Issue 19-05, February 6, 2019
- VIRTUAL SMD TOWN HALL MEETING THURSDAY 2/7/19 AT 2PM EASTERN
- AOGS SESSION PS04: VOLCANISM AND TECTONISM ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
- AOGS SESSION PS05: CASSINI’S LEGACY: SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS AND DISCOVERIES AT SATURN
- AOGS SESSION PS14: SMALL BODY EXPLORATIONS BY CURRENT AND FUTURE MISSIONS
- GORDON CONFERENCE ON ORIGINS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS: METEORITICAL, SPACECRAFT AND ASTROPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ASSEMBLY AND COMPOSITION OF PLANETS
- SAVE THE DATE! GORDON CONFERENCE ON THE ORIGINS OF LIFE
- OPAG MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE
- NOAO ASTRO2020 SCIENCE WHITE PAPER COORDINATION HUB
- THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
VIRTUAL SMD TOWN HALL MEETING THURSDAY 2/7/19 AT 2 PM EASTERN
Please join NASA Science Mission Directorate leadership for a virtual
community town hall on February 7, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern time. We will
provide updates on activities related to the recent government shutdown
and return to normal operations.
The town hall will be broadcast via Webex at: https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/onstage/g.php?MTID=e55d48e0943eab2a401edcbe736e50dc7.
Audio-only participation is available by calling 1-415-527-5035 and
providing access code 909 356 091.
For those who cannot join in person, a recording of the town hall will be
available on the NASA Science website (https://science.nasa.gov) after the
Questions may be submitted in advance at: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/m19e/#!/dashboard.
AOGS SESSION PS04: VOLCANISM AND TECTONISM ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
We are pleased to announce a session for the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
(AOGS 2019) to be held in Singapore in July 28 – August 2, 2019.
The abstract submission deadline is 12 February 2019.
PS04-SE: Volcanism and Tectonism Across the Solar System
The surfaces of the terrestrial planets and their satellites have been largely
shaped through volcanic and tectonic processes. Extreme conditions on outer
solar system bodies, such as the Jovian and Saturnian satellites, result in
different types of volcanism and tectonism. Fracturing and faulting processes
mainly affect minor bodies such as asteroids and small moons, where
volcanism and tectonism have not played an important role. We invite
contributions that cover a wide range of topics including geomorphology
and composition of volcanic deposits, edifices, and plumes, volcano-induced
deformation and edifice growth and collapse to tectonic structures, faulting
and fracturing processes, crustal stress and strain analysis, cryovolcanism,
and any study related to planetary endogenic processes. Furthermore, studies
that relay interactions between planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres
are welcomed. Comparative studies of volcanic or tectonic systems on Earth
with a strong remote sensing component are encouraged.
Hope to see you there!
Dr Anezina Solomonidou (European Space Agency (ESA) ESAC, Spain)
Dr Rosaly Lopes (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology,
Dr Florian M. Schwandner (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of
Technology, United States)
AOGS SESSION PS05: CASSINI’S LEGACY: SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS AND DISCOVERIES AT SATURN
I would like to remind you to a Cassini-focused session (see below)
at the 2019 Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) meeting, which will
be held from 28 July to 2 August 2019 in Singapore. The abstract submission
window is from November 20, 2018 thru February 12, 2019.
Instructions can be found here:
PS05: Cassini’s Legacy: Science Highlights and Discoveries at Saturn
The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn ended in a dramatic plunge into Saturn’s
atmosphere on September 15, 2017 sending back in-situ data as long as possible.
Since 2004, Cassini and the Huygens probe revealed the entire Saturn system and
opened up new Ocean Worlds for further exploration. In its final 9 months Cassini’s
20 Ring-Grazing orbits bought it just outside the rings followed by a series of 22
highly inclined “Grand Finale” orbits with closest approach between the innermost
D ring and Saturn’s upper atmosphere. The final 22 orbits enabled the opportunity
for unique science observations including: probing of gravitational and magnetic
field moments to higher order and precision; determining the ring mass; in-situ
sampling of the plasma environment, upper atmosphere and exosphere; and imaging
both Saturn and rings at high resolution. Data obtained on these orbits have led to
surprising results. We propose a multi-disciplinary session to report on analysis and
modeling of data collected during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore
Saturn up close in addition to highlighting the legacy of discoveries of the Saturn
system made over thirteen years of exploration.
Scott Edgington, Sushil Atreya, Athena Coustenis, Wing-Huen Ip, Norbert Krupp
We look forward to hear about your latest Cassini research.
Scott, Sushil, Athena, Wing, and Norbert
AOGS SESSION PS14: SMALL BODY EXPLORATIONS BY CURRENT AND FUTURE MISSIONS
Abstract deadline: February 12, 2019
This session welcomes abstracts about the new results of solar system
small bodies from past and ongoing exploration missions, and about the
development and concepts of future missions. We also welcome abstracts
about the related ground-based observations, laboratory experiments, as
well as theoretical studies. Abstracts reporting the new results from Dawn,
New Horizons, Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx missions are especially welcome.
