Issue 17-17, April 20, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
- COMMUNITY NOTICE: NEW PDS NODE URLS
- ROADMAPS TO OCEAN WORLDS (ROW) TOWNHALL AT ABSCICON
- LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2017-ANNOUNCEMENT AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE JUNE 2
- UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE
SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017
I’m marching for science on Saturday April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC, to
ensure that knowledge derived from scientific investigation is included in
policy deliberations. I invite you to join me by meeting at AAS offices
before the march https://aas.org/marchforscience. Can’t make it to DC?
Explore satellite marches across the US and world wide
Consider participating in the AAS’s social media campaign by writing one
or two sentences about why science is important to you and include a picture.
Hope to see you at the march!
MESSAGE FROM THE DPS FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
On 6-7 April 2017, our AAS/DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee (FRS) visited
Capitol Hill to advocate for planetary science and to educate congressional
representatives and staffers about our organization. The FRS conducts one or
more such visits each year in consultation and coordination with AAS Public
Policy and the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy.
These visits are typically most effective in the spring when budget priorities
are being established between the executive and legislative branches — although
this transition year is atypical; refer to
This year our DPS subcommittee met with 7 key offices in various states, including
California, Maryland, Texas, Colorado, and Georgia.
During these visits we offered our thanks to the Congressman either directly
or through the staff member we me with for their interest and support of space
sciences. We expressed excitement about the President’s proposed fiscal year
(FY) 2018 budget of $1.93 billion for NASA’s Planetary Science division,
while also communicating concern about maintaining a balance across all
disciplines at NASA — to be specific, across the Planetary Science, Earth
Science, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics divisions — in order to achieve the
goals prioritized in the Decadal Surveys.
Many staffers were interested to learn about the total solar eclipse on August 21.
We pointed them to the AAS Eclipse website (https://eclipse.aas.org) and
encouraged them to participate in local events in their home districts.
Find more information about FRS activities at public_policy.
Kurt Retherford, AAS/DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee Chair
Heather Bloemhard, AAS Bahcall Fellow
COMMUNITY NOTICE: NEW PDS NODE URLS
Due to evolving government cybersecurity requirements, the Internet addresses
(URLs) of five Discipline Nodes of the Planetary Data System (PDS) have changed.
The new URLs are:
Node: URL is now:
Planetary Plasma Interactions http://pds-ppi.igpp.ucla.edu
Ring-Moon Systems http://pds-rings.seti.org
Small Bodies https://pds-smallbodies.astro.umd.edu
The URLs for the Engineering and Management Nodes, and the Navigation and
Ancillary Information Facility have not changed.
The PDS apologizes for any disruptions that these changes cause.
ROADMAPS TO OCEAN WORLDS (ROW) TOWNHALL AT ABSCICON
The Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds (ROW) team was chartered by OPAG to
identify science objectives for Ocean Worlds and to design a roadmap (or
roadmaps) to explore these worlds to address the identified science objectives.
We will be holding a ROW townhall at AbSciCon (Monday, April 24, 12:15-1:15PM)
to share our progress and allow for astrobiology community input.
We hope to see you there!
LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2017-
ANNOUNCEMENT AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE JUNE 2
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate
Conference (LunGradCon 2017) to be held on Monday, July 17, 2016 at the
NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science
Forum (ESF, July 18-20). With the expanded interests of the Solar System
Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s
LunGradCon includes both lunar and small body science. LunGradCon
provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present
their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly
environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral
presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional
development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs,
as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding
will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for registration
and abstract submission is June 2rd 2016, 11:59 PM PDT.
For more details, please visit:
or email any questions to: [email protected]
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
A) 12TH LOW-COST PLANETARY MISSIONS CONFERENCE
15-17 August 2017
The focus of LCPM-12 is on small and/or low-cost planetary missions, on
the scale of the NASA Discovery/ESA Cosmic Vision Small (S) Class and
smaller, including Smallsats and CubeSats. The conference is intended
to be an opportunity for scientists, technologists, engineers and
project and agency managers to exchange ideas and information to
enhance the viability and science return of low-cost robotic missions.
Abstract Submission and Conference Registration is now open. Abstracts
are due May 26th, and early registration closes June 9th.
Sessions will cover a range of topics, including agency programs and plans
for future missions, the latest science results from ongoing missions, missions
and instruments under development, and advanced concepts for the next
generation of low-cost missions.
For further information about registration, abstract submission and
conference logistics, visit:
Michael Mischna, Chair SOC, on behalf of the Science Organizing
B) JWST EVENTS AT THE SUMMER AAS MEETING
I wanted to let you know of a few events at the Summer AAS meeting in
Austin this year including a JWST Meeting-in-a-Meeting and a proposal
Also note the JWST Proposal Planning Workshop is scheduled for Sunday,
June 4th. This workshop will include hands-on training with:
- JWST Astronomer’s Proposal Tool
- JWST Exposure Time Calculator
- JWST Target Visibility Tool
- JWST Multi-Object Spectrograph Planning Tool
Individuals may register for the JWST Proposal Planning Workshop until May 11th.
We look forward to seeing you there!
(on behalf of the SOC)
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]