Issue 23-32, October 15, 2023
- TREASURER TONY ROMAN AND SECRETARY MARIA WOMACK STEPPING DOWN
- OCTOBER 2023 TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
- TRICK-OR_TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE NEW HORIZONS TEAM
- NEW HORIZONS OPEN SCIENCE TEAM MEETING #54 26-27 OCT (HYBRID)
- DPS–EPSC MEETING SUMMARIES AVAILABLE ON AAS NOVA
- ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
- JOB OPENINGS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
TREASURER TONY ROMAN AND SECRETARY MARIA WOMACK STEPPING DOWN
Dr. Tony Roman completed his second term as DPS Treasurer, having served from 2017-2023. The DPS Committee thanks Tony for his service to our membership and greatly appreciates the wealth of knowledge and experience he has brought to the position. Going forward, Dr. Joseph Spitale is serving as DPS Treasurer. You can reach him at [email protected]
Dr. Maria Womack stepped down as DPS Secretary, having served one term from 2020-2023. The DPS Committee thanks her for her service to our membership in keeping us informed about important events and connected as a community. Dr. Denise Stephens is now serving as DPS Secretary and you can reach her and send items for the newsletter at this address: [email protected]
October 2023 TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
The October 1 issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:
The Planetary Science Journal
TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
The DPS is again encouraging its members to put up their telescopes on their lawns, neighbors’ lawns (with permission of course), or at school and community events.
See the announcement and flier with suggested viewing opportunities (Saturn, Jupiter, and a waning gibbous Moon):
Please send comments and pictures of your events to [email protected] so we can feature them in a future DPS talk (all contributors will be coauthors).
THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE NEW HORIZONS TEAM
The New Horizons mission and science team thanks NASA, and its Science Mission Directorate, for its scientific and exploration foresight in extending the Kuiper Belt mission to the edge of the Kuiper Belt in 2028-2029. The New Horizons team also wishes to thank many members of the planetary science community, the PEN, OPAG, SBAG, the National Space Society, many past NASA leaders, and so many others, for generous, timely, and consistent support in achieving this hard-won result.
All successful spaceflight depends on teamwork. The New Horizons team recognizes that our team goes far beyond traditional boundaries, and we are deeply appreciative of our many teammates and community participants who supported the mission’s continued exploration of the Kuiper Belt.
NEW HORIZONS OPEN SCIENCE TEAM MEETING #54 26-27 OCT (HYBRID)
New Horizons is holding its 54th Science Team Meeting and continues its tradition of welcoming open participation from the science community. Meeting will be both in-person hosted at Boston University and on zoom. Community members are welcome to join for either mode of participation. There is no registration fee, however, pre-registration is required for all attendees.
For all participation, please register for the meeting as soon as possible: New Horizons Science Team Meeting 54 – Registration.
Meeting Location: Boston University, 43 Hawes St., Brookline, MA
Meeting Website and Agenda: https://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/Events/STM54/
New Horizons is currently in its 18th year of exploration as the only spacecraft in the outer solar system and outer heliosphere. The mission continues to uncover the unexplored world of the distant Kuiper Belt, make unique measurements of the solar wind, Pick-Up Ions, interplanetary shocks, dust, and remote observations for possible signatures of the hydrogen wall, interstellar clouds, and an unexpected excess of cosmic background. Careful management of on board power enables about 25 more years of operations, not only through the outer regions of the unknown Kuiper Belt, but also well into the heliosheath and possibly through the heliopause.
DPS–EPSC MEETING SUMMARIES AVAILABLE ON AAS NOVA
Want a quick recap of some of the great science presented at DPS–EPSC 2023? AAS Nova, the AAS’s research news site, has provided brief summaries of the plenary sessions and press conferences from the meeting. You can catch up on any sessions you missed at https://aasnova.org/?s=%22dps%E2%80%93epsc+2023%22
ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
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.
Each seminar will host a guest speaker, followed by a lively discussion and community updates & news.
Events are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM ET.
We have a new website! To access the virtual seminar, view the seminar schedule, and “Stay Informed”, visit the series website here: http://icegiantsseminar.jhuapl.edu
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- UTIG Postdoctoral Fellow
The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) invites applications for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows program for 2024-2025.
