Volume 9, Number 16
April 19, 2015
Editor: Melissa Lane
Co-Editors: Susan Benecchi, Mark V. Sykes
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. Small Bodies Assessment Group 13th Meeting: Early Career Travel
Support and Agenda
2. Nominations Requested for the 5th Farinella Prize
3. Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
4. Impending Deadlines - Comparative Climates of Terrestrial Planets
5. [NASA] Delay of Step-2 Due Date for Hayabusa2 Participating
6. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
7. [NASA] MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I) Updated
Pre-Proposal Teleconference Date and Time
8. [NASA] New Date for EONS Pre-Proposal Teleconference
9. Postdoctoral Research in Core/Ocean Geomagnetism
10. The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) Dates
11. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP 13TH MEETING: EARLY CAREER TRAVEL SUPPORT
The 13th meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will be
held June 29 to midday July 1 in Washington, DC.
1) Early career travel support: We are pleased to be able to offer
limited US travel support for a few early career scientists to
participate in the SBAG 13 meeting. Interested graduate students,
postdocs, and other early career scientists (within 3 years of PhD/MS/
BS) should email a one-page letter and a CV to Nancy Chabot by April
2) As we get the SBAG 13 agenda together, we’d like to give any team
that submitted a small body related Discovery mission proposal the
opportunity to briefly share their submitted concept with the community
on June 30. Please pass this invitation along to any teams you were
involved with, and contact Nancy Chabot to be added to the agenda.
Also, both the Dawn and New Horizons teams have provided great slide
As public interest continues to grow in these missions, please use
these slides to share the excitement with the public at any possible
NOMINATIONS REQUESTED FOR THE 5TH FARINELLA PRIZE
The 5th Farinella Prize, devoted to "Dynamics and Physics of Comets"
is open for candidate nominations. Please read the call and download
the candidature form at:
You can also send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or
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. S/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. S/he should have experience in leading a diverse staff
ranging from established scientists to support personnel, resource
planning, and executing budgets and schedules. S/he 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".
IMPENDING DEADLINES - COMPARATIVE CLIMATES OF TERRESTRIAL PLANETS II
Deadlines are coming for the Comparative Climates of Terrestrial
Planets II conference that will be held at NASA Ames Research Center
in Moffett Field, California on 8-11 September 8-11, 2015.
Abstracts and Student Travel Requests are due Thursday, April 30th.
Student travel applications should include the following information:
- A one-page description of how your participation in the meeting will
benefit NASA’s goals of planetary exploration, particularly Venus;
- A copy of your abstract;
- Your resume;
- A statement of endorsement from a faculty member.
Student travel applications are due on the same date as the abstracts
(April 30), but all application materials should be sent to the
conveners (Jeff Hollingsworth, email@example.com, Lori
Glaze, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Shawn Domagal-Goldman,
email@example.com). Applicants will be notified of the selections
by May 8.
If you are a NASA or JPL employee (or on-site contractor) and planning
to attend this conference, you are now required to register in NCTS
(code #22053-15). You should register in NCTS, before the end of May
2015 in order to attend.
[NASA] DELAY OF STEP-2 DUE DATE FOR HAYABUSA2 PARTICIPATING
Hayabusa-2 Participating Scientist Program Step-1 proposals were due on
April 1, 2015, and Step-2 proposals are now listed in the Tables of due
dates as "TBD."
This amendment delays the due date for Step-2 proposals. Planetary
Science Division personnel are working with NASA’s international
partners on the Hayabusa2 mission to provide additional documents and
information about the mission for proposers to use in writing Step-2
proposals. The new date for the Step-2 proposal deadline has not yet
been determined, but it will be no less than four weeks after the
additional information is provided. Until then, the Step-2 deadline
for C.19 will be listed as TBD. NASA still anticipates that instrument
scientist awards would receive funding starting in FY 2016, and the
sample scientist awards would start with a small amount in FY 2017.
This Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research
Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015" (NNH15ZDA001N)
is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at:
and on the RSS feed at:
Questions concerning this program element may be directed to:
Tony Carro at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The latest NPP Newsletter:
For further information and to apply, visit:
[NASA] MUREP COMMUNITY COLLEGE CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT (MC3I) UPDATED
PRE-PROPOSAL TELECONFERENCE DATE AND TIME
NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP)
Community College Curriculum Improvement (MC3I) Amendment 12.1 changes
language to reflect an updated Pre-Proposal Teleconference date and
time in Appendix L, Section 4.3.
A pre-proposal teleconference will be held on April 22 (formerly April
23), 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. EST (12-1:30 p.m. PST).
Prospective proposers are requested to submit any written questions no
later than three (3) business days before the teleconference so that
NASA will be able to cover as much information as possible during the
meeting. NASA plans to post written questions and answers and
teleconference charts to the NSPIRES website. An opportunity to ask
questions and to solicit clarifications will be provided during the
To join teleconference:
Call-in number: 1-866-844-9416
Meeting Number: 999 970 123
Meeting Password: EONSMC3I!
To join the online meeting:
1. Go to:
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: EONSMC3I!
4. Click "Join".
Questions concerning Appendix L, NASA MUREP Community College
Curriculum Improvement (MC3I), may be directed to Roslyn Soto at
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[NASA] NEW DATE FOR EONS PRE-PROPOSAL TELECONFERENCE
NASA will conduct a Pre-proposal Webex/Teleconference to discuss NASA
Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) MUREP Other Opportunities
(MOO). The new date for the call will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at
3:30-5:00 PM ET (6:30 – 8:00 PM Pacific).
The purpose of this session is to provide prospective proposers an
in-depth overview of the MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO) program and
proposal requirements. Please visit the MUREP Other Opportunities
(MOO) in NSPIRES for details regarding this opportunity.
Please connect to both Webex and Teleconference. If you have any
accommodation needs, please contact
MUREPOPFAQ@nasaprs.com in advance.
* Connect to teleconference (for audio):
Call-in number: toll free number: 866-844-9416
Participant passcode: 2033636
* Connect to WebEx (for slide presentation):
Meeting Number: 998 676 077
Meeting Password: EONSMOO123!
To join the online 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: EONSMOO123!
4. Click "Join".
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
1. Go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".
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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH IN CORE/OCEAN GEOMAGNETISM
NASA-GSFC/CRESST/University of Maryland
Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Associate,
funded through the University of Maryland College Park and the Center
for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST),
to work in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory of the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center in the area of core/ocean geomagnetism. Additional
details are available at:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or expect to have the degree by
the start of the appointment) in a related field of physics,
geophysics, dynamical oceanography/meteorology, and/or applied
mathematics. Applicants are expected to have strong quantitative
analysis and modeling skills – in addition to knowledge of
geomagnetic fields, satellite or ground observatory data, geomagnetic
field models, and core dynamics. Familiarity with UNIX OS, FORTRAN,
and parallel computing is a strong plus.
The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. All
applications received by May 22, 2015 will receive full consideration.
THE EUROPEAN PLANETARY SCIENCE CONGRESS (EPSC) DATES
The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) will be held at:
La Cité des Congrès
Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2015
You are invited to submit abstracts to this major European planetary
Deadline for abstract submission is April 29, 2015.
This year, 3 new technology sessions have been added to the program:
MT2: Instrumentation for descent probes and next generation orbiters
MT5: Technology and instrument concepts for upcoming Asteroid Redirect
MT6: Exploration of planetary environments with CubeSats and NanoSats
More on the conference at:
If you have questions please contact:
EPSC-2015 at: email@example.com
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
October 5-9, 2015
Rainbows on the Southern Sky: Science and Legacy Value of the ESO
Public Surveys and Large Programmes
October 27-29, 2015
13th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG)
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