Issue 16-45, November 20, 2016
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- DEADLINE EXTENDED: ICES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
- CALL FOR PAPERS: PLANETARY SPACE SCIENCE SPECIAL ISSUE
- TRICK OR TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- OPAG MEETING AGENDA
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I would like to echo the statement sent by AAS President Christine Jones on
behalf of the AAS council released on November 18
by copying it below.
As President of the American Astronomical Society, I wish to remind members
and other stakeholders of the Society’s resolute commitment to promote inclusiveness.
In keeping with the AAS Council’s recent adoption of a comprehensive code of ethics,
it is the responsibility of each of us to treat every member of our Society — and every
member of society more generally — with respect and dignity, regardless of race,
ethnicity, skin color, national origin, age, disability, religion, faith, gender identity,
gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political opinions.
I expressed similar sentiments in my last President’s Column, but they bear repeating
in the aftermath of a polarizing national election that has been followed by a growing
number of cruel incidents.
We must all be committed to ensuring an astronomy community that is safe and
welcoming for all people, especially those who are currently underrepresented in
our science and/or marginalized by society at large. I urge all AAS members to be
mindful of how we treat each other and to support students and colleagues, especially
those who may now feel threatened or frightened by recently reported acts of harassment,
intimidation, and violence against people of color, women of all backgrounds,
immigrants of all statuses, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+
persons, and those at the intersections of these axes. I am especially troubled by
hateful acts occurring on the campuses of educational institutions.
Finally, as our colleagues in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) frequently
point out, science plays a central role in America’s security, economy, and well-being.
Let’s do our part to ensure that science continues to make our country more secure,
more prosperous, and more comfortable — for everyone.
— President Christine Jones for the AAS Council
I think we can do two things: reach out to our colleagues who may feel threatened
or unsafe and offer them our support and empathy. And continue to pursue our
scientific endeavors for the benefit of everyone in the world.
–Lucy McFadden, DPS Chair
RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
AAS emailed members in early September announcing the start of membership
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: ICES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
The abstract submission deadline for the Ices in the Solar System Workshop
has been extended to Wednesday, November 23rd, 23:59 CET, to accommodate
the exceptional interest of the community for this event.
This workshop will focus on experimental and mission data relevant for the
past and future exploration of volatile rich bodies in the Solar System.The
pre-registration has shown a strong interest in this topic with over one hundred
participants expected. The topics covered by this workshop will include:
- Experimental research and associated modeling (preparation of ice analogs
and experimental weathering in the lab, analysis and modeling techniques to
infer optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, thermodynamical, structural and
· Mission data revealing ices and their properties, composition, geological
context and history in the Outer Solar System (Rings, icy moons, KBOs
and Kuiper Belt), Asteroid Belt, Mars (polar caps, ground ice) or well
within the snow line (Mercury, Moon).
· The astrobiological potential of ices and their role and transport during
the Solar System evolution- including the connection to the interstellar
medium, proto-solar nebulae, icy giants and planetesimals formation.
The LOC for the Ices in the Solar System Workshop
CALL FOR PAPERS: PLANETARY SPACE SCIENCE SPECIAL ISSUE
“Atmospheres, Magnetospheres and Surfaces of the outer planets, their satellites
and ring systems: Part XII”
Following up on our previous 11 special issues for PSS on this subject, we invite
colleagues who have recently given a presentation concerning outer planets and
their systems at one of the 2015-2016 Planetary meetings (EGU, DPS-EPSC,
AOGS, AGU, JpGU, EWASS, EANA, etc) to submit a paper in a new special
issue of Planetary and Space Science on the subject of the sessions regarding
the Atmospheres, Magnetospheres and Surfaces of the outer planets, their
satellites and ring systems.
All papers presented in these meetings (solicited, contributed oral and posters)
and concerning results on the outer planets and their systems, as well as
laboratory or modelling work for the analysis of such data, are welcome to an
article in this PSS issue.
This special issue will include also solicited reviews on the progress in the
research concerning outer planets systems in the past years (likely themes could
include the giant planets, the icy moons, the rings, etc)… This issue will cover
also some of the recent discoveries from space missions like Cassini-Huygens
and Juno. We would also welcome papers from the New Horizons mission to
Pluto and its system.
The deadline for submission of the manuscripts for this issue will be end of
April 2017. Please forward this message to other colleagues who may be
interested and kindly send us an indication of interest for submitting a
manuscript as soon as possible and in any case before mid-December 2016.
