Newsletter 24-09

Issue 24-09, Jun 17, 2024

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  1. 56TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES (DPS)
  2. DPS CALL FOR WORKSHOP AND SPLINTER MEETING PROPOSALS
  3. HAPPY JUNETEENTH!
  4. KIANA MCFADDEN THIS YEAR’S DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE
  5. 2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE
  6. DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE (FRS) CAPITOL HILL ANNUAL VISIT
  7. SEARCH FOR LIFE SCIENCE ANALYSIS GROUP (SFL-SAG) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
  8. NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR
  9. NEUTRAL AND ION PHOTOCHEMISTRY IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES – LORENTZ CENTER WORKSHOP – CONTACT ORGANIZERS BY JUNE 17
  10. 2024 TAPS MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION, TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION, AND REGISTRATION OPEN – AUGUST 15-16, SAN ANTONIO
  11. CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE PLANETARY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP IN BOULDER
  12. EXOPLANETS: COMPOSITIONS, MINERALOGY, EVOLUTION – INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP WITH TRAVEL SUPPORT (AUGUST 17-18, CHICAGO)
  13. DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
  14. EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES
  15. SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS
  16. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL 
  17. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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56TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES (DPS)

Join us 6-10 October in Boise, Idaho, and online for the 56th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting.  We plan to open abstract submissions by 24 June with a closing date of 17 July.  

The Hartmann Student Travel Grant and the Underrepresented Minority Communities in Planetary Science Travel Grant will again be offered, stay tuned for the applications to open in the next couple of weeks.

Please note: Yom Kippur begins on Friday, 11 October, so the meeting will begin with an evening reception on Sunday, 6 October, and end one day earlier than usual, on Thursday, October 10.

If you have any questions regarding DPS 56, please contact the AAS meetings team at 202-328-2010 or [email protected].

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DPS CALL FOR WORKSHOP AND SPLINTER MEETING PROPOSALS

We are now calling for proposals from the community for Workshops and Splinter Meetings for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). Decisions about which proposals can be accommodated are expected to be made by 9 July for Workshops and 16 July for Splinter Meetings.

Workshop Proposals

A workshop is a focused meeting, typically with a small group of invited participants, usually on an educational, programmatic, or career topic. Workshops are typically collaborative and interactive. Examples include tutorials on use of astronomical software, and tools related to scheduling and data analysis for observatories and missions. Formal Working Group meetings for observatories and missions are usually scheduled as workshops. Deadline: 2 July

Splinter Meeting Proposals

Splinter Meetings are science or programmatic meetings that may be scheduled by organizations or groups usually in parallel to scheduled DPS sessions. These will usually require separate meeting space and may require A/V support, and/or catering. Deadline: 10 July

https://submissions.mirasmart.com/DPS56/Splash.aspx

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HAPPY JUNETEENTH!

The DPS Professional Climate and Culture Subcommittee (PCCS) would like to wish everyone a Happy Juneteenth! This annual celebration of emancipation of slavery in the United States [1] is a federal holiday (on June 19). In honor of this occasion, we encourage all members of our community to celebrate [2], become familiar with this U.S. history [1], and reflect on the many contributions by Black scientists and other scientists of color to the investigation of space. In particular, we recommend checking out #blackinastroweek2024 (June 16-22) [3] and consider participating in the annual meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), this year jointly hosted with the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), to be held Nov 13-17 in Houston, TX [4]. Via a partnership between NSBP and DPS, the annual DPS URM travel grant to support attendance by members of URM communities to the NSBP or the DPS annual meeting will open shortly. Donations to the DPS URM travel grant can be submitted via the DPS site, and those submitted by the end of October will be matched by a DPS community member, up to $4k.

References

[1] “What Is Juneteenth?” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. https://bit.ly/3cQmAqX

[2] Poem “Emancipation” by Priscilla Jane Thompson https://bit.ly/3wGOrlF

[3] Black in Astro week: https://www.blackinastro.com/

[4] NSBP website including link to the meeting: https://nsbp.org/

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KIANA MCFADDEN THIS YEAR’S DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE

The DPS and National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) are pleased to announce this year’s DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee: Kiana McFadden, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Kiana McFadden was selected based on her talk at the NSBP Fall 2023 meeting, entitled “Size and Albedo Constraints for (152830) Dinkinesh Using WISE Data.” This work was critical for helping the NASA Lucy mission plan their November 2023 encounter with this small main-belt asteroid. We look forward to hearing her invited talk at the 2024 DPS annual meeting, with travel supported by DPS. 

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2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE

The LPI’s 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference aims to boost the community’s momentum in incorporating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) principles in the workforce. NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. The LPI’s Expanding NASA’s Community of Planetary Sample Scientists (ENComPSS) program is supporting this virtual conference as a next step, building upon the 2022 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference. We encourage participants from the 2022 conference to provide updates on the progress that has been made in the past two years.

Call for Abstracts and Registration

Abstract submission deadline: August 7, 2024, 5:00 p.m. CDT

Registration fees are not being collected for this meeting, but registration is required. Registration will be available through October 25. Before the conference, registered attendees will receive an email from Houston Meeting Info with virtual connection information.

Meeting Portal Updates: We have modified the meeting portal to follow best practices that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We encourage you to log into the meeting portal to update your profile information. From the meeting portal home page, click Edit Profile.

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/advancingidea2024/

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DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE (FRS) CAPITOL HILL ANNUAL VISIT

The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee (FRS) completed its annual visit to Capitol Hill, to discuss NASA and NSF planetary science funding and priorities, in early June of 2024. The FRS visits followed DPS Committee advocacy visits in early May of 2024. A revised one-pager, available to the DPS community on the AAS DPS website, and a letter detailing planetary science community priorities and specific asks were included in visit preparation efforts. During these visits we met and communicated with House and Senate Authorization and Appropriation staffers responsible for NASA and NSF, as well as individual Congressional offices of DPS committee and FRS members. We also had the opportunity to meet with the newly introduced NASA SMD Acting PSD Director. Our advocacy focused on continued education about the Planetary Science and Astrobiology decadal survey, as well as the small-, mid-scale, and large missions to multiple solar system destinations that sustain our current workforce and provide opportunities to train the next generation of STEM professionals. We emphasized the importance of maintaining the decadal recommendation specific to Research and Analysis (R&A) funding levels tied to 10% of the PSD budget, as well as the importance of balance across NASA SMD and PSD, which includes a balance of mission destinations and opportunities for planetary science community members of different career stages. Our advocacy was well received this year, and there continues to be strong support for planetary science within Congress. 

Angela M. Dapremont, AAS DPS FRS Chair ([email protected])

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SEARCH FOR LIFE SCIENCE ANALYSIS GROUP (SFL-SAG) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) and the NASA Astrobiology program have chartered the Search for Life Science Analysis Group (SFL-SAG). The purpose of the SFL-SAG is to refine the recommendation for a ‘Search for Life’ mission in the 2023-2032 Planetary Science Decadal Survey by narrowing down the type of environment to which the SFL mission will be delivered, identifying the specific science and technology needs for a mission to that location, and identifying those mission elements that will offer the most conclusive answers, for a mission of this class, to the question of ‘Are we alone?’. The SFL-SAG charter can be found at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/mepag/sag/sfl-sag/SFL-SAG_Charter.pdf and contains further details about the purpose, scope, approach and deliverables of the SAG.

To maximize the value of the SAG’s final report, the chartering organizations are seeking representation across a broad range of scientific and technical fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Astrobiology and origin of life
  • Geology (geochemistry, geobiology)
  • Biology (biochemistry, microbiology)
  • Chemistry (organic chemistry, prebiotic chemistry)
  • Climate and atmospheric science
  • Planetary protection
  • Technology (robotics, landed and mobility systems, instrumentation, life detection, subsurface access, mission architecture and operations)

Self-nominations for participation on SFL-SAG are being solicited through June 26, 2024, with selections occurring soon thereafter. The anticipated period of SAG activities will be July 2024-March 2025. Applicants should anticipate a regular meeting cadence during this period, with meetings done chiefly by Microsoft Teams or Zoom, and communications by email.

