Issue 24-04, February 16, 2024
- AAS ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT FUNDING FOR ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
- CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
- 2024B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- EUROPA CLIPPER LECTURE SERIES EMAIL SIGNUP
- ABSTRACT AND GRANT SUBMISSIONS FOR IAU-S393 SYMPOSIUM ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXOPLATES IN THE ERA OF THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – “A TOUR OF THE SOLID SOLAR SYSTEM: RECOGNIZING EARLY CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLANETARY SCIENCE”, A GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION
- NEO WARP COMMUNITY FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY
- ICE GIANTS SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
- SPECIAL ISSUE IN ADV. SPACE RESEARCH: LUNAR ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS RESULTING FROM HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OCCUPATION OF THE MOON
- UPDATED AND EXPANDED GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION WITH REASONABLE ASTRONOMY COMPILED BY ANDREW FRAKNOI
- EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
- REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
- SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024
- ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
- CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
AAS ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT FUNDING FOR ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
We’ve made it easy to contact your congresspeople to ask for support to fund NASA, NSF, and Department of Energy’s Office of Science to protect these agencies from severe budget cuts and let them know how important federal funding is for the astronomical sciences in the US. The AAS Public Policy Action Center contains an example message and phone script.
CALL FOR DPS PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field. Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual DPS prizes.
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]
2024B NASA KECK CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting proposals to use NASA’s portion of time on the two 10m Keck Telescopes for the 2024B observing semester (August 1, 2024-January 31, 2025).
The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator for NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers. Investigators from institutions outside of the U.S. may participate as Co-Investigators on proposals for NASA Keck time.
NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going space missions and/or high priority, long-term science goals. Proposals are sought in the following discipline areas: (1) investigations of our own SOLAR SYSTEM; (2) investigations in support of EXOPLANET EXPLORATION science goals and missions; (3) investigations in support of COSMIC ORIGINS science goals and missions; and (4) investigations in support of PHYSICS OF THE COSMOS science goals and missions. Direct mission support proposals in any of these scientific areas are also encouraged.
Deadline: March 14: all proposals due to NExScI by 4 pm PDT
Contact: [email protected]
EUROPA CLIPPER LECTURE SERIES EMAIL SIGNUP
The Europa Clipper Project is happy to announce the opening of the Europa Clipper Lecture Series to the scientific community. Speakers in this series include a variety of Europa Enthusiasts ranging from, for example, the PIs of the recently awarded PSIE grants to authors of recently published Europa-relevant papers to members of NASA HQ. Talks are typically held biweekly on Fridays from 11am -12pm PT / 2-3pm ET. If you are a fellow Europa Enthusiast and would like to join the email distribution list, please sign up on this Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/ECLS-signup.
ABSTRACT AND GRANT SUBMISSIONS FOR IAU-S393 SYMPOSIUM ON PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXOPLATES IN THE ERA OF THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts and/or apply for a grant to participate in our upcoming IAU-S393 Symposium on “Planetary Science and Exoplanets in the Era of the James Webb Space Telescope,” scheduled for August 13-15th, 2024 at the next IAU General Assembly, set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
To submit an abstract or apply for an IAU travel grant, please visit our official Symposium website: https://iaus393.uca.ma/iau-travel-grants/
Deadline: March 1st, 2024
For further information, please contact any of our symposium chairs directly:
- Zouhair Benkhaldoun ([email protected])
- Youssef Moulane ([email protected])
- Andrew Szentgyorgyi ([email protected])
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – “A TOUR OF THE SOLID SOLAR SYSTEM: RECOGNIZING EARLY CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLANETARY SCIENCE”, A GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION
We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the upcoming Geological Society of London Special Publication, “A tour of the solid solar system: Recognising early career contributions to planetary science,” is now open!
