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Volume 9, Number 13
March 29, 2015

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

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1. [NASA] New EONS Program Element: MUREP MEI
2. [NASA] Pre-proposal Teleconference: STEM ASTAR Fellowships
3. [NASA] Reopening the Hayabusa2 Participating Scientist Call
4. [NASA] Various Updates to the Text of PDART Program
5. [NASA] PDS - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 21
6. Planetary Scientist Position - NASA Johnson Space Center
7. New Refereed Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education
   Invites Manuscripts
8. Pluto Naming Opportunity
9. New Astronomy Lecture Videos
10. EPSC Call for Abstracts
11. 49th ESLAB Symposium: Exploring the Universe with JWST
12. Fact Sheet - Connecting Physics Students to Career Opportunities
13. Job Opening - Director, Cernan Earth and Space Center
14. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
15. Reminder: VEXAG Meeting #12
16. Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
17. DPS has Partnered with MentorNet
18. Graduate Student Opportunity: Hampton University 
19. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
 
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[NASA] NEW EONS PROGRAM ELEMENT: MUREP MEI

NASA Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS)-14 Amendment 15: 

The NASA Office of Education Minority  University Research and 
Education Project (MUREP) solicits proposals from Minority Serving 
Institutions (MSIs) to plan, coordinate, and evaluate MUREP Educator 
Institutes (MEIs) that will bring pre-service and alternative route 
Science, Technical, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) educators from 
MSIs across the country to NASA centers annually for a one week 
professional development session. MSIs that plan to submit a proposal 
may partner with other institutions.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) are requested by April 24, 2015, and 
proposals are due by June 30, 2015.

Questions concerning NASA MUREP Educator Institutes (MEI), may be 
directed to Mr. Chris Copelan, NASA Stennis Space Center at
NASAMEI@nasaprs.com.

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[NASA] PRE-PROPOSAL TELECONFERENCE: STEM ASTAR FELLOWSHIPS

NASA will conduct a Pre-proposal Adobe Connect/Teleconference to 
discuss NASA Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) Advanced 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Training and Research 
(ASTAR) Fellowship. The call will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 
at 4:00 PM ET. 

The purpose of these sessions is to provide prospective proposers an 
in-depth overview of the ASTAR opportunity and proposal requirements. 
Please visit the ASTA​R Fellowships in NSPIRES for details regarding 
this opportunity. ­­­

To join the ASTAR pre-proposal teleconference, follow the 
instructions for both the Adobe Connect and conference number.

If you have any accommodation needs, please contact, in advance,
NASA.fellowships@nasaprs.com.
 
First, connect to Adobe Connect (for slide presentation):

1. Go to https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/nifs/

2. If requested, enter your name and enter the room.

Please check the technology Adobe Connect Technical Specs before the 
teleconference at: 

https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/tech-specs.html

After the presentation, prospective students may ask questions by 
typing them in to the chat room about the opportunity.

Second, connect to teleconference (for audio):

Call-in number:
Toll free number 888-957-9823 or toll number 1-312-470-0200

Participant passcode:  3835998

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[NASA] REOPENING THE HAYABUSA2 PARTICIPATING SCIENTIST CALL

In response to requests from the community for more time, Amendment 7
reopens the response structure for this program element and sets the 
new due date for Step-1 proposals to Wednesday April 1, 2015. The due 
date for Step-2 proposals remains unchanged, they are still due by 
May 15, 2015.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: 
Tony Carro at anthony.carro-1@nasa.gov

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[NASA] VARIOUS UPDATES TO THE TEXT OF PDART PROGRAM

The Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) program 
solicits proposals to generate higher-order data products, archive and 
restore data sets or products, create or consolidate reference 
databases, generate new reference information, digitize data, and 
develop or validate software tools.

Throughout this program element, the text has been modified to 
strengthen the requirements on proposers to make data products 
available. 

The due dates remain unchanged. Step-1 proposals are due May 15, 
2015, and Step-2 proposals are due by July 17, 2015.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: 
Sarah Noble at sarah.noble-1@nasa.gov

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[NASA] PDS - LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER DATA RELEASE 21

The NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to announce a new delivery 
of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data for the following 
instruments: CRaTER, DLRE, LAMP, LEND, LOLA, and LROC.  