Applicants are asked to submit their CV of no more than 2 pages, and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages (as a single, combined document), indicating interest in SFL-SAG participation, and touching upon those evaluation elements listed in the SFL-SAG Charter under ‘Methods/SAG Member Selection’ and listed on the application website at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/mepag/sag/sfl-sag/. As we seek a balance of experiences and expertise, selection to the SAG does not require knowledge of, or experience in, all evaluation elements. Applications are encouraged from candidates whose primary expertise is not based in Mars research, and applicants from all career levels.

Applications should be uploaded at the Google Form https://forms.gle/pYLUyyDMLijPxMTd7 in PDF or DOC file format by 5pm PDT on June 26, 2024.

If you have questions, or difficulty uploading your application, please contact Jonathan Bapst at [email protected]

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NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR

Join us on June 27th, 2:30-3pm EST (11:30-12 PST,12:30-1pm MST,1:30-2pm CST)

New Horizons continues its operation, now at 58.8au from the Sun. Since 2015 it has made ground-breaking discoveries of the Pluto-Charon system, flown past the small contact KBO binary Arrokoth and collected phase and light curve data for some three dozen additional KBOs and the ice giants. It has also been sampling dust density throughout the solar system and studying the cosmic optical background. To raise awareness of New Horizon’s scientific impact we are beginning a new spotlight seminar series (30 min, fourth week each month) which we invite you to attend online, or watch recorded at your convenience. 

Our speaker will be Alex Doner from the University of Colorado. His talk is entitled:

“New Horizons Venetia Burney Student Dust Counter Observes Higher than Expected Fluxes Approaching 60 AU”

Connection Link:

https://zoom.us/j/97317697636?pwd=MTAzMjJmNThTeFppR3JoYzlkUXVCQT09

Meeting ID: 973 1769 7636

Calendar for future seminars:

https://zoom.us/meeting/tJMudu6upzwsGdKrlGdxLvb2e_I91uILetOL/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCvrTotHN2SthqBRowEA4j4KO7xmGZdjad2jhPCBzh_dAGkM91ra-NqOfTV

Recordings are archived and posted at: 

https://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/index.php#Spotlight-Presentations

For questions, contact New Horizons CoI Susan Benecchi, [email protected]

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NEUTRAL AND ION PHOTOCHEMISTRY IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES – LORENTZ CENTER WORKSHOP – CONTACT ORGANIZERS BY JUNE 17

We would like to draw your attention to the following Lorentz Center Workshop:  Neutral and Ion Photochemistry in Planetary Atmospheres, 29 July – 2 August 2024, Lorentz Center@Oort – Leiden, The Netherlands

https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/neutral-and-ion-photochemistry-in-planetary-atmospheres.html

The aim of this meeting is to bring together experts from the chemistry, planetary science, and astronomy communities to tackle topics such as:

  • Disequilibrium Chemistry in (Exo)Planetary Atmospheres
  • Observational Diagnostics of Photochemistry
  • Chemical Networks, Cross Sections, Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Laboratory Experiments, Ab-Initio Calculations

The workshop will be a small-scale, in-person meeting with a strong focus on interactive discussions and collaboration. There is no registration fee and participation includes daily lunches, a sea-side workshop dinner, and a wine and cheese social event.             

We still have several open spots, so if you are interested to participate or have further questions, you can send an email to [email protected] or contact one of the organizers directly before June 17th. Please feel free to share this message with interested colleagues or students.

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2024 TAPS MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION, TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION, AND REGISTRATION OPEN – AUGUST 15-16, SAN ANTONIO

The 2nd Texas Area Planetary Science (TAPS) Meeting will take place on August 15-16, 2024, at the downtown UT San Antonio (UTSA) campus in San Antonio (UTSA San Pedro I, 506 Dolorosa St, San Antonio). The TAPS meeting aims to strengthen interactions within the Texas planetary-exoplanet science and astrobiology community and foster collaborations & partnerships between institutions & researchers. We encourage researchers, faculty, postdocs, and students interested in planetary science and astrobiology/exoplanet research to join us for this 1.5-day event. 

The meeting website has been updated: https://sites.google.com/view/tapsmeeting/home

You can submit your abstract (this year, we are soliciting oral or poster presentations), apply for a travel grant, and register on the website under the tab TAPS002-2024. We are pleased to offer travel grants for attendees at all career stages, supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Here are the deadlines to keep in mind:

July 8th: Abstract Submission Deadline

July 9th: Travel Grant Application Deadline

July 15th: Registration Deadline

Please contact Xinting Yu ([email protected]) or [email protected] for any questions.

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CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE PLANETARY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP IN BOULDER

Planetary scientists and astrobiologists within the United States are invited to apply to attend the Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop and public engagement event August 20-22, 2024, in Boulder, CO, in partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Denver Metro. During the three-day workshop, participants engage with local informal educators to discuss and model effective strategies for engaging Black and Latinx communities in planetary science, and conduct hands-on activities during a co-designed public engagement event. More information about the workshop and links to the application form are available at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/planetary-reach/workshops/

Spaces are limited. Stipends (including travel stipends) are available for those participants who are able to accept them. Application deadline: June 18, 2024.

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EXOPLANETS: COMPOSITIONS, MINERALOGY, EVOLUTION – INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP WITH TRAVEL SUPPORT (AUGUST 17-18, CHICAGO)

Exoplanets! Formation! Evolution! And you! Participate in a great interdisciplinary workshop at Goldschmidt24 that will feature talks+discussions on astronomy, geology, and astrobiology to help bridge the gap in exoplanet characterization. The speakers of the workshop — all experts in their field — have come together to write the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (RiMG) book: “Exoplanets: Compositions, Mineralogy, Evolution.” The chapters are primers, focused on understanding/learning about other disciplines and are catered to non-expert scientists, and will be the focus of the talks. The hope for our workshop is to spur interdisciplinary conversations and initiate collaborations, as well as explain the current state of the field and teach one another about our respective fields. Plus, everyone gets a copy of the book with registration!

Workshop information: https://tinyurl.com/Goldschmidt24Exoplanets

Dates: August 17-18, 2024 in Chicago, right before Goldschmidt2024

Registration: Cost is $260 (reg) / $210 (students). Includes lunch and coffee for both days, as well as a copy of the RiMG book!

Travel support: The organizers have secured NASA funding to offset domestic travel and registration costs for U.S.-based researchers. Interested attendees can apply for funding here: https://forms.gle/F8QkqKuPhqCTsnow6

Forms submitted by June 23 will receive full consideration. We expect to notify applicants by June 26, 2024. The workshop registration deadline is July 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Natalie Hinkel at [email protected].

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DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

The DPS Professional Development Subcommittee seeks new members; all career levels from students to professionals are welcome. The Professional Development Subcommittee provides educational, networking, and informational opportunities within the DPS community. These include the Women in Planetary Science event, professional development events, early career events, and a dependent care grant at the annual meeting. Read more about the subcommittee here: https://dps.aas.org/leadership/development

If you’re interested in joining this subcommittee, e-mail the current chair Jennifer Hanley ([email protected]).

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EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES

The joint LEAG-ExMAG Specific Action Team (SAT) is examining the readiness of the lunar community to receive Artemis samples.  Part of their task is to address how well-prepared we are to maximize the science return of nominal Artems samples.  In this context, preparedness refers to that of workforce, facilities, and funding.  A critical part of making this determination is receiving community input for the report.

With this is mind, please respond to a survey about how well prepared we are as a lunar community to enhance the science return of Artemis samples.  The survey should take approximately 5-15 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated.  We especially would appreciate you letting us know who else should be sent this survey as we want to make sure all interested stakeholders have a chance to provide input.

The link to the form: https://forms.gle/Sab8uXSYEn1Yv4qW7

Please reach out to Nicolle Zellner with any questions: [email protected]

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SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS

The University of Arizona Press announces the Open Access release of fourteen previous volumes in the Space Science Series.  These newly released volumes span the broad range of planetary science, including giant planets, rings, satellites, asteroids, meteorites, protostars and planets.   The full announcement and Open Access links can be found here:  https://uapress.arizona.edu/2024/05/new-oa-titles-space-science

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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/415/suppl/C

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/6

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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. Job Announcement – Department Chair of Physics and Applied Physics

The University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for the position of Chair to lead an established and active Department of Physics and Applied Physics. We seek a visionary chair with a record of academic and research achievement to take the department to a new level, who will supervise and maintain departmental academic activities, while continuing their independent research program in a field that enhances and/or complements our current research strengths. The successful candidate will be a nationally prominent academic leader with an established record of excellence in research, education and mentorship that can promote a culture of innovation, collaboration, respect, and integrity.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a leading public research university in the greater Boston area and has a national reputation in science, engineering, and technology. The appointee will be offered a competitive start-up package, with access to high-end research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines in various science and engineering departments and research centers.

