Issue 17-40, October 5, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS 49 BANQUET
- LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP AT DPS 49
- FUTURE KUIPER BELT MISSIONS WORKSHOP AT DPS 49
- REMINDER: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF POSITION
- TRICK OR TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER TRAVEL GRANTS FOR VEXAG MEETING #15
- OPAG FINDINGS AND NEXT MEETING
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS 49 BANQUET
I just signed up for the DPS 49 Banquet (https://tinyurl.com/y7q7n6rf) and an
art class before the banquet that Sundance has made available to DPS members
(https://aas.org/meetings/dps49/events#banquet). Note that the banquet cost
includes transportation to and from Sundance Mountain Resort, a beautiful
property at the base of Mount Timpanogos, ~15 miles from downtown Provo.
It is a special place and I know it will facilitate collegial interactions and
discussions about our scientific work.
The activities prior to the meeting include pottery, jewelry making, painting
and journal making. I finally decided on painting to exercise a different part
of my brain. These classes are offered for a fee and I hope you’ll take the time
to sign up for this different experience for two hours before the banquet if
you’re so inclined. No experience is necessary. I’m looking forward to
@DPSMeeting #DPS17 (or DPS49) in Provo, UT next month and hope you
LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP AT DPS 49
Thursday October 19 2017, 4:30-6:30 pm, 49th DPS meeting, Cascade E
(Utah Valley Convention Center)
This workshop serves as the annual meeting of the Large Synoptic Sky
Survey Telescope (LSST) Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC)
and is open to all DPS attendees. 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 presentation schedule is as follows:
- LSST & Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) Update: Where is the SSSC Headed in 2018? – Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatory) & David Trilling (NAU)
- The LSST Observing Strategy: Upcoming Opsim Simulations, Small Body Metrics, and White Papers – Lynne Jones (University of Washington/LSST)
- LSST Solar System Data Products and Moving Object Processing System (MOPS) Status – Mario Jurić (University of Washington/LSST)
- The Minor Planet Center: Status and Plans – Matt Holman (Harvard CfA/MPC)
- Community Feedback on the Planned LSST Solar System Database Schema
Contact organizers Meg Schwamb ([email protected]) and
David Trilling ([email protected]) with any questions
FUTURE KUIPER BELT MISSIONS WORKSHOP AT DPS 49
Sunday, 3:30 pm at DPS 49 Provo, Battle Creek Room
Interested DPS members please join us Sunday, October 15th, from 3:30-5:30
pm for a focused workshop on future missions to the Kuiper Belt. The workshop
will take place in the Battle Creek room of the Utah Valley Convention Center
(DPS 49 conference venue). No pre-registration required.
The Kuiper Belt (KB) is a scientific treasure trove consisting of comets,
planetesimals, and small planets like Pluto. Since its discovery in the early
1990s, the KB has yielded fundamental insights into planetary accretion, the
migration of planets, and the population structure of our solar system—
including the discovery that dwarf planets like Pluto are common there.
In this workshop we will review the scientific case to return to Pluto with an
orbiter, as well as the scientific case to explore other small KB planets and
smaller bodies with flybys or orbiters. We will go beyond this to discuss
possible mission payloads. Finally, we will solicit community and individual
scientist interest in future studies leading to the next Decadal Survey.
REMINDER: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF POSITION
The DPS Committee, its publications subcommittee and representatives of
Editor-in-Chief. The application, consisting of a cover letter with a 5-year vision
statement and skills and experience brought to the position, Curriculum Vita and
publications list, should be submitted here.
Application deadline is October 8, 2017.
Please distribute this announcement widely among our colleagues.
TRICK OR TREAT AND TELESCOPES
DPS is continuing its Trick-or-Treat and Telescopes Program. We are encouraging
people to put out their telescopes during trick-or-treat time on Halloween, in their
own lawns or in a neighbor’s lawn with better viewing (or more traffic). The
following website gives advice and connections to resources.
STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER TRAVEL GRANTS FOR VEXAG MEETING #15
Student and early career (less than 5 years from PhD) travel support
may be available for VEXAG Meeting #15, November 14-16, 2017, Applied
Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. Selected recipients of travel
grants are expected to present a poster.
Provide a Notice of Intent by Friday, October 20, 2017 to
[email protected] containing:
1. A one-page description of how your participation in this meeting
will benefit you professionally and contribute to NASA’s explorations
of Venus and an overview of your poster,
2. Your resume
3. An endorsement from a faculty member.
For logistical reasons, also provide:
– Legal Full Name
– Date of Birth
– City/State of Birth
– Preferred Email Address and Phone Numbers
– Home Address
– Emergency Contact – Name, Relationship, and Phone Number
– Your Affiliation with Full Address and Phone Number
If you are a foreign national or permanent resident alien, also
– Country of Citizenship
– Birth Date and Birth City, State/Region and Country
– Passport Number, with Expiration Date
– Visa Type, with Effective and Expiration Dates
– Alien Registration # (if applicable)
OPAG FINDINGS AND NEXT MEETING
Dear OPAG community,
Findings from the September meeting in La Jolla have been posted at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/.
Also, please pencil in the following for the next OPAG meeting:
February 21-22 in Hampton, Virginia
-Alfred McEwen and the OPAG steering committee
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar position in astronomy at
the University of California, Irvine. The postdoctoral researcher will work
with Prof. Aomawa Shields at UCI on theoretical climate modeling studies
of potentially habitable exoplanets, including systems discovered by NASA’s
Kepler mission, the upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS),
and other space- and ground-based observatories. Desirable qualifications
include experience in climate modeling in 1D, 2D, and/or 3D; research
experience and interests related to atmospheric science, orbital dynamics,
glaciology, or land surface geology; strong written and oral communication
skills; an interest in interdisciplinary science education; and an ability to work
well in a collaborative environment.
The appointment can begin as early as summer 2018, with a negotiable starting
date. The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of extension
to longer terms contingent upon availability of funds and successful performance.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrobiology, physics, or one of the
earth science disciplines prior to beginning the appointment. Salary will be
commensurate with experience.
Candidates should submit a CV, publication list, and a statement of research
interests (in pdf format) through the UC Irvine academic personnel recruiting
portal at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04311.Through this site, applicants
will also provide names and email addresses of three referees who will be
contacted to submit letters of reference. For full consideration, applications and
reference letters should be received by December 15, 2017. All application
materials must be submitted through the UCI RECRUIT website.
Information on postdoctoral appointments and resources at UC Irvine is available at
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran
status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
B) POSTDOC POSITIONS IN COMETARY SCIENCE AT MPS, GERMANY
The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany,
invites applications for postdoc positions in the field of cometary science.
Two positions will be in the working group on the role of comets in the
formation of the planetary system. The following research topics – in order
of their priority
– are identified for collaboration in the working group:
– The growth of cometary nuclei
– The size and mass distribution of cometary dust and solids
– The Carbon-chain material in cometary nuclei
– The elemental composition of cometary material
Details of the positions and the application are found at
One position will be in a newly forming group on activity in comets and asteroids,
funded by an ERC Starting Grant. The position will focus on one of the following
– Physical, thermal, and optical properties of cometary material
– Activity in comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a Rosetta
– Activity in asteroids
Details of the position and the application are found at
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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