Issue 19-54, December 2, 2019
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN AND DUAL ANONYMOUS REVIEW FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
- RENEW YOUR AAS/DPS MEMBERSHIP TODAY
- ENVISION CONFERENCE, 12-14 FEB 2020, PARIS, FRANCE
- EARLY CAREER LIGHTNING TALKS AT SBAG MEETING JANUARY 14-16, 2020 AT THE PASADENA CALIF. HILTON
- 2020 PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
- MEPAG VM7 PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
- WOMEN IN SPACE CONFERENCE – STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN AND DUAL ANONYMOUS REVIEW FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
Today is the day! Submissions are now open for our new Planetary Science Journal!
Please submit papers at https://journals.aas.org/planetary-science-journal/
The DPS Committee cares about our membership and about inclusivity in our field.
To take steps to address implicit bias in publishing, our new Planetary Science Journal
(PSJ) will implement Dual Anonymous Review as a default practice.
A position paper on Dual Anonymous Review (DAR), assembled by the DPS Professional
Culture and Climate Subcommittee and supported by the DPS Publications Subcommittee,
is available here wp-content/uploads/files/professional-climate/PCCS-DAR_2019-11-06.pdf
The paper points out that “reviewers may unwittingly be subject to implicit bias … which
may be positive or negative, [and] may affect the review process and the final decision
whether to publish the paper or not.” Furthermore, several “studies show that DAR does
The standard practice will be to keep authors and reviewers anonymous. However,
DPS members should be aware, as they submit manuscripts to the PSJ, that DAR is
not mandatory, and authors may choose to identify themselves. Most importantly,
those authors who may be most impacted by negative biases have the ability to stay
anonymous, because the intent is that most of the manuscripts are also anonymous,
just like with reviews.
We recognize that this is a change to how our field has customarily written manuscripts.
To implement the default DAR policy, the PSJ will provide guidelines for authors
that will provide best practices for how to write your manuscripts in a way so as to
not identify yourself. Authors who wish to identify themselves may take steps to do
so, and any activities they undertake outside the review process that might identify
themselves to potential reviewers are allowed (e.g., posting their paper to a preprint
server like astro-ph, or distributing draft copies of their manuscripts at conferences, etc.).
The DPS Committee is proud to take steps to address potential bias in our field by
supporting the default DAR policy at the PSJ and thanks the PCCS and PubSubComm
for their work in this area.
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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ENVISION CONFERENCE, 12-14 FEB 2020, PARIS, FRANCE
You are warmly invited to join the first international conference to discuss the
scientific investigations of the EnVision mission at CNES headquarters in central
Paris, France from 12-14 February 2020. The conference will welcome all presentations
related to the EnVision mission’s payload and its science investigations. Full details
can be found on our website: http://bit.ly/venus2020
EnVision is a proposed orbiter mission aiming at determining the level and nature of
the geological activity and the sequence of events that generated the surface features
of Venus, assessing whether Venus once had oceans (and was thus perhaps hospitable
for life) and understanding the geodynamics framework that controls the release of
internal heat over Venus’ history. EnVision will use a number of different techniques
to search for active geological processes, measure changes in surface temperature
associated with active volcanism, characterise regional and local geological features,
determine crustal support mechanisms and constrain mantle and core properties. The
mission is currently in its concept study phase for a selection expected in 2021.
The deadline for abstract submission is Saturday 14 December 12:00 noon CET (UTC+1).
For abstract format and thematic areas, please see the guidance on the conference page.
There will be six plenary sessions: EnVision Mission Overview; Surface; Interior Structure;
Activity Detection; Atmosphere; Evolution. Abstracts for contributed oral presentations
are encouraged. Template form for abstract submission is available on our website, to
be completed and emailed to [email protected] before the deadline.
We encourage early career scientists, as well as qualified scientists from groups
underrepresented in gender, ethnicity, and disability to submit.
The Scientific Organising Committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Paris!
The EnVision Conference SOC
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.
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 http://www.psi.edu/pista
MEPAG VM7 PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Most presentations from the last MEPAG virtual meeting (VM7) are now
available on the meeting website: https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm?expand=vm7
We expect to add Jim Head’s slides and a Summary report early next week.