The position is open until filled, with a planned start date of September 1, 2025.

 For more information visit: https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/523612/professor-and-department-chair-of-physics-and-applied-physics

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline July 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]

  • Two Open Rank Professors of Planetary Sciences at the University of Bern

Institution: Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland 

Job Description:  The Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has two openings, as of 2025, for two professors in experimental planetary sciences. The Division is one of the leading research groups in the field of space instrumentation for experimental solar system exploration and is looking for professors in the fields of planetary remote sensing and in situ mass spectrometry or in related fields. The initial hiring level can range from assistant professor tenure track to full professor according to qualifications (open rank). The successful candidates are expected to have or further develop an excellent and internationally recognized track record in the development, construction, and exploitation of scientific instrumentation flying on spacecraft missions. The Division offers excellent conditions in terms of laboratory infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to build space-grade hardware. The University of Bern has set the aim of increasing the percentage of women in leading academic positions and thus strongly encourages female scientists to apply for the positions. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2024. More information can be found at:

https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/questionnaire/index_eng.html

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Kiana McFadden Is The 2024 DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee

Within the partnership between The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), Earth and Planetary Systems Sciences (EPSS) section, we recognize Kiana McFadden as the newest DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee. Kiana is a PhD student in planetary science at the University of Arizona, specializing in the study of small body surfaces. She is currently working with Dr. Amy Mainzer for the study of mainbelt asteroids, using images acquired by the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) and Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescopes.

Kiana McFadden’s award-winning talk at the NSBP Fall 2023 meeting, entitled “Size and Albedo Constraints for (152830) Dinkinesh Using WISE Data,” described work that was critical for helping the NASA Lucy mission plan their November 2023 encounter with this small main-belt asteroid (as described here).

The DPS partnership with NSBP was established to jointly represent the interests of planetary
scientists and students who identify as members of communities that are critically underrepresented
in this discipline. This partnership is part of a broader effort by the DPS to facilitate the involvement
and participation of more students/scientists belonging to racial/ethnic groups that have been
historically underrepresented in the planetary science discipline.

More information on the structure of this partnership can be found here: https://dps.aas.org/leadership/nsbp_parnership and donations supporting associated travel grants can be submitted here: https://dps.aas.org/Inclusivity/support-underrepresented-minority-communities-planetary-science.

Within this DPS-NSBP partnership, the top early career EPSS speaker is selected by the NSBP EPSS
chairs, based on their presentation at the annual NSBP meeting, as the DPS-NSBP Speaker awardee.
This Speaker is invited by DPS to speak at the following year’s DPS meeting, with expenses covered
by the DPS. Furthermore, the NSBP EPSS Chairs and the DPS Committee facilitate invitation of the
Speaker to an academic seminar at an HBCU, NASA center, national laboratory, or large planetary
science university program or research institute, in the same calendar year.

DPS is thrilled to invite Kiana McFadden to speak at the 2024 DPS meeting, which will be held in
Boise, Idaho, USA and virtually. Additionally, Kiana McFadden will be speaking at the
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in Boulder, colloquium series this fall.

Contacts:
Dr. Carol Raymond, DPS Chair, [email protected]
Dr. Serina Diniega, DPS committee member, [email protected]
Dr. Theodore Kareta, DPS Press Officer, [email protected]
More information about DPS: https://dps.aas.org/
More information about the DPS 2024 meeting: https://dps.aas.org/meetings/future
More information about NSBP: https://nsbp.org/
Kiana McFadden’s professional website: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/graduate/students/kiana-mcfadden

The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), founded in 1968, is the largest special-interest Division
of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Members of the DPS study the bodies of our own
solar system, from planets and moons to comets and asteroids, and all other solar-system objects and
processes. With the discovery that planets exist around other stars, the DPS has expanded its scope to
include the study of extrasolar planetary systems as well.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established in 1899, is the major organization of
professional astronomers in North America. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share
humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical
community, which it achieves through publishing, meeting organization, science advocacy, education
and outreach, and training and professional development.

DPS Travel Grants Application

The DPS Committee offers two travel grants on an annual basis:

  • The Hartmann Student Travel Grant supports student presentations at the annual DPS meeting. (Postdoctoral scholars may also be eligible, but students are prioritized.) These travel grants are typically a few hundred dollars and are intended to provide a supplement that enables the student to be able to present at the annual meeting, especially in-person. Typically, 10-15 awards are issued in a year.
  • The Underrepresented Minority (URM) Communities in Planetary Science Travel Grant supports attendance by student and professional folks that are members of Black/African American, Indigenous, and/or Latinx communities to the annual DPS meeting or the annual NSBP meeting. The aim of these grants is to enable in-person or virtual participation, with a typical award of up to $2,000 to cover travel for an in-person attendee. Presentation by the applicant is not required, but is prioritized. Typically, about 10 awards are issued in a year.

Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; this is open to all nationalities. Eligible folks are welcome to apply for both grants, but if selected would receive only one. Questions about the Hartmann Student Travel Grant should be directed to the DPS Vice Chair and questions about the URM travel grant should be directed to Serina Diniega.

The 2024 applications will close on Sunday, 21 July, 11:59 PM, PT. Award notifications are planned by early-August (before the early registration deadline), but the award team will work with the DPS and NSBP meeting organizers to accommodate the various registration deadlines/costs should there be delays. Awards typically take the form of a single payment, issued around the start of the relevant meeting.

Community donations are critical for the health of these awards. To donate, please log in to your AAS account, access this link, and select the grant you wish to support.


Newsletter 24-08

Issue 24-08, May 26, 2024

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  1. DPS 2024 ELECTION : CANDIDATE SLATE
  2. NEAR-TERM LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN NASA’S PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION (PSD)
  3. DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
  4. SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS
  5. EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES
  6. 2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE: SAVE THE DATE
  7. DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE
  8. AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND
  9. PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26
  10. TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL
  11. DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
  12. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
  13. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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DPS 2024 ELECTION : CANDIDATE SLATE

The DPS Nominating Subcommittee has identified the following candidates for the 2024 DPS elections for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative

Vice Chair (1 to be elected):

  • Anthony (Tony) Colaprete – NASA Ames Research Center
  • Scott Murchie – Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Committee (2 to be elected):

  • Conor Nixon –  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Hannah Jang-Condell – NASA Headquarters
  • Mariek Schmidt – Brock University, Canada
  • Takehiko Satoh –  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Student Representative (1 to be elected):

  • A’Laura Hines – George Mason University
  • Andrew Shumway – University of Washington

Per the DPS Bylaws, additional candidates for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by June 14th.  Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Denise Stephens, at [email protected].

The DPS Committee thanks the members of the Nominating Subcommittee for their dedicated service to the DPS:

Morgan Cable (chair), Tim Livengood, and Jessica Noviello

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NEAR-TERM LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN NASA’S PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION (PSD)

Dr. Lori Glaze, PSD Director, is leaving PSD for a six-month detail as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate. Dr Gina DiBraccio will become Acting PSD Director during this time. For full details, and to read Dr 

Glaze’s letter to the planetary science community, please see here:

https://planetarynews.org/Documents/LoriGlaze_Letter_240519.html

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DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

The DPS Professional Development Subcommittee seeks new members; all career levels from students to professionals are welcome. The Professional Development Subcommittee provides educational, networking, and informational opportunities within the DPS community. These include the Women in Planetary Science event, professional development events, early career events, and a dependent care grant at the annual meeting. Read more about the subcommittee here: https://dps.aas.org/leadership/development

If you’re interested in joining this subcommittee, e-mail the current chair Jennifer Hanley ([email protected]).

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SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS

The University of Arizona Press announces the Open Access release of fourteen previous volumes in the Space Science Series.  These newly released volumes span the broad range of planetary science, including giant planets, rings, satellites, asteroids, meteorites, protostars and planets.   The full announcement and Open Access links can be found here:  https://uapress.arizona.edu/2024/05/new-oa-titles-space-science

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EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES

The joint LEAG-ExMAG Specific Action Team (SAT) is examining the readiness of the lunar community to receive Artemis samples.  Part of their task is to address how well-prepared we are to maximize the science return of nominal Artems samples.  In this context, preparedness refers to that of workforce, facilities, and funding.  A critical part of making this determination is receiving community input for the report.

