Issue 18-30, July 21, 2018
- 50TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES OCTOBER 21-26, 2018 IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
- HISTORICAL ABSTRACTS FOR THE 50TH DPS MEETING 21-26 OCTOBER, KNOXVILLE, TN, USA
- LABORATORY RESEARCH ABSTRACTS FOR THE 50TH DPS MEETING 21-26 OCTOBER, KNOXVILLE, TN, USA
- DPS 2018 ELECTION REMINDER
- EUROPA DEEP DIVE 2: COMPOSITION A WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF EUROPA AND THE STATE OF LABORATORY DATA
- FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MAIN BELT: A GATEWAY TO THE FORMATION AND EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
- FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT IAU SYMPOSIUM 350 ON LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS
- 2018 FALL AGU SESSION NOTICES
50TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES
OCTOBER 21-26, 2018 IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
REGULAR ABSTRACTS ARE DUE THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 9:00 PM EDT
Registration is now open!
Both local and scientific organizing committees are working with AAS
meeting planners to make this meeting a place to share our recent
scientific results and to continue our collaborations with colleagues.
More information, as it becomes available, can be found at the meeting website:
Here are some key dates to be aware of:
26 July 2018 Regular Abstract Deadline, 9:00 PM EDT
31 July 2018 Early Registration Deadline (lowest cost!)
31 July 2018 Exhibit Final Deadline
31 August 2018 Late Abstract Submission Deadline
15 September 2018 Dependent Care Grant Applications Due
Note that there will be limited and expensive hotel rooms close to the Knoxville
Convention Center in downtown Knoxville on the Saturday night before the meeting
(Oct 20) due to the home football game between Tennessee and Alabama. The LOC
and AAS staff are working to find meeting space so that workshops can be held on
Saturday October 27. There will be meeting space for workshops at the Knoxville
Convention Center on Sunday October 21 (before the meeting), but it will be
extremely difficult for some people to get into Knoxville early that day (particularly
those coming from the west coast). Another option for workshop attendees would
be to stay at a hotel outside of the downtown area on Saturday night. Workshop
conveners should consider these constraints and communicate with expected
attendees when deciding on workshop dates and times.
Two field trips are being scheduled for Saturday, October 27. Expected
offerings include a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, nearby
caves, and hiking in the Smoky Mountains.
We plan to continue offering electronic posters this year. We will also be having a
banquet at the Knoxville Museum of Art and an ice-cream social on Friday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville in October.
HISTORICAL ABSTRACTS FOR THE 50TH DPS MEETING 21-26 OCTOBER,
KNOXVILLE, TN, USA
Due date 26 July 9:00 pm ET.
The 2018 DPS marks the 50th anniversary of this meeting. This jubilee milestone
will be celebrated at the meeting with an historical plenary session, including
invited speakers and a panel, as well as a historical session on the Cassini mission.
In addition, we welcome contributed abstracts that review and reflect on the last
half-century of planetary science in the DPS. You are encouraged to submit your
abstracts in the pertinent sections or under the topic “History ”. Please note that
History abstracts do not count against the limit of one Regular Research Contributed
See https://aas.org/meetings/dps50/abstracts for details.
Please contact SOC chair Devon Burr ([email protected]) or
SOC History sessions organizer Jay Pasachoff ([email protected])
with any questions.
Abstracts are due 26 July 9:00 pm ET.
LABORATORY RESEARCH ABSTRACTS FOR THE 50TH DPS MEETING
21-26 OCTOBER, KNOXVILLE, TN, USA.
Deadline July 26,2018
You are encouraged to submit your abstracts in the pertinent sections or under
“Laboratory Research”. Please make sure that the words Laboratory or
Experiment are included in your abstract, preferably in the Title. We will try to
embed your oral presentations into appropriate sessions.
DPS 2018 ELECTION REMINDER
The 2018 election for DPS Vice-Chair and Committee is now open, and will
close on July 31st 2018.
Please remember to vote!
Go to https://aas.org/vote/
You will need your AAS member login ID (which defaults to your membership
number), and your password.
If you have trouble voting on line, the AAS can do a proxy vote and vote on your
behalf (send an e-mail to [email protected]). You will still get an automated email
confirmation and a separate manual email, both with who you voted for and a
You should vote for one of the two candidates for Vice Chair:
o Matija Ćuk, SETI Institute
o Amanda Hendrix, Planetary Science Institute
The elected Vice Chair will take his/her functions in October 2018 and will
become the DPS Chair in October 2019.
You should also vote for two of the four candidates for DPS Committee:
o Michael Bland
o Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory
o Lucille Le Corre, Planetary Science Institute
o Krista Soderlund, University of Texas
The successful candidates will serve on the Committee for three years after
The detailed vitae and position statements for each of the candidates is linked
from the main election page,
It is very important for all DPS Members to participate to these elections, so
please take a moment to vote!
EUROPA DEEP DIVE 2: COMPOSITION A WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON THE CHEMICAL
COMPOSITION OF EUROPA AND THE STATE OF LABORATORY DATA
Dates: October 9–11, 2018
Venue: Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX.
Abstracts Deadline (EXTENDED): August 9, 2018
We encourage all members of the planetary science community whose research
interests lie in Europa’s chemical composition to submit abstracts for oral and
poster presentations. The workshop is structured to provide ample time for oral
presentations (at least 15 min), poster sessions, and discussion of Europa’s
chemistry as revealed by Observations, Data Analysis, Modeling, and Laboratory
Work. This is your unique opportunity “to hear and to be heard” in an environment
where ample time will be devoted to these topics.
