Issue 15-40, September 15, 2015
- UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR THE 47th DPS MEETING IN NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
- FOURTH ANNUAL DPS PLANETARY SCIENCE ART EXHIBITION
- THE FIRST DPS OPEN MIC NIGHT
- PLANETARY EVOLUTION: PHOBOS AND DEIMOS LECTURE SERIES-
READING LIST AND UPDATED SCHEDULE
- PROPOSALS INVITED FOR WIYN IN 2016A
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR THE 47th DPS MEETING IN NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
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
8 October 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
The DPS is grateful to our Meeting Sponsors:
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
University of Arizona Press
Southwest Research Institute
FOURTH ANNUAL DPS PLANETARY SCIENCE ART EXHIBITION
The AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Conference 2015 will be curating “The Fourth Annual
Planetary Science Art Exhibition”, a selection of artwork inspired by and exploring the concepts
of the Planetary Sciences. We aim to feature 2-D work in any media, with some spaces for sculpture
and digitally native works. We are inviting DPS members as well as local and international artists
whose works discuss Planetary Science to apply to be exhibited. Deadline for submission is 24th
To submit your work for consideration please send your name, location, a brief description about yourself
(150 words max),the title, media and a description (150 words max) of the piece you are submitting to the
exhibition, along with any pictures of the piece to [email protected] by the 24th September 2015.
Please also refer to the topics page (http://aas.org/meetings/dps47/abstracts#categories) and specify which
conference topic your piece is relevant to in your email. Content is preferred in an attachment to the email.
We will respond to all submissions by the 1st October, letting you know if your work has been accepted.
Please email any enquiries to [email protected].
THE FIRST DPS OPEN MIC NIGHT
The DPS Open Mic Night allows our members to share their musical and other talents with their friends
and colleagues. Premiering Wednesday, 11 November from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, we invite all musicians,
singers, story tellers, comedians, poets, spoken word enthusiasts or other performers (e.g. jugglers) to
participate. Come have some fun and strut your stuff!
Sign up at http://aas.org/meetings/dps47/openmic to ensure a spot and let us know what kind of equipment
you need to perform. You can decide to participate on-site as well, but signing up early helps us ensure the
proper equipment is available. Performance slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deadline for submissions: 21 October 2015
PLANETARY EVOLUTION: PHOBOS AND DEIMOS LECTURE SERIES-
READING LIST AND UPDATED SCHEDULE
NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) “Planetary Evolution: Phobos
and Deimos” lecture series, organized by Dan Britt and Carle Pieters will be broadcast online at
https://connect.arc.nasa.gov/marsmoons/ every Monday at 3 pm ET starting Sept 14th.
(Note: seminar link active 30 mins before each talk).
All talks archived at http://sservi.nasa.gov/event/planetary-evolution-phobos-and-deimos/
A short biography for each speaker and recommended reading list for each topic is posted at:
Sept 14: Introduction [discovery, physical properties, orbit…]; Dan Britt
Sept 21: The Age and Cratering History of Phobos; N. Schmedemann
Sept 28: The Formation & Effects of Stickney Impact on Phobos; K. Ramsley
Oct 5: The Character and Origin of Phobos’ Grooves; J. Murray
Oct 12: Ambiguity of Compositional Data for Phobos and Deimos; A. Rivkin/R. Klima
Oct 19: Geology and Geomorphology of Phobos and Deimos; S. Basilevsky
Oct 26: Origin of Phobos: Capture; J. Burns
Nov 2: Origin of Phobos: Co-accretion, Big Impact; R. Canup
Nov 9: Properties of Meteorite Analogues; C. Herd
Nov 16: Microgravity Within Mars’ Gravity Well; D. Scheeres
Nov 23: Space Weathering and Regolith, Dust; C. Pieters/M. Horanyi
Nov 30: Phobos-Deimos ISRU; P. Metzer/R. Mueller
Dec 7: Phobos as an Exploration Destination and Base for Mars Exploration; M. Gernhardt
PROPOSALS INVITED FOR WIYN IN 2016A
NASA and NSF have entered into a Partnership for Exoplanet Research to support community use
of the NOAO share of WIYN telescope time. This new
NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-EXPLORE) program seeks to advance our
understanding of exoplanets and exoplanetary systems in areas of mutual interest to both agencies.
On behalf of that partnership, NOAO hereby requests observing proposals for the 2016A semester on
the WIYN telescope that are targeted to general exoplanet-related research, with particular emphases
on follow-up observations of Kepler and K2 exoplanet-related targets, and observations in preparation
for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. The scope of the NN-EXPLORE Program
includes observations to:
- Confirm or validate exoplanet candidates;
- Characterize known exoplanets and exoplanetary systems;
- Characterize the (exozodiacal) dust environments of exoplanet-hosting or potentially-exoplanet-hosting stars;
- Explore the formation, evolution, and diversity of exoplanetary systems
In 2016A, exoplanet researchers are invited to propose to use existing instrumentation for classical
observing at WIYN. Proposals with highly restrictive time or date constraints will not be considered,
nor will half-nights be allocated in this call.
Limited funding support, sufficient to cover travel, modest research expenses, and publications costs,
will be provided by NASA to observers under the NN-EXPLORE Program. The amount of funding
will be determined formulaically based on the number of awards and the available funding. Proposals
must provide an explicit justification for the relevance of the proposed observations to the scientific
goals of the Program. Proposals that fall outside the scope of the Program will not be eligible to receive
Guest Observer funding.
For the 2016A semester, the NOAO share of WIYN will be available for the exoplanet program,
depending on the time requested and the quality of proposals. Exoplanet related proposals will be
reviewed and selected by a special panel of the NOAO Time Allocation Committee (TAC). Proposals
for non-exoplanet research will be accepted in 2016A as well. These will be reviewed by the regular
TAC, and approved proposals will be eligible for scheduling if there is time available after the approved
exoplanet proposals are scheduled. There will be no Guest Observer funding for non-exoplanet proposals
that are granted time on the telescope.
GO proposals should be submitted using the standard NOAO Observing Proposal Form by selecting
“NASA Exoplanet TAC (WIYN 3.5m)” as the proposal type on the login page. Proposals will be reviewed
during the NOAO TAC Meetings and results will be announced in mid-December 2015. Proposals for
2016A are due by 11:59pm MST on September 30, 2015.
Instruments offered at WIYN in 2016A (see current status and more information on the WIYN status
page at http://www.wiyn.org/Observe/wiynstatus.html):
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