Issue 19-12, April 1, 2019
- CALL FOR DPS 2019 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- HARTMANN STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS/EPSC MEETING
- EPSC/DPS 2019 JOINT MEETING SESSIONS
- OPAG REGISTRATION PAGE NOW OPEN
- SBAG EARLY CAREER TRAVEL SUPPORT AND LIGHTNING TALKS FOR SBAG 21
- CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 9TH "PAOLO FARINELLA" PRIZE 2019
- 2019 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SEMINAR APPLICATIONS OPEN
- JWST MASTER CLASS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR DPS 2019 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field.
Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual
DPS prizes. The DPS welcomes nominations from the broad scientific
community, including women, members of underrepresented minority groups,
and scientists from outside the United States. The DPS sponsors five prizes:
The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field
of planetary science.
The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary
research by a young scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award acknowledges outstanding service to planetary
science and exploration.
The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication
by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and
stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to
submit nominations for DPS prizes.
A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the
DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year's award, next year's award,
and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate's eligibility, whichever
is less. Please fill out the nomination form, and it will be submitted to the prize
subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the
other DPS Prizes, please see its page for more information.
Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.
HARTMANN STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR DPS/EPSC MEETING
A generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, supplemented by member
contributions and matching funds from the DPS Committee, has enabled a limited
number of student travel grants to assist participation by early-career scientists at
the annual DPS meeting.
Application details are at: https://dps.aas.org/meetings/hartmann-application
Travel grants are intended to be supplemental and are primarily intended for students,
but post-doctoral scientists without other means of support will also be considered.
THE DUE DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 24 11:59 PM EDT
The DPS Leadership is also soliciting additional contributions from members
for the Hartmann Fund. Your tax-deductible gift promotes the careers of our
next generation of planetary scientists. Thanks so much for your generosity.
EPSC/DPS 2019 JOINT MEETING SESSIONS
OPS1 : ICE GIANT SYSTEMS
Conveners: D. H. Atkinson, O. Mousis, M. Hofstadter, S. Atreya, T. Cavalie,
L. Fletcher, C. Paty, E. P. Turtle
This session welcomes abstracts addressing all aspects of ice-giants systems
including the internal structure of the ice giants, the composition, structure, and
processes of and within ice-giant atmospheres, ice-giant magnetospheres, satellites,
and rings, and the relationship to exoplanetary systems. The session will comprise a combination of solicited and contributed oral and poster presentations on new and
continuing studies of the ice-giant systems and the connection of the ice giants to
our current understanding of exoplanetary systems.
We welcome papers that
* Address the current understanding of ice-giant systems, including atmospheres,
interiors, magnetospheres, rings, and satellites including Triton;
* Advance our understanding of the ice-giant systems in preparation for future
exploration, both remote sensing and in situ;
* Discuss what the ice giants can tell us about solar system formation and evolution
leading to a better understanding of the current structure of the solar system and its
* Address outstanding science questions requiring future investigations including
from spacecraft, remote sensing, theoretical, and laboratory work necessary to improve
our knowledge of the ice giants and their relationship to the gas giants and the solar system;
* Present concepts for missions, instruments, and investigations to make appropriate
and useful measurements.
The EPSC-DPS website can be found at https://www.epsc-dps2019.eu/
And the outer planet system sessions are listed at:
If any further information is needed, please let me know. Thank you!
OPS2 : SATURN SYSTEM AND THE CASSINI-HUYGENS MISSION
Please consider submitting an abstract to session OPS2 of the EPSC-DPS Joint
meeting 2019 which will take place at the Centre International de Conferences
de Geneve (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-20 September 2019.
Results related to the Saturnian system from ground-based and Cassini-Huygens
mission observations are welcome in OPS2. All aspects of the system (planet,
satellites and rings) will be presented, with emphasis on recent findings.