In general, LRO Release 21 includes data collected between September 
15, 2014 and December 14, 2014. To access the above data, visit: 

http://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20150313.shtml 

PDS offers the following two services for searching the LRO archives:

1. The Planetary Image Atlas at the Imaging Node allows selection of 
LRO data by specific search criteria:

http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/ 

2. The Lunar Orbital Data Explorer at the Geosciences Node allows 
searching and downloading of LRO data and other lunar orbital data 
sets (Clementine and Lunar Prospector): 

http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/


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PLANETARY SCIENTIST POSITION - NASA JOHNSON SPACE CENTER

The Astromaterials Research Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, solicits 
applications for a Planetary Scientist civil service position. The 
selectee will establish a research program in the study of the origin 
and evolution of our solar system’s rocky planetary bodies. This 
emphasis includes, but is not limited to, studies of astromaterials  
and materials from sample-return missions, and studies using remote-
sensing and mission data in subfields including, but not limited to: 
geochronology, high-resolution analytical studies, mineralogy, isotope 
and elemental geochemistry and mass spectrometry, experimental and 
laboratory studies, analysis and interpretation of mission data. The 
selectee is expected to attract research funding through peer-
reviewed proposals to NASA programs and/or involvement in NASA 
missions. 
 
Candidates must use: 

http://USAJobs.gov

position JS15D0019, to submit applications between 30 March and 20 
April 2015; US citizenship is required. The position is at the GS-13 
level at a negotiable starting date. A further announcement will 
advise of application dates and deadlines and provide the formal job 
posting data. Interested parties may direct inquiries to Dr. David 
Draper, Manager, Astromaterials Research Office,
david.draper@nasa.gov. A how-to guide for preparing responsive 
applications using USAJobs.gov, prepared by JSC Human Resources, will 
be provided upon request.


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NEW REFEREED JOURNAL OF ASTRONOMY AND EARTH SCIENCES EDUCATION INVITES 
MANUSCRIPTS
 
The editor and editorial board are pleased to announce the publication 
of a new on-line journal for research papers on space science and 
earth science education. Entitled The Journal of Astronomy and Earth 
Sciences Education (JAESE), the new peer-reviewed publication is open-
access, meaning it is free to all readers. The first issue is already 
complete; see:

http://www.jaese.org

and papers are now being accepted for the second issue. The journal 
fills a void created when the American Astronomical Society stopped 
publishing its on-line journal, Astronomy Education Review, in 2013.

While the publication fees should not be a barrier for most authors, 
some people may have very limited budgets. For 2015, a fund has been 
established by donations to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 
the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, and the CAPER 
Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research to subsidize 
publication costs for authors with demonstrated need. Details about 
how to apply are available from the Editor.
 
Detailed author guidelines are available at the journal website. 
Questions may be directed to the editor, Dr. Tim Slater (University 
of Wyoming) at: JAESE@uwyo.edu 

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PLUTO NAMING OPPORTUNITY
 
On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, and we 
will map that distant world and its moons for the first time. Working 
with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the New Horizons team 
plans to assign names to the features on the maps of Pluto and its 
large moon Charon, once we have seen them in sharp detail this summer. 
At the “Our Pluto” website you can suggest your ideas for names and 
vote for your favorites. The team will use your best ideas in their 
proposal to the IAU.
 
This is an opportunity for the students, teachers and the public to 
vote on names for the features on Pluto and Charon. The public input 
will be provided to the IAU, which ultimately determines the official 
scientific names for astronomical objects. 
 
Press Release: 

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/press-release/public-asked-help-
name-features-pluto

Our Pluto website: 

http://www.ourpluto.org/


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NEW ASTRONOMY LECTURE VIDEOS
 
There are new, videotaped, popular astronomy lectures available at the 
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures YouTube Site at:  

http://www.youtube.com/svastronomylectures   

The site recently passed half a million views for its varied roster of 
talks by noted astronomers, explaining the latest developments.
 
New talks include a preview of the New Horizons mission to Pluto by 
team member Dr. Mark Showalter (who also discusses his discovery of 
two new moons of Pluto) and a discussion of the Planck Mission results 
(examining the afterglow of the Big Bang). Coming soon, a talk by 
former NASA Astronaut Ed Lu about the proposed Sentinel mission to 
help defend us against dangerous asteroids.


