will reject, or  return  for  revision  to  the  authors Articles  that  do  not  meet  the required standards of the Journal.
  • Ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals of the Journal. If necessary, the Editor will solicit Articles to help meet such publication goals.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity in all matters respecting the selection, editing, acceptance and reviewing of Articles

Alongside the review process the Associate Editors are asked to periodically participate in discussions with Elsevier about the journal’s development and potential new initiatives.  The team of Editors will hold meetings approximately twice a year via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required.

The applicants:

  •  Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
  • Two positions for applicants who must have demonstrated broad expertise in either: terrestrial/super-Earth atmospheres, global circulation and climate models  OR giant planet atmospheres and interior models
  • Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in growing a journal
  • Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively

Elsevier is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and encourage all individuals interested to apply for a position with the board.

 Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise for this Associate Editor position by February 28, 2024.  Please include up to three references. 

Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected].

  • Postdoctoral Position, UC Santa Cruz, Planetary Thermal Evolution Modeling

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Other Worlds Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in planetary evolution modeling. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working on theory and modeling of planetary or stellar interiors or atmospheres. 

Successful candidates will work in the research group of Professor Jonathan Fortney, which focuses on the physics and chemistry of the atmospheres and interiors of substellar objects, from terrestrial planets to giant planets to brown dwarfs, for objects in and out of the solar system.  Potential projects for the Scholar include the thermal evolution and internal structure of strongly irradiated giant planets, solar system giant planets, brown dwarfs, and sub-Neptunes. Projects will require code development in Python and potentially include work with the open-source MESA code.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All documents and materials must be submitted as a single PDF and should be forwarded to Jonathan Fortney ([email protected]). Applications must include:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae with list of publications
  • a research statement (up to 3 pages) that includes a discussion of relevant experience in addition to future research interests
  • names of three references who will be submitting letters

Please have each of the three references e-mail their recommendation letters to [email protected] by the application deadline for full consideration. Please refer to “Evolution Postdoc” in all correspondence.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD: Full consideration will be given to applications completed by Monday January 22, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered if the position has not been filled.

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Newsletter 24-01

Issue 24-01, January 5, 2024

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  1. NON-TRANSITING PLANETS CONFERENCE (APRIL 15-19, 2024) IS CURRENTLY OPEN
  2. ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: ADVANCING THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BY IMPROVING FUNDAMENTAL LABORATORY AND AB INITIO CONSTRAINTS RELEVANT TO EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES
  3. SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT TO THE (EXO-)VENUS SESSION AT EGU 2024 PS1.3/GD3.3: VENUS: MODELS, OBSERVATIONS, (ANCIENT) EARTH- AND EXOPLANET ANALOGUE
  4. INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT FOR EGU 2024 PS6.1 “PREBIOTIC CHEMISTRY IN A GEOCHEMICAL CONTENT” SESSION
  5. 30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
  6. ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: CHEMICAL CYCLING IN OCEAN WORLDS
  7. EGU SESSION PS5.2: CHARACTERIZING THE DIVERSITY OF SUB-NEPTUNES, SUPER-EARTHS, AND ROCKY WORLDS
  8. EGU 2024 SESSION PS5.3  “THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF MODELING TIDAL INTERACTIONS IN ROCKY PLANETS”
  9. CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA
  10. EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING
  11. OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE
  12. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
  13. AOGS SESSION PS04: SMALL BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
  14. EGU SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT PS2.1 EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF JUPITER’S ICY MOONS AND THEIR SPACE ENVIRONMENT
  15. DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
  16.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
  17. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
  18. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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NON-TRANSITING PLANETS CONFERENCE (APRIL 15-19, 2024) IS CURRENTLY OPEN

Abstract submission for the upcoming “Pathways to Characterizing Non-Transiting Planets” conference is currently open (https://forms.gle/QaKUyfJVP4pQroVo6) and the due date for abstracts is January 19th, 2024. The following are the conference focus topics:

  • Observations of Nearby Non-Transiting Planets: Phase Curves, Radial Velocity, Astrometry, Direct Imaging
  • Demographics of Non-Transiting Planet Population: Microlensing, Radial Velocity, Astrometry
  • Characterization: Planetary Parameters, Atmospheres, and System Architectures Using Space-based
    and Ground-based Approaches
  • Theory and Modeling of Non-Transiting Planets
  • Science Priorities, Technology Gaps, Instruments and Missions

The conference will be held from April 15 – 19, 2024 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. It will be hosted jointly by NASA Goddard’s Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) and University of Maryland College Park Department of Astronomy. The conference website is below:

https://seec.gsfc.nasa.gov/News_and_Events/SEEC_Symposium_2024.html

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ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: ADVANCING THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BY IMPROVING FUNDAMENTAL LABORATORY AND AB INITIO CONSTRAINTS RELEVANT TO EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES

Current and future telescopes aim to spectrally characterize exoplanet atmospheres. However, exoplanets are unresolved dots, and interpretation of their spectra is dependent on forward and retrieval models of their atmospheres. The accuracy of this modeling infrastructure is constrained by limited understanding of basic model chemical inputs (e.g., line lists, reaction kinetics). The detection and confirmation of remote biosignatures demands an especially high degree of certainty. A growing community response to this need is emerging. We invite results from laboratory, ab initio, or theoretical studies that deepen our chemical understanding of exoplanet atmospheres and analogous solar system bodies. Solicited contributions include advances in molecular opacities, laboratory insights into haze formation and optical properties, photodissociation cross-sections, collisional mixing and line broadening parameters, and reaction rate constants. We also welcome theoretical studies highlighting the impact of new chemical data on simulations of exoplanet atmospheres and chemical targets for future laboratory/ab initio characterization.

Conveners: Sukrit Ranjan, Edward Schwieterman, and Jonathan Fortney

Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

AbSciCon 2024 will take place in Providence, RI, USA and online on May 5-10, 2024

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SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT TO THE (EXO-)VENUS SESSION AT EGU 2024 PS1.3/GD3.3: VENUS: MODELS, OBSERVATIONS, (ANCIENT) EARTH- AND EXOPLANET ANALOGUE

In June 2021, NASA and ESA selected a fleet of three international missions to Venus. Moreover, the ISRO orbiter mission Shukrayyan-1 and VOICE (Chinese Academy of Sciences) are currently proposed for launch in the mid 2020s. With the ‘Decade of Venus’ upon us, many fundamental questions remain regarding Venus. Did Venus ever have an ocean? How and when did intense greenhouse conditions develop? How does its internal structure compare to Earth’s? How can we better understand Venus’ geologic history as preserved on its surface as well as the present-day state of activity and couplings between the surface and atmosphere? Although Venus is one of the most uninhabitable planets in the Solar System, understanding our nearest planetary neighbor may unveil important lessons on atmospheric and surface processes, interior dynamics and habitability. It may further help us draw important conclusions on the history of our own planet. Beyond the solar system, Venus’ analogues are likely a common type of exoplanets, and we likely have already discovered many of Venus’ sisters orbiting other stars. This session welcomes contributions that address the past, present, and future of Venus science and exploration, and what Venus can teach us about (ancient) Earth as well as exo-Venus analogues. Moreover, Venus mission concepts, new Venus observations, Earth-Venus comparisons, exoplanet observations, new results from previous observations, and the latest lab and modelling approaches are all welcome to our discussion of solving Venus’ mysteries

Abstract deadline: 10 January 2022, 13:00 CET

PS1.3/GD3.3: Venus: models, observations, (ancient) Earth- and exoplanet analogue (https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48103)

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INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT FOR EGU 2024 PS6.1 “PREBIOTIC CHEMISTRY IN A GEOCHEMICAL CONTENT” SESSION

This is an open invitation to submit an abstract for the PS6.1 session “Prebiotic Chemistry in a Geochemical Context” for the EGU 2024 General Assembly. The abstract deadline is 10 January, and abstracts can be submitted here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/sessionprogramme 

We invite chemists, geologists, astronomers, biologists and planetary scientists together to discuss this trans-disciplinary collaborative research area. We are especially interested in contributions that focus on ways to combine geochemistry and prebiotic chemistry, and contributions that aim to empirically test origins of life scenarios.

Find out more details about the session here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48155

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30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)

SBAG 30 – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2024

The 30th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will take place Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 – February 1, 2024. The meeting is hybrid with the in-person portion being held in Tucson, AZ at University of Arizona facilities. Registration information, early career opportunities, hotel block, and other logistical information will be posted when the details become available at

https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/

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ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: CHEMICAL CYCLING IN OCEAN WORLDS

Thanks to recent observations by spacecraft and large telescopes (e.g., Cassini, Dawn, JWST) at icy moons and dwarf planets, and a better understanding of geophysical processes operating on these bodies, it becomes possible to outline the cycling of major life-building elements in these bodies. Future missions in development or in operation (e.g., Europa Clipper and JUICE) and missions featured in the Origins, Worlds, and Life decadal survey (e.g., Enceladus Orbilander, Ceres sample return, Uranus Orbiter and Probe) will bring new insights into the chemical and physical processes governing the distribution of major elements in ocean worlds throughout their history. 

