Issue 15-14, March 24, 2015
- REMINDER: CALL FOR DPS 2015 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- NAIC/NRAO SINGLE DISH & NAASC INTERFEROMETRY SCHOOLS
- ALMA CYCLE 3 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- GERALD A. SOFFEN MEMORIAL FUND TRAVEL GRANTS
- 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!
NAIC/NRAO SINGLE-DISH & NAASC INTERFEROMETRY SCHOOLS
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) are organizing the 8th NAIC-NRAO school on Single-Dish Radio Astronomy in conjunction with, for the first time, a three-day school on interferometry organized by the NRAO North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC). These schools will be held from 5-14 July 2015 at the NRAO research facilities in Green Bank, West Virginia.
More information can be found at:
ALMA CYCLE 3 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Early Science Cycle 3 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations that will be scheduled from October 2015 to September 2016.
Deadline: 15:00 UT on April 23, 2015.
GERALD A. SOFFEN MEMORIAL FUND TRAVEL GRANTS
The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first 2015 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.
The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. The Spring 2015 Travel Grant application deadline is April 1, 2015. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website:
Questions regarding the application or application process may be sent to: [email protected]
A) SCIENTIST VI, EXOPLANET AND COMPARATIVE PLANETARY SYSTEMS SCIENCE
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: June 1, 2015
B) SCIENTIST III, EXOPLANET AND COMPARATIVE PLANETARY SYSTEMS SCIENCE
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: June 1, 2015
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) MAVEN DATA USERS’ WORKSHOP AND PROJECT SCIENCE GROUP MEETING
The first MAVEN data are scheduled to be released via the PDS in May 2015. We will hold a
one-day data users’ workshop during the week of 22 June to help new users learn how to access,
utilize, and understand the data. In addition, we want to invite scientists who are using MAVEN
data to interact with the MAVEN science team at our Project Science Group meeting that same
week. Both meetings will be held at LASP in Boulder, Colorado. Specific days that week are still
being worked out. The data workshop is open to anybody who wishes to attend. Participation in
the PSG is open only to researchers who are actively using MAVEN data. No funding is available
to attend either meeting.
To express interest in the data users’ workshop, or to apply to participate in the PSG, please
email [email protected]. Participation must be approved in advance, and we
cannot accept walk-up participants.
B) EPSC SESSION GP2/TP11/EX7: AEROSOLS AND CLOUDS IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES
The abstract submission for the European Planetary Science Congress, organized at La Cité de Congrès 27 September – 02 October 2015 in Nantes, France, is open, and the deadline is 29 April 2015.
We invite you to submit abstracts to our (co-organized) session GP2/TP11/EX7 “Aerosols and clouds in planetary atmospheres” organized this year for the first time!
Atmospheric aerosols and cloud particles are found in every atmosphere of the solar system, as well as, in exoplanets. Depending on their size, shape, chemical composition, latent heat, and distribution, their effect on the radiation budget varies drastically and is difficult to predict. When organic, aerosols also carry a strong prebiotic interest reinforced by the presence of heavy atoms such as nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur.
The aim of the session is to gather presentations on these complex objects for both terrestrial and giant planet atmospheres, including the special case of Titan’s hazy atmosphere. All research aspects from their production and evolution processes, their observation/detection, to their fate and atmospheric impact are welcomed, including laboratory investigations and modeling.
The ambition of the session is a review effort beginning in our solar system, and which would be valuable to further investigate atmospheric aerosols in exoplanetary systems.
Spread the word, and see you in Nantes!
With best regards,
Nathalie Carrasco, Panayotis Lavvas, Anni Määttänen
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