Issue 17-02, January 17, 2017
- LOTTERY FOR 1-YEAR COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION TO ICARUS
- THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
- NASA NEW FRONTIERS 4 AO PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE
- CALL FOR NEW MEMBERSHIP IN TMT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
- OPAG MEETING REGISTRATION OPEN
- TOWN HALLS TO DISCUSS EUROPA LANDER SDT REPORT
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
LOTTERY FOR 1-YEAR COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION TO ICARUS
As part of the Division’s agreement with Elsevier, the publisher offers 30 free
subscriptions to Icarus every year. With thanks to Tony Roman, our webmaster,
for setting up this link, enter the lottery at
You may enter the lottery if your institution doesn’t have a subscription to Icarus
and you provide a statement explaining your need/desire for a free subscription.
The lottery will close in 2 weeks after this notice.
THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
Don’t forget to vote in AAS elections. The DPS is the largest AAS division.
Perry Gerakines and Doris Daou are running for the nominating committee that
selects candidates for officers and councilors and Karen Meech and Terry Oswalt
are running for Councilor.
Balloting closes at 11:59 pm EST on 1 February 2017
NASA NEW FRONTIERS 4 AO PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE
Potential proposers to the New Frontiers 4 AO soliciting Principal
Investigator (PI)-led science investigations utilizing a complete
spaceflight mission are encouraged to attend the pre-proposal
conference on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 11:00 am to
approximately 3:30 pm eastern time (Washington, DC). Information
will be presented by NASA officials, and participants will have the
opportunity to pose questions regarding the opportunity. The
conference will be virtual and participation will be facilitated
via Webex and teleconference phone line. Travel to the pre-proposal
conference is not necessary and attendance in person is not
supported. The agenda and instructions will be posted at the NF4
acquisition website (https://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/) under
the Pre-Proposal tab. Attendance is open to all and no registration
CALL FOR NEW MEMBERSHIP IN TMT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE
Applications for membership in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) are being accepted until 20 January 2017.
The ISDTs are research groups that provide scientific guidance and feedback
to the TMT project, stimulate planning for future TMT observing programs,
and build connections between TMT and the international astronomical
community. They foster scientific collaboration across the TMT partnership
and beyond, into the broader astronomical community. ISDT membership is
open to all qualified Ph.D. scientists.
ISDT members contributed extensively to the 2015 edition of the
TMT Detailed Science Case. They have organized parallel topical sessions
at the annual TMT Science Forum, and have recently written a set of
concept studies for TMT Key Project observing programs.
There are currently nine ISDTs, organized around the following science themes:
- Fundamental physics and cosmology
- Early universe, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium
- Supermassive black holes
- Milky Way and nearby galaxies
- Stars, stellar physics and the interstellar medium
- Formation of stars and planets
- Our solar system
- Time domain science
Application instructions are available at the TMT ISDT web site, where you can
also find more detailed information about the ISDTs, their organizers, membership,
and activities. ISDT membership entails a commitment of time and effort.
Applications will be evaluated by the ISDT organizers and the TMT Science
Advisory Committee based on the candidate’s scientific qualifications, the
activities that he or she proposes to carry out in support of the ISDT and TMT,
and the level of effort that he or she can commit to investing in ISDT activities.
OPAG MEETING REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration is now open for the OPAG meeting to be held
February 22–23 in Atlanta, Georgia.
To register, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/zvq56f
(the page also includes hotel information).
This link has also been added to the meeting information on the OPAG website
TOWN HALLS TO DISCUSS EUROPA LANDER SDT REPORT
NASA is currently conducting a pre-phase A study of a Europa lander
mission concept with the primary goal of searching for evidence of
biomarkers and/or extant life on Europa. The SDT report will be
released in late January, and NASA and the SDT are eager to hear
feedback from the science community on the science content and
implementation for the mission concept. To that end, NASA will host
interactive town halls at LPSC and AbSciCon to discuss the SDT report.
The purpose of these town halls is to provide an extended opportunity
to communicate the science content of the report to the scientific
community and, equally importantly, to engage in constructive
discussion with the scientific community. The workshops will take
place on the afternoons of Sunday, March 19, for LPSC and Sunday,
April 23, for AbSciCon. For questions please contact Dr. Curt Niebur
at [email protected].
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) SCIENTIST LEVEL II, EXOPLANET AND COMPARATIVE PLANETARY SYSTEMS SCIENCE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
invites applications for a staff Scientist position under the Exoplanetary
Science Initiative. We are seeking a scientist who will take an active
role as a leader and collaborator in the area of exoplanet and comparative
planetary science. The successful candidate benefitswill also contribute
to the development of mission and instrument concepts, science analysis
plans, and support science program management. The candidate will be
expected to develop a strong research program, and to maintain
communication with astrophysics and planetary scientists at JPL and Caltech,
including with the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), the
NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), and the NASA Exoplanet
Exploration Program. We require a Ph.D. in astrophysics, planetary science,
or related field, with a record of publications in exoplanet or planetary
science, or related field. The candidate is expected to take initiative in
collaborating across exoplanet and planetary sciences, to support
planning, development, and implementation activities related to these,
and to demonstrate effective presentation and communication skills.
B) RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST III-
SPIF DATA MANAGER/GIS SPECIALIST-
ITHACA, NEW YORK
The Cornell Center for Atmospheric and Planetary Science seeks
candidates with GIS experience to fill our Spacecraft Planetary
Imaging Facility, (SPIF) Data Manager’s/GIS Specialist position.
The SPIF Manager is responsible for the management of all aspects
of SPIF operations. Assisting users in locating, processing and
analyzing spacecraft data stored in NASA Planetary Data Systems.
The successful candidate will hold yearly workshops on ArcGIS,
SOCET, SET/GPX, and PDS data processing using USGS ISIS
software package. They will also develop and maintain education/public
outreach programs alongside existing center outreach personnel.
To apply and see additional information please go to:
Questions may be directed to Lynda Sovocool, Finance and Human
Resource Manager, [email protected].
C) POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]