Issue 15-35, August 19, 2015
- IN MEMORIAM : GIOVANNI PICARDI
- ABSTRACT DEADLINE FOR 47th DPS MEETING IN NATIONAL HARBOR
- EDUCATION EVENTS AT 47th DPS MEETING
- HARTMANN TRAVEL GRANTS FOR 47th DPS MEETING
- INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT (InOMN)
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
IN MEMORIAM: GIOVANNI PICARDI
On the night of August 16th Prof. Giovanni Picardi passed suddenly away. Born in 1936
Prof Picardi has been during all his long career a brilliant and innovative radar scientist and
an admired teacher at the University of Rome Sapienza. Among the many radar projects he
carried on, he has provided fundamental contributions to all the radars presently operating
around other bodies of the Solar System and planetary radar sounding would not have
developed into the field of study we see today without his ingenuity and work. What he has
done and what he has given to radar science will remain for the present and future students
and scientists and the seeds of his activity will remain in the Italian and International community.
ABSTRACT DEADLINE FOR THE 47TH DPS MEETING IN NATIONAL HARBOR
National Harbor, MD, 8-13 November 2015 at the Gaylord National Harbor
DPS members you are invited to attend the 47th Annual DPS meeting!
* Important dates
25 August 2015: Regular Abstract deadline, coming up quickly!
Other important dates:
24 August 2015 DPS 47 Exhibitor Deadline
1 September 2015 DPS 47 Early Registration Deadline
8 September 2015 DPS 47 Regular Registration Deadline
– 24 September 2015: 47th DPS Late Abstract Submission Deadline – 9:00pm ET
– 8 October 2015: 47th DPS Hotel Reservations Deadline
EDUCATION EVENTS AT 47TH DPS MEETING
Education at the DPS Meeting 2015 – National Harbor
The LOC of the upcoming DPS Meeting in National Harbor is putting together opportunities
for scientists, students, and teachers to share and learn about science and education.
We invite you to get involved!
Education Oral Session – Scientist’s Showcase
If you are a scientist who is engaged in education and outreach activities, we invite you to submit
an abstract to share your experiences and lessons learned with your fellow scientists. This is a
session by scientists for scientists. (You may submit BOTH a science abstract AND and education
abstract for talks and/or posters at the DPS meetings.) Jennifer Grier, email@example.com
Education Poster Session – Scientist’s Showcase and More
Share your planetary science education and outreach with other members of the community the
low-key, conversational environment of a poster session. Scientists, E/PO professionals, and
educators are all welcome. Jennifer Grier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientists in Education Workshop – Increase Your Impact
Please join your fellow scientists for a half day workshop about how to get involved in education
and outreach, and how to have the most impact with your efforts, on Sunday morning, November
8th. We will share tried-and-true techniques, best practices, and useful resources and activities.
We’ll provide an announcement with time, location and registration details as the conference
draws closer. Sanlyn Buxner, [email protected]
First Time Presenters at the DPS – Get Feedback
Is the DPS 2015 your first conference presentation (oral or poster?) Nervous? Would you
like advice? Join others like you for this educational opportunity to get feedback from seasoned
presenters at the First Timers’ Review on Sunday afternoon, November 8th. Undergraduates,
Graduate Students, and new Post-Docs are all welcome for this ~2.5 hour event that includes
lunch. If you are a veteran presenter and would like to be one of those offering advice, please
let us know! We’ll provide an announcement with time, location and registration details as the
conference draws closer. Andrew Shaner, [email protected]
Workshop for Teachers – Revising the Solar System: Exploring Worlds Formerly Known as Planets
We invite teachers in the DC, VA, MD area (and beyond) to join us for a full day (Sunday,
November 8th) workshop packed with NASA resources, education best-practices, real scientist
presentations, and much more. Our theme this year centers around the planets that were – Pluto
and Ceres (along with other fascinating small bodies). If you are interested in connecting with
K-12 teachers about one of these topics, please contact: Sarah Horst, [email protected],
Christine Shupla, [email protected]
HARTMANN TRAVEL GRANTS FOR 47TH DPS MEETING
A generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, supplemented by member contributions
and matching funds from the DPS Committee, has enabled a limited number of student travel
grants to assist participation by early-career scientists at the annual DPS meeting.
Application details are at meetings/travel_grant_application.
Travel grants are primarily intended for students, but post-doctoral scientists without other
means of support will also be considered.
The due date for applications is August 28, 2015 11:59 PM.
The DPS Leadership is also soliciting additional contributions from members for the Hartmann
Fund. Your tax-deductible gift promotes the careers of our next generation of planetary scientists.
Thanks so much for your generosity.
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT (InOMN)
On September 19, 2015 the world will join together in an annual celebration of lunar and planetary
science and exploration: International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).
We invite you to be a part of it!
You celebrate InOMN by hosting or participating in an InOMN event.
Check out the map of registered events on observethemoonnight.org. If no one is hosting an
InOMN event near you, you can host your own! Invite your patrons, friends, family, or neighbors
to look at and learn about the Moon with you. As of August 10, there were no registered events
in AL, CT, DE, IA, ID, KS, MS, NE, NH, NV, WA, or WV. Let’s fill in the map!
Hosting an InOMN Event
A guide that walks you through the process of planning an InOMN event of any size is
available on the InOMN website (http://observethemoonnight.org/getInvolved/), complete
with advertising materials, suggested activities, an InOMN Moon map, evaluation materials,
Worried about cloudy weather obscuring your view of the Moon?
-The “Moon as Art” collection, chosen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team,
showcases data and images from LRO – a spacecraft currently in orbit around the Moon –
that reveals just how beautiful science can be! High-resolution images, with descriptions,
are available here: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonartgallery.html
– Additional beautiful, high-resolution images of the Moon’s surface taken by LRO’s
cameras are available here: http://lroc.sese.asu.edu
Join the Conversation
You can also connect to fellow lunar enthusiasts through social media (@observethemoon
and #moonnight on Twitter; International Observe the Moon Night on Facebook; and 2015
International Observe the Moon Night on Flickr).
Happy Moon viewing!
The International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) LOWELL OBSERVATORY: TENURE-TRACK OR TENURED ASTRONOMER
Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track or tenured research
positions in astronomy or planetary science. We invite applicants at any career level who
can build on current strengths or open new areas for Lowell. A Ph.D. in astronomy,
planetary science, or a related field is required, as is an outstanding record of research and
demonstrated ability or potential to obtain external research funding. Candidates are
invited to describe how they would make use of our observational facilities, but we will
give equal consideration to all research areas. The start date for this position is flexible
but desired by Fall 2016.
Additional position details can be found at:
To apply: Send applications electronically to: [email protected]
Applications should include:
(1) a cover letter and CV,
(2) a research plan of 3 pages or less, and
(3) names and mail/email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to serve as
references. Do not ask for reference letters to be sent in advance.
Applications must be received by November 1, 2015 for full consideration.
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
(928) 233-3240 phone
(928) 774-6296 fax
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