Newsletter 12-25

Issue 12-25, October 12, 2012



Note the following reminders for our DPS Reno meeting next week.

The program for the DPS Meeting is available at:

If you have not registered yet you may use any of the options below.
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 106
Fax: 202-234-7850
If you are presenting an abstract you must register to attend the meeting.

Information regarding Oral presentations and Poster guidelines and suggestions are available at
Presentation Uploads :
If you have an oral presentation in Reno, you must upload your presentation to the Speaker Ready service. We encourage you to upload your presentation early at After your presentation has been uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact [email protected]. If you have trouble uploading your presentation at the link above, please email it to [email protected] with the session number, speaker number, last name, email address, and operating system.

The DPS LOC has started social media accounts for this year’s Annual Meeting and beyond. Stay tuned for the latest news, announcements, and discussions.
These accounts are at :

* Please join us for the annual DPS Members (Business) Meeting which will be on Tuesday 16 October, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM in the Reno Ballroom. In order to better use our limited Members Meeting time, the preliminary reports of the DPS Officers for the DPS Members meeting are available for review via the link below. While the reports may not be in their final form, most are available now and they will be updated prior to the meeting.

* The Agency night will be the same day at 7:30 pm.

* Please note the Monday Town hall event:
Assessing the State of the Decadal Survey in the Light of the Current Budget Environment in Washington
Monday, Oct 15, 2012. Noon-1pm (Carson 1&2)
Panelists: Phil Christensen, Dan Britt, Bill McKinnon, Jim Bell, Dale Cruikshank
Chair: Rosaly Lopes
Last year the National Research Council released the latest Decadal Survey for planetary sciences entitled Vision and Voyages representing the input of some 1,700 members of the planetary science community. Vision and Voyages calls for a balanced program comprised of five key elements, all of which are required to build on what we have learned in the past several decades so that we can make the next major advances in humanity’s quest to understand our place in the universe. The five elements of the balanced program are strategic missions, competed missions in the small Discovery and medium New Frontiers classes, a well-supported science research and analysis program, and a healthy technology program. The panel will discuss the critical need for the community to stay aligned behind the recommendations of the Decadal Survey, and will brief the status of efforts to restore the budget for NASA’s planetary science program so that the recommended program in Vision and Voyages can be realized in the decade ahead. The good news is that we see strong support within Congress for restoration of the dramatic cuts proposed in the President’s FY13 5-year budget. But persistence and solidarity in the community will be required to achieve the end goal, which is a NASA planetary science budget that is as close as possible to the baseline that was assumed when Vision and Voyages was being created.

* Europa mission studies town hall
The Europa SDT will present an update of their activities at noon, Oct 16, at the Reno DPS. This Town Hall meeting will bring the community up to speed on the current status of the NASA descoped Europa Flagship mission studies.

* Workshops at DPS :
– “Boosting the Effectiveness of your EPO Efforts” workshop Sunday 1-5 pm
Are you active in education & outreach, but looking for a way for your efforts to have a greater impact? Join us this Sunday afternoon for a special workshop “Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Education and Outreach Efforts”. Topics include public lectures and outreach events, teacher professional development, getting into classrooms, as well as participant-selected topics. For each topic, research-based best practices, lessons learned, tips, available resources, and participant experiences will be explored. Possible funding sources will be presented. We’ll be in the Teton Room at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on Sunday, 14 October 2012 at 1:00pm-5:00pm.

– Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group 6
13-14 October, 7:30am-5:30pm
Organizer: Ozhen Pananyan, [email protected]

– Planning Your Solar System Observations with JWST
14 October, 9:00am-12:00noon
Organizer: Stephanie Milam, [email protected]

– NASA Grant Writing Workshop
14 October, 12:30pm-4:00pm
Organizer: Curt Niebur, [email protected]

– Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Education and Outreach Efforts
14 October, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Organizer: Nick Schneider, [email protected]

– Planetary Science on Commercial Suborbital Flights
14 October, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Organizer: Constantine Tsang, [email protected]

– Remote Observations of Rosetta Target Comet 67P
14 October, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Organizer: Rita Schulz, [email protected]

– Publishing Your Paper: A Guide for MSc and PhDs
16 October, 12:00noon-1:00pm
Organizer: Clare Lehane, [email protected]

– Women in Astronomy Discussion Hour
17 October, 12:00noon-1:30pm
Organizer: Kelsi Singer, [email protected]

– Meeting of the IOPW Atmospheres Section
17 October, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Organizer: Ricardo Hueso, [email protected]




The Space Studies Board plans to continue its highly successful space policy intern program in 2013. They offer both a summer (undergraduates only) and autumn program (undergraduates and graduates). Full details, including application process, application deadlines, etc. can be found at Non-U.S. citizens are eligible but they must be a registered student at a U.S. university or college. Contact David Smith ([email protected]) for any questions or comments.

The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the areas of Planetary and Space Sciences. We are seeking candidates interested in a range of topics that complement our existing strengths: space physics, magnetospheric science, planetary atmospheres, interiors, and/or planetary geology and surface processes. We are particularly interested in candidates who incorporate spacecraft observations with numerical and/or laboratory studies. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level are sought, although outstanding individuals at all levels will be considered. We seek individuals who are interested in working in a dynamic interdisciplinary academic and research environment that includes geophysics, planetary sciences, geochemistry and biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, oceanography, hydrology, and paleoclimatology as well as active planetary research in the Schools of Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Georgia Tech, consistently a top ranked educational/research institution, is undergoing growth in earth and planetary sciences, which includes a new Strategic University Research Partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences currently has 29 faculty members and 93 graduate students, and has excellent facilities in the 265,000 square-foot Environmental Science and Technology Building. For more information about our School and academic programs, visit Applicants should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references. PDF applications should be emailed to [email protected]. Requests for information should be directed to Dr. Carol Paty ([email protected]) or Dr. James Wray ([email protected]). Applications will be considered beginning November 1, 2012 but the search will continue until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal education/employment opportunity institution.

From: Niescja Turner

The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of
Technology invites applications for up to two permanent faculty positions in
planetary sciences. These positions may be at any rank: assistant through
full professor. We seek to expand our current space sciences program to
include planetary geology, atmospheres, magnetospheres, or interiors and/or
exoplanets. For both positions, candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics,
planetary sciences, space sciences, astronomy, or a related discipline.
Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to develop a vigorous
externally funded research program as well as the enthusiasm and drive to
teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates with
experience in space instrumentation are particularly encouraged to apply.

Florida Tech is located on the eastern coast of central Florida, just south
of the Kennedy Space Center. Information about the department and current
research activities can be found at To apply, please
send a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching experience and
interests, and the names of at least three references, preferably in a single
PDF file, to [email protected]<
Location: Los Angeles, CA on the UCLA Campus

A description of the event:
The UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, The UK Center for Astrobiology and the NASA Astrobiology Institute invite you to participate in a two-day conference in February 2013 that will examine the present-day habitability of Mars.
Major topics to be considered include:
• Mars Salts and Perchlorates
• Current Mars Liquid Water Activity
• Early MSL Results
• Redox Potentials for Martian Life
• Active Martian Geochemical Cycles
• Implications for Mars Planetary Protection Policies
The conference will be held in historic Royce Hall on the UCLA campus February 4-6, 2013. The first two days of the conference will consist of a set of 30-minute invited and contributed talks interspersed with discussions. The entire conference will be open to remote participation via NASA’s Astrobiology Institute “Workshop Without Walls” webcast. On February 6th, there will be an optional field trip to JPL, which will include a tour of the Mars Science Laboratory facilities. Online registration will open on October 15, 2012.
Contact : Kim DeRose
Education and Public Outreach Coordinator
UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets (iPLEX)
[email protected]


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