Issue 19-53, November 24, 2019
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- EARLY CAREER LIGHTNING TALKS AT SBAG MEETING JANUARY 14-16, 2020 AT THE PASADENA CALIF. HILTON
- PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL SCIENCE EDITORS SELF-NOMINATION CALL
- 2020 PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
- THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: ICE GIANT SYSTEMS 2020, LONDON
- TITAN THROUGH TIME WORKSHOP V
- APPLY FOR THE 2019 NININGER METEORITE AWARD
- NSRC-2020 MEETING: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- DWORNIK AWARD FUNDRAISER MATCHING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THE END OF 2019
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
AAS emailed members in early September announcing the start of membership
renewal season, and many took notice. Online renewals are arriving at a steady
pace. If you have already paid your dues, thanks for your continued support.
As many of you saw during the Members meeting in Geneva, the AAS regularly
purges the DPS membership list early in the year and we lose 200-300 members.
Please renew your membership today so this does not happen to you!
To help reduce costs and the Society’s carbon footprint, we encourage you to
renew online today for fast, easy self-service. Simply log in to pay your dues,
to confirm or update your journal subscriptions and Division memberships,
and to lock in savings for 2020 by renewing for two years at the current rate.
Renew before 31 December to maintain your benefits and receive additional
savings: special discount subscriptions to Sky & Telescope, and a one-time 15%
discount off your portion of the author charges for one paper published in the
Planetary Science Journal, Astronomical Journal, Astrophysical Journal,
ApJ Letters, or ApJ Supplement.
Eligible members can double their savings: if you renew by 31 December for two
years, you will receive the 15% author discount on one paper each in 2020 and 2021.
The Society has much planned for 2020— including the 235th meeting of the
AAS in Hawaii in January — so you won’t want to miss out on the latest
science, member communications, and career and networking opportunities.
Supporting the AAS is supporting your discipline. Renew today!
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when logging in, please contact the membership team by email at
EARLY CAREER LIGHTNING TALKS AT SBAG MEETING JANUARY 14-16, 2020 AT THE PASADENA CALIF. HILTON:
Lightning Talks: We are providing time on the agenda for early-career
scientists and engineers present at the meeting to introduce themselves and
their research to the community. The talks will be 3 minutes each. If you
are interested in giving a lightning talk, please contact the early-career
secretary Hannah Susorney ([email protected]) and Terik Daly
([email protected]) two weeks before the meeting.
PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL SCIENCE EDITORS SELF-NOMINATION CALL
The process is underway to select the first Editor for the new
Planetary Science Journal (PSJ), but we are also looking for
individuals that would like to self-nominate to be considered
to be Science Editors that would work with the new PSJ Editor.
Science Editors will perform professional services to facilitate
peer review of scientific manuscripts for publication in the PSJ.
– Managing the peer-review process for manuscripts assigned to
them by the PSJ Editor
– Select and manage the referees assigned to the manuscripts
they are responsible for
– Perform their duties consistent with the AAS Code of Ethics
– Meet or exceed the expectation of timelines as defined
by the PSJ Editor
– Attend the annual gathering of AAS scientific editors.
The PSJ SEs will report to the PSJ Editor and the AAS Editor-in-Chief.
The term of a Science Editor is 3 years, and is renewable.
Scientific Editors receive a grant of approximately $15,000 per annum
for their services and travel support for their annual meeting.
If you would like to self-nominate for one of these positions, please
e-mail the DPS Publications Subcommittee Chair, Ross Beyer ([email protected]),
the following message:
– Subject: PSJ SE self-nomination
– a few sentences about what subject or topic areas you would be
interested and capable of supporting as a Science Editor
– curriculum vitae (just a one or two page version is sufficient)
For full consideration, please submit your self-nomination before Nov 22.
If you have any questions please contact the DPS Publication Subcommittee
Chair, Ross Beyer ([email protected]), or the AAS Editor-in-Chief, Ethan
Vishniac ([email protected]).
2020 PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
Application deadline: 9 PM PST, December 6, 2019
Awards will be announced on or before December 13, 2019.
This award is established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory
of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo to support and encourage graduate
students to build international collaborations and relationships in
planetary science. Two awards will be made each year, contingent upon
there being meritorious applications. One will be awarded to a graduate
student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S.