Conveners: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Elizabeth Spiers, and Jessica Weber

Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

AbSciCon 2024 will take place in Providence, RI, USA and online on May 5-10, 2024

https://agu.confex.com/agu/abscicon24/prelim.cgi/Session/215434

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EGU SESSION PS5.2: CHARACTERIZING THE DIVERSITY OF SUB-NEPTUNES, SUPER-EARTHS, AND ROCKY WORLDS

We invite you to submit abstracts to the EGU General Assembly session, PS5.2, Characterizing the Diversity of Sub-Neptunes, Super-Earths, and Rocky Worlds (April 14-19, 2024 Vienna, Austria).   Deadline: 10 Jan 2024

With over 5,000 exoplanets discovered to date, exoplanet science is in an observational revolution as large-aperture telescopes like JWST and the upcoming ground-based ELT will allow us to characterize the diversity of planetary systems in our galaxy. Based on our current understanding, the most common types of planets are sub-Neptunes and super-Earths, planets with masses in between those of Earth and Neptune, for which we have no analog in our Solar System. However, as instrument sensitivity increases, we will be able to determine if low-mass, rocky worlds may instead be the most abundant type of planet. Sub-Neptune, super-Earth and rocky exoplanets are all expected to be diverse in terms of their compositions, system architectures, interior dynamics and the relationship between their interiors and atmospheres. In this session, we invite contributions spanning observational, theoretical and experimental research that seeks to improve our understanding of these worlds. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, recent progress on understanding these planets’ atmospheres, potential causes of the radius gap (i.e., the observed dearth of exoplanets with radii between 1.5 and 2 Earth radii), interior-atmosphere connections, lava worlds (planets that have extensive lava or magma oceans on their surfaces), and the plausibility of water worlds (planets for which water 

makes up a significant fraction of the planet). Comprehensively characterizing these types of planets is an essential step towards developing a generalized theory of planet formation and evolution and will provide crucial information to inform the design of next-generation 

missions like the Habitable Worlds Observatory and Large Interferometer for Exoplanets (LIFE).

For more details and submitting abstracts, please see

https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48152

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EGU 2024 SESSION PS5.3  “THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF MODELING TIDAL INTERACTIONS IN ROCKY PLANETS

We invite you to submit your abstracts to this session. The deadline for the abstract submission is 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET.

Session Description:

“From our Earth-Moon duo to the outer edge of the solar system and beyond, tidal interactions play a prominent role in dictating the long-term evolution and fate of planetary systems. Underpinned by different physical mechanisms, often complicated ones, the relatively small and slow reciprocal tidal effects accumulate to cause significant signatures among the tidal players: orbital and rotational dynamical variations, periodic bodily deformations, heating due to energy dissipation, and climatic effects, to name a few. Some of these signatures are directly detectable, as is the case in seismic, geodetic, astrometric, and remote sensing analyses of several solar system objects; while others are modeled to study the orbital architecture and potential habitability of exosystems.

Despite the ubiquitous nature of these tidal interactions, the underlying physical processes and the often-used tidal models are still poorly constrained. A deeper understanding of both fluid and solid physical tidal phenomena, along with a macroscopic view on the observational end, and a discussion on the implementation of different tidal models and their mathematical frameworks are thus required. This session aims to bring together both solar system and exo-planetary scientists into a cohesive discussion on multidisciplinary aspects of tidal interactions, be it solid, oceanic, or atmospheric, and their various rich signatures. We invite presenters to showcase their recent contributions of theoretical, observational, and modeling nature (or a combination thereof).” 

https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48159

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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA

April 11-13, 2024 – Tucson, Arizona

The emerging generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will transform the study of exoplanets. While the high angular resolution of ELTs allows imaging of planets at small separations, deep, precise spectroscopy will allow characterization of fundamental planet properties.  The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) provides an edge-to-edge separation of 23 m, and when used as an interferometer (LBTI), it already functions as an ELT.  In this conference, we will discuss new ELT-era exoplanet science with LBT, as well as more general exoplanet science for the upcoming ELT landscape.

Full details available at the conference website, https://www.lbto.org/exo24/

Sponsored by the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

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EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING

Save The Date

Exoplanets in our Backyard III, November 13-15, 2024, Louisville, KY USA, #EioB3

Conference Location and Dates

We are happy to announce the Exoplanets in our Backyard III workshop scheduled for

November 13-15, 2024 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY USA. The workshop

format will be in-person only.

