Issue 16-46, December 4, 2016
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- PLANETARY SCIENCE VISION 2050 WORKSHOP ABSTRACTS DUE
- SEEKING MEMBERS FOR THE WFIRST SOLAR SYSTEM WORKING GROUP
- THE EXOCLIPSE CONFERENCE – EXPLORING NEW WORLDS IN THE SHADE
- AGU-JPGU JOINT MEETING MAY 20-25, 2017
- 4*P COMA MORPHOLOGY CAMPAIGN
- NEXT EGU CONFERENCE
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
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PLANETARY SCIENCE VISION 2050 WORKSHOP ABSTRACTS DUE
ABSTRACT DEADLINE DECEMBER 9, 2016
So often our planning horizon in planetary sciences is shorter than the time
it takes to develop critical technologies for missions. And we don’t often take
the time to think strategically about what we want to be doing scientifically
20 or 30 or more years from now. This workshop and the resulting report is
a chance for our community to bring their ideas to an open forum where we
can look far into the future and imagine what we might be doing in planetary
science in 2050. Only through exercises such as this can we think strategically
about what we have to do now scientifically and in technology development to
enable these visions to become reality.
This workshop is not a decadal survey activity. Nonetheless, it will inform
future strategic planning processes, like the next decadal survey. If you or your
colleagues have ideas about where you feel your field should be going, or if you
have a vision of where you feel we should be in 34 years and how we might be
able to get there, please submit an abstract.
The 5 themes for the workshop have their roots in the planetary science decadal
survey and map to NASA’s current goals for Planetary Science:
ORIGINS — understanding formation and evolution of solar systems (including
WORKINGS — understanding how the processes in our solar system operate,
interact, and evolve
LIFE — improve our understanding of the origin and evolution of life,
including Earth analogs, to guide our search for life elsewhere
THREATS AND RESOURCES — identify and characterize objects that
pose threats to Earth or offer resources for human exploration
OTHER — other thoughts about where we might be in three decades that
are not captured above (e.g., terraforming; mining for resources)
However, we are looking beyond these near-term concepts to where they
will take us in the future.
SEEKING MEMBERS FOR THE WFIRST SOLAR SYSTEM WORKING GROUP
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is NASA’s next
flagship mission after JWST. WFIRST is on track for a 2025 launch and
a 6 year primary mission. This mission has two primary instruments: the
Wide Field Instrument (WFI) with a 0.25 square degree FOV and the
Coronagraph Instrument (CGI), which is designed to take images and
spectra of super-Earths. Between the two instruments, WFIRST will be
capable of imaging and grism spectroscopy over the wavelength range
0.7-2 microns as well as R~100 spectroscopy with an IFU. More details
can be found here:
We are soliciting participants for the WFIRST Solar System Working
Group to help develop science cases and provide input to the project
team on instrumentation and observatory constraints. If you are
interested please contact either of the co-leads, James (Gerbs) Bauer
(JPL – [email protected]) or Stefanie Milam (NASA/GSFC –
[email protected]) by December 30, 2016.
THE EXOCLIPSE CONFERENCE – EXPLORING NEW WORLDS IN THE SHADE
2017 Aug 20-24
Exoclipse is an exoplanet conference with focus on microlensing, direct, RV,
and transit detection and characterization of exoplanets. Hosted by Boise State
University, the conference spans five days and includes a trip to view the total
solar eclipse. Friends and family are welcome.
SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Charles Beichman (California
Institute of Technology), David Bennett (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center),
Beth Biller (University of Edinburgh), Sarah Dodson-Robinson (University of
Delaware), Hannah Jang-Condell (University of Wyoming), Bruce Macintosh
(Stanford University), Stan Metchev (University of Western Ontario), & Aki
Roberge (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Christine Chang (Boise State University),
Brian Jackson (Boise State University), Daryl Macomb (Boise State University),
Christian Marois (NRC-Herzberg), Angelle Tanner (Mississippi State University),
& Tiffany Watkins (Boise State University)
AGU-JPGU JOINT MEETING MAY 20-25, 2017
The first joint meeting of the Japan Geosciences Union and the American
Geophysical Union will be held from May 20-25, 2017 in Makuhari Messe,
Greater Tokyo area, Japan: http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2017/.
The meeting will cover frontier research in all areas of Space and Planetary
Science, Solid Earth, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere Science, Biogeoscience,
and Human Geoscience. The list of scientific sessions and their schedule is
now available at: http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2017/session_list/ and
Abstract submission will be open from Jan. 6-Feb. 16, 2017.
4*P COMA MORPHOLOGY CAMPAIGN
As you may know three comets (41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and
45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in early 2017, and 46P/Wirtanen
in late 2018) will have close approaches (0.08-0.15 AU) to Earth.
Three close approaches in two years is a relatively rare occurrence.
Similar to the Comet ISON Coma Morphology Campaign, we are
organizing this 4*P Coma Morphology Campaign and are requesting
the participation of both professional and amateur astronomers.
