Issue 20-14, March 28, 2020
- NASA SCIENCE DIVISION UPDATES TO THE COMMUNITY
- PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY DECADAL SURVEY 2023-2032 CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS
- JWST CYCLE 1 PROPOSAL DEADLINE DELAYED
- 2020B NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENDED
- CANCELLATION OF NASA ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER SCHOOL 2020
- NEOWISE 2020 DATA RELEASE AVAILABLE MARCH 26, 2020
- NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEM (PDS) ANNUAL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY 2020
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
NASA SCIENCE DIVISION UPDATES TO THE COMMUNITY
The NASA Science Division Directors will provide community updates on Tuesday,
March 31, when they address the discipline committees of the National Academies’
Space Studies Board (SSB) during Space Science Week 2020. During the updates,
the Science Division Directors will discuss the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget
request for NASA Science and other Division specific updates of NASA’s science
NASA SMD Director of Heliophysics Nicola Fox will address the Committee on
Solar and Space Physics (CSSP) at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT on Tuesday, March 31.
NASA SMD Acting Director of Earth Science Sandra Cauffman will address the
Committee on Earth Sciences and Applications from Space (CESAS) at 11:30 am
EDT / 8:30 am PDT on Tuesday, March 31.
NASA SMD Director of Astrophysics Paul Hertz will address the Committee on
Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) at 12 noon EDT / 9 am PDT on Tuesday, March 31.
NASA SMD Director of Planetary Science Lori Glaze will address the Committee
on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS) at 4 pm EDT / 1 pm PDT on Tuesday,
For the complete agenda of the four discipline committee meetings and instructions
for connecting to the meetings, visit the Space Science Week 2020 homepage at:
PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY DECADAL SURVEY 2023-2032
CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS
The Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey is now accepting white papers.
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, 4 July,
JWST CYCLE 1 PROPOSAL DEADLINE DELAYED
The novel coronavirus COVID19 is causing significant impact and disruption on
the worldwide community. The situation is evolving rapidly with no obvious conclusion
Given those circumstances, STScI, NASA, ESA, and CSA have decided to delay the
proposal deadline for JWST Cycle 1 GO proposals to no earlier than May 27th 2020.
We are continuing to monitor the situation, and will provide an update on the schedule
on April 15th 2020.
These are stressful and challenging times. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by
the current situation. As always, please contact the jwst helpdesk if you have any questions.
To get regular updates on JWST, sign up for email alerts/subscriptions by updating your
MyST account under message subscriptions (https://proper.stsci.edu/proper/authentication/auth ).
2020B NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE EXTENDED
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact, the 2020B IRTF proposal
deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 9. The IRTF form and website are
in the process of being updated to reflect the new dates. Please contact John Rayner
or Bobby Bus if you have any questions or concerns.
CANCELLATION OF NASA ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER SCHOOL 2020
We have been monitoring the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 and, after consultation
with our partners at the Centro de Astrobiologia, we regretfully have come to the
conclusion that we must cancel the 2020 Josep Comas i Solà International Astrobiology
Summer School. For any students who applied, we thank you for your interest and
application, and hope that you will consider participating in next year’s school. Please
also subscribe to the NASA Astrobiology Program mailing list,
https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/mailing-list/ to be kept up to date with other opportunities.
Rosaly Lopes (US Director, International Astrobiology Summer School)
NEOWISE 2020 DATA RELEASE AVAILABLE MARCH 26, 2020
The Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) and IPAC
at the California Institute of Technology announce the NEOWISE 2020 Data Release.
The 2020 Data Release includes all data acquired during the sixth year of the NEOWISE
Reactivation mission (Mainzer et al. 2014, ApJ, 792, 30), 13 December 2018 to 13 December 2019.
These data are combined with the Year 1-5 NEOWISE data into a single archive
that contains approximately 15.3 million sets of 3.4 and 4.6 micron images and a database
of over 114 billion source detections extracted from those images.
NEOWISE scanned the sky nearly twelve complete times during the first six years
of survey operations, with approximately six months between survey passes. With
twelve or more independent 3.4 and 4.6 micron exposures made on each point of the
sky during each survey epoch, the NEOWISE archive is a time-domain resource for
extracting multiple, independent thermal flux and position measurements of solar
system small bodies, as well as background galactic and extragalactic sources.