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EPSC CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Dear Colleagues,

The abstract submission for the European Planetary Science Congress, 
organized 27 September – 02 October 2015 in Nantes, France, is open, 
and the deadline for abstracts is 29 April 2015.

We invite you to submit abstracts to our (co-organized) session 
GP2/TP11/EX7 "Aerosols and clouds in planetary atmospheres" organized 
this year for the first time!

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2015/session/19663

Atmospheric aerosols and cloud particles are found in every atmosphere 
of the solar system, as well as, in exoplanets. Depending on their 
size, shape, chemical composition, latent heat, and distribution, 
their effect on the radiation budget varies drastically and is 
difficult to predict. When organic, aerosols also carry a strong 
prebiotic interest reinforced by the presence of heavy atoms such as 
nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur.

The aim of the session is to gather presentations on these complex 
objects for both terrestrial and giant planet atmospheres, including 
the special case of Titan’s hazy atmosphere. All research aspects from 
their production and evolution processes, their observation/detection, 
to their fate and atmospheric impact are welcomed, including 
laboratory investigations and modeling.

Spread the word, and see you in Nantes!

With best regards,
The conveners Nathalie Carrasco, Panayotis Lavvas, Anni Määttänen


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49TH ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE WITH JWST

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the 49th ESLAB Symposium: Exploring the 
Universe with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), taking place from 
October 12-16, 2015 at ESA-ESTEC, The Netherlands. The ESLAB Symposium 
will be an international conference dedicated to the presentation and 
discussion of future scientific research that will be enabled by the 
James Webb Space Telescope. 

The conference will cover a broad range of scientific topics that will 
be organized in the following categories: 

- The end of the “dark ages”: first light and reionisation
- The assembly of galaxies
- The formation and evolution of stars and planets
- Planetary systems and the origins of life (exoplanets)
- Our Solar system

Registration & Abstract Submission are available at: 

http://congrexprojects.com/15a02 


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FACT SHEET - CONNECTING PHYSICS STUDENTS TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The AIP’s Statistical Research Center has posted a new report:

http://www.aip.org/statistics/reports/fact-sheet-connecting-physics-
students-career-opportunities

This report is a guide created by the Career Pathways Project (CPP) 
and is designed to enhance the work being done by career services 
professionals with physics undergraduates and physics faculty members. 
This document provides tips on resume writing, identifies some of the 
skills developed during the typical undergraduate physics experience, 
lists common job titles held by recent physics bachelor’s degree 
recipients, and offers suggestions for effective career advising of 
physics undergraduates.

The CPP was a collaboration of the Education Division and the 
Statistical Research Center, both of the American Institute of 
Physics. The Career Pathways Project was supported by the National 
Science Foundation.


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JOB OPENING - DIRECTOR, CERNAN EARTH AND SPACE CENTER

River Grove, IL (Chicago)
 
Triton College, a comprehensive two year institution located in a near 
western suburb of Chicago, is seeking a Director, Cernan Earth and 
Space Center. 
 
The Director supervises all aspects of the Cernan Earth and Space 
Center, including the production of sky theater programs, the 
preparation of budgets, supervision of full and part time staff, and 
the planning and implementation of long term projects to promote 
maximum utilization of the Space Center by Triton College, nearby 
schools and the general public.  
 
Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Possible major areas of study may be 
astronomy, science communications, museum/theater management, business 
management or similar field. Background in astronomy is essential. 
Minimum five years experience in a public oriented planetarium or multi 
media theater, in progressively responsible position, including at 
least one year in a supervisory capacity. Background knowledge in 
astronomy and space science is essential; knowledge of personnel issues 
necessary to manage professional staff members; demonstrated knowledge 
and competence in multi media production and mass communication. 
 
For more information about the Cernan Earth and Space Center, visit: 

http://www.triton.edu/cernan/
 
To apply, visit: 

http://www.triton.edu/hr
 
Triton College is an EO/AA institution.


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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, astrophysics, planetary 
science, astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, 
human exploration and operations, and space technology.
 
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/1Kjlmyr
 
For further information and to apply, visit: 

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


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REMINDER: VEXAG MEETING #12 

Thursday, April 9, 2015, Hampton, VA

VEXAG meeting #12 will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the 
National Institute of Aerospace, just outside NASA’s Langley Research 
Center. This follows the 2-day Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory 
Measurements and Instrument Definition Workshop also held at the 
National Institute of Aerospace.
 