We do not have a specific page limitation. Submitted manuscripts should be
written in good, grammatical English. Care should be taken to ensure that the
wording is matter of fact and not superfluous. The text should be long enough
to deal with the subject in a scientific manner, and this varies depending on
the subject being handled. Authors are invited to submit their paper in the
appropriate PSS electronic format to the Journal’s web site using the guidelines
for the authors. The usual refereeing process is applied for publication in PSS.
The issue is now open for submissions.
Instructions for submission:
The submission website for this journal is located at:
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified please select the name of
the special issue when you upload your manuscripts: SI:Outer Planets XII
Looking forward to your manuscripts and indications of interest,
The Guest Editors
– Athena Coustenis ([email protected])
– Sushil Atreya ([email protected])
– Julie Castillo ([email protected])
– Ingo Müller-Wodarg ([email protected])
– Linda Spilker ([email protected])
– Giovanni Strazzulla ([email protected])
TRICK OR TREAT AND TELESCOPES
If you have any anecdotes from, pictures of, or numbers of people attending
our first “Trick-or-Treat and Telescopes” evening, please send them to
OPAG FEBRUARY MEETING AGENDA
Dear OPAG community,
The next OPAG meeting will be 22-23 February 2016, at the Georgian Terrace
in Atlanta (http://www.thegeorgianterrace.com/), hosted by Georgia Tech.
Below is a draft list of agenda items, with requests for inputs in a few areas.
— Alfred McEwen, OPAG chair
Welcome — Alfred McEwen
PSD update — Jim Green
Outer Planets update — Curt Niebur
Europa Lander SDT results and discussion — SDT chairs (Kevin Hand,
Alison Murray, Jim Garvin)
Europa Clipper updates — Bob Pappalardo
Europa-Enceladus plumes workshop summary — from one of the
conveners (Carly Howett, John Spencer, Matt Hedman)
Cassini update — Linda Spilker
Juno update — Scott Bolton
Ice Giant SDT results — Amy Simon and Mark Hofstadter
Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds study — Amanda Hendrix and Terry Hurford, maybe others
New Frontiers mission concepts to outer planets —
(email [email protected] if you are interested in presenting)
Summary from Nat. Academy Searching for Life workshop — TBD (Jim Kasting?)
Update of Nat. Academy R&A study?
LUVOIR study — Britney Schmidt
Participating Scientist study — Louis Prockter
2-minute presentations of science nuggets (send to [email protected])
Technology posters and 2-minute oral summaries
Discussion of draft findings — Alfred McEwen
Special Wed night public talk on Cassini — Linda Spilker
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
B612 is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on orbital dynamics
problems related to Planetary Defense from asteroid impacts on Earth.
The fellow is expected to conduct original research in collaboration with
B612 and University of Washington researchers. Areas of research could
include asteroid deflection scenarios and mission planning, the evolution
of individual asteroid impact probabilities, implications of near term asteroid
discovery improvements on the catalog of known asteroid risks and the
distribution of asteroid deflection cases, as well as other topics in Planetary
Defense. The applicant is expected to be based in either Silicon Valley or
Seattle. The position will collaborate closely with University of Washington
faculty and members of the LSST team.
- ALMA AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
The ALMA Ambassadors Postdoctoral Program provides training and
a $10,000 research grant to postdoctoral researchers interested in expanding
their ALMA/interferometry expertise and sharing that knowledge with their
home institutions through the organization of ALMA Cycle 5 proposal writing
workshops. The NAASC will sponsor a group of selected postdocs to travel to
NAASC headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia for 3 days in February 2017
to receive in depth training in topics related to ALMA proposal writing (including
interferometry basics, ALMA science capabilities, recent ALMA headlines, and
use of the Observing Tool) as well as guidance with speaking on these topics.
The postdocs will then return to their home institutions to host a local day-long
proposal writing workshop (similar to an abbreviated version of Community Day
and NRAO Live! events from previous observing cycles) in Feb/March 2017 in
advance of the Cycle 5 ALMA proposal deadline in April.
All talk materials, supplies, and infrastructure for the workshops are provided
by the NAASC. A $10,000 monetary grant is offered in support of the selected
postdocs’ independent research programs. Postdocs with some radio or sub-mm
interferometry experience are preferred. Postdocs must be based at a US institution.
Although not required, we will consider multiple postdoctoral applicants from
the same institution.
Deadline to apply is December 15th. To apply please send a CV and a cover letter
explaining: (i) your interest in the program, (ii) your experience with interferometry,
(iii) any experience you have giving talks, and (iv) your availability to attend a
training workshop in Charlottesville in February 2017 to Sabrina Stierwalt
Deadline December 30, 2016
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected].