Issue 16-34, September 9, 2016
- DPS/EPSC WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2016
- REMINDERS FOR UPCOMING DPS 48/EPSC 11 DEADLINES
- REQUEST FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE CONCEPTS FOR CUBESATS/SMALLSATS
- CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY
- A WORKSHOP FOR EARLY–CAREER ASTRONOMERS WHO WANT TO DO BETTER OUTREACH
- ASTEROID REDIRECT MISSION VIRTUAL INDUSTRY DAY
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DPS/EPSC WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2016
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 18th from 12:00-1:30 pm for the annual DPS/EPSC
Women in Planetary Science event in room C106 of the Pasadena Convention
Center (conference venue). The discussion this year will focus on “Being an
Ally” and related planetary science demographic information. All are welcome!
Due to the generosity of the DPS committee we will be able to provide boxed l
unches this year. Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2016 is required
due to space limitations.
Lunch orders must be placed by SEPTEMBER 15TH.
Contact [email protected] with questions.
REMINDERS FOR UPCOMING DPS 48/EPSC 11 DEADLINES
Pasadena, CA, 16-21 October 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center
* Important dates
– 14 September: Hotel Reservations Deadline
– 15 September: Women in Planetary Science Lunch Order Deadline
– 16 September: Dependent Care Grant Application Deadline
– 16 September: Late Registration Deadline
– 21 September: Open Mic Submissions Deadline
The DPS is grateful to our Meeting Sponsors:
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Southwest Research Institute
Planetary Science Institute
The Planetary Society
Space Science Institute
The University of Arizona Press
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
REQUEST FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE CONCEPTS FOR CUBESATS/SMALLSATS
As Mike Seablom discussed during the August OPAG meeting, the NASA
Space Mission Directorate, SMD, and STMD are surveying mission concepts
for small satellites. If you have planetary science concepts that you could
provide, that would greatly help him respond to OMB and OSTP (which
could be good for us!). The concepts could include daughter-craft, swarms,
formations, or stand-alone SmallSats/CubeSats.
For the survey, we want ideas at a fairly high level that are shared with the
community and therefore should not be proprietary. These concepts do not
have to be at the detailed level, so it is not in conflict with the SmallSat
solicitation call that just came out, which will not be shared publicly.
To submit a concept, please use the format in the PowerPoint file provided.
After completion, send the file to Patricia Beauchamp at
[email protected] no later than September 30, 2016.
She will collect all the material and forward it to Mike.
A copy of this notice is also available on the OPAG website at
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE NASA INFRARED TELESCOPE FACILITY
DEADLINE: Monday 03 October 2016
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals. The due date for the
2017A semester (February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017) is Monday, October 3, 2016.
See our online submission form, which is available for proposal submission from
12:00AM on September 01, 2016 until 5:00PM on October 03, 2016 HST.
Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 0.7 – 5.3 micron cross-dispersed
medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500) and imager; (2) MORIS, a
512×512 pixel Andor CCD camera (60″x60″ field-of-view) mounted at the
side-facing window of the SpeX cryostat that can be used simultaneously with
SpeX; (3) iSHELL, a 1.1 – 5.3 micron cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph
(up to R=70,000) and imager. Information on available instruments and
performance can be found at:http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/Facility.
PI-led visitor instruments (available on a collaborative basis with the instrument
team) include: TEXES (5-20 micron high-resolution spectrograph; contact
Matt Richter at [email protected] for more information), BASS
(3-14 micron spectrometer; contact Ray Russell at [email protected])
and CELESTE (5-25 micron echelle spectrometer; contact Don Jennings at
Remote observing is available with SpeX, MORIS, and iSHELL. Requests
for remote observing must be made in the proposal application – later requests
will be considered if requested at least one month ahead of time. If you wish
to observe from your home institution, you must comply with the requirements
for video conferencing and instrument operation provided on the
Remote Observers Information page. Observers are strongly encouraged to
contact Miranda Hawarden-Ogata ([email protected]) to set up a test
of the video link and user interface at least one month prior to their observing
run. We cannot guarantee a successful remote observing connection on short
notice since we have no control of hardware and software compatibility on
the user’s side. It is the responsibility of the PI to provide up to date observing
To keep our bibliography up to date, and to ensure future funding of the
IRTF, we ask that you send us citations to your latest IRTF publications.
