Issue 16-35, September 18, 2016
- DPS LOGO SHIRTS AT LANDS’ END
- REMINDERS FOR UPCOMING DPS 48/EPSC 11 DEADLINES
- JWST EVENTS AT DPS 48/EPSC 11
- NASA SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE SEEKING VOLUNTEER REVIEWERS
- DAP-2017 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- MID-CYCLE OBSERVATIONS WITH HST
- AGU-JPGU JOINT MEETING MAY 20-25, 2017
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DPS LOGO SHIRTS AT LANDS’ END
For those of you who want to sport pride in your professional society at this fall’s
meeting, you can now order Lands’ End apparel festooned with the DPS logo.
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and the customer #4348569. They usually turn orders around in 2 weeks or so,
so there’s still time to have orders delivered before you leave for Pasadena!
REMINDERS FOR UPCOMING DPS 48/EPSC 11 DEADLINES
Pasadena, CA, 16-21 October 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center
* Important date
– 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)
JWST EVENTS AT DPS 48/EPSC 11
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to launch in October 2018,
and the first proposal deadlines are quickly approaching over the next 18 months.
The project and STScI are working on a series of workshops and events to help
prepare the community with proposal tools, capabilities, opportunities, and deadlines.
At the DPS 48/EPSC 11 Meeting, the JWST will host two events as follows:
Sunday, October 16 from 1:00pm-4:00pm there will be a JWST Early Release
Science (ERS) Program Workshop in C106 at the Pasadena Convention Center.
This workshop will help prepare the community for ERS proposals with proposal
preparation demonstration and community discussion. ERS proposals will be due
in the Spring 2017! The workshop will be available to individuals unable to attend
the meeting via WebEx and connection details will be posted soon here:
On Tuesday, October 18 from 12:00pm-1:30pm JWST will hold a Townhall event
“Observing the Solar System with the JWST” in C107 at the Pasadena Convention
Center. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants (Registration for the event
is not required) – sponsored by Ball Aerospace. A special presentation will be given
by Will Grundy (Lowell Observatory) as well as status and updates for solar system
STScI has already begun a series of webinars which have been recorded and are
available here along with a future schedule:
To receive future announcements and reminders, please send a blank email to
Subscribers will receive an email back with a link to click to confirm their intent
to join. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stefanie Milam
Mission Concept Briefing on the Far-IR Surveyor
Latest updates on the mission concept for the Far-IR Survey will be presented
at the upcoming DPS 48/EPSC 11 Meeting on Monday, October 17 from
12:30pm-2:00pm in Ballroom F at the Pasadena Convention Center.
NASA initiated a community-based process to identify Mission Concepts for
candidate large missions to follow the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
and the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). The Science and
Technology Definition Team (STDT) has been organized for the Far-IR Surveyor
(http://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/firs/) and has a charter to deliver a competitive mission
concept for the next Astrophysics decadal survey.
Members of the Solar System Community are encouraged to participate in this
meeting to hear about the anticipated mission architecture, key science goals, and
future activities to help define a competitive mission concept for the next
generation space observatory.
NASA’S SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE IS SEEKING
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to
serve as mail-in and/or panel meeting reviewers of proposals to ROSES
and other solicitations. Just follow the links below to the volunteer review
forms and click the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself
to be a subject matter. If your skills match our needs for this review we will
contact you to discuss scheduling.
We are currently seeking reviewers for:
The names of the programs above should contain links to those individual
review forms, but the landing page all of these forms may be found at:
DAP-2017 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small
Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop will be held at LASP in Boulder, Colorado on
January 11-13, 2017. The workshop will be a forum to (i) discuss
current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons
of Mars, and comets and asteroids, (ii) share new results from past and
ongoing missions to airless bodies and comets, and (iii) describe
expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and
comets. The meeting web site is hosted at:
DAP-2017 is a NASA/SSERVI follow up on two previous NASA/NLSI-SSERVI
workshops, LDAP-2010 and DAP-2012. Contributions to LDAP-2010 and
DAP-2012 were published in special issues of Planetary and Space
Sciences. A similar volume is planned to report the contributions to
The workshop is hosted by M. Horanyi and A. Stern, and supported by
NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI):
Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust
(IMPACT), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), and
the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies (CIPS) of the University of
The DAP-2017 abstract deadline is Sept. 30th, 2016; submit your
abstract to [email protected]
MID-CYCLE OBSERVATIONS WITH HST
Proposers are reminded of the upcoming deadline for Mid-Cycle GO
proposals. Mid-Cycle GO proposals MUST meet the following prime
1. Proposers must provide an explanation of why the proposal could not
have been submitted in response to the standard annual Call for
Proposals: for example, the target source may have been identified
subsequent to the most recent proposal deadline.
