Issue 23-22, Aug 11, 2023
- AAS DPS ANNOUNCES 2023 PRIZE WINNERS
- UPCOMING DPSC-EPSC DEADLINES
- AAS JOURNALS PEER REVIEW WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 1, 2023
- ELECTION IS OPEN UNTIL AUG 15
- THE CROSS AG IDEA WORKING GROUP SEEKING NEW CO-CHAIR
- WORKSHOP: HABITABILITY: THE ASTROPHYSICAL, ATMOSPHERIC, AND GEOPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS
- WORKSHOP ON EDIA FOR LEADERS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE #EDIALPS
- THE NEW HORIZONS URANUS/NEPTUNE OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN, AND A REQUEST FOR GROUNDBASED AMATEUR OBSERVING SUPPORT
- JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
AAS DPS ANNOUNCES 2023 PRIZE WINNERS
The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
has named its prize winners for 2023
William McKinnon - 2023 Gerard P. Kuiper Prize
Dr. William B. McKinnon is awarded the 2023 Kuiper prize for outstanding contributions to planetary science for proposing a series of novel and important ideas which, having been confirmed, profoundly changed our view of geophysical processes in the solar system. Among his ideas he developed: the leading theory of multi- ringed basin formation, the ring-tectonic model, which was spectacularly verified by the Grail mission’s gravity observations of the lunar Orientale basin; that the arcuate tectonic structures within Galileo Regio on Ganymede form a ring system similar to (but larger than) the Valhalla system on Callisto; that an impact on Pluto formed its moon Charon: that Cassini gravity data, interpreted by others to imply either a regional subsurface sea or global ocean on Enceladus requires the latter; and that the physical properties of Arrokoth, visited by New Horizons, implies formation by gravitational collapse rather than hierarchical accretion thereby confirming a key prediction of pebble accretion. Dr. McKinnon has constructed the most comprehensive and physically rigorous models of the interiors of Pluto and Triton and showed how Pluto’s Sputnik Planum could be formed by convective overturn in nitrogen-rich ice. Some examples of Dr McKinnon’s leadership and service to the planetary science community include being a Past Chair of the DPS and president of the Planetary Sciences section of the AGU, a member of the steering committee for the most recent Decadal Survey in Planetary Science and Astrobiology, a past chair of OPAG, a past chair of the National Academy CAPS committee and a member of numerous mission teams including, New Horizons mission team, the RIME Radar for JUICE, and MASPEX, REASON Radar, and Gravity Science for the Europa Clipper mission.
Amy Simon - 2023 Claudia J. Alexander Prize
Dr. Amy Simon is awarded the 2023 Alexander Prize for a mid-career scientist who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions that have significantly advanced our knowledge of planetary systems, including our solar system. Her research spans the breadth from the smallest bodies to the most giant planets. Recent accomplishments include work on asteroid Bennu (target of the OSIRIX-Rex mission), which revealed evidence that organic and carbonate materials are widely distributed (“ubiquitous”) across the surface and particularly strong in certain boulders and the creation of the Hubble Space Telescope Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy Program (OPAL), which established annual imaging of all four of our Solar System’s giant planets - in perpetuity for the rest of Hubble’s lifetime. Dr. Simon served on the Steering Committee of the Planetary Science Decadal Survey twice. She has taken leadership roles in many planetary missions past (Landsat, Cassini, Galileo), present (OSIRIS-Rex), and future (Lucy, JUICE). Her other leadership activities include a large number of advisory and scientific committees, as well as participation in many conference organizing committees. Most recently she served on the program committee for the 2022 “Workshop on In Situ Exploration of the Giant Planets II” and co-led the Ice Giant Mission Study for NASA. She has served on the DPS Committee and devoted 6 years to the AAS Committee on Status of Women. Dr. Simon has also served on the Icarus Editorial Board, and has served as a Guest Editor for Planetary and Space Science as well as Philosophical Transactions A.
Quanzhi Ye - 2023 Harold C. Urey Prize
Dr. Quanzhi Ye is awarded the 2023 Urey Prize which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary science by an early-career scientist for his contribution to understanding of small bodies in the inner solar system by exploring the boundary between active and inactive objects. Dr. Ye has been contributing research-grade solar system observations to the scientific community since he was in high school. In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that many small bodies in our solar system cannot be given the binary label “comet” or “asteroid,” but instead are at different places in a continuum of formational and evolutionary processes. Dr. Ye distinguished himself via numerical modeling that ties meteor showers to specific comets and asteroids. This can reveal past activity in ways not otherwise possible. He has subsequently diversified his research to lead both imaging and spectroscopic studies, with recent high-profile results including the highest quality spectrum of 1I/‘Oumuamua and Hubble observations of the extremely close approach to Earth of (3200) Phaethon. Dr. Ye has first-authored 31 peer-reviewed papers. He has also served as an international ambassador for Astronomy through his organization of the Lulin Sky Survey in Taiwan while a student at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou in mainland China, his co-translation of astronomy books into Chinese, and maintaining an active media and outreach presence in both English and Chinese.