For more information see:
Abstract submission deadline : 08 May 2019, 13:00 CEST
Early registration deadline : 31 July 2019
Conveners: A. Coustenis, S. Edgington, F. M. Flasar, A. Masters, C. Plainaki, L. Spilker
SB1 : DYNAMICAL AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISATION OF SMALL BODIES WITH GAIA AND THE NEW GENERATION OF SURVEYS
This session welcomes abstracts describing results, developments, and
perspectives on the discovery or the physical and dynamical
characterisation of the small bodies of our solar system using ground
based and space-borne telescopic surveys. Results related to the
utilisation of the stellar and solar system objects catalogs published
in Gaia DR2 are especially welcomed.
This session invites also abstracts about future Gaia data releases
and their perspectives (asteroid mass measurements, the detection of
Yarkovsky acceleration on objects, and spin/shape properties from
photometry), as well as other future surveys or missions.
The abstract submission deadline is May 8, 2019, 13:00 CEST. Please
use the below link to learn more about this session and to submit an
We look forward to a great meeting in Geneva.
Paolo Tanga, Federica Spoto, Joseph Masiero
SB5 : TRANS-NEPTUNIAN OBJECTS AND THEIR DUST ENVIRONMENT, PLUTO, 2014 MU69, AND CENTAURS
This session welcomes papers about the trans-Neptunian objects and their
environment, including investigations of space weathering. We encourage
scientific investigations based on both space and Earth-based observations
as well as theoretical and laboratory investigations. Papers based on observations
and measurements obtained from within the Kuiper Belt are particularly
encouraged including those focusing on 2014 MU69 (a target of the New
Horizons mission). We also welcome papers about the Pluto system including
investigations of the geology, composition, atmosphere, climate and environment.
Papers on processes that may be active in the Pluto system are particularly
encouraged and include topics such as formation of organics in Pluto's
atmosphere and surface, or seasonal/climatic models of volatile transports.
This session will also welcome abstracts devoted to studies of the Centaurs,
in particular on their structure, composition, dynamics and activity patterns.
We invite studies that describe observations, theory, experimental work, and
future spacecraft encounters related to: (i) the onset and provenance of activity
beyond Jupiter's orbit, and (ii) the nature of surface modification at these
heliocentric distances (including, but not limited to, solar radiation, space
weathering and impacts).
The abstract submission deadline is May 8, 2019, 13:00 CEST.
Please join us in Geneva, Sept. 15-20 2019, for what is sure to be a great meeting.
Conveners: Kelsi Singer, Maria Teresa Capria, Heather Elliott, Sonia Fornasier,
Walter Harris, Rodrigo Leiva, Catherine Olkin,Davide Perna, Simon Porter,
Silvia Protopappa, Gal Sarid, Bernard Schmitt, Anne Verbiscer, Laura Woodney
SB8 : LATEST SCIENCE RESULTS IN PLANETARY DEFENCE
We would like to invite you to send an abstract to Session SB8 "Latest Science
Results in Planetary Defence" at the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting on 15 - 20
September 2019 in Geneva.
Abstracts are invited covering all aspects of planetary defense: Results from
space and ground based telescopic data, results from past and ongoing missions
that are relevant for planetary defence as well as updates of planned missions
that will significantly contribute and enhance the scientific knowledge for the
global planetary defence strategy are welcome.
More information about the session and a link to abstract submission can be found on:
Deadline is the 8th of May.
SB11 : PLANETARY RING SYSTEMS
Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite you to send an abstract to Session SB11 "Planetary ring systems" at the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting on 15 - 20 September 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. This session is open for discussions about rings around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and small outer-solar-system bodies. Theoretical and observational studies of ring morphology, dynamics, composition, origin, evolution, and interactions with nearby moons are all topics of interest. Contributions reporting on the latest results from the Cassini mission and from TNO and Centaur observations are particularly welcome. More information about the session and a link to abstract submission can be found on:
Deadline is the 8th of May 2019.
Phillip D. Nicholson, Gianrico Filacchione
TP20 : IONOSPHERES OF UNMAGNETIZED BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND THEIR RESPONSES TO SPACE WEATHER ACTIVITY
We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract to our session
TP20: Ionospheres of Unmagnetized Bodies in the Solar System and their
responses to space weather activity: Terrestrial Planets and comets for the
joint EPSC-DPS conference that will take place in Genève (Switzerland)
on 15-20 September 2019.
