Issue 23-31, October 1, 2023
- DPS-EPSC MEETING STARTING TODAY: PLAN YOUR ITINERARY
- IN MEMORIAM: TED BOWELL (1943-2023)
- SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
- INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: APOPHIS T-5 YEARS
- JOB OPENINGS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
DPS-EPSC MEETING STARTING TODAY: PLAN YOUR ITINERARY
All DPS-EPSC 2023 attendees received an unclear email titled “Log in to DPS- EPSC 2023” with a link to download the main meeting app (when clicking on their preferred device). This email was indeed sent by our vendor for the app, RDMobile ([email protected]; check your Other/Spam folders). Attendees may download the Engagefully app without clicking this link, but while starting the app the main thing to note is entering the email you used to register for the meeting. Also note that we’ve contacted several people to be session chairs and found their emails to not be up to date within the AAS Membership system. Repeat the process for each device used, and note that the cross-links to Slack channels unfortunately only work on the web browser version.
Meeting website here:
IN MEMORIAM: TED BOWELL (1943-2023)
Noted astronomer Dr. Edward Leonard George “Ted” Bowell (79) passed away peacefully in Flagstaff on August 21, 2023.
Ted earned a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Paris in 1973. That same year, Dr. Bill Baum, then serving as Director of the Planetary Research Center at Lowell Observatory, offered him a job that involved the photographic study of planets. Thus began Ted’s career at Lowell, which lasted nearly 38 years until his retirement in 2011. Ted took advantage of this connection to the observatory; when people mispronounced his name, he pointed out, “It’s pronounced Bowell, which rhymes with Lowell.”
While Ted spent much of his early time at Lowell studying planets, he eventually turned his attention to asteroids. Initially using the 13-inch Lawrence Lowell Telescope—the instrument that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto, and commonly referred to as the Pluto Discovery Telescope—he began searching for these small celestial bodies. From 1979-1988, he led a survey that resulted in the discovery and naming of more than 600 such bodies. Years later, in 1993, he embarked on a new project to search for asteroids and comets that orbit close to Earth (called Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs). Generally referred to as LONEOS, for Lowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search, this study lasted until 2008. Under Ted’s direction, LONEOS discovered more than 21,000 asteroids (more than 200 of these are NEOs) and 40 comets.
In the astronomical community, Ted was world-renowned for his leadership in the study of asteroids. From 2000-2003, he served as president of Commission 20 (Positions and Motions of Minor Planets, Comets, and Satellites) of the International Astronomical Union, and from 2003-2006 he was vice president of Division III (Planetary System Sciences) of the International Astronomical Union. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate) in 2005 from V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) and was honored by Polish composer Magdalena Cynk in her musical piece Asteroid 2246 Bowell, for violin, cello, clarinet and trombone.
Ted maintained a lifelong passion for music and served on the Flagstaff Symphony Board, for which he was president for a time. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, regularly going on hikes of ten miles and more around the San Francisco Peaks. His curiosity to explore often turned a “short Sunday stroll” into an hours-long ramble through the wilderness.
Donations in Ted’s name may be made to Lowell Observatory or the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Abbreviated version from this site: https://www.flagstaffmortuary.com/obituary/edward-bowell
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
What: The Uranus Flagship: Investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration
When: 21-23 May 2024
Where: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Please save the date and plan to join us for this workshop where we discuss practical aspects of the next planetary flagship, including lessons learned from previous large missions across NASA Divisions. An indication of interest will be coming soon and information will be posted on the meeting website:
Conveners: Amy Simon (NASA GSFC), Louise Prockter (APL), Ian Cohen (APL), Kathleen Mandt (NASA GSFC), Lynnae Quick (NASA GSFC)
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: APOPHIS T-5 YEARS
The Apophis T-5 Years: Knowledge Opportunity for the Science of Planetary Defense workshop is scheduled for April 22–24, 2024, and will be held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
This workshop will focus on international collaboration opportunities, as recommended by the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), for both Earth-based observations and potential in situ investigations, optimally supporting the science return from the OSIRIS-APEX spacecraft making a post-Earth-encounter rendezvous with Apophis.
Limited travel support is being offered for this workshop for U.S. attendees. Visit the workshop website for more information and to register your indication of interest.
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Three Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships in Planetary Science, Arizona State U.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for up to 3 postdoctoral scholar positions in the areas of planetary science, geoscience, astronomy and astrophysics, or other related fields with potential applications to planetary science.
The postdoctoral scholars selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program’s goal is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU. Incoming Fellows will receive a competitive salary with health benefits, plus discretionary research funds. A relocation stipend allowance will also be provided.
Follow this link for information and to apply http://apply.interfolio.com/133112. Application materials should include a curriculum vitae; a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications; and contact information for 3 references including email addresses. Application deadline is October 18, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.
Inquiries can be directed to search committee chair, Prof. Rhonda Stroud at [email protected].
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary, at this address [email protected]
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