Issue 15-10, March 3, 2015
- PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A HARLOW SHAPLEY VISITING LECTURER!
- ANNOUNCING A NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO COMET SCIENCE
- EPDS PRE-PROPOSAL WORKSHOP IN TUCSON, MARCH 17-18
- OPAG ANNOUNCEMENT
- STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR UPCOMING MARS-RELEVANT WORKSHOPS
- 2015B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A HARLOW SHAPLEY VISITING LECTURER!
The AAS Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program
is a gem in the crown of the Society¹s education efforts. Its purpose is to bring the excitement
of modern astronomy and astrophysics to North American colleges and universities of all types
through a 2- to 3-day visit by a professional astronomer. The AAS is particularly interested in
reaching out to institutions that do not offer degrees in astronomy, as well as to community colleges
and minority-serving institutions. The AAS pays the lecturer¹s travel expenses regardless of the
type of institution where the Shapley Lecture will be given. Institutions are requested to pay a
nominal $300 contribution in support of the Shapley Lectureship fund. However, this contribution
can be reduced or eliminated depending on the needs of the institution, and the AAS generally
waives the contribution for community colleges and minority-serving institutions.
The program would greatly benefit from a greater representation of Planetary Scientists!
More information and how to apply:
ANNOUNCING A NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO COMET SCIENCE
You are invited to read, subscribe to, and participate in the Cometary Science Newsletter (CSN),
dedicated to sharing and furthering cometary science. Contributions are invited from the astronomical
and planetary science communities, including abstracts of papers accepted for publication in refereed
journals, thesis abstracts, conference announcements, job announcements, or other relevant and brief
scientific communications. Relevant topics include observational, theoretical, and laboratory work
concerning comets, but also may include studies of associated phenomena, such as Centaurs,
asteroid-comet transition objects, and debris disks. The first CSN issue is planned for 1 April 2015,
with monthly issues expected thereafter. For more information, and to read a sample issue online,
visit the CSN homepage at: http://www.cometarysciencenews.org/
Sincerely, Mike Kelley,
CSN Editor University of Maryland
EPDS PRE-PROPOSAL WORKSHOP IN TUCSON, MARCH 17-18
To aid prospective proposers interested in responding to the NASA solicitation for an
Extreme Precision Doppler Spectrometer Instrument, NOAO, NASA and the NSF are
hosting a pre-proposal workshop in Tucson, March 17 and 18.
Information about the workshop, the call for instrument proposals and supporting documentation can be found at
The presentations from the Feb 19-20 OPAG meeting at NASA Ames have been posted on the OPAG website:
There will be an OPAG townhall at LPSC on Wednesday, March 18, at noon, in Waterway 1-3.
To receive OPAG newsletters with more information please indicate your interest at:
STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR UPCOMING MARS-RELEVANT WORKSHOPS
Student travel grants are available for the Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop:
and the Workshop on Issues in Crater Studies and the Dating of Planetary Surfaces:
both to be held May 19-22. An application must be submitted by March 5 (same as the abstract deadline) to be considered for this funding. These opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students with Mars-related research interests, who are US citizens or legal
residents. Information and the applications are posted on the MEPAG site:
Questions should be directed to Serina Diniega ([email protected]).
2015B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Due date Thursday, March 19, 2015
NASA is soliciting proposals to use the Keck Telescopes for the 2015B observing semester (Aug. 1, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016)
NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going space missions and/or high priority, long-term science goals.
Proposals are sought in the following discipline areas: (1) investigations in support of EXOPLANET EXPLORATION science goals and missions; (2) investigations of our own SOLAR SYSTEM; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science goals and missions; and (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS science goals andmissions. Direct mission support proposals in any of these scientific areas are also encouraged.
The proposal process is being handled by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech and all proposals are due on 19 March 2015 at 4 pm PDT.
Complete proposal call information: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/index.shtml
Online Proposal Submission page: https://cat.ipac.caltech.edu/nasakeck/proposal.php
Questions: [email protected]
Anne J. Verbiscer
Research Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4325