Issue 19-45, October 2, 2019
- EPSC-DPS2019 MEETING SURVEYS: PLEASE RESPOND BY OCTOBER 11TH
- SURVEY ON RESTRUCTURING NASA’S PLANETARY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS
- NEW DEADLINE: APPLY FOR “THE PI LAUNCHPAD: FROM SCIENCE IDEA TO NASA MISSION”
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
EPSC-DPS2019 MEETING SURVEYS: PLEASE RESPOND BY OCTOBER 11TH
Thank you very much to everyone who attended this year’s EPSC-DPS2019 meeting in
Geneva, Switzerland. The EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting was attended by 1730 participants
from 52 countries. It was an exciting gathering of planetary scientists.
This year the DPS has put together two surveys to gather your feedback to improve
future DPS meetings.
The first survey is for EPSC-DPS meeting attendees:
And the second, very short survey is for non-attendees to find out what challenges
kept you from attending this year’s meeting.
Please fill out one of the two surveys by October 11th. EPSC has also sent out a similar
message to meeting attendees, which also provides a link to our first survey.
Some statistics about the EPSC-DPS2019 meeting and a link to the EPSC survey can be
Outgoing DPS Chair
SURVEY ON RESTRUCTURING NASA’S PLANETARY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS
In 2014, NASA announced the reorganization of the planetary R&A
programs. Merging a number of disparate programs into Solar System
Workings created a behemoth to which well over 300 proposals have been
submitted each year. This proved unwieldy for managers, reviewers,
and proposers alike. We propose SSW be broken up into four programs:
Inner Planet Research and Analysis (IPRA)
– Mercury, Venus, Moon
Mars Fundamental Research (MFR)
Small Bodies Research and Analysis (SBRA)
– Asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, KBOs,
and dwarf planets (excluding the Pluto-Charon system)
Outer Planets Research and Analysis (OPRA)
– Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto-Charon Systems
Most other programs are maintained, with suggestions for mission data
analysis programs (DAPs) and the treatment of geologic maps.
See draft proposal:
We would like to invite all NASA-funded planetary scientists to
participate in a survey on these proposed revisions to planetary R&A
for ROSES 2020:
The survey will close 5 PM PDT, Monday, October 7, and will inform
the above proposal. Results and the submitted proposal will be
published by October 15.
Mark Sykes, Asmine Pathare, Georgianna Kramer, Ryan Watkins, Beatrice
Mueller, Nalin Samarasinha (PSI)
NEW DEADLINE: APPLY FOR “THE PI LAUNCHPAD: FROM SCIENCE IDEA TO NASA MISSION”
NASA, the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation are organizing
a workshop in Tucson, AZ for researchers and engineers who would like to submit a
NASA space mission proposal in the next few years but don’t know where to start.
We are interested in broadening the pool of potential NASA space mission PI’s. People
with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend
the workshop and travel, meals, and lodging for non-NASA participants will be covered
by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Launchpad applications and instructions on how to apply are available on the
NSPIRES page for this opportunity. Applications may be submitted via NSPIRES until
11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 15th, 2019. All applications must be submitted as a
“Notice of Intent” via NSPIRES as a self-contained PDF file that includes your name,
organization, and contact information. To submit an application, an NSPIRES account
is required. To create a new account, please see the NSPIRES User Registration Page.
Additional details are below. Answers to FAQs are available at
Please share this message with others who may be interested.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) GRADUATE STUDENT POSITIONS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE, GEOCHEMISTRY,
AND GEOPHYSICS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
The Geochemistry and Geophysics research groups in the Department of
Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University are
recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students to start Fall 2020!
Our research groups offer opportunities to study tectonics and
petrology at field sites around the globe, to image the Earth’s
interior, and to model physical and chemical planetary processes using
laboratory and computational methods. Dynamic processes of our planet’s
interior over its history generated Earth’s habitable surface and are
responsible for the natural distribution of mineral resources and
geologic hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and
Research and teaching assistantships are available for highly
qualified applicants and are awarded in fall of each year. In
addition, several fellowships and scholarships provide additional
financial support for summer stipends, conference travel, and research
and field expenses. Thanks to our generous alumni, the EES department
offers the most awards per capita of any department at MSU.
Feel free to contact faculty driectly via email. Interested students
should visit our prospective graduate student webpage:
All are welcome to drop by our booths at GSA and AGU fall meetings!
B) PAN POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP POSITION AT RICE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice
University invites applications for the Pan Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research
interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our
department. Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research
to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection
criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan
to address questions at the forefront of their field of study,
independent research ideas and new directions beyond the applicant’s
PhD work, and research synergies with at least one faculty.
Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate
independence and originality.
A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, but candidates must
have received their Ph.D. no more than 3 years before their start date
at Rice. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome. The
research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending
satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual
stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual
discretionary research allowance of $3,500. Applications due
November 1, 2019. Further details available here:
C) GRAD STUDENT POSITIONS IN PLANETARY SURFACE PROCESSES AT UT AUSTIN
Applications are solicited for graduate student positions within the
UT Planetary Surface Processes Group, headed by Dr. Tim Goudge, in the
Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
The area of focus for graduate student projects is open within the
broad field of planetary surface processes, and will be selected based
on research topics of mutual interest. Prospective students can find
out more here:
Dr. Goudge is strongly committed to building an inclusive research
group with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Applicants from
historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields, with
non-traditional backgrounds, and/or with a demonstrated interest in
efforts to improve inclusion and diversity in STEM are especially
encouraged to apply.
Prospective applicants with questions about these opportunities are
encouraged to contact Dr. Goudge at [email protected].
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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