Issue 22-23, Aug 19, 2022
- AAS DPS ANNOUNCES 2022 PRIZE WINNERS
- CALL FOR PAPERS: THE PSJ FOCUS ISSUE ON CENTAURS
- CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE PSJ FOCUS ISSUE ON TOWARDS IN SITU OBSERVATIONS OF PLANETARY SURFACE-ATMOSPHERE INTERACTIONS
- 2023A NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
AAS DPS ANNOUNCES 2022 PRIZE WINNERS
Bonnie Buratti – 2022 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize
The DPS awards the 2022 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of planetary science to Dr. Bonnie Buratti of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology for her distinguished achievements in the understanding of planetary and small body surfaces through photometry, her career-spanning leadership in the planetary science community, and the legacy she has created through mentoring early career scientists. Nearly every planetary mission that has involved photometry over the past several decades has benefitted from Dr. Buratti’s modeling of the scattering of light and analysis of the physical properties of planetary surfaces. In addition, Dr. Buratti has led some of the most important observational campaigns conducted by these missions, such as Cassini. As just one example, Dr. Buratti made the definitive albedo map of Pluto and Charon. Dr. Buratti has served in numerous leadership roles in professional societies, including serving as Chair of DPS and SBAG, and has mentored many students every year. Many of her former students are now active planetary scientists in a wide range of institutions.
Martha Gilmore- 2022 Claudia J. Alexander Prize
The DPS is pleased to award the Claudia J. Alexander Prize recognizing outstanding contributions by a mid-career scientist to Professor Martha Scott Gilmore of Wesleyan University for her work on Venus geology and the oldest rock units on Venus located in tessera terrain. Professor Gilmore has shown that the emissivity of tesserae differs from the presumably basaltic plains in a manner consistent with more iron-poor, felsic compositions, which is the strongest evidence to date that these rocks contain evolved magmas formed on a more water-rich planet. She has shown that radar emissivity of tesserae and volcanoes varies regionally across the planet, indicating differences in rock composition and degree of weathering or age. Professor Gilmore’s work has helped usher in a new decade of exploration of Venus with the selection of two new NASA Venus missions. In addition, Professor Gilmore has served the community through membership in countless community studies and panels relating to Venus and has mentored nearly two dozen student theses.
Juan Lora – 2022 Harold C. Urey Prize
The 2022 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by an early career scientist is awarded to Professor Juan Lora of Yale University for his development of a novel global circulation model (GCM) of Titan, which he used to successfully explain Titan’s precipitation patterns and river distribution. The model incorporates the effects of polar hazes as well as the impact of Titan’s subsurface hydrology. This model is important for the success of the Dragonfly mission, and Professor Lora is a valued team member. Professor Lora has also applied this technique to Earth’s hydrology as well in order to understand atmospheric rivers, which are a key component affected by climate change. The use of advanced GCMs developed for other planets applied to Earth represents a novel and compelling way of helping to protect our home planet. Professora Lora is additionally noted for his mentorship of students.
Jim Green – 2021 Harold Masursky
The 2022 Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service to planetary science goes to Dr. Jim Green for his twelve years of service as head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division and four years as NASA Chief Scientist. He oversaw the Planetary Science Division through a period of great expansion, and the implementation of numerous ground-breaking planetary science missions and research. He has made a great effort to expand NASA’s international partnerships, promoting the spirit of scientific collaboration and cooperation across boundaries, and he has helped foster the careers of many early career scientists.
Caleb Scharf – 2022 Carl Sagan Medal
The 2022 Sagan Medal for excellence in public communication goes to Dr. Caleb Scharf of Columbia University for broadening public awareness of fields from astrophysics and planetary science to astrobiology, and for stimulating insightful and balanced public conversation on the implications of contemporary research. Dr. Scharf is a prolific writer, having written articles in Scientific American that reach a large number of people. He has also written a widely-used textbook on extrasolar planets and is a highly regarded author of popular science books on astrobiology, astronomy, and technology. He served on the editorial board of Nautilus science magazine and has contributed to a number of movies, documentaries, and popular television shows on science, inspiring many people.
Michael Greshko – 2022 Jonathan Eberhart Award
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Science Journalism Award for distinguished popular writing goes to Michael Greshko for his article “Small Wonders” published in the National Geographic magazine on August 24, 2021. This elegantly written article takes the reader on a journey through the history of small body science, covering objects from NEOs to TNOs. It deals with wide-ranging topics such as discovery and impact monitoring efforts, spacecraft exploration, as well as Solar System formation models. It describes how small bodies could be responsible for life on Earth, but also have the potential to destroy it. In the end, the article evokes a sense of belonging and being intimately part of the Solar System.
