Issue 17-45, November 5, 2017
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS 49 RECAP AND REMINDER TO FILL OUT THE EXIT SURVEY
- NASA EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP (NESSF) PROGRAM
- WORKSHOP IN GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
- ELS LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE
- GEOPHYSICAL PLANET DEFINITION (GPD) USERS PAGE
- LUNAR SCIENCE FOR LANDED MISSIONS WORKSHOP
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR : DPS 49 RECAP AND REMINDER TO FILL OUT THE EXIT SURVEY
We had a great DPS last month. We had more than 800 registered attendees
at the meeting which exceeded our expected number of attendees. There
was a great scientific program thanks to all of you sharing your scientific
results and thanks to the hard work by the Science Organizing Committee
led by David O’Brien. The Local Organizing Committee led by Jani
Radebaugh put together fun activities like the geology field trip and the
banquet. Thank you, Jani and the LOC!
We also continued our tradition of having a plenary speaker addressing issues
of inclusiveness. This year the PCCS arranged a talk about microagression
by Dr. William Smith (University of Utah). Dr. Smith went above and beyond
by presenting his research area and contextualizing it for our community of
planetary science. Thanks for a really informative and engaging talk, Dr. Smith.
We are looking ahead to next year’s DPS meeting and we want to hear from
you about this year’s meeting. Please fill out the survey about the 49th
annual DPS meeting. The link was sent to attendees in an email from the
American Astronomical Society on October 23rd. We want to hear from you!
NASA EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP (NESSF) PROGRAM
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate announces the call for graduate
fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
(NESSF) program for the 2018-2019 academic year. This call for
fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S.
universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science
(M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or
The deadline for new applications is February 1, 2018, and the deadline
for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2018.
The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at
the NESSF 18 solicitation index page at:
Click on “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then select the
“NESSF 18” announcement.
All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the
NASA NSPIRES system. The faculty advisor has an active role in the
submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the
faculty advisor, the student, and the university must all register.
Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package
are posted on the NESSF 18 solicitation index page listed above. You
can register in NSPIRES at:
For further information, contact:
Space Science (Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics):
WORKSHOP IN GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
June 23rd-July 1st 2018
Petnica Science Center, Petnica, Serbia
This multi-disciplinary workshop will cover wide range of topics
related to the formation, structure and dynamics of the Solar System
bodies. The workshop is aimed for students (PhD students, but advanced
undergraduate and Master’s students are also welcome) and young
researchers of various backgrounds and different levels of experience
in the fields of planetary science and space exploration. Please visit
out website for more info and get in touch if you are interested!
ELS LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE
We are pleased to announce that the 6th European Lunar Symposium (ELS)
will be held in Toulouse, France May 13-16, 2018. This meeting,
organized in partnership with NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research
Virtual Institute (SSERVI), will cover current advances and prospects
in lunar science and exploration in Europe and elsewhere.
Building upon successful previous ELS meetings and acknowledging a
growing interest in lunar science exploration worldwide, we anticipate
a larger number of participants for ELS 2018. In order to make
necessary logistical arrangements, we would like your help (before
abstract submission and registration dates are announced) in letting us
know before December 1st 2017 about your firm intention to attend ELS
Please visit the following link to submit your response – European
Lunar Symposium (ELS) – 2018 Letter of Intent to Participate
Patrick Pinet ([email protected]) and Mahesh Anand
([email protected]) (On behalf of the ELS Organizers)
GEOPHYSICAL PLANET DEFINITION (GPD) USERS PAGE
The Geophysical Planet Definition (or GPD) can be stated as “A planet
is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and
that has enough gravitation to be round due to hydrostatic equilibrium
regardless of its orbital parameters.”
