Issue 22-11, May 08, 2022
- FARINELLA PRIZE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH
- IN MEMORIAM: KLAUS KEIL (1939-2022)
- ECLIPSE SOUNDSCAPES: CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT SURVEY
- SBAG MEETING JUN 7-9
- ICY OCEAN WORLDS: PAST AND FUTURE EXPLORATIONS, EPSC2022, OPS3
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
FARINELLA PRIZE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH
This year’s topic is: Asteroids: Physics, Dynamics, Modeling and Observations
The Prize is part of the Europlanet Society activities and is awarded at the yearly EPSC, which this year will be held in Granada (Spain).
All information about the Prize as well as nomination forms can be found at:
Please, feel free to handle this announcement to whomever you may think interested in nominating any candidate.
IN MEMORIAM: KLAUS KEIL (1939-2022)
Klaus Keil was Emeritus Professor, former Director of the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and former Interim Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. Klaus was an outstanding scientist, spectacular mentor, educator, and leader, dedicated family man, and enthusiastic tennis player. His academic and science leadership skills glittered at the University of Hawai`i since 1990 and at the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico from 1968 to 1990.
Klaus was a pioneer in the use of the electron microprobe in meteoritics and in petrology and mineralogy in general. In the early 1960s, he worked with colleagues at NASA Ames Research Center, Ray Fitzgerald and Kurt Heinrich, to make the first energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer for use in microanalysis. This device was the first to focus on terrestrial and extraterrestrial geological materials, and the first to use a solid-state lithium-drifted Si detector. Over his long and illustrious career, Klaus studied practically every type of meteorite and lunar sample, addressing big problems in planetary science, from chondrule formation to pyroclastic eruptions on the Moon and achondritic bodies, from asteroid disruption to the composition of the Martian surface.
His accomplishments were recognized through awards of the Leonard Medal from the Meteoritical Society, the J. Lawrence Smith Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, and election as a Legends Fellow of the Microanalysis Society, in addition to numerous other accolades including the main belt asteroid Keil and the extraterrestrial mineral keilite, (Fe,Mg)S, named in his honor.
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ECLIPSE SOUNDSCAPES: CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT SURVEY
Last summer, we learned that approximately half of the scientists and engineers who responded to another survey were interested in learning more about how to make their work more accessible. In this short survey (less than 10 minutes) we hope to gather information about your specific accessibility training needs.
Your responses will directly impact future accessibility training opportunities offered by Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project (ES:CSP) and shared by NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE), so we hope you will consider completing this survey. You may access the survey at the following link:
The survey will close at the end of the day on May 13.
The SciAct portfolio of projects is funded through cooperative agreement by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to connect NASA science experts, content, and experiences with communities to activate minds and deepen understanding of our world and beyond. Recruiting and working with scientists and engineers who serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) is a core part of this work. This survey is being conducted by ARISA Lab and Arizona State University, on behalf of the Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project (ES:CSP) and the NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE), which are part of NASA SciAct (Award Numbers 80NSSC21M0008 and NNH20ZDA001N). More information about ES:CSP and SCoPE can be found on NASA Science Activation Teams Page.
SCoPE & ES:CSP Teams
SBAG MEETING JUN 7-9
The upcoming NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group meeting will be held virtually and in person in Washington D.C. on June 7 – 9 2022. There will be multiple presentation opportunities at this meeting specifically for the early career small body community including invited early-career speakers and lightning talks. Applications for 15-minute invited talks and ~3 minute lightning talks are due via email by COB (5 pm Eastern Time) by May 11 2022.
We are also continuing our meeting mentor program, so please reach out if you are an early-career attendee who would like to be paired with a mentor during the meeting.
Additional details about these opportunities are available on the SBAG meeting website: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/. There will also be additional travel stipends available and information about this application process will be added to the website in the near future.
Please send the application to SBAG Early Career Secretary Stephanie Jarmak ([email protected]) and feel free to contact her if you have any questions about the application process.
ICY OCEAN WORLDS: PAST AND FUTURE EXPLORATIONS, EPSC2022, OPS3
The exploration of the outer solar system by Galileo at Jupiter, Cassini-Huygens at Saturn, New Horizons at Pluto-Charon and Dawn at Ceres, has revealed that several icy worlds harbor subsurface salty liquid reservoirs underneath their cold surface. Such discoveries provide incentive for future exploration of the icy Galilean satellites with Europa Clipper and JUICE, and Titan with Dragonfly, and motivate several other mission projects already under consideration by space agencies.
While we are entering in a new era in icy world exploration, understanding these promising worlds and preparing for their characterization requires input from a variety of scientific disciplines: planetary geology and geophysics (including active processes, e.g. plumes), atmospheric physics, life sciences, space weathering, as well as supporting laboratory studies, numerical simulations, preparatory studies for future missions and technology developments in instrumentation and engineering. We welcome abstracts that cover this full breadth of disciplines required for the characterization and future exploration of icy world systems.
The deadline for abstract submission is 18 May 2022, 13:00 CEST.
Alice Lucchetti, Gabriel Tobie, Carly Howett, Frank Postberg, Federico Tosi.
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and many more are at the link above.
A. Postdoctoral scientist, Arecibo Observatory
The planetary radar group at the Arecibo Observatory, in Puerto Rico, is accepting applications for a post-doctoral scientist position. The research emphasis of the group is the study and characterization of near-Earth objects and other solar system bodies. The incumbent will be expected to participate in optical observations, data processing, analysis, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids using radar and optical data. We encourage applications from candidates with experience in any type of small bodies observations or research. Experience with observation techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred, but not required.
B. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Search for NPP research opportunities in Planetary Science here:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but
may apply while completing the degree requirements. Please see current eligibility requirements. Stipends start at $63,000 per year, with supplements for higher cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for travel and professional development.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
For further information and to apply, visit:
Questions: [email protected]
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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