The goal is to achieve science facilitated by a multi-longitudinal
Please look at:
http://www.psi.edu/41P45P46P for more
information related to the campaign.
Nalin Samarasinha, Beatrice Mueller, Matthew Knight, Tony Farnham,
and Walt Harris
NEXT EGU CONFRENCE
The next EGU conference will be held in Vienna on 23-28 April 2017.
Abstracts to this session can be submitted at the EGU website:
Abstract submission deadline : January 11, 2017
We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to the Session:
Outer planets, icy satellites and rings
Conveners: Athena Coustenis, Glenn Orton, Linda Spilker, Sushil K. Atreya,
Christina Plainaki, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, Nicolas Altobelli
Session details are described and abstract submission is possible at:
Please also consider submitting abstracts in the session
Initial Results from Juno’s Exploration of Jupiter and the Earth-based
Convener: Scott Bolton; Co-Conveners: Paul Hartogh, Tristan Guillot,
Glenn Orton, John Connerney, Jean-Claude Gérard
Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna,
With best regards,
Outer planets, icy satellites and rings
This session welcomes papers about the outer planets and Pluto systems,
including their satellites with atmospheres or not, with special emphasis
on observations (both from space and from the ground), modelling, and
theoretical interpretation. Abstracts on satellite interactions with their
neutral environments, and ring systems are also welcome. Supporting
laboratory investigations and concepts for future spacecraft missions and
investigations are also relevant to this session.
Initial Results from Juno’s Exploration of Jupiter and the Earth-based
NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter
on July 4, 2016. Juno’s scientific objectives include the study of Jupiter’s
interior, atmosphere and magnetosphere with the goal of understanding
Jupiter’s origin, formation and evolution. An extensive campaign of Earth
based observations of Jupiter and the solar wind were orchestrated to
complement Juno measurements during Juno’s approach to Jupiter and
during its orbital mission around Jupiter. This session provides results
from the Juno measurements and the collaborative campaign during the
early phases of Juno’s prime mission. Scientific results include Jupiter’s
interior structure, magnetic field, deep atmospheric dynamics and
composition, and the first in-situ exploration of Jupiter’s polar
magnetosphere and aurorae.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
Johns Hopkins University
Deadline February 15, 2017
JPL/Caltech Postdoctoral Program
Date Posted: 12/01/2016
Application Deadline: 01/23/2017
Research Opportunity: 0000712
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars
Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a
postdoctoral research position with the Exoplanet and Comparative Planetary
Sciences team, and working with scientists in both the JPL Astrophysics &
Space Science and Planetary Science Sections. The goal of this initiative at
JPL and Caltech is to build on the existing experience and expertise on
astrophysics and planetary science, to develop deeper connections across
these fields to improve our ability to discover, characterize, and understand
exoplanets in their broader context. Therefore, we are seeking a postdoctoral
scholar who will contribute to this endeavor.
JPL provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers
with interests spanning exoplanetary science, astronomy, planetary and earth
sciences, and the associated technologies that enable this work, as well as many
opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the Caltech campus. Between
Astrophysics and Planetary Science, there are more than one hundred active
Scientists at JPL, working on many projects, instruments, and missions, and
creating diverse opportunities for interactions and collaborations. JPL also hosts
the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office, whose co-location
provides many additional opportunities for interactions with the broader community
of exoplanetary science.
The successful candidate will be expected to lead and publish research in any
area related to exoplanetary science (theoretical, observational, or instrumental),
to interact and work with scientists at JPL and Caltech, and to assist in coordinating
collaborative or community efforts across JPL and Caltech. Strong preference
will be given to candidates who demonstrate willingness and potential to look
to the future of the field, and who can articulate their vision. Candidates should
have a recent PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, planetary science or
related fields. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five
years since the date of their application are eligible. The successful applicant
will have a specific sponsor appointed as a mentor at JPL.
The annual starting salary will be commensurate with the established Caltech
postdoctoral rates at JPL, which can vary somewhat according to the selected
applicant’s qualifications. The appointee will also receive health insurance and
additional resources for research-related expenses and will have access to local
facilities, including Palomar Observatory and the JPL Supercomputing Facility.
Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period
and may be renewed up to a maximum of three years.
A complete application will consist of 1) a cover letter describing the particular
interest in the opportunity, and the specific connections and potential collaborations
that are envisioned, 2) a CV that includes contact information, a bibliography
which clearly shows the refereed publications, and contact information for
three reference letter writers, and 3) a statement describing current and
proposed research. For this last item, the applicant may choose to separate
the current and proposed statements, or to have them written as one unit;
and there is no specific page limit, though 3-4 pages is a general guideline.
For full consideration, please submit these by January 23, 2017.
Information about science at JPL can be found at https://science.jpl.nasa.gov
and specifically for the Exoplanetary Initiative at https://exoplanetary.jpl.nasa.gov.
For more information, please contact the JPL Postdoc Office at
[email protected], and they can direct questions as appropriate.
Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.
Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected] .