Issue 19-35, August 11, 2019
- EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
- DEADLINE TOMORROW: EPSC-DPS 2019 DPS DEPENDENT CARE GRANTS
- EPSC-DPS 2019 HOTEL REMINDER
- LEAG MEETING CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- OPAG MEETING UPDATE & ADDITIONAL LOGISTICAL INFORMATION
- DPS MEMBER BILL JACKSON WINS ASP ARTHUR B.C. WALKER II AWARD FOR 2019
- ROCKY EXOPLANETS IN THE ERA OF JWST: THEORY AND OBSERVATION, NOV 4-8, 2019
- KUIPER BELT PRESENTATIONS AND “NEW HORIZONS RESULTS AT 2014 MU69” SPECIAL SESSION AT THE NEXT AAS MEETING
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1, 2019
- ESA RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN SPACE SCIENCE
EPSC-DPS 2019 JOINT MEETING MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM
Sign Up Deadline: 31 August 2019
The EuroPlanet Early Career (EPEC) network is introducing a mentor-mentee
program for this EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting in Geneva. The program is designed
to support the novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists
by enabling one-to-one meetings with an experienced researcher to help them
navigate the conference. The registered mentees will be able to meet their respective
mentors during the ice breaker event on Sept 15, 2019.
Details to sign-up to the program: Mentees, if this is your first international conference,
your first oral presentation, first EPSC, or you are looking for guidance during the
EPSC-DPS 2019, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/gxD-wf . We will put you in contact
with a suitable mentor, who would be beneficiary to your experience during the conference.
Mentors, if you are a postdoc, researcher, or a senior scientist who has been in numerous
international conferences and are willing to show early careers how to navigate through
various sessions and network within an international community, please sign up here:
You will be requested to set up at least one meeting with your mentee during the
The deadline to sign-up to the mentor-mentee program is 31st August, 2019.
If you have any queries, please contact us at [email protected]
Looking forward to meeting you in Geneva, EPEC-EPSC working group
DEADLINE TOMORROW: 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
EPSC-DPS 2019 HOTEL REMINDER
For those who have made reservations through the EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting website,
here are the deadlines and policies for cancellation and payment:
GUARENTEE AND PAYMENT
Following the terms and conditions and in order to confirm your booking, we would
like to remind that your payment must be received no later than 16 August, 2019.
Any room that has not been paid by this date will be cancelled automatically.
The payment can be made either online by credit card through the link received into
the email of confirmation of your hotel option (Visa, Mastercard and American
Express) or via bank transfer.
If you do not want to confirm your option with us, simply ask us and we will cancel it.
For participants who already settled their stay, we would like to remind the
cancellation and refund policy:
Any cancellation or modification must be made in writing to Symporg SA at [email protected].
• Up to Friday, 2 August 2019: Your reservation can be cancelled without penalty;
any deposit will be refunded.
• From Saturday, 3 August to Friday, 16 August 2019: A penalty of 50% of the entire
stay will be charged. In case the entire stay has been paid, the remaining balance will be refunded.
• From Saturday, 17 August 2019: The entire stay will be charged. This is also applicable
to no-shows*, changes and/or early departure.
*No-show: An expression indicating that a guest with a reservation has not checked-in
on their confirmed date of arrival.
No-show and/or early departure (reduction in duration of stay):
From Saturday, 16 August 2019, any alteration of your dates of stay will be invoiced
in case of shortening of stay, or/and early departure and in case of no-show. Your
payment will be not refunded.
Please be advised that all refunds will incur an administration fee of CHF 25.00.
If you did the payment before August 16th, and if you cancel your booking until
August 16th, therefore we will refund you with a deduction of CHF 25.00:
– If you cancel your booking until August 2, the payment of your booking is fully
refundable less CHF 25.00.
– If you cancel your booking between August 3 to August 16, the 50% of your
payment will be refunded less CHF 25.00
– If you cancel your booking from August 17, no refund will be done in case of
cancelation from this date.
Refunds are not automatic. In case you have an overpaid amount, please contact us.