We are looking for contributions from early career researchers (students and those within 10 years of completing their degree) who are conducting novel science with extraterrestrial samples. The Geological Society of London represents the interests of the geoscience community globally, and planetary science was recently incorporated into the Society’s Scientific Themes. This upcoming Special Publication aims to encompass the solid solar system from pre-solar disk components through planetary bodies to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by students and early career researchers in planetary science.
Special Publications are high quality collections of peer-reviewed papers that are hosted online as well as being published as hardback books, and can be cited in future research as any other peer-reviewed article. Once accepted, articles are assigned a DOI and published online within two weeks. The Geological Society of London ensures a high standard of peer-review, inclusion in major indexers such as Scopus, editorial support for authors and reviewers, open access options, free colour figures, no page charges, and active marketing and promotion of the publication. Previous Special Publications can be found at the Lyell Collection website.
Abstracts should be no longer than two pages and can include figures and tables if desired. Submission for this Special Publication is not restricted to studies that are currently complete; we are also accepting abstracts for studies that can reasonably be ready for peer-review within the next 10-12 months.
Abstracts will be assessed by the editors Dr Jennifer Mitchell (University of Minnesota, USA), Dr Natasha Stephen (The Geological Society of London, Imperial College London, UK), Dr Thomas Barrett (LPI, USA), and Dr Ashley King (Natural History Museum, UK) for novelty, impact, and reasonable completion within the timeframe. We will inform all submitters if their abstract was accepted or not as soon as possible.
Questions should be directed to Dr Jennifer Mitchell, Lead Editor, at [email protected].
NEO WARP COMMUNITY FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY
NEO WARP Community Feedback Opportunity: Following the summary presentation at the recent 30th NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting about the Near-Earth Objects Workshops to Assess Reconnaissance for Planetary Defense (NEO WARP), the organizers of the NEO WARP workshop series are requesting community feedback from now through February 23, 2024. Feedback can be provided via this link (https://t.ly/3cSRc). For reference, the NEO WARP summary presented at SBAG can be viewed at this link (https://t.ly/iSfPt).
ICE GIANTS 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.
To access the virtual seminar, view the seminar schedule, and “Stay Informed”, visit the series website here: http://icegiantsseminar.jhuapl.edu
SPECIAL ISSUE IN ADV. SPACE RESEARCH: LUNAR ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS RESULTING FROM HUMAN EXPLORATION AND OCCUPATION OF THE MOON
We wish to announce a special issue of Advances in Space Research, entitled ‘Lunar Environment Effects resulting from Human Exploration and Occupation of the Moon’. Papers should focus on research concerning the environment of the Moon, its influence on humans and human systems on the Moon and in the Moon’s vicinity, and the effect of human exploration on the lunar environment. We encourage research concerning limits to human exposure on the lunar surface under different conditions, the various effects on human systems on the Moon and efforts to enhance protection. We encourage papers concerning the scientific value of the Moon and possible efforts to preserve scientifically valuable environments. Papers to be included in this special issue will be accepted until January 30, 2024. All papers must be submitted through the Elsevier Editorial Manager System (EM) for ASR. The papers should be designated for the special issue upon submission. There are no page limits for individual articles. While ASR does not have any publication costs, there is a charge for the printing of color pages. All papers will be refereed by a minimum of two individuals.
UPDATED AND EXPANDED GUIDE TO SCIENCE FICTION WITH REASONABLE ASTRONOMY COMPILED BY ANDREW FRAKNOI
An updated and expanded guide to science fiction with reasonable astronomy, compiled by astronomy educator Andrew Fraknoi, is now available free on line. The 23-page guide is organized by topic; so, for example, all the stories that feature reasonable depictions of Mars or impacts are in one place. Some 44 astronomy (and related physics) topics are covered. For students (or scientists) on limited budgets, the new version includes 88 links to published stories that are available free on the Web. Find the guide at: http://bit.ly/astronomyscifi
REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission is now open for “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024. Join us as we discuss practical aspects of the next planetary flagship and how we can employ new paradigms to better enable robust outer planet exploration.
