Issue 22-19, Jul 17, 2022
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: REGISTRATION FEES
- REMINDER: DPS ABSTRACTS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUL 26
- 2022 DPS URM TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 5
- ELECTION OPEN UNTIL AUG 12
- SURVEY TO GUIDE FUTURE DPS MEETING STRUCTURES BY JULY 25
- AGU SESSION P009: EXTRAORDINARY ENCELADUS
- NASA WORKSHOP: SMD BRIDGE PROGRAM
- JOBS, POSITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: REGISTRATION FEES
Dear DPS Members,
We are getting ready to open up registration and you will likely have sticker shock at the increase in DPS registration fees for the 2022 London, Ontario meeting. We did too when we met to work through the meeting budget and finalized the numbers.
Some key guidelines we used in setting the registration fees:
DPS should not plan to make a profit on the meetings but should budget for the meeting to roughly break even.
Attendance should be assumed to reflect the historical attendance at DPS meetings.
Virtual attendees should not subsidize in person meeting costs like food and facilities.
In building the meeting budget we looked at the actual costs of the DPS virtual meetings and DPS in person meetings the most recent of which was 4 years ago. Costs have gone up over this period. We worked with Catherine Neish (Local Organizing Committee Chair), John Moores (Scientific Organizing Committee Chair) and Tim Holt (Virtual Organizing Committee Chair) to identify what content, tools, and approaches would enable a productive science meeting for both the in person and virtual attendees in a cost-effective manner. A budget was then built from the ground up and voted on by the committee.
There are a lot of unknowns in setting the registration fees. How many people will attend total? What will be the split between in person and virtual? What are the tools/formats/approaches that will work best for a hybrid meeting? How much more work would it be to do both the in-person part of the meeting and the virtual at the same time?
We have created a working group on the future of DPS meetings with representatives from the different DPS subcommittees. This group is gathering recommendations and will make an initial presentation at the London meeting to work on a longer-term vision of what the DPS meeting of the future will look like. They will be conducting a survey in the near future to get member feedback.
We also kept the student registration as low as we could. There is support for students from the Hartmann Travel Grant. The Underrepresented Minority Communities in Planetary Science Travel Grants are also available to encourage and support participation of students, scientists, and other space professionals who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Information on applying to these funds for the 2022 meeting will be posted shortly.
I hope to see you in London which is shaping up to be a very exciting meeting!
P.S. Kevin Marvel put up a link on general AAS meetings costs that people may also find helpful. https://aas.org/posts/news/2020/12/if-its-virtual-why-does-it-cost-anything-all
REMINDER: DPS ABSTRACTS ARE OPEN UNTIL JUL 26
The deadline for submission is Jul 26. An abstract must be submitted for every presentation. There are 5 types of presentations for the Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting.
- Invited talk (Plenary or Prize)
- Research Contributed (including Dissertation talks)
You may present a maximum of four (4) abstracts from the above categories, selecting no more than one paper for any one category.
2022 DPS URM TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 5
The DPS once again offers travel funds to encourage and support participation of students, scientists, and other space professionals who are members of historically underrepresented and underserved 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. To apply for in-person travel support for either the DPS or NSBP 2022 meeting, please apply by August 5. Tentatively, a later deadline will be set for applications for virtual registration (but such applications can be submitted now).
The application can be found at content/underrepresented-minority-communities-planetary-science-travel-grant-form.
The DPS community is encouraged to support this fund – donations can be submitted at:Inclusivity/support-underrepresented-minority-communities-planetary-science.
ELECTION OPEN UNTIL AUG 12
You should have received your ballot last week in your email. This election has two components: voting for Division leaders and considering changes to the DPS Bylaws.
LEADERSHIP: This year we’re choosing a new Vice-Chair, two DPS Committee members, and one Student Representative to the DPS Committee. The Vice-Chair will become Chair in October 2023. Information and position statements for all candidates have been collected into this single PDF.
BYLAWS: Please review the DPS Bylaws Markup before voting FOR or AGAINST approval.
SURVEY TO GUIDE FUTURE DPS MEETING STRUCTURES BY JULY 25
The DPS Meetings Exploration Team (DPS-MXT) is working to identify options for future DPS fall meeting structures (e.g., virtual, in-person focused, or hybrid) that would best serve the full DPS community, and is soliciting input from the DPS community via a survey. The survey will take 5-30min to fill out (depending on your level of answer detail) and is at: https://bit.ly/3R6XUgD. More information about DPS-MXT can be found at meetings/dps-mxt, and questions/comments can be directed to the DPS-MXT Chair, Serina Diniega ([email protected]). Thank you for your help!
AGU SESSION P009: EXTRAORDINARY ENCELADUS
With the release of the 2023-2032 Decadal Survey Origins, Worlds, and Life, we now know that a return to Enceladus is a top priority of the planetary science and astrobiology communities. The reason why Enceladus is of such profound interest is the extraordinary science that it has provided on ocean world processes and the potential for life beyond Earth.
This long-standing session seeks to continue our discussions on all of the fascinating phenomena that make Enceladus so alluring. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics that include (but are not limited to): Enceladus’s plume, its jets/curtains, surface geology and composition, tectonics, ocean chemistry, heat generation and transport processes, hydrothermal systems, analog studies, interior structure, thermal and geochemical evolution, formation and age, prebiotic chemistry, habitability, and the possible nature and signatures of life. Submissions on approaches/instruments for future missions are also encouraged.
We welcome a diversity of perspectives.
Please submit your abstract by August 3 at
Chris Glein (Southwest Research Institute) and Laurie Barge (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA WORKSHOP: SMD BRIDGE PROGRAM
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will be holding a community workshop in October with the goal of co-creating the NASA SMD Bridge Program. The NASA SMD Bridge Program is a new initiative to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility within the NASA workforce and within the U.S. science and engineering communities. The program aims to increase engagement and partnering between NASA centers and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), and PhD-granting Universities, with a focus on paid research and engineering student positions at participating institutions to transition science and engineering students from undergraduate studies into graduate schools and employment by NASA.
The NASA SMD Bridge Program Workshop will be fully virtual and is scheduled to take place from October 17-22, 2022. Any and all members of the STEM or STEM education communities are welcome to attend. Interested parties may submit an indication of interest (through July 25, 2022) to attend the workshop here. See the workshop website and FAQ for more information.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Padi Boyd [patricia.t.boyd_at_nasa.gov] with any additional questions. Please also feel free to distribute this announcement to members of your communities.
JOBS, POSITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES
A. Postdoc MITHNEOS, NAU
The postdoctoral scholar will work in collaboration with Dr. Cristina Thomas and other project team members on the MIT-Hawaii Near Earth Object Spectroscopic Survey (MITHNEOS), a long-running near-infrared spectral survey using SpeX on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). Leadership of the program has recently passed to Dr. Thomas at NAU. The postdoctoral scholar will take a leading role in all aspects of the survey including target selection, spectroscopic observations (~1 night per month), reduction, and data analysis.
To apply please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of past research accomplishments and future research goals (2 pages or less), and contact information for three references.
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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