Issue 23-04, February 12, 2023
- CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT TO HOST THE ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS 2026 CONFERENCE
- INVITATION TO JOIN THE SCIENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SOC) FOR THE 2023 JOINT DPS-EPSC MEETING
- PS13 SURFACE PROCESSES AT 2023 AOGS
- ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR: KATHY MANDT
- CALL FOR COMMUNITY INPUT INTO THE DEFINITION OF THE ROMAN SPACE TELESCOPE’S CORE COMMUNITY SURVEYS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 15, 2023
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.
The DPS sponsors five prizes:
The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.
The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.
The Harold C. Urey Prize [prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.
The Harold Masursky Award [prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities. Please note that the description of the Harold Masursky prize has been expanded to provide additional details on the selection criteria.
The Carl Sagan Medal [prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. Please note that the description of the Carl Sagan Medal has been expanded to provide additional details on the selection criteria.
The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.
A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [prizes/eberhart#Nomination], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.
Scroll to the bottom of prizes for rules and procedures.
Questions: Email [email protected]
CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT TO HOST THE ASTEROIDS, COMETS, METEORS 2026 CONFERENCE
With great respect and enthusiasm, we note that the organization of Asteroids, Comets, Meteors in Flagstaff, June 18-23, 2023 (ACM2023) is well on its way. As the Steering Committee for ACM conferences (ACM-SC), we call for letters of intent for ACM2026. In particular, we encourage letters of intent from outside the Americas. The letter of intent should not exceed three pages in length and can be submitted via e-mail to the ACM-SC chair ([email protected]) and/or the ACM2023 chair ([email protected]). The letters of intent are due on March 31, 2023 and the decision by the ACM-SC will be made by April 30, 2023, to be announced at the ACM2023 banquet.
Please find details for what the letter of intent should include and other important information here:
We look forward to seeing you at ACM2023 and ACM2026!
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.
PS13 SURFACE PROCESSES AT 2023 AOGS
We’ll be holding session PS13 Surface Processes on Rocky Bodies in the Solar System in the 2023 Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) meeting in Singapore coming up on 30 July – 4 August 2023
Abstract submission is currently open and will close on 14 Feb 2023.
A small fraction of the gas cloud that condensed into our Sun formed an orbiting disk that with time accreted into ever larger planetary bodies. This process represents a balancing act between constructive and destructive processes. Clearly, on a balance, the former prevailed
producing giant planets up to the size of Jupiter. However, the size-frequency distribution of the leftover materials is still highly skewed towards the smaller sizes, from dust to countless rocky debris up to the size of large asteroids such as Ceres and Vesta. The Solar System remains a very dynamic structure where violent destructive/constructive collisions still shape the surface of the targets. Some, like the terrestrial planets, except for Mercury, have volatiles (gas, liquids) that reshapes their surfaces and modifies the mineralogy. Some, like the Earth and Jupiter’s satellite Io, have still active interiors driven mostly by residual heat, gravitational
factors, and radioactive decay, all contributions to an ever-changing morphology. Further, every planetary body is subjected to the continuous bombardment of high-energy particles from both within and outside our Solar System.
By characterizing the surface geomorphology, material properties, and subsurface stratigraphy, our understanding of the geological processes that have acted on rocky bodies over their history develops. Remarkable advances in both remote sensing and in-situ exploration in recent years have shed further light on the many outstanding questions
about the formation and evolution of the Solar System.
We would like to invite you to submit abstracts related to the following topics, but are not limited to:
Recent and future planetary exploration missions;
Planetary geologic mapping;
Planetary remote sensing;
Planetary subsurface structure;
Observation and characterization of asteroids and comets;
Water, volatiles, organics;
Thermal properties of the Moon, asteroids, and comets;
Dust of planetary and small bodies;
Cosmic rays, solar wind and their interaction with planetary surfaces.
Please consider submitting an abstract
Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in
Man-To Hui, on behalf of session conveners Yi Xu and Roberto Bugiolacchi
ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR: KATHY MANDT
Date/Time: February 14, 2023, at 11am EST
Speaker: Dr. Kathy Mandt (JHU/APL)
Topic: Determining origin and evolution of Uranus with a single atmospheric probe
The Ice Giant Systems Seminar Series showcases recent developments in scientific topics covering all aspects of the ice giant systems, including atmospheres, satellites, rings, magnetic fields, interior structures, and science related to formation and evolution.
Registration is no longer needed. To access the virtual seminar, view the seminar schedule, and “Stay Informed” via the listserv, visit the series website here: https://neptuneodyssey.jhuapl.edu/Events/
We are actively looking for speakers starting in May, occurring on the second Tuesday of each month. If you’re interested in giving a talk at a future Ice Giant Systems Seminar, please email us!
Jodi Berdis: [email protected]
Mallory Kinczyk: [email protected]
CALL FOR COMMUNITY INPUT INTO THE DEFINITION OF THE ROMAN SPACE TELESCOPE’S CORE COMMUNITY SURVEYS
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, NASA’s next flagship observatory, is planned for launch in late 2026. The Roman Mission requests the astronomical community’s input for the purpose of initiating the community-led definition of the Roman Space Telescope’s Core Community Surveys. Combined, these surveys are anticipated to use the majority of the observing time during Roman’s first five years. The cosmology and exoplanet science requirements for these surveys leave significant parameter space available to define the observational strategies (filters, depth, cadence, etc.) in a way that will enable a broad range of other astrophysical investigations. We are offering two avenues for members of the community to provide information on science drivers and the requirements they place on the design of the Core Community Surveys: a short, one to two paragraph ‘science pitch’ (including a questionnaire) requested by Feb 17, 2023, and/or submission of a more technical-focused white paper, to be due in late spring, 2023.
All members of the community are encouraged to submit their science investigation ideas. The Roman Mission wants to hear from scientists worldwide across all career stages, positions, and types of institutions. All input will be passed to the committees that will be formed of community members and tasked with defining the Core Community Surveys.
For full details on this Request for Information, as well as details on the information sessions, please visit: https://roman.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/ccs_community_input.html.
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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