Issue 22-06, February 28, 2022
- INTRODUCING THE INAUGURAL DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE: DR. JASMINE BAYRON
- NOTE FROM THE CHAIR ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IN UKRAINE
- MEMORIAL FUND FOR PAUL FELDMAN
- CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ERES VII
- HOW TO GET ON THE MAILING LIST FOR THE AAS EDUCATION BLOG
- 2022B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- 2022 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL
- KIPAC PUBLIC ASTRONOMY LECTURE – ALIEN LIFE AND UFOS – THE SCIENTIFIC VIEW
- PLANETARY EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER INVITATION
- WORKSHOP ON IN SITU EXPLORATION OF THE GIANT PLANETS
- REQUEST FOR COMMENT: CHANGES TO THE ISIS LONG TERM SUPPORT MODEL
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
INTRODUCING THE INAUGURAL DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE: DR. JASMINE BAYRON
As we reach the end of Black History Month, the DPS is thrilled to recognize Dr. Jasmine Bayron, from the American Museum of Natural History and City University of New York. Dr. Bayron is the first awardee from the new Joint Speaker Program established between DPS and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), Earth and Planetary Systems Sciences (EPSS) section, based on her excellent NSBP 2021 meeting presentation, “Moapa Valley (CM1): The Black Box of the CM Parent Asteroid.”
As the Joint DPS-NSBP Program Speaker, Dr. Bayron has been invited to speak at the DPS 2022 meeting, with expenses covered by DPS. She also will be speaking at the Howard University Physics Department Colloquium Series, with support provided by the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The full AAS press release on Dr. Bayron’s selection can be found at news/inaugural-dps-nsbp-speaker-awardee-dr-bayron and information about the DPS-NSBP partnership can be found at leadership/nsbp_parnership.
We look forward to hearing from Dr. Bayron this October!
NOTE FROM THE CHAIR ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY IN UKRAINE
The AAS, along with the European Astronomical Society (EAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), have issued a statement (below) expressing great concern about current events in Ukraine and support for Ukrainian scientists. The DPS shares this concern and also expresses support for our Ukranian colleagues and their families during this crisis.
The European Astronomical Society (EAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) have been observing with great concern the events unfolding in Ukraine and fear the adverse consequences for the scientific community, our colleagues, and their families. We have been receiving reports of the dire circumstances they are experiencing: their freedom, safety and even their lives are under threat.
The mission of our societies is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development through international cooperation. We believe in free expression and free exchange of scientific ideas and in peaceful collaboration at a global level. The current events jeopardise the scientific cooperation within our European community and with the rest of the world.
We are deeply concerned for the Ukrainian community as well as for the entire region. Triggered by the life-threatening situation in which our Ukrainian colleagues find themselves, the EAS, IAU, AAS, and AfAS wish to encourage members to help wherever possible in this difficult time for Ukraine. Ukrainian astronomers seeking support should contact the Institute of International Education (IIE) scholar rescue fund
which supports refugee scholars,
and is activating an Ukraine-specific student emergency fund:
Roger Davies, President of the European Astronomical Society
Debra Elmegreen, President of the International Astronomical Union
Paula Szkody, President of the American Astronomical Society
Jamal Minouni, President of the African Astronomical Society
MEMORIAL FUND FOR PAUL FELDMAN
For colleagues who wish to honor Paul Feldman’s legacy in planetary science, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a special Johns Hopkins University memorial fund in his honor by following the instructions below.
(1) In your web browser, go to:
(2) Select the amount you wish to contribute.
(3) Under “Gift Information” select “Other – please specify”
(4) In the “Please describe” field, type in (you can cut-and-paste from here):
PHA/PAUL FELDMAN FELLOWSHIP FUND
(5) Select the frequency of your gift.
(6) Enter your donor information (either as “Guest” or via “Log in” if you’re a regular donor to Hopkins).
(7) When entering “Donor Information”, enter the following in answer to the question “Is this a gift in honor or in memory of someone?” in the Honoree Name field: Paul D. Feldman
Thanks for your help in preserving Paul’s memory.
Hal Weaver (former student and colleague)
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ERES VII
We are pleased to announce that the seventh Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science (ERES) Symposium will take place August 1-2, 2022 at Penn State!
Researchers of all career stages working in all branches of exoplanetary science and related disciplines are encouraged to attend – though if necessary, preference will be given to early-career
participants (undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs) in the participant selection process.
As networking is an important part of this conference, we are currently planning to hold ERES VII in-person at Penn State, with partial virtual support in the form of digital posters and live-streamed talks. We are working to secure travel support for in-person attendees.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if it is necessary to change the conference format, we will announce the change no later than June 3, 2022.
Registration, abstract submission, and applications for travel support are open. Deadlines and more information can be found on the conference website:
If you have any questions, please contact the Organizing Committee via [email protected].
HOW TO GET ON THE MAILING LIST FOR THE AAS EDUCATION BLOG
A year ago, the American Astronomical Society Education Committee launched an “AAS Education Blog” on the Society’s website. Twenty two articles on astronomy education projects, news, and opportunities have been published on the blog so far.
Now the Society announces that you can subscribe to the blog directly by filling out this form: https://aas.org/form/sign-up-to-receive-email-notific Your information will be used for the Education Committee blog notifications only.
