Issue 21-05, March 7, 2021
- CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CHANGE COMING
- NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEMS PROVIDES NEW RESOURCES
- APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2021 JOSEP COMAS I SOLA INTERNATIONAL ASTROBIOLOGY SCHOOL
- EMERGING RESEARCHERS IN EXOPLANET SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
- LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION VIRTUAL MEETING JUN 7-9, 2021
- 2021B NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 1, 2021
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 [prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.
The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.
The Harold C. Urey Prize [prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award [prizes/masursky] 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 [prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [prizes/eberhart] 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 [prizes/eberhart#Nomination], 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 [prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.
ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CHANGE IN NEAR FUTURE
After over 3 years as Editor-in-Chief for Icarus, I am stepping down from this role and DPS will be working with Elsevier to appoint my replacement. I have greatly enjoyed my term but decided to step down due to my increased responsibilities as Chief Scientist for the Planetary Science Directorate at JPL. I thank DPS and Elsevier for the fantastic opportunity and will remain as Icarus Editor-in-Chief until my replacement is appointed.
My work during the last 3 years was made easier by the helpful and supportive Elsevier staff and, in particular, by the Icarus Managing Editor, Eva Scalzo. Most of all, I thank the authors, reviewers, members of the Advisory Board, the Consulting Editors, and the very hard-working and dedicated Associate Editors.
NASA PLANETARY DATA SYSTEMS PROVIDES NEW RESOURCES
NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) announces new web pages designed to provide a comprehensive set of resources for R & A proposers who are considering archiving their data in the PDS: https://pds.nasa.gov/home/proposers/. These pages cover the how and why of archiving in the PDS, from requesting letters of support for proposals to the entire archiving process. Proposers are encouraged to consult these pages as a first stop for seeking information about data archiving, followed by making contact with the relevant PDS node(s). We welcome your input on the usability of this new resource for the planetary community; please send all feedback to Nancy Chanover ([email protected]).
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2021 JOSEP COMAS I SOLA INTERNATIONAL ASTROBIOLOGY SCHOOL
Searching for Life on Mars: Techniques and Challenges
The 2021 International Summer School in Astrobiology will review and assess the types of techniques that are necessary for detection of biosignatures on Mars, including Raman spectroscopy, the isotopic and chirality analyses that Rosalind Franklin rover will perform, and the advanced techniques needed to analyze samples both in-situ and in Earth-based laboratories. The central question will be “how can we unequivocally detect biosignatures on Mars?” and the discussions will involve in-situ rovers, sample collecting and return, laboratory analyses on Earth, and the experiments that future human explorers may be able to perform. The lectures will be focused on instrumentation and techniques. In addition to lectures, during the week the students will participate in discussions about the theme, prepare and present group projects, and take part in an excursion to a relevant geological site near Santander.
Dates: Monday, September 6 through Friday, September 10, 2021
The application deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2021, and selections will be made by May 1, 2021
The school is primarily aimed at graduate students in science or engineering, but is open to anyone interested in the origin of life and astrobiology. Applicants requesting NASA Astrobiology Program support must be students affiliated with US institutions. Instructions for how to apply found at this site:
Questions can be directed to Melissa Kirven at [email protected].
EMERGING RESEARCHERS IN EXOPLANET SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
We are pleased to announce the sixth Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium (ERES), to be held May 24-26, 2021. ERES is aimed at early career scientists (graduate student, postdoc, advanced undergraduate) working in all branches of exoplanetary science and related disciplines. Its purpose is to give these emerging researchers the opportunity to present their research to an interested audience, to provide opportunities to network with peers, and to enhance collaborations within the exoplanet community. ERES has been held annually on a rotating basis between partner institutions since 2015 (see 1,2,3,4,5). Current partners include Cornell, Penn State, Princeton, and Yale.
In 2021, we had hoped to organize an in-person conference at Princeton. We expect however that the online format will provide many benefits. Along with plenary sessions, the event will include discussion panels, focused on career development and public engagement respectively. There will also be a virtual poster session, and time for lightly structured interaction via gather.town. The event is scheduled for 1-5pm Eastern, May 24-26, 2021. It will be live and synchronous. The abstract submission deadline is April 2, 2021, at 5pm Eastern. Additional information is available at: https://eres2021.com/
LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DIVISION VIRTUAL MEETING JUN 7-9, 2021
Contributed Oral and Poster Abstract Submission – Now OPEN (Deadline March 16, 2021)
Dear Planetary Sciences and Astrophysics Colleagues,
We invite you to submit abstracts (Deadline March 16, 2021) to the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) meeting, held together with 238th AAS Virtual Meeting (June 7-9, 2021) for contributed Oral and iPoster-plus (also oral) 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 from your home virtually!
Room has been left in the schedule for several contributed talks and iposter-plus talks! Please plan to attend and present your latest results at what will be one of top meetings for Laboratory Astrophysics in 2021!
We encourage observers and modelers who use laboratory data to present your work and form collaborations with the laboratory researchers. Similarly, if you are a laboratory researcher, showcase your work and meet observers and modelers for potential future collaborations.
Laboratory astrophysics is the Rosetta Stone that enables astronomers to understand and interpret the cosmos.
Please go to https://aas.org/meetings/aas238 for abstract submission, registration, etc.
For the LAD Executive Committee,
Laboratory Astrophysics Division
American Astronomical Society
2021B NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The due date for the 2021B semester (August 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022) is Thursday, April 1, 2021. See our online submission form http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php, which is available for proposal submission from 12:00AM on March 01, 2021 until 5:00PM on April 01, 2021 HST. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 0.7 – 5.3 micron cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500) and imager; (2) MORIS, a 512×512 pixel Andor CCD camera (60″x60″ field-of-view) mounted at the side-facing window of the SpeX cryostat that can be used simultaneously with SpeX; (3) iSHELL, a 1.1 – 5.3 micron cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph (up to R=75,000) and imager. Information on available facility and visitor instruments and performance can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/instruments. Exposure time calculators for SpeX and iSHELL are available on the respective instrument webpages.
Please see http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/callForProposals.php for the full text.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) Deputy Director for Science at Lowell Observatory
B) ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
C) NanoSIMS Research Scientist
D) Postdoctoral Researcher (Visiting) (Urey Fellowship)
The Urey Post-doctoral Fellowship recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists who are at least two years past their doctorate and have a strong publication record. The Urey Fellow is expected to define their own research directions and foci within the planetary sciences. More information is found here: bit.ly/LPIUrey
Send submissions to:
Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])