Issue 18-43, October 20, 2018
- COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AT THE DPS MEETING
- LOOKING FOR SCIENTISTS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE DPS MEETING
- DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION DURING DPS 50
- DPS WORKSHOP REMINDER: JUNO AND JUNO-SUPPORTING JUPITER ATMOSPHERIC RESULTS
- DPS WORKSHOP: PRIMITIVE OR PROCESSED? CARBON IN TODAY’S SOLAR SYSTEM VS. THE EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM AND THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM
- PUBSPACE AND YOU WORKSHOP AT DPS
- EDUCATION AND OUTREACH SHAREATHON AT DPS
- DPS MEETING JWST TOWN HALL
- LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
- DPS WORKSHOP ON LABORATORY STUDIES OF ATMOSPHERES AND PLUMES
- NEOCAM SCIENCE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AT DPS
- LSST SOLAR SYSTEM HACKATHON AT DPS
- FUTURE PLUTO AND KUIPER BELT MISSIONS: THE VIEW FROM 2018
- TRICK OR TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- WORKSHOP ON IN SITU EXPLORATION OF THE ICE GIANTS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AT THE DPS MEETING
DPS will try something new in the program at this year’s meeting. We have
allotted 5 minutes at the beginning of the plenary sessions for oral announcements
about items of broad interest to our community. If you would like to make a
very short announcement (no longer than 2 minutes), please send a short
description of your topic to [email protected] for coordination and approval
by DPS leadership.
LOOKING FOR SCIENTISTS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE DPS MEETING
Consider giving an hour of your time to support early career scientists and
We are looking for DPS members to volunteer for two events being sponsored
by DPS at the upcoming meeting in Knoxville.
1) We are looking for scientists to give feedback to early career scientists as
they preview their presentations for the meeting –
Sunday October 21st at 3pm
Monday October 22nd at lunch
Monday October 22nd at 4pm
2) We are looking for scientists to spend one hour with undergraduate students
in local intro planetary science courses (Exploring the Planets) mostly freshmen
and sophomores. We want to make sure that each group of students meet and
become comfortable with several scientists. There will be a faculty member and
TA with each group so that you can spend time talking to students. Your
commitment is one hour in each time slot (not the entire time).
- Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 11:15 am – 1:45 pm
- Wednesday, Oct 24th, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
- Wednesday, Oct 24th, 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
- Wednesday, Oct 24th, 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm
- Thursday, Oct 25th, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
- Friday, Oct 26th, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please contact Sanlyn Buxner, [email protected] if you are willing to volunteer your
time for either (or both!) events
DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION DURING DPS 50
Our DPS by-laws allow for the election of a member to the Nominating Sub-committee
each year at the members meeting – this year’s Members Meeting takes place
on Wednesday Oct. 24, 12:30 pm.
Nominations of subcommittee candidates are made in person at the Members
Meeting and will not close until at least three members are nominated. Please
consider nominating those you think would be good for the position. The
membership will then vote at the meeting and elect one person to work with
the other two subcommittee members for a 3 year term.
This position is important because they seek candidates to run for the elected
offices of Vice-Chair and Committee members. The division’s leadership is
responsible for our annual meetings and carrying out the activities of the
division including managing the division’s funds, carrying out its elections,
federal relations, education, press activities, web maintenance, providing
professional development programs, ensuring a climate conducive to collegial
and productive scientific exploration and enabling publication of our scientific
results. The main activities for this committee are generally conducted in the
spring semester in preparation for summer DPS elections. If you have questions
about the tasks please feel free to contact the outgoing nominating subcommittee
chair (Kelsi Singer; [email protected]), the incoming chair (Yvonne
DPS WORKSHOP REMINDER: JUNO AND JUNO-SUPPORTING JUPITER ATMOSPHERIC RESULTS
Sun Oct 21, 2018, 1:00-6:00pm Room 301 B (Knoxville Convention Center)
This is immediately prior to the 50th AAS/DPS meeting, but no DPS registration
is required to attend this meeting.
