Issue 15-05, January 27, 2015
- IN MEMORIAM: ARVYDAS J. KLIORE (1935-2014)
- VOLUNTEER FOR AAS CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
IN MEMORIAM: ARVYDAS J. KLIORE (1935-2014)
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of our colleague, Dr. Arvydas Kliore, who died suddenly on December 7, 2014 of natural causes. Arv was born in Lithuania and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He joined the engineering staff at JPL in 1962, where he had a distinguished career for over half a century with numerous publications and awards. A JPL Senior Research Scientist for more than 25 years, he was a pioneer in planetary radio science, especially in the study of planetary atmospheres and ionospheres, beginning with the first NASA planetary mission. Arv was a principalinvestigator or team member on every Mariner mission, on Pioneer 10/11, and on Pioneer Venus, and he served as Deputy Team Leader for the Galileo Radio Propagation Science Team. Most recently, he was a member of the Cassini Radio Science Team from 1990, serving as team leader for more than 20 years. Over his career, Arv attended nearly every DPS meeting in its 47-year history, a testament to his remarkable level of dedication and commitment to the community of planetary scientists.
Arv set high standards for scientific achievement, generosity, modesty, personal integrity, and an infectious enthusiasm for life. Those of us who had the privilege of working with him for decades have benefited from his wisdom, fairness, sense of perspective grounded in long experience, and unstinting loyalty and support. We miss him greatly, and will carry his memory and many contributions with us.
– Dick French, on behalf of the Cassini Radio Science Team
VOLUNTEER FOR AAS CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY
Each year the AAS brings members to Washington, DC, for Congressional Visits Day (CVD). This event, organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG), gathers scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives in the nation’s capital to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year CVD will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 March 2015, with both days requiring full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm. Business attire is required. The AAS will cover the majority of travel expenses for volunteers selected to participate, as our budget allows. Sign-ups are open now through 5:00 pm EST on Tuesday, 3 February 2015.
Volunteers will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in an all-day seminar on how to communicate effectively with policymakers, followed by a full day of meetings with Capitol Hill and/or White House staff. The pre-briefings will cover both astronomy-specific and more general science-policy issues, with the latter organized by SETWG. During the two weeks prior to your time in Washington, we will also have a series of informational pre-briefings via the Web and/or teleconference.
We aim to select at least 15 volunteers who balance the program by location, career stage, and experience. We especially encourage graduate students to volunteer. Selected members will be notified by 10 February 2015.
Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, TX