Newsletter 24-10

Issue 24-10, July 3, 2024

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  1. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE 56TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES (DPS)
  2. DPS CALL FOR SPLINTER MEETING PROPOSALS
  3. 2024 DPS TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION FORM IS OPEN
  4. KIANA MCFADDEN THIS YEAR’S DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE
  5. 2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE
  6. AGU P033: SSSBs: SAMPLE RETURNS, JWST, GROUND-BASED ASTRONOMY, AND MORE
  7. SURVEY ASSESSING HOW DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HAVE CHANGED IN ASTROBIOLOGY
  8. 56TH LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE – SAVE THE DATE
  9. PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL PUBLISHES 1000TH PAPER
  10. 2024 TAPS MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION, TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION, AND REGISTRATION OPEN – AUGUST 15-16, SAN ANTONIO
  11. EXHIBITOR & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 56TH DPS MEETING
  12. DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
  13. CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
  14. JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE 56TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AAS DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES (DPS)

Abstract submission is now open for the 56th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting.  The abstract deadline is Wednesday July 17.  One first-author scientific abstract is permitted per individual; additional abstracts are permitted in the areas of workforce, education, outreach, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility), and historical astronomy. 

Submit your Abstract

The SOC encourages abstracts in all of (but not limited to) the categories below.  Please get in touch with the DPS SOC chair (Kat Volk) with any questions you may have.

  • Asteroids: Dynamics, Origins, and Theory
  • Asteroids: Main-Belt Asteroid Physical Characteristics and Observational Surveys
  • Asteroids: Bennu and Ryugu
  • Asteroids: Planetary Defense, NEO Physical Characteristics, and Observational Surveys
  • Astrobiology and Origins of Life
  • Astrochemistry: Building Blocks of Planetary Systems
  • Atmospheric Processes
  • Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects: Dynamics, Origins, and Theory
  • Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects: Observational Surveys and Physical Characterization
  • Comets: Comae, Nuclei, and Surfaces (Observational/Physical Characterization, Chemistry)
  • Comets: Dynamics, Origins, and Theory
  • Earth as a Planet
  • Enceladus
  • Europa
  • Exoplanets and Systems: Discoveries and Characterization
  • Exoplanets and Systems: Atmospheres
  • Exoplanets and Systems: Dynamics, Origins, and Theory
  • Exoplanets: Habitability and Biosignatures
  • Field Campaigns and Planetary Analogues
  • Formation of Planets, Satellites, and Planetary Systems: Theory
  • Giant Planets: Interiors and Atmospheres
  • Giant Planets: Satellites and Satellite Systems (Regular and Irregular)
  • Icy Satellites
  • Interstellar Objects
  • Io
  • Laboratory Research
  • Magnetospheres and Space Environment
  • Mars
  • Mars Satellites: Phobos and Deimos
  • Mercury
  • Meteorites and Solar System Formation
  • Mission Concepts, Instruments and Facilities
  • Earth’s Moon
  • Ocean Worlds
  • Other
  • Planet and Satellite Dynamics
  • Planetary Interiors
  • Planetary Rings
  • Pluto System
  • Sun and the Heliosphere
  • Solar System Debris: Meteoroids, Meteors, and Dust
  • Surface Processes
  • Titan
  • Trojan Asteroids: Observations, Properties, and Dynamics
  • Venus

Areas of History/DEIA/Workforce/Education/Outreach

  • Planetary Science Workforce
  • Outreach / Education
  • DEIA
  • Amateur Astronomy / Citizen Science
  • Historical Astronomy

Please note: Yom Kippur begins on Friday, 11 October, so the meeting will begin with an evening reception on Sunday, 6 October, and end one day earlier than usual, on Thursday, October 10.

If you have any questions regarding DPS 56, please contact the AAS meetings team at 202-328-2010 or [email protected].

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DPS CALL FOR SPLINTER MEETING PROPOSALS

We are still accepting proposals from the community for Splinter Meetings for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS). Decisions about which proposals can be accommodated are expected to be made by 16 July for Splinter Meetings.

Splinter Meetings are science or programmatic meetings that may be scheduled by organizations or groups usually in parallel to scheduled DPS sessions. These will usually require separate meeting space and may require A/V support, and/or catering. Deadline: 10 July

https://submissions.mirasmart.com/DPS56/Splash.aspx

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2024 DPS TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION FORM IS OPEN

The DPS Travel Grant application form is open to support participation in the 2024 DPS or National Society of Black Physicists annual meetings via the Hartmann and the URM Travel grants. 

