Issue 19-22, May 30, 2019
- AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES 2019 PRIZES
- TITAN AFTER CASSINI-HUYGENS WORKSHOP: JUNE 9TH ABSTRACT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINE
- WORKSHOP ON SMALL SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES
- PLANETARY CRATER CONSORTIUM MEETING
- SBAG 21 MEETING REGISTRATION
- SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: ICARUS SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE PLUTO SYSTEM, KUIPER BELT & KUIPER BELT OBJECTS SPECIAL ISSUE— DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER 2019
- SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY – REGISTRATION OPEN
AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES 2019 PRIZES
The DPS is pleased to announce its 2019 prize winners.
Gerard P. Kuiper Prize – Maria Zuber
DPS awards the 2019 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science to Maria Zuber (MIT) for her contributions to advancements in geophysics, planetary gravity mapping, and laser altimetry. One example of her seminal contributions includes her paper in Science in 2000 combining Mars Global Surveyor laser altimetry data and gravity data to determine the crustal and upper mantle structure of Mars. Another example is her leadership as principal investigator of the GRAIL mission to construct a model of the Moon’s gravitational field to spherical harmonic degree 1,800, which exceeds the baseline requirement of the mission by an order of magnitude. Dr. Zuber has turned her attention to many different solid bodies in the solar system including Mercury, Venus, Eros, Vesta, and Ceres. Over the years she has advised a number of students and postdocs, and one reports that she strikes the perfect balance of being demanding, supportive, encouraging, and open minded.
Harold C. Urey Prize – Kelsi Singer
DPS awards the 2019 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist to Kelsi Singer (SwRI). We award this prize in recognition of Dr. Singer’s work in impact cratering and in the geology and geophysics of icy worlds. In one paper, she used Cassini observations of Iapetus to create a catalog of landslide data and tested theories of long-runout landslides. Dr. Singer also used secondary craters on Europa and Ganymede to produce size-frequency and size-velocity distributions for icy blocks that revealed fundamental scaling relationships. In recent work, she used the cratering record on Pluto and Charon to determine that there is a deficit of small objects in the Kuiper Belt, with implications for the collisional history of the Kuiper belt and planetesimal formation. Dr Singer’s work is meticulous, rigorous, and insightful. In the best tradition of scientific brilliance, she examines data with an open mind, considers multiple theories, follows those theories to their logical conclusions, quantifies her uncertainties, and applies healthy skepticism toward her results.
Harold Masursky Award – Phil Nicholson
DPS awards the 2019 Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service to planetary science to Phil Nicholson (Cornell University). A highlight of his service to the community has been his role as Editor in Chief of Icarus for 20 years. During his tenure he improved the experience for authors, reduced time to publication, and increased access. Dr. Nicholson was dedicated to the integrity of the peer review process; he gave everyone the chance to have their voice heard. His work as Editor in Chief, in addition to his full load of teaching and research duties — as well as his volunteer efforts on numerous committees and review panels — makes him an icon of service to the planetary science community.
Carl Sagan Medal – Carrie Nugent
DPS awards the 2019 Carl Sagan Medal for excellence in public communication to Carrie Nugent (Olin College) for her compelling and effective outreach to a worldwide audience. In her highly rated Spacepod podcast, Dr. Nugent interviews other scientists about their work, providing the public with a wide and deep view of planetary science research. Through Spacepod, she has enabled hundreds of members of our community to share their science with the public. Dr. Nugent is an engaging speaker with more than 1.3 million views of her TED talk on asteroid hunting. She uses clear, evocative language to make solar system discoveries accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Science Journalism Award – Rebecca Boyle
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Science Journalism Award for distinguished popular writing goes to Rebecca Boyle for her article “Pictures of Worlds to Come” in the December 6, 2018, issue of Nature. In this eloquently written feature, Rebecca explores the rapidly evolving field of planet formation, which lies at the intersection of planetary science and other branches of astronomy. She brings to light the giant strides being made in imaging protoplanetary disks by vividly describing the extremely detailed images taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and other facilities. She addresses the challenges presented by such observations to theories about planet formation and how researchers are working on reconciling those. Rebecca beautifully wraps together historical insights, the latest science, and potential paths forward to paint a vibrant picture of this exciting field.
