Newsletter 14-27

Issue 14-27, November 3, 2014

1)   IN MEMORIAM : CHARLES A. BARTH (1930-2014)


Charles A. Barth, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, died on October 14th 2014.  Charles grew up in Philadelphia where he attended Central High School. He received his B.S. in chemistry at Lehigh University. After serving in the Air Force, he earned his Ph.D. from UCLA. From 1958 to 1959 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany, followed by six years working at the CalTech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. From 1965 to 1992 he was the Director of the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and until 2002 a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. He became Professor Emeritus in 2002.

Between 1962 and 2002, Charles was active on numerous experiments studying the Earth and other planets, including Mariners 5, 6, 7, and 9, OGO-2, 4, 5, and 6, Atmosphere Explorer-C and D, the Solar Mesosphere Explorer, the Student Nitric Oxide Experiment, and instruments on Apollo 17, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, and Cassini. As a professor, he especially valued giving undergraduate students their first taste of space and planetary science by allowing them to design, build and operate spacecraft. He mentored and inspired many undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists, producing a lasting legacy of friends, colleagues, and outstanding scientists. He will be missed greatly.

Transmitted by A. Hendrix



The K2 mission will make use of the Kepler spacecraft and its assets to expand upon Kepler’s groundbreaking discoveries through new and exciting observations.

K2 will use an innovative way of operating the spacecraft to observe target fields along the ecliptic for the next 2–3 years. Early science commissioning observations have shown an estimated photometric precision near 150 ppm in a single 30 minute observation, and a 6-hr photometric precision of 40 ppm (both at V = 12). The K2 mission offers long-term, simultaneous optical observations of thousands of objects at a precision far better than is achievable from ground-based telescopes.  K2 will provide limited opportunities for solar system observations. Generally, slow moving sources and major planets between V=4 and 20 will be possible targets. K2 has a funded GO program accepting proposals twice a year.

As a dedicated effort to discuss the scientific capabilities of the K2 mission for Solar System science, the NASA Planetary Science and Astrophysics divisions are holding a joint workshop at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences in Tucson. The workshop is scheduled on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Arizona Ballroom 1-4 ; This workshop will consist of: 1) Presentations on the K2 mission as well as Solar System observations with the mission, and 2) Discussion with the broader community to identify observatory capabilities and envision future opportunities. 

We invite you to participate in a workshop being held at the DPS meeting in Tucson, AZ next month to provide community input on potential solar system science with JWST.  The workshop is being held on Sunday, 9 November from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm (MST), prior to the opening reception. Remote participation is also available via WebEx (details can be found here:  

In order to fully realize the potential of JWST for Solar System observations, we have recently organized 10 focus groups including: Asteroids, Comets, Giant Planets, Mars, Near Earth Objects, Occultations, Rings, Satellites, Titan, and Trans-Neptunian Objects, to explore various science use cases in more detail. This workshop will consist of: 1) Presentations of findings from the focus groups, and 2) Discussion with the broader community to identify gaps in the focus-group science use cases and in envisioned observatory capabilities. These outputs from the workshop will be used to inform ongoing development and pre-launch operational studies. Unique science cases are also available as flyers for various Solar System targets found here:
Your input is essential and we hope you will consider attending this workshop next month.

Curious about how to improve the quality of the proposals you send to NASA? Ever wonder what the review panel is really looking for when it reviews that proposal? In conjunction with the DPS workshop on “How to be a PI,” the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters is offering a shortened Proposal Writing Workshop at DPS that is based on the cumulative experience of current and former Discipline Scientists who have managed a variety of Research and Announcement (R&A) programs at NASA Headquarters. The specific focus of this intense, educational session is to provide a greater understanding of NASA’s review process and offer constructive and practical insight into writing an effective research proposal.
The event is open to all at no charge and will be held on Sunday, November 9, from 12-2 pm in Arizona Ballroom 11/12.
All interested planetary scientists, from graduate students through emeritus professors, are encouraged to attend, and the workshop will end in time for participants to also attend the “How to be a PI” workshop.

To register, send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, and current position to [email protected].


With no dues increase and a “stellar” lineup of benefits, there isn’t a better time than now to renew your commitment to the AAS/DPS.
AAS emailed members in early September announcing the start of membership renewal season, and many took notice. Online renewals are arriving at a steady pace. If you have already paid your dues, thanks for your continued support.

To help reduce costs and the Society’s carbon footprint, we encourage you to renew online today for fast, easy self-service. Simply log in to pay your dues, to confirm or update your journal subscriptions and Division memberships, and to lock in savings for 2016 by renewing for two years at the current rate. (Note: That last option isn’t available to junior members, who instead get two years for the price of one — currently $77 —when first joining the Society, then renew annually thereafter.)