With this is mind, please respond to a survey about how well prepared we are as a lunar community to enhance the science return of Artemis samples.  The survey should take approximately 5-15 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated.  We especially would appreciate you letting us know who else should be sent this survey as we want to make sure all interested stakeholders have a chance to provide input.

The link to the form: https://forms.gle/Sab8uXSYEn1Yv4qW7

Please reach out to Nicolle Zellner with any questions: [email protected]

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2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE: SAVE THE DATE

The LPI’s 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference will take place virtually from October 21–25, 2024. This conference aims to boost the community’s momentum in incorporating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) principles in the workforce. NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. The LPI’s Expanding NASA’s Community of Planetary Sample Scientists (ENComPSS) program is supporting this virtual conference as a next step, building upon the 2022 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference. For more information, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/advancingidea2024/

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DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE

Join us in the glorious Pacific Northwest for DPS 56. To be held both virtually and in person 6–10 October 2024 in Boise, Idaho, USA, this meeting will include options for remote participation and presentation. #DPS2024 promises to provide a lively environment, a jam-packed scientific schedule, and the chance to reconnect once again with colleagues and friends.

Registration and abstract submission will open soon. More can be found at the link below:

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AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND

The AAS Meetings Task Force has sent out a survey to assess what kinds of events best meet the diverse needs of its members. The survey covers various considerations such as meeting mode (in-person and virtual), format, frequency, locations, costs, carbon footprint, and safety. It also seeks to understand the reasons folks have for conference attendance: research presentations, plenaries, town halls, career events, workshops, and, above all, networking and collaboration. Survey results and Meetings Task Force Recommendations will primarily feed into AAS meeting planning, but there may be aspects that inform future DPS meeting planning. If you received a survey invite (subject: AAS Member Survey on Conferences, sender: [email protected], date: April 29), please do fill it out – it should take <10min to complete. (Note that each invite is individualized, so we can’t forward them.)

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PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26

Following the great discussions at “Optimizing Planetary In Situ Surface-Atmosphere Interaction Investigations” workshops in 2022 and 2023 as well as the success of Ingenuity, the PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be held following the “10th International Conference on Mars” with a focus on identifying and enabling future Mars surface and near-surface investigations using drones. The PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be hybrid and held Friday, July 26, ~9am-12pm PDT, in Pasadena, CA. Advance registration is required, but is free. Travel grants (for expenses related to in-person attendance of 10th Mars and PlanetInsitu24) are available to US persons, with deadline of May 17. Additionally, papers are solicited for our “Planetary Science Journal” focus issue: https://iopscience.iop.org/collections/psj-230607-254. Questions can be sent to Serina Diniega ([email protected]).

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TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL

The TNO2024 Meeting (https://tno2024.org/)  Scientific Organizing Committee are calling for proposals to hold the next conference in 2027. We especially encourage people outside of Europe and Asia to offer to host. We plan to announce the location of the next conference (TNO2027) during the upcoming meeting, so please email your proposals to Meg Schwamb ([email protected]by 11:59 pm UTC on May 31 with the subject line “TNO2027 Location Proposal”. Please limit your proposal to three letter/A4 pages, and include the following information:

  • Host institution, city, and country
  • Meeting dates
  • One to three names of local organizers who will be willing and able to join the SOC
  • Meeting venue (conference center, university or other institute), A/V facilities, seating capacity (at least 100, preferably closer to 150), space for poster sessions, and amenities (coffee, snacks, etc.)
  • Level of IT support available
  • Expected funding levels to support the conference and expected conference fees
  • Support for diverse needs of attendees, such as dietary restrictions, child care, accessibility, and prioritization of EDI efforts (e.g. personal pronouns on name badges and quiet rooms)

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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 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:

You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at the above site).

To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to PCCS Chair James Roberts ([email protected]), describing:

(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 welcome.

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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/2632-3338/5/5

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/415/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  **for free**.

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

  1. Job Opportunity: Senior Scientist for Mars Exploration, Planetary Science Division (NASA HQ)

Applications are now being accepted for this position. The Senior Scientist for Mars Exploration will serve as a senior science advisor to the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and other SMD leadership—on all matters concerning scientific content and strategy for Mars exploration, including the Mars Exploration Program and Mars Sample Return Program. They will also lead Agency science planning and coordination, in collaboration with international partners, in preparation for delivery of Mars samples, and serve as the principal SMD Mars science representative to the scientific community, NASA top management, Office of Management and Budget, Congress, and other agencies and organizations. For full details: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/790851400#hiring-paths

  1. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline July 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 Open Rank Professors of Planetary Sciences at the University of Bern

Institution: Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland 

Job Description:  The Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has two openings, as of 2025, for two professors in experimental planetary sciences. The Division is one of the leading research groups in the field of space instrumentation for experimental solar system exploration and is looking for professors in the fields of planetary remote sensing and in situ mass spectrometry or in related fields. The initial hiring level can range from assistant professor tenure track to full professor according to qualifications (open rank). The successful candidates are expected to have or further develop an excellent and internationally recognized track record in the development, construction, and exploitation of scientific instrumentation flying on spacecraft missions. The Division offers excellent conditions in terms of laboratory infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to build space-grade hardware. The University of Bern has set the aim of increasing the percentage of women in leading academic positions and thus strongly encourages female scientists to apply for the positions. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2024. More information can be found at:

https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/questionnaire/index_eng.html

  1. Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Space Physics – Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is searching for outstanding candidates for one full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This tenure-track faculty position is initially being funded for up to five years through a $1.5 million award from the NSF Faculty Development in geoSpace Science (FDSS) program. This new faculty will have opportunities to collaborate in research and teaching with faculty across the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Francis College of Engineering. We value excellence and innovation in curriculum design and courses that promote experiential learning and professional skills for our students.

Minimum Qualifications (Required): Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a closely related discipline.

For this FDSS tenure-track position in Electrical and Computer Engineering, we seek candidates at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Space weather modeling; 2) Space weather instrumentation and experimentation; 3) Effects of space weather on the ionosphere and on critical space and terrestrial infrastructure such as communication, navigation, and power systems.

More information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/522632/assistant-professor-electrical-computer-engineering

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Send submissions to: Denise Stephens, DPS Secretary, at this address  [email protected]

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DPS 2024 Elections Candidate Slate

DPS 2024 ELECTION : CANDIDATE SLATE

The DPS Nominating Subcommittee has identified the following candidates for the 2024 DPS elections for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative

Vice Chair (1 to be elected):

  • Anthony (Tony) Colaprete – NASA Ames Research Center
  • Scott Murchie – Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Committee (2 to be elected):

  • Conor Nixon –  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Hannah Jang-Condell – NASA Headquarters
  • Mariek Schmidt – Brock University, Canada
  • Takehiko Satoh –  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Student Representative (1 to be elected):

  • A’Laura Hines – George Mason University
  • Andrew Shumway – University of Washington

Per the DPS Bylaws, additional candidates for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by June 14th.  Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Denise Stephens, at [email protected].

The DPS Committee thanks the members of the Nominating Subcommittee for their dedicated service to the DPS:

Morgan Cable (chair), Tim Livengood, and Jessica Noviello

Newsletter 24-07

Issue 24-07, May 15, 2024

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  1. DPS 2024 ELECTION : CANDIDATE SLATE
  2. SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS
  3. EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES
  4. 2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE: SAVE THE DATE
  5. DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE
  6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCIENTISTS: EFFECTIVE MENTORING PRACTICES 
  7. NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR
  8. TOWN HALL FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM
  9. AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND
  10. NASA SMALL BODIES ASESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE SOLICITATION
  11. PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26
  12. TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL
  13. DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
  14. MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
  15. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
  16. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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DPS 2024 ELECTION : CANDIDATE SLATE

The DPS Nominating Subcommittee has identified the following candidates for the 2024 DPS elections for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative

Vice Chair (1 to be elected):

  • Anthony (Tony) Colaprete – NASA Ames Research Center
  • Scott Murchie – Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Committee (2 to be elected):

  • Conor Nixon –  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Hannah Jang-Condell – NASA Headquarters
  • Mariek Schmidt – Brock University, Canada
  • Takehiko Satoh –  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Student Representative (1 to be elected):

  • A’Laura Hines – George Mason University
  • Andrew Shumway – University of Washington

Per the DPS Bylaws, additional candidates for Vice Chair, Committee, and Student Representative, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by June 14th.  Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Denise Stephens, at [email protected].

