Issue 16-47, December 11, 2016
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: PLANETARY SCIENCE EXAMPLES FROM PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- REGISTRATION FOR SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) MEETING 16
- CALL FOR PAPERS (SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT) – SIXTH MARS POLAR CONFERENCE
- EXOPLANET SCIENCE WITH SMALL TELESCOPES: PRECISE RADIAL VELOCITIES
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: PLANETARY SCIENCE EXAMPLES
FROM PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE
Monday: The DPS Committee reviewed, discussed and passed the 2017
budget in an hour! Thanks to treasurer, Andy Rivkin for leading that effort,
for the subcommittee chairs getting in their requests, and to the Committee
for discussing and voting it approved. The budget funds telecommunications
and activities of the subcommittees, and travel for the Committee’s and
federal relations subcommittee members’ Congressional visits in the spring.
Next on our agenda is reviewing charges of all subcommittees.
Tuesday: Ben Feist (yes, the singer’s brother), recounted at Goddard Space
Flight Center last week, his personal pathway to a project restoring the Apollo
17 mission timeline http://benfeist.com/project-apollo-17. That lead to Apollo
17 in real-time http://apollo17.org. As Ben said, he did this to engage people
in the history of our space program, and he succeeded! It is awesome.
Back to Monday: The subcommittee on professional climate and culture and
our secretary’s newsletter (thank you Anne Verbiscer), brought to my attention
Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop. So I took a side trip to vision 33
years down the road, asking among my network of younger colleagues to
contribute to an abstract. Five of my 8 co-authors wouldn’t have proposed to
this opportunity, if I weren’t going to AGU and wasn’t writing an abstract for ACM.
Wednesday: Back to the present with some current data from the Dawn mission
reviewing plans for upcoming data collection. It is fun and a privilege.
Thursday: Drafted Planetary Visions abstract, sent to co-authors for review and
Friday: Revised and submitted in spite of the fact that the deadline was moved
forward to next week.
I truly appreciate the opportunity to lead the division for planetary science
this year. As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to pause to
enjoy it, spend time with those we love, and recommit our efforts to explore
and share our knowledge broadly so that we inspire, engage and enlighten
those in the world around us. Happy Holidays.
RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
AAS emailed members in early September announcing the start of membership
renewal season, and many took notice. Online renewals are arriving at a steady
pace. If you have already paid your dues, thanks for your continued support.
To help reduce costs and the Society’s carbon footprint, we encourage you to
renew online today for fast, easy self-service. Simply log in to pay your dues,
to confirm or update your journal subscriptions and Division memberships,
and to lock in savings for 2017 by renewing for two years at the current rate.
(Note: That last option isn’t available to junior members, who instead get two
years for the price of one — currently $81 —when first joining the Society,
then renew annually thereafter.)
Renew before 31 December to maintain your benefits and receive additional
savings: the AAS will extend a one-time 15% discount off your portion of the
author charges for one paper published in the Astronomical Journal, the
Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, or ApJ Supplement. Eligible members
can double their savings: if you renew by 31 December for two years, you will
receive the 15% author discount on one paper each in 2017 and 2018.
The Society has much planned for 2017 — including the 229th meeting of the
AAS in Grapevine, TX in January — so you won’t want to miss out on the latest
science, member communications, and career and networking opportunities.
Supporting the AAS is supporting your discipline. Renew today!
If you have any questions about your dues or benefits, or need assistance
when logging in, please contact the membership team by email at
[email protected] or by phone at 202-328-2010. Thank you!
REGISTRATION FOR SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
JANUARY 11-13, 2017 TUCSON, ARIZONA
Information about the 16th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment
Group (SBAG), including registration, is now available. You can
access it either through the “Registration” link on the SBAG website at
or directly at
The meeting will start Wednesday morning, and end Friday noon.
An agenda will be posted soon.
I hope to see you in Tucson next month.
CALL FOR PAPERS (SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT) –
SIXTH MARS POLAR CONFERENCE
The Scientific Organizing Committee is organizing a special issue of Icarus
related to Mars Polar research, particularly in the fields of polar geology,
glaciology, climate record, atmospheric dynamics, terrestrial analogs, ground
ice, geochemistry, and Mars polar surface activity. In recognition of the broad
scope, interdisciplinary nature, and strong international interest in this topic,
we welcome the participation of any interested scientist with relevant theoretical,
experimental, or field experience. This special issue is open to all interested
authors with Mars Polar related research to publish, whether they attended the
conference or not. Please email questions or notices of intent to guest editors,
Manuscripts should be submitted through Icarus’ EVISE website. Authors must
select “Mars Polar Science VI” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the
EXOPLANET SCIENCE WITH SMALL TELESCOPES:
PRECISE RADIAL VELOCITIES
Announcing the first workshop devoted to the discussion of how sub-meter-
class telescopes can be used to discover, confirm, and characterize exoplanets
using the Doppler method. The workshop will take place on April 24-26, 2017
at University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, PA. Registration is open now on
our website at http://web.sas.upenn.edu/smalltrv/, and abstracts are due on
February 3, 2017.
Please send questions or inquiries to Prof. Cullen Blake at [email protected].
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
LESIA, University of Paris
Application Deadline: 2/28/2017
AT THE SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF SPACE PHYSICS IN UPPSALA
This project will investigate the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s
ionosphere and its interaction with the charged dust and plasma near
its rings. The Cassini mission will end in 2017 with close orbits
through the ring systems and passages through the upper atmosphere
and ionosphere of Saturn. The Radio & Plasma Wave Science instrument
package includes IRF’s Langmuir probe. Data from this will be analysed
in order to study the ring dust and plasma and make the first detailed
in-situ measurements of Saturn’s ionosphere.
Candidates should have completed a PhD in space physics or a related
field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD
before April 2017 may apply. If the candidate has an older degree and
wants to refer to special circumstances, this should be clearly
stated. Candidates should demonstrate experience in spacecraft data
analysis, as part of national and international collaborations.
Experience with theoretical modelling is an advantage, as is an
interest in developing instrumental techniques and methods, and
experience in coordinating scientific activities.
Further details: http://www.irf.se/jobb
Closing date for applications: 26 January 2017
Reference number: 2.2.1-312/16
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To unsubscribe visit http://aas.org/unsubscribe or email [email protected].
To change your address email [email protected]