The common thread of the Workshop is to assess our present understanding of
Europa’s composition (physical and chemical), evaluate the existing laboratory
data, and summarize critical laboratory work to be conducted in the immediate
future. We therefore solicit abstracts with a focus on observational data, spectral/
modeling work, and laboratory data. Presenters are also encouraged to include
discussions of any laboratory data that is needed or that would enhance their work.
Please feel free to contact members of the Deep Dive 2 SOC with any questions.
SOC – Europa Deep Dive 2
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MAIN BELT: A GATEWAY TO THE FORMATION
AND EARLY EVOLUTION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Workshop, Sardinia, Italy | June 4-7, 2019
The Main Asteroid Belt is at the boundary of the inner and outer Solar
System. It marks a transition region from the rocky volatile-poor inner
terrestrial planets to the outer gaseous and icy giant planets. Asteroids
also give us access to the relatively unprocessed building blocks of planet
formation, with many retaining a record of processes that took place
during the formation and early evolution of the Solar System. This workshop
brings together experts to establish the current understanding of Main Belt
asteroid science, as well as to debate future directions for investigation.
The workshop stimulates discussions about accretion, chemistry, collisions,
dynamics, geophysics, and meteorites. The workshop is limited to
approximately 100 attendees.
1. Planetesimal Formation
2. Collisional Evolution
3. Depletion & Implantation
4. Composition & Chemistry
5. Meteorites & Samples
6. Space Missions
When: June 4-7, 2019 (including a half-day field trip to the 64-m dish Sardinia
Where: Chia Laguna, Sardinia, Italy |
Important dates: A second announcement with details about deadlines and
logistics on September 2018.
SOC Chairs: Maria Cristina De Sanctis, INAF, Italy / Simone Marchi, SwRI, USA
Eleonora Ammannito, ASI, Italy
William F. Bottke, SwRI, USA
Fabrizio Capaccioni, INAF, Italy
Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, ASU, USA
Roger Fu, Harvard University, USA
Thorsten Kleine, University of Münster, Germany
Javier Licandro, IAC, Spain
Alessandro Morbidelli, OCA, France
Carol A. Raymond, JPL/Caltech, USA
Fumi Yoshida, PERC/Chitech, Japan
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT IAU SYMPOSIUM 350 ON LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS
Please save the date!
The First International Astronomical Union Symposium on Laboratory
Astrophysics, IAUS 350: Laboratory Astrophysics: from Observations to
Interpretation, will be held in Cambridge, UK, from 14 – 19 April 2019.
The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment
and theoretical modeling has been reinforced at the 2015 IAU General
Assembly by the creation of a new IAU Commission (CB5) on Laboratory
In this meeting we hope to build on this momentum and bring together active
researchers in observational astronomy, space missions, experimental and
theoretical laboratory astrophysics and astrochemistry to discuss the major
topics and challenges that face today’s Astronomy. We expect that interactions
between researchers will result in a solid roadmap for future research that will
lead to advances in our understanding of astronomical observations and guide
the design of future observational instruments. You can read more on the
objectives of the Symposium at
To register your interest in this meeting, please send an email to
You will then receive regular updates on the meeting.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee for IAUS 350,
IAU Commission B5
IAUS 350 SOC:
Farid Salama (Chair), USA, Paul Barklem, Sweden, Helen Fraser, UK,
Thomas Henning, Germany, Christine Joblin, France, Sun Kwok, China,
Harold Linnartz, Netherlands, Lyudmila Mashonkina, Russia, Tom Millar,
UK, Osama Shalabiea, Egypt, Gianfranco Vidali, USA, Feilu Wang, China,
Giulio Del- Zanna, UK
2018 FALL AGU SESSION NOTICES
A) SESSION TITLE: B039. INTEGRATED HABITABILITY SCIENCE:
FORECASTING THE TRAJECTORY OF LIFE AND PLANETARY
HABITABILITY ON EARTH AND BEYOND
Session ID: 50570
Session Description: The Earth has experienced several catastrophic
perturbations during its history, but nevertheless remained habitable.
How will planet Earth and life co-evolve in the future? How will life
adapt and transform itself across the environmental changes ahead of
us? How will life continue to shape the Earth? How do microbial life
and ecosystems naturally adapt to and co-evolve on human to geologic
timescales? How can we enhance the Earth’s habitability and expand
sustainability into the deep future? This session has a special focus on
the evolving planetary processes and the extent of life and its diversification
that both contribute to the maintenance of Earth’s habitability. We welcome
interdisciplinary topics related to systems life science and synthetic biology,
exploration of deep life and ecosystems in extreme environments, limits
and theories of life, and modeling of the Earth’s habitability and geosphere-
biosphere interactions in the past, present, and deep future.
Submit here before August 1, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT:
Conveners: Fumio Inagaki (JAMSTEC), Vlada Stamenkovic (JPL),
Victoria J Orphan (Caltech), Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (MARUM-University
B) AGU SESSION P010: CLIMATE AND HABITABILITY OF ROCKY
PLANETS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
Session description: Recent advances in understanding the early habitability
of Mars and Venus, the imminent exploration of rocky exoplanets by the
James Webb Space Telescope, and mission proposals to search for life in
the outer Solar system motivate us to consider planetary habitability from
a wide range of angles. Questions of particular interest include: What does
the solar system tell us about the habitability of exoplanets, and how can
exoplanets inform our understanding of habitability? What drives Earth’s
long-term climatic stability and how will it end? What planetary conditions
affect the emergence and maintenance of life, such as long-term volatile
cycling or the evolution of a planet’s host star? Finally, what insight can we
glean from lifeless worlds about the conditions necessary for sustaining life?
We invite studies that use observations, experiments, and theory to expand
our understanding of the climates and habitability of rocky planets in our
Solar System and beyond.
Conveners: Daniel Koll, Jade Checlair, Thaddeus Komacek, Sukrit Ranjan
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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