Issue 22-22, Aug 13, 2022
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: 2022 DPS ELECTION RESULTS
- EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS THIS WEEK (AUG 18)
- OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) TOWN HALL
- SPICE MISSION CONCEPT TEAM WORKSHOP
- SEEKING CO-CHAIRS FOR CROSS-AG INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY WORKING GROUP
- IN MEMORIAM: ANNY-CHANTALE LEVASSEUR-REGOURD (1945-2022)
- JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: 2022 DPS ELECTION RESULTS
It is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2022 DPS elections.
Congratulations to Carol Raymond, who is the incoming Vice-Chair, and to Shawn Brooks and Jennifer Hanley, the incoming Committee members, and to Samuel Myers, incoming Student Representative. These elected members will begin their terms of service after the Members Meeting at the 54th Annual DPS meeting in October.
The Vote on the changes to the DPS Bylaws as proposed was approved. https://aas.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/DPS_Bylaws_Markup.pdf
The Division for Planetary Sciences relies on volunteers for its leadership positions and we thank all members who were willing to run for these elected positions. A special thanks to our Nominating Subcommittee, Desiree Cotto-Figueroa, Alessondra Springmann, and Morgan Cable for assembling the 2022 slate of candidates, Secretary Maria Womack, for running the elections and to the AAS for their technical support.
EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS THIS WEEK (AUG 18)
For those planning to attend in person, please allow time for your proof of vaccination to clear. Most members have been experiencing turn-around times in the range of 20 minutes to several hours. However, the vendor recommends leaving yourself 24-48 hours. Once your vaccination status has been verified, you will be provided a code to use to complete your registration.
Please note that in the event that your vaccination record is not in your professional name, you can register with whatever professional name you choose. The two systems are not linked. You will get a coded number once you are vaccine certified and that is what DPS registration will ask for. You will then be able to register using their normal DPS information.
Those traveling internationally to Canada for the DPS meeting, please continue to monitor https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. You must use the ArriveCan (either Android or iOSap, or the ArriveCan website) to enter Canada.
You can register at this link:
Also, please note that there has been some confusion about the meeting that ends on a Thursday - that will not be until 2024. This year’s meeting ends on Friday Oct 7.
OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) TOWN HALL
Europlanet Science Congress 2022, Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
Convener: Jeffrey Moore (OPAG Co-Chair)
Fri, 23 Sep, 13:45–15:15 (CEST)|Room Splinter Sala de Prensa
The purpose of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Town Hall is to update the community on OPAG activities and get community input for upcoming activities, especially in light of the new Decadal Survey recommendations and possible opportunities for international cooperation.
SPICE MISSION CONCEPT TEAM WORKSHOP
The SPICE (Space Interferometer for Cosmic Evolution) mission concept team is hosting a community workshop to help plan the next NASA Far-Infrared Probe mission concept. SPICE will offer imaging resolution comparable to that of the Webb telescope, but at ten-times longer wavelengths (25 - 400 μm) with sensitivity greatly surpassing that of Herschel to transform our understanding of:
• the physical processes that drive the evolution of galaxies and their central supermassive black holes throughout cosmic time;
• planet formation and water delivery to nascent planets;
• planetary system architectures and their development; and
• gas and ice giant exoplanet atmospheres.
Most of SPICE’s operational phase will be dedicated to a general observing program based on community proposals. The purpose of the community workshop is to introduce the SPICE mission concept, describe the legacy observations envisaged by the SPICE science team, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and suggest observations that will influence the Design Reference Mission (DRM). The DRM will be used to right-size the mission lifetime and describe a typical day, month, and year in the life of the mission. Please check the SPICE website (https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/spice) for a synopsis of the mission’s measurement capabilities.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, 14 September 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm US eastern time. It will be an all-virtual event. An agenda and connection instructions will be provided in the coming weeks. For now, we simply ask you to indicate your interest in attending the workshop by completing a registration form: https://forms.gle/jGCJoriezQQtJGdr6
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to shape a mission that could be the world’s next space-based far-infrared observatory. Please join us on September 14th.
Dave Leisawitz (email@example.com) and the SPICE Science Team
SEEKING CO-CHAIRS FOR CROSS-AG INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY WORKING GROUP
The Cross-AG Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Working Group (IDEA WG) is looking for a new Co-Chair! The IDEA WG aims to support NASA and the Planetary Science Assessment/Analysis Groups (AGs) in building a more inclusive planetary science community, by developing and disseminating relevant resources, findings, and recommendations. The WG periodically reports to the Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC), which is tasked with advising NASA’s Planetary Science Division.