Renew before 31 December to maintain your benefits and receive additional savings: the AAS will extend a one-time 15% discount off your portion of the author charges for one paper published in the Astronomical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, or ApJ Supplement. Eligible members can double their savings: if you renew by 31 December for two years, you will receive the 15% author discount on one paper each in 2015 and 2016.
The Society has much planned for 2015 — including the 225th meeting of the AAS in Seattle in January and the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Honolulu in August — so you won’t want to miss out on the latest science, member communications, and career and networking opportunities. Supporting the AAS is supporting your discipline. Renew today!

If you have any questions about your dues or benefits, or need assistance when logging in, please contact the membership team by email at[email protected] or by phone at 202-328-2010. Thank you!


A) New or Updated Resource Guides for Astronomy Educators
A new guide to educational resources about eclipses in general and the “Great American Eclipse of the Sun” in 2017 is available at:

New resource guides in the Unheard Voices series, “The Astronomy of Many Cultures” and “Women in Astronomy” can be found at:

An updated guide to science fiction stories with reasonable astronomy and physics (organized by science topic) is now available at:

B) Astronomy Talks on YouTube
New talks by noted astronomers in the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series can be found on their YouTube channel at:

Recent lectures include: Caleb Scharf (Columbia) on “The Copernicus Complex;” Michael Bicay (NASA) on “A Decade of Spitzer Space Telescope Results;” Chung-Pei Ma (U of California, Berkeley) on “Monster Black Holes;” Roger Romani (Stanford) on “Black Widow Pulsars; ” and Alex Filippenko (Berkeley) on “Exploding Stars, New Planets, and the Crisis at the Lick Observatory.”

Audio-only Podcasts that can be played on many different devices are also available at:

C) ASP Invites Nominations for the Emmons Award for College Astronomy Teaching
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Emmons Award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy. Please see: for more information.  Nomination materials are due by Feb. 15, 2015.

(From Andew Fraknoi)


For all Job opportunities, please visit jobs
and also consider posting a job by filling out the jobs submission form at:

You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to the DPS Jobs Czar at:  [email protected]


The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Planetary Science to begin August 2015. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focus is on Solar System planetary science, and who have research strengths that complement or extend those of current SESE faculty ( 

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point of earth and space science at ASU, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States. An essential part of SESE’s mission is to make new discoveries by integrating science and technology. SESE faculty and their research groups benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, and thrive on broad collaborations.

The requirements for this position include: (1) a PhD in Planetary Science or a closely related discipline; (2) a strong research record in planetary science established through publications in international peer-reviewed journals; and (3) a commitment to quality teaching and mentorship at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applications are due November 21, 2014 and should include: 1) a cover letter that includes a description of the applicant’s research and teaching interests and experience; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted in PDF format to [email protected]. For further details see


A job vacancy has arisen for a Data Archive Scientist for Venus Express and Mars Express.
This is a key role for ensuring the long-term preservation of the data from these missions.
The position will be part of Science Operations Centre at ESAC, west of Madrid.
Application deadline is 12 November.
This is an ESA contractor job; the job is listed at
Please pass this notice along to any interested parties.


A) EGU 2015
12 – 17 April 2015
Vienna, Austria

Among several other sessions related to planetary sciences (PS), please note that to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Huygens probe landing on Titan (14 January, 2005), a special Huygens Probe 10th anniversary session is planned.

Session PS3.2: Huygens Probe 10th anniversary session

Session Summary: On January 14, 2005, the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at and landed on Saturn’s Largest moon Titan. Huygens was an important element of the international Cassini mission to Saturn which continues until 2017. The data from the Huygens science investigations, developed under true international partnerships, continues to be used to this day to improve our understanding of Titan, the Saturn system and the other giant planets, and the solar system. Ten years later we remember the development of the Huygens mission, and we reflect on the impact of Huygens’ remarkable achievements on solar system science.
This session will highlight the Huygens mission, the major discoveries of Huygens, and will consider the significance these discoveries in the broader perspective of Saturn, the giant planets, and the solar system.
The Abstract Submission link for the Session PS3.2 can be found at
Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at:
The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 07 Jan 2015, 13:00 CET. In case you would like to apply for support, please submit no later than 28 Nov 2014.
Please note that EGU cannot provide financial support for invited speakers.
Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna !
The Conveners: D. Atkinson, J.-P. Lebreton, A. Coustenis, R. Lorenz, D. Matson, O. Witasse 

The Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop will be held May 19–22, 2015, at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of new ideas and approaches to gaining new insights into the aeolian processes that form and maintain dune fields on Earth and other planetary bodies within the solar system.