WOMEN IN SPACE CONFERENCE – STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS
Student Travel Grant applications are now open for the Women in Space
Conference. Grant awards are $500 each and include free conference registration.
Deadline: January 3, 2020
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) DIRECTOR/DEPARTMENT HEAD, LUNAR AND PLANETARY
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Since its founding in 1960, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) at the
University of Arizona (UArizona) has been at the forefront of planetary science
and solar systems research. LPL currently leads some of NASA’s highest-profile
missions and instruments and is continuously seeking future opportunities. LPL
is engaged in a broad range of research that includes theoretical, experimental,
and observational investigations of our solar system, as well as exoplanets and
their origins. LPL integrates spacecraft missions and cutting-edge analytical facilities
into its research portfolio, and its teaching and graduate program produces scholars
who become leaders in the field. More information about LPL and the Department
of Planetary Sciences is available from lpl.arizona.edu. LPL 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. For full position description and to
apply online, please see https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/director-department-head.
The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer – M/W/D/V.
B) EXOPLANET POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER,
THE JOHNS HOPKINS APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has begun a
strategic initiative to leverages our role as a leading organization
in Solar System research and comparative planetology to make new and
significant contributions in understanding the nature and diversity of
exoplanets. As part of this strategic effort, we are looking to hire a
postdoctoral researcher with experience in exoplanet characterization.
The deadline for applying for this position is December 9. They will
work with our team of exoplanet and planetary scientists, including
Kevin Stevenson, Kathleen Mandt, and many others to conduct research
on exoplanet atmospheric characterization and Solar System comparative
planetology. APL is a world leader in space science and the design,
development, and operation of NASA-funded missions. Joining the APL
team will open up opportunities to conduct ground- and space-based
observations and to participate in work with space missions.
APL provides generous salary, benefits, and promotes a culture that
values healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the
Baltimore-Washington metro area. Apply for this position here:
C) SPACE SCIENTIST, AST, PLANETARY STUDIES AT THE NASA JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
The Astromaterials Research Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center
(JSC) is seeking a civil service planetary scientist to perform
world-class research on the origin and evolution of our Solar System
and its planetary bodies through in situ high-spatial resolution
isotopic measurements. This position involves leadership of a core
analytical laboratory supporting directed astromaterials sample
analysis research and mission support. The candidate will serve as
the laboratory manager of the ARES NanoSIMS laboratory and is expected
to secure research funding through NASA R&A proposals, publish in
peer-viewed publications, and manage the contractor staff supporting the
lab. Other duties include: collaboration with existing ARES scientists
and external partners in detailed isotopic studies of astromaterials,
support for human and robotic missions, and providing service to NASA
and the scientific community as required in their area of expertise
(panel reviews, publication reviews, etc). US citizenship is required.
This position will open on December 9 and close at midnight December
13. Applications are accepted through the USAJobs website:
Please refer to the USAJobs website for additional specifics and
requirements for this position. Direct questions to Dr. Lindsay Keller
D) POSTDOC POSITION: EVOLUTION AND PRESENT-DAY STATE OF MARS’ SUBSURFACE ENVIRONMENT
The Institute of Planetary Research at the German Aerospace Center
(DLR) in Berlin invites applications for a postdoc position within the
framework of a DLR junior research group. The group investigates the
thermochemical evolution of Mars and Venus and employs an
interdisciplinary approach that combines large-scale geodynamical
models of thermal evolution with petrological and geological datasets.
The successful candidate will combine geomorphological analysis of the
Martian surface with modeling of the subsurface thermal environment of
Mars. The goal of the project is to collect a large and diverse dataset
about the geomorphology, spectroscopy and mineralogy of the Martian
surface. These data, combined with results from large-scale
geodynamical models of the Martian interior, will be applied to
interpret the evolution and present-day state of the subsurface
environment of Mars. In particular, this work will be used to provide
constraints on the past and present-day distribution of potential
subsurface water on Mars and to identify possible habitable regions in
the Martian subsurface.
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree in Planetary Science, Geology,
Geophysics or closely related field.
For more information please visit:
Contact information: Dr. Ana-Catalina Plesa ([email protected])
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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