Please find more details in here:
"Ionospheres are an integral part of planetary atmospheres, being tightly coupled
to the neutral atmosphere, exosphere and surrounding plasma environments.
Specifically, the ionospheres of unmagnetized (or weakly-magnetized) bodies
with substantial atmospheres are controlled not only by solar radiation and neutral
atmosphere variations, but also directly impacted by the surrounding plasma
environment (e.g. the solar wind for Mars, Venus, Pluto and comets, and the
Kronian magnetosphere for Titan) and space weather variability. Understanding
how each unmagnetized body reacts to all these factors is a key in comparative
aeronomy because although a priori all of them have a general similar behavior,
they also have scientifically important differences caused by their different natures.
This session focuses on the ionospheres of Mars, Venus, Pluto, Titan, and comets
such as 67P/CG, and solicits abstracts concerning remote and in situ data analysis,
modeling studies, instrumentation and mission concepts. Topics may include, but
are not limited to, day and night side ionospheric variability, sources and influences
of ionization, ion-neutral coupling, current systems, comparative ionospheric studies,
and solar wind-ionosphere interactions and responses of the ionized and neutral
regimes to transient space weather events. Abstracts on general plasma and escape
processes are also welcome.".
** Note that this year this session belongs to the "Terrestrial Planets" block only,
but both terrestrial planets and comet communities are welcome to submit abstracts.
Deadline for abstract submissions: 8 May 2019, 13:00 CEST
Please do not hesitate to forward this message to appropriate persons.
With best wishes,
Beatriz Sanchez-Cano, Christopher Fowler, Xiaohua Fang, Candace Gray,
Pierre Henri, Matteo Crismani
OPAG REGISTRATION PAGE NOW OPEN
The Registration Page is now opened for the upcoming OPAG meeting on
April 23-24 at NASA HQ. Registration is required for all attendees
except for the steering committee members. Please go to the OPAG
website to access the link:
SBAG EARLY CAREER TRAVEL SUPPORT AND LIGHTNING TALKS FOR SBAG 21
As a reminder, the next SBAG meeting will be June 24-25th in the greater
Washington D.C. area.
We encourage participation by early-career scientists and engineers at SBAG
meetings and have two opportunities at the upcoming SBAG meeting in June
specifically aimed at the early career small body community:
Early career travel support: With funding from NASA, we are planning to
offer limited U.S. travel support for early career scientists to participate in the
SBAG 21 meeting, to be held in the greater Washington DC area on June 24th-25th.
Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early
career scientists (within 5 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a letter and a CV
to SBAG Early Career Secretary Hannah Susorney (email@example.com) by
COB (5 pm Eastern time) April 19th 2019. Included in the letter, which must not
exceed 2 pages, should be a demonstration of financial need and an explanation of
how the applicant's work relates to the purposes of the SBAG. The letter and CV
should be combined into a single PDF document for submission by e-mail attachment. Recipients of NASA travel support will be expected to give a short
presentation (~10-15 minutes) of their SBAG-relevant work at the SBAG 21 meeting.
Lightning Talks: We are providing time on the agenda for early-career scientists
and engineers present at the meeting to introduce themselves and their research to
the community. The talks will be 3 minutes each. If you are interested in giving a
lightning talk, please contact the early-career secretary Hannah Susorney (firstname.lastname@example.org) two weeks before the meeting. Please encourage students
and postdocs that you know to participate!
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 9TH "PAOLO FARINELLA" PRIZE 2019
To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953-2000),
an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition
of significant contributions in one of the fields of interest of Paolo, which spanned
from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science
popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.
The prize has been proposed during the "International Workshop on Paolo Farinella,
the scientist and the man", held in Pisa in 2010, and the 2019 edition is supported by
the "Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur" in France.
Previous recipients of the "Paolo Farinella Prize" were:
- 2011: William F. Bottke, for his contribution to the field of "Physics and dynamics of small solar system bodies"
- 2012: John Chambers, for his contribution to the field of "Formation and early evolution of the solar system "
- 2013: Patrick Michel, for his contribution to the field of " Collisional processes in the Solar System"
- 2014: David Vokrouhlicky, for his contribution to the field of "Non gravitational forces in the Solar System"
- 2015: Nicolas Biver, for his contribution to the field of "Dynamics and physics of comets"
- 2016: Kleomenis Tsiganis, for his contribution to the field of "Applications of celestial mechanics to the natural bodies of our solar system".
