Volume 10, Number 6
January 31, 2016
Editor: Mark V. Sykes
Co-Editors: Melissa Lane, Susan Benecchi
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. Post-Doctoral Position in Planetary Mass Spectrometry
2. Mars Science Special Session at Goldschmidt 2016 Conference
3. [NASA] Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
2016-2017 Academic Year Proposal Submission Deadline is Extended
4. OPAG Meeting - Connecting by WebEx
5. 4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop
6. [NASA] Planetary Science Division Facilities RFI
7. [NASA] Hisaki Science Team Proposals
8. Europa Initiative Workshops in Toulouse and Madrid
9. GSA Rocky Mountain Section Meeting
10. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN PLANETARY MASS SPECTROMETRY
A post-doctoral position is available immediately to work on surface
induced dissociation of small, neutral molecules. These experiments
seek to characterize the molecular fragmentation that takes place as a
spacecraft-based mass spectrometer determines composition of a
planetary exosphere during a high-velocity flyby. Successful
applicants will have experience in relevant areas including CID, SID,
vacuum system hardware and design, GC-MS analysis, ion-molecule
chemistry, ion activation and dissociation, and cryotrapping.
Competitive salary is based on experience. To apply, please email cover
letter and resume to Prof. Daniel Austin, Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
MARS SCIENCE SPECIAL SESSION AT GOLDSCHMIDT 2016 CONFERENCE
We would like to draw your attention to the following special session
at the 26th Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan (June 26 to
July 1). Abstract deadline is February 26.
Session 02h: Geochemical Evolution of the Martian Surface and Interior
Keynote: Dr. Pamela Conrad (NASA GSFC)
Invited speakers: Liz Rampe (NASA-JSC), Jeremy Bellucci (Swedish Museum
of Natural History), and 1 other to be confirmed.
Mission data-based, meteorite, and modeling studies are encouraged
to submit their latest results. For a full session description, see
Convenors: Bethany Ehlmann, Tomohiro Usui, and Francis McCubbin
[NASA] EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP (NESSF) PROGRAM 2016-2017
ACADEMIC YEAR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED
Due to the severe winter weather and blizzard conditions experienced
in parts of the country and the resultant flooding and other hardship
conditions, the proposal submission deadline for the subject program is
being extended to 11:59 p.m. on February 8, 2016.
This change will allow additional proposal preparation time for
proposers who may have been impacted by these conditions, so that all
proposers may prepare high-quality, responsive proposals.
For further information about the NESSF Program contact:
Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research
Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary
Science Research, and Astrophysics Research
OPAG MEETING - CONNECTING BY WEBEX
The Outer Planet Assessment Group will be meeting Feb 1-2, 2016,
at the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) in San Antonio, TX.
Meeting and agenda information may be found at:
Please participate in the OPAG meeting using this WebEx info:
WebEx is open at 7:00 AM EST (New York, GMT-05:00)
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 998 595 936
Meeting password: W@lc0m3!
Join by phone
Conference Number: 866-844-9416
Participant Passcode: 7864394
4TH INTERNATIONAL HIGHLY SIDEROPHILE ELENENT GEOCHEMISTRY WORKSHOP
July 11-15, 2016
Abstract Deadline: March 4, 2016
* All presenters may submit up to two abstracts.
* A number of travel bursaries will be awarded.
* Prizes will be awarded for outstanding student research
Please consider submitting full research articles presenting relevant
and compelling new research to the GCA thematic volume "Highly
Siderophile Element [and closely-related] Constraints on Low- and
High-Temperature Earth and Planetary Processes".
Be sure to register quickly to secure a place on the workshop's field
trip to the Scottish Isle of Rum.
As part of this meeting, the workshop's keynote will present an
engaging public talk on Monday July 11th.
To limit emails, future notices concerning this workshop and GCA
thematic volume will appear, primarily, on our social media. Follow
@HSEDurham and/or become a member of our Facebook page.
The Organising Committee:
Amy Riches, Chris Dale, Geoff Nowell, Chris Ottley, Pierre Bouilhol,
Edward Inglis, Fienke Nanne, Kathi Schweitzer, Paul Savage (soon to be
U. of St. Andrews), Marc-Alban Millet (soon to be U. of Cardiff),
Kevin Burton, Dave Selby, and Helen M. Williams (soon to be U. of
[NASA] PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION FACILITIES RFI
The Planetary Science Division is soliciting feedback regarding
Planetary Science Division Facilities. Responses to this RFI should be
in the form of a PDF sent to Doris.Daou@nasa.gov with subject line:
RESPONSE to Facilities RFI by April 30, 2016. For more information see
the full text of the Planetary Science Division Facilities RFI.
[NASA] HISAKI SCIENCE TEAM PROPOSALS
The Planetary Science Division has invited Proposals from individuals
to be Guest Investigators on the Hisaki Science Team. Proposals are due
February 29, 2016, 4:30 PM Eastern Time. For more information see the
Hisaki Guest Investigator Program 2016 Dear Colleague Letter (.PDF) on
EUROPA INITIATIVE WORKSHOPS IN TOULOUSE AND MADRID
NASA's Europa Multiple-flyby Mission is scheduled to launch in the
2020s to explore the habitability of the moon passing over the moon 45
times while in orbit around Jupiter.
NASA has officially invited ESA to provide a 250-kg class flight
element (TBD) to contribute the mission. Five possible spacecraft
elements that could constitute an ESA contribution to NASA have been
The contributions from the different spacecraft option studies will be
discussed with the Europa Initiative team and the larger scientific
community in a series of initial Europa workshops:
Workshop #2, hosted by IRAP
22-24 February 2016
Workshop #3, hosted by CAB
29 February-01 March 2016
We invite the scientific community to contribute to these two
workshops that will produce directions for the preparation of the
Europa proposal to the ESA Cosmic Vision M5 call.
From Michel Blanc (IRAP) and Olga Prieto-Ballesteros (CAB), on
behalf of the Europa Initiative
[Edited for length]
GSA ROCKY MOUNTAIN SECTION MEETING
University of Idaho
May 18-19, 2016
We invite you to attend the 68th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain
GSA at Moscow, Idaho. Please consider submitting your planetary science
research contributions towards the following sessions:
1. Planetary Science - Insights from Remote Sensing, Field, and the
Deepak Dhingra, University of Idaho
Jason Barnes, University of Idaho
2. Megafloods, Paleohydrology, and Fluvial Processes on Earth and
Beyond - In Recognition of the Scientific Contributions of Victor R.
Jim O'Connor, USGS
Virginia Gulick, NASA Ames/SETI Institute
Lisa Ely, Central Washington University
Brian Yanites, University of Idaho
3. Volcanic Hazards - Products, Processes, and Perspectives
Brittany Brand, Boise State University
Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, Idaho State University
Abstract deadline is March 1, 2016.
There are several pre- and post-meeting field trips being planned
including "Pleistocene Megaflood Landscapes of the Channeled Scabland."
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
February 22-24, 2016
Workshop 'Europa Initiative' 2016
February 29-March 1, 2016
Europa M5 Initiative Meeting #3
May 16–19, 2016
Biosignature Preservation and Detection in Mars Analog Environments
Incline Village, NV
May 17-19, 2016
International Workshop About Comets in Honor of Hans Rickman
May 24-26, 2016
New Views of the Moon 2
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