Issue 20-08, February 23, 2020
- REMINDER: CALL FOR DPS 2020 PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- APPLY NOW FOR THE NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM IN ASTROBIOLOGY
- EARLY CAREER TRAVEL AWARD AVAILABLE FOR MEPAG MEETING 38 (APRIL, IN DC REGION)
- LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION (LAD) SUMMER MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION NOW OPEN
- STARS AND PLANETS IN THE ULTRAVIOLET: A CROSS-COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM
- SBAG FINDINGS FROM JANUARY 2020 MEETING OPEN FOR COMMENTS
- SBAG WHITE PAPER ON CENTAURS: CALL FOR COAUTHORS AND ENDORSERS
- OZMA AT 60 – A GREEN BANK WORKSHOP
- ESO-ESA JOINT 2020 SCIENCE WORKSHOP
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
REMINDER: 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]
APPLY NOW FOR THE NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM IN ASTROBIOLOGY
The NASA Astrobiology Program element of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)
provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of exceptional promise and
ability to perform research on projects largely of their own choosing, yet compatible
with the research interests of the NASA Astrobiology Program. Applications to the
Astrobiology Program are accepted twice each year: March 1 and November 1. Note
that the Astrobiology Program does not participate in every application/award cycle.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
For additional information about the program and how to apply, please see npp.usra.edu.
EARLY CAREER TRAVEL AWARD AVAILABLE FOR MEPAG MEETING 38 (APRIL, IN DC REGION)
The next face-to-face Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) meeting
is scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, April 15-17, 2020 (#38:
https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm?expand=m38), in Arlington, VA. To
encourage and enable more Early Career participation in this MEPAG meeting, the
NASA Mars Program Office (MPO) is making available travel awards for up to three
U.S. early career scientists or engineers with an interest or role in the Mars Exploration
For each awardee, travel costs up to $1500 will be reimbursed according to JPL/
government-specified allowances. Reimbursable costs will include transportation
(e.g., airfare, mileage to/from airport, parking, rental car) and lodging/per diem.
More information and the application form will be posted at
To be considered for this funding, submit an application form by
5pm EDT Friday, March 6, 2020.
Selection for the travel award will be based on anticipated participation in the
MEPAG meeting and demonstration of financial need. NASA Headquarters will
make the selections and MPO aims to notify awardees within two weeks of the
submission deadline. Awardees will likely be asked to assist during parts of the
rest of the MEPAG meeting (e.g., to serve as mic runners during a discussion
period) although we will aim to not overly infringe on their ability to participate
in the meeting. Questions about this program should be directed to Dr. Serina
Diniega ([email protected]).
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, legal resident, or working at a U.S. institution
on a valid visa.
- Applicant must be over 18 years of age.
- Applicant must not currently be a student and must be within 10 years of their
- Applicant should have an interest or role in the Mars Exploration Program (e.g.,
working on Mars-related research or involvement with a Mars-relevant mission)
and plan to attend the full MEPAG Meeting 38.
LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION (LAD) SUMMER MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION NOW OPEN
Laboratory Astrophysics Division – Summer Meeting – Madison, WI May 31- June 4, 2020
Contributed Oral and Poster Abstract Submission – Now OPEN:
Deadline March 10, 2020
Dear Planetary Sciences and Astrophysics Colleagues,
We invite you to submit abstracts (Deadline March 10, 2020) to the Laboratory
Astrophysics Division (LAD) meeting, held together with 236th AAS Meeting in
Madison, WI (May 31 – June 4, 2020) for contributed oral and poster presentations.
Abstracts from any area of Laboratory Astrophysics (which includes Planetary
Sciences) are accepted. Important details are given below. Please mark your calendar
and join us in Madison!
Room has been left in the schedule for several contributed talks and posters!
Please plan to attend and present your latest results at what will be one of top meetings
for Laboratory Astrophysics in 2020!
Please go to https://aas.org/meetings/aas236 for abstract submission, registration, etc.
For the LAD Executive Committee,
Laboratory Astrophysics Division
American Astronomical Society
STARS AND PLANETS IN THE ULTRAVIOLET: A CROSS-COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM
Symposium Dates: May 4 – 6, 2020
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Registration and Abstract Deadline: March 10, 2020
Ultraviolet (UV) photons are diagnostic of many stellar and planetary processes,
including system formation, planet atmospheres, habitability, stellar activity, and
star-planet interactions. With very limited access to UV observations of exoplanetary
systems, it is time to bring the exoplanet, stellar and solar-system communities together
to discuss the state of knowledge, identify the missing information, and plan the
instrumentation needed for future space-based UV observatories.
(Check back for updates on registration, lodging, and schedule.)
Questions can be sent to [email protected].
