Issue 17-18, April 23, 2017
- DPS ELECTIONS 2017: CANDIDATE SLATE
- SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) 17 MEETING: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EARLY CAREER TRAVEL SUPPORT
- SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
- ROADMAPS TO OCEAN WORLDS (ROW) TOWNHALL AT ABSCICON
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DPS ELECTIONS 2017: CANDIDATE SLATE
The DPS Nominating Subcommittee has identified the following candidates
for the 2017 DPS elections for Vice Chair and Committee :
Vice-Chair (1 to be elected):
o Reggie Hudson, Goddard Space Flight Center
o Linda Spilker, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech
Committee (2 to be elected):
o Michele Bannister, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
o David Morrison, NASA Ames
o Migo Mueller, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
o Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, Space Science Institute
Additional candidates, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members,
may be nominated by May 24th. Please send any nominations to the
DPS Secretary, Anne Verbiscer, at [email protected].
SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) 17 MEETING:
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EARLY CAREER TRAVEL SUPPORT
As a reminder, the next SBAG meeting will be June 12-14 at NASA Goddard
Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Note that we will be starting at 1 pm on
June 12 and ending at noon on June 14.
We are very excited for early-career scientists and engineers to participate in
SBAG meetings. We have two opportunities at the upcoming SBAG meeting
in June specifically aimed to people early in their career:
We are now accepting applications for early-career travel support to attend the
upcoming SBAG meeting. Please pass the information on to any students,
post-docs or early career scientists/engineers that may be interested in attending
Early career travel support: We are planning to offer limited U.S. travel support
for early career scientists to participate in the SBAG 17 meeting, to be held at the
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD on June 12-14, 2017.
Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early
career scientists (within 3 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a letter and a CV to
SBAG Early Career Secretary Angela Stickle ([email protected]) by COB
(5 pm Eastern time) May 5, 2017. Included in the letter, which must not exceed 2
pages, should be a demonstration of financial need and an explanation of how the
applicant’s work relates to the purposes of the SBAG. The letter and CV should be
combined into a single PDF document for submission by e-mail attachment.
Recipients of travel support will be expected to give a short presentation (~10-15
minutes) of their SBAG-relevant work at the SBAG 17 meeting.
Lightning Talks: We are providing time on the agenda for early-career scientists
and engineers present at the meeting to introduce themselves and their research to
the community. The talks will be 3 minutes each. If you are interested in giving a
lightning talk, please contact the early-career secretary Angela Stickle
([email protected]). Please encourage students and postdocs that you
know to participate!
SBAG Early-career Secretary
SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
Registration is now open for the 4th offering of Software Systems for Astronomy.
The course covers software design and implementation of telescope and instrument
control systems, observation planning tools, and software for analyzing and
archiving astronomical data. SSfA-4 will be offered as a two week intensive
course this summer, 24-Jul to 04-Aug, 2017, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
To register, visit the following web page and follow the instructions (UHH
students skip steps 1-4):
The course number is ASTR394. For more information visit:
or send email to [email protected]
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!
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PLANET FORMATION AT SWRI BOULDER
There is an open postdoctoral research position open at Southwest
Research Institute’s office in Boulder Colorado to work with Hal
Levison and Kevin Walsh on a variety of topics related to Planet
Formation. More details and application information can be found at:
Kevin Walsh: [email protected]
B) PH.D. OPPORTUNITY IN MARTIAN GEOCHEMISTRY
Wesleyan University has funding for a student to complete a Ph.D. in
the Department of Chemistry with a Concentration in Planetary Science.
The program of study will be tailored to include a relevant geoscience
curriculum. The proposed project is to create a series of Mars
analogue brines and precipitate them under terrestrial and martian
conditions in a Mars chamber. Visible – near-infrared spectra of the
precipitates will then be compared to similar data collected in Mars
orbit. The research will be under the tutelage of Prof. Gilmore in the
Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The opening is available for
Fall of 2017. Please apply to the Chemistry Department at:
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. More information
about Planetary Sciences at Wesleyan may be found at:
Please direct all inquiries to:
Prof. Martha Gilmore
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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