Issue 15-45, October 16, 2015
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
- UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR THE 47th DPS MEETING IN NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
- AAS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SOLICITS DPS PARTICIPANTS
- PLANETARY SCIENCE NUGGETS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Most of our members are aware of the sexual harassment incidents involving
Prof. Geoff Marcy of the University of California at Berkeley and of his ensuing
resignation. The DPS Committee endorses the statement issued on October 15,
2015 by the AAS condemning sexual harassment:
The AAS statement is made within the context of academic institutions, but it
applies to any working environment. This is a good time to reemphasize that
the DPS also enforces the AAS policy on harassment-free meetings:
Any person who is harassed at a DPS meeting should bring her or his concerns
to the DPS Chair, Vice-Chair, or any other officer, and we will investigate. Our
goal is to have a safe meeting free of even the possibility of harassment.
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
23 October 2015 DPS 47 Late Registration Deadline
The DPS is grateful to our Meeting Sponsors:
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Arizona Press
Planetary Science Institute
Southwest Research Institute
Space Telescope Science Institute
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Space Science Institute
THE AAS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SOLICITS DPS PARTICIPANTS!
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) oral history project seeks to
document the lives of astronomers and planetary scientists. This program
is funded by the AAS and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and is
run by the AAS Historical Astronomy Division (HAD)in partnership with
AIP’s Niels Bohr Library & Archives. We have already interviewed over
40 scientists this year and are looking for more. Interviews will take place
during the DPS meeting on November 8th and 9th – Please consider
contributing your own story to this important project, and make an
appointment to be interviewed.
Each interview lasts 1.5-2.5 hours, during which we will discuss your
education, career moves and strategies, work-life balance, intellectual
preferences, collaborations, reputation, leadership, and mentoring.
We like to end with career advice to the next generation. We would like
planetary scientists at all career stages, from graduate student to emeritus,
to sign up to be interviewed. We have a dedicated interviewer for both days.
To arrange to be interviewed, please fill out our sign-up form.
More about the project: What is an oral history interview? It’s more than
just an interview. Emphasis is placed on gathering names, dates, and locations,
especially those connected to historical events. It is also a detailed conversation
about the life of the person being interviewed, focusing on their family,
those that influenced their scientific career, their career path, rough patches,
and fun stories.
Do you have to be senior scientist or a famous scientist to participate?
No! We would like to interview planetary scientists at all stages of their
careers. There are very few oral histories of people early in their careers
(as well as a lack of diversity in general).
PLANETARY SCIENCE NUGGETS WEBSITE
We want to bring your attention to a new website where you can find
the collection of NASA SMD Planetary Science Nuggets for 2015 and 2014:
Planetary Science Nuggets are PowerPoint slides that have been provided
to NASA’s SMD Planetary Science Division by members of the scientific
community to highlight important science results or mission activities.
A subset of these submissions are selected by the Planetary Science
Division to be presented to SMD leadership and potentially NASA leadership,
OSTP, and the White House. The collection on this website represents those
selected nuggets and will be updated as new nuggets are accepted.
On the website, you will also find a Powerpoint Presentation by
Jim Green on how to prepare nuggets:
Green encourages anyone in the planetary science community to submit nuggets.
The nugget coordinator at JPL is Lindsay Hays ([email protected]);
mission nuggets should be communicated through the mission program scientist;
and R&A science nuggets should be communicated through the Headquarters
program scientist who funded the work.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University is
accepting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor-level
in the field of Extrasolar Planets.
Application Deadline: November 13, 2015
B) TWO ASSISTANT PROFESSORS IN ASTRONOMY
The Department of Physics (http://www.phys.uconn.edu/) at the University of
Connecticut invites applications for two full-time tenure-track faculty positions
in astronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor. Researchers in all subfields of
astronomy are encouraged to apply, especially those applicants whose research
programs take advantage of new resources and facilities such as LSST, JWST,
Gemini, and ALMA.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2015
C) FACULTY POSITION IN PLANETARY PETROLOGY/MINERALOGY/GEOCHEMISTRY
The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at The University of Tennessee
seeks to fill a faculty position in petrology/mineralogy/geochemistry with emphasis
in planetary geoscience. The position is for an open-rank (tenure-track or tenured);
we would prefer to select a candidate at the Associate or Full Professor level, but
welcome applications for Assistant Professor. The position begins August 1, 2016.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a Research I University and the flagship
campus of the UT system. The Department focuses on geology and has an active
emphasis on planetary research through its Planetary Geosciences Institute (http://web.utk.edu/~pgi).
Requirements for the position are: Ph.D. in geology
or a related field, and demonstrated research experience in planetary geoscience.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2015
D) FREELANCE EDITORS – EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND
Cactus Communications is a pioneer in language services, serving more
than 60,000 clients across 116 countries. We employ a global team of highly
skilled editors who are experts in various academic fields. We’re currently
looking for specialist freelance copyeditors and substantive editors from all
across the world.
What you will do
- Edit manuscripts such that the final text is in standard scientific English and is free of unclear or unidiomatic sentences
- Adhere to job-specific instructions and format manuscripts according to the target journal when required
- Ensure that all subject-specific conventions are followed
What you need
- A Post Doc/PhD/Masters degree or expertise in one or more specialized subject areas in the Earth, Atmospheric or Planetary Sciences field [detailed subject-area list below]
- Excellent English editing skill and attention to detail (prior editing experience would be great)
To apply, fill in the application form here: http://cactusglobal.edoola.com/page/eesrf/
Application Deadline: December 5, 2015
E) 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:
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
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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