Issue 18-08, February 18, 2018
- FINAL REMINDER: RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP
- REMINDER: MEPAG VIRTUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
- NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
- OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) MEETING
- REMINDER: DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- 2018 EXOPLANET SUMMER PROGRAM IN SANTA CRUZ
- PLANETARY ARCGIS WORKSHOP AT LPSC
- LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY TELESCOPE SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE ROADMAP
- REGISTRATION OPEN: FINAL CASSINI SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
FINAL REMINDER: RENEW YOUR 2018 AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP
If you haven’t renewed your AAS/DPS membership for 2018 by Friday, 2 March,
your AAS/DPS membership will be suspended and your member benefits cut off.
Renewals after that date will incur a $10 late fee and you will no longer receive
the DPS Newsletter until you renew.
Each year, the DPS loses about 300 members at this time. Avoid the hassle
of renewing before the annual meeting and do so before 2 March. Renew today!
If you have any questions about your dues or benefits, or need assistance
when logging in, please contact the membership team by email at
[email protected] or by phone at 202-328-2010. Thank you!
REMINDER: MEPAG VIRTUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
This is a reminder that the Virtual MEPAG meeting (VM1) will be held
1:00-3:00 p.m. EST (10-noon PST) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Connection information has also been posted to the meeting website:
NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
The first meeting of NASA’s Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) will be held
February 21-23, 2018. The agenda and dial-in information can be found at:
The PAC membership and charter can be found at:
OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) MEETING
The next Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) meeting will be held February
21-22, 2018 in Hampton, Virginia. The agenda and dial-in information can be found at:
REMINDER: 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.
2018 EXOPLANET SUMMER PROGRAM IN SANTA CRUZ
The Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL) at the University of California, Santa
Cruz (UCSC) announces the 2018 Exoplanet Summer Program (ESP), from
July 8-28, 2018. Within the program we wish to foster new and existing
research collaborations by outstanding visitors, with stays of 1 to 3 weeks.
Funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and UC Santa Cruz.
Program: The purpose of the program is to allow visitors to generate new ideas,
nurture existing research projects and collaborations, and foster new ones. There
is no theme or focus area – in this fast-moving exoplanets field we want the
participants to drive the discussion and work on areas they feel is most pressing
and exciting. The ESP program is modest in terms of planned activities, besides
a daily coffee and a seminar with active discussion. It is not a conference.
Participants can expect access to shared offices on campus, discussion common
areas, and of course immersion in Santa Cruz’s natural beauty.
Eligibility: Faculty, researchers, postdocs, and graduate students at any level are
invited to apply. We expect to fully reimburse travel expenses for all participants.
Applications: Please send a 2-page PDF that cover the following areas:
The science that you would like to accomplish while in Santa Cruz, the proposed
dates of your stay, and the science connections that you see with faculty, researchers,
or students within the OWL. Please also include a CV of up to 2 pages. Graduate
students should also arrange for a supporting letter from their PhD advisor. The
current roster of planetary investigators and research at UC Santa Cruz can be found
at http://owl.ucsc.edu/. We particularly welcome joint applications by small groups
wishing to work together on projects. All application materials should be e-mailed to
[email protected]. The application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018. We expect
to make acceptance/funding decisions by April 1st.
Information: We will work with program visitors to aid in finding suitable housing
accommodations either on or off campus. Keep in mind that Santa Cruz is a popular
summer destination. Please contact OWL Director Jonathan Fortney by e-mail at
[email protected] with additional questions about the ESP program.
PLANETARY ARCGIS WORKSHOP AT LPSC
March 18, 2018, LPSC
The Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF) at Cornell University
is offering a free workshop at the upcoming 49th LPSC on Sunday,
March 18, on using ArcGIS for planetary image analysis, sponsored by
the Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) network. This will be an
introductory level course accessible to participants with no prior
ArcGIS experience. The workshop will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm and will
cover topics including ArcGIS basics, spatial analysis, and map
document production. Participants will conduct hands-on research using
data from Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor that will be
downloaded and processed for ingestion into ArcGIS as part of the
workshop. Some introductory ISIS information will be provided as well:
Participants will be given one year ArcGIS licenses part of the
workshop. Registration is required:
The deadline for registration is March 12, 2018. Please contact Zoe
Learner Ponterio, SPIF Data Manager, for more information at
LARGE SYNOPTIC SURVEY TELESCOPE SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE ROADMAP
Schwamb et al. for the LSST SSSC:
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is uniquely equipped to
search for Solar System bodies due to its unprecedented combination of
depth and wide field coverage. Over a ten-year period starting in 2022,
LSST will generate the largest catalog of Solar System objects to date.
The main goal of the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) is
to facilitate the efforts of the planetary community to study the
planets and small body populations residing within our Solar System
using LSST data. To prepare for future survey cadence decisions and
ensure that interesting and novel Solar System science is achievable
with LSST, the SSSC has identified and prioritized key Solar System
research areas for investigation with LSST in this roadmap. The ranked
science priorities highlighted in this living document will inform LSST
survey cadence decisions and aid in identifying software tools and
pipelines needed to be developed by the planetary community as added
value products and resources before the planned start of LSST science
operations. Feedback welcome.
REGISTRATION OPEN: FINAL CASSINI SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
August 12-17, 2018
The Cassini Project will host a five-day Symposium, including a
reception, public talk with Linda Spilker, and banquet.
The sessions will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Invited and contributed talks will include the latest Cassini findings
on the Saturn system, including the interpretation and synthesis of
results. Sessions will cover the following disciplines: Rings, Titan,
Icy Satellites, Magnetospheres and Saturn. This Symposium can serve as
a springboard for future studies and space missions. Future mission
posters are possible.
Please go to the website to register, sign up for events and get
hotel links. Hotel rooms will be held while space is available, so
reserve as early as you can. See the hotel pages for release dates.
Early registration deadline: 29 June.
Late registration deadline: 3 August
Abstracts deadline: 16 April 2018
Cancellation deadline: 3 August
We hope to see you there.
Larry W. Esposito
Chair, Symposium Organizing Committee
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES AT MPS, GERMANY
The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Gottingen,
Germany, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in
Planetary Atmospheres. Application deadline: March 15, 2018.
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) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN MARS AND MOON RESEARCH
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa is
searching for a postdoctoral research scientist to study the
interaction between the solar wind and the atmospheres and magnetic
fields of Mars and the Moon. The successful candidate will work in
collaboration with Prof. Jasper Halekas and other group members at the
University of Iowa, as well as other researchers from the MAVEN and
ARTEMIS teams. More details and application instructions are available
Please contact Prof. Halekas ([email protected]) with any
questions about the position.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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