Issue 23-25, Aug 27, 2023
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: 2023 ELECTION RESULTS
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS TO CONTINUE HYBRID MEETINGS
- DPS-EPSC 2023 ORAL TALK UPLOAD DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 29TH
- BOOK YOUR LODGING AT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 8
- DPS HISTORY AT JANUARY 2024 AAS MEETING
- AAS JOURNALS PEER REVIEW WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 1, 2023
- LONG-TERM VARIABILITY MONITORING STRATEGIES FOR HST AND JWST (RFI)
- SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE DPS 2023–VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SPEAKERS
- JOB OPENINGS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: 2023 ELECTION RESULTS
It is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2023 DPS elections.
Congratulations to Athena Coustenis, who is the incoming Vice-Chair, and to Steven Vance and Laura Woodney, the incoming Committee members. These elected members will begin their terms of service after the Members Meeting at the 55th Annual DPS meeting in October.
The Division for Planetary Sciences relies on volunteers for its leadership positions and we thank all members who were willing to run for these elected positions. A special thanks to our Nominating Subcommittee, Alessondra Springmann, Morgan Cable, and Tim Livengood for assembling the 2023 slate of candidates, Secretary Maria Womack, for running the elections and to the AAS for their technical support.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: DPS TO CONTINUE HYBRID MEETINGS
Many of you may have seen the note from the AAS in August, explaining that they intend to “pause” their hybrid meeting options, starting with the 2024 Winter meeting in New Orleans:
I wanted to write to assure you that the decision to pause hybrid meeting options for the main AAS meeting does not impact the DPS meetings. The format for DPS meetings will continue to be decided by the DPS Committee, in coordination with the LOC, VOC, and SOC Chairs. The 2023 Fall meeting will remain a hybrid meeting, and options for virtual registration are available on the meeting website (https://aas.org/meetings/dps55). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].
DPS-EPSC 2023 ORAL TALK UPLOAD DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 29TH
The DPS-EPSC 2023 meeting on October 1-6 will be here before you know it. Please note on your calendars that the deadline for uploading (https://warpspeedtech.com/aas-dps23) oral talks and lightning poster slides is September 29th. This method of removing the speaker-ready room and planning ahead provides considerable cost savings and helps keep the hybrid format running smoothly.
Please also note that even after you’ve registered that you can go back and add a workshop, excursion, and/or RSVP for the Open Mic Night. A fun bus trip to Texas Hill/Wine Country in historic Fredericksburg nearby is planned for Saturday Oct. 7. See details on the $40 excursion here (https://aas.org/meetings/dps55/excursions). Texas wine country is the second largest in the U.S. next to California with a quality that is sure to surprise you, and the Texas whiskey distillery industry is booming (https://www.visitsanantonio.com/hill-country-wineries-and-tours/). The natural beauty of this picturesque area is worth the trip in itself. See more here (https://youtu.be/aUU9Bd2aH_I).
BOOK YOUR LODGING AT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL BY SEPTEMBER 8
AAS/DPS has contracted with the Marriott Rivercenter hotel for the DPS-EPSC 2023 Conference. The leadership would like to encourage participants to make their reservation with the official contracted DPS-EPSC hotel block. Reduced rates are available through September 8, 2023. Booking with the conference hotel supports the DPS-EPSC 2023 conference by reducing costs associated with the meeting facilities. This supports the overall financial stability of DPS.
Additional benefits for booking within the official contracted hotel block include:
- Networking – whether it’s in a hotel lobby, the hotel coffee shop, or elevator ride, there are numerous opportunities for attendees to connect with each other by staying at the conference hotel.
- Easily accessible — staying in the conference hotel means less travel time, since you are already where you are supposed to be each morning. If you need a few minutes to yourself, your room is only an elevator ride away.
- Support — should you encounter any issues with your stay, the AAS staff can support you in getting them resolved with the hotel.
DPS HISTORY AT JANUARY 2024 AAS MEETING
2024 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the AAS. As part of the celebration of that, the AAS Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) is organizing a session about the history of the AAS divisions. The session will take place during the 243rd AAS meeting in New Orleans, LA January 7-11, 2024. HAD is looking for speakers from each AAS division to give talks about the history of the divisions. If you are planning to attend the AAS meeting in New Orleans and you would be willing to give a talk about the history of the DPS, please send a message to [email protected].
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)
Contact [email protected] with any questions.
LONG-TERM VARIABILITY MONITORING STRATEGIES FOR HST AND JWST (RFI)
The STScI Interim Director is seeking input (via a working group) on how HST and JWST observations can be leveraged to probe the variable universe at moderate and longer timescales.
Read more here:
Share your thoughts in a quick survey (closes 8 Sept 2023):
If interested in coordinating 1-page contributions (due 8 Sept 2023), you can list/link your contribution on the “JWST Giant Planets” team page:
PDF contributions to the working group will remain confidential, so listing/ linking your contribution is optional. Only about 4% of the working group membership consists of planetary scientists, so community response from solar system observers will be of high value.
Mike Wong (UC Berkeley)
HST STUC member
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THE DPS 2023–VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SPEAKERS
The American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS, https://dps.aas.org/ ) will be hosting their annual scientific meeting in San Antonio, TX this October!
We are looking for speakers to participate in Virtual Classroom Events in the weeks previous to the DPS conference. These events will be for high school students. We look for colleagues at all career stages, diverse backgrounds, heritage, and affiliations.
You can volunteer to participate as a speaker filling this form (2 mins)
More information, below.
What: We will be hosting virtual school/classroom visits where scientists across different aspects of Planetary Science will discuss their career paths (how did they get to where they are?) and tell the students what a typical day in their lives looks like! We will then open it up for a Q&A.
When: This event will be 45-60 min depending on your availability. Virtual visits are September 18-29, 2023 as the meeting will be October 1-6, 2023.
Where: Via Zoom/Skype/Teams/GoogleMeet, whichever digital platform works best for theschool!
Who: For this form: Planetary Scientists at all career stages, planetary science students, or people working in positions related to planetary science from all backgrounds! Even those that are not attending the DPS. For the event: We are aiming to talk to middle school aged students, so roughly 6th-8th grade classes.
If you would like to be one of our 3-4 participants per class visit, please fill out this interest form and, if not, help us to distribute it around. It is very important for us to have a diverse representation in these events so that the students can find out different pathways to work in planetary science.
JOB OPENINGS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Postdoc position in exoplanets, LSU
- Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown U.
- Scientist II, Microbiology and Organic Geochemistry, JPL
- Faculty Position in Planetary Science, Rice U.
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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