Issue 23-03, February 5, 2023
- DPS COMMITTEE SEEKS TREASURER FOR 2023-26 TERM
- DPS COMMITTEE SEEKS SECRETARY FOR 2023-26 TERM
- INVITATION TO JOIN THE SCIENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SOC) FOR THE 2023 JOINT DPS-EPSC MEETING
- IN MEMORIAM: PETER GIERASCH (1940-2023)
- JAPAN GEOSCIENCE UNION MEETING SESSION
- THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ASTROBIOLOGY
- SPANISH WEBINAR ABOUT PLANETARY SCIENCE AND CAREERS, FEB. 14
- APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ORIGINS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
DPS COMMITTEE SEEKS TREASURER FOR 2023-26 TERM
Tony Roman is completing his 6-year term as DPS Treasurer in October 2023, and the DPS committee is looking for a replacement. The duties of the Treasurer are to prepare an annual Committee budget, oversee DPS expenditures made by the AAS and the annual meeting organizers, and prepare financial reports as needed. A complete list of officer responsibilities can be found here: leadership/officer-responsibilities. The nominal term of the DPS Treasurer is three years, and if desired, the position can be extended to a second three-year term pending approval by the DPS Committee.
Those interested in the position should send an e-mail to DPS Chair Catherine Neish ([email protected]) by March 23 with their CV and a short statement describing their interest in the position. To be eligible, applicants must be Full members of the DPS. The DPS Committee will evaluate the applications and appoint a new Treasurer prior to the October meeting, when the new term begins. Note that funds are available for one DPS Committee officer to attend the yearly meeting, depending on financial need.
The DPS Committee thanks Tony for his service to our membership and greatly appreciates the wealth of knowledge and experience he has brought to the position.
DPS COMMITTEE SEEKS SECRETARY FOR 2023-26 TERM
Maria Womack is completing her 3-year term as DPS Secretary in October 2023, and the DPS committee is looking for a replacement. The duties of the Secretary are to write up the minutes of all meetings, distribute the newsletter to the membership, prepare an annual membership report, maintain various records and documents, conduct the annual election, prepare prize certificates and citations, and oversee by-law changes. A complete list of officer responsibilities can be found here: leadership/officer-responsibilities. The nominal term of the DPS Secretary is three years, and if desired, the position can be extended to a second three-year term, pending approval by the DPS Committee.
Those interested in the position should send an e-mail to DPS Chair Catherine Neish ([email protected]) by March 23 with their CV and a short statement describing their interest in the position. To be eligible, applicants must be Full members of the DPS. The DPS Committee will evaluate the applications, and appoint a new Secretary prior to the October meeting, when the new term begins. Note that funds are available for one DPS Committee officer to attend the yearly meeting, depending on financial need.
The DPS Committee thanks Maria for her service to our membership and acknowledges her hard work to keep us informed about important events and connected as a community.
INVITATION TO JOIN THE SCIENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SOC) FOR THE 2023 JOINT DPS-EPSC MEETING
We are seeking motivated scientists across all planetary sub-disciplines who are invested in developing an excellent scientific program for the upcoming 2023 Joint DPS-EPSC Meeting in San Antonio!
The SOC will meet regularly to discuss the overall format, topics, and special sessions for the upcoming meeting and will also be responsible for sorting abstracts and finalizing the scientific program for the meeting.
For more information or to express interest in joining the SOC, please email Tracy Becker at [email protected] by February 15th.
IN MEMORIAM: PETER GIERASCH (1940-2023)
Peter Gierasch, a Cornell astronomer whose mathematical models unveiled the turbulent vortices, tempestuous eddies and atmospheric tumult arising on other worlds – long before spacecraft could consistently prove it with images – died Jan. 20 in Ithaca. He was 82.
Gierasch, a professor emeritus of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, contributed to a wealth of knowledge on the processes of planetary atmospheres – specifically Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. He served as a team scientist on the Viking, Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo and Cassini missions for NASA.
The above is an excerpt from a longer story describing Peter’s professional contributions and other remembrances by Blaine Friedlander. See below for the full article.
Here is a listing to his AAS DPS 2014 Kuiper Prize citation:
JAPAN GEOSCIENCE UNION MEETING SESSION
Please consider submitting an abstract to the “Outer Solar System Exploration Today, and Tomorrow” session at the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) Meeting held on May 21-26, 2023 in Makuhari, Japan near Tokyo.
