Issue 19-23, June 16, 2019
- SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP STEERING COMMITTEE CANDIDATE SOLICITATION
- VENERA-D LANDING SITES AND CLOUD HABITABILITY WORKSHOP
- ICARUS NEWS: TRANSITIONING TO ARTICLE NUMBERS
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2019
- 5TH BEIJING EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS SYMPOSIUM
- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST BILLION YEARS: HABITABILITY
- LLOYD V. BERKNER SPACE POLICY INTERNSHIPS AUTUMN 2019
SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP STEERING COMMITTEE CANDIDATE SOLICITATION
There are up to four positions open on the Steering Committee of the Small
Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), starting in August 2019.
The SBAG Steering Committee organizes SBAG meetings, writes the official
SBAG findings, and takes a leadership role in other activities where community
input on topics of interest is needed. The Steering Committee members should
be as diverse as the community, in terms of topical interest (asteroids, comets,
meteoroids, TNOs, KBOs, observational, experimental, computational, sample
handling, etc.), demographics, experience, type of employer (commercial, small
business, academia, government), and other parameters.
We are looking for members with expertise in the following areas:
· SBAG Planetary Defense Lead – We desire an individual who is actively
involved in studying Planetary Defense and is aware of the current challenges
and progress in this field, to lead SBAG activities relating to Planetary Defense.
· Early Career Secretary – We try to encourage the participation of scientists
and engineers early in their careers. The Early Career Secretary will assist with
meeting and website logistics, as well as serve as a full member of the Steering
Committee. We invite graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists
or engineers (within 3 years of PhD/MS/BS) to apply.
· At-large members (1 or 2) – Any member of the small bodies community is
welcome to apply.
Terms are for three years, except for the Early Career Secretary, which is a two
and one-half year term.
Application for Steering Committee Membership requires a) a two-page CV,
which should include a description of participation in SBAG or other small
bodies community organizations, and b) a short (one-page or equivalent)
statement of interest. Previous participation in SBAG is preferred, but not required.
To indicate your willingness to serve in any of these positions, please email
Tim Swindle ([email protected]) by June 17, 2019, and include a two-page
CV and your statement of interest. The current Steering Committee will select new
members at the 21st Meeting of SBAG, June 24-25, 2019.
A more complete description of the responsibilities and eligibility requirements
for SBAG Steering Committee membership is on the SBAG website at
Tim Swindle, SBAG Steering Committee Chair
VENERA-D LANDING SITES AND CLOUD HABITABILITY WORKSHOP
The Venera-D Landing Sites and Cloud Habitability Workshop, to be held
October 2–5, 2019 at the Space Research Institute (IKI) in Moscow, Russia.
The purpose of this workshop is to gather community input on a) the criteria
for scientifically desirable landing sites at Venus for the Venera-D lander, and
b) the best measurements and measurement methods that can advance our
understanding of Venus’ habitability present and past.
Abstracts related to these four categories are solicited: i) landing sites target
priorities, ii) habitability and bio species survival (current research and theory),
iii) surface/atmosphere/bio species instrumentation and sampling systems, and
iv) laboratory studies.
The abstract deadline is August 10, 2019. Notifications
of interest must be sent by June 21 to facilitate visa processing
Some travel support is available for US-based scientists. Please email notifications
of interest by to [email protected], subject: JSDT 2019 Workshop (category
of interest). Please include in the body of your email message: the abstract title,
requests for travel support (if needed), and your availability to volunteer as a
meeting scribe. Requests for travel support will be provided on a case by case
basis, pending abstract acceptance.
ICARUS NEWS: TRANSITIONING TO ARTICLE NUMBERS
Within the publishing industry, unique article numbers are emerging as an easy
and efficient way to cite journal articles. Article numbering has already been
successfully rolled out to Elsevier’s multidisciplinary open access journal
Heliyon and has been well received by the academic community. Based on
that positive feedback, Elsevier is now introducing article numbering for a
number of journals, including Icarus.
Unique article numbers are an abbreviated form of the article’s DOI – digital
object identifier. Citing an article with an article number is very simple: the
article number is used instead of the page range in the citation. Below are
answers to common questions:
Will the Impact Factor be affected?
No. Each time a journal adopts article numbering, we notify Clarivate Analytics
(Thomson Reuters). This ensures all citations by article number are included in
future Impact Factor calculations.
Why the change?
While journal volumes and issue numbers will remain in place, the introduction
of article numbers makes page numbers redundant, opening up a number of
benefits for the journal and readers.
Faster publication: With article numbers, the version of record of the article is
online and citable as soon as the proof corrections have been incorporated,
ensuring readers have access to the latest research faster.
More flexibility: PDFs can now be generated in any font size and articles can
be any length. This allows online platforms to tailor the content, for example
resize it based on the device used to access it.
Increased content options: In collections (e.g. online Special Issues), articles
can now be placed in any order.
We believe the introduction of article numbering will encourage readers to
browse and help them quickly identify the papers most relevant to their research
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2019
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the
opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific
goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered;
promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one-
to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth
science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience,
aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and
Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning
the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S.
citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1
status as a Research Scholar may apply.
Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living
areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available
for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/
Questions: [email protected]
5TH BEIJING EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS SYMPOSIUM
The 5th Beijing Earth and Planetary Interiors Symposium (BEPIS) will be
held on 24-27 August 2019 at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
BEPIS focuses on observations and theoretical advances in palaeo-,
geo-, bio-, and rock magnetism, geodynamo theories and models, as well
as planetary magnetism, with a primary aim of further understanding of
the origin, structure, and variations of Earth’s magnetic fields.
Registration and abstract submission:
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: June 30, 2019.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact Yongxin Pan
We cordially invite friends old and new to participate in the
All the best,
Rixiang Zhu, Keke Zhang
Chairs of BEPIS
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST BILLION YEARS: HABITABILITY
The First Billion Years: Habitability conference will be held in Big Sky, Montana
from September 8 – 12. The conference focuses on habitability, producing
conditions conducive to life, the emergence of life on Earth, the potential for
the emergence of life on other solar system bodies, and extensions to extrasolar
systems. The conference format is intended to foster multi- and interdisciplinary
discussion on the processes and physical conditions that affected the development
of potentially habitable environments during the first billion years, how such
environments evolved over time, and how such ideas may be tested with
current and future laboratory measurements, field studies, astronomical observations,
and spacecraft missions.
A one-day excursion to Yellowstone National Park is planned to explore the
biologic potential of hydrothermal systems in volcanic settings and to discuss
a similar potential in impact-generated hydrothermal systems that may have
existed during the dawn of life nearly 4 billion years ago.
The abstract deadline is July 3 at 5pm CDT. To learn more, please visit:
LLOYD V. BERKNER SPACE POLICY INTERNSHIPS AUTUMN 2019
The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide promising
undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of
civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National
Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Space Science Board. The
deadline for applications has been extended to July 1. Candidates selected will be
contacted no later than August 1. Additional information about the program,
including application procedures, can be found at
Enquiries should be direct to [email protected].
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Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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