Issue 23-01, January 7, 2023
- INVITATION TO JOIN THE 2023 SAN ANTONIO DPS MEETING VIRTUAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (VOC)
- 2023-02-04 POLYMELE OCCULTATION IN SUPPORT OF THE LUCY MISSION
- FIRST “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” IN ICARUS AWARDED TO MATHILDE KERVAZO
- URANUS FLAGSHIP: INVESTIGATIONS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR CROSS-DISCIPLINE SCIENCE
- SBAG 28 – 3RD ANNOUNCEMENT – JANUARY 24-25, 2023
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM
- BIENNIAL EUROPEAN ASTROBIOLOGY CONFERENCE (BEACON), 8-12 MAY 2023
- ACM ASTEROID NAME NOMINATIONS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
INVITATION TO JOIN THE 2023 SAN ANTONIO DPS MEETING VIRTUAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (VOC)
The DPS is planning a hybrid meeting for the 2023 meeting in San Antonio, and thus we will have a Virtual Organizing Committee (VOC) as well as a LOC and SOC. We are looking for people who want to brainstorm and implement ideas for a great hybrid meeting. This far out from the meeting we know not everyone has made their plans, but you can be on the VOC whether you are planning to attend in person or virtually. We need to make it a great meeting for all, and all perspectives are helpful!
We will only have a few VOC meetings in the next few months, the real work will pick up over the summer and into Sept as the meeting is put together (the meeting itself is Oct 1-6, 2023). I expect it to be something like 5-15 hours per person, it is a bit of a choose your adventure for what you would like to help with. If you are interested please e-mail me at [email protected].
2023-02-04 POLYMELE OCCULTATION IN SUPPORT OF THE LUCY MISSION
On 2023 Feb 04 at 01:40 UT (geocentric), a 13.3 magnitude star will be occulted by (15094) Polymele, one of the mission targets for Lucy. This event will be visible from N. America, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, and Tunisia. Observers are especially needed to help with the observations in North America (somewhere between Las Vegas, NM and Detroit, MI). We are targeting 100 stations for this event in an attempt to recover Polymele’s satellite that was discovered in March 2022. Anyone wishing to be considered for the observing team should contact Marc Buie ([email protected]) for instructions and more details. The prediction for this event can be seen at:
FIRST “BEST STUDENT-LED PAPER” IN ICARUS AWARDED TO MATHILDE KERVAZO
The Journal Icarus has established a new prize for the best paper led by a student. The first prize, from a selection of student-led papers published in Icarus between Sept 2021 and August 2022, was awarded to “Inferring Io’s interior from tidal monitoring” by Kervazo et al.
with the following motivation: “The paper’s tidal analysis is impressively detailed and sets the stage for using physical measurements of the surface properties to determine structure and melt fraction of
the interior of Io. The paper itself is well-structured and clear, making it accessible even to the non-expert. New measurements anticipated from missions to the jovian system may also further the
impact of the models developed in this paper.” Congratulations to Mathilde Kervazo and her team.
We invite students to submit their best planetary-science papers to Icarus and to participate to the next edition of this prestigious prize.
Alessandro Morbidelli (Editor of Icarus)
URANUS FLAGSHIP: INVESTIGATIONS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR CROSS-DISCIPLINE SCIENCE
July 25 – 27, 2023
Held in Pasadena, California and On-line
This is a “save the date” announcement for a workshop that will bring together scientists and engineers to discuss the cross-disciplinary science to be done at Uranus and the instruments needed to achieve that science. It will advance planning for the Uranus Orbiter and Probe mission called for by the recently released Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey. Please visit the website https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/uranusflagship2023/
to receive detailed information on the workshop as it becomes available.
Conveners: Dave Atkinson, Mark Hofstadter, Jamie Jasinski, and Erin Leonard
SBAG 28 – 3RD ANNOUNCEMENT – JANUARY 24-25, 2023
The 28th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will take
place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24-25, 2023. The meeting is hybrid
with the in-person portion being held at IPAC on the Caltech campus in
Pasadena, CA. Registration information, a link to current Caltech COVID-19
protocols, and hotel block and other logistical information are posted on
the meeting website at: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/sbag-28/. A
draft agenda will also be posted there shortly, if not already available
at the time of this publication.
NASA POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM
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.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, biological and physical science, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration systems, space operations, space technology, and astrobiology.
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 eligibilityrequirements. Stipends start at $70,000 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]
BIENNIAL EUROPEAN ASTROBIOLOGY CONFERENCE (BEACON), 8-12 MAY 2023
The Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON) will take place at the La Palma &Teneguia Princess Hotel on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain) from 8 – 12 May 2023.
The programme starts on May 8th in the morning and ends on May 12th in the evening. Around 10 invited talks (30 min) by leading scientists in the field and 30 contributed talks (15 minutes) in addition to a poster session are planned. The sessions will cover all fields of astrobiology.
La Palma also offers a multitude of relevant research infrastructures (telescopes) and locations (active volcanoes, recent lava fields, Mars-analogue landscapes, etc.) We will visiting many of these sites during our conference excursion. Outreach events for the general public will also be held.
Bursaries are available for students and early career scientists from European Astrobiology Institute Participating Entities. Recipients of the bursaries are selected from the submitters of abstracts by the Scientific Organisation Committee.
The BEACON registration deadline is March 1st, 2023. However, the deadline to submit an abstract is January 31st, 2023.
For all other information check the website: https://europeanastrobiology.eu/Beacon/
ACM ASTEROID NAME NOMINATIONS DUE JAN 13
The Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC) of the Asteroids Comets Meteors (ACM) conference recognizes the tradition of announcing new asteroid names for (recent, at the time of the meeting) PhD recipients in ACM fields. This tradition will continue at the upcoming ACM to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona June 18-23, 2023. To help make this process as complete as possible, supervisors, advisors, and colleagues are encouraged to contact any member of the SOC with nominations.
Nominations should include a citation (<360 characters), full name, and birth year for the nominee. Example citations can be viewed here:
Nominations deadline: January 13, 2023
ACM 2023 SOC
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
A. Assistant/Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences, UCF
The Department of Physics (physics.ucf.edu) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-earning) or associate professor (tenured) anticipated to begin August 2023. We seek candidates whose experience and plans emphasize fundamental experimental research in the fields of space resources, planetary and remote-sensing instrumentation, and SmallSat development. The successful candidate will have skills and research expertise to successfully propose for flight hardware projects, including commercial missions as well as flight instruments and mission leadership and establish a vigorous, externally funded, and creative research program with a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, planetary sciences, or a closely related discipline and a substantial record of independent research. For appointment to the tenured associate rank the candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with that rank.
UCF requires all applications be submitted electronically at, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/.
The full position posting with application instructions is here: https://ucf.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/careers/job/Orlando-FL-Main-Campus/Assistant-Professor-or-Associate-Professor–Experimental-Planetary-Sciences_R103135
Questions can be directed via email to Professor Daniel Britt, search committee chair, at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted by February 2, 2023.
B. Research Space Scientist, Research AST Planetary Studies, NASA Marshall
Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
C. PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research, Kiruna, Sweden
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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