Issue 18-06, February 3, 2018
- CALL FOR DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT TO CASSINI SPECIAL SESSION B5.2 AT COSPAR
- UPCOMING MEPAG MEETINGS
- ROSETTA WORKSHOP ON COMETS AND THEIR ROLE IN SOLAR SYSTEM FORMATION
- FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF DIDYMOS OBSERVER WORKSHOP 2018
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field.
Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual
DPS prizes. The DPS sponsors five prizes:
The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field
of planetary science.
The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary
research by a young scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary
science and exploration.
The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication
by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and
stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to
submit nominations for DPS prizes.
A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the
DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award,
and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever
is less. Please fill out the nomination form, and it will be submitted to the prize
subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the
other DPS Prizes, please see its page for more information.
Scroll to the bottom of prizes for rules and procedures.
INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT TO CASSINI SPECIAL SESSION B5.2 AT COSPAR
All papers on Cassini findings, including Saturn, Rings, Titan, Icy Satellites, and
Magnetospheres, are welcome. Potential topics include observations, modeling,
theoretical interpretations, laboratory investigations, ground-based observations
as well as future missions and experiments.
COSPAR 2018, B5.2: Cassini Highlights at Saturn (Abstracts due Feb. 9th)
14-22 July 2018
B5.2 Cassini Highlights at Saturn
The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn,
its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic
magnetic environment. The robotic spacecraft arrived in 2004 after a 7-year flight
from Earth, dropped a parachuted probe to study the atmosphere and surface of
Saturn’s big moon Titan, and commenced making astonishing discoveries until
the spacecraft’s blazing plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere ended the mission in
The Organizing Committee welcomes papers relevant to the Cassini mission
that address observations, modeling, and theoretical interpretation. Papers are
also welcome on supporting laboratory investigations, Earth and HST observations,
and plans for future spacecraft missions and experiments. Papers highlighting a
comparison of Cassini at Saturn and Juno at Jupiter results are welcome also.
UPCOMING MEPAG MEETINGS
VM1 Virtual MEPAG meeting
February 20, 2018, 1-3 p.m. EST
Spring 2018 / 36th MEPAG Meeting
April 3-5, 2018
Washington DC region (Crystal City)
Members of the Mars community,
I cordially invite you to participate in two upcoming Mars Exploration
Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) meetings: a) on February 20, 2018, 1-3
p.m. EST will be a virtual meeting (VM1), while b) on April 3-5, 2018,
will be the annual face-to-face MEPAG Meeting (#36). Details for both
of these meetings are given on the attached pages, and posted
These meetings are open to all members of the Mars science community
including our international colleagues. I look forward to your
Dr. Jeffrey R. Johnson
Friday, January 26: 1st Meeting 36 Informational Circular released
Sunday, February 11: Meeting 36 Early Career Travel Grant application
Tuesday, February 20: MEPAG Meeting VM1 (virtual), includes Q&A about
Thursday, February 22: Forum presentation abstract deadline
Early March: 2nd Meeting 36 Informational Circular released, including
Friday, March 23: Registration deadline (not required, but requested
for logistics planning)
Tuesday-Thursday, April 3-5: MEPAG Meeting 36
ROSETTA WORKSHOP ON COMETS AND THEIR ROLE IN SOLAR SYSTEM FORMATION
The Rosetta spacecraft completed its observations of Comet 67P/Churyumov-
Gerasimenko in September 2016, but analysis and interpretation of the data are
continuing. The Rosetta Project is holding one of its last Science Working Team
meetings from 28 May to 1 June 2018 in Rhodes, Greece, and invites the scientific
community to participate. The discussions/presentations will focus on three themes:
1) Where and how did comets form, how are they put together, and what is their
role in solar system and planetary formation scenarios?
2) What are comets made of?
3) How do comets work?
Additional information is available at the workshop website:
Note that attendees must register in advance via the website prior to 26 March 2018.
March 26th is also the deadline for obtaining a special room rate at the conference hotel.
A registration fee of approximately 300 Euros will be collected on-site, and must
be paid in cash (Euros). The exact fee will be determined by the number of registrants.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF DIDYMOS OBSERVER WORKSHOP 2018
2018 June 19-21
Prague, Czech Republic
The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the planned target for the
Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA, https://www-n.oca.eu/michel/AIDA/) mission.
AIDA will be the first space experiment to demonstrate asteroid impact
hazard mitigation by using a kinetic impactor to deflect an asteroid. It is an
international cooperation, consisting of two mission elements: the NASA Double
Asteroid Redirection Test (DART, http://dart.jhuapl.edu/) mission and the ESA
Hera (previously known as AIM) rendezvous mission.
Remote (mostly Earth-based) observations of Didymos are an important part of
the mission. In this workshop, we will discuss observations for the 2019, 2020-2021,
and 2022 apparitions of Didymos. We will discuss detailed plans and expected
outcomes for 2019 observations and preliminary observing plans for the subsequent
Additional meeting information is available at:
The full first announcement is available at:
Dr. Petr Pravec (LOC chair)
Dr. Cristina A. Thomas (SOC chair)
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TENURE-TRACK PLANETARY SCIENCES FACULTY POSITION AT CALTECH
The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute
of Technology is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty
position in planetary science at the assistant professor level. We are especially
interested in individuals whose research complements that in the Division,
which covers the full spectrum of the earth and planetary sciences. We are
particularly interested in applicants with solar system-focused research programs
in planetary geophysics/geology, planetary atmospheric sciences, or small bodies
research; but those in other sub-disciplines will be considered. Review will begin
March 16, 2018.
For more details and to apply for the position: https://applications.caltech.edu/job/ps
B) FACULTY POSITION IN ASTRONOMY/ASTROPHYSICS
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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