2023 Icarus Best Student-Led Paper

Congratulations to Teng Ee (Tony) Yap, Winner of the Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Icarus “Best Student-Led Paper” Award. Teng Ee (Tony) Yap’s paper, ” The NC-CC dichotomy explained by significant addition of CAI-like dust to the Bulk Molecular Cloud (BMC) composition” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2023.115680 which appeared in the November 15, 2023 issue of Icarus.  The paper was selected by the independent Icarus Board of Advisory Editors and was among five nominated for the Award. 

Detailing their reason for selecting Tony Yap’s paper as the winner, the board stated, “The paper presents a model for the formation of isotope anomalies in solar system materials based on mixing among primordial reservoirs. In contrast to other recent studies, the authors demonstrate that mixing between CAI-like and bulk-molecular cloud reservoirs can explain observed isotope trends without a third reservoir representing CI chondrites and asteroid Ryugu. This work advances the field by providing a self-consistent model of early solar system formation that can be tested with further data on Fe isotopes in CC achondrites.”.”

The lead author obtained his B.A. in Astrogeophysics from Colgate University and is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Planetary Science at Caltech. His research lies at the intersection of isotope cosmochemistry and planetary astrophysics, and aims to offer new insights into early Solar System evolution and the planet formation process.

We wish to express our warmest congratulations to Tony and his co-author Francois Tissot on winning this Award.

2024 Prize Nominations Are Open

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes. The 2024 Prize Nominations are due by April 15, 2024.

The DPS sponsors six prizes:

The Gerard P. Kuiper Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/kuiper] recognizes and honors outstanding contributors to the field of planetary science.

The Claudia J. Alexander Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/alexander] recognizes excellence and achievements by a mid-career scientist.

The Harold C. Urey Prize [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/urey] recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary research by an early-career scientist.

The Harold Masursky Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/masursky] recognizes and honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary science and exploration through – but not limited to – engineering, managerial, programmatic, editorial, or public service activities.

The Carl Sagan Medal [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan] recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart] recognizes and stimulates distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences.

DPS members and the planetary science community-at-large are encouraged to submit nominations for DPS prizes.

 A complete nomination submitted by the deadline will be considered by the DPS Prize subcommittee for 3 years (i.e. for this year’s award, next year’s award, and the year after that), or for the duration of a candidate’s eligibility, whichever is less. Please fill out the nomination form [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/nomination-form], and it will be submitted to the prize subcommittee. The Eberhart Award has different rules and procedures than the other DPS Prizes, please see its page [https://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart-nomination-form] for more information.

 Scroll to the bottom of https://dps.aas.org/prizes for rules and procedures.

 Questions: Email [email protected]

Two Associate Editor Openings with Icarus

Detailed Description can be found here.

The role of Associate Editor, along with the Editor-in-Chief and other members of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system.  The Associate Editor is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.

The Associate Editor role entails:

  • Responsibility for the scientific content of the Journal within a specific area relating  to  the  Journal,  taking  into  account  the  Aims  and  Scope, the Publisher’s editorial policies as updated from time to time (including without limitation those on ethics in publishing at the Publisher’s website) and the editorial policy of the Journal. 
  • The evaluation and selection of articles for publication in the Journal that are consistent with the high standards of the journal.  This includes coordinating an objective and unbiased peer-review process for submitted Articles, obtaining a minimum of (2) reviews for each article, and will reject, or  return  for  revision  to  the  authors Articles  that  do  not  meet  the required standards of the Journal.
  • Ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals of the Journal. If necessary, the Editor will solicit Articles to help meet such publication goals.
  • Conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity in all matters respecting the selection, editing, acceptance and reviewing of Articles

Alongside the review process the Associate Editors are asked to periodically participate in discussions with Elsevier about the journal’s development and potential new initiatives.  The team of Editors will hold meetings approximately twice a year via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required.

The applicants:

  •  Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
  • Two positions for applicants who must have demonstrated broad expertise in either: terrestrial/super-Earth atmospheres, global circulation and climate models  OR giant planet atmospheres and interior models
  • Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in growing a journal
  • Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively

Elsevier is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and encourage all individuals interested to apply for a position with the board.

 Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise for this Associate Editor position by February 28, 2024.  Please include up to three references. 

Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected].

Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney is the 2023 DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee

In 2021, The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) established a partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), Earth and Planetary Systems Sciences (EPSS) section, to recognize and support a DPS-NSBP Speaker Awardee. This year, the awardee is Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney, an astronomer specializing in observations of Ice Giants. She is currently supporting the JWST mission as a postdoctoral scholar at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, employed by the University of Maryland under the CRESST II cooperative agreement. Dr. Rowe-Gurney’s research interests lie in atmospheric characterization of Uranus and Neptune, based on observations collected by space telescopes such as JWST, Spitzer, and Hubble. Her work with these remote observations expands our understanding of ice giant atmospheres, contributing towards our understanding of their composition and complex weather systems.

DPS is thrilled to invite Dr. Rowe-Gurney to speak at the 2023 joint DPS-EPSC meeting, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, USA and virtually. Additionally, Dr. Rowe-Gurney will be speaking at the Spelman College Physics Department colloquium series and Georgia Tech Planetary & Astrobiology seminar series this fall, with travel funding provided by Georgia Tech and the DPS.

The DPS partnership with NSBP was established to jointly represent the interests of planetary scientists and students who identify as members of communities that are critically underrepresented in this discipline. This partnership is part of a broader effort by the DPS to facilitate the involvement and participation of more students/scientists belonging to racial/ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in the planetary science discipline. More information on the structure of this partnership can be found here: leadership/nsbp_parnership

Within this DPS-NSBP partnership, the top early career EPSS speaker is selected by the NSBP EPSS chairs, based on their presentation at the annual NSBP meeting, as the DPS-NSBP Speaker awardee. This Speaker is invited by DPS to speak at the following year’s DPS meeting, with expenses covered by the DPS. Furthermore, the NSBP EPSS Chairs and the DPS Committee facilitate invitation of the Speaker to an academic seminar at an HBCU, NASA center, national laboratory, or large planetary science university program or research institute, in the same calendar year.

At the 2022 NSBP meeting, Dr. Rowe-Gurney presented a review of remote near- and mid-infrared spectral coverage by space telescopes since Voyager of Uranus and Neptune. She focused on the observations by JWST that capture new, critical information on their atmospheric temperatures, their chemical structures, and the flow of energy between their cloud-forming weather layer and their middle and upper atmospheres. Such information can contribute towards preparation for a potential flagship orbiter and probe to Uranus, which was highly prioritized within the 2023-2032 Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology.


Dr. Catherine Neish, DPS Chair, [email protected]

Dr. Serina Diniega, DPS committee member, [email protected]

Dr. Theodore Kareta, DPS Press Officer, [email protected]

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The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS), founded in 1968, is the largest special-interest Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Members of the DPS study the bodies of our own solar system, from planets and moons to comets and asteroids, and all other solar-system objects and processes. With the discovery that planets exist around other stars, the DPS has expanded its scope to include the study of extrasolar planetary systems as well.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established in 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical community, which it achieves through publishing, meeting organization, science advocacy, education and outreach, and training and professional development.