The workshop is intended to foster collaboration and discussion between the
Juno science team and the Earth-based observation community. We will have
people from the Juno project present mission updates and members of the Earth-based
community present updates on their observations. The structure of the meeting
will be informal in order to encourage interactions between all participants.
if you intend to give a brief talk relating to Juno or Jupiter. This will help our
We are working on some requests for WebEx participation, but this capability
is not guaranteed at this time.
DPS WORKSHOP: PRIMITIVE OR PROCESSED? CARBON IN TODAY’S SOLAR
SYSTEM VS. THE EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM AND THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM
As part of the SSERVI-sponsored series of workshops on Carbon in the
Solar System, we will be holding a panel discussion at DPS called “Primitive
or Processed?” Recent investigations within our Solar System, including the
Pluto system, the Saturn system, Mercury, and nearly all points in between,
point to carbon in some form on many bodies, though its nature is often elusive.
The event will assemble a panel of experts (see below) to discuss carbon in the
solar system (in meteorites and on planetary surfaces) and in the interstellar
medium, and the relationships between them. How processed are the carbon
compounds found across the solar system, compared to the carbon in the ISM?
How does the processing occur, and on what timescales? What future
measurements can help us to better understand carbon in our solar system?
Expert panelists include Dr. Yvonne Pendleton (NASA Ames), Dr. Diane
Wooden (NASA Ames) and Dr. Kelly Miller (SwRI San Antonio). We hope
you’ll join us for an engaging discussion!
Sunday Oct 21, 3-6 PM
PUBSPACE AND YOU WORKSHOP AT DPS
PubSpace and You: How to Deposit Your Manuscripts as Required by ROSES
at the DPS Fall Meeting on Monday, Oct 22, 12:00 pm–12:45 pm, Room 301B.
We will discuss the relatively new ROSES requirements to submit your manuscripts
to NASA’s PubSpace system, as well as the practicalities for doing so with a
variety of different publications. Please join us.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH SHAREATHON AT DPS
Rotunda Room (Knoxville Convention Center) on Monday October 24th from 5 to 6:15pm
Join us to share your best activities and materials for education and outreach
with other scientists, educators and local high school teachers. Learn what others
are doing as you prepare for your own events looking towards the Apollo 11th
50th Anniversary next summer. Additionally, we are soliciting your feedback
about what support you need and want from the DPS to support your education
and outreach work. Stop by and talk to others doing education and outreach events
and learn how to get involved in various settings. Participants are welcome to bring
materials to hand-out and do demonstrations.
Please contact Sanlyn Buxner [email protected] with questions.
DPS MEETING JWST TOWN HALL
Tue. Oct. 23, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm, Room 301 C
* Project overview/status (20m) – Eric Smit, JWST Program Scientist
* Exposure Time and Planning Tools update (15m) – Bryan Holler
* Scattered Light and Bright Limits (10m) – John Stansberry
* GTO/ERS summary, GO programmatics (20m) – Stefanie Milam
* Q/A, Including HST gyroscope status/impacts (15m)
John Stansberry JWST — NIRCam Operations & Commissioning Lead
Solar System Lead Space Telescope Science Institute 410 338 2442
LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
4:30-6:00pm Weds Oct 24, 2018, 50th DPS Meeting, Room 301 D-E
(Knoxville Convention Center)
This workshop serves as the annual meeting of the Large Synoptic Survey
Telescope (LSST) Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) and is open
to all DPS attendees. We will provide a brief status of LSST with respect to
Solar System science, provide updates on current and future activities
within the SSSC, and examine follow-up opportunities in the LSST era.
The presentation schedule is as follows:
- LSST Project & Solar System Data Status Update – Mario Jurić (University of Washington/LSST) & Siegfried Eggl (University of Washington/LSST)
- LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) Update – Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatory) & David Trilling (NAU)
- NOAO Data Lab Capabilities in Support of (LSST) Solar System Science – Frank Valdes (NOAO)
- Gemini Solar System Follow-up in the LSST Era – Bryan Miller (Gemini Observatory)
Contact organizers Meg Schwamb ([email protected])
and David Trilling ([email protected]) with any questions
DPS WORKSHOP ON LABORATORY STUDIES OF ATMOSPHERES AND PLUMES
Workshop on “Laboratory Studies of Atmospheres and Plumes” organized
by the Laboratory Astrophysics Division of AAS
The object of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) is to advance our
understanding of the Universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical
and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive the cosmos.