- 2017: Simone Marchi, for his contribution to the field of "Physics and dynamics of the inner planets of the solar system and their satellites"
- 2018: Francis Nimmo, for his contribution to the field of "Giant planets and satellite systems".
The ninth Paolo Farinella Prize will be awarded to a young scientist with outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science concerning "The Trans-Neptunian Population". The award ceremony will be hosted by the joint European Planetary Science
Congress (EPSC) - Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting in Geneva,
Switzerland (15th to 20st of September 2019).
For the 9th "Paolo Farinella" Prize the terms and rules are as follows:
- A competition is announced to award the "Paolo Farinella" Prize for the year 2019. The prize consists of a plate, a certificate and the amount of 1500 €. The winner is expected to give a Prize lecture at the EPSC/DPS awards special session.
- The winner will be selected on the basis of his/her overall research results in the field of "The Trans-Neptunian Population".
- Nominations must be sent by email not later than April 15 to the following addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, using the form downloadable from https://wwwn.oca.eu/morby/FORM_Paolo_Farinella_Prize_2019.docx
- The nominations for the "Paolo Farinella" Prize can be made by any researcher that works in the field of planetary sciences following the indications in the attached form. Selfnominationsareacceptable. The candidates should have international and interdisciplinary collaborations and should be not older than 47 years, the age of Paolo when he passed away, at the date of April 15, 2019.
- The winner of the prize will be selected before May 20 by the "Paolo Farinella" Prize Committee composed of outstanding scientists in planetary sciences, with specific experience in the field.
- The Prize Committee will consider all the nominations, but will be entitled to autonomously consider other candidates.
2019 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SEMINAR APPLICATIONS OPEN
NASA is accepting applications - from science and engineering post-docs,
recent PhDs, doctoral students, junior faculty, and engineering students within
6-9 months of completion of their master's degree but not planning to pursue a
PhD degree, and junior faculty - for its 31st Annual Planetary Science Summer
Seminar. PSSS is a 12-week long career development experience from
May 20 - August 9, 2019, with an onsite culminating week August 5-9, 2019
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
During the 11 weeks of virtual webinar sessions and the onsite culminating
week at JPL, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission
concept study, prepare a proposal authorization presentation, present it to a
review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the experience, students
will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission;
relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs
necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.
Applications are due April 1, 2019. Partial financial support is available
for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at
JWST MASTER CLASS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
STScI will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class
workshop in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019. The Master Class will
include topics related to JWST proposal planning, including user tools, instrument
modes, example science cases, documentation, and help resources, as well as
guidance with teaching these topics to others.
Graduates of theMaster Class are expected to give back to the JWST user community
in two ways: by hosting proposal-preparation training activities at their home
institution(s) and by serving as a local expert for colleagues in the months before
the JWST Cycle 1 General Observer (GO1) proposal deadline in Spring 2020.
This call is open to all potential JWST observers, regardless of career stage or research
interests. Advanced graduate students/postdocs and those from geographically-remote
areas are especially encouraged to apply. Although not required, we encourage
partnered or team applications from geographically-concentrated institutions.
To apply: Complete an online application and return it by 5 p.m. (ET) on June 03, 2019.
If you are interested in learning more about the Master Class, please see the full
Call for Applications at:
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) OPENING FOR A FACULTY POSITION IN ANALYTICAL PLANETARY SCIENCES AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, UK
We are now recruiting to a lectureship position with a research
specialism in analytical planetary sciences in the School of Physical
Sciences at the Open University. This Faculty position will provide
the opportunity to join a large group of planetary scientists with an
extensive range of excellent analytical and simulation facilities and
involvement in many on-going and planned planetary missions, and to
contribute to our distance learning curriculum.
The deadline for applications is April 23, 2019. See Open University
website for details:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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