The Hartmann Student Travel Grant supports student presentations at the annual DPS meeting. (Postdoctoral scholars may also be eligible, but students are prioritized.) 

The Underrepresented Minority (URM) Communities in Planetary Science Travel Grant supports attendance by student and professional folks that are members of Black/African American, Indigenous, and/or Latinx communities to support in-person or virtual attendance at the annual DPS or NSBP meeting.

Apply here to both/either program: https://dps.aas.org/news/dps-travel-grants-application/ 

The deadline is July 21.

Community donations are critical for the health of these awards. Donations to the URM travel grant through the end of October will be matched by a DPS community member, up to $4k. Instructions to donate are linked at https://dps.aas.org/news/dps-travel-grants-application/

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KIANA MCFADDEN THIS YEAR’S DPS-NSBP SPEAKER AWARDEE

The DPS and National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) are pleased to announce this year’s DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee: Kiana McFadden, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Kiana McFadden was selected based on her talk at the NSBP Fall 2023 meeting, entitled “Size and Albedo Constraints for (152830) Dinkinesh Using WISE Data.” This work was critical for helping the NASA Lucy mission plan their November 2023 encounter with this small main-belt asteroid. We look forward to hearing her invited talk at the 2024 DPS annual meeting, with travel supported by DPS. 

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2024 ADVANCING IDEA IN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE

The LPI’s 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference aims to boost the community’s momentum in incorporating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) principles in the workforce. NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. The LPI’s Expanding NASA’s Community of Planetary Sample Scientists (ENComPSS) program is supporting this virtual conference as a next step, building upon the 2022 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference. We encourage participants from the 2022 conference to provide updates on the progress that has been made in the past two years.

Call for Abstracts and Registration

Abstract submission deadline: August 7, 2024, 5:00 p.m. CDT

Registration fees are not being collected for this meeting, but registration is required. Registration will be available through October 25. Before the conference, registered attendees will receive an email from Houston Meeting Info with virtual connection information.

Meeting Portal Updates: We have modified the meeting portal to follow best practices that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We encourage you to log into the meeting portal to update your profile information. From the meeting portal home page, click Edit Profile.

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/advancingidea2024/

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AGU P033: SSSBs: SAMPLE RETURNS, JWST, GROUND-BASED ASTRONOMY, AND MORE

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session on SSSBs. This session welcomes abstracts that address analyses of returned samples, new observations and models of large planetesimals found across the solar system, and contrast the properties of planetesimals found in various small body reservoirs.

Observations returned by space missions (e.g., OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa 2, New Horizons…) and large telescopic facilities (e.g., JWST, Adaptive optics observations) offer a broad encompassing view of the populations of large planetesimals and dwarf planets that formed shortly after solar system formation. Most of these bodies have retained information on their accretional environments while others have undergone significant internal evolution. The sample return missions will continue deciphering the solar system’s early history with the exploration of near Earth asteroids like Ryugu and Bennu. Upcoming flyby missions to visit 16 Psyche and Jupiter Trojan asteroids and instruments on the extremely large telescopes available in the next decade will provide observations with unprecedented details of many large planetesimals.

Conveners: Julie Castillo, Franck Marchis, Bryan Holler

Submit an abstract here: https://agu.confex.com/agu/agu24/prelim.cgi/Session/225952

Deadline July 31, 2024

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SURVEY ASSESSING HOW DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HAVE CHANGED IN ASTROBIOLOGY

Dr. Arsev Umur Aydinoglu (Middle East Technical University) is conducting a second survey to assess how diversity and inclusion may have changed in the field of Astrobiology, since the first survey was conducted in 2022. Those findings were presented at AbSciCon 2024 (307-05, Diversity and Inclusion in Astrobiology: Results from a Survey).

Please find the follow-up survey here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/astrobiology2024

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56TH LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE – SAVE THE DATE

The 56th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas, and virtually on March 10–14, 2025. LPSC is a defining event in planetary research, bringing together a diverse group of international experts in a truly collaborative environment. For 56 years, LPSC has been convening the lunar and planetary science community to showcase the latest science, research, and discoveries in the field. To learn more, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2025/.

