Issue 16-25, July 4, 2016
- IN MEMORIAM: EDGARD G. YANOVITSKIJ (1937-2016)
- REMINDER: EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR DPS48/EPSC 11
- HARTMANN STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 48/EPSC 11
- EUROPLANET TRAVEL BURSARY FOR DPS48/EPSC11
- OPAG 2016 SUMMER MEETING – INFORMATION CIRCULAR
- METEORITICS AND PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE
- UPCOMING MEETINGS
IN MEMORIAM: EDGARD G. YANOVITSKIJ (1937 – 2016)
The Ukrainian scientific community is very sad to announce the passing of
Professor Edgard G. Yanovitskij on 23 June 2016. Dr. Yanovitskij spent
his entire professional life as a leading researcher at the Main
Astronomical Observatory of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences
in Kyiv. As a prominent member of the famous Soviet school of
radiative transfer founded by Academicians Viktor Ambartsumian and
Viktor Sobolev, he had devoted most of his exemplary career to the
study of radiative energy transport in planetary atmospheres and
analyses of spectrophotometric observations of planets. His most
profound accomplishments include the general analysis of principles of
invariance, the analytical theory of radiative transfer in vertically
inhomogeneous atmospheres, and the development of extremely efficient
and numerically accurate computer solvers of the radiative transfer
equation. His seminal contributions were summarized in the monograph
on “Light Scattering in Inhomogeneous Atmospheres” published by
Springer. For many years, Dr. Yanovitskij served as an Editorial Board
Member for the “Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative
Transfer” and “Kinematics and Physics of Celestial Bodies.” His
research accomplishments were celebrated by numerous professional
awards, including the National Prize of Ukraine in Science and
Technology. The relatives, colleagues, and friends of Professor Edgard
Yanovitsky will always remember him as an outstanding scientist and an
exceptional human being.
REMINDER: EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR DPS 48/EPSC 11
The Early Registration Deadline is THIS FRIDAY July 8, 20156.
Full Registration for Full DPS Members increases from $588 to $622 if you
register after July 8.
Pasadena, CA, 16-21 October 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center
* Important dates
8 July 2016 DPS 48/EPSC 11 Early Registration Deadline – THIS FRIDAY
12 August 2016 DPS 48/ EPSC 11 Regular Registration Deadline
– 2 August 2016: DPS 48/EPSC 11 Late Abstract Submission Deadline – 9:00pm ET
– 14 September 2016: DPS 48/EPSC 11 Hotel Reservations Deadline
The DPS is grateful to our Meeting Sponsors:
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Southwest Research Institute
HARTMANN STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS 48/EPSC 11
A generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, supplemented by member
contributions and matching funds from the DPS Committee, has enabled a limited
number of student travel grants to assist participation by early-career scientists at
the annual DPS meeting.
Application details are at meetings/travel_grant_application
Travel grants are primarily intended for students, but post-doctoral scientists
without other means of support will also be considered.
The due date for applications is July 8, 2016 11:59 PM.
The DPS Leadership is also soliciting additional contributions from members
for the Hartmann Fund. Your tax-deductible gift promotes the careers of our next
generation of planetary scientists. Thanks so much for your generosity.
EUROPLANET TRAVEL BURSARY FOR DPS48/EPSC11
Europlanet through its Research Infrastructure and support from ESA will
support a limited number of Travel Bursaries for Early Stage Researchers
(PhD Students) presenting oral or poster papers at the DPS-EPSC meeting.
To apply, please send the following in a single email to Steve Miller :
- A copy of your meeting abstract
- A cover letter
- Your educational institution, with contact detail
- A brief (one page) CV
- The name and email address of your supervisor.
- Details of any funding you have already been allocated to attend the meeting
- Whether you received a previous travel grant from Europlanet for the 2015 meeting (Nantes).
- Please attach a letter of recommendation from your Supervisor
These should be received by Friday July 8, 2016.
Results of applications will be announced by end of July.
OPAG 2016 SUMMER MEETING – INFORMATION CIRCULAR
We cordially invite you to attend a face-to-face meeting of the Outer Planets
Assessment Group (OPAG), scheduled for 2 days, August 11–12, 2016, in
These are exciting times for OPAG, with Juno’s arrival at Jupiter, the F ring
and Grand Finale orbits of Cassini, Europa Clipper in Phase A, Science
Definition Teams (SDT) underway for a Europa Lander mission and an Ice
Giants Flagship, ESA JUICE mission in development, New-Frontiers 4
including Saturn Probes and Ocean Worlds (Enceladus and Titan), and new
Earth-based telescopic possibilities. We will hear updates on all of these
projects, plus a presentation on the Decadal Survey by Larry Soderblom, a
summary on the work of the Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW), and updates
about the Space Launch System, Participating Scientists study, PDS plans for
future missions of interest to the OPAG community, MAPSIT, planetary
volcanology, NASA education and communications, radioactive power systems,
and of course, R&A.
We will also introduce 6 new members of the OPAG steering committee:
Kunio Sayanagi, Carol Paty, Terry Hurford, Jeff Bowman, Amanda Hendrix,
Given the full schedule, the meeting will start at 8:00 AM each day.