This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting
(conferences and workshops) outside of the U.S. The second award will
be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution
outside of the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science
related meeting within the U.S. These include general meetings that
have planetary-focused sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU and IAG.
The award will consist of a certificate and up to $2000US.
Additional information and application materials are available at:
THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: ICE GIANT SYSTEMS 2020, LONDON
The Ice Giant Systems 2020 workshop will be held in London between January
20th-22nd 2020, consisting of two days of plenary review talks at the Royal Society,
and a day of parallel splinter meetings at Burlington House. Numbers are limited,
and the deadline for registration and abstract submission is December 10th (23:00UTC).
Full details can be found on our website: https://ice-giants.github.io/
Plenaries: The plenary sessions on Monday and Tuesday are free to attend (with a
small optional charge for meals), but registration is mandatory
Monday will cover the Ice Giant planets (interiors, atmospheres, magnetospheres) and
their systems (satellites and rings); Tuesday will cover interdisciplinary connections,
a celebration of Voyager’s discoveries, future mission opportunities and hardware
developments, plus ample time for discussion. See the website for a full list of our
Splinters: There will be three broad themes for the splinters on Wednesday: Ice
Giant Atmospheres, Origins and Interiors; Ice Giant Magnetospheres and Auroras;
Ice Giant Rings and Satellites. A small fee will be levied to cover venue hire and catering.
Abstracts for contributed oral presentations are encouraged, and template
form for abstract submission is available on our website (https://ice-giants.github.io/),
to be completed and emailed to [email protected] before the deadline.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, please do pass on this
message to interested colleagues, and we look forward to welcoming you to London
in January. You can subscribe to our mailing list at any time by sending an email
with the subject “Subscribe” to [email protected].
The Ice Giant Systems 2020 SOC
TITAN THROUGH TIME WORKSHOP V
The Titan Through Time Workshop V will be held at the University of Colorado
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Boulder, Colorado
April 14-16, 2020.
The Titan Through Time Workshop, convened every two to three years, has been
an important venue for the Titan research community to exchange research results
and ideas about the science of the Titan System. Although the Cassini mission has
ended, there is still work to be done on the returned data, and the recently selected
Dragonfly mission provides longer term opportunities for additional gains in our
understanding. Aside from large space missions, Titan research continues to progress
rapidly through ground-based astronomy, modeling and laboratory investigations.
Please save the date and stay tuned for additional information on registration and
On behalf of the TTTW Organizing Committee
APPLY FOR THE 2019 NININGER METEORITE AWARD
The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is
soliciting applications for the 2019 Nininger Meteorite Award.
The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement
in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper.
Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must
have been written, submitted, or published between January 1, 2019 and
December 31, 2019.
Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper and
must have been studying at an educational institution in the United
States at the time the paper was written, submitted, or published.
The Nininger Award recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved plaque
commemorating the honor.
NSRC-2020 MEETING: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) is the
leading conference for researchers and educators planning to use
reusable rocket-powered and balloon-borne suborbital vehicles for
research and education applications.
NSRC-2020 will take place March 2-4, 2020, in Broomfield, Colorado.
The 2020 meeting theme is the revolutionary capabilities that
researchers and educators flying in space on these vehicles will bring
to the conduct of Research and Education Missions (REM).
Abstracts for talks and posters on these topics, as well as all other
topics relevant to NSRC, is now open. Register for the conference and
submit your abstract at:
The abstract deadline is 5 pm Pacific Time on Jan 10, 2020.
DWORNIK AWARD FUNDRAISER MATCHING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THE END OF 2019
The Planetary Geology Division (PGD) of the Geological Society of
America (GSA) kicked off a fundraiser for the Dwornik Award Fund in
March, 2019. Our goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of the year.
Thanks to a generous past Dwornik Award winner, every dollar you
contribute to the Dwornik Award Fund though the end of 2019 will be
matched (up to $5,000 total) to help us attain our goal!
How to Donate: You can donate through our gofundme page OR directly to
the Dwornik Fund via the GSA Foundation website. Remember your
donation is fully tax deductible.
