Issue 19-47, October 12, 2019
- ICARUS NEWS
- RESTRUCTURING NASA’S PLANETARY RESEARCH PROGRAMS FOR ROSES 2020
- TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- PLANETS 2020 – REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
- MARS WORKSHOP – SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT
- MARS ATMOSPHERE CONFERENCE
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
I am pleased to report that the impact factor for Icarus continues to be high –
for 2018 it was 3.56, the second highest since 2010 (when it was 3.82). This
is a testimony to the quality of our authors’ and reviewers’ work.
We have published 4 special issues in 2019 (Dawn Mission: Composition of
Ceres, Dawn Mission: The Formation and Evolution of Ceres’ Occator Crater,
Tunguska, and Transneptunian Objects. We have 4 other special issues in progress:
From Mars Express to ExoMars, Late Mars Workshop, Cassini Grand Finale, and
New Horizons: Kuiper Belt Objects. If you would like to propose a special issue,
please contact me.
We will be transitioning from Evise to Editorial Manager early in the New Year.
The transition should be seamless even for papers in review at that time. I am assured
that it will be a superior, more user-friendly system that will enable faster turnaround
of papers. Some other logistical changes should make the process of publishing in
Icarus easier and faster.
RESTRUCTURING NASA’S PLANETARY RESEARCH PROGRAMS FOR ROSES 2020
The document to be submitted to NASA is posted at:
The raw Survey data that informed the above document is available at:
Public Comment on “Reorganizing NASA Planetary Research Programs for
ROSES 2020″ is now open at:
It will be open until Saturday, October 12, at 5 PM PDT. Unlike the
recent Survey, which was anonymous, the Pubic Comments are not
anonymous. After the site closes, the Public Comments will be
NASA will be sent, for its consideration, the “ReReorg” Proposal,
along with the raw data from the Survey and the Public Comments
This proposal has benefitted greatly from the thoughts and
contributions of hundreds of our planetary community colleagues. Our
community is a great, deep and generous resource.
Thank you all.
Mark Sykes, Oz Pathare, Georgiana Kramer, Ryan Watkins,
Nalin Samarasinha, Beatrice Mueller
Planetary Science Institute
TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
DPS is continuing its Trick-or-Treat and Telescopes Program. Put out your telescopes
during trick-or-treat time on Halloween, in your own lawn or in a neighbor’s lawn (with
permission) with better viewing (or more traffic). There is good viewing this year: a
crescent setting Moon with Jupiter right next door and Saturn nearby. The following
websites give advice and connections to resources. If you have any pictures of your
event, please send them to bonnie.buratti(at)jpl.nasa.gov
I received this wonderful note from Jane Bergstralh, the late Jay Bergstralh’s wife:
“Jay used to set up his telescope, don his tall pointed hat and cape, and let the neighborhood
children each have a turn. They loved it, and it became a very popular Halloween tradition.
A better treat than mere candy.”
PLANETS 2020 WORKSHOP – REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for an ALMA workshop on:
“Ground and space observatories: a joint venture to planetary sciences”
March 2-6, 2020
Registration and abstract submission:
This is a follow-up to the successful workshop organized in March 2015. The goal
will be to investigate further the potential synergies between ground and
space-based observatories in the exploration of the Solar System, and to
continue fostering collaborations among planetary scientists through the sharing
of scientific and technical knowledge.
Topics for scientific discussion will be open to all bodies of the Solar system
(planets, moons, asteroids, TNOs and comets), and will cover the body itself as
well as its atmosphere, and any rings. We also look forward to discussing
results on exoplanets, as comparative planetology investigations relating to the
properties of our Solar System. We intend to organize the sessions in a way that
emphasizes the parallels between the results from ground and space-based
observatories. There will also be the opportunity to display posters with
dedicated sessions for everyone to read and discuss them.
On the last day, we will run a proposal preparation workshop for ALMA and JWST.
Both observatories will have a proposal deadline soon after March 2020, such
that the timing will be perfect to work on coordinated investigations.
A number of invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance. They are
listed on the following page. We are still waiting for confirmation from a
couple more speakers. The page below will be updated as soon as possible.
The meeting will be held at the ALMA office in Santiago, which is located on the
ESO campus in Vitacura. Participation will be limited to 100. The registration
fee will be 250 EUR (150 EUR for students). We hope to be able to offer
financial support for a number of students.