Dale Cruikshank - 2023 Harold Masursky Prize
Dr. Dale Cruikshank has been awarded the 2023 Masursky Prize for outstanding service to the planetary science community. Dr Cruikshank worked tirelessly to document and preserve DPS history. His example and advocacy for preserving the DPS history led to the creation of the post of DPS historian where he served as the first historian of the DPS until 2020. He has also worked to build international bridges between scientists through outreach to USSR scientists during the cold war and active participation in the IAU (serving as President for IAU Commission 16). He was Associate Editor of Icarus and a member of multiple decadal studies in both Planetary Science and Astronomy.
Tracy Becker - 2023 Carl Sagan Medal
Dr. Tracy Becker is awarded the 2023 Sagan medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public for her continued innovative outreach to underserved audiences including Spanish speaking audiences, hearing- and visually impaired students. Her activities have shown leadership in developing sustainable outreach programs by co-creating and organizing as Astronomy on Tap San Antonio where she recruited, trained, and mentored colleagues in science communication. Her outreach activities include numerous news articles, press releases, media appearances, and outreach programs.
Marina Koren - 2023 Jonathan Eberhart Award
Marina Koren is the recipient of the 2023 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award for distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences for the article “The Existential Wonder of Space” published in the Atlantic. The article centers around Saturn’s moon Titan and the NASA New Frontiers Dragonfly Mission. Using Titan’s science and exploration history, the article follows a narrative arc about the sometimes-frustrating slowness of bringing an idea to fruition. Written for a general audience, it is the kind of writing that makes the reader want to know more about planetary science and to relate that to things in their own life that take time to mature.
Full press release here:
UPCOMING DPS-EPSC DEADLINES
- 16 August: DPS-EPSC 2023: Workshop catering request deadline
- 16 August: DPS-EPSC 2023: Splinter catering request deadline
- 17 August: DPS-EPSC 2023: Early registration deadline
- 6 September: SwRI Tour reservation deadline
- 8 September: DPS-EPSC 2023: Hotel reservation deadline
AAS JOURNALS PEER REVIEW WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 1, 2023
Apply to our in-person peer review workshop on Sunday October 1, 2023 at the DPS-EPSC 2023 Meeting in San Antonio, Texas - https://aas.org/meetings/dps55/meeting-program. Applications are due by September 7, 2023 - https://forms.gle/vwqQjiPo3ki3Ypcs8.
Note: You must be registered and attending the DPS-EPSC 2023 Meeting in-person in order to participate in this in-person workshop.
This in-person workshop focuses on key aspects of the peer-review process at the AAS journals, which includes the Planetary Science Journal. Through extensive training with hands-on labs, participants gain familiarity with the AAS peer-review process and learn how to make better use of peer-review for their own manuscripts. Be ready to interact with your fellow participants and Scientific Editors. These are not passive, online, slide-oriented workshops!
- Learn about the peer review process at the AAS journals from its Scientific Editors
- Explore examples of referee reports
- Gain experience by writing a referee report during the workshop
- Lunch provided!
On successful completion of the workshop, participants receive a graduation certificate and will be designated in the AAS Journals system as a certified reviewer.
Date: Sunday, Oct 1, 2023
Time: 8:00 am CDT to 12:00 pm CDT (4 hour duration)
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ELECTION IS OPEN UNTIL AUG 15
Have you voted yet? More people have already voted this year than last year. We’re now into the final week!
We're choosing a new Vice-Chair and two DPS Committee members. The Vice-Chair will become Chair in October 2024.
Information and position statements for the candidates have been collected into this single PDF; however, if you prefer the information separately, please click on each candidate's name in this section. The same information is also accessible on your ballot.
Vice-Chair (one to be elected)
DPS Committee Members (two to be elected; vote for up to two candidates)
For more information about current officers and committee members, please visit the leadership section of the DPS website.
