Issue 17-34, August 27, 2017
- DPS 49 REGULAR REGISTRATION AND LATE ABSTRACT DEADLINES APPROACHING
- JWST PROPOSAL WORKSHOPS: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- ARIZONA-JAXA WORKSHOP ON SMALL JAPANESE MISSIONS
- SPICE WORKSHOP
- MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2017
- UPCOMING MEETINGS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DPS 49 REGULAR REGISTRATION AND LATE ABSTRACT DEADLINES APPROACHING
If you plan to attend the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Provo
this October, note that the regular registration deadline is Tuesday, 29 August,
and late abstracts are due Thursday, 31 August!
JWST PROPOSAL WORKSHOPS: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Two 2.5 day workshops will be held this Fall for those interested in
proposing solar system observations with the James Webb Space
Telescope(JWST). The first (Nov. 13-15, 2017) will be at the Space
Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore Maryland. The second
(Dec. 13-15, 2017) will be held at the European Space Research Technology
Center (ESTEC), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Each workshop will include a mixture of presentations about
the promise of JWST for solar system science, specifics on observer
planning tools and observatory capabilities, and hands-on training
and Q&A with the planning tools. Observations of solar system targets
approved for guaranteed-time observers (GTOs) and through the Early
Release Science (ERS) program will be summarized. The workshop is
timed to support JWST cycle-1 open time proposals, which will be due
early March 2018.
Registration and abstract submission is now open for both events.
Please also feel free to sign up to the mailing list for further details.
Registration: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-ssws-2017/home (closes Nov. 1)
Email: [email protected]
ARIZONA-JAXA WORKSHOP ON SMALL JAPANESE MISSIONS
The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) of
the University of Arizona will hold the second annual workshop dedicated to
planetary science enabled by missions to be led JAXA on November 12 and 13,
2017, at LPL in Tucson, Arizona. Given the nature of the workshop described
below, participation will be limited to the first 50 registrants.
This workshop will be devoted to discussions of planetary missions that are
within the reach of ISAS capability and how to make these missions fruitful
for the world-wide planetary science community.
Three specific topics regarding candidate missions in different phases of
development will be subject to discussion among the participants of this
workshop. 1) The DESTINY+ (Demonstration and Experiment of Space
Technology for INterplanetary voYage, Phaethon fLyby with reusable probe)
mission will fly by asteroid 3200 Phaethon, the parent body of the Geminid
meteor shower. 2) JAXA is studying the SolarPowerSail (SPS) mission to
the Jupiter Trojans. 3) Small body science would benefit greatly from
opportunities to perform flybys of a wide variety of asteroids – the workshop
will include a discussion of asteroids suggested by workshop participants as
flyby targets. Presentations for this portion of the workshop will be selected
based on short abstracts from registered participants.
To register (including the opportunity to submit an abstract), or to see more
details of the workshop plans and objectives, please see the workshop website
Deadline for abstract submission is 5 p.m. MST, October 27, 2017 or when
registration is full, whichever is earlier.
NASA’s Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF) announces a
“SPICE” training class to be held November 7 – 9, 2017, in the Pasadena
California area. SPICE is a system used by scientists worldwide to compute
observation geometry associated with instruments aboard robotic spacecraft.
The class is free and open to all persons, including foreign and commercial.
Further information and a registration form are available at
MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2017
To the Mars Community,
On behalf of Jeff Johnson (MEPAG Chair), Dave Beaty, Rich Zurek, and
James Ashley of the Mars Program Science Office, the August 2017 edition
of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter can be found on the
Please send your Mars community announcements and calendar items for
inclusion in the newsletter to James Ashley at:
A) 22ND INTERNATIONAL MICROLENSING CONFERENCE
Location: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: Thursday, 25 January 2018–Sunday, 28 January 2018
Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 22nd International
Microlensing Conference, which will take place at the University of Auckland
in New Zealand from Thursday, 25 January 2018 through Sunday, 28 January
2018. Please note that there will also be a welcome reception on the night of
Wednesday, 24 January!
We encourage astronomers with an interest in exoplanets, stellar populations,
and compact objects, among other topics, to join us as we highlight recent results
in the field and anticipate the challenges over the next decade in advance of WFIRST!
B) LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
Thursday October 19 2017, 4:30-6:30 pm
49th DPS meeting, Provo, UT – Open to all DPS attendees
Organizers: Meg Schwamb (Gemini) & David Trilling (NAU)
Over its 10 year lifespan, the Large Synoptic Sky Survey Telescope
(LSST) will catalog over 5 million Main Belt asteroids, almost 300,000
Jupiter Trojans, over 100,000 NEOs, and over 40,000 KBOs. Many of these
objects will receive hundreds of observations in multiple bandpasses.
The LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) is preparing methods
and tools to analyze this data, as well as understand optimum survey
strategies for discovering moving objects throughout the Solar System.
This workshop serves as the annual meeting of the LSST SSSC, and is
open to everyone. We will provide a brief status of LSST with respect
to Solar System science and provide updates on current and future
activities within the SSSC. The focus will not be on general LSST
background but on details relevant to Solar System science topics.
There will be time set aside for open discussion for both members of
the SSSC and the broader planetary community.