Full terms and conditions are available here. Thank you, we remain at your entire
disposal for any question you might have.
The accommodation team of the EPSC DPS 2019 Joint Meeting
LEAG MEETING CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group is scheduled
for October 28–30, 2019 and will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
The format of this year’s annual meeting will be dominated by discussion and invited
oral presentations. In addition, there will be two poster sessions for which we are
soliciting abstracts (up to 1,000 characters) for the following topics:
- ISRU on the Moon
- Mission Concepts
Poster Abstract Deadline — Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CDT
- No late abstracts will be accepted, regardless of the reason
- Abstracts sent by e-mail will not be considered
- Abstracts are limited to 1,000 characters and cannot include figures or tables (Note: This is a departure from the LPSC style.)
- Fill out the electronic abstract submission form and enter abstract
All abstracts will be presented by poster Monday afternoon or Tuesday evening.
OPAG MEETING REMINDER & ADDITIONAL LOGISTICAL INFORMATION
The OPAG Meeting will be held August 20–21, 2019, Boulder, CO. The day prior,
August 19, will be the Ocean World Access Working Group Workshop. The meeting
will be held at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space
Physics (LASP), Space Science Building, Room W120 (SPSC) on East Campus,
3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, Colorado, 80303. Directions to SPSC can be found at
OPAG will be devoting the bulk of its August meeting to discussions and preparation
for the next Decadal Survey. Community members are encouraged to attend and add
their voice to this diverse discussion. During the meeting we will have panel discussions
on various topics, panels have now been formed. By the end of the meeting we expect
to produce a list of three key recommendations to develop and eventually deliver to
the Decadal Survey committee for consideration. A Draft Agenda will posted ASAP.
Parking: Will be $18/week (not per day), paid in cash when you get there
Lunches: Conveners will arrange for a catered buffet lunch at the meeting venue since
there are few options nearby (though some in driving distance). Cost will be about
$15-18/day (depending on the number of people), also paid in cash when you get there.
Menu and sign-up sheet link below, please sign up in advance if interested – vegetarian,
dairy-free, gluten-free options are available.
Please sign up using the doodle poll below (by day) for lunches; this includes an option
for Monday during the SNOW meeting as well as Tuesday & Wednesday during the
main OPAG meeting.
NOTE: NRESS is not providing any meals/coffee/beverages. However, coffee, snacks,
etc. will be available at breaks.
Also note there may be potential traffic problems, part of the highway between
Westminster, where the hotel is, and Boulder is running at 2/3 of the usual number
Draft Agenda to be posted on the OPAG Website soon.
Poster size: 36” x 44,” more information regarding Posters will be posted on the
DPS MEMBER BILL JACKSON WINS ASP ARTHUR B.C. WALKER II AWARD FOR 2019
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s (ASP) Arthur B.C. Walker II Award
honors an outstanding achievement by an African American in astronomy whose
research efforts substantially contribute to astronomy and who has demonstrated
a substantial commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM. It was
first awarded in 2016 to NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom
recipient Katherine Johnson. The 2019 recipient of the Arthur B.C. Walker II Award
is Dr. William M. Jackson, Jr., Distinguished Research and Emeritus Professor of
Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.
Prof. Jackson is a renowned astrochemist who has studied the chemistry of comets,
and in particular, how the free radicals observed in comets are formed. His
accomplishments include leading the team that used the International Ultraviolet
Explorer to make the first satellite telescope comet observation, developing special
lasers to detect and determine the properties of radicals formed when molecules are
broken apart by light, and using lasers to map the excited states of small molecules
as they decompose into radicals important in the chemistry of comets, planetary
atmospheres, and the interstellar medium.
William Jackson has worked tirelessly to diversify STEM fields throughout his career.
