Issue 14-7, March 30, 2014
1) TALK WITH YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT PLANETARY SCIENCE
2) EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN NASA STEM (EONS) 2014
3) REMINDER : 2014 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
4) REMINDER : CALL FOR DPS 2014 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
5) THE BARRINGER FAMILY FUND FOR METEORITE IMPACT RESEARCH
6) JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
7) UPCOMING MEETINGS
TALK WITH YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT PLANETARY SCIENCE
Sign-Up deadline is April 5
The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Federal Relations Subcommittee is gathering scientists in our community to raise the visibility of and support for planetary science in the Congress. This year, visits will take place 24-25 April and 12-13 May; you can participate in either the April or May dates. Sign-up at http://aas.org/content/division-planetary-sciences-congressional-visits-day-2014-sign-form
From now and through 5:00 pm EDT on Saturday, 5 April 2014.
Volunteers will travel to Washington, DC to participate in meetings with Capitol Hill and/or executive branch staff. Volunteers will also participate in pre-briefings covering planetary science-policy issues, the messages the DPS wants to convey, and discussion of how to successfully conduct meetings with Congressional staff. We aim to select volunteers who balance the program by location (though you must be a U.S. citizen), career stage, and experience. We especially encourage early career scientists to volunteer. Some travel support may be available for volunteers selected to participate. Selected members will be notified by 9 April 2014.
Makenzie Lystrup, DPS FRS Chair
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN NASA STEM (EONS) 2014
NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for Educator Professional Development (EPD) appendix.
EPD is designed to provide high quality STEM professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators capitalizing on NASA’s unique assets and capabilities. Pre-service, in-service, and informal educators working with grades K-20 and higher education faculty are considered customers and clients who derive benefits from EPD opportunities. EPD was established to consolidate historically diverse components into a focused effort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods, and technologies that promote and foster educators’ use of NASA-related content in their instructional activities. Proposals are due June 18, 2014.
For more information regarding these opportunities, please visit the NASA EONS page on the NSPIRES website.
Nick Schneider, DPS Education & Public Outreach officer
p.s.Use http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bF257E429-24AC-EE13-09E6-45812E0D1314 if the link above fails.
REMINDER : 2014 ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
You are receiving this e-mail because you have subscribed to DPS during the past 2 years.
You should have paid your 2014 membership dues online at https://members.aas.org/ by 31 December 2013. But our records show that about 200 of our members have still to renew !
If you are one of those who haven’t had the time yet to renew, please take it now by logging in to your membership record (today !) and paying your dues so that you can remain part of the DPS community. By renewing online and not receiving a paper renewal, you will help your Society save enormous costs.
Also, please take a moment to update your personal DPS member file.
Thank you for your urgent attention.
Athena Coustenis, DPS Secretary
Send general replies to [email protected].
REMINDER : CALL FOR DPS 2014 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2014
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. It is time to consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes. Please note the earlier deadline than last year’s.
· The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science.
· The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist.
· The Harold Masursky Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary science and exploration.
· The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
· The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
Detailed descriptions of each of the prizes and the criteria for nominees for each can be found at prizes. The nomination form and instructions can also be retrieved from this website. The completed nomination form and supporting material should be emailed to [email protected].
Anyone may submit a nomination. A completed nomination will be retained and considered by the Prize Subcommittee for three years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less. Past nominees may be re-nominated after the expiration of a prior nomination. A posthumous nomination is allowed for a limited time after the nominee’s death, except for the Sagan Medal. For specific details, see the URL noted above.
THE BARRINGER FAMILY FUND FOR METEORITE IMPACT RESEARCH
Applications are due April 4, 2014.
The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research will provide a small number (3 to 5) of competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. Other details about the award as well as an application form for interested students can be found at
You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the DPS Jobs Czar at: [email protected]
A) PLANETARY SCIENCES EXPLORATION FACULTY POSITION – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The Department of Physics (physics.cos.ucf.edu) at the University of Central Florida invites applications for up to 2 tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level or higher beginning in August 2014. As part of the recently awarded Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) initiative with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) we are particularly interested in candidates with experience in exploration-related planetary science including, but not limited to, regolith processes, microgravity dynamics, impact physics, primitive asteroid mineralogy, and in-situ resource utilization. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in Planetary Sciences, Physics, or a closely related discipline, and a substantial record of independent, interdisciplinary research. The successful applicant is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.
