Issue 19-56, December 8, 2019
- AGU FALL MEETING PLANETARY SCIENCE SESSIONS
- 2I/BORISOV OBSERVING CAMPAIGN WEBSITE
- 2020 EXOPLANET SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE OTHER WORLDS LABORATORY, UC SANTA CRUZ
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2020
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
AGU FALL MEETING PLANETARY SCIENCE SESSIONS
The AGU Fall Meeting held in San Francisco this year is hosting many exciting
planetary science sessions. You can find the list at
We would like to remind the planetary community of additional sessions that are
not on the above listed URL:
- the NASA planetary town hall, scheduled Monday 6:15 pm at Moscone West – 2004, L2;
- the Planetary Decadal Survey town hall, scheduled Wednesday 12:30 pm at Moscone West – 2006, L2; and
· NH51C, NH54B – Characterization, Mitigation, Mission Designs, and Consequences of Impacts, Friday 8:00 am (poster) and 4:00 pm (oral) at Moscone West – 2012, L2.
The session will address a broad spectrum of the asteroid hazard.
· U54A – Spacecraft at Asteroids and Comets: Journey to the Origin of the Earth, Friday 4:00 pm at Moscone South – 303-304, L3, https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm19/meetingapp.cgi/Session/84653
This session will discuss on-going and future international efforts in small body explorations.
After the U54A session, the Union session organizer will be advertising a
happy hour gathering at a location to be determined.
2I/BORISOV OBSERVING CAMPAIGN WEBSITE
A world-wide effort is underway to observe and characterize the interstellar
comet 2I/Borisov as it passes through our solar system. The University of
Maryland’s Small Bodies Campaign series is announcing a website to support
the organization of observations and data sharing by 2I/Borisov observers.
The products and services provided through the website are similar to those
for previous campaigns, such as were conducted for 46P/Wirtanen and 1999
KW4 over the past year. The website link can be found at
http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/obs_campaigns.shtml, and users are encouraged
to announce observations and share results from past, ongoing, and future
observing activities involving 2I/Borisov.
2020 EXOPLANET SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE OTHER WORLDS LABORATORY, UC SANTA CRUZ
The Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL) at the University of California, Santa Cruz
(UCSC) announces the fourth annual Exoplanet Summer Program (ESP), from
July 5-July 25, 2020. Within the program we wish to foster new and existing
research collaborations by outstanding visitors, with stays of 1 to 3 weeks.
Funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and UC Santa Cruz.
Program: The purpose of the program is to allow visitors to generate new ideas,
nurture existing research projects and collaborations, and foster new ones. There
is no theme or focus area — in this fast-moving exoplanets field we want the
participants to drive the discussion and work on areas they feel is most pressing
and exciting. The ESP program is modest in terms of planned activities, besides
a daily coffee and a seminar with active discussion. It is not a conference, and is
mostly unstructured. It is a workshop to imagine and make progress on new ideas.
Participants can expect access to shared offices on campus, discussion common
areas, and of course immersion in Santa Cruz’s natural beauty.
Eligibility: Faculty, researchers, postdocs, and graduate students at any level are
invited to apply. We expect to reimburse most travel expenses for faculty, and
all expenses for postdoctoral and graduate student participants.
Applications: Please send a 2-page PDF that clearly covers the following areas:
1) The science that you would like to accomplish while in Santa Cruz, the proposed
dates of your stay, and the science connections that you see with faculty, researchers,
or students within the OWL. 2) Please also include a CV of up to 2 pages. 3) Graduate
students should also arrange for a brief supporting letter from their PhD advisor.
The current roster of planetary investigators and research at UC Santa Cruz can be
found at http://owl.ucsc.edu/. We particularly welcome joint applications by small
groups wishing to work together on projects. All application materials should be
e-mailed to [email protected].
The application deadline is Monday, January 20, 2020.
We expect to make acceptance/funding decisions by February 7th.
Information: We can provide some assistance to program visitors to aid in finding
suitable housing accommodations in Santa Cruz. Keep in mind that Santa Cruz is
a popular summer destination. Please contact OWL administrative assistant Margaret
Mattson by e-mail at [email protected], with additional questions about
the ESP program.
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2020
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]
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) FACULTY POSITIONS AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University is currently
advertising for two new faculty members in the areas of galactic/extragalactic
and planetary/exoplanets science, see:
Both have a Friday December 13 deadline. Contact information is provided
in the ads.
NMSU intends to hire THREE new faculty members by next fall: these two
plus another in solar physics. So we expect the Department to have a fresh
look and great opportunities for young faculty to help to shape the future of
NMSU is a full member in both SDSS-IV and SDSS-V and also has the second
largest institutional share of time on the ARC 3.5m telescope.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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