Issue 18-35, August 28, 2018
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
- ALMA ANNOUNCEMENT
- 7th JOINT WORKSHOP ON HIGH PRESSURE PLANETARY AND PLASMA PHYSICS (HP4)
- COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER ON THE CASE FOR LANDED MERCURY SCIENCE
- PLANETARY SCIENCE SLIDES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
The 50th DPS meeting is approaching! Don’t miss the regular registration
deadline on August 31.
Our banquet will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) and we
can visit the galleries from 7-9 pm that evening (Wednesday October 24).
The KMA celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art
and new ideas, and educates and serves a diverse community. The banquet
menu is posted on the DPS webpage and includes selections to satisfy diverse
dietary needs (https://aas.org/meetings/dps50/events#events). The annual
Open-Mic Night (open to all for no cost) will also be held at the KMA
following the banquet. Banquet attendees will therefore be in the right place
to enjoy the open-mic performances.
Please also note a new event on the schedule at 8-9pm on Thursday — a dramatic
reading of the play Little Lessons for Lina. The play, written by University of
Tennessee science journalism professor Mark Littmann, is a scientifically and
historically accurate account of the life and discoveries of Caroline Herschel,
the first woman to be a professional astronomer. There is no fee for attendance.
There are still some spots available for the post-meeting field trips to the
Smoky Mountains and Blue Springs cave.
I am looking forward to the Early Career Presenters Review at DPS. We invite
early career scientists, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs,
others early in their careers, and first-time presenter to participate in this year’s
Early Career Presenters Review at DPS. Join this educational opportunity to
receive feedback from seasoned presenters! There are four sessions for this
year’s DPS Early Career Presenters Review: Sunday October 21 at 3pm,
Monday October 22nd at 7am, noon, and 4pm. Early career scientists are
invited to practice their oral or poster presentation and receive feedback
before presenting during the regular meeting. Participants also have the
opportunity to network with their peers and future colleagues. Registration
is free but required for participants:
We are also looking for scientists to participate in this year’s review. Your
commitment will be 1 to 1.5 hours and is an important way to give valuable
early career scientists. Please email Sanlyn Buxner (buxner at psi.edu) to
participate or with any questions.
As we are approaching this landmark DPS meeting, I hope you enjoy the
updated photo gallery of images from previous DPS meetings:
ALMA announces a program to monitor the evolution of CO and H2O in the
Martian atmosphere during the recent dust storm, for Cycle 5
Aug 28, 2018
The ALMA Observatory announces four filler programs that have been
approved on the Atacama Compact Array (ACA), also known as the Morita
Array. The programs were designed to fill a gap in the ACA observing
schedule in the remainder of Cycle 5 between LST of 22 and 1.5 h. The
programs were selected based on input from scientists at the Joint ALMA
Observatory (JAO) and the ALMA Regional Centers (ARCs). The proposed
programs were reviewed by the ALMA Integrated Science Team (IST) with
final approval by the ALMA Director.
The approved programs include:
2017.A.00043.T: Time evolution of CO & H2O in the Martian atmosphere
during a large-scale dust storm
This project will monitor the evolution of CO and H2O in the Martian
atmosphere during the recent dust storm.
as well as several non-planetary programs.
The data from the proposals will be quality assessed by the JAO and released
through the ALMA Archive with no proprietary period. Any remaining PI
science programs and activities to commission new capabilities on the array
will have priority, and therefore the above programs may not be completed in full.
7th JOINT WORKSHOP ON HIGH PRESSURE PLANETARY AND PLASMA PHYSICS (HP4)
2018, October 10-12, DLR Berlin, Rutherfordstr. 2, Germany.
The HP4 workshop brings together scientist interested in the interiors of
planets, brown dwarfs or stars.
Some of the topics covered are:
• Evolution, structure and dynamics of gas and solid planet interiors
• Deep volatile cycles and exchange processes between geochemical reservoirs
• Physics and chemistry of impact processes
• Equations of state, petrology, and geochemistry of planetary materials
• Melting relations and phase transformations of materials at extreme states
• Dynamic and ultrafast processes in strongly excited solids or similar
• Compression experiments using high-power optical and free electron lasers
• Laboratory experiments using multi-anvil and diamond-anvil cells
• Ab-initio simulation studies for matter under extreme conditions
For more information, registration and abstract submission please visit
the meeting web site:
• Registration deadline: August, 31
• Abstract submission deadline: August , 31
In case of questions please contact the local organizing committee at DLR Berlin:
COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER ON THE CASE FOR LANDED MERCURY SCIENCE
A community White Paper on the case for landed Mercury science is now
We welcome additional signatories; please reach out to Paul Byrne
([email protected]) or any of the White Paper organizing committee
members to have your name added to the document.
Thank you for your support for the continued exploration of Mercury!
Kathleen Vander Kaaden
PLANETARY SCIENCE SLIDES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) has sets of Powerpoint
slides for your use. These are summaries of PSRD articles covering
planetary science, including the processes by which planets, moons, and
small bodies form and evolve. The slides have captions and notes, and
are linked to PSRD articles that provide the full context, additional
graphics, and primary sources. New content added monthly. Use our
search box to find just what you need.
The Cosmochemistry Illustrated website offers additional Powerpoint
slides with planetary examples to enrich geochemistry, petrology, and
introductory geology lectures. References and background are given in
the notes pages.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) STAFF SCIENTIST – OCEAN WORLDS
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY,
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, invites
applications for a staff Scientist position in areas relevant to understanding
Ocean Worlds. The position is to conduct Ocean Worlds-related scientific
research within the fields of Geochemistry and Astrobiology. It is expected
that the successful candidate will develop an independently funded research
program and will pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities
focusing on Ocean World exploration.
The position requires a Ph.D. in planetary science, or related scientific
discipline, along with demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining,
and conducting independent scientific research, with a strong interest in
applying those efforts to problems related to Ocean Worlds exploration.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated professional reputation
as a productive researcher with a track record of publications in peer-
Please visit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/opportunities/experienced/
(Job ID 2018-9596). For a full description.
Applications received by September 30, 2018, will receive full consideration.
B) POST-DOCTORAL POSITIONS – EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF COMETARY ACTIVITY
The Universities of Bern (Switzerland) and Braunschweig (Germany)
invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar at each institution to
conduct experimental studies of cometary activity within the framework
of a 3-years joint research project (“D-A-CH” project) between Bern,
Braunschweig and Graz (Austria). The detailed descriptions of both
positions and instructions to apply can be found at:
The review of complete applications will begin in September and the
positions will remain open until suitable candidates are hired.
C) RESEARCH PHYSICAL SCIENTIST POSITION AT NASA ARC
The Exobiology Branch at National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is currently seeking interested
applicants for the position of a Research Physical Scientist. The
Research Physical Scientist conducts research that emphasizes the
conception and development of flight instruments that are suitable for
detecting evidence of life, including extant life, and/or identifying
and characterizing habitable environments beyond Earth.
This position will be filled at the GS-12 grade level only; the FPL
(full promotion level) is at the GS-14 grade level. Selectee can be
promoted without further competition.
The vacancy announcement, AR18D0056 – Research Physical Scientist,
Research AST, Chemical and Biological Evolution, can be found at USA
JOBS at this link:
Applications are being accepted until 9/21/2018.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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