Issue 20-44, September 22, 2020
- DEADLINES FOR DPS PRESENTERS
- NEW VIDEO PERMISSIONS OPT-OUT AT DPS REGISTRATION
- VIRTUAL WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR AT DPS 2020
- INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT IS THIS WEEK SEPTEMBER 26TH
- SPECIAL GUEST INVITE – BEYOND EARTH’S EDGE: THE POETRY OF SPACEFLIGHT WEBINAR
- SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ICARUS EDITORIAL BOARD
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
DEADLINES FOR DPS PRESENTERS
For those of you who have been scheduled to present at the upcoming 52nd Annual
Meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences. Please be sure to do the following:
By 5 October 2020
1) Register for the meeting! Oct. 5 is the deadline for presenters to register.
2) Let us know whether you plan to participate in your session’s Live Q&A discussion,
which will take place on Zoom according to the block schedule [link to block schedule].
We need confirmations from all live participants so that session chairs will be able to
prepare effectively for these Q&A sessions. The link to the response form is in your
and by 9 October 2020
3a) For video presenters: Upload your presentation to the DPS video server.
3b) For iPoster presenters: Publish the initial version of your iPoster. Poster presenters
may continue to revise iPosters until 19 October when all iPosters will go public. You
may continue to revise your iPoster until 30 October, but do understand that they will
have already been viewed.
NEW VIDEO PERMISSIONS OPT-OUT AT DPS REGISTRATION
The video permissions item in the DPS registration process has been changed to allow
a full opt-out from AAS publications and promotional materials. DPS participants who
have already registered and wish to change their preferences may log back into the site
in order to do so.
VIRTUAL WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR AT DPS 2020
Date: Monday, Oct. 26
Time: 5:30 pm Eastern, 4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, 2:30 Pacific
Duration: ~1 hour
What: Join us for the annual DPS Women in Planetary Science event in its first ever
virtual format. All are welcome! This year we will have professional development
“table topics” covering a wide range of themes based on the attendee interest. A huge
thanks(!) to our generous sponsor AURA for supporting this event again this year.
Sign up is required so that we can plan for virtual “room size”, gauge attendee interests,
and send you information/updates about the event. Please see more details and sign
up at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2020. The deadline to sign up is right before the event
(Monday October 26 at 5:30 pm Eastern), but if we get too many, people we may have
to cap the attendance, so sign up early! We will update the sign up page according to
whether spots are still available. The telecon link for the event will be sent to those
who sign up and posted on the detailed schedule for the DPS meeting (not the block
schedule). Please do not post the telecon link in a public place. For any questions
please contact Kelsi Singer at kelsi.singer at gmail.com.
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT IS THIS WEEK SEPTEMBER 26TH
Join us for the 11th Annual International Observe the Moon Night this Saturday,
September 26th! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about
lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural
and personal connections to the Moon. This is also a great event to be a virtual speaker!
You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are.
Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.
Learn more, register your participation, and find recommended activities, tips and
resources to host and evaluate events, and much more on the International Observe
the Moon Night website: moon.nasa.gov/observe.
SPECIAL GUEST INVITE – BEYOND EARTH’S EDGE: THE POETRY OF SPACEFLIGHT WEBINAR
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona is hosting a
webinar event “Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight” on Monday,
September 28 at 1 p.m Pacific Time.
The University of Arizona Press presents Julie Swarstad Johnson, poet and senior
library specialist at the Poetry Center of the University of Arizona, and Christopher
Cokinos, writer and poet and a professor of English at the University of Arizona.
As the editors of Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight, Julie and Christopher
will share poetry about space exploration, discuss the relevance of poetry to our
understandings of space flight, and provide historical and biographical context for
the work – poems that take readers on journeys to the Moon, Mars and beyond;
poems that inspire reflection, concern, and wonder.
Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight is a trailblazing anthology of
poetry that spans from the dawn of the space age to the imagined futures of the
universe. It offers a fascinating record of both national mindsets and private perspectives
as poets grapple with the promise and peril of U.S. space exploration across decades
and into the present. Tracing an arc of literary skepticism during the Apollo era and
before to a more curious, and even hopeful, stance today, Beyond Earth’s Edge includes
diverse perspectives from poets such as Robert Hayden, Rae Armantrout, N. Scott
Momaday, Adrienne Rich, Tracy K. Smith, Ray Bradbury, May Swenson, Pablo
Neruda, and many other engaging poetic voices.
Beyond Earth’s Edge vividly captures the violence of blastoff, the wonders seen
by Hubble, and the trajectories of exploration to Mars and beyond through a wide
array of lyric celebrations, somber meditations, accessible narratives, concrete poems,
and new forms of science fiction. With the dawn of the New Space movement, continued
interest in Mars, and renewed excitement about returning to the Moon, Beyond Earth’s
Edge is a giant leap toward bridging poetry and science.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ICARUS EDITORIAL BOARD
Every year, the DPS nominates candidates to the Icarus Editorial Board to serve a
3-year term (more information at leadership/publications/icarus).
The Editorial Board is consulted by the Icarus Editor and Elsevier occasionally
during the year for various aspects related to the operation of the journal.
If you would like to volunteer for one of these positions, please e-mail the Publications
Subcommittee Chair (Ross Beyer, [email protected]) a brief statement to that effect
(no more than three sentences, could be less). The DPS Publications Subcommittee
will gather and evaluate the submissions, and together with the DPS Committee will
determine which will be brought forward to the Icarus Editor for selection. We will
let you know the outcome after the Fall Meeting.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) PLASKETT FELLOWSHIP 2020
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is seeking a dynamic postdoctoral
Research Associate to work within one or more of the multiple areas of astronomy
research within the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
(NRC-HAA) located in Victoria BC. The chosen candidate would be someone who
shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics
or another closely related discipline who is highly motivated to engage in scientific projects
at the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA).
Plaskett Fellows undertake leading-edge research activities in the field of astronomy
The successful candidate will:
- Conduct original research independently and in collaboration with NRC-HAA staff members.
- Contribute to the scientific exploitation of NRC-HAA resources, particularly, but not limited to, the expertise of scientific and technical staff, and the astronomical facilities and infrastructure administered by NRC-HAA, such as ALMA, CFHT, the Gemini Observatory, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory, the CANFAR cloud computing network, and the instrumentation labs.
- Engage with the astronomical community to advance NRC-HAA’s mandate to provide astronomical facilities and services to Canadian researchers. NRC-HAA is a leading developer of instrumentation for current and future ground- and space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JWST, CASTOR, MSE, SKA, and TMT).
- Share with other postdoctoral research associates the organization of the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics weekly seminars, which run from September to April.
For background information on the Plaskett fellowship program, please go to:
Information on NRC-HAA staff and their research interests is available at http://astroherzberg.org.
Full details of this position can found here:
B) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, SCIENCE (VISITING) (GEOCHEMISTRY AND PETROLOGY OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL MATERIALS)
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), part of the Universities Space Research
Association (USRA), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the area
of geochemistry and petrology of extraterrestrial materials.
The successful candidate will work as part of a team of planetary scientists at NASA
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The project is funded by NASA to investigate
the effect of shock on H mobility in nominally anhydrous minerals and apatite. The work
will involve impact shock experiments on geological materials, and their analysis by a
variety of in-situ techniques. Candidates with a strong background in petrology or
geochemistry, and preferably experience with H analysis by FTIR or SIMS and shock
effects and experimental petrology in minerals and meteorites, are encouraged to apply.
Completion of the PhD by the beginning of the appointment is required. The position
would be for one year, with a possible extension to a second year. The candidate must
be able to pass a detailed government background investigation. Technical questions
should be addressed to Dr. Anne Peslier ([email protected]). Interested applicants
should apply to the posting before October 1, 2020 at https://usracareers.silkroad.com/
and must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with list of publications, a two- to three-
page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of at least three professional
references. For general information about LPI please go to https://www.lpi.usra.edu/.
USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts
of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and
technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science,
astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications
ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.
USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected
Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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