UCF is a leading, fast growing, metropolitan research university with about 60,000 students. The Department of Physics currently has 40 faculty members, offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and a Ph.D. track in Planetary Sciences ( www.planets.ucf.edu ), and has recently moved into a state-of-the-art research building. Departmental research programs include condensed matter physics, surface physics, nanoscience, soft condensed matter, planetary science, biological physics, atomic and optical physics, attosecond physics, quantum information processing, and physics education. There are opportunities to benefit from synergy with the UCF-based Florida Space Institute (fsi.ucf.edu), the Nanoscience and Technology Center, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), and the Biomolecular Sciences Center.
Interested individuals must complete an on-line application by going to: www.jobswithucf.com . The online application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and teaching portfolio, and a list of three references with contact information. Screening of applications will begin February 17, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Application Link: http://www.jobswithucf.com:80/postings/37471
B) TWO POSTDOC POSITIONS IN ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND COSMOCHEMISTRY AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS
The ad can be found here:
C) TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN THE AREA OF PLANETARY GEOSCIENCE – UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
The Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at The University of Western Ontario invite applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in the area of Planetary Geoscience. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
This position builds upon the recent appointments of an NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Planetary Science and two Research Chairs, one in Planetary Materials and one in Exoplanet Research.
The applicant will have a strong record in Planetary Geoscience research, with preference given to applicants whose research focuses on comparative planetology and/or planetary surface processes. Research methodologies may include remote sensing and spectroscopy for Earth and other planetary observations, geochemistry, hydrology, geomicrobiology, metallogeny, and related fields. Involvement in current or future planned planetary exploration missions and/or Earth observation remote sensing is considered an asset to this position.
More details on the position can be found here: http://www.uwo.ca/earth/news/2014/faculty_position_in_planetary_geoscience.html
Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski | Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology
A) ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS 2014 (ACM’2014)
June 30 – July 4, 2014
Call For Abstracts And Registration
Abstracts and registration are due by March 31, 2014
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors focuses on the research of small Solar System bodies. Small bodies are the key to understanding the formation and evolution of the Solar System, carrying signals from pre-solar times. Understanding the evolution of the Solar System helps unveil the evolution of extrasolar planetary systems. Societally, small bodies will be important future resources of minerals. The near-Earth population of small bodies continues to pose an impact hazard, whether it be small pieces of falling meteorites or larger asteroids or cometary nuclei capable of causing global environmental effects.
The conference series entitled “Asteroids, Comets, Meteors” constitutes the leading international series in the field of small Solar System bodies. ACM in Helsinki, Finland in 2014 will be the 12th conference in the series.
For further updated information, you are welcome and recommended to enlist on the specific ACM information list. The list address is [email protected]. The list is moderated, so mails sent to the list will not be forwarded before approval by the list administrator.
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Chair, ACM’2014 Scientific Organizing Committee,
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki &Finnish Geodetic Institute
B) 6TH ALFVEN CONFERENCE: PLASMA INTERACTIONS WITH SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS: ANTICIPATING ROSETTA, MAVEN AND MARS ORBITER MISSION
7-11 July 2014
Location: University College London (UCL), UK
Abstract submission and registration is open.
Abstract deadline: 7 May
Early registration deadline: 7 May
Main topics: Comets, Mars, Venus, outer planet moons and Earth’s moon –
especially common processes with comets, and reviewing current knowledge
prior to the arrival of the new missions.
PLEASE NOTE: The Tour de France 2014 will take place in London on 7 July. We therefore advise booking accommodation early.
Special early registration rates, and student and early career scientist registration rates are available – details on website
Meeting theme –
Within our solar system, the planets, moons, comets and asteroids all
have plasma interactions. The interaction depends on the nature of the
object, particularly the presence of an atmosphere and a magnetic field.
Even the size of the object matters through the finite gyroradius effect
and the scale height of cold ions of exospheric origin. It also depends
on the upstream conditions, including position within the solar wind or
the presence within a planetary magnetosphere. In the year when ESA’s
Rosetta will reach comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, NASA’s Maven and ISRO’s
Mars Orbiter Mission will reach Mars, and ESA’s Venus Express mission is
almost complete, this conference will explore our understanding of
plasma interactions with comets, Mars, Venus, and inner and outer solar
system moons. We will explore the processes which characterise the
interactions such as ion pickup and field draping, and their effects
such as plasma escape. Data from current and recent space missions,
modelling and theory are all encouraged, as we explore our local part of
the ‘plasma universe’.