You can check your publications using our website bibliography page for
Please send any missing references to Bobby Bus ([email protected]),
and please continue to include in your paper the acknowledgement to the
IRTF and the name of the instrument used as described at:
Important Notice: A new policy regarding the public archiving of IRTF
data has been put in place, effective August 1, 2016. Raw data files taken
with IRTF facility instruments after August 1, 2016 will be made publicly
available via an online archive after a proprietary period of 18 months
from the date of observation. As part of the archive process, the abstract
field on the proposal form has been increased to 300 words. This abstract
should now include summaries of both the scientific and technical
justifications for the observing program, and will be preserved as part
of the public archive.
A WORKSHOP FOR EARLY-CAREER ASTRONOMERS
WHO WANT TO DO BETTER OUTREACH
(Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan 3 & 4, 2017 at the start of the American
Astronomical Society Meeting near Dallas, TX)
The American Astronomical Society is sponsoring a skill-building workshop
— and an ongoing community — to support early-career astronomers (graduate
students, post-docs, recent faculty) in doing effective outreach to schools,
families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program
(now in its fifth year) offers you two days of hands-on training, extensive
resources and pre-tested activities (plus a like-minded group of peers.) If you
are a younger astronomer with an interest in spending a fraction of your time
helping students or the public become more scientifically literate, this is an
invitation to join the growing Ambassadors community.
Among many other topics, we will discuss the opportunity for astronomy
education represented by the Aug. 21, 2017 “All-American” eclipse of the
Sun, and what programs, resources, and ideas are already being developed
to help you do classroom and public outreach for it.
For now, some of the costs are being underwritten by the AAS Council (so
registration and materials are free; and one night’s lodging can be provided).
The workshop for the “Astronomy Ambassadors” program will be held on the
day before and part of the first day of the January 2017 AAS meeting.
Participants will spend two active days learning techniques, examining
selected materials, and getting to know both each other and an existing
community of astronomers who do and support outreach activities. There will
be sessions appropriate for those who have done outreach already and for
those who are just beginners. No experience is required. We especially want
to encourage participation by members of groups underrepresented in science.
Applications are due by no later than Oct. 17, 2016.
For more about the program, see:
For more information about the 2017 workshop, visit:
To complete an online application, go to:
ASTEROID REDIRECT MISSION VIRTUAL INDUSTRY DAY
On Sept. 14, 2016, NASA will host a live Asteroid Redirect Mission Virtual
Industry Day at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The event is open to the public for virtual participation only, and follows
the Sept. 6 release of the Asteroid Redirect Mission Umbrella for Partnerships
(ARM-UP) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), and its two appendices:
- Appendix A: Hosted Payloads on Robotic Segment of ARM
- Appendix B: Investigation Team Membership Call
The Industry Day will provide an ARM status update, an introduction to the
BAA and Appendices A and B, and also will include an overview of the mission’s
progress since the last Asteroid Redirect Mission Community Update in Oct. 2015.
The virtual event will be streamed live through Adobe Connect, and viewers will
be able to ask questions throughout the event.
The stream will be accessible starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 14:
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
Space Sector Department
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
B) TENURE-TRACK ASTRONOMER
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has immediate openings for
tenure-track Astronomer (50% research, 50% mission support) and Scientist
(20% research, 80% mission support) positions. STScI operates the Hubble
Space Telescope, will be the science operations center for the James Webb
Space Telescope, and is involved in other observatories, missions and
mission studies. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in
astronomy, planetary science, or a related field. Experience with space-
or ground-based observations, observatory systems, instruments, or data
archives is particularly sought, and theoretical, computational and data
analysis skills are also valuable. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2016.
Further details may be found at:
Job # 16-0223 – Astronomer
Job # 16-0224 – Scientist
C) TENURE TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].