Issue 15-46, October 23, 2015
- UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR THE 47th DPS MEETING IN
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD
- AAS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SOLICITS DPS PARTICIPANTS
- HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY DIVISION AT THE DPS MEETINGS
- OPAG NEWSBRIEF
- EXPLORATION SCIENCE SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM
- ENCELADUS AND THE ICY MOONS OF SATURN
- 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!
* Deadline TODAY:
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
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 at the link below:
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).
HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY AT THE DPS MEETINGS
Following the successes of historical sessions at the last two DPS meetings,
together with the DPS officers we plan to have HAD historical sessions at all
future DPS meetings. So you may want to plan ahead for future DPS meetings.
2016 Pasadena, October 16-21
2017 Provo, Utah, October 15-20
2018 Knoxville, Tennessee
The historical papers do not count against your quota of one first-author
This year, only the following three historical papers are on the program.
Bosh et al. is listed in a poster session for Tuesday afternoon, November 10,
though the posters are up all week. Pasachoff and Wright is an oral paper
assigned to the Moon and Mercury session at 5 pm on Monday, November 9.
Rathbun is on the Wednesday of the week.
107.07. The Lunar Profile and Baily’s Beads at Solar Eclipses
Jay M. Pasachoff; Ernest T. Wright
210.31. Revisiting the 1988 Pluto Occultation
Amanda S. Bosh; Edward W. Dunham; Leslie A. Young;
Steve Slivan; Linda L. Barba née Cordella; Robert L. Millis;
Lawrence H. Wasserman; Ralph Nye
312.01: Historical trends of participation of women in robotic
Our next OPAG meeting is scheduled for 1 – 2 February 2016 at SWRI
in San Antonio TX. JPLers, please forecast right away.
The presentations and posters from our August OPAG meeting at APL
are posted on the OPAG website, http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/. The
meeting report with our findings is posted there also. We have a new
OPAG science nuggets webpage – please send me any nuggets you’d
like to have posted there…
There will be an OPAG townhall at the DPS on Wednesday Nov. 11, at noon.
We will go over our findings from the last meeting and any other new news.
The big new news is that Alfred McEwen has agreed to be our next OPAG chair.
We will transition gradually over the next few months leading up to the
EXPLORATION SCIENCE SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM
Become an Exploration Science Intern!
Applications are now being accepted for the exploration science summer
intern program. The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson
Space Center (JSC) is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer
Intern Program to build on the success of the former Lunar Exploration
Summer Intern Program. For more information and to apply, see:
Application deadline: January 15, 2016.
ENCELADUS AND THE ICY MOONS OF SATURN
The Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn conference will take place
at the Hotel Boulderado, Boulder, Colorado, July 26–29, 2016.
The planetary community is invited to the first major international
conference devoted specifically to Enceladus and the Mid-Sized Icy
Satellites of Saturn. Through its array of instruments and global
mapping opportunities, the Cassini mission has revolutionized our
understanding of the Saturn system, and the surprisingly complex icy
moons are no exception. The active jets of Enceladus are chief among
the new discoveries. Others include color/thermal anomalies, equatorial
ridges, satellite-derived rings, resurfacing and thermal relaxation,
librations, and global fracture network surprises, to name just a few.
The conference will be open to all scientific aspects of Enceladus and
its neighboring moons. Topics include (but are not limited to) geology,
geophysics, geochemistry and mineralogy, active jets and their properties
and origins, formation and evolution, astrobiology, and future investigations
of these bodies. Comparative planetology is encouraged! A major focus
will be the new results from the 2015 Cassini encounters with Enceladus
and the other icy moons. Contributions from Cassini, Voyager, and
groundbased studies are welcome, as are suggestions for additional topics.
IMPORTANT: To receive e-mail updates about this meeting, including
deadline reminders, abstract submission details, etc., you MUST subscribe
to the Indication of Interest list. To subscribe, please complete the electronic
Indication of Interest by March 11, 2016.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSSIBLE JOB OPENING
NASA’s Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF) is
contemplating hiring a permanent, full-time staff member to work on
the full spectrum of tasks associated with the “SPICE” observation
geometry system that supports planetary missions. To find out more
about NAIF, SPICE and the possible new position refer to
B) EXOPLANET ARCHIVE SCIENTIST
The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech is accepting applications
for a scientist to work on the Exoplanet Archive team. Applicants interested in
any area of exoplanet research are invited to apply, but those with observational
experience in transits, radial velocity, high contrast imaging, or microlensing
are particularly encouraged. The scientist will participate in the development,
maintenance and expansion of datasets and tools within the Exoplanet Archive
Application deadline: Nov 1.
For further details and application instructions, see
C) MCGILL SPACE INSTITUTE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
D) 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