Exoplanet UV transits
Solar & stellar UV emission
Variability & flares
Star and planet formation
Solar system planets
Future UV instrumentation
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Dave Brain (CU)
Catherine Espaillat (BU)
Kevin France (CU)
Cynthia Froning (UT-Austin)
Walt Harris (UA)
Amanda Hendrix (PSI)
R. Parke Loyd (ASU)
Victoria Meadows (UW)
Ruth Murray-Clay (UCSC)
Shouleh Nikzad (JPL)
Antonija Oklopčić (Harvard)
James Owen (ICL)
Paul Scowen (ASU)
SBAG FINDINGS FROM JANUARY 2020 MEETING OPEN FOR COMMENTS
Dear Small Bodies colleagues:
The SBAG steering committee has posted the findings from the January 2020 meeting at:
These findings are open for comments until March 4, 2020.
SBAG WHITE PAPER ON CENTAURS: CALL FOR COAUTHORS AND ENDORSERS
As discussed at the SBAG meeting in Pasadena last January, I am leading a white
paper focused on the scientific interest in Centaurs. This white paper will include
sections on surface, interior, activity, rings, dynamics, observational approach and
exploration, with special focus on what we don’t yet know and which are the big
challenges for the next decade.
I’d love this white paper to be a place where all the researchers interested in knowing
more about Centaurs, independently on their participation in a particular mission or
effort, can find their place to communicate NASA why they should really care about
Centaurs in the next decade.
I invite the community with interest in Centaurs and related populations to participate
in this white paper, contact me and let me know to which of the above mentioned
areas you would like to contribute. Also, if you prefer to be a coauthor or an endorser.
Send an email to Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, [email protected]
OZMA AT 60 – A GREEN BANK WORKSHOP
We will be holding a workshop in honor of Frank Drake 90th birthday and
the 60th anniversary of the start of Project Ozma at the Green Bank Observatory
April 27 – 29, 2020. Information and a pre-registration form can be found at
ESO-ESA JOINT 2020 SCIENCE WORKSHOP
ESO-HQ, Garching near Munich, Germany, September 14-18, 2020
Conference email: mailto:[email protected]
Multi-messenger astronomy – the combination of electromagnetic light with
gravitational waves or neutrinos – has come of age. The detection of gravitational
waves and a kilonova from a merging neutron star binary, and the identification of
a flaring blazar in coincidence with a high energy neutrino mark the beginning of
an era where the detections of sources beyond the electromagnetic spectrum will
become increasingly common. The facilities of both ESO and ESA are central to
efforts to identify the counterparts of sources initially located by either gravitational
wave or neutrino observatories, and have made pivotal contributions to these first
steps into multi-messenger astronomy.
This workshop will celebrate these contributions, summarize the results gathered
during the third LIGO/VIRGO observing run, and explore the long-term possibilities
enabled by LISA, E-ELT, Athena and more.
For information please contact [email protected].
If you want to receive future information on the workshop, please fill in the
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) GRANTS FOR STUDENT RESEARCH IN MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY – 2020
The Mineralogical Society of America announces the 2020 Grants for Student
Research in Mineralogy and Petrology.
The Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology are funded by an
endowment created by contributions from the MSA membership. The grant comprises
of two awards of up to $5,000 each for research in mineralogy and petrology. Students,
including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. However, all
proposals are considered together. The award selection will be based on the qualifications
of the applicant, the quality, innovativeness, and scientific significance of the research,
and the likelihood of success of the project.
The eligibility requirements for the grant are that the applicant:
- is an MSA member,
- is more than one year from completing his or her degree,
- cannot submit proposals for both this and Crystallography grant in the same year, and
- is not an MSA Councilor.
The grant is for research-related expenses only. Travel to meetings, conferences, short
courses, non-research field trips, tuition, non-research living (room and board) expenses,
overhead or indirect costs, etc. are not suitable uses of the money. Neither should the
money be used for salary or wages for the researcher. Proposals that make such requests
will not be considered further.
Proposal submissions for the grant are to be made online. Further information and
application form are available at
Completed applications must be returned to the MSA Business Office by March 1, 2020.
The next award will be made in May 2020.
Francis M. McCubbin
Chair, Mineralogy/Petrology Research Grant Committee
B) COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION IN SPACE RESOURCES
The Space Resources Program and the Department of Geology and Geological
Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines invite applications for a tenure-track
position in Space Resources at the Assistant Professor level. We welcome applications
from candidates who have expertise in planetary geology and the field of space resources,
including, but not limited to, the mineralogy, petrology, and
geochemistry of lunar, asteroidal, and planetary materials, the study and exploration
of extraterrestrial mineral/volatile/gaseous resources by remote sensing and ground
truth methods, the integration of geological science with in situ resource utilization
technologies, and economic geology.
We look forward to receiving your applications. The link containing more information
can be found here: http://jobs.mines.edu/cw/en-us/job/494287?lApplicationSubSourceID=
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Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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