We are sampling community usage in GPD. Specifically, we want to know
if you as a planetary scientist think that the GPD is a useful planet
definition (recognizing that other planet definition may also be useful
to you). To that end we’ve developed a form at:
for those who find GPD a handy definition and who want to help us gauge
LUNAR SCIENCE FOR LANDED MISSIONS WORKSHOP
SSERVI and LEAG, in partnership, are pleased to announce the “Lunar
Science for Landed Missions Workshop,” January 10-12, 2018, at NASA
Ames Research Center. This workshop is intended to produce a set of
priority targets for near-term landed missions on the Moon, primarily,
but not exclusively, from commercial exploration firms interested in
pursuing ventures on the Moon. Abstracts are solicited describing
target areas on the Moon for near-term in-situ science, network
science, and sample return missions. Abstracts should be up to one page
in length and are intended to stimulate discussion about specific
targets. This workshop will result in a report to be presented to NASA
Headquarters as an initial community consensus of priority landed
targets, with the potential of future solicitations for science-focused
payloads at such target sites.
Further information on this workshop, along with information on
logistics, abstract guidelines and submission, and workshop
registration, is available at:
Abstracts are due on November 10, 2017.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) CORNELL CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND PLANETARY SCIENCES
RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST II:
Department mission and background information: Cornell is a private ivy
league university and the land grant university for New York State. Cornell
Center for Atmospheric and Planetary Science’s mission is to discover,
preserve, & disseminate knowledge, produce creative works, and promote
culture within these sciences throughout the Cornell community. The Center
also aims, through public outreach to enhance the lives and livelihoods of
our students, the people of New York, and others around the world.
The Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science seeks candidates
to fill our Research Support Specialist II position. The position is responsible
for support of the design, construction, and use of state-of -the -art submillimeter
spectrometers for use in astronomy at major observatories. The person is
responsible for the design, construction, troubleshooting and repair of
cryogenic, mechanical, and electrical systems, management of laboratory
activities and observing runs, and the supervision of certain laboratory
The successful candidate must the following skills:
(1) Experience with cryogenics and low temperature refrigerators,
including liquid helium and nitrogen cryostats, 3He refrigerators, and adiabatic
demagnetization refrigerators (ADRs). Familiarity with the properties and uses of
mechanical/structural and electrical properties of materials at low temperatures.
(2) Computerized engineering skills (computer aided design (CAD), and
finite element analysis (FEA)) and their applications to cryogenic and vacuum
vessels, devices for mounting optics and large mass instrumentation to
telescopes in the field, and subcomponents of telescopes.
(3) Management/logistics skills, including the development, and maintenance
of group activity schedules, and the ability to coordinate the logistics involved
in shipping large research instruments to places as diverse as South Pole and
(4) Laboratory software skills including familiarity with the Labview
environment, and ability to interface basic instrumentation.
(5) Basic laboratory electronic skills including soldering, wire-wrapping,
bread-boarding of basic circuits.
(6) Machinist and assembly skills, including the ability to machine complex
subcomponents of large instruments, and make repairs to our instruments both
at Cornell University and in field laboratories Finally, the position will include
possible supervision of one to three undergraduate assistants.
Question may be directed to Lynda Sovocool, Finance and Human
Resource Manager, [email protected].
B) RESEARCH PLANETARY SCIENTIST AT NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
The Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA GSFC is seeking to hire
an early or mid-career (GS13/14) planetary scientist to engage in a strong
independent research program, and to strengthen and extend the laboratory’s
successful track record in the development of instrumentation for
Some of the specific requirements sought after for this position include:
– Take a leadership role in a program for planetary instrument concept design
and development, particularly in the infrared.
– Evaluate and revise current instrument concept designs based on science
requirements and develops/modifies science requirements to be compatible with
– Maintain an independent science and instrument research program with regular
A full description of the requirements and information on how to apply are found
on the USAJOBS site:
The due date for applications is 11/24/2017. In the event of questions please contact:
US citizenship is required. NASA GSFC is an equal opportunity employer.
C) ONE PHD AND TWO POSTDOC POSITIONS WITH THE EXOMARS TGO MISSION
The Space Reasearch Centre of Poland is offering one PhD and two
postdoc positions to work with the data to be collected starting from
next spring with the instruments onboard the Trace Gas Orbiter
spacecraft of ESA/IKI’s ExoMars2016 mission, in the fields of
geosciences (hydrothermal processes, volcanism, mineralogy, tectonics,
thermal properties of rocks) and/or atmospheric sciences (atmosphere
circulation modelling). The descriptions are here:
The deadline for applying is December 10, 2017, auditions will be held
in January and the contracts will start on March 1st. Please contact
Daniel Mege for more information ([email protected]).
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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