Newsletter 12-22

Issue 12-22, September 8, 2012

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1) 2013 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER
2) CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY (IRTF)
3) JOB/POSITION OPPORTUNITIES
4) UPCOMING MEETINGS
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2013 MEMBERSHIP ONLINE RENEWALS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

The 2013 renewal period has began. Moreover, although you are getting this e-mail you may not have re-activated your registration to the DPS membership list and not have paid your 2012 dues…
Pay your membership dues online at https://members.aas.org/ through 31 December 2012. Renew today by logging in to your membership record, and consider making a donation to the DPS Grants. These programs support our discipline as well as recognize the research of your fellow astronomers. 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.

More than fifty percent of the membership renewed online during the 2012 renewal period. We considered 2012 a success and look forward to having more than 80 percent renew online for 2013. Renewing early saves the AAS substantial cost and increases the funding available for our programs.

Thank you for your support.
Send general replies to [email protected].

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY (IRTF)

DEADLINE: 1 October 2012

Proposals for observing time on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility for the February 1 through July 31, 2013 semester are due Monday, October 1, 2012, 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.
See our Web site for our ONLINE submission form at http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php. Please note that we allow only one page each for the Scientific Justification and the Technical Justification. You may include one additional page for figures and tables. Submit these as a pdf attachment via the online form.

Observers should read the information on the current IRTF instrument complement and also on the visitor instruments that are available on a collaborative basis at http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility/.
Facility instruments include: SpeX (0.8-5.4 micron spectrograph), NSFCAM2 (1-5 micron camera) and CSHELL (1-5 micron high-resolution spectrograph). Visitor instruments (available on a collaborative basis with the instrument team) include: TEXES (5-20 micron high-resolution spectrograph; contact Matt Richter at [email protected] for more information), BASS (3-14 micron spectrometer; contact David Lynch at [email protected]), CELESTE (5-25 micron echelle spectrometer; contact Don Jennings at [email protected]), and HIPWAC (9-12 micron heterodyne spectrometer; contact Ted Kostiuk at [email protected]).
Remote observing is available with SpeX, NSFCAM2, and CSHELL from any site that is convenient for the observer.
NSFCAM2 is being upgraded with a new array and array controller this fall. See our website for details.

IMPORTANT:

1. Please note that SpeX will not be available on semester 2013B, which starts in August 2013.
2. Please review our publication list and send to William Walters ([email protected]) any missing references or corrections:

http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/research/biblio/Refereed.html
http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/research/biblio/Non_Refereed.html

This is critical for our efforts to continue funding for the IRTF.

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JOB/POSITION OPPORTUNITIES

A) DIRECTOR, FLORIDA SPACE INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

The Florida Space Institute (FSI) of the University of Central
Florida (UCF) seeks applications and nominations for its Director.
FSI’s charter is to support space research, development, and education
activities within UCF and the broader State of Florida, and secondarily
to support the development of Florida’s space economy — civil,
defense, and commercial.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience, demonstrated
leadership and management ability, effective interpersonal skills,
national and international recognition, a record of winning
competitively funded space funding, an entrepreneurial mindset for
building organizations, and past experience in academic programs.
More information about FSI can be found at: http://fsi.ucf.edu.
Review of applications will begin 01 October 2012 and will continue
until the position is filled. Applicants should apply on line at
www.jobswithucf.com before 01 October 2012; refer to position number
37346. Please direct any questions to the current FSI Director, Dr.
S Alan Stern, at [email protected].

Forwarded by :
Dr. Yan Fernandez, Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Central Florida
[email protected], http://www.physics.ucf.edu/~yfernandez

B) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN EXOPLANETS ATMOSPHERES AT LPL

The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of
the University of Arizona has an opening for a Post Doctoral Research
Associate in the fields of exoplanet atmospheres. The successful
applicant will work with the exoplanet group at LPL in the development
of models for the thermal structure of exoplanet atmospheres and in
the comparison of models with available observations. Applicants
should have a PhD or equivalent in Planetary Science, Astrophysics, or
Physics and extensive experience with numerical computation using the
Fortran programming language. Applicants should also be familiar with
radiative transfer calculations. The appointment is for two years,
dependent upon the availability of funding. A curriculum vitae and
the names of 3 references should be sent to Dr. Roger Yelle.

Roger Yelle <[email protected]>

C) NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers
unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP
fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a
specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics,
exploration systems, lunar science, astrobiology, or astrophysics.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before
beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree
requirements. U. S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign
nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high
cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial
assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and
$8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

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

For further information and to apply, visit:

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm

Questions may be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]

D) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY

The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University has a need for
a post-doctoral researcher. The successful candidate will work with
Prof. Timothy Glotch and will use laboratory spectroscopic and modeling
techniques to determine the optical constants of low symmetry minerals.
The successful candidate will also use the Multiple Sphere T-Matrix
(MSTM) and other models to investigate light scattering within
planetary regoliths. The successful applicant will have the opportunity
to pursue projects of their own design and submit grant proposals.

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Geology, Physics, or
Planetary Science and have experience working with infrared data from
Mars, the Moon, or Earth. Ideally, the successful candidate will be
highly experienced in the use of Fortran, Matlab, and/or other computer
programming languages. Experience with laboratory spectroscopic
instruments is also a plus.

The appointment will be for 1-year with the possibility of renewal for
up to 3 years. Those interested in this position can apply online by
visiting:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/jobs

and clicking on “Category K.” Applications may also be mailed to:

Roberto Martinez, Recruiting Specialist
Human Resource Services
390 Administration Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-0751

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

See PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html

A) DPS IN RENO RELATED MEETINGS

The program for the 44th DPS 2012 Meeting in Reno is now available at:

http://www.psi.edu/dps12/sciprog.shtml

– Please note that NASA’S EXOPLANET EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (ExoPAG) will hold its sixth meeting on Saturday-Sunday, 13-14 October, 2012, just prior to the 44th AAS Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Reno, NV.
ExoPAG meetings are open to the entire scientific community, and offer an opportunity to participate in discussions of scientific and technical issues in exoplanet exploration, and to provide input into NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). All interested members of the astronomical and planetary science communities are invited to attend and participate.

Contacts are: Prof. Scott Gaudi, ExoPAG Chair
([email protected]), and/or Dr. Douglas Hudgins, ExoPAG
Executive Secretary ([email protected]).

ExoPAG web site at http://exep.jpl.nasa.gov/exopag

– and that we invite all participants to attend the DPS MEMBERS MEETING
on Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM in the Tahoe Room.

B) 2012 CANADIAN SPACE SUMMIT – SEPTEMBER 14 ABSTRACT DEADLINE

The deadline is approaching for abstracts and workshop proposals for the Canadian Space Summit! This Space Summit will be hosted at Western University, London, Ontario, home of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), from Nov. 14-16, 2012. The theme of the 2012 Canadian Space Summit is Bridging Communities: Unifying the Canadian Space Sector. The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for interdisciplinary networking and promote further connections between the various communities within the Canadian space sector. Please visit the conference website for more information on abstract submission, registration, accommodations, and more: css2012.uwo.ca