Issue 20-03, January 19, 2020
- CALL FOR DPS 2020 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- AOGS 2020 SESSION PS11: GEOLOGY, GEOPHYSICS, AND HABITABILITY IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
- AOGS 2020 SESSION PS14: SOLAR SYSTEM SMALL BODIES: COMETS, TNOS, ASTEROIDS, METEORITES, AND DUST
- COSPAR SESSION 20-B1.3: RESULTS FROM THE EXPLORATION OF THE KUIPER BELT BY NASA’S NEW HORIZONS MISSION
- PLANETARY PROTECTION SESSIONS AT THE COSPAR 2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- APPLY FOR AAS CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY 2020
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR DPS 2020 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please
consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.
The DPS sponsors five prizes:
The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize recognizes and honors outstanding contributors
to the field of planetary science.
The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements
in planetary research by an early-career scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered
outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to –
engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.
The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active
planetary scientist to the general public.
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes and stimulates
distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit
nominations for DPS prizes.
A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS
Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the
year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less.
Please fill out the nomination form, and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee.
The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please
see its page for more information.
Scroll to the bottom of prizes for rules and procedures.
Questions: Email [email protected]
AOGS 2020 SESSION PS11: GEOLOGY, GEOPHYSICS, AND HABITABILITY IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
We are pleased to announce a session for the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
(AOGS 2020) to be held in Gangwon-do, South Korea in June 28 – July 4, 2020.
The abstract submission deadline is January 21st, 2020.
PS11: Geology, Geophysics, and Habitability in Our Solar System
The surfaces of the terrestrial planets and their satellites have been largely shaped
through geological processes. Extreme conditions on outer solar system bodies, such
as the Jovian and Saturnian satellites, result in different types of exogenic and endogenic
features. Fracturing and faulting processes mainly affect minor bodies such as asteroids
and small moons, where volcanism and tectonism have not played an important role.
We invite contributions that cover a wide range of topics including geomorphology and
composition of volcanic deposits, edifices, and plumes, volcano-induced deformation and
edifice growth and collapse to tectonic structures, faulting and fracturing processes, crustal
stress and strain analysis, cryovolcanism, fluvial and aeolian features, and any study related
to planetary endogenic and exogenic processes. Furthermore, studies that relay interactions
between planetary interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and astrobiology/habitability are
welcomed. Comparative studies of geological systems on Earth with a strong remote
sensing component are encouraged.
Hope to see you there!
Dr Anezina Solomonidou (European Space Agency (ESA) ESAC, Spain)
Dr Rosaly Lopes (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, United States)
AOGS 2020 SESSION PS14: SOLAR SYSTEM SMALL BODIES: COMETS, TNOS, ASTEROIDS, METEORITES, AND DUST
17th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Annual Meeting (AOGS2020)
Jun 28 – Jul 4, 2020
Vivaldi Park, Hongcheon, South Korea
We invite contributions to Session PS14 at the AOGS2020 Meeting.
This session provides a forum to present the most recent results on solar system small
bodies research, including space missions, ground- and space-based observations,
laboratory experiments, theoretical modeling, and sample analyses. We welcome
abstracts on the dynamics, composition, and physical properties of small bodies.
Abstracts reporting the new results from Rosetta, Hayabusa2, OSIRIS-REx, New
Horizons missions are welcome. We also welcome talks on small body mission ideas,
such as those submitted to the NASA Discovery Mission early this year, the NASA
Planetary Mission Concept Studies call, and ESA Voyager 2050.
Preliminary information such as the sessions and conveners, the venue, and the major
deadlines is available on the conference webpage http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2020.
The abstract deadline is January 21, 2020.
AOGS PS14 Conveners
COSPAR SESSION 20-B1.3: RESULTS FROM THE EXPLORATION OF THE KUIPER BELT BY NASA’S NEW HORIZONS MISSION
We call your attention and invite contributed talks for the COSPAR-2020 session
on “Results from the Exploration of the Kuiper Belt by NASA’s New Horizons
Mission.” Abstract submission is open through 14 February; the 43rd COSPAR
Scientific Assembly will occur August 15-22, 2020, in Sydney, Australia.
This session will review and extend the scientific results obtained from the
exploration of KBO 2014 MU69 (Arrokoth) by NASA’s New Horizons mission.
Topics will include the color, composition, bulk properties, geology and origin
of MU69, including its cratering record, with the objective of understanding the
formation of Kuiper Belt planetesimals. The session will also examine the loss
of primordial volatiles from MU69, its space weathering evolution, the Kuiper
Belt radiation and dust environment, and observations of dwarf planets and other
KBOs to assess satellite populations, phase curves, rotational lightcurves, and
shapes, and to otherwise place MU69 in context.