Indication of Interest

Submit an indication of interest to receive additional information about the conference.

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PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL PUBLISHES 1000TH PAPER

The Planetary Science Journal’s 1000th paper was just published!  Read about it and the PSJ impact factor for the past year in our press release:

https://aas.org/press/planetary-science-journal-publishes-its-1000th-article

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2024 TAPS MEETING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION, TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION, AND REGISTRATION OPEN – AUGUST 15-16, SAN ANTONIO

The 2nd Texas Area Planetary Science (TAPS) Meeting will take place on August 15-16, 2024, at the downtown UT San Antonio (UTSA) campus in San Antonio (UTSA San Pedro I, 506 Dolorosa St, San Antonio). The TAPS meeting aims to strengthen interactions within the Texas planetary-exoplanet science and astrobiology community and foster collaborations & partnerships between institutions & researchers. We encourage researchers, faculty, postdocs, and students interested in planetary science and astrobiology/exoplanet research to join us for this 1.5-day event. 

The meeting website has been updated: https://sites.google.com/view/tapsmeeting/home

You can submit your abstract (this year, we are soliciting oral or poster presentations), apply for a travel grant, and register on the website under the tab TAPS002-2024. We are pleased to offer travel grants for attendees at all career stages, supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Here are the deadlines to keep in mind:

July 8th: Abstract Submission Deadline

July 9th: Travel Grant Application Deadline

July 15th: Registration Deadline

Please contact Xinting Yu ([email protected]) or [email protected] for any questions.

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EXHIBITOR & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 56TH DPS MEETING

The American Astronomical Society invites you to support the 56th meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS).

Each year the annual DPS meeting offers a jam-packed scientific schedule attracting your target audience. Last year’s Exhibit Hall was the hub of activity, boasting a robust exhibitor presence, meeting areas for attendees, dining, daily poster sessions, daily refreshment breaks, and evening receptions.

Boise, Idaho, is the perfect setting for this meeting. Both urban and wild, it’s lively, clean, artistic, and offers great dining options; its tree-lined streets are just steps from mountains, the Boise River, and hundreds of superb hiking trails.

The Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus will be available the first week of July. For updates, please visit https://aas.org/meetings/dps56. For more information on exhibiting at or sponsoring DPS 56, please contact Rod Nenner, Director of Strategic Partnerships. 

Past exhibitors include NASA, the Planetary Data System, Elsevier, Universities Space Research Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Los Alamos National Lab – Center for Space and Earth Science, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Astronomical Union, the European Space Agency, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Draper Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and many more.

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DPS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

The DPS Professional Development Subcommittee seeks new members; all career levels from students to professionals are welcome. The Professional Development Subcommittee provides educational, networking, and informational opportunities within the DPS community. These include the Women in Planetary Science event, professional development events, early career events, and a dependent care grant at the annual meeting. Read more about the subcommittee here: https://dps.aas.org/leadership/development

If you’re interested in joining this subcommittee, e-mail the current chair Jennifer Hanley ([email protected]).

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CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS

The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:

The Planetary Science Journal:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2632-3338/5/6

Icarus:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/icarus/vol/416/suppl/C

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JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positions **for free**.

Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.

  1. Job Announcement – Department Chair of Physics and Applied Physics

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 September 1, 2025.

 For more information visit: https://explorejobs.uml.edu/en-us/job/523612/professor-and-department-chair-of-physics-and-applied-physics

  • Two Open Rank Professors of Planetary Sciences at the University of Bern

Institution: Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland 

Job Description:  The Division of Space Research and Planetary Sciences within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has two openings, as of 2025, for two professors in experimental planetary sciences. The Division is one of the leading research groups in the field of space instrumentation for experimental solar system exploration and is looking for professors in the fields of planetary remote sensing and in situ mass spectrometry or in related fields. The initial hiring level can range from assistant professor tenure track to full professor according to qualifications (open rank). The successful candidates are expected to have or further develop an excellent and internationally recognized track record in the development, construction, and exploitation of scientific instrumentation flying on spacecraft missions. The Division offers excellent conditions in terms of laboratory infrastructure, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities to build space-grade hardware. The University of Bern has set the aim of increasing the percentage of women in leading academic positions and thus strongly encourages female scientists to apply for the positions. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2024. More information can be found at:

https://www.space.unibe.ch/about_us/jobs/questionnaire/index_eng.html

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