Issue 15-23, May 30, 2015
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH OFFICER
- NASA SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR PSD ROSES PROPOSALS
- STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR IAU IN HONOLULU, HI
- CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RETURNED SAMPLE SCIENCE BOARD FOR MARS 2020
- OPAG NEWSBRIEF
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH OFFICER
Everyone Can and Should do Outreach
One of our goals is to get every DPS member involved in outreach. Our field is naturally appealing to the public, and potentially engaging to those who aren’t already convinced to support science in general.
There are many effective ways use your expertise, strengths, and time to reach out. The list below can
help you decide what’s right for you and pick the resources you need to get started. Have your own ideas
or don’t see an opportunity listed? Please send us your ideas ([email protected] or [email protected] ), and we will include them in a future DPS Newsletter.
*Talking in non-traditional settings. Recent talks by DPS members include a presentation at an art show comparing landforms in S. Utah with those on Mars and Titan, and a talk on water in the Solar System at a water-wise festival in S. California. Volunteer to give a talk anytime anywhere!
*Naked-eye star parties. There is no need to set up a bulky telescope. Invite people to come to a “Naked
eye star show” at a Nature Center, boy scout event, hike, etc. Ask people to bring binoculars and show
them the Moon; the Galilean moons; any planets that are up; different colored stars, any stars that have exoplanets or are doubles, the Andromeda nebula, etc.
*Google chats with classrooms or hangouts, Reddit ask me anything (AMA)
*Twitter and other social media
*Wikipedia: become an author
*Local school district
Outreach Organizations and Their Resources:
*Demonstrations of planetary science events (kitchen comets; Solar System sizes; craters; seehttp://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-list.cfm
*Talking to anyone who will listen: your seatmate on an airplane; your relatives;
your organizations (scouts; PTA; faith groups; local library….)
DPS Education and Public Outreach Officer
NASA SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR PSD ROSES PROPOSALS
The Planetary Science Division is now seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers for
proposals from the following ROSES-2015 programs:
- ROSES-2015 C.20 Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Program
- ROSES-2015 C.7 Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools
- ROSES 2014 Program Element C.21 Small, Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration
All of these opportunities to review currently and others in the future can be found at
Finally, proposers may also Suggest Reviewers for ROSES Planetary Science Proposals at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/suggested-reviewers/
STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR IAU IN HONOLULU, HI
The SETI Institute, with support of the NASA Astrobiology Institute,
offers travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students to attend
the IAU 2015 meeting in Honolulu, HI. Awards limited to students
making oral or poster presentations on themes related to the search
for life in the universe: astrobiology, exoplanets, planetary systems,
and bioastronomy. To apply, go to:
Deadline: June 15, 2015.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RETURNED SAMPLE SCIENCE
BOARD FOR MARS 2020
Individuals are invited to apply for membership on the Returned Sample
Science (RSS) Board for the 2020 Mars science rover mission (hereafter
Mars 2020). This strategic mission is intended to investigate an astrobiologically
relevant ancient environment on Mars to decipher its geological processes and
history, including the assessment of its past habitability and potential for
preservation of biosignatures within accessible geologic materials. The rover
also has an objective to collect a set of scientifically compelling samples for
possible return to Earth by a potential future mission. Mission details are available
Preparation of the most scientifically compelling samples for possible future
analysis on Earth necessitates careful inputs and community engagement, and
to this end, the Mars 2020 project will create a board of scientists drawn from
the diverse array of disciplines likely to be involved in the study of returned samples.
To apply submit a 2-page (11-point font, 1-inch margins) Letter of Application
and a CV by July 15, 2015 to [email protected] with the subject line
“Mars 2020 Science Team RSS Board” after having read the instructions at
Our next OPAG meeting will be 24–26 August at JHU/APL.
OPAG is now in NCTS. Please input your request in NCTS as soon as possible.
Another announcement: There is a training opportunity to learn to generate
digital elevation models using HiRISE stereo image data. This training is being
offered by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center. For additional information
and sign-up instructions, please see
A reminder: we have a new capability on our website for group discussions.
Go to the menu tab titled “OPAG Discussion Board”
This will be a place for us all to post our thoughts and especially our vision
for the future. Please use it to say what you think!! Right now the over-arching
science themes part of our new science goals document is under construction —
I will be looking to this discussion board for inspiration.
A) POSTDOC POSITION AVAILABLE:
ASTEROID OBSERVATIONS IN THE GAIA ERA
The Laboratory Lagrange at the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur (Nice,
France) calls for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by
the French Space Agency (CNES), in the field of solar system science
connected to Gaia. The position is for one year renewable once, based
on adequateness of the applicant. The Postdoctoral Fellow will
contribute to projects that explore data on Solar System objects
produced by the Gaia mission, and the use of Gaia astrometry for the
exploitation of Earth-based techniques, e.g stellar occultations, to
investigate asteroid physical properties.
Qualifications: candidates will be ranked according to their
achievements in their doctoral research, record of refereed
publications and independent research abilities. The applicants must
have earned a Ph.D. degree in physics/astrophysics, with a solid
background in observational and numerical approaches, good
interpersonal skills and some experience in working within
Target start date: November 1st, 2015, negotiable.
Deadline for application: July 1st.
For details, see:
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Physics and Astronomy Department offers
the two week course (July 20-31). The course covers software design and
implementation of telescope and instrument control systems, observation
planning tools, and software for analyzing and archiving astronomical data.
A full course description and instructions for enrollment are given at:
Submitted by Al Conrad.
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