We also seek abstracts on the following topics:
1. Near term technologies. Infusions of near-term (TRL 4-6) technologies may help enhance the science return of power and data rate constrained missions. We especially seek contributions on technologies that can help save mass or power or can improve science data volume return.
2. Mission science drivers. We seek broad summary discussions that can highlight the breadth of measurements that contribute to answering Decadal thematic questions, how they drive the mission architecture, and which measurements/methods offer the highest science return. Each abstract should focus on a single UOP science objective (from the Decadal study) when discussing the above topics.
3. Interdisciplinary and cross-divisional science. Flagship missions often contribute to science beyond the STM. Topics can include best examples of how this has worked on other missions, innovative investigations that could contribute UOP interdivisional science without changing the mission design, and how UOP exploration will benefit other Division’s decadal survey goals, etc.
Please visit our website to register and submit abstracts: https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/690/uranus-flagship
Registration Deadline: 5 April
Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 March, 5 pm eastern
EARLY CAREER DOMESTIC GRANTS TO ATTEND THE URANUS FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP
With funding from NASA, we are pleased to announce early career domestic travel grants to attend the “The Uranus Flagship: investigating new paradigms for outer planet exploration” Workshop to be held in Greenbelt, MD from 21 to 23 May 2024.
Applications should consist of:
- A letter of intent explaining why the applicant is interested in attending and what you hope to gain from the workshop;
- A documented estimate of domestic transportation and lodging costs, any expected contribution from your advisor/supervisor/grants, and requested award (not to exceed $2000);
- A complete curriculum vitae including US institution where you are based and status as a student or PhD date;
- Brief letter of endorsement from an advisor, supervisor, or colleague*
Eligibility: Applications should be students or within 10 years of their Ph.D. at the time of the workshop and based at a U.S. institution.
Complete application packages should be emailed to Amy Simon ([email protected]). *If preferred, endorsement letters may be sent separately but should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line.
Deadlines: Applications are due 23 February and we anticipate selections to be made by 8 March.
SCIENCE WITH NEO SURVEYOR WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2024
The NEO Surveyor mission is pleased to announce a community workshop: “Science with NEO Surveyor”. The intent of this workshop is to provide members of the scientific community a chance to interact with Surveyor Science Team members and learn more about the anticipated NEO Surveyor observing cadence, data products, and timescales of public delivery. For more information, and to register, please visit the workshop webpage: https://neos.arizona.edu/events/science-neo-surveyor
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:
- Physical and dynamical properties
- Dwarf planets
- Binaries and multiple systems
- Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
- Distant TNOs
- Formation and evolutionary processes
- Current and future surveys
- Laboratory studies
- Current and future space missions
The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.
CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:
The Planetary Science Journal:
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Postdoctoral position at LSU for Star-Planet Chemical Interplay
Happy Mardis Gras, all! I’m hiring an Interdisciplinary Postdoc for Star-Planet Chemical Interplay to work with me in my group at LSU! I’m interested in a wide variety of topics and people. See below for details or reach out to me with questions.
- Lunar Postdoc Position at JPL
Job description: The postdoctoral research associate will work with Dr. Catherine Elder to investigate the surface of the Moon. Specifically, they will use data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (Diviner) to constrain the thermophysical properties of the surface. Areas of particular interest include volcanism, and the breakdown of rocks and the evolution of regolith. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will supervise undergraduate interns. The interns will use LRO Camera (LROC) images to count boulders surrounding cold-spot craters to assess spatial variability in the subsurface rock content of the Moon.
Qualifications: Applicants with a PhD in planetary science, physics, geology, astronomy, or any related field are encouraged to apply. Experience with some or all of the following is helpful but not required:
- Supervising students
- Using remote sensing data
- Using ArcGIS
- Numerical modeling
Interested applicants can apply here https://citjpl.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Jobs/job/JPL-Campus/Postdoc–Understanding-lunar-surface-processes-using-LRO-Diviner_R4872
Send submissions to: Denise Stephens, DPS Secretary, at this address [email protected]
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