Issue 15-13, March 17, 2015
- REMINDER: CALL FOR DPS 2015 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- 2015 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN
- NOAO 2015B CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
REMINDER: CALL FOR DPS 2015 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2015
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. It is time to consider nominating a respected
colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes:
The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science.
The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary science and exploration.
The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing
on planetary sciences.
Detailed descriptions of each of the prizes and the criteria for nominees for each can be found at prizes.
The nomination form and instructions can also be retrieved from this website. The completed nomination form and
supporting material should be emailed to [email protected].
Anyone except current DPS Committee members may submit a nomination. A completed nomination will be retained
and considered by the Prize Subcommittee for three years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less.
Past nominees may be re-nominated after the expiration of a prior nomination. A posthumous nomination is allowed
for a limited time after the nominee’s death, except for the Sagan Medal. For specific details, see the URL noted above.
The deadline for nominations this year is April 15.
Consider for example the Carl Sagan Medal, which recognizes excellence in public communication in planetary science.
Do you have a colleague that excels in reaching out to the public, who has a particularly effective way of communicating
new findings in our field? We want to recognize those efforts that are so important to the health of our field!
The Masursky Award recognizes meritorious service to planetary science. Do you have a colleague whose efforts made
a significant difference in the success of an endeavor you’ve been involved in through engineering, managerial,
programmatic or public service activities? Consider nominating that individual!
2015 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN
NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its
27th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in one single session in summer 2015
(August 10-14 only) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept
study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the
end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between
mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the
quality of science.
Applications are due April 10, 2015. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals.
Further information is available at:
NOAO 2015B CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposal forms and information for observing time requests for the 2015B semester (August 2015 – January 2016)
are available on the NOAO web page:
Time requests for 2015B may be made for Gemini North and South, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
(including SOAR and SMARTS), and Kitt Peak National Observatory (including WIYN). Public-access time
with the Subaru and AAT telescopes is also available through exchange agreements.
The Call for Proposals is available in HTML at
and as a self-contained, downloadable PDF document at
Observing proposals for all facilities available through NOAO in 2015B are due by
Tuesday evening, 31 March 2015, 11:59pm MST.
NASA and NSF have entered into a Partnership for Exoplanet Research to support community use of the NOAO
share of WIYN telescope time. Proposals for non-exoplanet research are being accepted in 2015B as well, and
will be eligible for scheduling if there is time available after the approved exoplanet proposals are scheduled.
For more information, see: http://ast.noao.edu/observing/wiyn-exoplanets-2015b
Several new observing resources have become available to the NOAO community.
Recently added instruments or modes include:
– GRACES, feeding a hi-res CFHT spectrograph from Gemini North
– GPI, Gemini Planet Imager, at Gemini South
– DSSI (speckle camera), as a visitor instrument at Gemini North
– DSSI, also available for exoplanet programs at the WIYN 3.5-m
– ODI (shared-risk), with new 40×48′ focal plane at the WIYN 3.5-m
– GradPak and HexPak IFUs, shared-risk at the WIYN 3.5-m
– KOSMOS Spectrograph, including MOS at the KPNO 4-m
– COSMOS Spectrograph, including MOS at the CTIO 4-m
Questions about the proposal form or the proposal process may be directed to [email protected].
Questions specific to an observing run may be sent to the site, either [email protected] or [email protected].
Gemini related questions may be sent directly to the NOAO System Science Center Instrument Scientist
listed at http://www.noao.edu/ngsc/noaosupport.html or to [email protected].
The NOAO Observing Proposal Team
A) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN PLANETARY SCIENCE: TITAN’S ATMOSPHERE
University of Bristol
Application Due Date: April 13, 2015
B) DIRECTOR, NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE (NAI)
NASA seeks a new Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized scientist with proven experience in leading or managing large interdisciplinary research programs or projects, possessed with a vision for leading the Institute into the future. Applicants for this position should have a broad scientific perspective on astrobiology, experience in conducting interdisciplinary scientific research, and demonstrated skills needed to harness the strengths of disparate research communities towards a greater goal. S/he should understand how to grow a research endeavor and respond to changing budget climates while focusing on maximizing the scientific return on NASA’s investments in astrobiology. S/he should have experience in leading a diverse staff ranging from established scientists to support personnel, resource planning, and executing budgets and schedules. S/he should be comfortable with modern information technologies and distributed research teams. NASA is particularly interested in applicants who will find ways to infuse astrobiology into NASA flight missions.
Interested individuals should apply directly to USAJobs at:
by May 1, 2015. In the keyword search box, type vacancy number “AR15S0001”.