The DPS Committee thanks the members of the Nominating Subcommittee for their dedicated service to the DPS:

Morgan Cable (chair), Tim Livengood, and Jessica Noviello

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SPACE SCIENCE SERIES VOLUMES AVAILABLE ON OPEN ACCESS

The University of Arizona Press announces the Open Access release of fourteen previous volumes in the Space Science Series.  These newly released volumes span the broad range of planetary science, including giant planets, rings, satellites, asteroids, meteorites, protostars and planets.   The full announcement and Open Access links can be found here:  https://uapress.arizona.edu/2024/05/new-oa-titles-space-science

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EXAMINING THE READINESS OF THE LUNAR COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ARTEMIS SAMPLES

The joint LEAG-ExMAG Specific Action Team (SAT) is examining the readiness of the lunar community to receive Artemis samples.  Part of their task is to address how well-prepared we are to maximize the science return of nominal Artems samples.  In this context, preparedness refers to that of workforce, facilities, and funding.  A critical part of making this determination is receiving community input for the report.

With this is mind, please respond to a survey about how well prepared we are as a lunar community to enhance the science return of Artemis samples.  The survey should take approximately 5-15 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated.  We especially would appreciate you letting us know who else should be sent this survey as we want to make sure all interested stakeholders have a chance to provide input.

The link to the form: https://forms.gle/Sab8uXSYEn1Yv4qW7

Please reach out to Nicolle Zellner with any questions: [email protected]

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2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE: SAVE THE DATE

The LPI’s 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference will take place virtually from October 21–25, 2024. This conference aims to boost the community’s momentum in incorporating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) principles in the workforce. NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. The LPI’s Expanding NASA’s Community of Planetary Sample Scientists (ENComPSS) program is supporting this virtual conference as a next step, building upon the 2022 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference. For more information, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/advancingidea2024/

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DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE

Join us in the glorious Pacific Northwest for DPS 56. To be held both virtually and in person 6–10 October 2024 in Boise, Idaho, USA, this meeting will include options for remote participation and presentation. #DPS2024 promises to provide a lively environment, a jam-packed scientific schedule, and the chance to reconnect once again with colleagues and friends.

Registration and abstract submission will open soon. More can be found at the link below:

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCIENTISTS: EFFECTIVE MENTORING PRACTICES 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a professional development seminar on Monday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. CDT. In this 60-minute virtual seminar, we are joined by Dr. Sarah Hokanson and Dr. Béné Gnangnon of Boston University and the Postdoc Academy. We will share evidence-based practices for building an effective mentoring relationship, provide resources, and answer questions. Whether you are a first-time mentor, an experienced mentor, or just interested in learning more, this session will prepare you to make the most of your next mentoring interaction. Please register at 

https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-ygrTgvG1MM8xhckwNvV0Z_qwBKNew#/registration.

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NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR

Join us on May 23rd, 2:30-3pm EDT (11:30-12 PST,12:30-1pm MST,1:30-2pm CDT)

New Horizons continues its operation, now at 58.8 AU from the Sun. Since 2015 it has 

made ground-breaking discoveries of the Pluto-Charon system, flown past the small 

contact KBO binary Arrokoth and collected phase and light curve data for some three 

dozen additional KBOs and the ice giants. It has also been sampling dust density throughout 

the solar system and studying the cosmic optical background. To raise awareness of 

New Horizon’s scientific impact we are beginning a new spotlight seminar series 

(30 min, fourth week each month) which we invite you to attend online, or watch recorded at 

your convenience. 

Our first speaker will be Marc Postman of STScI who will present on his recent landmark work:

“New Synoptic Observations of the Cosmic Optical Background with New Horizons”

Connection Link:

https://zoom.us/j/97317697636?pwd=MTAzMjJmNThTeFppR3JoYzlkUXVCQT09

Meeting ID: 973 1769 7636

One tap mobile

+16469313860,,97317697636#,,,,*802327# US

+19292056099,,97317697636#,,,,*802327# US (New York)

Calendar for future seminars:

https://zoom.us/meeting/tJMudu6upzwsGdKrlGdxLvb2e_I91uILetOL/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCvrTotHN2SthqBRowEA4j4KO7xmGZdjad2jhPCBzh_dAGkM91ra-NqOfTV

Recordings will be archived and posted at: https://www.youtube.com/@NASANewHorizons/featured

For questions, contact New Horizons CoI Susan Benecchi, [email protected]

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TOWN HALL FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM

On May 21, 2024 at 1 PM Eastern, NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) will host a webinar to discuss the Planetary Research Program, including upcoming changes, some data on programs to date, and plans to reduce the barrier to proposing for the planetary research community. 

A large focus of this Town Hall will be to discuss requirements for proposals submitted under the Dual Anonymous Peer Review (DAPR) process, which will be the default for all proposals submitted to the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) under ROSES-2025 (with rare exceptions).  In DAPR, not only are proposers unaware of the identity of reviewers, but the reviewers do not have explicit knowledge of the proposing teams and institutions during the scientific evaluation of the proposal.  This portion of the Town Hall will discuss the motivation for DAPR and how SMD has used it to date, the process of DAPR reviews, and tips on how to be compliant with DAPR submissions.   

Additionally, we will discuss some analytics for our Planetary Research programs and potential future ways of soliciting proposals for Planetary Research, with the goal of increasing accessibility and decreasing unnecessary barriers for proposing to Planetary Research programs.  

In advance of the webinar, questions may be submitted and upvoted on at:   

https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/z18d/#!/dashboard

For more information on dual-anonymous peer review, please visit: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review  

Join from the webinar link: 

https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=mce9d8fbdedb539f7f8039b05b08e1e1e

Webinar number: 

2821 584 9322 

General Webinar password:  

Join by phone 

+1-929-251-9612 United States Toll (New York City) 

+1-415-527-5035 United States Toll 

Access code: 282 158 49322 

Additional Questions can be sent to Delia Santiago-Matereses – [email protected]

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AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND

The AAS Meetings Task Force has sent out a survey to assess what kinds of events best meet the diverse needs of its members. The survey covers various considerations such as meeting mode (in-person and virtual), format, frequency, locations, costs, carbon footprint, and safety. It also seeks to understand the reasons folks have for conference attendance: research presentations, plenaries, town halls, career events, workshops, and, above all, networking and collaboration. Survey results and Meetings Task Force Recommendations will primarily feed into AAS meeting planning, but there may be aspects that inform future DPS meeting planning. If you received a survey invite (subject: AAS Member Survey on Conferences, sender: [email protected], date: April 29), please do fill it out – it should take <10min to complete. (Note that each invite is individualized, so we can’t forward them.)

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NASA SMALL BODIES ASESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE SOLICITATION

SBAG acts as a primary bridge between the small bodies scientific community and NASA and is led by its Steering Committee (SC). The SC organizes two SBAG meetings per year, writes official SBAG findings, and takes a leadership role in activities requiring community input.

The SBAG SC is soliciting two new general members and a Technology Lead at this time. Members of the small bodies community from any career stage, including international members, are welcome to apply. The term of service is three years, starting in August 2024.

The general member application requires: 1) a two-page CV, including a description of participation in SBAG, other small bodies organizations, or related work, and 2) a short (300 words maximum) statement of interest. Criteria for selection are participation in the small bodies community organizations/commissions/committees/etc., demonstrated leadership experience, and relevant research or mission experience. Applicants may specify any relevant information in support of diversity. We especially welcome applications from people interested in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the small bodies community and willing to serve on the cross-AG Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) committee.

The Technology Lead is responsible for activities relating to the development of technology applicable to the study and exploration of small bodies. This individual should be actively involved in developing technologies for small body exploration and aware of the current challenges and progress in this field. The application should (i) meet the requirements of the general member application, (ii) indicate a preference for the Technology Lead position, and (iii) include relevant small body technology experience.

