Issue 17-09, February 26, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: CALL FOR 2017 DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2017 JOHN N. BAHCALL PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP
- NOMINATIONS FOR NASA FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES DUE MARCH 8, 2017
- UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: CALL FOR 2017 DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievements in our field and
nominations for this year’s prizes will be accepted until April 1, 2017.
Detailed descriptions of each of the prizes and the criteria for nominees for
each can be found at prizes. The nomination form and
instructions can also be retrieved from prizes/nomination-form.
with questions. Being recognized by our colleagues for exceptional work is a
great honor and inspires outstanding scientific research. Please take the time
to recognize your colleagues for their exceptional work.
Anyone except current DPS Committee members may submit a nomination.
A completed nomination will be retained and considered by the Prize Subcommittee
for three years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less. Past nominees
may be re-nominated after the expiration of a prior nomination. For specific details,
see the URL noted above.
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2017 JOHN N. BAHCALL
PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIP
If you love writing, giving talks and meeting new people, if you are energetic
and outgoing, if you have an affection for committee meetings and may be
interested in a career in science policy, consider applying for the 2017
Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship. Applications accepted until March 31, 2017.
for additional details, and please don’t hesitate to contact Joel Parriott <[email protected]>
with any questions.
NOMINATIONS FOR NASA FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
DUE MARCH 8, 2017
NASA invites public nominations for service on four new Federal advisory
committees that advise NASA on science. The four new committees, which
were formerly subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council, are The
Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC), The Earth Science Advisory
Committee (ESAC), The Heliophysics Advisory Committee (HPAC), and
The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC).
U.S. citizens may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies
on these four new committees. There will be member vacancies from time to
time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill
such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will be contacted only if a vacancy
should arise and the expertise of the nominees is appropriate for that specific
vacancy. The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is March 8, 2017.
For more information, please see the federal register notice at:
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
A) PLANETARY SCIENCE VISION 2050 MEETING
February 27-March 1, 2017
Watch the livestream here: https://livestream.com/viewnow/vision2050
B) GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE AND
GORDON RESEARCH SEMINAR ON ORIGINS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS
We would like to invite all interested in any aspect of origin of planetary
systems to participate in the 2017 Origins of Solar Systems GRC (“Making
a Habitable Planet”) and/or GRS (“The Foundations of Planets”) to be held
at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA
Gordon Research Conference
June 18-23, 2017
Chair: Edwin Bergin
Vice Chair: Larry Nittler
The GRC brings together a diverse group of scientists to discuss research
at the frontier of understanding how planetary systems form. Discussions
will focus on how the Earth and its analogs received their inventory of
volatile compounds that provide the basis for a habitable world.
Gordon Research Seminar
June 18-19, 2017
Chairs: Kamber Schwarz & Richard Lyons
The inaugural GRS on “The Foundations of Planets” is a unique forum for
junior scientists, such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to
exchange cutting-edge ideas across astronomy, astrophysics, cosmochemistry,
planetary science, and geochemistry. Topics to be explored include the
characteristics of exoplanets, gas and dust in protoplanetary and debris
disks and the history of the Solar System as revealed by small bodies.
Information and scientific programs available at:
C) PRE-REGISTRATION OPEN: THE THIRD WORKSHOP ON
EXTREMELY PRECISE RADIAL VELOCITIES (EPRV III)
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
August 14-17, 2017
The Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds is proud to
announce the Third Workshop on Extremely Precise Radial Velocities to
be held in State College, Pennsylvania, USA, Aug 14-17, 2017. Following
the tradition of previous workshops, participants will dig into the “nuts and
bolts” of exoplanetary discovery and orbit characterization via Doppler
velocimetry, and be a forum for practitioners to discuss challenges, lessons
learned, and the details of their work, “warts and all”.
This edition of the workshop will focus on:
– specific hardware challenges
– lessons learned from the newest generation of EPRV instruments
– statistical methods for signal extraction and analysis
– physical models and diagnostics of stellar granulation, activity, and other sources of jitter
– machine learning methods for Doppler extraction and jitter diagnostics
As with previous workshops, there will be a mix of plenary talks,
breakout sessions, and posters.
We anticipate there will be travel support for some participants, especially
junior participants, and we encourage strong international participation
from all of the teams working on the EPRV problem. Overseas participants
may wish to extend their stay in the US to experience the total solar eclipse
the following Monday. The path of totality is not near the conference, but
many scenic sites in the US will be, including the Carolina coast, the
Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
Pre-registration is available now at the conference website: http://bit.ly/EPRVIII
There will be a limited number of spaces for on-site childcare for children
under 6, which we hope to subsidize—advance notice will be required, so
interested participants should contact Jason Wright ([email protected])
ASAP for more information.
D) FAR INFRARED NEXT GENERATION INSTRUMENTATION
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Caltech, Pasadena, California
Community input is sought for far-infrared instrument needs across multiple
platforms (balloons, SOFIA, sub-orbital, FIR probes). Bring your knowledge of
what science gaps we still have in the far-IR and how we can shape our existing
and future platforms to get these measurements. We hope to see you there.
More information at: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~mmacgreg/FIR_SIG/workshop.html
Registration is open for the workshop: http://tinyurl.com/FIRNextGen-2017
If you are unable to attend in person, you may join us by Webex.
Your inputs will be important contributions to the discussion at the workshop.
Please leave your ideas as answers to questions in Section 2 of the registration form:
SOFIA Observatory Tour
Sign-up is also available for a tour of your SOFIA Observatory in
Palmdale, Calif., on Friday, March 24, 2017 morning (transport to/from
For any questions, contact members of the organizing committee:
Kimberly Ennico – [email protected]
Ravi Sankrit – [email protected]
Duncan Farrah – [email protected]
Meredith MacGregor – [email protected]
JD Smith – [email protected]
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) PURDUE UNIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN
Purdue University has recently established a program in Extraterrestrial
Habitat Engineering. The program aims at the identification and development
of solutions to problems of long-term design and construction of sustainable
and permanent human settlements outside Earth. The successful candidate
will join a growing multidisciplinary group of faculty, researchers and
students, working at the interface of planetary sciences, aeronautical
engineering, structural engineering, geomechanics and social sciences.
We seek a dynamic individual with expertise at the interface of Planetary
Science and Civil Engineering, with excellent communication and management
skills. The candidate will collaborate with the research group in establishing
research goals, identifying and quantifying risk hazards to create permanent
habitats that will protect future explorers in extreme environments in space,
will supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and will
participate in the organization of seminar series and workshops.
Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences, Astronomy,
Geosciences, or a related field at the time of appointment. Review of
candidates will begin March 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until
filled. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year.
Salary will be competitive.
Please send an application consisting of: (1) letter of interest; (2) CV, and
(3) names of three references to:
Prof. Jay Melosh, [email protected]
Prof. Antonio Bobet, [email protected]
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including
minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged
to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.
B) PLANETARY GIS DATA SPECIALIST
CARL SAGAN CENTER FOR RESEARCH
Mountain View, California
Application Due Date: March 24, 2017
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]