Issue 15-18, April 21, 2015
- NOMINATIONS REQUESTED FOR THE 5TH FARINELLA PRIZE
- DUNLAP INSTITUTE INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL
INSTRUMENTATION SUMMER SCHOOL
- DELAY OF STEP-2 DUE DATE FOR NASA HAYABUSA 2 PARTICIPATING
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
NOMINATIONS REQUESTED FOR THE 5TH “PAOLO FARINELLA” PRIZE
To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella
(1953-2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been
established in recognition of significant contributions given in the
fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to
space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization,
security in space, weapons control and disarmament.
The fifth Paolo Farinella Prize is devoted to planetary sciences and
specifically to studies on the Dynamics and Physics of Comets.
Please read the call and download the candidature form at:
2015 DUNLAP INSTITUTE INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION
University of Toronto, 26-31 July, 2015
Application Deadline: 24 April 2015
The school is aimed at astronomy, physics or engineering undergrads who will have completed
three years of their program by July 2015; or graduate students in the early years of their programs.
Details can be found at: www.dunlap.utoronto.ca/summer-school
All the best,
2015 Summer School Organizers
DELAY OF STEP-2 DUE DATE FOR NASA HAYABUSA2 PARTICIPATING
NASA Hayabusa-2 Participating Scientist Program Step-1 proposals were
due on April 1, 2015, and Step-2 proposals are now listed in the Tables of
due dates as “TBD.”
This amendment delays the due date for Step-2 proposals. Planetary
Science Division personnel are working with NASA’s international
partners on the Hayabusa2 mission to provide additional documents and
information about the mission for proposers to use in writing Step-2
proposals. The new date for the Step-2 proposal deadline has not yet
been determined, but it will be no less than four weeks after the
additional information is provided. Until then, the Step-2 deadline
for C.19 will be listed as TBD. NASA still anticipates that instrument
scientist awards would receive funding starting in FY 2016, and the
sample scientist awards would start with a small amount in FY 2017.
This Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research
Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015″ (NNH15ZDA001N)
is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at:
and on the RSS feed at:
Questions concerning this program element may be directed to:
Tony Carro at [email protected]
A) 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”.
B) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH IN CORE/OCEAN GEOMAGNETISM
NASA-GSFC/CRESST/University of Maryland
Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Associate,
funded through the University of Maryland College Park and the Center
for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST),
to work in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory of the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center in the area of core/ocean geomagnetism. Additional
details are available at:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or expect to have the degree by
the start of the appointment) in a related field of physics,
geophysics, dynamical oceanography/meteorology, and/or applied
mathematics. Applicants are expected to have strong quantitative
analysis and modeling skills – in addition to knowledge of
geomagnetic fields, satellite or ground observatory data, geomagnetic
field models, and core dynamics. Familiarity with UNIX OS, FORTRAN,
and parallel computing is a strong plus.
The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. All
applications received by May 22, 2015 will receive full consideration.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) THE EUROPEAN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONGRESS (EPSC) DATES
The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) will be held at:
La Cité des Congrès
Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2015
You are invited to submit abstracts to this major European planetary
Deadline for abstract submission is April 29, 2015.
This year, 3 new technology sessions have been added to the program:
MT2: Instrumentation for descent probes and next generation orbiters
MT5: Technology and instrument concepts for upcoming Asteroid Redirect
MT6: Exploration of planetary environments with CubeSats and NanoSats
More on the conference at:
If you have questions please contact:
EPSC-2015 at: [email protected]
B) COMPARATIVE CLIMATES OF TERRESTRIAL PLANETS II
Deadlines are coming for the Comparative Climates of Terrestrial
Planets II conference that will be held at NASA Ames Research Center
in Moffett Field, California on 8-11 September 8-11, 2015.
Abstracts and Student Travel Requests are due Thursday, April 30th.
Student travel applications should include the following information:
– A one-page description of how your participation in the meeting will
benefit NASA’s goals of planetary exploration, particularly Venus;
– A copy of your abstract;
– Your resume;
– A statement of endorsement from a faculty member.
Student travel applications are due on the same date as the abstracts
(April 30), but all application materials should be sent to the
conveners (Jeff Hollingsworth, [email protected], Lori
Glaze, [email protected], and Shawn Domagal-Goldman,
[email protected]). Applicants will be notified of the selections
by May 8.
If you are a NASA or JPL employee (or on-site contractor) and planning
to attend this conference, you are now required to register in NCTS
(code #22053-15). You should register in NCTS, before the end of May
2015 in order to attend.
C) NASA MUREP COMMUNITY COLLEGE CURRICULUM
IMPROVEMENT (MC3I) PRE-PROPOSAL TELECONFERENCE
NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP)
Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I) Amendment 12.1
changes language to reflect an updated Pre-Proposal Teleconference date
and time in Appendix L, Section 4.3.
A pre-proposal teleconference will be held on April 22 (formerly April
23), 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. EST (12-1:30 p.m. PST).
Prospective proposers are requested to submit any written questions no
later than three (3) business days before the teleconference so that
NASA will be able to cover as much information as possible during the
meeting. NASA plans to post written questions and answers and
teleconference charts to the NSPIRES website. An opportunity to ask
questions and to solicit clarifications will be provided during the
To join teleconference:
Call-in number: 1-866-844-9416
Meeting Number: 999 970 123
Meeting Password: EONSMC3I!
To join the online meeting:
1. Go to:
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: EONSMC3I!
4. Click “Join”.
Questions concerning Appendix L, NASA MUREP Community College
Curriculum Improvement (MC3I), may be directed to Roslyn Soto at
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