A quick guide to the NEOWISE data release, data access instructions and supporting
documentation is available at http://wise2.ipac.caltech.edu/docs/release/neowise/.
Access to the NEOWISE data products is available via the on-line and API services of
the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at https://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu.
NEOWISE is a joint project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of
Technology and the University of Arizona. NEOWISE is funded by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Science Division.
NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEM (PDS) ANNUAL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY 2020
NASA’s PDS customer satisfaction survey of the Planetary Data System (PDS) is still
open. This survey will be used to set priorities for the PDS, identify areas for improvement,
determine what new services are needed, and ensure that the needs of the scientific
community are well met both now and in the future. Your input is needed now to help
the PDS become more responsive to community needs.
The survey is available at the following anonymous link: Below is the anonymous survey
link that can be posted to any website: https://feedback.app.cfigroup.com/l/r/NASAPDSGen
Alternatively, you may have also received an email invitation with a link from our consultant,
CFI Group, which is working on behalf of NASA and the PDS to administer the survey.
Note that no personal data are tracked and the survey will remain anonymous.
We hope to get the widest response possible and appreciate your support in helping
us to improve the PDS. Please contact the PDS at [email protected] with
questions on the survey.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) UPCOMING NASA SMD JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: SENIOR PROGRAM
EXECUTIVE FOR SCIENTIFIC DATA & COMPUTING (AST-TECHNICAL
MANAGEMENT) – GS-801-15
This upcoming NASA SMD job announcement will open on March 30 and close
on April 3. The USAJOBS announcement number will be HQ20H0013.
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) leads the nation on a great journey of
discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the Sun and solar
system, and the universe. SMD will be releasing a USAJOBS announcement to fill
the position of Senior Program Executive for Scientific Data and Computing (AST,
This will be a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) announcement through USAJOBS, so
it will only be open for 5 days. The short period that the announcement is open is
due to the type of hiring authority, which streamlines the hiring process and assists
with rapidly filling competitive positions. This is a term position of up to three years,
with an option to extend an additional three years.
In the interest in getting a broad pool of qualified applications, please work with your
networks to ensure this opportunity is announced as broadly as possible, due to the
short USAJOBS window. Please note that this is a fair and open competition to which
all U.S. Citizens and Status candidates may apply.
Given the short period the announcement is open, interested applicants are encouraged
to log into USAJOBS ahead of time and update your username, password, resume, etc.,
to facilitate the timely submission of an application.
B) POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION AT THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow
to work with Dr. Catherine Elder to study lunar surface processes using a combination
of thermal modeling and observations by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (Diviner). Diviner observations can constrain
the material properties of the lunar surface and shallow subsurface which leads to a
better understanding of the geologic history of the Moon. Topics of particular interest
include volcanism, regolith formation and evolution, and impact processes.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in planetary science, physics, geology, or a related
field. Candidates should have experience with numerical modeling and a strong background
in physics. Experience using remote sensing data is preferred but not required. Candidates
who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application
Applications are due by April 25, 2020 or until filled and should be submitted at:
For more information contact [email protected]
C) ASTRONOMY LECTURER AT UCF
UCF Physics seeks an astronomy lecturer (a ranked, career position). Lecturers
teach Astro 101, Stellar Atmospheres, Life in the Universe, Galaxies and Cosmology,
and General Relativity, and are encouraged to conduct research. UCF manages
Arecibo Observatory and has a strong planetary science program with 30% women
faculty. UCF is a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have strong mentoring for all
faculty, paid parental leave for both parents, maternity parking, and other benefits
and programs to ensure a successful career and support for faculty with families.
Applicants must have defended their PhDs by 16 April (position closing date) and
have taught a class as instructor of record. The position starts in Fall 2020.
UCF posting and application:
AAS Job Register posting:
Apply ASAP, as we are scheduling phone interviews. Letters solicited only for interviewees.
See postings for contact details.
The full job posting can be found at the following link:
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