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
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
[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
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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 ASTAR Fellowships in NSPIRES for details regarding
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,
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
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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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 email@example.com
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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:
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:
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):
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
Candidates must use:
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org. A how-to guide for preparing responsive
applications using USAJobs.gov, prepared by JSC Human Resources, will
be provided upon request.
NEW REFEREED JOURNAL OF ASTRONOMY AND EARTH SCIENCES EDUCATION INVITES
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
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.
Our Pluto website:
NEW ASTRONOMY LECTURE VIDEOS
There are new, videotaped, popular astronomy lectures available at the
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures YouTube Site at:
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.
EPSC CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
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!
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
49TH ESLAB SYMPOSIUM: EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE WITH JWST
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:
FACT SHEET - CONNECTING PHYSICS STUDENTS TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The AIP’s Statistical Research Center has posted a new report:
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
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
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
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.
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:
To apply, visit:
Triton College is an EO/AA institution.
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
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:
For further information and to apply, visit:
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:
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:
U.S. Toll-Free 1-844-467-4685; U.S. Local/Toll 1-720-259-7012
Pass Code 5813913422 / Conference ID 2771783
To join the meeting (Now from mobile devices!)
1. Go to:
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: C@T123456!
4. Click "Join".
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:
by May 1, 2015. In the keyword search box, type vacancy number
“AR15S0001”. Select “Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute”, then
click “Apply Online”.
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:
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 (email@example.com) or Karly Pitman
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more info.
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
Any interested student should contact the following faculty members:
Nicholas Gray Heavens
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