On behalf of this special session’s conveners and scientific organizing committee:
PLANETARY PROTECTION SESSIONS AT THE COSPAR 2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
We would like to encourage you to attend and present in the following sessions
of the 43d COSPAR Scientific Assembly which will take place at the International
Convention Centre, in Sydney, Australia from 15-22 August 2020.
Please consider submitting an abstract. Abstract submission deadline is 14 February
2020. There will also be a COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection Business meeting
to which you are welcome. More information on time, place and date will follow in
the spring. See our web site: https://cosparhq.cnes.fr/
COSPAR-20-PPP.1: Planetary Protection Policy
This session will include reports on recent planetary protection studies, colloquia,
workshops and agency activities with relevance to the COSPAR Planetary Protection
Policy and implementation guidelines. Recent adaptations and updates of the Policy
proposed by the COSPAR Panel on Planetary protection and validated by the COSPAR
Bureau following the Panel’s recent meetings and based on documented studies will
be presented. Further revisions proposed by the current international space exploration
context or new scientific discoveries will be discussed.
Organisers: Athena Coustenis and Akihiko Yamagishi
COSPAR-20-PPP.2: Planetary Protection Mission Implementation and Status
This session covers reports on the planetary protection implementation and status
of launched, ongoing and planned missions. The session will focus on techniques,
measures and procedures applied to spacecrafts, payloads and ground facilities to
meet and verify the respective planetary protection requirements.
Organisers: Gerhard Kminek and Lisa Pratt
COSPAR-20-PPP.3: Planetary Protection Research and Development
This session will report on planetary protection research and development activities,
including in preparation for new mission concepts and, taking into account more
challenging scientific endeavors, including on life detection.
Organisers: Niklas Hedman and Petra Rettberg
APPLY FOR AAS CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY 2020
Every year the AAS brings volunteers to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal
support of their science with their members of Congress for a Congressional Visits
Day (CVD). For information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, you can
check out the main CVD page. The AAS will cover the majority of travel expenses
for volunteers selected to participate, as our budget allows.
We aim to select approximately 15 volunteers who balance the program by location,
career stage, and experience. We especially encourage graduate students and early-
career professionals to volunteer. We generally ask that people who have done training
and Congressional visits for astronomy advocacy before — through programs like AAS
CVD, AAAS CASE, facility/collaboration programs, etc. — not volunteer for CVD,
as we intend this program to increase the number of astronomers empowered to advocate
Please use our CVD 2020 Sign-Up Form. You’ll need to sign in to the website using
your AAS username and password to submit the form. The deadline for application
to AAS CVD 2020 is 11:59 pm on Saturday, 25 January. Selected volunteers will be
notified by mid-February 2020. This year the AAS CVD will be held Monday –
Wednesday, 23 – 25 March 2020. One or two pre-visit webinars (one hour or less)
will be scheduled in the weeks ahead of the visits.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) RESEARCH SCIENTIST (ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE OR FULL) – SENIOR FELLOW- SPACE SCIENCES LABORATORY
The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley invites
applications for a PhD scientist who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in the
space sciences. SSL currently has active science groups in Solar and Heliospheric Physics,
Geospace Science, Astrophysics & Exoplanets, and Planetary Science/Astrobiology.
The position is open to scientists who have research programs related to one of these
groups or potentially on a topic that may lead to the establishment of a new science group
(e.g., Earth and Atmospheric Science). Scientists engaged in instrument and/or mission
development are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have
Principal Investigator status upon joining SSL, and the level of the appointment (Assistant,
Associate, or Full Research Scientist) will depend on CV and qualifications. While the
applicant is expected to build a self-supporting research group, startup funds will be
provided. It is expected that the applicant will have a previous record of participating
in or leading successful projects or proposals. If the applicant’s research falls under one
of the existing SSL science groups, the Associate Director of the science group will be
the applicant’s formal supervisor. Otherwise, the applicant will report to the SSL Director.
The appointment is open-ended contingent on funding.
A start date between 2020 August and October is envisioned, but this is flexible. This is a
full-time position. staff, please visit:
To apply, please visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02469.
Applicants should also provide names with contact information for at least 3 individuals
who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position. Letters of reference will
be requested of the finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California
policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided
via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality
(http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
Position will remain open until filled.
Please direct questions to Caylen Garrie at [email protected]
Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):
•PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree)
Additional Qualifications (required by the start date):
•PhD (or equivalent international degree).
•Record of research publications since PhD degree.
•PhD or equivalent in physics, astronomy, earth science, planetary science, or a
closely related field.
•Demonstrated experience with participating in or leading successful projects
or proposals in the space sciences.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience
level and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. This position provides full benefits.
The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical,
Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and
Long-Term Disability Insurance. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for
Diversity statement: The department is interested in candidates who will contribute
to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
Family friendly statement: UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as
a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability,
age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination
and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
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