Issue 21-24, Sep 15, 2021
- DPS FINALIZING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK PHYSICISTS
- APPLICATIONS WELCOMED FOR COMPLIMENTARY DPS AND NSBP MEETING REGISTRATION FOR THOSE FROM UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
- STUDENT TOWNHALL
- STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER RECEPTION
- PLEASE VISIT OUR DPS EXHIBITORS – THEIR SUPPORT KEEPS OUR COMMUNITY STRONG
- CALL FOR PAPERS, ‘APPLICATIONS OF STATISTICAL METHODS AND MACHINE LEARNING IN THE SPACE SCIENCES’ IN FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES
- EXOPAG NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE ORIGIN OF LIFE MEETING
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
DPS FINALIZING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK PHYSICISTS
DPS seeks to facilitate the involvement and participation in planetary science of more students/scientists belonging to racial/ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in the planetary science discipline. One effort was creation of a new fund to support attendance of scientific meetings for DPS members who are also members of Black/African American, Indigenous, and/or Latinx communities (see below). Another effort is to develop partnerships with outside organizations that represent the interests of planetary scientists and students who identify as members of communities that are critically underrepresented in this discipline.
DPS’s first partnership is with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), through collaboration with the NSBP Earth and Planetary Systems Sciences (EPSS) session leads (Lynnae Quick – Goddard SFC, and Alex Evans – Brown U). The final details are in the process of confirmation, but DPS is pleased to setup a Joint DPS-NSBP speaker recognition program, which will support talks at the DPS meeting and other prominent institutions by the best Early Career presenter at the previous year’s NSBP meeting’s EPSS session. This will be the inaugural year for selection of the awardee, so we look forward to hearing about some great work by an NSBP scientist next year!
APPLICATIONS WELCOMED FOR COMPLIMENTARY DPS AND NSBP MEETING REGISTRATION FOR THOSE FROM UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
For the second year, the DPS is offering funds to encourage and support participation of students, scientists, and other space professionals who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. In partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), awards are available for members of Black/African American, Indigenous, and/or Latinx communities to support attendance at the annual DPS meeting and/or the annual NSBP meeting. The fund is intended to support meeting registration fees, and applicants may also request coverage for society membership fees.
Application deadline is September 17, 2021. More information about the program and the application form can be viewed at
Date: Sunday, Oct. 03
Time: 6:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 Central, 4:00 Mountain, 3:00 Pacific
Duration: 30 minutes
What: Discuss how DPS can best serve you!
Do you have questions about DPS and the DPS committee? Do you want to know who the student rep is and what they do? Would you like to request more from DPS or better understand the resources available? Come ask your questions and meet other students in DPS!
Sign up required: https://forms.gle/vnnPX5ANTVe6AsN1A. The Zoom link for the event will be sent to all those who sign up and will also be posted on the detailed schedule for the DPS meeting (not the block schedule). Please do not post the event Zoom link in a public place. For any questions, please contact Maya Yanez at mdyanez at usc.edu.
STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER RECEPTION
Date: Sunday, Oct. 03
Time: 6:30 pm Eastern, 5:30 Central, 4:30 Mountain, 3:30 Pacific
Duration: 30 minutes
What: Networking and socializing
Join us the evening before the conference starts to meet people, and talk about professional development topics. Sign up now: https://forms.gle/JVWRRPPJfmckFuwMA. The gather.town link for the event will be sent to all those who sign up and be posted on the detailed schedule for the DPS meeting (not the block schedule). Please do not post the gather.town link in a public place. For any questions, please contact Maya Yanez at mdyanez at usc.edu.
PLEASE VISIT OUR DPS EXHIBITORS – THEIR SUPPORT KEEPS OUR COMMUNITY STRONG
Please visit our Exhibitors at the upcoming DPS virtual meeting. Their support is critical to keeping our meetings going, and they provide excellent services and opportunities for the planetary science community. You can stop by our Exhibitors’ virtual booths at the exhibit hall in vFairs and in our Gathertown main hall. Our exhibitors have contributed an additional $20,000 beyond our planned budget of $50,000 for this year’s meeting, which will help to keep registration costs reasonable in the future. Thanks to our Exhibitors for their outstanding support of DPS!