Our session will discuss a wide range of topics encompassing the giant planets and their moons, including their origins, interiors, atmospheres, compositions, surface features, and electromagnetic fields. To advocate for current and future outer planets exploration (Juno, New Horizons, JUICE, Europa Clipper, Dragonfly and beyond), we also call for discussions on future missions to explore giant planet systems, including how to develop better international cooperation. Among new topics, we especially encourage presentations about new scientific results generated using data returned by space telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Abstracts can be submitted at the following link:
– Early-bird deadline: Feb. 2 (Thu) 14:59 (UT)
– Final deadline: Feb. 16 (Thu) 08:00 (UT)
– Jun Kimura, Osaka University
– Kunio Sayanagi, NASA Langley Research Center
– Fuminori Tsuchiya, Tohoku University
THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL IN ASTROBIOLOGY
July 10th – 14th, 2023 | Applications due Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
The 2023 school will be focused on the exploration of ocean worlds orbiting the giant planets of our solar system. Moons such as Enceladus, Europa, Ganymede, and Titan are key astrobiological targets for future exploration. These moons contain global liquid water oceans underneath icy surfaces and provide a different astrobiological perspective from rocky worlds such as Mars. Ocean worlds present deep potentially habitable environments dominated by the physical processes of water and ice where life could exist in our Solar System.
Host group contact: [email protected]
Website: Astrobiology Summer School Website
SPANISH WEBINAR ABOUT PLANETARY SCIENCE AND CAREERS, FEB. 14
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has launched a new series of webinars in Spanish, Alcanzando las Estrellas. Each 60-minute webinar features a discussion of planetary science topics and careers. Spanish-speaking students, educators, and community members are invited to learn more about the exciting field of planetary science!
Tune in on Tuesday, February 14 at 5 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. MST / 2 p.m. PST to hear from Dr. Germán Martínez. During his presentation, Dr. Martínez will share highlights from his time working on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, including how to drive a rover on another planet!
To learn more, please visit: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/2023/012623/rover/
WORKSHOP ON EDIA FOR LEADERS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
June 12 – 14, 2023, 4 hours daily, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm EST
We invite planetary scientists in leadership roles to join us for the second offering of our workshop on engaging with EDIA concepts and strategies. “Leaders” includes: mission and instrument PIs (and future PIs), department chairs, institute directors, program officers, and group leaders of all kinds. This workshop (~25 people or less, to encourage interaction) provides the basic tools needed to enact positive change in personal and professional spheres regarding inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and equity. Entirely on-line, no registration fee.
“Well organized and well-facilitated, great breadth and depth of topics, and good novel interactive components as well. The content was expertly curated and extremely well presented …” Participant, Nov. 2022
Facilitators: Drs. Julie Rathbun and JA Grier.
Website, with draft agenda/schedule, and application: https://edialps.psi.edu
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ORIGINS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR
Applications are open for the upcoming Origins of Solar Systems Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRS June 10 – 11, GRC June 11 – 16 2023).
The Origins of Solar Systems GRS is a fantastic opportunity for early-career planetary scientists and astronomers to share their work together, network, and receive mentorship. It will take place the weekend before the main meeting at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
This year’s GRS will explore topics ranging from exoplanet detection and characterization, laboratory experiments relevant to planetary formation, advances in astrochemistry and astrobiology, protoplanetary disk observations, numerical simulations of the physical and chemical processes of early solar system formation, insights provided by spacecraft missions to ancient planetary bodies, and more. We will begin the seminar with an invited keynote talk to provide attendees with the necessary background to fully engage in cross-disciplinary presentations and conversations throughout the seminar and conference. We encourage each participant to submit an abstract and identify their preference to give either a talk or poster presentation. We will accommodate as many talks as possible within the allotted meeting time, but in the event we receive more talk applications than available slots the selected talks will be prioritized on the basis of promoting scientific and participant diversity. Any participants whose applications for a talk are not selected will be offered the opportunity for a poster presentation. The meeting will also include a career panel composed of mentors in the field across a variety of career backgrounds, and we hope to financially accommodate as many participants as possible.
All attendees will be eligible to apply for travel / registration grants, with priority given to postdocs and graduate students who attend both the GRS and GRC. Applications for funding will be due in March. The number and amount of travel grants will depend upon the success in fundraising and are not known at this time.
The deadline to submit an abstract to be considered for a talk at the GRS is March 5. Please direct all questions about the application process to the GRS Co-Chairs Stephanie Jarmak ([email protected]) and Tim Lichtenberg ([email protected]) and the GRC Chair Alycia Weinberger ([email protected]).
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
A. Research Physical Scientist, AST-Solar Systems Analysis
B. Postdoctoral researcher, Mars rover science/operations and Mars data analysis
C. Postdoc in Mars Geology at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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