Issue 17-04, January 30, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
- THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
- LOTTERY FOR 1-YEAR COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION TO ICARUS
- JWST EARLY RELEASE SCIENCE PROGRAM: PRE-PROPOSAL WEBINAR
- CALL FOR PAPERS: PLANETARY SPACE SCIENCE SPECIAL ISSUE
- HST EUROPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- UPCOMING MEETINGS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Science, be it planetary science or another branch of science, advances through
the open exchange of ideas. This exchange is critical to our success as a nation.
There have been recent reports of US government agencies restricting the
communication of scientific research. This is a fluid situation in which the details
of the restrictions in time or scope change daily. Despite this uncertainty, the
DPS leadership wants to affirm its unwavering support for the free and open
exchange of scientific results between scientists, to policymakers and to the public.
The DPS will be a vocal advocate for the ability of our members and other scientists
to carry out and freely communicate their research.
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 soon at 11:59 pm EST on 1 February 2017 !
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 Feb. 1, 2017.
JWST EARLY RELEASE SCIENCE PROGRAM: PRE-PROPOSAL WEBINAR
Pre-proposal Webinar: Feb. 7, 11a – 1p Eastern Time (US)
Notice of Intent Deadline: Mar 3, 2017 (Mandatory)
Call for Proposals Finalized: May 2017
Proposal Deadline: Aug 18, 2017
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is pleased to announce the
Call for Proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Director’s
Discretionary Early Release Science (DD ERS) program. The initial DD ERS
Call for Proposals is available at: http://j.tinyurl.com/hjt3u7e. The DD ERS
program is intended to support planning of Cycle 2 JWST proposals by
providing example data sets to the community within 6 months of the start
of science operations (c. May 1, 2019) . The JWST project encourages
submission of DD ERS proposals for all science themes, including Solar
System science. Proposals should address a broad range of applications and
observing modes relevant to their relevant theme. Participation in the program
is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including
educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and
other Government agencies.
STScI will host an initial webinar to help inform the community about the
goals and requirements of the DD ERS program and JWST capabilities,
and encourage submission of proposals. Webex connection information
for the webinar can be found here:
Additional webinars will be scheduled as needed depending on interest
expressed at the first.
We would also like to recommend a number of other events including
ETC demonstration and other lectures listed at the JWST events page: https://jwst.stsci.edu/events
John Stansberry JWST — NIRCam Operations, Solar System Lead
Space Telescope Science Institute 410 338 2442
CALL FOR PAPERS: PLANETARY SPACE SCIENCE SPECIAL ISSUE ON
“Atmospheres, Magnetospheres and Surfaces of the outer planets, their satellites and ring systems: Part XII”
Dear colleagues, please be reminded of the opportunity to submit a paper in a new
special issue of Planetary and Space Science on the subject of the Atmospheres,
Magnetospheres and Surfaces of the outer planets, their satellites and ring systems.
All papers presented in planetary 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.
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.
Instructions for submission:
• The submission website for this journal is located at: https://www.evise.com/evise/faces/pages/homepage/homepage.jspx?_adf.ctrl-state=nnbgqauhm_70
• 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])
HST EUROPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Jupiter’s satellite Europa is a priority target for a NASA Flagship
Mission. Observations with Hubble show evidence for gaseous plumes
suggestive of outgassing from the sub-crustal ocean. There is high
scientific importance in learning more about potential Europa plumes,
their properties and locations. At the same time, HST observing time
is a precious resource, and in prior observations the duty cycle of
detections has been low.
The STScI Director has constituted a committee to provide advice on how
Hubble can best support planning for a future mission. One task of the
committee is to recommend an approach that appropriately balances the
science priorities against the resource requirements.
Further details can be found here:
At this time, the Advisory Committee is soliciting input from the
community with regard to optimising Hubble observations of Europa. That
input may be relevant to any aspect of planning, scheduling and
executing observations, including suggestions for coordinating Hubble
programs with observations that might use other facilities.
Contributors should indicate whether their submission can be made
available to the broader community. The committee will maintain full
confidentiality if such is requested. Input should be submitted by
e-mail to [email protected].
The deadline for receiving materials is February 10, 2017.
A) AOGS2017 SESSION PS-11: Exploring the Solar System Primitive Bodies
August 6 – 11, Singapore
Abstract deadline: February 15, 2017
This session welcomes abstracts about the studies of solar system small
bodies, using data from exploration missions, ground- and space-based
observatories, laboratory facilities, and theoretical studies. It also welcomes
abstracts about new concepts for future missions, observing and laboratory
facilities, and ideas for future studies. Abstracts reporting the recent results
from Dawn, New Horizons, and Rosetta missions are especially welcome.
Solar system small bodies are considered the best-preserved fossils from
the early era of planetary systems formation. Small bodies could also have
played an important role in delivering water and organics to the inner solar
system, relevant to the origin of habitable worlds and life. With the context
of a big wave of recent small body missions, this session is designed to
promote the research of solar system primitive bodies from multiple
approaches and multiple disciplines, and to help develop concepts for
future studies and exploration missions.
Dr. Jian-Yang Li (PSI, USA)
Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa (JAXA, Japan)
Dr. Eleonora Ammannito (UCLA, USA)
Dr. Bin Yang (YNO, China)
B) 1st IUGG Symposium on Planetary Sciences (IUGG-PS 2017),
July 3-5, 2017,
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, PLANETARY SCIENCES, AT BALL
Seeking to fill a full-time position to support the Ball Civil Space
business unit as business development lead for planetary science. This
includes creating, finding, pursuing, developing, and winning business
with civil governmental and non-governmental organizations in the areas
of: pure science missions, technology development programs, and support
for NASA centers and FFRDCs. Develop and execute a broad strategy to
grow Ball’s planetary business and market share. Successfully
collaborate with Ball’s Washington, DC, office, Communications, and
other business units at Ball Aerospace. Engage principal investigators
to develop highly competitive teams for science missions and technology
More information may be found at:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]