Issue 15-50, November 18, 2015
- INAUGURAL MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION SEEKS REVIEWERS
FOR ROSES PROPOSALS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
INAUGURAL MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Fellow Planetary Scientists:
I hope that all of you enjoyed pleasant travels back from National Harbor.
This year’s meeting there was a tremendous success. Thanks on behalf of
the DPS to the efforts of the local organizing committee headed by Andrew
Rivkin, the scientific organizing committee headed by Neil Dello Russo,
and the numerous other volunteer contributors. It takes effort on every
level, from student volunteers up to scientific presenters, to showcase
our science every year. And headlined by the jaw-dropping new discoveries
at Pluto, the 2015 meeting was one that I will remember for the rest of my
career. Also memorable was the first DPS Open Mic night talent show,
which I thought was a runaway hit.
In National Harbor we also took a step toward irradiating the cancer in
our discipline that is harassment. Masursky Prize winner Christina
Richey held up a mirror for us to look upon ourselves. Over the next year
the DPS Committee will investigate what we as a professional society
can actively do to ensure that success as a Planetary Scientist is based
solely on scientific merit.
On Friday, the DPS hosted a Lunch-and-Learn event with the United States
Senate to educate staffers about Planetary issues. The ability to
communicate with our Government was one of the features of our venue near
Washington, DC. Our Lunch-and-Learn was well attended, with a few
attendees having remarked that this was one of the best of this type of
events that they had been to in a long time. Special thanks to our
Federal Relations Subcommittee Chair Dr. Makenzie Lystrup for organizing,
and to Alan Stern, Bonnie Buratti, Carrie Nugent, and Mary Beth Wilhelm
for serving on the panel.
Next year’s meeting will take place in Pasadena, California 2016 October
16-21. The 2016 meeting will be particularly special because it will be
our first held jointly with our European counterpart EPSC on American
soil. The meeting will therefore be bigger and more highly attended than
any previous DPS, and we hope that the science quality lives up to the
high bar set by the previous joint DPS/EPSC joint meeting in Nantes,
France in 2011. To that end, you’ve now got only 11 months to make the
discoveries that you will present in Pasadena! Happy science-ing,
Jason W. Barnes
RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
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NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISON SEEKS VOLUNTEER
REVIEWERS FOR ROSES PROPOSALS
The Planetary Science Division at the Science Mission Directorate is
seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel meeting
reviewers of research proposals submitted to ROSES-2015. We currently
have posted new volunteer reviewer forms for:
in addition to the previously posted forms for Solar System Workings
Links to open review forms may always be found at
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PHYSICS AND/OR ASTRONOMY
University of Central Florida
B) NATIONAL OPTICAL ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY (NOAO)
These positions are part of a broader push by NOAO to support data-intensive
research, of exactly the sort that will prepare the community for LSST.
Additional openings in this area are likely in the coming months and years.
All of these openings have the potential to lead to longer-term positions at
NOAO, either after an initial appointment or (for particularly strong candidates)
We expect graduating Ph.D. students and postdocs who are now engaged in
LSST to be some of the strongest candidates for these jobs.
First is a postdoctoral position to work on the ANTARES project, a time-domain
event broker system for LSST and other precursor surveys:
Second is a Survey Data Scientist position to work on large new imaging
surveys (DECaLS and MzLS) and their integration into high-level distribution
and analysis systems (NOAO Data Lab):
Third is an astronomical software specialist to help build the NOAO Data
Lab user interface:
Fourth is an expert database developer to help build the large catalog back-end
and interface for the Data Lab:
We are happy to answer and/or forward any inquiries about any of these
Knut Olsen and Adam Bolton
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