Select “Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute”, then click “Apply Online”.
C) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN ADVANCED CURATION METHODS FOR PLANETARY MATERIALS
University of Alberta
D) TWO TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITIONS IN PHYSICS AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) IAU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
August 3-14, 2015
Abstracts Due March 18, 2015
B) PLANETARY SYSTEMS : A SYNERGISTIC VIEW
“Planetary Systems: A Synergistic View,” will be held 19-25 July 2015 in the beautiful coastal town of Quy Nhon, Vietnam.
This unique conference will bring together exoplanet and solar system researchers to examine the connections between detailed knowledge of our solar system and the characterization of exoplanet composition, formation and evolution.
Full conference details can be found on the conference website at:
An important goal of the conference is to improve the quality of science education and scientific research in Vietnam, by helping local students and scientists make contact with the international science community through attending lectures and sharing ideas with their overseas high-level counterparts. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate the growth of the scientific enterprise in the emerging country of Vietnam, and is one of a broad array of activities including lectures, workshops, and symposia conducted by the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) headquartered in Quy Nhon.
Vietnam is an outstanding destination to visit for its natural beauty, history, cuisine and culturally rich and exciting cities, along with extensive air connections to neighboring attractions in SE Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia. Travel to and accommodation in Vietnam are economical compared to many other worldwide destinations.
Join us for a stimulating conference and the opportunity to be a part of the process of fostering science Vietnam! Abstracts on planetary and exoplanet topics are welcome with a submission deadline of 20 March 2015.
We look forward to seeing you in Quy Nhon.
Chair, Science Organizing Committee
C) EARLY E-ELT SCIENCE : SPECTROSCOPY WITH HARMONI
29th June – 3rd July 2015 at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford UK.
This workshop will explore some of the first science that will emerge from the European Extremely Large Telescope (E‐ELT) in the next decade. With a 39m diameter primary mirror, E‐ELT will be the largest visible and infrared telescope in the world, and its science will be transformational. The primary spectroscopic capability of E-ELT at first light will be provided by the HARMONI instrument, a visible and near-infrared integral field spectrograph that will be capable of working close to the diffraction limit of the telescope (when fed by adaptive optics) or in natural seeing mode.
The meeting will bring together experts spanning a wide range of observational programmes, from planetary science to cosmology.
Abstract submission deadline for talks – 27th March
Early registration payment deadline – 24th April
Please visit the conference web site http://harmoni2015.physics.ox.ac.uk
for further information on the draft programme, key dates and local information.
For any queries about the workshop, please email [email protected]
D) 2nd PLANETARY DATA WORKSHOP
June 8 – 11, 2015, Flagstaff, Arizona
If you have questions about how to find, download, process or visualize planetary data, this workshop is for you.
Our goals are to bring together planetary scientists, data providers, data archivists, and software and technology
experts to exchange ideas on current capabilities and needs for improved and new tools that can be used to address current needs in planetary research and data analysis.
Possible topics include:
– Availability of planetary data
– Trends in data storage and rapid access
– Current and new analysis and visualization tools
– Demos, hands-on training and how-to guides for working with planetary data
– PDS4 news and training for data providers and users
Details are also available at: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/planetdata2015/planetdata20151st.shtml
Abstracts are due on March 31, 2015. We welcome your participation!
E) THE FUTURE OF PLANETARY RADIO ASTRONOMY WITH SINGLE-DISH TELESCOPES
June 9-10, 2015
NRAO, Green Bank, West Virginia
Radar studies of near-earth asteroids, mapping of planet and lunar surfaces, chemical compositions of comets, asteroids, and planetary atmospheres, and origins of solar systems, are just some of the exciting topics currently being studied through the use of large single-dish telescopes. This workshop will bring together researchers to discuss how the large single-dish telescopes such as the GBT and Arecibo can best contribute to future research in these and other topics, including new and improved capabilities and instrumentation.
The intimate setting of the Green Bank Observatory fosters highly interactive meetings. Attendance will be limited to roughly 30 participants, and we aim to provide plenty of time for discussions. We expect the agenda to evolve as we hear from potential participants. There will be no registration fee, and meals and local housing will be provided without charge. Weather permitting, workshop participants will be treated to a tour of the 100-meter diameter Green Bank Telescope.
Scientific Organizing Committee
Lance Benner (JPL)
Don Campbell (Cornell)
Alyson Ford (NRAO)
Frank Ghigo (NRAO)
Amy Lovell (Agnes Scott College)
Mike Nolan (Arecibo)
Local Organizing Committee
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].
Anne J. Verbiscer
Research Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4325