Issue 19-28, July 7, 2019
- BINARY ASTEROIDS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP: FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
- JWST USER SURVEY ON DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS NOW OPEN!
- SOFIA CYCLE 8 CALLS FOR PROPOSALS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- MEPAG 37 – 2ND INFORMATION CIRCULAR
- MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2019
BINARY ASTEROIDS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP: FINAL CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The deadline for submitting abstracts eligible for oral presentations has been extended
to July 10, 23:59 Mountain Daylight Time. Abstracts submitted from July 11 through
August 15, 2019, will be considered only as poster presentations only.
The workshop is being held in Fort Collins, Colorado, near the Colorado State
University campus, from 2019 September 3-5.
Details are available, including a list of those already registered, at
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 60. We’re about half-way there.
To guarantee being included, you must register before August 1.
The workshop will be characterized by a relaxed atmosphere and free format, with
almost as much time for discussion as for the presentations themselves.
The goal is to bring together various ideas on the detection, characterization, formation,
and implications of binary and multiple objects among the NEO, main-belt, Trojan,
Centaur, TNO populations. We hope to include all of the many modes of observation,
in all of the dynamical populations, as well as theory and numerical modeling of
formation and evolution of these systems. We especially welcome the new topics
of rings of small bodies, and heliocentric orbital pairs of asteroids and their implications.
There is still a small amount of funds funds available for students to waive either
the registration fee or for travel support. Students hoping for a grant should register
soon. No payment will be required at the time. However, registering will reserve a
seat in the meeting room pending review of the request. Proof of student status may
If you have any questions, please contact
Brian D. Warner (LOC)
EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
The DPS Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance
to qualifying members of the DPS in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by
offsetting dependent care costs (such as child care, elder care, spousal care, etc) at
the meeting location, or at home, during the DPS conference week. For 2019, the
DPS Professional Development Subcommittee will accept applications for dependent
care subsidies to assist an eligible DPS member to attend the Joint EPSC-DPS Meeting
in Geneva, Switzerland (September 2019). The deadline for applications is 12 August
2019. Please access the grant application form at development#grants .
Mark Gurwell, DPS Professional Development Subcommittee member
JWST USER SURVEY ON DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS NOW OPEN!
The James Webb Space Telescope is anticipated to launch in March 2021, with
the first scientific data becoming available 6 months after launch. STScI would
like to request your input on how we can best serve your needs for analyzing
JWST data. Our goal is to enable the best possible science with JWST, so your
feedback is greatly appreciated. The input you provide will be used to improve
the JWST data analysis software tools and training activities now and through
The survey focuses on your needs in the areas of:
· JWST data exploration, reduction, and analysis
· Training activities and workshops
· Getting ready to make full use of JWST data as soon as they are available
Please take a few minutes to provide us with your anonymous feedback on these
topics by completing our online survey by August 2, 2019:
SOFIA CYCLE 8 CALLS FOR PROPOSALS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The SOFIA Observatory, the only aircraft-based facility offering an access to
the 4-600 µm wavelength range, has recently released calls for proposals for the
Cycle 8 period, with a deadline of September 6, 2019 (9 p.m. PDT). Anyone in
the astronomy scientific community is welcome to apply for time, and US-based
proposers are also eligible for funding opportunities listed below.
In this observing Cycle, we are offering:
§ up to 300 hours of observations for Regular Proposals and up to 400 hours for
Legacy Proposals (1-4 proposals up to 200 h of observations each, spread over 2
§ one Southern Hemisphere deployment to New Zealand with two instruments
§ improved mapping modes on instruments FORCAST (spectral mapping) and
HAWC+ (on-the-fly polarimetry mapping)
§ new filters for FIFI-LS improving the sensitivity at the [OIII] 52µm line and for
HAWC+ making band B (63µm) available
Also note the following funding opportunities:
§ Up to $3M for Regular Proposals
§ Up to $2M per year for Legacy Proposals
§ ~ $300k available through our new archival research proposal program
- for proposals which are central to a PhD thesis, additional funding can be requested
through the Thesis-enabling Program (up to two years of graduate student funding)
In addition, the SOFIA Science Center provides specialist support for proposal
preparation and data analysis via email, phone, and otherwise. Please feel free to
contact the Science Center through our HelpDesk: [email protected].
We will also hold a webinar on August 9th to provide support for proposers on
how to design effective observing proposals and use SOFIA proposal tools
(more information to come on the SOFIA website).
The selection results will be announced in December of 2019. Good luck!
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2019 AGU FALL MEETING
- SESSION ED026 – ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE THROUGH SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Anyone interested in sharing their experiences participating in science festivals as a
means of engaging audiences is encouraged to submit an abstract to the 2019 AGU
Fall Meeting session Engagement Opportunities for Everyone through Science Festivals.
Increasing numbers of think pieces and news articles position scientists as experts
yet still leave people questioning the science. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for
scientists to be present in conversations around scientific subjects. Enter: science
festivals. This session will illustrate the power of engaging public audiences with
science festivals through descriptions of ongoing events, discussions of evaluation
methods and results, and connecting scientists with resources and experts to help
them join current festivals, or start their own. For scientists already engaging with
public audiences, this session will provide next-steps for communicating their science.
This session will focus on what science festivals are, why engagement is important
for scientists, and how scientists can connect with this living resource. Abstracts from
education/communication professionals and scientists are welcome. Topics of interest
may include science communication at live events, scientists’ engagement and outreach
activities, and evaluation.
