Issue 20-02, January 12, 2020
- NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
- ICE GIANT SESSION AT EGU: ABSTRACT DEADLINE JANUARY 15
- AOGS 2020: SESSION PS03: TO THE MOON TO STAY: THE ARTEMIS ERA
- AOGS2020 SESSION PS-09: PLANETARY DATA IN THE BIG DATA ERA – ARCHIVES, TOOLS, AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
- JWST WORKSHOP AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
- SMALL BODIES USERS GROUP
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) (https://science.nasa.gov/nac/science-advisory-committees/pac)
supports the advisory needs of the Planetary Science
Division (PSD), the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and other mission directorates
as required, and the NASA Administrator. The advisory scope of the PAC includes
all aspects of NASA’s planetary science program, including scientific research;
considerations of the development of near-term enabling technologies, systems,
and computing and information management capabilities; and developments with
the potential to provide long-term improvements in future mission operational systems.
Responsibility for biological planetary protection is outside the purview of the PAC.
NASA’s PSD is extending the invitation for nominations for service on the PAC.
Interested members of the community are invited to review the charter and to submit
nominations (including self-nominations) for consideration to fill vacancies on the
The following information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination
(1) a cover email including the name, phone number, full mailing and email address of the nominee;
(2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and,
(3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment).
To be considered by NASA, nomination packages from interested U.S. citizens must be
submitted via email to the Executive Secretary of the Planetary Science Advisory Committee
at [email protected]. Submissions must be submitted as a single package that contains
the cover email and both required attachments, and “Planetary Science Advisory Committee”
must be included in the subject line of the email. Paper-based documents (hard-copies) will
not be accepted. The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is March 31, 2020.
Self-nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed
above will not receive further consideration by NASA.
The following qualifications/experience are highly desirable in nominees, and should
be clearly presented in their self-nomination packages:
• At least 5 years post-Ph.D. research experience including publications in the
planetary science field, or comparable experience;
• Leadership in scientific and/or education and public outreach fields as evidenced
by award of prizes, invitation to national and international meetings as speaker, organizer
of scientific meetings/workshops, or comparable experience;
• Participation in NASA programs either as a member of a NASA mission science
team, Research and Analysis program, membership on an advisory/working group or a
review panel, or comparable experience;
• Good knowledge of NASA programs in planetary science, including the latest
NASA Science Plan (available as a link from http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-
• Knowledge of the latest Decadal Survey conducted by the National Academies
or other relevant advisory reports for planetary science.
Nominees from any category of organizations or institutions within the U.S. are welcome,
including, but not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations,
Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated
Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and
other Government agencies. Nominees need not be presently affiliated with any organization
This invitation for nominations is to fill upcoming vacancies on the PAC in mid-2020.
There may also be member vacancies from time to time, and NASA will consider self-
nominations to fill such unexpected vacancies as well. Nominees will only be contacted
should a vacancy be available, and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate
for that specific vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on the
committee based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, current/past
contributions to the relevant subject area and overall diversity of the committee. These
appointments are non-compensated. These are not full-time positions. Successful nominees
will be required to attend meetings of the committee approximately two or three times a
year, either in person (NASA covers travel-related expenses for this non-compensated
appointment) or via telecon and/or virtual meeting medium. All successful nominees will
be required to submit confidential financial disclosure forms and undergo conflict of interest
reviews by the NASA Office of the General Counsel, before their appointment can be
finalized. Once appointed, successful nominees will be required to complete FACA training
and annual ethics briefings. Successful nominees who are not U.S. Government employees
will be formally appointed as Special Government Employees (SGEs).
Lori S. Glaze
Director, Planetary Science Division
Acting Director, Planetary Science Research and Analysis
ICE GIANT SESSION AT EGU: ABSTRACT DEADLINE JANUARY 15
The 2020 EGU conference will be held in Vienna on 3–8 May. I would like to invite
you to submit a paper to the Session PS5.1 Ice Giant System Exploration. We welcome
papers on all aspects of the exploration of the ice giant systems, including potential
future mission concepts, instrumentation, and technologies.
Session Description: This session welcomes abstracts addressing the exploration of ice
giants systems, including the internal structure, and atmosphere composition, structure,
and processes of the ice giants, as well as ice giant magnetospheres, satellites, and rings.
Potential concepts for future ice giant system exploration, instrumentation, technology
developments, and international cooperation are also of high interest.
Convener: David H. Atkinson
Co-conveners: Sushil K. Atreya, Patrick Irwin, Olivier Mousis, Amy Simon
To submit an abstract, go to https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/sessionprogramme#PS5,
navigate to PS5.1 and click on the link Abstract submission.
The deadline for abstract submission 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET.
