Issue 17-03, January 22, 2017
- SIGN UP NOW FOR CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAYS IN 2017
- THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
- JWST USER COMMITTEE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
- PELLAS-RYDER AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT PAPER IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
SIGN UP NOW FOR CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAYS IN 2017
Sign-ups for the AAS-sponsored congressional visits days are still open!
The first opportunity is AAS CVD, which will be held 21-22 March 2017.
The AAS is extending the deadline for signing up to 30 January.
As always, the AAS hopes to be able to represent the full breadth of the
AAS membership! If you’re an AAS member (junior members, too) and
eligible to vote in the United States, then you should consider signing up
for AAS Congressional Visits Day 2017.
The AAS will cover most of your travel expenses for AAS CVD.
We strongly encourage undergrads, grad students, and postdocs to sign up.
For more information about CVD opportunities in 2017:
There is another opportunity in April (25-26 April) with a sign-up deadline
of 28 February that you should also consider. This one will require you to
pay for your own travel to and lodging in DC, but it offers a similarly
fantastic CVD experience.
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
JWST USER COMMITTEE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
STScI is constituting a User Committee for the James Webb Space Telescope.
The JSTUC will be drawn from the U.S, Canadian and ESA communities,
and will include representatives from the JWST instrument teams. The JSTUC
charter is linked here
At this time, STScI is calling for expressions of interest from community
members who would like to serve as JSTUC members. Self-nominations
are welcomed. Submissions should include a cover letter and a one-page
curriculum vitae summarizing the nominee’s relevant background and
JWST-related interests, and should be submitted by e-mail to
[email protected]. There is no restriction on citizenship. Nominations
will be considered through February 14, 2017.
Ken Sembach, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
John Mather Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope,
Goddard Space Flight Center
PELLAS-RYDER AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT PAPER IN PLANETARY SCIENCES
This award, which is jointly sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and
the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America,
is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is first author
of the best planetary science paper published in a peer-reviewed
scientific journal during the year prior to the award. Potential
topics include: Asteroids, Comets, Craters, Interplanetary Dust,
Interstellar Medium, Lunar Samples, Meteors, Meteorites, Natural
Satellites, Planets, Tektites, Origin and History of the Solar
The first author must have been a registered student at a degree
awarding institution at the time the paper was submitted to the
publishing journal. Two letters of certification are required: (1)
From the student’s department head attesting that the individual was
a student at the time of paper submission to the publishing journal;
(2) From the student’s advisor detailing the portion of the work done
by the student and contributed by others including the advisor.
The deadline for nominations of 2016 papers is January 31. Submissions
for consideration should be sent (as PDF documents) by email to: Prof.
James Wray, 2016-2017 PGD Chair, [email protected]. Further information
is available at:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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