Send application packages to Lori Feaga ([email protected]) by May 24, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT. The new SC members will be announced at SBAG #31 (Jul. 11-12, 2024).

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

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PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26

Following the great discussions at “Optimizing Planetary In Situ Surface-Atmosphere Interaction Investigations” workshops in 2022 and 2023 as well as the success of Ingenuity, the PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be held following the “10th International Conference on Mars” with a focus on identifying and enabling future Mars surface and near-surface investigations using drones. The PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be hybrid and held Friday, July 26, ~9am-12pm PDT, in Pasadena, CA. Advance registration is required, but is free. Travel grants (for expenses related to in-person attendance of 10th Mars and PlanetInsitu24) are available to US persons, with deadline of May 17. Additionally, papers are solicited for our “Planetary Science Journal” focus issue: https://iopscience.iop.org/collections/psj-230607-254. Questions can be sent to Serina Diniega ([email protected]).

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TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL

The TNO2024 Meeting (https://tno2024.org/)  Scientific Organizing Committee are calling for proposals to hold the next conference in 2027. We especially encourage people outside of Europe and Asia to offer to host. We plan to announce the location of the next conference (TNO2027) during the upcoming meeting, so please email your proposals to Meg Schwamb ([email protected]by 11:59 pm UTC on May 31 with the subject line “TNO2027 Location Proposal”. Please limit your proposal to three letter/A4 pages, and include the following information:

  • Host institution, city, and country
  • Meeting dates
  • One to three names of local organizers who will be willing and able to join the SOC
  • Meeting venue (conference center, university or other institute), A/V facilities, seating capacity (at least 100, preferably closer to 150), space for poster sessions, and amenities (coffee, snacks, etc.)
  • Level of IT support available
  • Expected funding levels to support the conference and expected conference fees
  • Support for diverse needs of attendees, such as dietary restrictions, child care, accessibility, and prioritization of EDI efforts (e.g. personal pronouns on name badges and quiet rooms)

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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 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:

You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at the above site).

To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to PCCS Chair James Roberts ([email protected]), describing:

(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 welcome.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ) funds itself with publication charges (formerly `page charges’ back when physical pages were a thing), but we recognize that such fees can be an impediment to DPS members submitting their papers to the journal.  Therefore, the AAS offers publication support to assist in covering publications fees for cases where authors

are unable to pay.  The publication support is based on need, not merit, and therefore if you click the box to request consideration for publication support when you submit a manuscript to PSJ then having done so will not affect the peer-review process or evaluation of your paper.

Evaluation, publication, and curation of papers does cost money, and so if you have grant money then paying for publication charges is expected. But if for whatever reason you find yourself unable to publish in PSJ solely due to cost, then please do not hesitate to request support.  You

can read more in this letter from the AAS Editor-in-Chief here:

https://baas.aas.org/pub/2023i026/release/1

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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/414/suppl/C

The Planetary Science Journal:

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

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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. Job Opportunity: Senior Scientist for Mars Exploration, Planetary Science Division (NASA HQ)

Applications are now being accepted for this position. The Senior Scientist for Mars Exploration will serve as a senior science advisor to the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and other SMD leadership—on all matters concerning scientific content and strategy for Mars exploration, including the Mars Exploration Program and Mars Sample Return Program. They will also lead Agency science planning and coordination, in collaboration with international partners, in preparation for delivery of Mars samples, and serve as the principal SMD Mars science representative to the scientific community, NASA top management, Office of Management and Budget, Congress, and other agencies and organizations. For full details: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/790851400#hiring-paths

  1. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline July 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 Open Rank Professors of Planetary Sciences at the University of Bern

Institution: Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland 

Job Description:  The Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has two openings, as of 2025, for two professors in experimental planetary sciences. The Division is one of the leading research groups in the field of space instrumentation for experimental solar system exploration and is looking for professors in the fields of planetary remote sensing and in situ mass spectrometry or in related fields. The initial hiring level can range from assistant professor tenure track to full professor according to qualifications (open rank). The successful candidates are expected to have or further develop an excellent and internationally recognized track record in the development, construction, and exploitation of scientific instrumentation flying on spacecraft missions. The Division offers excellent conditions in terms of laboratory infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to build space-grade hardware. The University of Bern has set the aim of increasing the percentage of women in leading academic positions and thus strongly encourages female scientists to apply for the positions. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2024. More information can be found at:

https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/questionnaire/index_eng.html

  1. Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Space Physics – Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is searching for outstanding candidates for one full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This tenure-track faculty position is initially being funded for up to five years through a $1.5 million award from the NSF Faculty Development in geoSpace Science (FDSS) program. This new faculty will have opportunities to collaborate in research and teaching with faculty across the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Francis College of Engineering. We value excellence and innovation in curriculum design and courses that promote experiential learning and professional skills for our students.

Minimum Qualifications (Required): Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a closely related discipline.

For this FDSS tenure-track position in Electrical and Computer Engineering, we seek candidates at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Space weather modeling; 2) Space weather instrumentation and experimentation; 3) Effects of space weather on the ionosphere and on critical space and terrestrial infrastructure such as communication, navigation, and power systems.

More information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/522632/assistant-professor-electrical-computer-engineering

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Newsletter 24-06

Issue 24-06, May 3, 2024

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  1. DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE
  2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCIENTISTS: EFFECTIVE MENTORING PRACTICES 
  3. NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR
  4. TOWN HALL FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM
  5. THE 14TH PAOLO FARINELLA PRIZE OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
  6. AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND
  7. NASA SMALL BODIES ASESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE SOLICITATION
  8. PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26
  9. TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL
  10. DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
  11. MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
  12. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
  13. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE

Join us in the glorious Pacific Northwest for DPS 56. To be held both virtually and in person 6–10 October 2024 in Boise, Idaho, USA, this meeting will include options for remote participation and presentation. #DPS2024 promises to provide a lively environment, a jam-packed scientific schedule, and the chance to reconnect once again with colleagues and friends.

Registration and abstract submission will open soon. More can be found at the link below:

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCIENTISTS: EFFECTIVE MENTORING PRACTICES 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a professional development seminar on Monday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. CDT. In this 60-minute virtual seminar, we are joined by Dr. Sarah Hokanson and Dr. Béné Gnangnon of Boston University and the Postdoc Academy. We will share evidence-based practices for building an effective mentoring relationship, provide resources, and answer questions. Whether you are a first-time mentor, an experienced mentor, or just interested in learning more, this session will prepare you to make the most of your next mentoring interaction. Please register at 

https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-ygrTgvG1MM8xhckwNvV0Z_qwBKNew#/registration.

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NEW HORIZONS SCIENCE SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR

Join us on May 23rd, 2:30-3pm EDT (11:30-12 PST,12:30-1pm MST,1:30-2pm CDT)

New Horizons continues its operation, now at 58.8 AU from the Sun. Since 2015 it has 

made ground-breaking discoveries of the Pluto-Charon system, flown past the small 

contact KBO binary Arrokoth and collected phase and light curve data for some three 

dozen additional KBOs and the ice giants. It has also been sampling dust density throughout 

the solar system and studying the cosmic optical background. To raise awareness of 

New Horizon’s scientific impact we are beginning a new spotlight seminar series 

(30 min, fourth week each month) which we invite you to attend online, or watch recorded at 

your convenience. 

Our first speaker will be Marc Postman of STScI who will present on his recent landmark work:

“New Synoptic Observations of the Cosmic Optical Background with New Horizons”

Connection Link:

https://zoom.us/j/97317697636?pwd=MTAzMjJmNThTeFppR3JoYzlkUXVCQT09

Meeting ID: 973 1769 7636

One tap mobile

+16469313860,,97317697636#,,,,*802327# US

+19292056099,,97317697636#,,,,*802327# US (New York)

Calendar for future seminars:

https://zoom.us/meeting/tJMudu6upzwsGdKrlGdxLvb2e_I91uILetOL/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCvrTotHN2SthqBRowEA4j4KO7xmGZdjad2jhPCBzh_dAGkM91ra-NqOfTV

Recordings will be archived and posted at: https://www.youtube.com/@NASANewHorizons/featured

For questions, contact New Horizons CoI Susan Benecchi, [email protected]

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TOWN HALL FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM

On May 21, 2024 at 1 PM Eastern, NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) will host a webinar to discuss the Planetary Research Program, including upcoming changes, some data on programs to date, and plans to reduce the barrier to proposing for the planetary research community. 