Registration and information about accommodations is available here:
The meeting is open to all members of the planetary science community,
including our international colleagues.
Poster presentations on technology developments: If you want to present
a Technology poster, particularly if relevant to Ocean Worlds or Ice Giants,
please send title and authors to Pat Beauchamp, [email protected] and
prepare a 1-2 slide ‘advertisement’ for the poster.
We will also broadcast the meeting via Adobe Connect or WebEx for
those who cannot attend in person.
We look forward to seeing you in Flagstaff!
METEORITICS AND PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE
The Meteoritics & Planetary Science journal (MAPS) has begun to accept
submissions for our Special Issue about the state of crater studies. Both new
research or techniques into crater population studies and review-style papers
To submit to this special issue, follow the normal submission steps for MAPS,
and on Step 5, select the button to indicate “Yes” this is for a special issue, and
then select “Issues in Crater Studies” from the drop-down list of special issues
further down the page.
Submissions to this issue are expected to close on September 1, 2016. If you
plan to submit to this issue, please let Stuart Robbins ([email protected])
know. Please also feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.
A) EXPLORING THE INFRARED SOLAR SYSTEM
WITH THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
31 Aug to 2 Sept 2016
The aim of this workshop is to encourage and inform Solar System scientists
about the use of the James Webb Space Telescope for infrared observations
of Solar System targets. The workshop will be a mixture of scientific
presentations and practical sessions including the use of the JWST
Astronomy Planning Tool and Exposure Time Calculator.
Registration is now open for the workshop, from 31 August to 2 September
in London (at the Royal Astronomical Society)
Michele Dougherty (Imperial College London)
Leigh Fletcher (Leicester)
Stefanie Milam (GSFC)
Thomas Mueller (MPE)
John Stansberry (STScI)
Gillian Wright (UKATC)
JWST is a joint mission between NASA, ESA and CSA.
B) AGU 2016 SESSION P033 “Titan: Constraining an Ocean World”
We are pleased to announce a session on Titan at this year’s AGU Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, 12-16th December 2016, and welcome submission
of abstracts via the AGU portal at:
The joint NASA/ESA Cassini mission has established Titan as a prime location
for investigating the limits of life. Cassini has studied Titan’s interior, seasonal
changes on its surface and atmosphere, and the atmosphere’s interaction with an
energetic magnetosphere. Cassini finds surface-atmosphere interactions producing
erosional features similar to Earth’s, including dunes, mountains, rivers, alluvial
deposits, and features suggesting recent cryovolcanism. There is also evidence
for a salty ocean interior and accumulations of liquid hydrocarbons are evident
on its surface. The atmosphere’s interaction with the magnetosphere produces a
continuous supply of new organic material. The inclusion of Titan as a target for
exploration by missions under NASA’s New Frontiers program highlights broad
solar system community interest in this scientifically rich moon. This session
will explore new results that intend to provide a comprehensive and integrated
understanding of Titan’s interior, surface, and atmosphere, along with the
atmosphere’s interaction with the Saturn’s energetic environment.
Deadline for abstracts: Wednesday, 3 August 23:59 EDT.
Conveners: Robert M. Nelson (PSI), Rosaly Lopes (JPL),
Conor A Nixon (NASA GFSC), Joseph H Westlake (JHU APL)
C) EUROPA-ENCELADUS PLUMES MEETING
We will be hosting a Europa-Enceladus Plumes Meeting at Caltech all day
on Saturday 15th October 2016, between the October Cassini PSG at JPL
and the Division of Planetary Science (DPS) meeting the following week.
The purpose of the meeting will be to compare Enceladus and Europa
plumes and their sources, and in particular to consider how our understanding
of Enceladus’ activity can be applied to Europan plumes, and observations
of them by the Europa mission. More information will follow, at this time
we are requesting that people notify us if they are interested in attending
(non-binding, for room planning purposes only):http://goo.gl/forms/hLSvt10pCe
Carly Howett, Matt Hedman, Scott Edgington and John Spencer.
D) DUST, ATMOSPHERES, AND PLASMAS (DAP) 2017
The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small
Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop will be a forum:
(i) to discuss our current understanding of the surface environment
of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and asteroids,
(ii) to share new results from past and ongoing missions to airless
bodies and comets, and
(iii) to describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to
airless bodies and comets.
Date: January 11-13, 2017
It will be focused on the open science questions, the status and
future of our supporting modeling and laboratory experimental
capabilities, the definition of the required measurements and
instrument capabilities for future investigations from orbit or
landed on surfaces.
The invited Speakers are:
Dan Britt: Surface Properties of Asteroids
Jim Burch: Rosetta Results on Cometary Plasmas
Jasper Halekas: Plasma Environment of the Moon
Vicky Hamilton: Osiris Rex
Sascha Kempf: Europa Dust Environment
Mark Showalter: Search for the dust torus around Mars
Jamey Szalay: Dust Environment of the Moon
Alexander Zakharov: Mars, Phobos, Deimos Dust environment
We plan to have numerous contributed talks and encourage your
The abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2016.
Alan Stern and Mihaly Horanyi
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].