Issue 16-13, April 30, 2016
- DPS ELECTIONS 2016: CANDIDATE SLATE
- ADVANCE NOTICE OF COLDTECH ROSES 2016 PROGRAM ELEMENT
- JOBS/POSITIONS OPPORTUNITIES
- UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
DPS ELECTIONS 2016: CANDIDATE SLATE
The DPS Nominating Committee has identified the following candidates
for the 2016 DPS elections for Vice-Chair and Committee:
Vice-Chair (1 to be elected):
o Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute
o Harold Reitsema, Retired
Committee (2 to be elected):
o Ashley Davies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
o Karl Hibbitts, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
o Britney Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology
o Maria Womack, University of South Florida
Additional candidates, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members,
may be nominated by May 30th. Please send any nominations to the
DPS Secretary, Anne Verbiscer, at [email protected].
ADVANCE NOTICE OF COLDTECH ROSES 2016 PROGRAM ELEMENT
This community announcement is an advance notice of the Science Mission
Directorate (SMD) plan to release a new program element in Appendix C of
the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences-2016 (ROSES-2016)
NASA Research Announcement. This new program element,
Concepts for Ocean worlds Life Detection Technology (COLDTech), will
support the development of technology beneficial for surface and subsurface
missions to explore ocean worlds such as Europa and Enceladus. Specifically,
COLDTech will seek to advance the maturity of science instruments and sample
acquisition and delivery systems for such missions. While instruments focused
on the detection of extant life in the ocean worlds of the outer Solar System are
especially of interest, COLDTech will not be limited to such instruments.
The Planetary Science Division expects to release COLDTech as program
element C.20 of ROSES-2016 within the next month, and proposals will be
due approximately 90 days after release.
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Curt Niebur, Lead Program Scientist,
Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA,
Washington, DC 20546; Tel.: (202) 358-0390; E-mail: [email protected].
A) PLANETARY SCIENTIST CIVIL SERVANT – MSFC
The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office at NASA Marshall Space
Flight Center is filling a Planetary Scientist civil service position. The
candidate will be the project scientist for the Space Launch System (SLS),
providing relevant expertise on Solar System destinations for human and
robotic exploration. The candidate will also become a part of the MSFC
Planetary Science group (http://planetary.msfc.nasa.gov). We are especially
interested in adding capability in remote sensing of solid surfaces to
complement our existing expertise in geochronology and geophysics. The
candidate is expected to bring or build a strong independent scientific
research program through peer-reviewed proposals to NASA programs
and/or through involvement in NASA planetary missions.
All candidates must use the USAJobs.gov website to prepare and submit
applications. The position is now open, and accessible here:
United States citizenship is required to be eligible for this civil service
position. The listing will close on May 3, 2016.
Please direct questions to: Dr. Barbara Cohen, MSFC Planetary Sciences,
[email protected], 256-961-7566, or Michael Goodman, MSFC
Science Research Office deputy manager, [email protected],
256-961-7890. A how-to guide for preparing responsive applications using
the USAJobs.gov site will be provided upon request.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS
A) NEW FRONTIERS PROGRAM JUNE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
The New Frontiers Program encourages the infusion of new technologies
where beneficial into proposals responding to the fourth Announcement of
Opportunity (AO). For NASA-developed technology, this infusion will take
the form of a) providing certain technologies as Government-Furnished
Equipment (GFE), b) increasing the Principal Investigator (PI)-Managed
Mission Cost cap for investigations using specified NASA-developed technologies,
and c) possibly limiting the risk assessment of certain NASA-developed
technologies to only their accommodation on the spacecraft and the mission
environment. In preparation for the AO, the Science Mission Directorate is
hosting a Technology Workshop. The goal of this event is to educate the
potential proposing community on technologies being offered and inform
how each technology will be supported to the proposal team. Technology
providers other than NASA are welcome to participate in this workshop and
will be accommodated as space permits.
All interested parties may attend the Technology Workshop. All expenses
and arrangements for attending this meeting are the responsibility of the
attendees. Note that travel and associated costs of attendance are not allowable
as direct costs under another Federal Government award, e.g., a contract,
grant, or cooperative agreement. Government employees may attend and be
authorized travel and associated costs as a matter of official business.
This one-day workshop is targeted for either June 1 or 2. It will be divided
into two sections: briefings on each technology offering in the morning and
the opportunity for small-group meetings in the afternoon. A poster session
will be organized if all interested parties cannot be accommodated on the
agenda. In order to reach the widest audience possible, all briefings will also
be webcast. Webcast and telecom details are to be determined, but will be
announced when available. Information will also be posted in the New
Frontiers Acquisition website (http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/).
Please contact Dr. Curt Niebur, Lead Program Scientist for New Frontiers,
via E-mail at [email protected] if you are interested in providing
information on your technology to potential proposers at this workshop.
B) 7TH PLANETARY CRATER CONSORTIUM MEETING
August 17-19, 2016
The 7th Planetary Crater Consortium meeting will be held August 17-19, 2016,
at Brown University in Providence, RI. The Planetary Crater Consortium is
open to planetary scientists interested in any aspect of impact cratering on
solar system bodies, including observational, theoretical, experimental, and
numerical studies. The meeting is a combination of invited talks, contributed
talks, and open discussion.
Abstract deadline is Friday, August 5, 2016. For more information,
see www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu/ or contact
Nadine Barlow ([email protected]).
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].