The first announcement is now available on the conference website:

First Announcement:  

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) LCPM-11 will be held on 9-11 June 2015, in Berlin, Germany, at the Archenhold Sternwarte located in one of the largest parks in the city. The meeting web site: has just gone live and will be updated regularly. We will convene in the Einstein Saal, the venue where Albert Einstein gave his first public lecture on the theory of relativity. The co-chairs, Tilman Spohn, German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research, and Gregg Vane, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Exploration Directorate, will work with the program committee and soon announce the preliminary program. Please mark your calendars now for this important meeting.

June 15-19, 2015 Cologne, Germany

Short Course: June 13 – June 14, 2015
Workshop: June 15 – June 19, 2015
Hyatt Regency, Cologne, Germany

Purpose and Scope
Sending space vehicles to other worlds is one of humankind’s most challenging and rewarding ventures. The 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-12) will bring together engineers, technologists, scientists, mission designers, space agency leaders, and students from around the world for a compelling, week-long collaboration focused on exploring solar system destinations via in situ missions.
IPPW-12 will build upon the IPPW tradition by encouraging international cooperation in planetary probe missions, new technologies, and scientific discoveries. In addition, scholarships are available to support students from around the world with a unique opportunity to present their work and interact with the leaders in their discipline areas.

Workshop Goals
The long-standing goals of the IPPWs are to:
    • Review the state-of-the-art in science, mission design, engineering implementation and technologies for the in situ robotic exploration of solar system bodies. Share ideas, mission opportunities, and emerging technologies to enable future mission success.
    • Serve as a forum for discussions on innovative methodologies and techniques for upcoming probe and surface science missions.
    • Attract early career scientists and engineers to the field of entry, descent, and flight in planetary atmospheres, as well as surface science and exploration on other worlds, enabling them to learn from experienced researchers and practitioners.
    • Foster international collaboration among the communities of scientists, engineers, and mission designers with an interest in planetary probes and landers.
Workshop Format
The program will include invited talks, contributed presentations, posters, and opportunities for networking with colleagues from academia, aerospace industry, and international space agencies.

Prague, Czech Republic
June 22-July 2, 2015

The 26th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from the 22nd of June to the 2nd of July 2015, at the Prague Congress Center.

On line registration is now open and until June 15, 2015 (early deadline is April 10, 2015). Abstract submission deadline is January 31, 2015.

Please consider submitting an abstract to the IAMAS/ICPAE-related symposia, as follows:

– M08 Comparative Planetary Atmospheres within and beyond the Solar System
Convener: Feng Tian (Beijing, China)
Co-conveners: Sanjay Limaye (Madison, USA), Leigh Fletcher (Oxford, U.K.), Darrell Strobel (Baltimore, USA), Athena Coustenis (Paris, France)

Topics include all aspects and characteristics of atmospheres from terrestrial worlds to giant planets; the evolutionary paths of various atmospheres, especially exoplanets thought to be habitable. Planetary origins both in our solar system and in exoplanetary systems will also be featured. Contributions should focus on the comparative aspect of these research topics, and broader relevance to atmospheric sciences.

– M09 Solar System Exploration of Atmospheres with Ground-Based and Space-Based Platforms
Convener: Sanjay Limaye (Madison, USA)
Co-conveners: Ralf Greve (Tokyo, Japan), Leigh Fletcher (Oxford, U.K.), Darrell Strobel (Baltimore, USA)

Topics include recent contributions from missions and space-based observatories including, but not limited to, atmospheric composition and chemistry; density and thermal structure; dynamics and energetics; clouds, aerosols and haze. Themes include climate and seasonal variations, surface atmosphere interactions, “hydrological” cycles, atmospheric escape and evolution.

Honolulu, Hawaii – August 3 – 14, 2015
·       Symposia

o IAUS 314 – Young Stars & Planets Near the Sun (outside the General Assembly)

o IAUS 315 – From Interstellar Clouds to Star-forming Galaxies: Universal Processes?

o IAUS 316 – Formation, Evolution, and Survival of Massive Star Clusters

o IAUS 317 – The General Assembly of Galactic Halos: Structure, Origin and Evolution

o IAUS 318 – Asteroids: New Observations, New Models

o IAUS 319 – Galaxies at High Redshift and Their Evolution Over Cosmic Time

o IAUS 320 – Solar and Stellar Flares and Their Effects on Planets 

·       Focus Meetings

o FM 1 – Dynamical Problems in Extrasolar Planets Science

o FM 2 – Astronomical Heritage: Progressing the UNESCO–IAU Initiative

o FM 3 – Scholarly Publication in Astronomy: Evolution or Revolution?