Purpose and Scope

Exoplanets in Our Backyard focuses on the collaborative exploration of exoplanets, uniting

researchers from various scientific disciplines to share knowledge and expertise, particularly in

the detection and characterization of exoplanet atmospheres. Emphasizing discussion and

cross-disciplinary research, this workshop aims to inspire and educate participants of all

experience levels in the collective effort to understand distant worlds and their formation

processes.

The science program will feature invited talks related to four major themes and multiple

breakout sessions aimed towards creating new collaborations among scientists from various

fields.

  1. Star-Exoplanet Interactions Using Our Heliosphere as a Rosetta Stone
  2. Leveraging the History of the Inner Solar System to Inform the Search for Habitable and

Inhabited Exoplanets

  • Cross-Domain Machine Learning Methods for Applications to Exoplanetary Atmospheric

Retrieval

  • Theory and Experiments Collide to Tackle Exoplanet Research Challenges

Important: To be added to the mailing list to receive additional information about this

conference, submit an indication of interest.

www.exoplanetsbackyard.com

For more information contact [email protected]

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OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE

The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Steering Committee (SC) announces several upcoming openings on the OPAG Steering Committee. We invite the community to review the current Steering Committee membership and the membership guidelines at this link: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/committee/ 

We welcome applications from candidates who are interested in supporting OPAG’s strategic mission), and who have a desire to support the community, as well as those who fill any topic area gaps. Through the search process, we will strive to ensure representation across multiple axes to foster an interdisciplinary, diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible community.  All interested candidates, at any career stage, are encouraged to apply. People who submitted applications during the last selection cycle are encouraged to re-submit. Applications include a one-page letter addressing the applicant’s interest in the OPAG SC and how the applicant feels they will contribute based on their expertise and experience, and a two-page NASA proposal-style CV. In your letter, please discuss your leadership, project and organizational experiences, and your past or current involvement in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) activities. Applicants may voluntarily self-identify by providing demographic information in their letter. 


We intend to accept applications November 30, 2023 through January 30 2024; selected new members should plan to start their service in time for the OPAG Spring 2024 meeting (the exact timing of which is to be confirmed). 

Please send your nominations, with the letter of interest and CV together in a single PDF file, to: [email protected].  For the file name, please use the format Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_CV and Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_Letter.


Inquiries about the OPAG Steering Committee membership should be directed to the OPAG committee [email protected] or Amanda Hendrix [email protected]


https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/reports/goals-08-28-19.pdf https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/reports/OPAG-Whitepaper-2020-08-12_%20UPDATED.pdf

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.

Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:

  • Physical and dynamical properties
  • Dwarf planets
  • Binaries and multiple systems
  • Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
  • Distant TNOs
  • Formation and evolutionary processes
  • Current and future surveys
  • Laboratory studies
  • Current and future space missions
  • Occultations

The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.

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AOGS SESSION PS04: SMALL BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND

AOGS2024, June 23-28, Pyeongchang, South Korea

Abstract deadline extended to: January 10, 2024

This session provides a forum to share new findings on small bodies. We welcome abstracts presenting results from space missions, ground- and space-based observations, laboratory experiments/analyses, and theoretical studies. We invite abstracts reporting the latest results from DART, Hayabusa2, OSIRIS-REx, Rosetta, Dawn, HST, ALMA, and JWST. Contributions discussing future mission prospects and planned deep all-sky surveys are also welcome. The goal of this session is to encourage international communication and collaboration on small body research and to highlight recent progress in this field.

Conveners: Yoonyoung Kim, Xian Shi, Masateru Ishiguro, Jian-Yang Li, Zhong-Yi Lin

https://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2024/public.asp?page=submit_abstract.asp

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EGU SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT PS2.1 EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF JUPITER’S ICY MOONS AND THEIR SPACE ENVIRONMENT

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2024 is planned to be held in Vienna, Austria & Online, 14–19 April 2024. We’d like to direct your attention towards the session PS2.1 « Exploring the Mysteries of Jupiter’s Icy Moons and their Space Environment».

Session Description: The arrival of the Europa Clipper and Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) spacecraft at Jupiter in the early 2030s will represent a watershed moment in the field of planetary science by providing, for the first time, simultaneous long-term observations in the Jovian system by two spacecraft. These missions are poised to provide unprecedented insights into the complex, enigmatic, and potentially habitable icy moons of the Jupiter system. This conference session aims to bring together scientists to discuss the latest advancements in our understanding of the Jupiter system and the implications for habitability, geology, and planetary science. It will feature updates and highlights from the Juice and Europa Clipper missions, including mission objectives, instrumentation, and recent developments. In addition, we will delve into the geology of Jupiter’s icy moons, with a particular focus on Europa and Ganymede; explore the characterization, chemical composition, thermal dynamics, and potential habitability of their subsurface oceans; and investigate the evidence for cryovolcanic activity, its implications for surface processes, and its role in shaping these worlds. We further extend the discussion to the complex interaction of the moons with Jupiter’s magnetic environment and the effects of radiation on their surfaces. The Europa Clipper and Juice missions offer a unique opportunity to unlock the secrets of the Jupiter system and its icy moons through individual and joint science investigations. We invite contributions on these topics from scientists at all career stages and backgrounds with the aim to foster collaboration, share knowledge, and inspire further research in this exciting and rapidly evolving field of planetary science.

