Issue 20-45, September 28, 2020
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: #DPS2020 SCIENCE PROGRAM + PERIPHERAL EVENTS POSTED
- DPS PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
- FIRST MEETINGS OF THE DECADAL SURVEY SCHEDULED
- IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NASA PDS DATA USERS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: #DPS2020 SCIENCE PROGRAM + PERIPHERAL EVENTS POSTED
The SOC and VOC have been hard at work finalizing plans for #DPS2020!
Please visit https://aas.org/meetings/dps52 to check out the detailed science program
and listing of peripheral events. (If any program corrections are needed please contact
[email protected] and provide details; please include the abstract number and the
Also, don’t forget the upcoming deadlines:
1. Register for the meeting! October 5 is the deadline for presenters to register.
Pre-recorded talks and iPosters will be available for viewing beginning October 19,
so register before then to have access to content plus science discussions on Slack
channels. Non-presenting attendees can register as late as October 30. Meeting
registrants will receive a special “DPS 2020” sticker!
2. October 5 is the deadline for presenters to 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
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
3. October 9 is the deadline for oral presenters: Upload your pre-recorded talk to the DPS video server.
4. October 9 is the deadline for iPoster presenters: Publish your iPoster. iPoster 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.
We look forward to seeing you at #DPS2020!
DPS PUBLICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
The DPS Publications Subcommittee (PubSubCom) advises and provides independent
oversight on all activities and topics pertinent to DPS publishing concerns, and also stays
aware of issues in planetary science publications more generally. The Publications
Subcommittee regularly reviews the publication policies of journals that the DPS
endorses and supports (Icarus and the PSJ).
The PubSubCom seeks one to two new members willing to serve a three-year volunteer
term. If you would like to self-nominate, please send an e-mail to the PubSubCom
Chair (Ross Beyer, [email protected]) with a brief statement (a pargraph) indicating
why you would be a good candidate and a two-page (maximum) CV. The PubSubCom
will gather these self-nominations and make selections. Applicants will be notified
after the DPS Fall Meeting.
FIRST MEETINGS OF THE DECADAL SURVEY SCHEDULED
The Steering Group of the Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology
will hold its first three meetings on the following dates: 30 September, 2 October,
and 16 October. Agendas and URLs will be posted on the survey’s website—
http://nas.edu/planetarydecadal—as they become available.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NASA PDS DATA USERS
PDS is considering a change to its standards, which may impact users of
The current PDS standard requires that each line in ASCII table data
and most text files ends with Carriage Return (CR) and Line Feed (LF)
characters, the standard format for Windows. The change under
consideration would additionally allow a second format used by Linux
and MacOS systems in which every line ends with a Line Feed character
Most software applications can accommodate either format, regardless of
the operating system. However, this change could affect some end users,
especially those who have written software based on the current PDS
standard. The line delimiter will continue to be specified in the PDS4
label accompanying such data files. PDS3 products and labels would be
If and how PDS proceeds with this change depends in large part on the
response of the community. Please send us feedback at [email protected].
Please indicate whether you support this change, and how much advanced
notification you would need (e.g., for software revision).
More details can be found at: https://sbn.psi.edu/line-feed-notice
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) JPL POSTDOC IN OCEAN WORLDS ICE SHELLS
In search of an enthusiastic researcher to join a wonderful group of
icy explorers at JPL! JPL is accepting applications for a postdoctoral
research position in geophysical modeling relevant to the icy layers of
Jupiter’s moon Europa, and potentially to other ocean worlds. This may
involve modeling of tectonic processes, constructing analytical or
first-principles arguments, describing ice shell evolution, melting,
freezing, and/or non-ice chemistry incorporation. These results will be
used to understand the potential for future measurements by robotic
spacecraft, and to derive environmental constraints on potential future
concepts for subsurface and ocean access. Dr. Samuel Howell, an ocean
worlds research scientist in the Planetary Interiors and Geophysics
group, will serve as the primary postdoctoral advisor. Please contact
[email protected] with any questions. Candidates should have
a recent Ph.D. in geology, planetary science, physics, or a related
field, with a strong background in analytical, numerical, and/or
statistical analysis as applied to geophysical research. Experience in
research relevant to the outer planet satellites and the impacts of
geophysical processes on habitability are highly desirable.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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