Issue 16-09, April 2, 2016
- FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2016 JOINT DPS/EPSC MEETING
- NASA SMD SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR ROSES PROPOSALS
- NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUBCOMMITTEE (PSS) SURVEY ON PLANETARY LABORATORIES, FACILITIES, AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
- 2016 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN
- UPCOMING MEETINGS
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2016 JOINT DPS/EPSC MEETING
Please join us for the joint 48th Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) and
11th European Planetary Science Conference (EPSC) meeting in Pasadena,
CA, USA from October 16-21, 2016. We anticipate an exciting program
that captures the breadth of international planetary science by combining
the scientific results of the participants in the DPS and EPSC research
communities at one single meeting.
Scientific Program: Contributed research papers for oral and poster presentations
are solicited for original research at aas.org/meetings/dps48/abstracts.
Abstract Submission Opens: May 3, 2016
Abstracts Due: June 23, 2016
Late Abstract Deadline: August 2, 2016 (poster submissions only)
Workshops: Space is available for topical workshops to be held in conjunction
with the joint DPS/EPSC. Guidelines are available at
aas.org/meetings/dps48/workshop_guidelines. The proposal form is now
available and open for submission. Workshops requests submitted by
May 23, 2016 can be included in the registration form so as to be open to all
Lodging: Group room rates are available in three local hotels to those
who make reservations prior to Sept 14, 2016 at
We hope to see you in Pasadena!
For more information visit our website: aas.org/meetings/dps48
NASA SMD SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR ROSES PROPOSALS
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is recruiting reviewers for ROSES
proposals to Astrophysics and Planetary Science. If you are interested in
being a reviewer, please go to
We especially encourage post-doctoral fellows and other early career
scientists to volunteer. The following programs are currently listed:
Astrophysics Data Analysis, Exoplanets Research, Emerging Worlds,
Solar System Observations, Cassini Data Analysis, Maturation of
Instruments for Solar System Exploration.
NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUBCOMMITTEE (PSS) SURVEY
ON PLANETARY LABORATORIES, FACILITIES, AND TECHNICAL
Laboratory instruments and facilities are critical for analyzing
extraterrestrial and terrestrial materials that inform planetary exploration
and data analysis, constraining the interpretations of planetary remote
sensing data, and developing future flight instrumentation. The planetary
community perceives that a significant proportion of Planetary Science
Directorate (PSD) laboratories may be underfunded to the point at which
the science they support is put at risk.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain technical staff support,
placing stress on the community’s research and training needs. The PSS
is obtaining community input about the number and type of PI laboratories
that undertake research supporting PSD objectives, and their technical staff
support models. This information is needed to understand the planetary
community’s laboratory capabilities and challenges, and to define the
magnitude of the stress on research and training needs. The requested
information will be used to inform discussions with PSD about the
challenge and to help formulate potential solutions.
Please participate in the survey, by going to http://goo.gl/forms/hEh6Fk7LUn
2016 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN
NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs,
recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 28th Annual Planetary Science
Summer School, which will be held July 25-29, 2016 at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out
the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal
authorization presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback.
By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the
life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost,
and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule
while preserving the quality of science.
Applications are due April 6, 2016. Partial financial support is available for
a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at
A) LINKING EXOPLANET AND DISK COMPOSITIONS
Space Telescope Science Institute
September 12-14, 2016
Abstract submission and pre-registration are now open through our website!
Visit the website to see a preliminary agenda and to pre-register and submit
your contributed abstract:
This workshop will gather scientists working on the compositional characterization
of planets and planet-forming regions in protoplanetary disks. Recent and upcoming
advancements make it timely to have a round-table conversation among the several
communities involved, to join forces in tackling our most compelling questions on
the origins of exoplanet diversity. Do exoplanet compositions retain the imprint of
large-scale disk processes? Do disks include compositional trends that imprint on
planets? What do we learn in this context from observations of Solar System bodies?
And what can we test with observations of disks and exoplanets in the near future?
We intend to identify long-lasting and observable links between exoplanet and disk
compositions, to help the community in shaping the essential parameter space to
cover with existing and upcoming observatories for exoplanet and disk
Conel Alexander (Carnegie DTM)
Uma Gorti (SETI, NASA Ames)
Mike Line (Arizona State)
Jonathan Lunine (Cornell Univ.)
Christoph Mordasini (Univ. of Bern)
Ilaria Pascucci (Univ. of Arizona)
Sean Raymond (Univ. of Bordeaux)
Leslie Rogers (Univ. of Chicago)
Daniel Apai (Univ. of Arizona)
Andrea Banzatti (STScI, chair)
Fred Ciesla (Univ. of Chicago)
Jonathan Fortney (UCSC)
Flory Hill (STScI, coordinator)
Sarah Horst (JHU)
Inga Kamp (Kapteyn Inst. Groningen)
Nikole Lewis (STScI, co-chair)
Amaya Moro-Martin (STScI)
Karin Oberg (Harvard CfA)
Klaus Pontoppidan (STScI)
Olivia Venot (Katholieke Univ. Leuven)
Marie Ygouf (STScI)
B) ESAC 2016 JWST WORKSHOP
Mastering the Science Instruments and the Observing Modes of JWST
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
26 – 28 September, 2016
This is the first announcement for the 2016 ESAC JWST Workshop
“Mastering the Science Instruments and the Observing Modes of JWST”,
sponsored by the European Space Agency to be held at ESAC, near
Madrid, Spain, on 26 – 28 September of 2016.
The 2 1/2 day workshop will showcase the capabilities of the JWST
science instruments and their expected in-orbit performance. It aims to
help prospective JWST users to select the best observing modes to
achieve their science goals. For this purpose, experts from NASA,
ESA, CSA, as well as the JWST instrument teams and operation leads
from STScI will be available to answer community questions on all
JWST observing modes.
There will be ample time for question and answer sessions with mission
experts to help attendees develop optimal science projects.
At this point, we are requesting the community to express their interest in
attending the workshop by pre-registering by Apr 15 2016 at the following
Pre-registration will give precedence at the registration phase that will be
opened in June. More detailed information is available on the workshop
Send your questions/comments to: [email protected]
The ESAC 2016 JWST Workshop Program Organising Committee
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].