This LAD workshop will consist of five 15-minute-long invited talks showcasing
the laboratory astrophysics work being conducted to support planetary missions for
the exploration of our solar system and beyond. The invited talks will demonstrate
how missions like Cassini, New Horizons, Rosetta, and future missions focused
on Europa or exoplanets can benefit from these experimental and theoretical studies.
They will be followed by a 10-minute panel discussion to encourage participants
to explore the laboratory astrophysics needs for planetary science studies and
initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations and new` research
The workshop program will be as follows:
12:00-12:05: Stefanie Milam and Ella Sciamma-O’Brien — General introduction and welcome
12:05-12:20: Morgan Cable — “Laboratory Investigations to Support Exploration of Titan”
12:20-12:35: Karl Hibbitts — “Understanding Europa and its potential plumes through laboratory measurements”
12:35-12:50: Will Grundy — “Laboratory Studies of Condensed Volatiles Under Outer Solar System Conditions”
12:50-13:05: Perry Gerakines — “Laboratory Experiments in Support of Comet Exploration”
13:05-13:20: Sarah Horst —“Laboratory astrophysics investigations supporting exoplanet exploration”
13:20-13:30: Panel discussion
The workshop will be Thursday October 25th from 12:00-1:30 PM in room 301D-E.
Lunch boxes will be provided on a first come first serve basis to the first 30 participants.
Please contact Dr. Ella Sciamma-O’Brien ([email protected])
or Dr. Stefanie Milam ([email protected]) with any questions.
Acknowledgments: We greatly appreciate support for this workshop from the
VORTICES team from SSERVI, and from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
NEOCAM SCIENCE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AT DPS
The NEOCam Science Team invites the planetary science community to
join us for a discussion of NEOCam at the 50th DPS meeting in
Knoxville. We will present an overview of the mission concept,
including anticipated bandpasses, survey strategy, and data products,
as well as discuss some of the avenues of investigation that NEOCam
would enable. The discussion will consist of two one-hour blocks with
ample time for questions, so attendees may come and go as their
schedule dictates. All members of the science community, especially
early career researchers and members of historically under-represented
groups, are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.
Date: Thursday, Oct 25 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Room 200D
Questions? Contact Joe Masiero ([email protected])
LSST SOLAR SYSTEM HACKATHON AT DPS
Thursday October 25, 2018 4:00-7:30 pm
Room 200 B-C (Knoxville Convention Center), 50th DPS meeting, Knoxville, TN
Open to all DPS attendees
Organizers: Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatory) & David Trilling (NAU)
The main goal of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (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. Over its 10 year lifespan, the LSST
will observe and catalog over 5 million Main Belt asteroids, almost 300,000 Jupiter
Trojans, over 100,000 NEOs, over 40,000 KBOs, tens of interstellar objects,
and over 10,000 comets. To prepare for future survey cadence decisions and
ensure that interesting and novel Solar System science is achievable with
LSST, the SSSC is organizing a Hackathon at DPS. The aim is spend several
hours working intensively on collaborative projects related to community
preparations for when LSST turns on. Past Hack day or SSSC sprint experience
is not required. Come ready with a project idea or join someone’s pitched project.
Programming experience is not a requirement. This workshop is focused towards
SSSC members, but any DPS attendee is welcome to attend. Please register at
https://goo.gl/forms/1RoZLOVQ9cbtQbU33 to reserve a spot.
FUTURE PLUTO AND KUIPER BELT MISSIONS: THE VIEW FROM 2018
Friday, 26 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 301 B – DPS Conference Venue, Knoxville TN
The Kuiper Belt (KB) is a scientific treasure trove consisting of comets,
planetesimals, and small planets like Pluto. Since its discovery in the early
1990s, the KB has yielded fundamental insights into planetary accretion,
the migration of planets, and the population structure of our solar system
—including the discovery that dwarf planets like Pluto are common there.
