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Volume 8, Number 54
November 23, 2014

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

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1. Summer Course “Life on Earth and Beyond - The History and 
   Philosophy of the Origin of Life”
2. 20-20-20 Airships NASA Centennial Challenge RFI
3. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Lunar & Asteroid Exploration Science - 
   Petrology and Geochemistry
4. Second Landing Site Workshop for the Mars 2020 Rover 
5. Planetary Geomorphology EGU 2015 – Student Travel Support Deadline
6. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
7. ESO/ESA/ALMA/NRAO-NAASC Workshop Abstract Deadline Approaching
8. Postdoctoral Researcher (Elemental/Isotopic Analysis) ID#14629
9. Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemical/Isotopic Analysis) ID#14630
10. [NASA] 2014 NASA EONS Solicitation for Proposals
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

Commercial Announcements

C1. Paper Submission Opportunity I
C2. Paper Submission Opportunity II
    
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SUMMER COURSE "LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND - THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY 
OF THE ORIGIN OF LIFE"

Island of Ven, 4 - 6 May 2015

The aim of the course is to give participants an overview of the 
historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. 
It is co-organized by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU 
COST Action "Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the 
Universe". The course is open for students and scientists in 
humanities, natural, social and political sciences. Some of the 
following course themes are: 

- Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context
- Biochemical evolution
- The tree of biological evolution
- Search for life outside Earth
- Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest 
  for life on other celestial bodies

A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the 
course.  For details see: 

http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Ven2015/

The deadline for application is 15 January 2015 23:59:00 UTC.

Bursaries for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after 
their Ph. D.) from most European countries (see homepage for details) 
are available.
 
Please also spread information about the course to possibly interested 
people at your institution.


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20-20-20 AIRSHIPS NASA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE RFI

A challenge is being developed to incentivize airships, lighter than 
air maneuverable vehicles, as a possible platform for astronomy and 
Earth Science as part of the NASA Centennial Challenge Program 
(www.centennialchallenges.nasa.gov). Recently a request for information 
(RFI) about this Challenge has been released.
 
The RFI is posted here: 

http://go.usa.gov/7hfS
 
If the proposed Airships 20-20-20 Challenge is selected to proceed, 
there will be a 2 stage challenge, first to build an airship that 
flies with a small (20kg) payload for 20 hours at 20km, and in the 
second stage a 200kg payload for 200 hours at 20km. 
 
One of the criteria NASA will use in deciding whether to proceed with 
the Challenge will be interest among the science community and 
potential end users in industry. This includes interest both in 
participating in the Challenge and in seeing stratospheric airships 
as a viable platform. Section 6 of the RFI lists some questions that 
are of particular interest to scientists who might use this platform 
in the future.
 
Comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on 
December 1, 2014 to Mr. Sam Ortega at: 
HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov. 
Use 202020 Challenge on the Subject line.


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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN LUNAR & ASTEROID EXPLORATION SCIENCE - 
PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary 
Institute (LPI), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in 
lunar and asteroid exploration science for a full-time exempt position 
in the Houston, Texas area. The successful candidate will join Dr. 
David A. Kring and over two dozen other scientists in the Center for 
Lunar Science and Exploration, which is one of nine national centers 
of excellence supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research 
Virtual Institute. The main goals of the Center’s activities are to 
address NASA’s highest lunar and asteroid exploration science 
objectives, including activities in preparation of robotic and crewed 
landings. 
 
Applications from those with recent Ph.D.s in the fields of petrology 
and geochemistry are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with 
lunar samples, chondritic meteorites, and/or impact lithologies will 
be advantageous, but is not required.   
 
Interested applicants should apply to the posting at:

https://usracareers.silkroad.com/ 

and must submit a curriculum vita with list of publications, a two to 
three page statement of research interests, and a list of three 
references. 
 
Additional details are available at: 

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected 
Veterans/Disabled


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SECOND LANDING SITE WORKSHOP FOR THE MARS 2020 ROVER 
 
You are invited to participate in the second landing site workshop for 
the Mars 2020 Rover. The workshop will be held in the Pasadena, CA, 
area on August 4-6, 2015 (venue TBD) and will focus on further 
evaluation of candidate sites introduced at the first workshop as well 
as new candidate sites. Additional information will be posted on the 
Mars 2020 landing site website:

http://marsnext.jpl.nasa.gov
  
The candidate landing sites emerging from the second workshop will then 
be considered in more detail by the 2020 Project, Mars Program, and the 
Science Community. New sites may be proposed and discussed at the 
workshop, with the expectation that such new sites will be based in 
part on discoveries related to new data from MRO. Future workshops 
(beyond 2015) would further narrow the list of sites under 
consideration to a recommended landing site zone and (eventually) 
precise landing ellipse.
  