2019 Fall AGU abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Don’t forget: submitting an education abstract won’t count against your first author
science abstract submissions! At AGU, one first author education abstract is allowable
in addition to a science abstract.
Questions? Contact Andy Shaner.
- SESSION P003 : ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES, PARTICLES, AND CHEMISTRY
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to a cross-disciplinary session
on Atmospheric Processes, Particles, and Chemistry (P003) at the AGU 2019 Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA (December 9-13, 2019).
The goal of this session is to stimulate communication across disciplines and spark
new scientific collaborations between the Earth and Planetary communities (lab,
theory, model, observations). With this in mind, we encourage presenters who have
already made these types of connections, as well as others who have a technique to
offer or a problem in search of a new perspective to submit their abstracts. (Please
Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2019, 11:59 pm EDT
Many of the chemical and microphysical processes occurring in planetary
atmospheres have direct similarities to those studied in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The aim of this session is to bring together atmospheric expertise from the Earth
and planetary communities to share knowledge and techniques across traditional
- We encourage submissions from all areas of atmospheric studies,
including but not limited to experimental and/or theoretical studies of gas phase
composition, chemistry, dynamics, and particle (aerosols and clouds) formation
and evolution. We encourage reports of existing cross-disciplinary efforts as well
as abstracts describing techniques that could be applied to other bodies, and
- describing a gap in knowledge that could be addressed collaboratively.
We intend to use the “short talk” format to maximize information exchange and
- participants to initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations
- new research investigations.
- SESSION P005: CARBON ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM
We invite abstracts for the following session at the 2019 AGU Fall
Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019.
Recent results ranging from the Kuiper Belt, the Pluto system, the
Saturn system, other locations beyond ~5 AU, all the way to Mercury in
the inner Solar System, and nearly all points in between, raise
questions about the state of carbon in the Solar System: how do
carbonaceous compounds become weathered in response to thermal
processes and irradiation? How do we recognize carbon compounds and
their various weathering products? The syntheses of these results
improve our scientific understanding of the role of carbon in the Solar
System, how it evolves and how to recognize it. The carbonaceous
near-Earth asteroids 162173 Ryugu and 101955 Bennu are now being
visited and sampled; the analyses of these samples will provide context
for the presence of carbon. In this session, abstracts covering
observational, laboratory and modeling work related to carbon and
carbonaceous species on Solar System bodies are welcome.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 31 July, 23:59 EDT
Conveners: Faith Vilas (PSI, [email protected]), Amanda R. Hendrix (PSI),
Yvonne J. Pendleton (NASA ARC)
- SESSION P013: FINDING, EXPLORING AND CHARACTERIZING TERRESTRIAL
EXOPLANETS: THE NEXT FRONTIER
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the following
session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December
This session is a discussion of the potential of new and future
facilities and modeling efforts designed to detect, image and
characterize Earth-size and super-Earth terrestrial exoplanets,
studying their formation, evolution and also the existence of possible
biospheres. Topics to be covered in this session include instrument
requirements and technologies to detect these exoplanets; strategies
for target selection and prioritization; signs of exoplanet
habitability and global biosignatures that can be sought with upcoming
instrumentation; impacts of planetary system properties; and future
ground-based and space telescope architectures.
For more information, visit:
The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Franck Marchis (SETI Institute)
Ramses Ramirez (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Douglas A. Caldwell (SETI Institute)
- SESSION P040: TITAN: THE EXOTIC AND ENIGMATIC MOON
Saturn’s giant moon Titan is one of the most mysterious, and yet strangely familiar,
realms in the solar system. Possessing a dense atmosphere enriched in organic
compounds, its active photochemistry works to produce a panoply of molecules
of increasing size and complexity, running the gamut from ethane to haze particles.
This session solicits presentations on all aspects of Titan research, including on-going
Cassini dataset analysis, Earth-based observations, modeling, laboratory investigations,
and comparison with other bodies.
Conveners: Conor Nixon (NASA GSFC), Alex Hayes (Cornell University),
Kathleen Mandt (Johns Hopkins APL)
Submissions welcome until: 31 July 2019 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.
MEPAG 37 – 2ND INFORMATION CIRCULAR
I cordially invite you to participate in the 37th meeting of the Mars
Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled as an ~5-hour
meeting on July 26th, 2019, 8:15am-1:00pm PDT (15:15-20:00pm UTC). This
meeting will be hosted at the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, CA on the day after the 9th International Conference on Mars
A main focus of this MEPAG meeting will be looking forward to the next
decadal survey and MEPAG’s role in preparing for it. This will include
reviewing the highlights of the 9th International Conference on Mars
which will feed into the upcoming MEPAG Goals update. There will also
be discussion of White Papers and other next steps for MEPAG and the
Mars Exploration Community.
This MEPAG meeting will include reports to the Mars community regarding
recent MEPAG activities, updates from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
on its current status, and the next steps for Mars Sample Return (MSR).
There will also be updates from several Mars missions currently in
development, and news on the Moon to Mars Initiative.
Dr. R. Aileen Yingst
MARS EXPLORATION SCIENCE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR JULY 2019
To the Mars Community,
On behalf of Aileen Yingst (MEPAG Chair), Dave Beaty, Rich Zurek, and
Serina Diniega of the Mars Program Science Office, the July 2019
edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter can be found
on the web at:
Please send your Mars community announcements and calendar items for
inclusion in the newsletter to Barbara at:
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