The exploration of Pluto by New Horizons in 2015, the first KB dwarf planet
to be explored, revealed a richness of geological, atmospheric, satellite, and
compositional diversity at Pluto that rivals planets like Mars. The flyby also
revealed evidence for Pluto being an actively evolving world over many
spatial and temporal scales including evidence for an interior ocean, active
glaciers, dunes, tectonics, a wide variety of terrain ages, and a complex
atmosphere. Those results, combined with the heterogeneous colors, surface
compositions, and satellite systems of other KB dwarf planets beg for an
ongoing future in Kuiper Belt exploration.
In this workshop we will survey 2018 work on (i) a return to Pluto with an
orbiter, (ii) Centaur missions to study KBOs, and (iii) flyby missions to other
KB dwarf planets. We will review community and individual scientist work
to motivate NASA to fund future studies leading to the next Decadal Survey.
TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
DPS is continuing its Trick-or-Treat and Telescopes Program. Put out your
telescopes – or even binoculars – during trick-or-treat time on Halloween, in
your own lawn or in a neighbor’s lawn with better viewing (or more traffic).
The following website gives advice and connections to resources. If you have
any pictures of your event, please send them to bonnie.buratti(at)jpl.nasa.gov
WORKSHOP ON IN SITU EXPLORATION OF THE ICE GIANTS
Notice of upcoming workshop. Pre-registration is now open –
Please note that attendance is capped at 90, so please register early!
February 25-27, 2019, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, France
Meeting URL : https://ice-giant-workshop.lam.fr
Abstract submission deadline: December 31, 2018
Early registration deadline: January 31, 2018
Maximum number of participants: 90
We are pleased to announce a workshop addressing scientific and technological
topics relevant to the in situ exploration of giant planet atmospheres, including
scientific questions, how to achieve them, and technological challenges. In the
spirit of the Cassini-Huygens mission legacy, the workshop will also focus on
potential mission concepts and international cooperation, with an emphasis on
probe studies of the ice giants in the framework of future NASA-ESA collaborations.
The Workshop on In Situ Exploration of the Ice Giants will take place at
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (https://www.lam.fr/) in a three-day
science program comprising themed sessions, and featuring a mixture of invited
reviews, invited and contributed talks, and posters. The workshop will cover
topics ranging from the link between the formation conditions of the ice giant
planets and atmospheric composition, measurement techniques, instrumentation,
and technologies, and mission concepts. Invited speakers will include international
experts in the origin, formation, and evolution of giant planets, giant planet
atmospheres, instrumentation for in situ measurements of atmospheres, entry
and descent probes and their technologies, future technology needs and development,
and what the ice giants can tell us about exoplanetary systems.
Abstract submissions for posters and for talks are encouraged, although
the number of talks available is limited in order to keep the workshop to
three days. All contributions should be related to science, measurements,
or technologies for in situ exploration of the ice giants. Please register early,
as space is limited to no more than 90 participants! The possibility of
publishing workshop papers in a peer review journal is being explored.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR IN PHYSICS (MULTIPLE POSITIONS)
The Department of Physics and Applied Physics at the University of
Massachusetts Lowell (UML) invites applications for a number of
teaching faculty positions to begin September 2019. We are especially
interested in candidates who can complement and/or enhance existing
instructional service programs in the department.
The applicant would be expected to teach introductory-level high-enrollment
Physics and Astronomy courses. The successful candidate should have a
strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels with skills that complete and enhance the department’s growing base
of full-time faculty. Additional duties would include coordination of the
graduate teaching assistants leading the laboratory component of these
high-enrollment lecture courses.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
• Ph.D. in Physics or related field (must have Ph.D. by the time of appointment)
• Demonstrated teaching ability in physics and excellent communication
skills-Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please include a CV, cover letter, teaching statement/philosophy, evidence
of teaching and teaching evaluations with your application. Names and
contact information for three references will be required at the time of application.
To apply, visit the URL:
B) NASA HUBBLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (NHFP)
On behalf of the NASA Astrophysics Division, the Space Telescope Science
Institute (STScI) announces the second annual call for applications for
postdoctoral fellowships under the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program
(NHFP) #02904, to begin in the Fall of 2019.
The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program policies
and application instructions, is available at the website: http://nhfp.stsci.edu.
The application submission page will be open today until November 1, 2018.
Please share this employment announcement with your friends, networking
groups, mailing lists, and social connections using this link.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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