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Volume 8, Number 17
April 13, 2014

Editor: Melissa Lane
Co-Editors: Susan Benecchi, Mark V. Sykes
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. 8th International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR VIII)
2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Planetary Geomorphology
3. Uwingu PhD Student Travel Grants
4. Student Travel Funding Available for 8th International Conference 
   on Mars: April 11 Deadline
5. 8th International Conference on Mars: Abstract Deadline Approaching
6. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
7. First Announcement - LunGradCon 2014
8. Planetary GIS Data Specialist
9. April 2014 MEPAG Newsletter Available
10. AGU Planetary Section Deadlines Looming
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AEOLIAN RESEARCH (ICAR VIII)

The 8th International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR VIII) will 
have a session on Planetary Aeolian Systems. For information see:

http://www.2014icar8.com/AboutUs/17.html 
 
The deadline for abstract submission is April 15th.
Submit abstracts here: 

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icar8


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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY

Applications are invited to undertake a Marie Skłodowska-Curie 
Individual Fellowship in Planetary Geomorphology with the Earth and 
Planetary Group at Trinity College, Dublin.
 
Details available at: 

http://earthandplanetary.wordpress.com/post-doctoral-opportunities/

Mary Bourke
Trinity College


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UWINGU PHD STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS

PhD students needing funds to report their research results may apply 
to Uwingu for travel grants via the form at: 

http://tinyurl.com/Uwingu-TravelAwards

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM PST on 30 April 2014. A 
total of 10-15 awards are expected to be announced the week of 2 June. 
Any graduate student completing their PhD in 2014 in planetary science 
and/or exoplanet studies is eligible. For questions, contact 
grants@uwingu.com. Uwingu is a space company led by planetary 
scientists to increase public engagement in space exploration and 
generate grant funds for space research and education. To learn more 
see: 

www.uwingu.com 

and 

http://www.uwingu.com/about-us/who-we-are/ 


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STUDENT TRAVEL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 
MARS: APRIL 11 DEADLINE

NASA's Mars Program Office has announced that travel funding awards 
are available for 15–20 students. Students who are U.S. citizens or 
legal residents, and who are engaged in Mars-related research, are 
eligible for this program. An application (including a submitted 
abstract) must be submitted by April 11 to be considered for this 
funding (note the abstract deadline for everybody else is April 24). 
NASA Headquarters will make the selections and students will be 
notified in May. For more information and the application, see: 

http://mepag.nasa.gov/student.cfm?expand=student

Questions about this program should be directed to Serina Diniega.


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8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARS: ABSTRACT DEADLINE APPROACHING

The second announcement for The Eighth International Conference on Mars 
is now available. Included in the second announcement is the call for 
abstracts, registration form, and hotel information.

To view the announcement, visit the conference website:

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/8thmars2014/

The abstract deadline is April 24, 2014.


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NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
 
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for 
scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own 
choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on 
the NPP Web site.
 
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete 
one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's 
missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, 
astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human 
exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
 
An example of one of the research opportunities in planetary science 
is:
 
https://www3.orau.gov/NPDoc/Catalog/17903
 
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before 
beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree 
requirements. U. S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign 
nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.
 
Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-
living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial 
assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and 
$8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and 
November 1.
 
The latest NPP Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1fuCwZG
 
For further information and to apply, visit: 

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm
 
Questions: nasapostdoc@orau.org


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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT - LUNGRADCON 2014

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies 
Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2014) to be held on Saturday and 
Sunday, July 19-20, 2014 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), 
preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum. LunGradCon provides an 
opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present 
their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, 
friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition 
to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for 
professional development and networking with fellow grad students and 
postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Solar System 
Exploration Research Virtual Institute. A limited amount of funding 
will be provided for travel and lodging costs.

For more details, please visit:

http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2014/

or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com


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PLANETARY GIS DATA SPECIALIST

The Planetary Geographic Information System (GIS)/Data Specialist
will work in a new Planetary Science research group led by Edwin Kite
in the University of Chicago's Department of Geophysical Sciences. The
central objective of the research group is to use geologic data to
reconstruct the past climate history of Mars and understand the
physical mechanisms responsible for the loss of Mars habitability. The
primary job responsibilities are: 
(1) to assemble planetary data into "research ready" ArcGIS projected 
mosaics, and 
(2) to generate, evaluate and analyze planetary digital terrain models 
that incorporate stereo data. 

Salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of 
the successful candidate. A start date in the range 1/1/2015 - 
3/31/2015 is preferred. Later start dates may be negotiated. For 
detailed information on job responsibilities and qualifications, 
please apply online at:

http://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu

Search keyword "Planetary" or by requisition # 094770. All qualified 
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard 
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected 
veteran status or status as an individual with disability. The 
University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / 
Disabled / Veterans Employer.


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APRIL 2014 MEPAG NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

Dear Members of the Mars Community,
 
On behalf of Lisa Pratt (MEPAG Chair), Dave Beaty, Rich Zurek, and Amy 
Hale of the Mars Program Science Office, the April 2014 edition of the 
Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter can be found at:

http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov
 

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AGU PLANETARY SECTION DEADLINES LOOMING

1) Nominate your esteemed colleagues for section awards. Deadline is 
April 15.

2) Propose a session for the Fall Meeting. Deadline is April 16.

3) Help restore the the US Planetary budget. Hearings are occurring 
now.

Want more details? Go to:

http://planets.agu.org


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

July 19-20, 2014
5th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 
2014)
http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2014/
Mountain View, CA

August 6-8, 2014
5th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting
http://www.planetarycraterconsortium.nau.edu/PCCMeeting.htm
Flagstaff, AZ

[Editor Note: If there is a planetary-related meeting, conference or
workshop of which you think your colleagues should be aware, please
send the date, title, URL and location to pen_editor at psi.edu.]


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