All members of the scientific community are encouraged to participate 
in this activity, as robust input from the science community is 
critical to identifying the optimal landing site for the 2020 rover.
 
John Grant and Matt Golombek
Co-Chairs, Mars Landing Site Steering Committee

[Edited for length.]


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PLANETARY GEOMORPHOLOGY EGU 2015 – STUDENT TRAVEL SUPPORT DEADLINE

Students – the deadline for financial support applications is fast 
approaching – 28th November! To qualify you must submit your abstract 
by this date!:

http://www.egu2015.eu/support_and_distinction.html

Planetary Geomorphology at EGU 2015 (Vienna Austria 12 - 17 April) 
GM10.1/PS9.5: The Planetary Geomorphology session welcomes abstracts 
concerning landforms and the processes that shape them on all solar 
system bodies. Earth analogue studies, flume/simulation work and novel 
approaches using remote sensing data are especially encouraged. This 
session has always provided a stimulating forum for cross-disciplinary 
discussion and we hope you’ll join us once again to bring geomorphology 
and planetary science closer together. The final deadline for abstracts 
is 7th January 2015.

Session details and link to abstract submission:  

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/17219

Abstract instructions: 

http://www.egu2015.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_
abstract.html

Regards, Planetary Geomorphology Conveners: Susan Conway, Matt Balme, 
Colman Gallagher and Andreas Johnsson
 
The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an 
exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland 
(SC 038302). The Open University is authorized and regulated by the 
Financial Conduct Authority.


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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/1tI5M9x
 
For further information and to apply, visit: 

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


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ESO/ESA/ALMA/NRAO-NAASC WORKSHOP ABSTRACT DEADLINE APPROACHING

The abstract deadline of Nov. 24 is upon us for the ESO/ESA/ALMA/NRAO-
NAASC workshop on: 
 
"Ground and Space Observatories: A Joint Venture to Planetary Science" 
 
March 2-5, 2015 
Santiago, Chile 

http://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2015/Planets2015.html 
 
The goal of this workshop is to explore synergies between ground and
space-based observatories with planetary missions for exploring the
Solar System and planets, and to foster collaborations between the
different communities by sharing scientific and technical knowledge,
needs, requirements, and techniques.
 
The morning sessions of the workshop will focus on those topics, 
while the afternoon sessions will focus on the capabilities of recent
observatories, facilities or instruments, before moving on to general
discussions. Please check the website for more detailed information on 
the program.
 
The meeting will be held at the ESO office in Santiago, and will be
limited to around 100 participants. The registration fee is 250 euros,
and 150 euros for students. We have financial support for a limited 
number of students.
 
There will be the opportunity for a limited number of participants to 
fly to the North of Chile and enjoy a guided tour of the ALMA 
observing site on March 7.
 
We hope to see you in Santiago!


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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (ELEMENTAL/ISOTOPIC ANALYSIS) ID#14629
 
The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of 
Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to 
join Dr. Gary R. Huss and colleagues to carry out elemental and 
isotopic analysis of samples returned by NASA’s Stardust and Genesis 
Missions. This is a regular, full-time position. Salary commensurate 
with qualifications. Qualifications: PhD in cosmochemistry or related 
field. Two years of research experience in: cosmochemistry, 
meteoritics, isotope geochemistry or cosmochemistry, or secondary ion 
mass spectrometry. Good verbal and written communication skills. 
Desirable skills: Experience with isotopic measurements or meteorite 
petrography. Background in statistical analysis.
 
For additional information contact Gary Huss 808-956-9432, 
ghuss@higp.hawaii.edu. 
 
To apply, please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select 
“Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” 
You must submit the following documents online: 
1) Cover Letter, 
2) Resume, 
3) Salary History, 
4) Supervisory References, 
5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). 
All online applications must 
be received by 11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time on January 15, 2015. 
If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is 
imminent, you may send documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. For questions on 
the application process, call (808) 956-8344. EEO/AA Employer.


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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (CHEMICAL/ISOTOPIC ANALYSIS) ID#14630
 
The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of 
Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to 
join Dr. Gary R. Huss and colleagues to carry out chemical and isotopic 
investigations of presolar and early solar system materials. This is a 
regular, full-time position. Salary commensurate with qualifications. 
Qualifications: PhD in cosmochemistry or related field. Two years of 
research experience in: cosmochemistry, meteoritics, isotope 
geochemistry or cosmochemistry, or secondary ion mass spectrometry. 
Good verbal and written communication skills. Desirable skills: 
Experience with isotopic measurements or meteorite petrography. 
Background in statistical analysis.
 