All articles are also shared via the committee’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/AAS_Education
The committee also welcomes feedback and ideas for posts at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctqpSJNmU4CsURyG4bT9fiuO7mmMwdLPFJejcoDZCrM05ZLQ/viewform
This new post by AAS Education Committee Co-Chair, Karen Masters (Haverford College), describes the motivation behind the blog, and gives an overview of the articles that were posted in the first year:
2022B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting proposals to use NASA’s portion of time on the Keck Telescopes for the 2022B observing semester (August 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023). All proposals are due by March 17, 2022 at 4 pm Pacific. NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going space missions and/or high priority, long-term science goals. Proposals are sought to support the science goals and missions in all of the following discipline areas:
OUR OWN SOLAR SYSTEM
PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS
DIRECT MISSION SUPPORT PROPOSALS IN ANY OF THESE AREAS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED
The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator for NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers (a U.S.-based astronomer has their principal affiliation at a U.S. institution). Investigators from institutions outside of the U.S. may participate as Co-Investigators on proposals for NASA Keck time. Please read the Call for Proposals for complete information, instrument availability, and application guidelines.
March 3: deadline to request General Mission Support letter from NASA HQ
March 17: all proposals and supporting letters due to NExScI by 4 pm Pacific
Call for Proposals: https://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/
Questions: [email protected]
2022 NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL
Applications Due March 30, 2022
Offered by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, PSSS is a 3-month long career development experience to learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & the inherent trade-offs.
Engineering students close to completion of their MS degree, science & engineering doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, postdocs, & junior faculty who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties) are eligible. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply- we highly value diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Session 1: May 9-Aug 5
Session 2: May 23-Aug 19
With workload of a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants act as a planetary science mission team during the first 12 weeks of preparatory webinars, with the final culminating week mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team for refining the mission concept design & presenting it to a mock expert review board. The culminating week is typically at JPL, but in 2022 it is likely virtual due to Covid-19 pandemic concerns.
Register here for a PSSS Application Q&A Webinar on March 1, 2022 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time.
For more information and to apply, visit go.nasa.gov/missiondesignschools
The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford is proud to announce the 2022 public lecture series! Our next lecture will take place on Mar. 1 and focus on alien life and UFOs. The event will be in a hybrid mode, but we will make sure that the live stream is as interactive and engaging as the in-person experience. Please share with your network and we look forward to seeing many of you there!
Is alien life out there and have they visited Earth? Join our lecture to learn about the current understanding of extraterrestrial life!
- When: Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022; 7:00-8:00 PM PST
- Format: Hybrid. The event URL can be found at the bottom of the EventBrite registration confirmation email. Location information will be communicated to those who are interested in attending the lecture in person.
- Title: Alien Life and UFOs – The Scientific View
- Speaker: Prof. Jack Singal (University of Richmond, Virginia)
- Tickets: Free but RSVP is required through EventBrite (Note: school-district email addresses and other work emails with firewalls may block the EventBrite messages)
- Information: Dr. Xinnan Du at [email protected]
- KIPAC lecture website: https://kipac.stanford.edu/discover
PLANETARY EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER INVITATION
You are invited to subscribe to and participate in the Planetary Exploration Newsletter (PEN), now in its fifteenth year. PEN is a free weekly electronic newsletter, provided as a service by the Planetary Science Institute, for planetary scientists around the world to communicate with each other. The editors are volunteers.
PEN contains meeting announcements, job announcements, and your submissions of news regarding or impacting solar system exploration, upcoming mission events, awards, policy issues, as well as editorials, commentary and memorials, and planetary-related commercial announcements. PEN also includes announcements of PDS data releases, ROSES programs, and special messages to the planetary community from NASA leadership.
The PEN Meeting Calendar (http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html) strives to be the most exhaustive listing of planetary-related meetings, conferences and workshops around the world. Send the title, dates, location and URL to [email protected].
Go to http://planetarynews.org to subscribe to future mailings, read current and past newsletters, and see guidelines for submitting content. There is no charge.
Your PEN Editors,
Mark V. Sykes, Georgiana Kramer, Alex Morgan (Planetary Science Institute)
WORKSHOP ON IN SITU EXPLORATION OF THE GIANT PLANETS
The Conveners are pleased to announce a three-day workshop dedicated to In Situ Exploration of the Giant Planets to be held at JHU/APL on July 12-14, 2022.
The workshop is expected to have both in-person and virtual participation, and will focus includes the science, instrumentation and technologies, and mission concepts important for future in situ explorations of giant planet atmospheres, and entry probes as an element of future international giant planet missions.
Workshop sponsors: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), the Laboratory for Astrophysics in Marseille (LAM), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).
For more information including important dates for call for abstracts, abstract deadline, and registration, please visit:
REQUEST FOR COMMENT: CHANGES TO THE ISIS LONG TERM SUPPORT MODEL
The Integrated Software for Imager and Spectrometers (ISIS) project is considering changing to a long term support model. This would be a significant change to how the software is released and supported; so, the developers are looking for community input and comments on the proposed model.
The detailed proposal is on the ISIS Github discussion board, https://github.com/USGS-Astrogeology/ISIS3/discussions/4691,
comments and other input can be left in the discussion thread.
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and many more are at the link above.
A. Uranus/Neptune postdoc at Observatoire de Paris
B. Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy and Physics, Mount Holyoke College
C. Postdoctoral position at JPL
Description: The postdoctoral research associate will work with Dr. Catherine Elder and Dr. Tom Nordheim to study the interiors of Europa and the Uranian moons. Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will investigate the plausibility of seafloor volcanism on Europa through mantle convection, magma generation, migration, and eruption modeling. They will also investigate the interior structure and thermal evolution of Miranda and Ariel, with the aim of addressing the question: do these objects have current or geologically recent subsurface oceans?
Qualifications: We invite applicants with a recent PhD in planetary science, physics, geology, or a related field. We seek someone who has experience in numerical modeling and a strong background in physics. Previous experience studying icy satellites, mantle convection, or geochemistry is preferred but not required.
D. ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme
E. Planetary Geodesist (GS-12 / GS-13)
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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