A large focus of this Town Hall will be to discuss requirements for proposals submitted under the Dual Anonymous Peer Review (DAPR) process, which will be the default for all proposals submitted to the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) under ROSES-2025 (with rare exceptions).  In DAPR, not only are proposers unaware of the identity of reviewers, but the reviewers do not have explicit knowledge of the proposing teams and institutions during the scientific evaluation of the proposal.  This portion of the Town Hall will discuss the motivation for DAPR and how SMD has used it to date, the process of DAPR reviews, and tips on how to be compliant with DAPR submissions.   

Additionally, we will discuss some analytics for our Planetary Research programs and potential future ways of soliciting proposals for Planetary Research, with the goal of increasing accessibility and decreasing unnecessary barriers for proposing to Planetary Research programs.  

In advance of the webinar, questions may be submitted and upvoted on at:   

https://nasa.cnf.io/sessions/z18d/#!/dashboard

For more information on dual-anonymous peer review, please visit: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review  

Join from the webinar link: 

https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=mce9d8fbdedb539f7f8039b05b08e1e1e

Webinar number: 

2821 584 9322 

General Webinar password:  

Join by phone 

+1-929-251-9612 United States Toll (New York City) 

+1-415-527-5035 United States Toll 

Access code: 282 158 49322 

Additional Questions can be sent to Delia Santiago-Matereses – [email protected]

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THE 14TH PAOLO FARINELLA PRIZE OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

The 14th Paolo Farinella Prize will be awarded to a young scientist with outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science concerning “Internal structure of planetary bodies: clues on formation processes of the Solar System“, including theoretical, modelling, experimental and observational work on the internal structure of solar system bodies, namely planets, satellites, and small bodies. 

Nominations must be sent by email not later than 15 May 2024 to the following addresses: [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected], using the form downloadable from this link. Self-nominations are acceptable. The candidates should have international and interdisciplinary collaborations and should be not older than the age of Paolo when he passed away, 47 years, as of 15 May 2024. 

Further details may be found at https://www.europlanet-society.org/call-farinella-2024/

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AAS MEETINGS TASK FORCE SURVEY HAS GONE OUT, PLEASE RESPOND

The AAS Meetings Task Force has sent out a survey to assess what kinds of events best meet the diverse needs of its members. The survey covers various considerations such as meeting mode (in-person and virtual), format, frequency, locations, costs, carbon footprint, and safety. It also seeks to understand the reasons folks have for conference attendance: research presentations, plenaries, town halls, career events, workshops, and, above all, networking and collaboration. Survey results and Meetings Task Force Recommendations will primarily feed into AAS meeting planning, but there may be aspects that inform future DPS meeting planning. If you received a survey invite (subject: AAS Member Survey on Conferences, sender: [email protected], date: April 29), please do fill it out – it should take <10min to complete. (Note that each invite is individualized, so we can’t forward them.)

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NASA SMALL BODIES ASESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE SOLICITATION

SBAG acts as a primary bridge between the small bodies scientific community and NASA and is led by its Steering Committee (SC). The SC organizes two SBAG meetings per year, writes official SBAG findings, and takes a leadership role in activities requiring community input.

The SBAG SC is soliciting two new general members and a Technology Lead at this time. Members of the small bodies community from any career stage, including international members, are welcome to apply. The term of service is three years, starting in August 2024.

The general member application requires: 1) a two-page CV, including a description of participation in SBAG, other small bodies organizations, or related work, and 2) a short (300 words maximum) statement of interest. Criteria for selection are participation in the small bodies community organizations/commissions/committees/etc., demonstrated leadership experience, and relevant research or mission experience. Applicants may specify any relevant information in support of diversity. We especially welcome applications from people interested in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the small bodies community and willing to serve on the cross-AG Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) committee.

The Technology Lead is responsible for activities relating to the development of technology applicable to the study and exploration of small bodies. This individual should be actively involved in developing technologies for small body exploration and aware of the current challenges and progress in this field. The application should (i) meet the requirements of the general member application, (ii) indicate a preference for the Technology Lead position, and (iii) include relevant small body technology experience.

Send application packages to Lori Feaga ([email protected]) by May 24, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT. The new SC members will be announced at SBAG #31 (Jul. 11-12, 2024).

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

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PLANETINSITU24 WORKSHOP: RISE OF THE DRONES – JULY 26

Following the great discussions at “Optimizing Planetary In Situ Surface-Atmosphere Interaction Investigations” workshops in 2022 and 2023 as well as the success of Ingenuity, the PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be held following the “10th International Conference on Mars” with a focus on identifying and enabling future Mars surface and near-surface investigations using drones. The PlanetInsitu24 workshop will be hybrid and held Friday, July 26, ~9am-12pm PDT, in Pasadena, CA. Advance registration is required, but is free. Travel grants (for expenses related to in-person attendance of 10th Mars and PlanetInsitu24) are available to US persons, with deadline of May 17. Additionally, papers are solicited for our “Planetary Science Journal” focus issue: https://iopscience.iop.org/collections/psj-230607-254. Questions can be sent to Serina Diniega ([email protected]).

  • PlanetInsitu24 Registration and a starting description of the workshop:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdg36Lb_0CMagEc38jtGW7RZv-dF4g85NE5mwjUnhNcnyn-3g/viewform

  • PlanetInsitu24 Travel Grant Applications, due May 17:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxWG5vqh_HSRZn4PO3xRveHbaLXn3E1pgfKhDwPKMVIFCkwg/viewform

  • Further information about the PlanetInsitu community and events:

http://planetinsitu.space/

  • Recordings of presentations, discussions, and tech demos from PlanetInsitu22 and PlanetInsitu23-ICAR:

https://boi.st/planetinsitu22

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TNO 2027 HOST PROPOSAL

The TNO2024 Meeting (https://tno2024.org/)  Scientific Organizing Committee are calling for proposals to hold the next conference in 2027. We especially encourage people outside of Europe and Asia to offer to host. We plan to announce the location of the next conference (TNO2027) during the upcoming meeting, so please email your proposals to Meg Schwamb ([email protected]) by 11:59 pm UTC on May 31 with the subject line “TNO2027 Location Proposal”. Please limit your proposal to three letter/A4 pages, and include the following information:

  • Host institution, city, and country
  • Meeting dates
  • One to three names of local organizers who will be willing and able to join the SOC
  • Meeting venue (conference center, university or other institute), A/V facilities, seating capacity (at least 100, preferably closer to 150), space for poster sessions, and amenities (coffee, snacks, etc.)
  • Level of IT support available
  • Expected funding levels to support the conference and expected conference fees
  • Support for diverse needs of attendees, such as dietary restrictions, child care, accessibility, and prioritization of EDI efforts (e.g. personal pronouns on name badges and quiet rooms)

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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 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:

You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at the above site).

To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to PCCS Chair James Roberts ([email protected]), describing:

(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 welcome.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ) funds itself with publication charges (formerly `page charges’ back when physical pages were a thing), but we recognize that such fees can be an impediment to DPS members submitting their papers to the journal.  Therefore, the AAS offers publication support to assist in covering publications fees for cases where authors

are unable to pay.  The publication support is based on need, not merit, and therefore if you click the box to request consideration for publication support when you submit a manuscript to PSJ then having done so will not affect the peer-review process or evaluation of your paper.

Evaluation, publication, and curation of papers does cost money, and so if you have grant money then paying for publication charges is expected. But if for whatever reason you find yourself unable to publish in PSJ solely due to cost, then please do not hesitate to request support.  You

can read more in this letter from the AAS Editor-in-Chief here:

https://baas.aas.org/pub/2023i026/release/1

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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/2632-3338/5/5

Icarus: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/413/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. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline July 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 Open Rank Professors of Planetary Sciences at the University of Bern

Institution: Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland 

Job Description:  The Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has two openings, as of 2025, for two professors in experimental planetary sciences. The Division is one of the leading research groups in the field of space instrumentation for experimental solar system exploration and is looking for professors in the fields of planetary remote sensing and in situ mass spectrometry or in related fields. The initial hiring level can range from assistant professor tenure track to full professor according to qualifications (open rank). The successful candidates are expected to have or further develop an excellent and internationally recognized track record in the development, construction, and exploitation of scientific instrumentation flying on spacecraft missions. The Division offers excellent conditions in terms of laboratory infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to build space-grade hardware. The University of Bern has set the aim of increasing the percentage of women in leading academic positions and thus strongly encourages female scientists to apply for the positions. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2024. More information can be found at:

https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/questionnaire/index_eng.html

  1. Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Space Physics – Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is searching for outstanding candidates for one full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This tenure-track faculty position is initially being funded for up to five years through a $1.5 million award from the NSF Faculty Development in geoSpace Science (FDSS) program. This new faculty will have opportunities to collaborate in research and teaching with faculty across the Kennedy College of Sciences and the Francis College of Engineering. We value excellence and innovation in curriculum design and courses that promote experiential learning and professional skills for our students.