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THE CROSS AG IDEA WORKING GROUP SEEKING NEW CO-CHAIR
The Cross AG IDEA Working Group is an organization of planetary scientists committed to working on matters of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in our community. The Working Group's role is to provide feedback and suggestions for accountability for the Planetary Science Advisory Group and to listen to the needs of the NASA assessment/analysis groups. We are looking for someone to serve as co-chair for a 2-year term. See https://www.lpi.usra.edu/idea/working-group/ to learn more about the group, the duties of the co-chair, and how to notify us of your interest in the co-chair position.
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WORKSHOP: HABITABILITY: THE ASTROPHYSICAL, ATMOSPHERIC, AND GEOPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS
May 21 – June 14, 2024.
MIAPbP, Garching, Germany
It is our pleasure to announce the 2024 Planetary Habitability program at the Munich Institute for Astro-, Particle, and Bio-Physics (MIAPbP). This workshop brings together scientists from all areas of habitability including stellar astrophysics, planetary science, planetary dynamics, atmospheric science, geology, and geophysics to discuss fundamental questions regarding the formation, characterization, and detection of habitable planets.
For more details, see the website
To attend, please apply using the above website. The application deadline is September 24, 2023. When applying, please note that MIAPbP requires attendance for at least two weeks (10 working days).
Financial support is available at the rate of EUR 80 per day for accommodation and local expenses. Additional financial support for attendees with family and children, and for graduate students is also available. Please see the details at
We look forward to receiving your applications.
Nikolaos Georgakarakos, Nader Haghighipour, Dimitri Veras, Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
WORKSHOP ON EDIA FOR LEADERS IN PLANETARY SCIENCE #EDIALPS
October 23-25, 2023
We invite planetary scientists in leadership roles to join us for the third 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 an introduction to EDIA concepts and the basic tools needed to enact positive change in personal and professional spheres. 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, Dec. 2022
Facilitators: Drs. Julie Rathbun and JA Grier.
Website, draft agenda/schedule/ and application: https://edialps.psi.edu
THE NEW HORIZONS URANUS/NEPTUNE OBSERVATION CAMPAIGN, AND A REQUEST FOR GROUNDBASED AMATEUR OBSERVING SUPPORT
NASA’s New Horizons (NH) spacecraft plans to observe Uranus and Neptune from its location in the outer solar system in September 2023, concurrently with the Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit. The NH science team requests and welcomes observations of both of these ice giant planets from the global amateur astronomy community during the week before, during and after these observations to enhance the science that NH and HST observations produce.
The timeframes of NH and HST observations for each object are as follows:
Urans (NH and HST offset observing times)
NH: 12:15 UT on Sept. 16 until 6:27 UT on Sept. 17 (17.2 hours).
HST: 6:00 UT on Sept. 17 through 21:00 UT on Sept 18.
Neptune (NH and HST are basically concurrent)
NH: Sept. 22, 7:35 UT – Sept. 23, 16:59 UT (32.4 hours)
HST: Sept. 22, 3:20 UT – Sept. 23, 18:10 UT
For more details and general finding charts please see:
Once you have images of Neptune or Uranus to contribute, post them on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #NHIceGiants.
Include the date and time of all images you post and the filter bandpass used.
JOB, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Solar System Geophysics & Atmospheres or Solid Earth Geology & Geophysics, Caltech
- Chair in Physics and Applied Physics, The University of Massachusetts Lowell
The University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for the position of Chair to lead an established and active Department of Physics and Applied Physics. We seek a visionary chair with a record of academic and research achievement to take the department to a new level, who will supervise and maintain departmental academic activities, while continuing their independent research program in a field that enhances and/or complements our current research strengths. The successful candidate will be a nationally prominent academic leader with an established record of excellence in research, education and mentorship that can promote a culture of innovation, collaboration, respect, and integrity.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a leading public research university in the greater Boston area and has a national reputation in science, engineering, and technology. The appointee will be offered a competitive start-up package, with access to high-end research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines in various science and engineering departments and research centers.
The position is open until filled, with a planned start date of summer 2024. To apply and more information, go to: https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/519485/professor-and-department-chair-of-physics-and-applied-physics
- Postdoctoral Position in Time-Series Astronomy with the NASA TESS Mission Data, NASA GSFC
- Community Engagement Coordinator for the NASA Science Explorer
- Chair, School Of Earth And Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech
The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta invites applications for the position of Chair of the School and Professor, with an anticipated starting date of August 1, 2024. Candidates should have an outstanding record as a researcher, educator and mentor, and an accomplished record of effective leadership. In addition, they should possess a strong commitment to staff and faculty development; student success; institutional advancement/development and public engagement. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.
Applications will be considered beginning September 15, 2023, but the search will continue until the position is filled.
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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