Confirmed invited speakers: David Andrews, Stas Barabash, Dave Brain, Tom Cravens, Konrad Dennerl, Wing Ip, Bruce Jakosky, Xianzhe Jia, Geraint Jones, Esa Kallio, Christoph Koenders, Rickard Lundin, Christian Mazelle, Chris Paranicas, Martin Rubin, Yoshifumi Saito, Joachim Saur, Jim Slavin, Matt Taylor, Oleg Vaisberg and Olivier Witasse.
Contacts: Andrew Coates (convener) and Anne Wellbrock (LOC co-chair),
on behalf of the LOC and SOC
C) 2ND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON INSTRUMENTATION FOR PLANETARY MISSIONS
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: July 28, 2014
The objective of the International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Mission is to have a broad canvas of instrumentation and technology available to ‘Decadal Survey’ missions and those further out. It is also meant to be a forum of collaboration, exchange and discussions where science questions, and the technology needed to address them, are discussed.
The website for the workshop has been updated. Included on the website is the call for papers, registration information and form, plus lodging information.
To view the current information, visit the workshop website:
D) SOLAR WIND INTERACTION WITH PLUTO WORKSHOP
Wednesday-Thursday August 20-21, 2014
LASP, Boulder CO
In preparation for New Horizons flyby of Pluto around July 2015, the above workshop on the solar wind interaction with Pluto’s atmosphere will focus on current ideas and models of the upstream solar wind conditions, the interaction of the surrounding plasma with Pluto’s escaping atmosphere, and perturbations of the solar wind propagating downstream.
The workshop will include presentations on plans for observations that will be made by and datasets collected by the New Horizons Alice (UVS), REX (Radio Science), SWAP (KeV plasma), PEPSSI (MeV particles), and SDC (dust counter) instruments.
Please contact me bagenal-at-colorado.edu if you intend to attend.
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado
E) EUROPEAN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONGRESS 2014 – EPSC2014
07 – 12 September 2014
Abstract deadline: 6 May 2014.
The international community of planetary scientists is invited to submit an abstract for presentation of their recent work at the EPSC 2014 Meeting, which will take place at the Centro de Congressos do Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, 07-12 September 2014.
The meeting will consist of oral and poster sessions, as well as workshop-style sessions. We expect a very well attended meeting, with many high quality presentations.
The current list of sessions is organized around the following topics:
TP Terrestrial Planets
GP Giant Planet Systems
MG Magnetospheres and Space Physics
MTI Missions, Techniques and Industry
MTW MT Technology Foresight Workshops
EX Exoplanets and Origins
SB Small Bodies
PD Planetary Dynamics
LF Laboratory and Field Investigations
OEP Outreach, Education, and Policy
AM Amateur Astronomy
CP Comparative Planetology
The scientific program and abstract submission are accessible at:
Please browse the list of sessions and identify the session that most closely matches your area of interest; your abstract can then be submitted directly to that session.
The session conveners, together with the Scientific Organizing Committee, will finalize the science program shortly after the abstract deadline.
Information on registration, accommodation, travel routes, visa requirements and social events will become available soon on the meeting web site.
Please forward this message to colleagues who may be interested.
Manuel Grande and Maria Teresa Capria
on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee
on behalf of Copernicus Meetings
F) INTERNATIONAL METEOR CONFERENCE 2014
September 18 – 21, Giron – France.
Meteor science is peculiar in the astronomy field of research, since it usually involves extremely wide field of view instruments (up to 180 deg) able to catch extremely fast events (< 1 s). The multiplication of observation networks and devices during the past few years is currently radically changing our view of the meteor showers on Earth. Indeed the contribution of hundreds of professional and amateur cameras provide unprecedented database of nearly continuous observation of the night sky around the globe. As a consequence, our understanding of the overall structure, age and evolution of the meteoroid streams in the Solar System is being greatly enriched nowadays.
This International Meteor Conference 2014 is organized by the International Meteor Organization. It aims at putting together specialists in the meteor field, as well as encouraging professional and amateur collaboration to make the most of the numerous detection and analysis tools and results developed and gathered for the past few years.
All practical information, including registration can be found at:
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Giron!
Send submissions to:
Athena Coustenis, DPS Secretary ([email protected])