The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET and the deadline for support application 01 December 2023, 13:00 CET.

Information on how to submit an abstract can be found here.

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DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

Are you interested in making the planetary science community more diverse and inclusive? If so, please contact [email protected]  to volunteer to be part of the DPS Professional Culture and Climate subcommittee (PCCS). A list of our charge, duties, and expectations can be found at:  https://dps.aas.org/leadership/climate

You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at above site) and, in particular, you are welcome to contact Chair James Roberts ([email protected]).

To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to [email protected], including:
(1) why you are interested,
(2) a brief description of any EDIA work you’ve already done, and
(3) a brief statement on what you might hope to accomplish with the
PCCS. Comments about past or potential future work by PCCS are also
welcomed, as always.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Focus Meeting 3: Follow-up Observations of Small Bodies in the Solar System in the Era of Large Discovery Surveys (as part of the IAU General Assembly, which runs 6-15 August 2024)

Website:  https://sbss2024.saao.ac.za/

Motivation: A significant increase in the rate of discoveries of small bodies in the Solar System is expected, given ongoing and anticipated data-intensive surveys. This 2-day Focus Meeting will address multiple aspects of the international response to small-body detections from surveys and their follow-up characterizations.

Important dates:

31 Oct. 2023 – Early registration opens

30 Nov. 2023 –  Abstract submissions open

01 March 2024 – Deadline for abstracts and early registration

31 May 2024 – Deadline for normal registration

Contacts: SOC Chairs Amanda Sickafoose ([email protected]); Nic Erasmus ([email protected])

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CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS 

The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/4/12

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/406/suppl/C

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JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positions **for free**.

Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.

  1.  Researcher in Planetary Sciences

A full-time position as Researcher in Planetary Sciences is available at the Department of Geosciences under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo.  The researcher position is currently limited to a period of three years, but with the possibility for prolongation. The starting date will be decided with the relevant candidate.

The position is associated with the newly formed Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), a Centre of Excellence funded for 10 years by the Research Council of Norway and organized as a section at the Department of Geosciences. One of PHAB’s objectives, based on detailed studies of Earth and our solar system, is to develop predictive models to identify habitable planets around other stars. PHAB research activities comprise three interrelated research themes: (1) Planets and Early Earth, (2) Modern Earth and (3) Exo-Earths. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in exploring new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences.

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/253416/researcher-in-planetary-sciences

  1. Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences

A full-time permanent position as Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences is available at the Department of Geosciences under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo.  The position is associated with the newly formed Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), a Centre of Excellence funded for 10 years by the Research Council of Norway. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in exploring new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences.  Research areas are quite broad and examples include:

  • Exploring the diversity of planetary atmosphere evolution using physical-chemical models, particularly predicting planetary atmospheric structures and/or evolution of the volatile cycles through time for rocky planets (Earth to exo-Earths), the computation of relevant spectroscopic observables for planets other than Earth, or/and the comparison of models with observations for example from the geological rock record on Earth other earth-like planets. 
  • Exploring the challenges of planet formation and evolution in the Solar System and exoplanet systems, including fields like the study of properties of planet interiors, planetary building stones in the Solar System, planetary evolution, habitability, planetary system dynamics, comparative (exo)planetology, and physico-chemical models of planet formation

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/253288/associate-professor-in-planetary-sciences

  1. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline March 1, 2024

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals.  The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections. 

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, biological and physical science, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration systems, space operations, space technology, and astrobiology.  Search for NPP research opportunities in Planetary Science here: NPP Research Opportunities

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Please see current eligibility requirements. Stipends start at $70,000 per year, with supplements for higher cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for travel and professional development. 

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

 For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.orau.org/applicants/index.html.   

 Questions: [email protected]

  1. Two Postdoc Positions at UCF

The incumbent will be expected to participate in data analysis, physical and dynamical characterization of near-Earth asteroids using radar and optical data, and support archiving asteroid shape models in the Planetary Data System (PDS).

https://ucf.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CareerBuilderExternalSite/job/Orlando-FL-Main-Campus/Post-Doctoral-Scholar_R106898-2

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