Newsletter 15-9

Issue 15-09, February 24, 2015

 

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  1. WORKSHOP ON ISSUES IN CRATER STUDIES AND THE DATING OF PLANETARY SURFACES
  2. ABSCICON 2015 SESSION: GETTING INTO PLANETS : INTERIOR PLANETARY PROCESSES, LIFE, AND HABITABILITY
  3. BARRINGER STUDENT GRANTS
  4. GEMINI NORTH FAST TURNAROUND: CALL FOR NEW PROPOSALS
  5. JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES

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WORKSHOP ON ISSUES IN CRATER STUDIES AND THE DATING OF PLANETARY SURFACES

 

This is a free-registration workshop in Laurel, Maryland, from May 19 through May 22 (3.5 days).  Numerous
science questions exist that are informed by impact crater populations, but the plethora of new data in the past
several decades indicates we need to reexamine what the best practices are in understanding and analyzing craters,
crater populations, and how they evolve. The purpose of this workshop is to improve our understanding of the
crater population and how craters are analyzed, and to better understand the proper statistical tools when using
craters as tracers for various geologic, geophysical, and dynamical processes such as deriving surface ages.
Plenary speakers will include Drs. Harry Hiesinger, Bill Hartmann, and Clark Chapman. 

 

Workshop Website: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/craterstats2015/

Abstract Deadline:  March 05

MEPAG Student Stipend Application Deadline:  March 05

Program and Abstracts Posted:  April 03

Registration Deadline:  May 05

 

Conveners:

Stuart Robbins, Catherine Plesko

 

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ABSCICON 2015 SESSION : GETTING INTO PLANETS : INTERIOR PLANETARY PROCESSES, LIFE, AND HABITABILITY

Please join us for the session on “Getting into Planets:  Interior Planetary Processes, Life, and Habitability” at the upcoming AbSciCon meeting this summer, June 15-19 in Chicago, Illinois. This session invites interdisciplinary presentations that explore the links between planets’ diverse chemical compositions, interior processes, life, and the habitability of their surfaces — on Earth, in our solar system, and on exoplanets.

Abstract submission is now open (deadline March 4), and details, as well as a list of other session topics, are available at the AbSciCon website (http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/).

 
Theme:  How to Build a Habitable Planet 
Session:  Getting into Planets:  Interior Planetary Processes, Life, and Habitability
Topic Short Title (listed on abstract submission form):  Getting Into Planets

Organizers:  Steve Desch (Arizona State University), [email protected]; Vlada Stamenkovic (MIT), [email protected]

Summary:  Habitability of a planet is defined in terms of factors on its surface. However, the habitability of a
planet depends not just on whether the planet is in the Goldilocks zone or started with some bulk composition;
habitability is sensitive to how chemicals are moved to and around the planet’s surface, and on many planetary
interior processes. The availability of bioessential elements is one factor that in turn depends not just on the
planet’s bulk chemical composition, but also on its geochemical cycles, the creation of continental land that can
be weathered, the chemical and physical communication between the surface and mantle via outgassing, the
tectonic mode, possibly magnetic fields, and other interior processes. On the other hand, life itself might shape
such interior processes by mediating crustal properties and geochemical cycles, and therefore also impacts
surface habitability. We invite interdisciplinary presentations that explore the links between planets’ diverse
chemical compositions, interior processes, life, and the habitability of their surfaces — on Earth, in our solar
system, and on exoplanets. 

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BARRINGER STUDENT GRANT

Graduate students and postdocs,

This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 3, 2015. This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. For additional details and an application, please go to:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/

David A. Kring, Ph.D
[email protected]

 

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GEMINI NORTH FAST TURNAROUND PROGRAM: CALL FOR NEW PROPOSALS

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot program. For more details go to:

http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/observing-gemini/observing-modes/fast-turnaround/call-for-proposals

Deadline: 23:59 Hawaiian Standard Time (HST) February 28, 2015 

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JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
 

A) POST-DOCTORAL TEACHING ASSOCIATE IN MINERALOGY

 

      University of Tennessee Knoxville

      For details go to: content/mineralogy-teaching-post-doc

      Application Due Date: 1 April 2015

  

B) ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, NOAO SYSTEM SCIENCE & DATA CENTER

 

     Tucson, Arizona

     https://rn11.ultipro.com/spa1004B/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*B45F8F4E26C8E8DD

     Application Due Date: 3 April 2015


Anne J. Verbiscer
Research Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4325