Contact Meg Schwamb ([email protected]) and David Trilling
([email protected]) with any questions
C) WATER DURING PLANET FORMATION AND EVOLUTION
12-16 February 2018
Registration & Abstract submission deadline: November 15, 2017
Program announcement: Early December 2017
Topics: Water and
* The ISM and protoplanetary disk
* Dust, ice and planetesimals
* Evidence from the meteoritic record
* Laboratory experiments
* Ice lines and disk dynamics
* Solar System formation
* Gas & Ice giant planets
* Protoplanetary collisions
* Mantle-atmosphere feedback
* Observational prospects
* Population synthesis
* Biomarkers & ‘habitability’
Confirmed invited speakers:
Til Birnstiel (LMU Munich)
Ilsedore Cleeves (CfA Harvard)
Jay Farihi (University College London)
Keiko Hamano (ELSI, Tokyo Tech.)
Alessandro Morbidelli (Nice Observatory)
Lena Noack (FU Berlin)
Chris Ormel (University of Amsterdam)
Laura Schaefer (Arizona State University)
Alice Stephant (Open University)
Joanna Drazkowska (University of Zurich)
Tim Lichtenberg (ETH Zurich)
Caroline Dorn (University of Bern)
Julia Venturini (University of Zurich)
Scientific advisory board:
Yann Alibert (University of Bern)
Ravit Helled (University of Zurich)
Anders Johansen (Lund University)
Martin Jutzi (University of Bern)
Alessandro Morbidelli (Nice Observatory)
Sascha Quanz (ETH Zurich)
Maria Schoenbaechler (ETH Zurich)
Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden University)
All information at the website:
D) EUROPA DEEP DIVE 1: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Europa Deep Dive I: Ice-Shell Exchange Processes workshop will
be held November 1–2, 2017 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, which
is housed in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston,
The focus of this workshop is exchange processes within Europa’s ice shell,
including (but not limited to) tectonism, diapirism, subduction, and impact
processes, and their relation to the boundary layers above and below. How
does material move through the shell? Is surface-ocean exchange likely, or
is it difficult? What timescales are involved in these processes? What
processes might operate across different shell thicknesses?
IMPORTANT NOTE: The focus of this workshop is to discuss processes
within Europa’s ice shell and their relationship to boundary layers above and
below. Abstracts focused on instrumentation or measurement techniques, if
accepted, will be assigned as print-only.
REMINDER: To subscribe to the list to receive e-mail updates about the
workshop, including deadline reminders, abstract submission details, etc.,
please submit an indication of interest by October 4, 2017.
For more details, visit the workshop website:
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
The Cornell University Astronomy Department invites applications for a tenure-
track assistant professor appointment to begin July 1, 2018. We will consider
applications from observers, experimentalists and theorists working in any area
of extrasolar and solar system planetary science.
Applicants should upload their applications, including a CV, list of publications,
statement of research interests, and statement on teaching plans and philosophy to
Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted
to Academic Jobs Online.
Inquiries may be sent to Jill Tarbell ([email protected]), assistant to the
Chair of the Department.
Applications are due by November 1, 2017.
Cornell University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and
Educator. The Department of Astronomy, and the College of Art & Sciences at
Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that
attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders. We strongly encourage
women and underrepresented minorities to apply.
B) FACULTY POSITION IN EXOPLANETS, MCGILL UNIVERSITY
Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
C) TWO POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN MARS SCIENCE
The Department of Planetology and Habitability at the Centro de
Astrobiologia (CAB) invites applications for two postdoctoral positions
to support investigations on the nature of the early Mars environments.
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Alberto Fairen in the
ERC-funded Project “icyMARS”.
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in the field of Planetary Science
or related discipline, and background in sedimentology of ice-covered
lakes, or in biology of psychrophilic microorganisms.
The positions, placed in Madrid, would be for one year, with possible
extension to a second year contingent upon funding availability and
satisfactory performance. Benefits include working in a young
enthusiastic team at one of the leading Planetary Sciences institutions
in Europe, full social benefits according to the Spanish social care
system, and a very competitive salary.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum with a list
of publications, a brief (maximum two pages) statement of research
interests, and a list of three references, no later than September 10
2017, to Alberto Fairen ([email protected]).
The starting date is negotiable, but should be no later than Jan 1, 2018.
D) JUNIOR SCIENCE WRITER
The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and the Center for
Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST II)
has an opening for a Junior Science Writer to work in the Astrophysics
Sciences Division (ASD) on-site at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
(GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Junior Science Writer will be
responsible for identifying, initiating and developing new science
features, video scripts and social media content to inform the public
about ASD news and developments that focus on ASD’s science,
technology, experiments and people.
Applicants for this position are required to have a BA/BS in a
communications or physical science field and at least one year of
experience as a science writer, ideally with a concentration in
physics, astrophysics, and planetary science. They must be U.S.
citizens or have permanent residency. They should be able to
demonstrate excellent experience in collaborating with scientists to
translate technical content into stories meaningful to the general
public. Applicants should have experience writing and creating
multimedia materials, working with social media, a working knowledge of
journalism conventions and media relations, plus a familiarity with AP
See full job ad here:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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