Issue 14-24, September 26, 2014
1) TMT US COMMUNITY SURVEY
2) WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE LUNCH AT 46TH DPS MEETING
3) CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR IAU COMMISSIONS
4) JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
5) UPCOMING MEETINGS
TMT US COMMUNITY SURVEY
I’m would like to invite you to fill out a short TMT US Community Survey. The US TMT Science Working Group (SWG) is helping to develop a plan for possible future NSF participation in TMT. We would like your input on how you would use TMT for your research, and on the instrumentation, operations, time allocation, and data management issues you view as most important to maximize the scientific return of TMT. Filling out this survey will help inform the SWG’s discussions and its report to the NSF.
Most of the survey consists of multiple choice questions, which should only take 10 to 15 minutes to answer. There are some optional “essay questions” where you can provide additional information or opinions about various issues – we would really appreciate your considered input on these topics.
• Thirty Meter Telescope US community survey
Please respond by Monday, 6 October 2014
The SWG has compiled some useful background information about TMT, its adaptive optics, instrumentation, observing modes and capabilities, data management, time allocation, the project status and timeline, the partnership, construction and operations costs, and about US participation in TMT:
• TMT background information and frequently asked questions
Also, please help us to get out the word about this survey by forwarding this message to your colleagues!
Apologies if you receive several announcements about this survey – we want to get the news out and to gather as many responses as possible. If you have additional questions or comments, please write to the US TMT SWG at [email protected].
Mark Dickinson, for the US TMT SWG
E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: (+1) 520 318 8531
NOAO, 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson AZ 85719 USA
WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE LUNCH AT 46TH DPS MEETING
Hosted by: DPS Professional Development subcommittee
Organizers: Sondy Springmann, Maggie McAdam, Kelsi Singer
Please join us for an informal meeting and discussion hour over lunch on Tuesday, November 11th 2014, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. This year’s topics will revolve around the ideas of powerful communication and how to be an ally to minority community members. We will have presentation material interspersed with plenty of discussion time. Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy and planetary science to share.
Thanks to the generosity of the DPS committee, we will be able to provide lunch this year. All are welcome(!), but pre-registration athttp://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2014 is required due to space limitations. Please try to register before October 15th so we can accurately place the lunch order.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR IAU COMMISSIONS
A formal call for proposals for IAU Commissions is now available. These can either be new Commissions or existing Commissions re-applying for approval. An online submission form is accessible to IAU members (you’ll need to log in with your IAU username and password), as well as a PDF with full details and guidelines for responding to the call.
Proposal submission will be in two phases:
• Letters of intent, due by 15 October 2014
• Full proposals, due by 31 January 2015
You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the DPS Jobs Czar at: [email protected]
A) CPS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN PLANETARY/EXOPLANET SCIENCE
The Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) at the University of Toronto is a centre for the study of all planets, near and far. The CPS expects to offer several postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years. The starting date will be September 1, 2015. Salaries and funds for travel/research expenses will be competitive. A Ph.D. in any field of earth and planetary sciences or astrophysics is required. Fellows are expected to carry out original research in observational or theoretical planetary/exoplanet science under the general supervision of the permanent CPS-affiliated faculty, from several relevant departments at UofT. We only accept electronic submissions (web addresses provided below). Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (3 pages) and arrange for three letters of recommendation (Note that two different websites are used for the application and for the submission of reference letters). The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is December 1, 2014. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
CPS Information Website: http://cps.utoronto.ca/
CPS Fellows Application Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/webforms/cps/postdoctoralfellows.php
CPS Reference Letter Submission Website:http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/webforms/cps/reference/postdoctoralfellows.php
A) 2ND ANNOUNCEMENT: PLATO 2.0 SCIENCE CONFERENCE – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The conference, held on December 3-5, 2014 in Taormina, Italy, is to bring together experts of the exoplanet and stellar physic communities already involved or willing to collaborate to the preparation of the mission to share ideas and expertise and to highlight the potential contribution of PLATO 2.0 to the (exo-)planetology in the next decades. The program envisages invited talks, oral contributions and posters. There will be time for discussions.
Registration is now open:
Abstract Submission Deadline (oral) – 31th October 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline (poster) – 15th November 2014
Feel free to distribute the information to interested colleagues.
Heike Rauer and the PLATO Board
December 3-5, 2014: PLATO 2.0 Science Conference
March 2016 : Mission Adoption & IPC approval
Send submissions to:
Athena Coustenis, DPS Secretary ([email protected])