TITAN AFTER CASSINI-HUYGENS WORKSHOP: JUNE 9TH ABSTRACT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINE
This is a reminder of the ‘Titan after Cassini-Huygens’ 3-day workshop to be
held at the European Space Agency (ESA –European Space Astronomy Centre)
in Madrid on 23-25 September 2019.
The registration (free) and the abstract submission are open until June 9th. The
registration tool and abstract submission page in addition to further information
regarding the workshop can be found here:
The workshop will include past and new science focusing on the fields and studies
of magnetospheric & atmospheric science, geology, geophysics, astrobiology,
Earth-based observations, future missions and more.
Given the cancellation of the APL Cassini meeting, the organizing committee has
decided to welcome papers that were intended to be presented at the APL meeting
for which (pending participation) we will dedicate an afternoon session focused on
other aspects of the Saturnian system.
We look forward to see you all in Madrid!
The organizing committee:
Anezina Solomonidou (local)
Nicolas Altobelli (local)
Thomas Cornet (local)
Japheth Yates (local)
Rosaly Lopes (JPL)
Athena Coustenis (Obs. Paris)
Conor Nixon (Goddard)
Alice Le Gall (LATMOS)
Steve Vance (JPL)
WORKSHOP ON SMALL SOLAR SYSTEM BODIES
We would like to advert attention to a workshop devoted to the research on
small Solar system bodies which will take place in Akdeniz University, Antalya,
Turkey, on September 4-6, 2019.
The workshop aim is to shorten the gap for astronomers in understanding the
contemporary problems in dynamics and physics and the requirements set up
to observations. We plan to discuss the synergy of dynamics and physics of these
bodies, giving the possibility for analysis of their observations and the corresponding
The workshop website is opened: www.asteroid2019.space
– Small Solar System bodies and natural satellites
– Analysis of their observations (astrometry, photometry, polarimetry, spectroscopy, occultations)
– Gaia catalog and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
– Follow up programs
Keynote speakers abstract submission: July 1
Abstract on-line submission: August 4
The poster is also available https://asteroid2019.space/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/poster_A2_good.pdf
We kindly ask you to distribute this info to all possibly interested colleagues.
Sincerely, Dr. Anatoliy Ivantsov (Akdeniz University, SOC chair)
Dr. Daniel Hestroffer (Paris Observatory, SOC co-chair)
PLANETARY CRATER CONSORTIUM MEETING
The 10th Planetary Crater Consortium meeting will be held August 7-9, 2019,
at the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ. The Planetary Crater Consortium
is open to all planetary scientists interested in any aspect of impact cratering on
solar system bodies (including Earth!), incorporating observational, theoretical,
experimental, field, and/or numerical studies. The meeting is a combination of
contributed talks, posters, and open discussion and is designed to encourage and
provide adequate time for in-depth discussion of crater-related issues and topics
to enhance research collaborations. Abstract deadline is Monday, June 24, 2019.
An optional field trip around the rim of Meteor Crater will be arranged for
Saturday, August 10, 2019, if there is sufficient interest expressed by meeting
participants by June 15, 2019.
For more information, see www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu/
or contact Nadine Barlow ([email protected]).
SBAG 21 MEETING REGISTRATION
Hello SBAG Community,
Registration and hotel block booking information is now live for SBAG 21
to be held June 24-25, 2019 in College Park, MD:
The Adobe Connect information will be available closer to the meeting.
SBAG Early Career Secretary
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: ICARUS SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE PLUTO SYSTEM, KUIPER BELT & KUIPER BELT OBJECTS SPECIAL ISSUE— DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER 2019
Icarus is sponsoring a special issue on results related to the exploration of the
Pluto system, the Kuiper Belt, and Kuiper Belt Objects, particularly by New
Horizons, groundbased techniques, and NASA NFDAP projects. Papers are
solicited from authors across the planetary science community. The deadline
for this special issue is 15 September 2019.
Alan Stern Principal Investigator, New Horizons
Rosaly Lopes Editor, Icarus
SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY – REGISTRATION OPEN
Please note that registration is now open for the summer school in Software Systems
for Astronomy (SSfA-6). The course will take place 15-Jul to 26-Jul, 2019, on the
Big Island of Hawaii. The course covers software design and implementation of
telescope and instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software
for analyzing and archiving astronomical data.
If you are not a UHH student, use this link to register:
If you are a UHH student, use this link to register:
More information can be found here:
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