2. Proposers must provide a clear description of the scientific urgency
of these observations and why they should be executed in the present
Mid-Cycle GO proposals will also have the following characteristics:
· Proposals are limited to requesting no more than 10 orbits;
· Observations should have minimal constraints to maximize scheduling
· Observations taken for accepted programs will have a proprietary
period of no more than 3 months;
· Proposals may request only HST time – joint proposals are not
· Proposers may apply for all available instruments. Proposals must be
compliant with the technical restrictions described in the Cycle 24 Call
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND REVIEW
Proposals should be submitted via the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT)
as type GO, using the Mid-Cycle template for the pdf attachment.
Proposals may be submitted by 23:59 pm on September 30, 2016; valid
proposals submitted after that deadline will be held over for the second
mid-cycle Cycle 24 review in February 2017. The proposals will be
distributed for review by members of the community, with the results
released by mid-November. There are no restrictions on re-submitting
unsuccessful proposals in response to the Cycle 25 Call, which has a
deadline of April 7, 2017.
Full details are found at:
AGU-JPGU JOINT MEETING MAY 20-25, 2017
The first joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and the American
Geophysical Union will be held from May 20-25, 2017 in Chiba, Japan
(http://www.jpgu.org/index-e/). The meeting covers frontier research in all
areas of Space and Planetary Science, Solid Earth, Atmosphere and
Hydrosphere Science, Biogeoscience, and Human Geoscience. The program
committee, consisting of members from both Unions, welcomes you to submit
your session proposals at http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2017/.
The call is open from Sept. 1 – Oct. 13, 2016 5 PM JST.
Abstract submission will be open from Jan. 6-Feb. 16, 2017.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) FACULTY POSITION IN PLANETARY
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee
B) CO-INVESTIGATOR NEEDED FOR NEO FOLLOW-UP PROJECT
Must have good telescope skills and experience, especially hands on
with sub 1.0-m telescopes of all kinds and a variety of CCD cameras,
extensive experience in astrometry of MPs (especially NEOs). Must be
able to stand in for PI, manage data analyst and programmer as well as
manage 3 telescopes, two on-site in S. Arizona and one remote in the
Sierra Nevada in California. Must live local to S. Arizona and have
own car. Experience in programing, especially Visual Basic and FORTRAN,
a definite plus. This is a VERY hands-on position requiring learning
Tenagra Observatories’ NEO nightly triage and tools for morning
analysis output from moving body detection system as well as trouble
shooting 3 telescopes. Candidates must have a high level of
independence and creative solutions from hardware to software. Some
overseas travel necessary.
Position begins 1/1/17 and ends 12/31/20.
Contact: Michael Schwartz, [email protected]
C) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IMPRS PHD POSITIONS
IN SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE IN GÖTTINGEN, GERMANY
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15, 2016
The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science
at the University of Göttingen ( http://www.solar-system-school.de )
invites applications for several PhD positions.
I would be grateful if you could distribute the announcement below to
your institute’s mailing list and specifically bring it to the attention
If you wish, you can also download and post the announcement as well as
our poster from
or share the facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/MPSGoettingen
Thank you very much for your consideration,
D) TENURE TRACK W2/W3 PROFESSORSHIP IN EXPERIMENTAL
PLANETOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF BAYREUTH
The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with
internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile fields in
research and teaching. At the Bavarian Research Institute of
Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (Bayerisches Geoinstitut) of
the University of Bayreuth applications are invited for a tenure
track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology.
The position will be initially filled at the associate professor level
(W2) but can be converted to a full professorship (W3) upon successful
demonstration of excellence in research and teaching. The Bayerisches
Geoinstitut is seeking an outstanding scientist with broad experience
in experimental methods to investigate aspects of planetary formation,
evolution and tectonic processes. Candidates are sought from the fields
of experimental petrology, geochemistry and geophysics whose research
interests embrace the study of the origin, composition, structure and
dynamics of planets and, in particular, planetary interiors.
Please send your cover letter, CV, a publications list, a list of
courses taught, your certificates, and a description of your research
to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences by
26.10.2016. Please also submit an identical copy of your application
as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to [email protected].
E) GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR, EXTRASOLAR PLANETS
The George Mason University (htt://www.gmu.edu/) Department of Physics
and Astronomy invites candidates a tenure-track faculty position in
Extrasolar Planets. George Mason University has a strong institutional
commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its
faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who
will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The successful candidate is expected to carry out a vigorous and
externally funded research program; teach courses at the undergraduate
and graduate levels; and provide service activities.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a
closely related field, prior to the first day of this appointment.
Well-qualified candidates will have postdoctoral research experience
and show promise for developing an independent and externally funded
research program. Consideration for expertise in observational and
theoretical studies of extrasolar planets including detection,
characterization and formation and evolution.
For a complete listing of duties and qualifications, and to apply for
position F9967z, go to:
George Mason University is an EO/AA employer. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].