Early in his career, Prof. Jackson assisted African Americans with an interest in chemistry
by co-founding the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black
Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), an organization that pioneered the
successful Adopt-a-School program and Saturday Science Academy. After being
appointed to the Howard University chemistry faculty, Jackson created an internationally
recognized research group in laser chemistry where he mentored a cadre of outstanding
minority students and postdoctoral associates who went on to premier institutions
including AT&T Bell Laboratories, NIST, and NASA, as well as academia. At UC
Davis in the 1980s, Jackson developed a landmark program to increase the numbers
of minorities majoring in STEM: the Minority Undergraduate Research Participation
in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MURPPS). This program paired
underrepresented students in the sciences with faculty in their chosen fields and had
an outreach component to local high schools and community colleges.
While Chair of the Chemistry department from 2000-2005 he doubled the number
of graduate students from about 125 to 250 and increased the percentage of
underrepresented minority URM students with a grant he obtained from the Sloan
Foundation from about 9 to 18 %. There were 55 students in the program and 49
of them received their PhD degrees for an 89% success rate.
ROCKY EXOPLANETS IN THE ERA OF JWST: THEORY AND OBSERVATION, NOV 4-8, 2019
We’d like to remind you about the 2nd Annual NASA Goddard SEEC Symposium,
titled “Rocky Exoplanets in the Era of JWST: Theory and Observation”, which will
be held November 4 – 8, 2019 here at NASA Goddard. The Symposium will be
hosted by the GSFC Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) and
co-supported by the University of Maryland Astronomy Department.
The goal of this meeting is to bring together theorists and observers interested in
rocky exoplanets from across the exoplanet and planetary community and related
fields, in order to help us all prepare for the first light of the James Webb Space
Telescope era by framing the key questions about these worlds and the exciting
new observations that will help us characterize them.
The workshop will include invited overview talks combined with short research
presentations, as well as ample time for group discussion and collaborative work
sessions. The Symposium website now has a full list of sessions topics and the
current invited speakers list: https://seec.gsfc.nasa.gov/Symposium.html.
Registration and Abstracts for combined poster+flash talks is open! Attendance
will be limited by space (max of 150 attendees), so please check out the meeting’s
webpage and register now.
Avi Mandell, Eliza Kempton, and the Symposium SOC and LOC
KUIPER BELT PRESENTATIONS AND “NEW HORIZONS RESULTS AT 2014 MU69” SPECIAL SESSION AT THE NEXT AAS MEETING
We invite all Kuiper belt researchers to submit abstracts to the upcoming AAS
meeting to be held January 4-8 in Honolulu, HI. The meeting will have a significant
Kuiper belt component, including a special session featuring the results of New
Horizons’ encounter with 2014 MU69. Contributed oral and poster presentations
more broadly addressing all aspects of the Kuiper belt and related objects are
The meeting will have more than 1,000 contributed oral presentations, printed
posters, and digital interactive iPosters. This is an excellent opportunity for
Kuiper belt researchers to meet with other AAS scientists who don’t usually
attend DPS or AGU meetings, and discuss interests that could cut across other
fields and develop complementary projects.
Submit your abstract by 8 October at 9:00 pm ET at: https://aas.org/meetings/aas235
When selecting the Session Type for your abstract, you will have the option to submit
to the special session if desired, which is titled: “New Horizons Results at 2014 MU69”.
If you submit an abstract to the special session, it does not count against your allotment
of Regular abstracts for the general meeting.
If you have questions, you can contact the session co-chairs
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 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 astrobiology.
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]
ESA RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN SPACE SCIENCE
The European Space Agency (ESA) awards several postdoctoral fellowships
each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide scientists in their early
career, holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, with the means of performing
research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.
Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar
and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics, and fundamental physics. The
fellowships have a duration of 2 years, with the possible extension to 3 years,
and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.
Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the
fall of 2020. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates in
an early stage of their career. Candidates not yet holding a Ph.D. are encouraged
to apply, but they must provide evidence of having received their degree before
starting the fellowship.
ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical
expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.
The deadline for applications is 1 October 2019.
More information on ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science, on conditions
and eligibility, as well as the application form can be retrieved from
Questions on the scientific aspects of ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science
not answered above can be sent by email to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver
Jennrich or Dr. Jan-Uwe Ness, at the address [email protected].
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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