CALL FOR PAPERS, ‘APPLICATIONS OF STATISTICAL METHODS AND MACHINE LEARNING IN THE SPACE SCIENCES’ IN FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES
A special issue on ‘Applications of Statistical Methods and Machine Learning in the Space Sciences’ (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/25408/applications-of-statistical-methods-and-machine-learning-in-the-space-sciences) is opening. We are inviting contributions from presenters at the virtual conference of the same name held during 17-21 May 2021
(http://spacescience.org/workshops/mlconference2021.php) as well as the broader scientific community in the form of original research articles, reviews/mini-reviews, brief reports and commentaries on the present scenario and scope of statistical methods, machine learning, and data science in the space sciences and relevant to the topics covered in the virtual conference: solar physics, magnetospheric studies and aeronomy, planetary sciences, exoplanets, galaxies.
Please submit abstracts by 1st October 2021. Manuscripts for the special issue are due by 17th December 2021.
We look forward to seeing your manuscripts,
Bala Poduval, Karly Pitman, Olga Verkhoglyadova (Associate Guest Editors)
EXOPAG NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
NN-EXPLORE in 2022A: Time Available on the WIYN 3.5m, CTIO/SMARTS 1.5m with CHIRON, MINERVA-Australis, and Support for Community Observing with High Resolution Imaging on WIYN, Gemini-North, and Gemini-South (Proposals due Sept. 30, 2021)
Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Seminar Series: Soliciting Both ‘ExoGuides’ and ‘ExoExplorers’ for 2nd Cohort (January-June 2022) [ExoGuide nomination deadline is September 10, 2021. ExoExplorer application deadline is September 23, 2021]
Input to ExEP Science Gap List (Deadline September 30, 2021)
NASA Hubble Fellowship Applications are Open (Due Nov. 4, 2021)
Astrophysics Explorer Solicitations Released
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) Proposal Call 2022A (Proposals due Oct. 1, 2021)
Twinkle Exoplanet Conference (Sept. 29, 2021)
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE ORIGIN OF LIFE MEETING
ISSOL, the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, will host an interim virtual meeting October 18th to 22nd, 2021. ISSOL, the premier society for Origins of Life research boasts more than 500 members representing over 20 countries in disciplines ranging from astronomy to molecular biology. This exciting meeting will feature diverse speakers from around the world on topics related to the most recent research regarding the origin and emergence of life on Earth and beyond. Speakers were selected by the Scientific Organizing Committee to represent the wide range of scientific approaches to these questions. The meeting will also host two contributed poster sessions which will allow ALL attendees to share their work with the community in an interactive virtual environment.
Meeting session themes will include:
1. Solar systems, Exoplanets, and meteorites
2. The early Earth: Environmental condition and early organic molecules
3. Chemical evolution towards the transition of life, including the role of minerals
4. Self-organization and prebiotic molecular systems
5. Lipids, compartments, and early metabolism
6. Nucleic acids, peptides, and other polymers, and their function in early stages of life
7. Evolution: before and after LUCA, towards competition, cooperativity, and complexity
Meeting details and registration information can be found at
The fee for attendance is $20 USD for ISSOL members and students and $40 for non-members. To obtain the ISSOL discount, please consider joining ISSOL at www.issol.org
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
- ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
- FACULTY POSITION IN EXOPLANET RESEARCH AT THE LUNAR & PLANETARY LABORATORY
The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) at the University of Arizona (UA) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the area of exoplanet science at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek outstanding applicants whose research will focus on processes that are relevant to the properties and evolution of terrestrial exoplanets, their atmospheres, or their habitability. Candidates whose exoplanet research is directly relevant to next-generation exoplanet missions and those focusing on Solar System-exoplanet synergy are of particular interest in this search. Scientists pursuing relevant laboratory, observational, or modeling studies are all encouraged to apply. A commitment to excellence in teaching is expected. The review of applications will begin on October 8, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.
For more information on the position, please, visit the following page:
Send submissions to:
Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])