Full press release here:
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL FOCUS ISSUE ON CENTAURS
Centaurs are icy planetesimals, typically exhibiting qualities similar to asteroids and comets, which are currently on unstable orbits in the outer solar system and in transition between Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) and Jupiter Family Comets (JFCs). The study of the observed nature, conjectured origin, and measured composition of Centaurs can provide crucial constraints to formation and evolutionary models of the solar system. Centaurs have been included in the two most recent National Academy of Sciences planetary science decadal releases, and have been the main targets and focus of at least two space missions proposed in the last few years.
Thus, the AAS’s Planetary Science Journal announces a new focus issue on Centaurs. We invite papers presenting recent results and analysis regarding the origin, evolution, and composition of Centaur objects, as well as discussing the scientific importance and relevance of Centaurs as space exploration targets. Study of individual objects, sub-groups, or the Centaur population as a whole should be a substantial part of the manuscript, but need not be the only topic. For example, discussions of the relations between Centaurs and other solar system objects, such as TNOs or comets, are welcome. Review papers and historical papers for this Focus Issue will be accepted by invitation only.
Focus Issue Editors: Maria Womack (University of Central Florida) and Gal Sarid (SETI Institute). Email [email protected] for more information.
The Focus Issue is open to submissions immediately and will continue until Dec. 2023. Accepted manuscripts will be made available in the PSJ Focus Issue website as soon as they are published. You can see the first three articles that are kicking off the focus issue here: https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/2632-3338/special/2632-3338_Centaurs
Instructions: To help the editorial team plan for the issue, we ask that you please complete this quick FORM telling us about your manuscript. Once an article is submitted for the focus issue, a decision will be made whether it is in scope for the issue, and if so, it will be sent out for review following PSJ policy and guidelines.
We hope to see you there!
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PSJ FOCUS ISSUE: TOWARDS IN SITU OBSERVATIONS OF PLANETARY SURFACE-ATMOSPHERE INTERACTIONS
We invite the community to submit papers to a Planetary Science Journal focus issue, “Towards in situ observations of planetary surface-atmosphere interactions”. The goal of this special issue is to showcase recent research into surface-atmosphere interactions that can be constrained by in situ observations of present-day processes and their environmental drivers and to develop a list of outstanding questions addressable by in situ measurements on another world. For this special issue, we invite researchers to submit papers that explore the intersection of these processes and how in situ measurements on another world might answer questions regarding their scope, scale, and landform sculpting. Papers that focus on fundamental physical processes or activity on a specific planetary body (including Earth) are welcome, as long as the work relates to processes or investigations relevant to planetary science studies. Mission or instrument or operations concept papers are also welcome, as long as they are tied strongly to relevant key science questions and would enable the collection of relevant in situ measurements.
The notional schedule is for papers to be submitted through November, 2022 so the issue will come out by March, 2023. Please direct questions about this special issue to Serina Diniega: [email protected]. The other guest editors are: Lou Giersch (JPL), Jack Gillies (DRI), Brian Jackson (BSU), Alejandro Soto (SwRI), and Tim Titus (USGS).
Submission instructions and page charges are explained at https://journals.aas.org/planetary-science-journal/. Fee waivers for those with need can be requested through PSJ, please email Serina for more information.
2023A 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 2023A observing semester (February 1-July 31, 2023). All proposals are due by September 15, 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 science goals and missions in the following discipline areas:
Our Own Solar System
Physics of the Cosmos
Mission Support Proposals in any of these areas are also encouraged
Please read the Call for Proposals for complete information, semester highlights, instrument availability, and application guidelines. The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator for NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers (i.e. who have their principal affiliation at a U.S. institution). Investigators from institutions outside of the U.S. may participate as Co-Investigators.
**Advance Notice of Joint JWST/Keck Programs**
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Cycle 2 Call for Proposals will include the opportunity to propose joint programs requiring JWST and NASA Keck observations. This does not affect this 2023A NASA Keck Call for Proposals. Click here for more information.
Call for Proposals: https://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/
Questions: [email protected]
JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
- Open-rank tenure track position in Planetary and Space Science, Georgia Tech
- Open-rank tenure track position in Planetary Science, Penn State
- Postdoctoral research in Planetary Atmospheres, U. of Oxford
- Heising-Simons Pegasi 51 b Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA
- Program Director, Astronomical Sciences, NSF
- Executive Director, Fisk Vanderbilt Bridge Program
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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