The two WG Co-Chairs are responsible for organizing WG meetings, co-creating strategies for advancing IDEA in planetary science, and advocating for the group's consensus recommendations. Membership is open to all, but you do not need to be a current member of the WG in order to apply for the Co-Chair position. Applications for the open Co-Chair position are due by Wednesday, August 31, 2022 and may be submitted in written, video, audio, or other form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the Working Group, and application guidelines at: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/idea/working-group. Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions about the group, co-chair responsibilities, or the selection process.
IN MEMORIAM: ANNY-CHANTALE LEVASSEUR-REGOURD (1945-2022)
Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd (ACLR, as she liked to call herself) combined in her work ground-based and space-based observations as well as laboratory and numerical simulations to better understand the physical properties of cometary and interplanetary dust. She was appointed as a professor of astronomy and space physics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1985 and became professor emeritus in 2013, combining teaching activities with the research at the Service d'Aéronomie and, since 2009, LATMOS institute. In 1977, she applied to the ESA astronaut selection campaign and was the only woman selected amongst the final participants.
She started her research with studies of the interplanetary medium and derived the first global map in intensity and polarization of the zodiacal light, providing constraints on the local physical properties of the interplanetary dust particles.
ACLR participated in the international campaign of Halley’s comet both with observations from the ground and as the PI of the OPE experiment on-board the European Giotto spacecraft, which observed the linear polarization in the inner coma of the comet. She continued her work on the study of light scattering by irregular particles by developing facilities in the laboratory and in microgravity (such as PROGRA2, CODAG and ICAPS-LSU) to simultaneously study the intensity and polarization of aggregated particles. ACLR participated in the Rosetta mission, and actively participated in the development of the EnVisS camera, a multiwavelength polarimetric imager of the ESA Comet Interceptor spacecraft due to be launched in 2029.
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JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
- Education Specialist, National Air and Space Museum
This position is located in the Education Department-School Programs, National Air and Space Museum (NASM), in the Smithsonian Institution (SI). The incumbent responsibilities are split between managing the Discovery Station program and coordinating production needs for virtual programming at both the National Mall Building in Washington, DC and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement. This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Discovery Station Program Manager - Manages the upkeep of 30+ Discovery Stations, including ensuring stations are stocked with all necessary items and are in working order so that they can be successfully presented to visitors.
- Production Coordinator for Education - Produces media content for visitors, for presentation both virtually and in the physical museum.
- Education Material Development - Develops training and support materials in collaboration with NASM stakeholders like educators, curators and docent coordinators in order to assist Discovery Station facilitators in learning about and successfully facilitating the Stations.
- Scientific editor, American Astronomical Society Journals (incl. exoplanets)
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is soliciting applications from candidates for a position as Scientific Editor for the AAS Journals. This work will primarily support publications in The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Astrophysical Journal Supplements, and the Astronomical Journal. The search will be conducted by Ethan Vishniac, the current Editor in Chief of the AAS Journals, in consultation with the editorial board and the Publications Committee of the AAS. We are looking for candidates that have a record of achievement in astronomy and astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the fields of exoplanets, the physics of the interstellar medium, and the high energy physics of active galactic nuclei, as well as experience as an author and referee in one of these fields. Previous editorial experience is not required. We are committed to increasing diversity on our editorial board, so that it reflects the broad geographic and cultural diversity of our author community.
This is a part time position and should be held in conjunction with an academic or research appointment at a home institution. A Scientific Editor is expected to devote approximately 10% of their time to coordinating peer review of submitted manuscripts. Compensation will include a modest stipend, currently $15k USD per year, a waiver allowance at the AAS journals, and support for equipment and travel necessary to their work. Their responsibilities will include
- Finding qualified referees for journal articles, evaluating their reports and mediating the subsequent correspondence with the authors.
- Maintaining high scientific standards for articles published in the AAS journals and the integrity of the review process.
- Whenever necessary, consulting with relevant experts on the Editorial Board of the AAS Journals (https://journals.aas.org/editorial/), and responding to requests for technical assistance from them. These consultations may include purely scientific questions about submissions or even requests for editorial handling of a submission that falls within a Science Editor’s area of expertise.
- Participating in the annual editorial meetings.
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected candidates will be asked to provide a letter from their institution supporting their commitment to editorial work.
The cover letter should address the candidate's qualifications, reason for interest in the position. Applications submitted by September 30 2022 will be given full consideration. AAE/EOE.
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary (email@example.com)
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