In the context of the recent wave of small body exploration missions, as well
as the future missions currently under development and/or consideration by
NASA, ESA, JAXA, China, etc., this session is designed to promote the
research of solar system small bodies from the past and current missions
and to help develop concepts for future missions.
Conveners: Jian-Yang Li (PSI), Jiangchuan Huang (CAST),
Yangting Lin (IGPP/CAS), Makoto Yoshikawa (JAXA)
GORDON CONFERENCE ON ORIGINS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS: METEORITICAL, SPACECRAFT AND ASTROPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ASSEMBLY AND COMPOSITION OF PLANETS
June 23-28, 2019; Mount Holyoke College
The Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems brings together
a diverse group of scientists to discuss research at the frontier of understanding
how planets and planetary systems form. Invited speakers from the fields of
astronomy, astrophysics, cosmochemistry, and planetary science will present
their latest findings. A particular focus at this meeting will be the latest results
from the Hayabusa2, Osiris-Rex, and New Horizons missions to primitive solar
system bodies, exoplanet results from the TESS space telescope, and results
from ground-based astronomical facilities like the Atacama Large Millimeter
Array. Discussions will include how theory, spacecraft and astronomical
observations, and meteoritic analyses provide complementary constraints on a
range of topics, including the birth environment of the Solar System, how gas
and dust may rapidly be converted into planetary bodies in disks, the origin and
evolution of carbon and other volatiles in disks and the diversity of planetary
system architectures and compositions in the Galaxy. The 2019 meeting will
continue the tradition of past meetings by promoting cross-disciplinary conversations,
and invites all attendees to present posters on their latest work. Support for
early career researchers will be available.
to register and for more information and
for the related Gordon Research Seminar for graduate students and postdocs.
SAVE THE DATE! GORDON CONFERENCE ON THE ORIGINS OF LIFE
The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and Gordon Research Seminar
(GRS) on the Origins of Life will take place on
January 18 – 19, 2020 (GRS) and January 19 – 24, 2020 (GRC)
at Hotel Galvez in Galveston, TX, USA.
Investigators who have interest in any areas related to the studies of the
origins of life, including but not limited to astrochemistry, evolutionary
biology, geology, physics, computational science, are welcome and
encouraged to apply.
Details about the conference and application information can be found at
See you there!
OPAG MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE
The Spring OPAG Meeting is scheduled and confirmed for April 23–24, 2019,
in Washington, DC., NASA HQ, Webb Auditorium. Additional details will be
provided on the website as they become available.
NOAO ASTRO2020 SCIENCE WHITE PAPER COORDINATION HUB
Dear colleague –
To help you develop and share your Science White Papers for the 2020
Decadal Survey, NOAO has a created a community coordination hub:
where you can submit topics for potential white papers, review topics
suggested by others, post comments, find other people with similar interests
who may want to collaborate on white papers, and give links to completed
NOAO has a particular interest in topics for which ground-based optical-
infrared (OIR) capabilities may be relevant, but this hub is open to submissions
in any area of astronomy and astrophysics. We hope that you will find it useful,
and we encourage you to post your white paper ideas soon, well in advance
of the 11 March submission deadline, in order to facilitate potential
opportunities for collaboration and coordination.
Mark Dickinson & Joan Najita (NOAO)
THE DPS COMMITTEE REMINDS YOU TO VOTE IN THE AAS ELECTIONS
Don’t forget to vote in AAS elections. The DPS is the largest AAS division.
The following DPS members are candidates for AAS Officers and At-Large Trustees:
President – Chick Woodward
Vice President – Stephen Unwin
Secretary – Alice K.B. Monet
At-Large Trustee – Hannah Jang-Condell
Balloting closes at 11:59 pm EST on 8 February 2019
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TENURED GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS DEPARTMENTAL CHAIR AT LSU
The Department of Geology and Geophysics, on the live-oak lined campus
of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge seeks a research-oriented
geologist to serve as the chair. Go to:
This is an opportunity for a scholar, appointed at the full professor
level or with equivalent experience, in the field of geosciences to
lead the demographically and topically diverse research community
that comprises our department.
We need a chair person with administrative expertise, leadership
history, and research productivity. Responsibilities include planning
and administering graduate and undergraduate academic programs in
Geology and Geophysics, fostering a promising strategic vision and
establishing new initiatives with the faculty (e.g., including an
emerging planetary initiative to explore Mars and beyond under College
of Science aegis). The chair will also guide promotion and tenure,
teach courses at a reduced load, maintain an externally funded research
program, and coordinate fundraising with the LSU Foundation to maintain
and enhance our strong historic ties with energy and environmental
industries. The position reports to the Dean of the College of Science,
Dr. Cynthia Peterson.
To apply go to:
Completed applications will be reviewed on March 1, 2019.
B) RESEARCH PROFESSOR IN PLANETARY PROCESSES AND GLOBAL CHANGES
Research professor in planetary processes and global changes documented
using geochemistry and state of the art analytical instrumentation,
with the group Analytical-Environmental-Geo-Chemistry at the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.
Application deadline is March 25, 2019. Question contact Ph. Claeys
([email protected]). For more info and application procedure:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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