Issue 18-09, February 25, 2018
- FINAL REMINDER: RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP
- REMINDER: DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- VISIT THE PDS BOOTH AT LPSC!
- ANNUAL MEETING OF THE DDA, APRIL 15-19 IN SAN JOSE, CA
- EXOPLANETS ORBITING HOT STARS CONFERENCE
- EXOPAG MEETING JULY 29 IN BOSTON, MA
- DIFFERENTIATION CONFERENCE: ABSTRACT DEADLINE MARCH 1
- 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: 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.
VISIT THE PDS BOOTH AT LPSC!
The PDS booth in the LPSC exhibit area will be staffed with PDS personnel
who can provide you with guidance or assistance on a wide range of PDS topics.
Training opportunities will also be available! Sign up to request help with
specific topics here: https://goo.gl/forms/hiX1mj3ESCaTljRh2, or drop in for
an informal chat with PDS staff.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE DDA, APRIL 15-19 IN SAN JOSE, CA
Announcement Text: The annual meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy
of the AAS will be April 15-19 in San Jose, CA. We will feature special sessions
entitled: (1) The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: How Do Simulators Compare Their
Data to Observations and How Can They Do It Better?, (2) 1I/`Oumuamua: the
First Interstellar Asteroid, and (3) Pebble in the Sky: Meteoroids and their Orbits.
A special public lecture will be given by Cristóbal Petrovich as well as prize talks
by our inaugural Vera Rubin Prize winner Dan Fabrycky and our Dirk Brouwer
Award winner Ortwin Gerhard.
Contributed talks are solicited in all aspects of Dynamical Astronomy. Abstract
submission is due by March 2 and early registration ends March 16. The meeting
website is: https://dda.aas.org/meetings/2018.
EXOPLANETS ORBITING HOT STARS CONFERENCE
The “Exoplanets Orbiting Hot Stars” conference will be held on June 20-22, 2018,
on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, USA.
In the era of TESS and Gaia, many of the brightest and best characterized exoplanet
hosts will be hot stars. Recent advances in technology and methodology have enabled
the discovery and study of exoplanets around hot stars. This meeting will bring together
experts on such planets, the stars they orbit, and the many different observational and
theoretical methods used to study them. Topics will include planet detection methods;
characterization of the host stars; planetary atmospheres; planetary demographics;
planet formation and evolution; and upcoming missions and future prospects.
Additional information on the meeting is available at vu.edu/planetsaroundhotstars
Registration and abstract submission are now open. The abstract deadline is May 4, 2018.
EXOPAG MEETING JULY 29 IN BOSTON, MA
NASA’s Exoplanet Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) and NASA’s Exoplanet
Exploration Program (ExEP) Office invite all postdocs and graduate students
interested in the intersection of exoplanets and space-based astronomy to attend
the ExoPAG meeting on Sunday, July 29th in Boston, MA.
This year, the ExoPAG 18 conference plans to include a mini-symposium focusing
on M dwarf stars as exoplanet hosts. Postdocs and graduate students are invited to
present their research at this session, and travel support is available for up to three
participants. Presentations may focus on observational and theoretical studies of:
— Characteristics of M dwarfs that impact exoplanet observations;
— Characteristics of M dwarfs that impact planetary atmospheres, evolution and habitability.
For details and application guidelines, see here.
DIFFERENTIATION CONFERENCE: ABSTRACT DEADLINE MARCH 1
The abstract deadline for Differentiation: Building the Internal
Architecture of Planets is March 1. The focus of this conference is on
understanding the physical and chemical conditions associated with the
formation of crusts, cores, atmospheres, and oceans on both rocky and
volatile-rich bodies. We seek input from many types of studies,
including petrologic, isotopic, trace element, and paleo-magnetic
analyses of samples, geophysical probes of planetary interiors, and
experimental and numerical simulations. There will be an optional,
pre-conference field trip to an anorthosite complex in the San Gabriel
Mountains on May 7. The conference will consist of 3.5 days of
presentations and discussion, May 8-11, ending by noon on May 11.
Abstracts are limited to ONE page and should be submitted via the
Some travel support will be available for early career individuals and
should also be applied for via the conference website.
For additional information, contact the lead conference convener,
Walter Kiefer ([email protected]).
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
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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