Finally, there will be the opportunity for a limited number of participants to
fly to the North of Chile and enjoy a guided tour of the ALMA observing site on
March 7. More details will be given on the website in the next weeks.
We hope to see you next year in Santiago!
MARS WORKSHOP – SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT
May 3-8, 2020
The workshop “Planet Mars V” will be the fifth edition of a series
which has taken place in the Center of Physics in Les Houches since
2003. These workshops were organized to bring together senior
scientists, young scientists, postdocs and students in order to
optimize the analysis and interpretation of space data, and to prepare
the community for the best exploitation of forthcoming missions.
The deadline for registration is November 1, 2019.
Workshop information, including the list of confirmed speakers, can be
Therese Encrenaz, Christophe Sotin, Olivier Witasse
MARS ATMOSPHERE CONFERENCE
The 7th “Mars atmosphere modelling and observations” conference will
take place on June 8-11, 2020, in Paris, France (in Sorbonne
University Auditorium, Place Jussieu)
Following the successful previous editions, the 7th Mars Atmosphere
Modelling and Observations conference will bring together experts in
observations and modelling of the present and past Mars climate
systems. We will discuss the nature of the atmospheric circulation and
the photochemistry (up to the thermosphere), the dust cycle, the water
cycle (vapor, clouds and frost) and the carbon dioxide cycle (polar
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN PLANETARY SCIENCE AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College
of Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor invites applications
for a tenure track faculty position in the field of planetary science. Although the
position is open to all ranks, we especially seek candidates at the Assistant Professor
level. We look for candidates who are capable of developing an internationally
recognized research program, successfully competing for external funding, mentoring
doctoral students, and participating in our educational programs at the graduate and
undergraduate levels. We welcome applications from candidates whose research
addresses cross-disciplinary areas that build upon our existing strengths in climate
science (including radiative transfer, atmospheric dynamics/chemistry and cryospheric
processes), composition, structure, chemistry, and the origin and evolution of planetary
atmospheres, planetary surface-atmosphere coupling, and the development of space
instrumentation and missions. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong
motivation for building bridges between planetary science, including exoplanets, and
the climate and space science research programs in our department.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, a
statement describing any activities, contributions, or plans related to supporting diversity,
equity, and inclusion, and a list of four references with contact details. For full consideration,
applications compiled into a single PDF should be received before November 15th, 2019.
Applications should be addressed to [email protected]. Questions about the
position or application process can be directed to the search committee chair Jeremy
Bassis ([email protected]).
University of Michigan is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. CLASP
and the College of Engineering are especially interested in exceptionally well qualified
candidates who will contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the
diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women, minorities, individuals
with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive
to the needs of dual-career couples. The University is a non-discriminatory, affirmative
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering
serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment
permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together,
provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and
values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s
comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and
resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can
be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
B) GRADUATE-STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES IN PLANETARY SURFACE PROCESSES
Prospective graduate students interested in planetary surface processes
are invited to apply to join the Earth & Planetary Surface Processes
group in the Department of Geological Sciences at Stanford, for a start
date in the fall of 2020. We focus on utilizing the diverse planetary
bodies of the Solar System as full scale experiments to develop and
test our quantitative understanding of surface processes, and
deciphering the hydrologic and climate histories of planets (including
Earth) through the lens of surface processes.
Prospective graduate students should demonstrate strong quantitative
skills and motivation to apply concepts of geomorphology and
sedimentology to the study of planetary surfaces and rocks. The next
application deadline to the department’s graduate program is January 7,
2020. Please contact Prof. Lapotre at [email protected] with any
C) POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN GIANT PLANET MODELLING AT LMD
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, PARIS
A 15-month post-doctoral position in planetary atmospheric science is
opened at Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (LMD), starting late
2019 / early 2020. An extent towards a total two-year duration is
possible. The position is funded by the Agence Nationale de la
Recherche (ANR) grant EMERGIANT and opened at Sorbonne Universite on
the Pierre and Marie Curie campus in the heart of Paris.
For more information see:
Applications and information requests should be sent via email to Dr
Aymeric SPIGA ([email protected]). The closing date
is October 31, 2019. Late applications might be considered, until the
position is filled.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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