Issue 19-08, March 2, 2019
- EPSC-DPS 2019 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- CASSINI SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM CANCELLED
- OCEAN WORLDS 4 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS REOPENED, NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 6TH
- LPSC WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE NETWORKING EVENT 2019
- LPSC WORKSHOP: SSERVI CARBON IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
- UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER INTERNS AVAILABLE FOR SSW-FUNDED RESEARCHERS: PGGURP IS NOW SUPPR
- INTERNATIONAL VENUS CONFERENCE ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED
- TERRESTRIAL ANALOG SURVEY
- SUMMER SCHOOL ON SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
EPSC-DPS 2019 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG)
15–20 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract deadline: 8 May 2019, 13:00 CEST.
We invite the world-wide community of planetary scientists to submit an abstract
for presentation of their recent work at the EPSC-DPS Joint 2019 Meeting,
which will take place at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG),
Geneva, Switzerland, 15–20 September 2019.
The previous joint meetings of EPSC and DPS in Nantes and Pasadena were hugely
successful and enjoyable, and we expect a very well attended meeting in Geneva,
with many high quality oral and poster presentations.
The meeting will consist of oral and poster sessions. An online form for requesting
splinter meetings & workshops will be issued later. The current list of sessions is
organized around the following Programme Groups:
Terrestrial Planets (TP)
Outer Planet Systems (OPS)
Missions, Instrumentation, Techniques (MIT)
Small Bodies (comets, KBOs, rings, asteroids, meteorites, dust) (SB)
Exoplanets and Origins (EXO)
Outreach, Diversity, Astronomy (ODA)
The scientific programme and the abstract submission tool are accessible at:
Please browse the list of sessions and identify the session that most closely
matches your area of interest; your abstract can be submitted directly to that
You may see all deadlines & milestones of the conference at the following website:
Information on registration and social event, as well as a separate online request
form for splinter meetings & workshops will also be available soon on the meeting
Please forward this message to colleagues who may be interested.
We look forward to seeing you in Geneva.
With best wishes,
Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Joseph Spitale, Frank Sohl & Devon Burr
Scientific Organizing Committee chairs
Executive EPSC committee chair
CASSINI SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM CANCELLED
Acting Planetary Science Division Director Lori Glaze recently informed
the Cassini project that additional funding anticipated in FY19 will be limited
to a small transition amount. So, the Cassini Science Symposium, to be held
May 20th – 24th at APL, has been cancelled to minimize travel and meeting expenses.
Remaining Cassini funds will be used to help support, to the extent
possible, the highest priority human resources, including students, postdocs,
early career scientists and other investigators who are disproportionately impacted.
OCEAN WORLDS 4 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS REOPENED, NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 6TH
In the wake of the cancellation of the Cassini Science Symposium, the call for
abstracts for the Ocean Worlds 4 meeting, May 21-22 in Columbia, Maryland has
been reopened to accommodate relevant papers that would have been presented at
the Cassini Science Symposium.
The new abstract deadline is Wednesday, March 6th at 5 pm CST.
For more information go to:
LPSC WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE NETWORKING EVENT 2019
This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Lunar and Planetary Science
Conference, eminent women who worked at NASA and/or participated in
LPSCs since the beginning (or near to it) will share their experiences. Join us
for what’s sure to be an exciting panel discussion.
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 5:30 to ~7:30 pm
Where: Waterway 1-3 (in the Conference Venue – Woodlands Waterway Marriott,
The Woodlands, TX)
Light snacks/appetizers will be served.
This event is open to all!
Please forward this invitation/sign-up to your colleagues and friends who
might be interested! Registration is not required but we would like to get some
idea of numbers. Anyone is welcome to come late or leave early if they need.