Please note that EGU has a One-Abstract Rule: First Authors are limited to one
submitted abstract at EGU.
We look forward to seeing you in Vienna in May!
With best regards,
Dave Atkinson, Olivier Mousis, Amy Simon, Sushil Atreya, Patrick Irwin
AOGS 2020: SESSION PS03: TO THE MOON TO STAY: THE ARTEMIS ERA
At the upcoming AOGS 2020 conference in South Korea from 28 June to 4 July we
will have the opportunity to discuss future activities on the Moon by the international
community. This series of talks will discuss how we can develop a sustained, ongoing
human presence on the Moon, eventually leading to human missions to Mars. In this
session, contributed presentations will focus on four major themes: new lunar science,
human exploration, in-situ resource utilization, and sustainability. Such a long-term
presence on the Moon will require new types of infrastructure and methods for constructing
it. These new ways to live and work on another planetary body are the cornerstone of
future exploration of the Solar System. So let’s get this discussion going.
Presentations covering any aspect in this thematic chain are encouraged. Please note
that the abstract submission deadline is 21 January 2020.
Jim Green, David Draper, and Greg Schmidt
AOGS2020 SESSION PS-09: PLANETARY DATA IN THE BIG DATA ERA – ARCHIVES, TOOLS, AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
Asia Oceania Geosciences Conference 2020
June 28 – July 4, Sono Belle Vivaldi Park, Hongcheon, Korea
Conference website: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2020/public.asp?page=home.html
Abstract deadline: January 21, 2020
This session is about all aspects related to planetary science data science, including
but not limited to, archiving standards, archive organizations, data services and
accessibilities, indexing and searching, data mining and manipulation, and applications
of big data technology and artificial intelligence in data analysis. Data is the blood of
planetary science. Enormous volumes of data are being generated every day in planetary
science researches. Data technologies are playing more and more important roles in
planetary researches, especially in the big data era. Long-term preservation and unrestricted
sharing of all planetary data have been recognized to be essential for the development
of researches and rapid generations of new knowledge. A number of data archiving
organizations are currently running and providing archiving services to a broad variety
of data covering almost all aspects of planetary researches. This session provides us
with a forum to present and discuss the new developments in the related activities,
technologies, and concepts related to planetary science data to facilitate effective and
efficient planetary data archiving and sharing around the globe in the future.
Conveners: Jian-Yang Li (Planetary Science Institute, USA), Sebastien Besse (ESA),
Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA), Yukio Yamamoto (JAXA),
Young-Jun Choi (KASI)
JWST WORKSHOP AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ in coordination with the Space
Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will host a James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Workshop on February 18th and 19th, 2020! The workshop focus will be JWST observation
proposals for Solar System targets*. Registration is now open, and the deadline is
January 31. This workshop is free but space is limited, so please register promptly.
The workshop at NAU is one of three workshops that will be held in Arizona. The
University of Arizona in Tucson and Arizona State University in Tempe will be leading
workshops in early March, and will focus on extra-Solar System targets. Please visit the
website to learn more about the workshop and register, and if you have any questions,
please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
*Note: All observers are welcome to attend, not just those who do Solar System science.
Thanks so much, and we hope to see you in February!
-Audrey Martin and Lauren McGraw
SMALL BODIES NODE USERS GROUP
The Small bodies node Users Group (the SmUG): The Small Bodies Node of the NASA
Planetary Data System is constituting a users group to represent the interests of the SBN
user community, test new products, and provide input for the SBN’s future development.
The user group will replace the SBN Advisory Council as its primary deliberative user body,
and will be comprised of a small number of sitting members who will rotate on for staggered,
three-year terms, with the intention of maintaining a balance of diversity that crosses small
body related disciplines and levels of career development. The group will meet half-days
twice per year on the margins of major meetings, such as the AAS-DPS and LPSC meetings.
Individuals who are interested in joining are encouraged to contact [email protected].
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) ARECIBO OBSERVATORY SCIENTISTS
The Arecibo Observatory (AO) in Puerto Rico, preeminent for its research in
astronomy, planetary studies, and space and atmospheric sciences, is home to
the world largest and most sensitive single dish radio telescope. Arecibo enables
world-class radio astronomy, studies of the Earth’s atmosphere, and radar observations
of solar system bodies. AO, part of the University of Central Florida (UCF), is
seeking applicants for two full-time, non-tenure earning, junior level observatory
scientists in the Planetary Radar group. The research emphasis of the group is the
study and characterization of near-Earth objects and other solar system bodies.
The incumbents will be expected to participate in radar observations, data processing,
archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other solar system bodies with
the Arecibo planetary radar system.
The application period is open until January 23rd, 2020. For more information and
to apply, go to:
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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