This is a highly competitive, endowed institutional award open to recent doctorates (degree within the past 3 years) in Earth, marine, and planetary science or allied fields. The appointment is for two years, contingent upon performance. Recipients of this endowed fellowship will join a vibrant community of postdocs and research scientists where they are expected to pursue self-directed research in any scientific subfield that complements or expands ongoing programs. Applicants are encouraged to identify and contact one or more prospective UTIG mentors (see Institutional Postdoctoral Research Fellows for a list of past awardees and projects).
Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2024. Successful applicants may take up residence at UTIG as early as March 1, 2024.
- Research Assistant Professors – Institute for Geophysics – University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) seeks to hire two Research Assistant Professors in the broadly defined area of Natural Hazards, with emphases in (1) Active Crustal Deformation and (2) Coastal Processes. We seek colleagues who creatively use theoretical, computational, observational and/or experimental approaches to address fundamental problems and processes to investigate Natural Hazards and understand events (e.g., earthquakes, storms/extreme climate), as well as behaviors of natural systems. Successful candidates will contribute to a dynamic and diverse research community at UTIG and The University of Texas at Austin through the development of a vigorous, internationally recognized, and externally funded research program, and through engagement with colleagues, postdoctoral scholars, and students. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or be near completion of this degree. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from nontraditional research backgrounds and from scientists who understand the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education and research.
- Postdoctoral Fellow – Earth and Planetary Sciences – Johns Hopkins University
The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Glenadore and Howard L. Pim Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Change. The duration of the fellowship is one year with an anticipated extension for a second year. The position carries a salary of $60,000/yr and fringe benefits, includes an annual stipend of $5,000 for travel and research expenses, and provides eligibility to participate in Johns Hopkins University health plans.
- Planetary Astronomer and Archivist
If you study the outer solar system (satellites, atmospheres, rings, etc.) and if you would like to dedicate some (or all) of your time to a job that enables not only your colleagues but also future generations to do planetary research, then please consider joining our team at the PDS Ring-Moon Systems Node!
The astronomer will focus primarily on facilitating the delivery of new data into the PDS archive, as well as helping to design and maintain the information infrastructure used to facilitate data archiving. The astronomer will also collaborate closely with the Node Manager, Dr Matt Tiscareno, on overseeing all aspects of RMS Node planning and task management and external relations.
The astronomer may additionally work on projects to enhance the scientific usability of RMS data sets, which include those from the Cassini, Voyager, Galileo, and New Horizons missions.
We seek a curious and creative individual who is eager to work with data from diverse instruments and missions, and who is inspired by work that enables the entire community to do quality scientific research.
- Post-Doctoral Position in Space Plasma Physics – Swedish Institute of Space Physics
The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a leading research institute in the field of planetary magnetospheres and solar wind interactions with a focus on particle measurements.
Applicants are invited for a position for data analysis and numerical simulations related to the Moon environment with a focus on the plasma–surface interaction processes.
The selected candidate will work in a successful research group, the Solar System Physics and Space Technology program (SSPT) at IRF. The group conducts active research on the solar system by developing particle instruments for planetary missions, analyzing data, and performing computer simulations.
- Planetary Astronomer/Computer Scientist – Southwest Research Institute
Come help our team complete tasks on several planetary mission and/or space telescope spectroscopy programs. We intend to expand our team expertise in scientific computing, programming, and data analysis capabilities. The applicant will participate in NASA funded planetary research and analysis projects and/or observing programs; projects include Europa Clipper, JUICE, Juno, LRO, New Horizons, Cassini, HST, JWST, laboratory Raman/far-UV/mid-IR ices, and ground-based observations. See Job ID 15-01679
- Hiring Tenure-track Observational Astronomy Faculty at Michigan State University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in astronomy. The search is open to all fields of observational astronomy, including survey-based astronomy. Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website (http://careers.msu.edu), posting #901917 (https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/516345/assistant-professortenure-system). Questions may be directed to Prof. Laura Chomiuk ([email protected]) or to any other member of the astronomy group. Applicants are encouraged to peruse the MSU astronomy group website https://astro.natsci.msu.edu.
Send submissions to: Denise Stephens, DPS Secretary, at this address [email protected]
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