Minimum Qualifications (Required): Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a closely related discipline.

For this FDSS tenure-track position in Electrical and Computer Engineering, we seek candidates at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Space weather modeling; 2) Space weather instrumentation and experimentation; 3) Effects of space weather on the ionosphere and on critical space and terrestrial infrastructure such as communication, navigation, and power systems.

More information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/522632/assistant-professor-electrical-computer-engineering

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Newsletter 24-05

Issue 24-05, April 8, 2024

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  1. DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE
  2. CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
  3. ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
  4. PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE CEO POSITION
  5. NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP EARLY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  6. NEOWISE 2024 DATA RELEASE AVAILABLE MARCH 21, 2024
  7. MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
  8. NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION STATUS UPDATE ON EFFORTS IN RESPONSE TO THE PLANETARY DATA ECOSYSTEM INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD (PDE IRB) FINAL REPORT
  9. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
  10. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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DPS 56TH MEETING – OCT 6-10 IN BOISE, IDAHO AND ONLINE

Join us in the glorious Pacific Northwest for DPS 56. To be held both virtually and in person 6–10 October 2024 in Boise, Idaho, USA, this meeting will include options for remote participation and presentation. #DPS2024 promises to provide a lively environment, a jam-packed scientific schedule, and the chance to reconnect once again with colleagues and friends.

Registration and abstract submission will open soon. More can be found at the link below: https://dps.aas.org/meetings/current/

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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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ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES

Date/Time: April 9th, 11am ET

Speaker: Dr. Henrik Melin (University of Leicester)

Topic: The ever-changing ionosphere of Uranus

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: https://neptuneodyssey.jhuapl.edu/Events/

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PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE CEO POSITION

After more than 20 years, Mark Sykes will be stepping down as CEO and Director of the Planetary Science Institute at the end of 2025. Over that time, PSI has witnessed profound growth, from 18 PhDs and 32 total employees in 2003, to 134 PhDs and 186 employees in 35 states, the District of Columbia, and numerous international locations today. The reach of science conducted by PSI today covers all traditional areas of planetary science and is carving inroads into new areas of study enabled by the discovery of thousands of new worlds around other stars in our galaxy, and by the increasingly granular information being returned in the exploration of worlds in our own Solar System, including Earth. PSI scientists are committed to sharing the resultant knowledge with the public at large to promote science education and science literacy. They engage the public in the process of science and are ambassadors to communities where science is often viewed skeptically. By the breadth and quality of its science staff, PSI is one of the pre-eminent planetary research institutes in the world. The new CEO is expected to provide visionary scientific leadership and facilitate a new era of scientific accomplishment by the Institute.

PSI is a very interconnected community of scientists, educators, and Institute staff. We help each other to be successful in our professional and even personal endeavors. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments and support each other in adversity. The CEO, by example and action, helps to foster this Institutional culture. The Institute has a broadly horizontal organizational structure, in which the CEO engages all staff without bureaucratic barriers. The CEO is a strong advocate on behalf of our scientists and other employees to secure and sustain external funding. The CEO supports the ambitions of our employees.

We have a very dedicated and accomplished administrative staff with whom the CEO works every day. As a deeply experienced scientist, the CEO can anticipate and assess the impacts to scientists of contemplated administrative actions and policies in real time. All PSI employees are given voice to the decision-making process on critical-path policies and procedures, including in choosing the next CEO.

We are committed and look forward to a smooth transition. To ensure continuity, the future CEO will be initially hired as Deputy CEO, to work with Mark for up to 6 months to acclimatize to the dynamic environment of the job, understand the workflows across all departments, learn our regulatory environment, and build connections and confidence across the entire Institute. Everyone looks forward to engaging and supporting the new CEO as that person takes the Institute into a vibrant future.

If you are interested in this position, please see the posting at:

https://www.psi.edu/about/jobs/

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NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP EARLY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The upcoming NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) Meeting #31 will be held Jul. 11 – 12, 2024 virtually. There will be multiple opportunities at this meeting specifically for the early career small body community to participate, including invited early career speakers and lightning talks. 

Applications for invited talks and lightning talks are due via email by COB (5 pm Eastern Time) April 19, 2024. Applications will be evaluated based on relevance to the purposes of SBAG, how the applicant plans to contribute to the meeting, and the extent to which the opportunity will advance the applicant’s career. Interested early-career researchers should submit a cover letter and a two-page Curriculum Vitae (CV) to SBAG Early Career Secretary Darryl Seligman ([email protected]) and the SBAG Chair Lori Feaga ([email protected]).   

Please refer to the meeting webpage here for further details regarding the application requirements: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/

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NEOWISE 2024 DATA RELEASE AVAILABLE MARCH 21, 2024

The Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) and IPAC at the California Institute of Technology announce the NEOWISE 2024 Data Release.

The 2024 Data Release includes data acquired during the tenth year of the NEOWISE Reactivation mission (Mainzer et al. 2014, ApJ, 792, 30), 13 December 2022 to 13 December 2023.  These data are combined with the Year 1-9 data into a single archive that contains ~25.3 million sets of 3.4 and 4.6 micron images and a database of ~189 billion source detections extracted from those images.  

NEOWISE scanned the sky nearly twenty complete times during the first ten years of survey operations, with approximately six months between survey passes.  Twelve or more independent exposures are made on each point of the sky during each survey epoch making the NEOWISE archive a time-domain resource for extracting multiple, independent thermal flux and position measurements of solar system small bodies and background galactic and extragalactic sources.

A guide to the NEOWISE data release, data access instructions, and supporting documentation are available at http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/neowise/.  Access to the NEOWISE data products is available via the on-line and API services of the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu.

NEOWISE is a joint project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Science Division.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ) funds itself with publication charges (formerly `page charges’ back when physical pages were a thing), but we recognize that such fees can be an impediment to DPS members submitting their papers to the journal.  Therefore, the AAS offers publication support to assist in covering publications fees for cases where authors are unable to pay.  The publication support is based on need, not merit, and therefore if you click the box to request consideration for publication support when you submit a manuscript to PSJ then having done so will not affect the peer-review process or evaluation of your paper.

Evaluation, publication, and curation of papers does cost money, and so if you have grant money then paying for publication charges is expected. But if for whatever reason you find yourself unable to publish in PSJ solely due to cost, then please do not hesitate to request support.  You

can read more in this letter from the AAS Editor-in-Chief here:

https://baas.aas.org/pub/2023i026/release/1

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NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION STATUS UPDATE ON EFFORTS IN RESPONSE TO THE PLANETARY DATA ECOSYSTEM INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD (PDE IRB) FINAL REPORT

In the fall of 2020, the NASA Planetary Science Division chartered the Planetary Data Ecosystem Independent Review Board (PDE IRB) to conduct a wholistic review of the PDE, which is defined as the ad hoc connected framework of activities and products that are built upon and support the data collected by planetary space missions and research programs, which primarily are NASA funded. The PDE IRB delivered its final report in April 2021.

The Planetary Science Division has performed an internal evaluation of actions and efforts in support of addressing the findings and recommendations in the PDE IRB final report. A summary of efforts towards developing a more connected and effective PDE is documented in a status report (see below links). This report describes efforts that have been completed from April 2021 to September 2023.

This status report can be viewed at: https://science.nasa.gov/planetary-science/data/pde-irb/ Direct link: https://science.nasa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/psd-pde-irb-response-v1-20240228.pdf

Comments and feedback on this document are welcome and encouraged. Please email the NASA Headquarters PDE Team with any comments, additional information, or corrections at [email protected].

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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/412/suppl/C

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/4

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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. 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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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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