We thank you in advance for your consideration to donate back to the
Dwornik Award program that supports the early careers of planetary
scientists. More information here:
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) M.S. AND PH.D. POSITIONS OPEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE KNOXVILLE
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of
Tennessee in Knoxville is recruiting to fill multiple M.S. and Ph.D.
positions open to enthusiastic and highly-motivated graduate students
beginning August 2020. Positions are currently available in
Environmental Science, High- and Low-Temperature Geochemistry,
Geomicrobiology, Hydrology, Igneous Petrology, Isotope Geochemistry,
Paleontology, Planetary Geology, Remote Sensing,
Sedimentology-Stratigraphy, Structure, and Tectonics. The recently
expanded EPS department features a new building with cutting-edge
classrooms and lecture halls, comprehensive analytical research
laboratories, and strong collaborative ties with nearby Oak Ridge
To receive full consideration, please submit all application materials
by January 1, 2020, via:
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the department
and directly contact potential faculty mentors as soon as possible.
The UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is committed to
enhancing cultural diversity in the geosciences and particularly
encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of
historically underrepresented groups.
For more information visit:
or contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Annette Engel
([email protected]) with further questions.
B) PH.D. OPPORTUNITY, MARS SURFACE STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I AT MANOA
Motivated student sought to pursue research relevant to the Mars 2020
rover investigation, which will land in Jezero Crater in early 2021.
Area of specialization will be determined based on mutual interest and
the details of the geology encountered by the rover, but might include
some combination of analysis of geologic features observed in
multispectral image data, quantitative modeling of the observed
features, and interpretation in the context of the regional to global
history of Mars. In addition, a proportion of the student’s time will
be spent on mission operations in support of the Mastcam-Z stereo
multispectral camera investigation. A good grounding in geosciences,
physics, and mathematics is desirable, as is previous planetary,
volcanology, or Mars-focused research, and/or experience in mission
operations. For more information please contact Sarah Fagents
([email protected]). The UH Manoa application deadline is January 15,
C) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/PROFESSOR OF SPACE INSTRUMENTATION
Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road in association
with St Edmund Hall, Oxford
The Department of Physics proposes to appoint an Associate Professor
(or Professor) of Space Instrumentation to commence in post by 31 July
2020 or before. The successful candidate will also be offered a
Tutorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall under arrangements described in
the further particulars.
The postholder will join a vibrant community of scientists in
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) which is one of the
six sub-departments that together make up the Department of Physics.
AOPP members conduct fundamental research into atmospheres, oceans and
surfaces and their interactions, on Earth, (exo)planets, moons and
asteroids. The issues addressed are among the most significant and
pressing, ranging from the search for planetary conditions suitable to
support life to the physics underpinning our understanding of climate
For further details please see: https://bit.ly/2KcRFaj
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 18 December 2019.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority
ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in
D) TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN PLANETARY GEOLOGY/GEOPHYSICS AT WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
The Department of Geology and the Department of Physics & Astronomy at
Western Washington University (WWU) invite applications for a tenure
track Assistant Professor of Planetary Geology/Geophysics. The position
has an expected start date of September 2020.
We seek applicants whose research program and teaching focuses on the
role of physical processes in topics such as planet formation and
evolution, planetary interiors, surfaces, or potential fields, small
bodies, Solar System dynamics, or related areas. The preferred
candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous research
program that complements existing strengths in remote sensing,
planetary geology, seismology, magnetism, tectonics and/or stellar
astrophysics. We seek applicants who will engage students in research,
teach undergraduate and graduate courses using student-centered
instructional approaches, and foster an inclusive classroom and
research environment. Teaching assignments will be split between the
Geology and Physics & Astronomy departments to support the Geophysics
For more details and to apply for the position:
Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2019.
Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Jackie Caplan-Auerbach ([email protected]).
E) DIRECTOR, LUNAR AND PLANETARY LABORATORY,
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
LPL/Planetary Sciences is searching for a new director/department head.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in planetary
science research, strong leadership and management skills, teaching experience,
and a commitment to diversity. The director is expected to lead LPL in
developing and executing a clear vision during a period of expansion.
The LPL director works with local and external stakeholders such as NASA and
NSF to maintain and grow an enriching environment conducive to excellence in
planetary science research, education, and exploration.
Details on LPL, the position, and how to apply can be found at
https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/director-department-head. Review of applications
will begin on January 20, 2020.
Additional information or questions can be directed to Shane Byrne (Professor
and Assistant Department Head) at [email protected].
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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