Issue 20-07, February 16, 2020
- SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY – PACKAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR ON MARS 2020/SUPERCAM
- FREE SEMINAR “GIVING SUCCESSFUL PRESS INTERVIEWS”
- LPSC 2020 PUBLIC AND SCIENTIST ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
- IPPW 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY – PACKAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Please note that we have produced a package that allows international students
to more easily attend the summer school in Software Systems for Astronomy
(SSfA-7). The course will take place 20-Jul to 31-Jul, 2020, on the Big Island
of Hawaii. The course covers software design and implementation of telescope
and instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software for
analyzing and archiving astronomical data.
If you are not a UHH student, use this link to register:
If you are a UHH student, use this link to register:
More information can be found here:
Interested students are encouraged to fill in this short questionnaire:
Direct questions to [email protected]
INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR ON MARS 2020/SUPERCAM
8 am PST, Tuesday, February 25
The Mars 2020/SuperCam team is holding a two-hour informational webinar
at 8 am PST on Tuesday, February 25. The webinar is aimed at prospective
participating scientists, but is open to anyone who is interested. The content
will cover the SuperCam instrument, its capabilities, planned investigations,
and operations. The webinar can be accessed at the JPL Webex site, meeting
number 907 024 912. The audio can also be accessed by phone at 510-210-8882
using the same meeting number. We intend to record the session. The slides
and informational content will be posted shortly before the meeting at the
FREE SEMINAR “GIVING SUCCESSFUL PRESS INTERVIEWS”
February 26, 2020
LPI Hess Room and online
Special time: 2:30 pm–3:30 pm (Central) for the presentation; practice session
3:30–4:30 pm for those attending in person.
Learn tips for sharing your science and practice giving interviews with professional
science news journalists.
Scientists and early-career scientists are invited to join us online and at the Lunar
and Planetary Institute for the next session in our Sharing Planetary Science seminars.
More information at www.lpi.usra.edu/education/scientist-engagement
LPSC 2020 PUBLIC AND SCIENTIST ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
At the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, a variety of engagement
opportunities for scientists, students, and the public will take place during LPSC.
March 15, 2020, 2:00–5:00 p.m., Montgomery Ballroom A
The public is invited to attend this free event with hands-on activities and presentations
about ongoing solar system exploration. Scientists, members of NASA’s Science
Activation Community, and public engagement specialists are welcome to participate
in this year’s event. LPSC attendees who wish to participate may contact Christine
Shupla ([email protected]).
Early Career Presenters Review
March 15, 1:30–5:00 p.m. (orals only)
March 16, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (posters only)
March 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. (orals only)
March 18, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (posters only)
Location for each date is TBD.
Students, post-doctoral fellows, and other early career scientists preparing to present
research at LPSC 2020 are invited to receive feedback from senior scientists before
presenting during the regular meeting. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lpsc51_presenters. If you have any
questions or would like to volunteer as a reviewer, please contact Andy Shaner ([email protected]).
LPSC Insights: Get Connected, Stay Connected
March 16, 12:00–1:15 p.m. Montgomery Ballroom Foyer
Are you a student attending LPSC for the first time? Are you unsure how to
navigate the conference? Are you nervous about networking? The LPSC Insights:
Get Connected, Stay Connected program is here for you! First-time student attendees
who register for this program will be introduced to an experienced LPSC attendee,
and the pair will spend time attending sessions and networking together. Registration
will open after the LPSC program has been posted; check the LPSC website for the
registration link. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Andy Shaner ([email protected]).
Meet with educators from the NASA Science Activation Program
Throughout the conference
Members of the NASA Science Activation Collaborative will be present at LPSC
with posters and at a booth. Come hear about NASA SMD activities and resources
and discuss ways to partner and incorporate your science into these projects.
Planetary Scientist Workshop: Sharing Planetary Science
March 19, 12:00–1:15 p.m., Montgomery Ballroom
It can be challenging to communicate when your audience’s experiences are different
from your own. Explore models, metaphors, and analogies that do not rely on specific
cultural experiences, and learn about making culturally relevant connections. Planetary
scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free workshop. For more information,
please contact Christine Shupla ([email protected]).
Live from LPSC
March 19, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Grogan’s Mill
The public is invited to join this teleconference to hear about the hot topics and ongoing
research presented at LPSC. We will be joined by planetary scientists who will share
their thoughts about this year’s presentations and discussions and respond to questions.
For more information about these events, please visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2020/education/
or e-mail [email protected]
IPPW 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN
Hello IPPW community,
We are now accepting abstracts for the 17th International Planetary Probe Workshop
(IPPW 2020) being held in Monterey, CA June 8-12, 2020. Please visit the website for
templates and submission instructions – https://ippw2020.org
The abstract submission deadline is March 6, 2020.
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee,
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION AT THE LUNAR AND PLANETARY
INSTITUTE IN PLANETARY RADAR
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral
Fellow in Planetary Radar Studies to work with Drs. Patrick A. Taylor and Edgard
Rivera-Valentín to conduct detailed studies of near-Earth objects and planetary
surfaces via radar observations, data analysis, and modeling. Additionally, the
successful candidate is expected to carry out an independent research program
and contribute to public engagement events at the LPI.
Required expertise includes: a recent Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy,
physics, geoscience, electrical engineering, or a related field, experience in
numerical and statistical techniques, proficiency in a common astronomy
programming language (e.g., IDL, MATLAB, Python), and demonstrated
knowledge of planetary radar studies. Direct experience with radar observations
and techniques is strongly desired, but not required. Complementary experience
with astronomical or Solar System observations (e.g., optical or infrared), small-
body geophysics, or astronomical instrumentation is preferred, but not required.
Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research
interests, and contact information for at least three professional references.
Application deadline: February 24, 2020 or until filled
For questions, please contact: [email protected]
For more information and to apply, please see:
B) FULLY FUNDED STFC PHD STUDENTSHIP AT OXFORD (UK/EU CITIZENS ONLY)
The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, has a fully funded
STFC studentship for PhD research in the broad theme of solar and planetary
science (UK/EU citizens only). Please see here for more information:
There is one project for consideration in this pool –
Project EARTH-20-RP3: Where is the water in the Lunar mantle?
The deadline for applications is March 3, 2020. Please note that the studentship
would be 3.5 years duration in the first instance, with the possibility of extension
to 4 years; it includes fees, stipend, and research funds, and is available to UK
students; EU candidates are eligible for fees and research funds only. Please get
in touch if you have any questions ([email protected]).
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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