Issue 21-10, May 9, 2021
- NEW NAME CHANGE POLICY FOR AAS JOURNALS
- RESOURCES FROM THE DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE
- DART BOARDERS PROGRAM
- IN MEMORIAM: JOHN W. (JACK) SALISBURY (1934-2020)
- SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
- INSIGHTSEERS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
NEW NAME CHANGE POLICY FOR AAS JOURNALS
The AAS has adopted a new policy that will allow authors to change their names on previously published research. The policy was developed by IOP Publishing, the Society’s partner in journals and ebooks, and reflects both organizations’ commitment to ensuring an open, supportive, and inclusive research environment.
The policy covers changes to names, pronouns, author photographs, and contact details. People change their name for a variety of reasons, including gender identity, marriage, divorce, or a change in religion. In many cases, particularly for trans and non-binary authors, changing names needs to be approached with discretion and sensitivity. Respecting authors’ right to privacy is a key tenet, with assurance of full confidentiality and the option to change a name with or without a public notice. The new policy offers a simple and seamless approach, with no requirement to disclose the reason for the request nor the need to provide proof of a legal name change.
We offer the following advice for authors who change their names in the AAS-IOP Publishing publication record:
Make sure that you are registered with ORCID, as your unique ORCID number will identify you independent of your name.
Note that changing your name with the AAS and IOP Publishing does not guarantee that the change will propagate to the broader universe of article and author databases.
Accordingly, we recommend that if you change your name with us, you also contact the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) and any other journals in which you’ve published articles to ensure that your name change is known more widely.
Information about how to request a change can be found here:
RESOURCES FROM THE DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE
The DPS Professional Climate and Culture Subcommittee (PCCS) wanted to share a few resources with regards to gender diversity and gender-inclusive practices. Note that two of these are letters collecting signatures, but even if you do not want to sign them, we encourage reading the recommended individual and organizational actions that are listed in the letters.
1. A letter to NSF on gender diversity within applications/forms includes clear suggestions for language that is more gender inclusive. Signatures of support are also being collected. https://bit.ly/3gY4Mx5
2. A letter to USRA/LPI and all conference organizers discusses the importance of correct names being used within the science program. It is helpful to understand the harm that was done by issues with the LPSC program and review the recommendations for all meetings and conferences. Signatures of support are also being collected. https://sites.google.com/view/planetary-sci-conf-org-letter
DART BOARDERS PROGRAM
Reminder: Inspired by similar programs on other missions (Dragonfly, Psyche, InSight, and Europa Clipper), the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Investigation Team is organizing a pilot program intended to expose early career scientists to the experience of working on a mission team. We are inviting a select number of senior graduate students and early career scientists (less than 7 years since PhD or Masters’ degree) to be “DART Boarders” to observe our next mission Investigation Team meeting from 14-18 June, 2021. We hope that this will provide valuable insight into the work and team dynamics that take place on missions, help early career scientists make informed decisions about their career paths, and potentially provide opportunities for networking among the DART Boarders and between them and the team. Unfortunately, we cannot offer support for time spent in the program, but we anticipate a time commitment of roughly 16-20 hours spread over the week of the team meeting, with a few introductory hours the prior week.
This opportunity is open to advanced graduate students and early career scientists regardless of nationality. We note that the team meeting will be virtual and held during typical North American working hours. Respondents will be selected based upon the anticipated impact to their career path and the alignment of their research interests with the scientific objectives of the mission, while giving preference to candidates who do not have existing connections to the team via existing advisor-student relationships. DART recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive communities and expects that such values will be reflected in this opportunity. Questions can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “DART Boarders”.
Please indicate your interest by filling out the following form by Tuesday, 11 May, 2021: https://forms.gle/LF3K9vtKMP6xCRwq6
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN W. (JACK) SALISBURY (1934-2020)
Jack graduated from Amherst College near the top of his class (Phi Beta Kappa) where he met and married his first wife, Lynne (Trowbridge). They had two sons, John in 1960 and Matt in 1965. Following completion of his PhD and a stint in the US Air Force, he began work with the Air Force Civilian Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB. There he was part of a small team that helped divine the surface characteristics of the moon by developing new near and mid-infrared remote sensing technologies. This work was integral in the design of the lunar lander for the Apollo 11 mission. He appeared alongside Walter Cronkite on television during the coverage of the lunar landing in 1969 to help explain things.
In 1975, Jack started work with the Energy Research and Development Administration and subsequently the US Department of Energy. After many years there, he went on to teach geologic remote sensing at Johns Hopkins University. He retired and moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 1997 with his wife Lynne, who passed away in 2008. His passion for science kept him consulting in remote sensing and spectral interpretation until earlier this year, when at the age of 87 he decided to retire completely.
A longer tribute is provided here:
SUMMER SCHOOL IN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY
Summer School in Software Systems for Astronomy (SSfA-8) will again be offered online this year, and will be spread over 7 weeks, 21-Jun to 30-Jul, 2021. The course covers the design and implementation of software for telescope and instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software for analyzing and archiving astronomical data.
If you are not a University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) student, follow the instructions given at this link:
INSIGHTSEERS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
The InSight team is recruiting a second round of **InSightSeers**. This is a program intended to expose early career scientists to the experience of working on an interplanetary mission team. They will be paired with a mentor from the science team and allowed to observe the virtual science team meeting in its entirety from 28 June – 2 July 2021. We hope that this will provide valuable insight (ha) into the work and team dynamics that take place on missions and help early career scientists make informed decisions about their career paths.
This opportunity is open to graduate students in or beyond their third year of postgraduate studies (PhD or Master’s) and early career scientists within seven years of receiving their post-graduate degree. Respondents will be selected based upon the anticipated impact to their career path and the alignment of their research interests with the scientific objectives of the mission. InSight recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive communities and expects that such values will be reflected in this opportunity. Questions can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line **InSightSeers**. For more details and to apply, fill out this form by Friday 28 May 2021: https://forms.gle/QvSUMfr5gWb7Mdrt8
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
A. Postdoctoral researcher position, U. Maryland College Park
Modeling rarefied gas drag on cometary dust.
Any questions regarding this position should be addressed to Dr. Christine Hartzell ([email protected]).
B. Hess Research Fellowship in Earth, Ocean, Astronomy and Environmental Sciences, U. Victoria, Canada
Send submissions to:
Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])