Issue 18-07, February 11, 2018
- REMINDER: DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- PLANNING SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS WITH JWST IN CYCLE-1
- NEW OPAG GOALS DOCUMENT POSTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMENTS
- NASA SEEKING VOLUNTEER REVIEWERS IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
- ENVIRONMENTS OF TERRESTRIAL PLANETS UNDER THE YOUNG SUN: SEEDS OF BIOMOLECULES SYMPOSIUM
- JPL PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SEMINAR
- 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.
PLANNING SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS WITH JWST IN CYCLE-1
In light of the April 6, 2018, deadline for JWST Cycle-1 observing proposals, a
4-hour webinar will be held on February 13 from 10a-2p (EST) and will summarize
JWST planning tools and their application to observations of solar system targets.
These tools include the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT), Exposure Time
Calculator (ETC), the Target Visibility Tool, and best practices for Solar System proposers.
Operational constraints that affect observations of solar system
targets will be summarized and include: bright limits, pointing constraints,
track rates, and the impact of ephemeris uncertainties on certain observing modes.
Science instrument capabilities and applications will be briefly summarized, but
are described extensively in 12 papers in PASP v128, 959 & 960 (2016).
The Online ONLY webinar will be held on February 13, 2018 from 10a – 2p EST.
Meeting number: 902 908 849
Meeting password: JWST2018
Audio connection: +1-510-210-8882 USA toll (International numbers can be found through the link above.)
Further details including presentation materials can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y9clnm3t
NEW OPAG GOALS DOCUMENT POSTED FOR COMMUNITY COMMENTS
An extensively revised draft goals document for the Outer Planets Assessment
Group has been posted at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/. We invite the OPAG
science community to provide feedback by using the OPAG Discussion Board:
To use this, you must have filled out a notification of interest form at
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/opag.cfm and register for the discussion board.
This document will be discussed at the next OPAG meeting February 21-23 in
This document will influence both the next decadal survey and near-term decisions
such as what mission concepts to study and technologies to support, and provides a
resource for PI-led proposals to SIMPLEx, Discovery, New Frontiers, telescopic
observations, and for R&A.
-OPAG Steering Committee
NASA SEEKING VOLUNTEER REVIEWERS IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking subject matter experts to
serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD
solicitations. Just follow the links below to the volunteer review forms and click
the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject
matter expert. If your skills match our needs for that review, we will contact you
to discuss scheduling.
We are currently seeking reviewers for:
- Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (ACCESS)
- Astrophysics Data Analysis
- Astrophysics Research and Analysis
- Earth Surface and Interior and Space Geodesy Programs
- Habitable Worlds
- Solar System Workings
- Earth Science (Graduate Student) Fellowship Proposals
- Space Science (Graduate Student) Fellowship Proposals
The names of the programs above should contain links to those individual review
forms, but the landing page all of these forms may be found at:
ENVIRONMENTS OF TERRESTRIAL PLANETS UNDER THE YOUNG SUN: SEEDS OF BIOMOLECULES SYMPOSIUM
“Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules”
Symposium will be held on April 9-13, 2018, hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet
Environments Collaboration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt,
This symposium is a major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging
area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and
geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the
impacts of the young Sun’s space weather on the precursors of life.
The central objective of the Symposium is to unify and coordinate these efforts to
understand, and characterize heliophysical, magnetospheric, ionospheric, climate
and their interaction with geological environments on the early Earth, Mars and
Venus and their impacts on the initiation of prebiotic chemistry.
The official web site for the symposium is available at
Please register (at no cost) at the website.
Abstract submission is now open.
JPL PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SEMINAR
The Planetary Science Summer Seminar prepares the next generation of engineers
and scientists to participate in future solar system exploration missions. Participants
learn the mission life cycle, roles of scientists and engineers in a mission environment,
mission design interconnectedness and trade-offs, and the importance of teamwork.
Application Deadline: April 2, 2018
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN ASTEROID SCIENCE AT MPS, GERMANY
The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany,
invites applications for a postdoctoral position to work on the active binary
asteroid 288P/300163. Details are found at
B) 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
C) NEW POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AT MIT
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at MIT to work on
the physical characterization of near-Earth objects. This position will
be supervised by Dr. Francesca DeMeo. The postdoctoral associate will
work in collaboration with Dr. DeMeo and other project team members on
the MIT-Hawaii Near Earth Object Spectroscopic Survey, a long-running
near-infrared spectral survey using SpeX on the NASA IRTF. The position
is to take a leading role in target selection, spectroscopic
observations (~1 night per month), reduction, and data analysis.
To apply, send the following to [email protected]:
* A Cover Letter
* A Curriculum Vitae
* A Statement of past research accomplishments and future research
goals (2 pages or less)
* Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references
The start date is Summer or early Fall 2018. Review of applications
will begin on 15 March 2018. The position will remain open for
applications until filled.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]