LPSC WORKSHOP: SSERVI CARBON IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
The 4th in our series of SSERVI-sponsored Carbon in the Solar System workshops
will be held on Thursday of LPSC week (March 21), noon-1:15 PM in the Indian
Springs room at the Marriott. The event will focus on the material that darkens
low-albedo bodies in the solar system. In the previous three SSERVI Carbon in the
Solar System workshops/panels, opinions varied on the material that darkens the
low-albedo – often presumed primitive – material in the Solar System. Carbon,
iron sulfide, magnetite and other materials have been proposed as the darkening
agent(s). In this fourth discussion in the series (open to all interested LPSC attendees),
we pursue this topic. What implications do these compositions have for understanding
the processing and evolution of the Solar System? Our collection of carbon-rich
samples will expand in the near future when pristine samples of the near-Earth
asteroids 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu are returned to Earth. Providing a
framework for the existence and processing of carbon throughout Solar System
history improves our future analyses. This session will be kicked off by an
introductory talk given by Dr. Larry Nittler, followed by open discussion among
UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER INTERNS AVAILABLE FOR SSW-FUNDED
RESEARCHERS: PGGURP IS NOW SUPPR
The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program is
now known as the Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research
(SUPPR) and is ready to send you an undergraduate intern for 8 weeks
this summer. NASA SUPPR will cover the costs of getting the
undergraduate to your institution, housing costs for the student while
there, as well as a cost-of-living stipend (up to $7300 per intern).
Each intern is allowed up to $1000 for reimbursement if they present
their SUPPR research at a conference (the Lunar and Planetary Science
Conference is popular) the following year. More information can be
If you are interested in hosting an intern this summer, please fill out
the online form by March 8:
Please email Tracy Gregg ([email protected]) with any questions.
INTERNATIONAL VENUS CONFERENCE ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Abstracts deadline is now:
March 11, 14:59 UTC
March 11, 23:59 JST
March 11, 10:59 EDT
March 11, 07:59 PDT
Please visit this website for any updated registration and abstract
The conference is intended to cover all areas of Venus science with
special focus on new results obtained from Japan’s Venus Climate
Orbiter “Akatsuki”. Results from previous missions, from ground-based
observations, numerical computations, and theoretical works are all
More info can be found at the Conference website:
TERRESTRIAL ANALOG SURVEY
Please take a few minutes to fill out this short anonymous survey
about Terrestrial Analog Studies! The USGS Astrogeology Science Center
is developing a terrestrial analog program, and we are working hard to
ensure that the products and services we create meet the needs of the
scientific community. Your responses will help identify areas of future
Please forward the above link as needed to interested community
members. If you have further questions or comments, please feel free
to contact Lauren Edgar ([email protected]). Thank you in advance for
SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
We are pleased to announce the 6th offering of Software Systems for Astronomy
(SSfA-6). The course covers software design and implementation of telescope and
instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software for analyzing
and archiving astronomical data. SSfA-6 will be offered as a two week intensive
course this summer, 15-Jul to 26-Jul, 2019, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) JHU/APL POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN EXOPLANETS
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to help us in the fast growing field of
As a leading organization in designing and managing space missions, APL
has begun a strategic initiative to develop an exoplanet research and technology
program at APL. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience
with exoplanet characterization to provide critical expertise in the science and
technology involved in exoplanet research. The postdoctoral researcher will
provide critical contributions to developing a science and technology roadmap
for the APL exoplanets program. This includes conducting research on exoplanet
detection and/or characterization, as well as leading and contributing to proposals
for research and technology development. Publications and conference presentations
of their findings are encouraged. Applications can be submitted at https://tas-jhuapl.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=20334&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York
- Conduct research on exoplanet detection/characterization.
- Contribute to planning and proposal development for the APL science and technology roadmap.
- Conduct related research on solar system bodies or in the laboratory utilizing the same skills.
- A Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science or closely related field
- Experience in exoplanet observations for the purpose of detection and/or characterization of exoplanets
- Excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills
- Experienced with the Exoplanet Characterization Toolkit (ExoCTK)
- Expertise with spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres
- Experienced with modeling atmospheric processes
Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings
world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space
and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful
work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture
of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy
work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington
metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by
B) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCHOLAR IN NOBLE GAS
GEOCHRONOLOGY AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY OF
The Group 18 Laboratories, School of Earth and Space Exploration,
Arizona State University invites applications for a postdoctoral
research scholar to study the origin and thermal evolution of lunar
impact melt breccias, predominantly using noble gas geochronology and
isotope geochemistry. These studies will be conducted largely using
ultraviolet laser ablation microprobe techniques that permit very high
spatial resolution sampling of target materials in petrographic context.
Details regarding this position and how to apply may be found at
Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2019. Please contact Kip
Hodges ([email protected]) directly for additional information.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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