A preliminary agenda is available at VEXAG Web-Site:

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

Key items for this meeting will be progress reports on NASA 
Headquarters and VEXAG activities as well as reports on Venus Express, 
Ataksuki, and other opportunities for international collaboration. 
Posters on technologies for Venus missions are invited.
 
If you’ll be attending in person and haven’t done so already, please 
enter your name on the Meeting Registration /Intent to Attend Form on 
the VEXAG Web-Site: 

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/registration/
index.cfm?mtg=vexag2015
 
Audio conferencing:
U.S. Toll-Free 1-844-467-4685; U.S. Local/Toll 1-720-259-7012
Pass Code  5813913422 / Conference ID 2771783
 
WebEx:
To join the meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to: 

https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?MTID=
me2b9f49a75405f998a56bdb87d2f06f1

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: C@T123456!
4. Click "Join".


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DIRECTOR, NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE (NAI)

NASA seeks a new Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).  
The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized scientist 
with proven experience in leading or managing large interdisciplinary 
research programs or projects, possessed with a vision for leading the 
Institute into the future. Applicants for this position should have a 
broad scientific perspective on astrobiology, experience in conducting
interdisciplinary scientific research, and demonstrated skills needed 
to harness the strengths of disparate research communities towards a 
greater goal. She/he should understand how to grow a research endeavor 
and respond to changing budget climates while focusing on maximizing 
the scientific return on NASA’s investments in astrobiology. He/she 
should have experience in leading a diverse staff ranging from 
established scientists to support personnel, resource planning, and 
executing budgets and schedules. He/she should be comfortable with 
modern information technologies and distributed research teams. NASA 
is particularly interested in applicants who will find ways to infuse 
astrobiology into NASA flight missions.

Interested individuals should apply directly to USAJobs at: 

http://www.usajobs.gov 

by May 1, 2015. In the keyword search box, type vacancy number 
“AR15S0001”. Select “Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute”, then 
click “Apply Online”.


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DPS HAS PARTNERED WITH MENTORNET

Members of the planetary science community are invited to participate 
in the acclaimed e-mentoring program MentorNet. Both mentors and 
mentees (protégés) can take advantage of this program, which provides 
a detailed matching algorithm, and guides for getting the most out of 
a mentoring relationship. This is an opportunity to participate in 
professional development activities with other DPS members throughout 
the year. The program is very flexible, mentors and protégés always 
have options when being paired, and they mutually decide on the 
frequency of communication during the recommended four month mentoring 
cycle (with the option to renew or select a new mentor/mentee at the 
end of the cycle). 

We are seeking both mentors and protégés to sign up in spring 2015.  
At this point in time we particularly need mentors! Anyone can be a 
mentor or a protégé at any stage of their career. To create a profile 
and select “Division of Planetary Sciences” as your affiliation 
(even if you are not an official member), visit:

http://MentorNet.net 

The required online training takes ~30 minutes, but can be done in 
sections. This assures that mentors and protégés start off with 
similar expectations about the mentoring relationship. 

Contact Kelsi Singer (ksinger@boulder.swri.edu) or Karly Pitman 
(pitman@spacescience.org) with questions or for more info.​


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GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: HAMPTON UNIVERSITY 

Hampton University Dept. of Atmospheric and Planetary Science and NASA 
Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS) seek energetic explorers looking to 
conduct cutting-edge research into the past, present and future of 
planetary atmospheres while pursuing advanced degrees (MS and PhD) in 
Planetary Science. Successful applicants (rolling deadline until 
June 1 for Fall 2015 enrollment) will join the Living, Breathing 
Planet team that includes four university partners, NASA, and the 
National Institute of Aerospace. Our goal is to understand how planets 
interact with the space environment and parent stars to develop or 
lose habitable atmospheres over time. As part of NExSS, we are one of 
sixteen teams building the future of exoplanet studies, and you can be 
a part of that future. More information and application instructions 
at:

http://sol.hamptonu.edu/?project=the-living-breathing-planet

Any interested student should contact the following faculty members:
Bill Moore 
Kunio Sayanagi 
Nicholas Gray Heavens 


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

No new additions.

[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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