For additional information contact Gary Huss 808-956-9432, 
ghuss@higp.hawaii.edu. 
 
To apply, please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select 
“Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” 
You must submit the following documents online: 
1) Cover Letter, 
2) Resume, 
3) Salary History, 
4) Supervisory References, 
5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). 
All online applications must 
be received by 11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time on January 15, 2015. 
If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is 
imminent, you may send documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. For questions on 
the application process, call (808) 956-8344. EEO/AA Employer.
 

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[NASA] 2014 NASA EONS SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS   

NASA's Office of Education Minority University Research and Education 
Project (MUREP) is now soliciting proposals from Minority Serving 
Institutions (MSIs) to create and implement a NASA Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Math (STEM) challenge, targeted for MSI participation.  
STEM challenges are creative applications of NASA-related science, 
technology, engineering, mathematics, and cross-cutting concepts. 

MUREP STEM Engagement (MSE) seeks proposals to support MSIs that 
demonstrate the potential to increase the number of minority 
undergraduates in STEM education areas relevant to NASA. 

"Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014"NNH14ZHA001N is 
posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at: 

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/
 
Questions concerning Appendix I, NASA MUREP STEM Engagement (MSE), may 
be directed to Theresa Martinez, MSE Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
through NASAMSE@nasaprs.com.


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

May 4-6, 2015
Life on Earth and Beyond - The History and Philosophy of the Origin 
of Life
http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Ven2015/
Ven Island, Sweden

May 6-8, 2015
Exoplanets in Lund 2015
http://www.astro.lu.se/lundexoplanets2015/
Lund, Sweden

August 2-7, 2015
12th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2015/
Singapore

August 4-6, 2015
Second Landing Site Workshop for the Mars 2020 Rover
http://marsnext.jpl.nasa.gov
Pasadena, CA

[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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COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Paper Submission Opportunity I

The year 2014 marks the tenth year of operations of the NASA/ESA 
Cassini orbiter at Saturn, a period which has seen a tremendous 
increase in our knowledge of the planet’s ring system. As a result, 
previous theoretical models have been challenged or revised, and many 
new questions raised. In August 2014, the Fourth Planetary Rings 
Workshop was held in Boulder, CO, sponsored by the Cassini Rings 
Working Group. This special issue brings together papers presented at 
the meeting, but is also open to other contributions describing new 
observational or theoretical work on this topic.
Topics of interest include:

- New observations or analyses of data for Saturn’s rings from 
  Cassini, or ground-based observations.
- New results on the ring systems of other bodies, including 
  Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune.
- Theoretical analyses or numerical modeling of any aspect of 
  planetary rings systems.

Submission Format:
Submitted papers must be written in English and describe original 
research which is neither published nor currently under review by other 
journals.  Author guidelines for preparation of manuscripts can be 
found at: 

http://www.elsevier.com/journals/icarus/0019-1035/guide-for-authors

For more information, please contact the editorial office at 
Icarus@astro.cornell.edu.

Guest Editors:
Philip Nicholson (lead)
Larry Esposito
Jeffrey Cuzzi


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Paper Submission Opportunity II

As Titan approaches northern summer solstice in 2017, seasonal 
variations in solar insolation are driving dynamic changes to its 
surface and atmosphere. A primary objective of the Cassini Solstice 
Mission is to study these changes and monitor the evolution of Titan’s 
hydrocarbon-based hydrologic cycle. Titan’s exotic environment 
ensures that even rudimentary measurements of atmospheric/surface 
interactions, such as wind-wave generation or aeolian dune development, 
provide valuable data to anchor physical models.

Titan’s seas are being illuminated for the first time during the 
Cassini mission. This special issue invites papers that describe 
observations, theoretical models, and laboratory experiments that 
relate to the processes that modify Titan’s surface and drive its 
atmosphere.

Topics of interest include:
- New results documenting surface and atmospheric processes on Titan 
  from both the Cassini mission and telescopic observations.
- Theoretical modeling predicting activity on Titan’s surface and 
  within its atmosphere.
- Laboratory investigations into the underlying processes related to 
  activity on Titan.

Submission Format:
Submitted papers must be written in English and describe original 
research which is neither published nor currently under review.  See: 

http://www.elsevier.com/journals/icarus/0019-1035/guide-for-authors 

for detailed author guidelines.  For more information, please contact 
the editorial office at Icarus@astro.cornell.edu.

Guest Editors:
Alex Hayes (lead)
Jason Soderblom
Mate Adamkovics


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