o FM 4 – Planetary Nebulae as Probes of Galactic Structure and Evolution

o FM 5 – The Legacy of Planck

o FM 6 – X-ray Surveys of the Hot and Energetic Cosmos

o FM 7 – Stellar Physics in Galaxies Throughout the Universe

o FM 8 – Statistics and Exoplanets

o FM 9 – Highlights in the Exploration of Small Worlds

o FM 10 – Stellar Explosions in an Ever-changing Environment

o FM 11 – Global Coordination of Ground and Space Astrophysics and Heliophysics

o FM 12 – Bridging Laboratory Astrophysics and Astronomy

o FM 13 – Brightness Variations of the Sun and Sun-like Stars

o FM 14 – The Gravitational Wave Symphony of Structure Formation

o FM 15 – Search for Water and Life’s Building Blocks in the Universe (see hereeafter)

o FM 16 – Stellar Behemoths – Red Supergiants Across the Local Universe

o FM 17 – Advances in Stellar Physics from Asteroseismology

o FM 18 – Scale-free Processes in the Universe

o FM 19 – Communicating Astronomy with the Public in the Big Data Era

o FM 20 – Astronomy for Development

o FM 21 – Mitigating Threats of Light Pollution & Radio Frequency Interference

o FM 22 – The Frontier Fields: Transforming our Understanding of Cluster and Galaxy Evolution

Search for water and life’s building blocks in the universe

First Announcement
August 3-7, 2015, Honolulu

The IAU GA Focus Meeting 15 is organized by the IAU Commission 51 and will be held during the general assembly in Honolulu.  We will discuss the current status of the search and observation of water in solar system objects, in circumstellar environment, in interstellar clouds, and in external galaxies.   Starting from the basic chemistry of water and water ice, we discuss the effects of water on planetary and star formation.  The connective role of water and extraterrestrial organic matter on the origin of life of Earth will be explored.

The FM will consist of invited and contributed oral talks, as well as posters.  All abstracts have to be submitted via the IAU GA web site and screened by the SOC.  A list of approved abstracts will be posted on the web site for FM (

FM 15 will cover the following focus areas:
Area 1: Water in the Universe
Area 2: Water and Organics in the Solar System
Area 3: Building Blocks of Life on Earth

Support :
Travel support is available from the IAU.  Please apply before the deadline below.

Timetable :
Registration and abstract submission are handled by the IAU GA:  The important dates are:
December 1, 2014       Early Registration Due
March 18, 2015           Abstract Submission Due – 8:00pm ET/11:59pm UTC
April 1, 2015               Grant Application Due
May 28, 2015              Regular Registration Due
August 1, 2015            Late Registration Due

Notifications on the award of travel grants and the acceptance of abstracts will be sent out during spring of 2015.

Contact :
If you are interested in attending this meeting, please write a note to
[email protected] and we will keep your name on the list of the 2ndannouncement.

Scientific Organizing Committee :
Sun Kwok, The University of Hong Kong, China Edwin Bergin, University of
Michigan, USA Pascale Ehrenfreund, FWF, Austria

Date: 9 – 13 November 2015
Place: Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
[email protected]

Scientific Program Chair:   
Dr. Othon Winter, UNESP – São Paulo State University

Abstract Deadline:  31 May 2015

– Space astronomy missions to detect ingredients for life and exoplanets in the universe: status of current and future approved missions and new proposals
– Water and life in the universe and on Earth: impact on human consciousness and societies
– Satellite and probe missions for water remote sensing on Earth, planets, and other celestial bodies
– Water and Life in the Solar System
– Water from chemical, biological, and physical perspectives
– Role of water from the ground to the upper atmosphere
– Astrobiology: habitability, synthesis of organics in ice, and prebiotic chemistry in liquid water
– Water, organics and life support for human exploration in low Earth orbit, the Moon and beyond
– Interdisciplinary lectures, keynote talks, public lectures

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

Date:  30 July – 7 August 2016
Place:   Istanbul, Turkey

COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
[email protected]

Scientific Program Chair:   
Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University

Abstract Deadline:   Mid-February 2016

Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:
– SC A:  The Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
– SC B:  The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
– SC C:  The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
– SC D:  Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
– SC E:  Research in Astrophysics from Space
– SC F:  Life Sciences as Related to Space
– SC G:  Materials Sciences in Space
– SC H:  Fundamental Physics in Space
– Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
– Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
– Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
– Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
– Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
– Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
– Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
– Panel on Education (PE)
– Panel on Exploration (PEX)
– Panel on Exoplanetary Exploration (PEPE)
– Special events:  interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

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