Issue 15-19, April 30, 2015
- DPS ELECTIONS 2015: CANDIDATE SLATE
- CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
- EPSC 2015 ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED
- NASA ROSES-2015: MAJOR CHANGES TO FINAL YEAR OF CASSINI
PARTICIPATING SCIENTISTS PROGRAM
- SBAG 13 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
DPS ELECTIONS 2015: CANDIDATE SLATE
The DPS Nominating Committee has identified the following candidates for the
2015 DPS elections for Vice-Chair and Committee:
Vice-Chair (1 to be elected):
o Lucy McFadden, Goddard Space Flight Center
o Ralph McNutt, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Committee (2 to be elected):
o Addie Dove, University of Central Florida
o Gianrico Filacchione, Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology,
National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy
o Paul Hayne, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
o Carly Howett, Southwest Research Institute
Additional candidates, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by May 30th.
Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Anne Verbiscer, at [email protected].
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Congratulations to DPS members Renu Malhotra, Sara Seager, and William Ward on their election to the
National Academy of Sciences. They join DPS members Robin Canup, David Jewitt, Jonathan Lunine,
Geoffrey Marcy, Jay Melosh, Gerald Schubert, and Jack Wisdom as members of this esteemed group.
Election to the Academy is widely regarded as one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.
EPSC 2015 ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED
Due to high demand, we have decided to extend the abstract submission deadline
for a few more days. You may still submit an abstract by Wednesday,
06 May 2015, 23:59 UTC.
We look forward to receiving your abstract.
on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee
NASA ROSES-2015: MAJOR CHANGES TO FINAL YEAR OF CASSINI
PARTICIPATING SCIENTISTS PROGRAM
The final text for ROSES-2015 Program Element C.10 The Cassini Data
Analysis and Participating Scientists (CDAPS) Program has been posted.
The solicitation has been restructured and the prior version has been
replaced in its entirety.
The major changes are:
1) The Participating Scientist proposal is now separate from a parent
Data Analysis proposal. Step-2 Participating Scientist submissions
now require their own fifteen-page proposal that is accompanied by a
five-page appendix on the Relevance to the Cassini Participating
2) Only those Participating Scientist proposals that demonstrate
the need for future mission data for achieving successful closure
of the scientific objectives are eligible for selection.
The proposal due dates remain unchanged.
Step-1 proposals are still due by June 1, 2015.
Step-2 proposals are due by August 18, 2015.
All potential proposers are strongly urged to carefully read the
entire amended call, the Frequently Asked Questions, and all
other supporting documentation. These documents may be found on
the NSPIRES web page for ROSES-2015 Program Element C.10 CDAPS at:
and RSS feed:
SBAG 13 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dear SBAG community,
We have posted a draft agenda for the SBAG 13 meeting to the SBAG website:
The SBAG 13 meeting will use the NASA Conference Tracking System (NCTS).
The NASA Science Mission Directorate is planning to submit the 1784 for this conference.
If you plan to attend and use the NCTS for your travel, please register ASAP.
Details: NCTS# 22158-15 – 13th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
(SBAG), 06/29/15,Washington, DC
Logistical details for the meeting hotel and registration website are still being finalized.
Presentations from additional small body related proposed Discovery mission concepts are
still welcome. Please email me to get added to this section of the agenda.
A) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – CORNELL UNIVERSITY
The Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University announces the
availability of a Research Associate position, posting #27416, in the field of planetary
surface exploration, to work on the Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration
Rover missions. Qualifications include a PhD in astronomy; a record of research and
publication regarding martian geochemistry and mineralogy, and strong interest in
Mars rover science operations. Applications are being accepted until April 30, 2015
with an approximate start date of August 1, 2015. The position is for one year, with
continuation for two more years contingent upon funding and performance. Applicants
should submit a CV (including a list of publications) and a brief (1-3 pages) description
of research interests, and a research proposal (1-3 pages) all in a single pdf file, to Ms.
Lynda Sovocool at [email protected]. They should also arrange for three letters of
recommendation to be sent to the same email address (Please note the applicant’s name
in the subject heading).
B) POSTDOC IN SPECTROPHOTOCLINOMETRY – PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE
The Planetary Science Institute is looking for a Postdoctoral
Research Scientist to help in the testing of Stereophotoclinometry
(SPC) in support of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
– Developing proficiency in SPC
– Testing and refinement of the techniques to generate shape model
– Determining how both spacecraft position and camera errors
propagate into the shape model
– Programming skills in Fortran
– SPICE kernels
– Background in how shape models are created and used in flight
– Spacecraft navigation or experience with statistical minimization
and/or estimate processes
– Kalman filtering
– Error analysis
– Testing Procedures
– Laser altimetry
Ph.D. (BS considered with equivalent experience)
Strong UNIX skills.
PSI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
C) JAXA INTERNATIONAL TOP YOUNG FELLOWSHIP
JAXA has issued an AO for its International Top Young Fellowship.
Please feel free to broadcast the information to those who may be
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) THE 2015 TMT SCIENCE FORUM
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2015
The annual Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Forum brings together members of the
international community to meet, collaborate, and plan for future TMT science programs.
The Forum is the premier opportunity to learn about the status of the observatory, its
instrumentation and adaptive optics systems, and to get involved in shaping the future of TMT.
B) 2nd LANDING SITE WORKSHOP FOR MARS 2020 ROVER-
VENUE AND HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION
The Second Landing Site Workshop for the Mars 2020 Rover will be
held August 4-6, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Monrovia, CA.
A room block has been made available at GSA rate ($138/night + taxes
and fees) and that includes full-American breakfast buffet, for the
duration of the meeting and 2 days before and after. To make a
reservation, call the hotel direct at 626-357-1900 or toll-free
at 877-361-5743, and mention the group name “Mars 2020 Landing Site
Workshop”. Alternatively, make a reservation via the personalized
group web page:
This rate will expire July 21, 2015.
Also, a reminder that this workshop has been designated a conference,
so civil servants, JPLers, and those whose travel funds will be run
through a NASA center must forecast. The 90-day cut-off for
forecasting is May 4, 2015.
If you have any questions about the Workshop logistics, please email
Dr. Serina Diniega ([email protected]), Mars Program Office.
For more information about this workshop and future announcements,
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