Issue 23-05, February 26, 2023
- CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- DPS COMMITTEE SEEKS SECRETARY FOR 2023-26 TERM
- PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
- WORKSHOP: 4TH DUST, ATMOSPHERE AND PLASMA ENVIRONMENT OF THE MOON AND SMALL BODIES
- CALL FOR PAPERS: THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL FOCUS ISSUE ON CENTAURS
- NN-EXPLORE INFORMATIONAL SESSION: MON FEB 27 2-3PM PST
- WORKSHOP ON EDIA FOR LEADERS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
- 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
The DPS sponsors six prizes:
(1) The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize recognizes and honors outstanding
contributors to the field of planetary science.
(2) The Claudia J. Alexander Prize recognizes excellence and
achievements by a mid-career scientist.
(3) The Harold C. Urey Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding
achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.
(4) The Harold Masursky Award recognizes and honors individuals who
have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and
(5) The Carl Sagan Medal recognizes and honors outstanding
communication by an active planetary scientist to the general
(6) The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award
recognizes distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.
DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are
encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes. Please fill out the
nomination form and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee:
Questions: Email [email protected]
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.
PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
February 28 and March 1, 2023
The next Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting will take place February 28 and March 1, as a hybrid meeting (at NASA Headquarters and on WebEx). The agenda is posted online, with WebEx connection information: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/nac/science-advisory-committees/pac
Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for this meeting. NASA is committed to providing equal access to this meeting for all participants. If you need alternative formats or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Ms. KarShelia Kinard, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, (202) 358–2355 or [email protected].
WORKSHOP: 4TH DUST, ATMOSPHERE AND PLASMA ENVIRONMENT OF THE MOON AND SMALL BODIES
The 4th Dust, Atmosphere, and Plasma Environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2023) will be a three-day workshop from June 5-7, 2023 in Boulder, CO.
Abstract submission (deadline March 31, 2023) and registration (deadline May 15, 2023) are open at: impact.colorado.edu/dap/2023.
The DAP-2023 workshop will be hosted by the SSERVI-IMPACT team at the University of Colorado, and will be a forum to (i) discuss our current understanding of the surface Environment of the Moon and other small bodies, (ii) share new results from past and ongoing missions to the moon, airless bodies and comets, and (iii) describe expectations, problems, and solutions for planned future missions to dusty destinations.
DAP-2023 will follow the traditions of three previous workshops, LDAP-2010, DAP-2012, and DAP-2017.
Tobin Munsat, Xu Wang, Mihaly Horanyi, Jan Deca, Addie Dove, and Jorge Núñez
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL FOCUS ISSUE ON CENTAURS
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 and will continue until December 2023. Accepted manuscripts will be made available at the PSJ Focus Issue website as soon as they are published. You can see the first articles already published in the CENTAURS 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.
Send your next Centaur paper to PSJ!
NN-EXPLORE Informational Session: Mon Feb 27 2-3pm PST
In preparation for the upcoming NOIRLab request for 2023B observing proposals, the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-EXPLORE –https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/) program will host a remote informational session on observing opportunities available to the US community. This session will be useful to observational astronomers interested in exoplanet research and associated with US institutions.
NN-EXPLORE opportunities include access to the NEID high resolution spectrometer at the WIYN telescope in Kitt Peak, High Resolution Speckle imaging at WIYN, Gemini-North and Gemini-South, and access to radial velocity facilities in the Southern Hemisphere (SMARTS-1.5m/CHIRON and MINERVA-Australis).
The session will describe the resources available to users preparing proposals, the performance of the instruments, and types of observations that benefit most of these instruments.
The session will take place Monday, February 27th, 2023, 2-3 pm (PST) at https://jpl.webex.com/meet/ardila. If you have any questions, please contact the NN-EXPLORE manager: David R. Ardila ([email protected]).”
The NN-EXPLORE Program David Ardila (JPL) / 10 min
High Resolution Imaging Steve Howell (Ames Research Center) / 10 min
The NEID spectrometer Sarah Logsdon (NOIRLab) / 10 min
The SMARTS/CHIRON spectrometer Todd Henry (RECONS) / 10 min
The MINERVA-Australis spectrometer Rob Wittenmyer (USQ Australia) / 10 min
Additional Discussion All / 10 min
For more information see:
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
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
A. Planetary Scientist, NASA GSFC
B. Postdoctoral researcher, Macau SAR
The State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Science at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau SAR, China (https://www.must.edu.mo/en/ssi) now welcomes applications for a postdoctoral research position working with Dr. Man-To Hui to study the physical and dynamical properties of asteroids and comets (including interstellar objects and other relevant objects/topics). Applicants with experience in data reduction/analysis of astronomical observations and/or numerical simulations of orbital dynamics/thermodynamics will be prioritised. The position has a two-year term, starting as early as possible in 2023. Depending on the funding availability, an extension of the position is possible. The salary will be 25,000 MOP per month, and there will be additional support for publication charges and conference trips. Prospective applicants should obtain a Ph.D. degree in astronomy, planetary sciences, or other relevant fields, with proof of research competence and enthusiasm, such as a strong record of publication. The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue independent research. Besides research, the applicant may enjoy themselves by exploring Macau, a
unique place in the world where Chinese and Portuguese cultures met and mixed, and may even win extra money in casinos.
To apply for the position, the applicant should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, and contact details of two referees who will write a recommendation to Dr. Man-To Hui at [email protected] by 30 April 2023 for full consideration. Should you have more questions,
feel free to contact Dr. Man-To Hui.
C. Postdoctoral Associate in Exoplanet Atmospheres, U. Md
D. Postdoctoral position in laboratory planetary science/astrophysics
E. Postdoc in Laboratory Planetary Science/Astrophysics at UT San Antonio
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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