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In memorium - Richard E. Young 1943-2013
Update: Please plan to join old friends and neighbors and meet new friends to celebrate the short, good life of Rich Young.
March 16, 2013 at 3:00pm in Squaw Valley, California
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Richard E. Young, planetary scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center, passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2013 while walking near his country home in the Sierra foothills at Dunlap, California. He was 69. Rich had a long and productive career in planetary science. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he came to Ames to work on advanced planetary mission concepts, which inspired him to seek and earn a Ph.D. from UCLA, working with Prof. Gerald (Jerry) Schubert, in 1972. After a short post-doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Rich returned to Ames to work on the Venus atmosphere with Jim Pollack, and joined the Theoretical Studies Branch of the Space Science Division in 1976. During his career Rich conducted research into a broad variety of topics ranging from interior structural and thermal models of the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune, to 3D atmospheric dynamics of free and forced planetary-scale waves and zonally averaged flows, and the radiative properties of terrestrial volcanic hazes. He was among the first to develop general circulation models for Venus to try to explain its four-day superrotation – perhaps the most challenging goal for understanding deep planetary atmospheres. He participated in three major planetary missions including Pioneer Venus, the Venus Vega mission, and the Galileo Jupiter mission for which he served as the entry probe chief scientist. Later in his career Rich managed the Planetary Systems Branch for five years. He retired in 2006, but remained active in science by educating the public about the reality and challenge of climate change on Earth. As a human being, Rich was the best. His hearty laugh often echoed around the halls at Ames, and he never had a bad word for anyone. He was an enthusiastic tennis player, poker player and backpacker. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals of all kinds, and in his retirement he volunteered at an animal rescue shelter near his home. He is survived by his wife Cindy, her daughters and grandchildren.
NASA Ames Conference Center (NACC)March 3, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pmOn March 3, 2015 we will have a full day of talks and poster sessions in order to showcase the work done by the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and Space Science projects at Ames. Please make time to join us, learn something new, chat with new folks and maybe even start up a new collaboration. There are lots of ways you can participate: give a talk, present a poster, demo your equipment, nominate someone to give one of the lectures and -- of course -- attend.Important Dates:Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015Lecturer Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2015Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015Jamboree: March 3, 2015Abstract Submission -- Due January 16If you are interested in giving a talk, presenting a poster, or providing an equipment display, please email a PDF of your one page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be devoting one page in the Jamboree abstract booklet to each submitted abstract — so feel free to use the entire page. In the PDF, please include:+ Title+ Authors+ Science Topic (choose one): Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Exoplanet, Planetary Atmosphere & Climate, or Planetary Surfaces and Interiors+ Abstract (one page or less; pictures and plots are great to include!)In your email please specify the following:+ Poster, Talk, or Display+ If Display, please specify space requirements (how much space, is electrical needed, …)
Lecturer Nominations -- Due January 16We will have two longer (one hour) lectures. The lecturers will be chosen among the nominations received in the following categories. (To be considered in either category, candidates should be Space Scientists resident at Ames)+ Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist -- A researcher who has done outstanding work who has not reached their 37th birthday OR have held a doctorate for no more than 6 years (whichever is later) at the end of 2015.+ Pollack lecture -- a Senior scientist who is being recognized for their lifetime achievement.Nominations should be no more than one page and should summarize the body of meritorious work. References to the key publications should be included. It is also helpful to mention previously received accolades.Nominations will be accepted from anyone in SS. Self nominations are acceptable. Any individual can only nominate one candidate in each category.Please email all nominations to email@example.com.
Registration -- Due February 24In order to have an accurate headcount for refreshments (and to allow us sufficient time to make name tags), we ask that all attendees register by February 24. Any member of the Ames community may attend the SS Jamboree. In order to register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of Jamboree Registration. In the body of the message, please specify your name as you'd like it to appear on your name tag.
Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies (ACES) Seminar Announcement - Michael Line, University of California Santa CruzN245, Conference Room 215March 13, 2015 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
“Characterizing the Diversity of Atmospheres: From Planets to Brown Dwarfs”
Abstract: Atmospheres are the most readily observable aspect of an exoplanet; it is critical to understand the physics and chemistry operating in planetary atmospheres if we are to understand exoplanets as a whole. I will give a broad overview on what we can learn about exoplanet atmospheres from observing them in transit with a focus on how transit transmission and occultation observations can provide insight into their thermal structure, chemistry, and dynamics as well as their formation environments. Furthermore, I will discuss how brown dwarfs can be used as exoplanet analogues in order to gain a better understanding of atmospheric processes. Finally, I will discuss future prospects for characterizing exoplanet atmospheres with the James Webb Space Telescope and smaller space based surveyor missions.
Nasa Ames, Building 152March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - March 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
NASA's Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute will co-host a workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions on March 24-26, 2015, in Moffett Field, California.
While planetary protection requirements are in place for robotic missions, there is presently insufficient scientific and technological knowledge to establish effective quantitative requirements for the development of crewed spacecraft and missions. To prepare for such future missions, NASA created the NASA Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions (NPI 8020.7) that outlines the need to increase knowledge in the following study areas while iteratively developing an appropriate set of requirements:
• Study Area 1: Microbial and human health monitoring
• Study Area 2: Technology and operations for contamination control
• Study Area 3: Natural transport of contamination on Mars
The goal of this workshop is to capture the current state of knowledge in the aforementioned areas and identify additional research to appropriately inform planetary protection requirements development for the human exploration of Mars.