The Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) is responsible for soliciting and coordinating community input into the development and execution of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP). It serves as a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input in support of the Exoplanet Exploration Program objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. It provides findings of analyses to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.

Executive Committee:

ExoPAG activities and meetings are organized through an Executive Committee, selected by NASA HQ through a Dear Colleague letter. Appointments are made annually to replace members rotating off; the normal term is 3 years. If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, please contact the ExoPAG Executive Secretary at NASA HQ (Hannah Jang-Condell, Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist).

New Executive Committee members for 2023: Ian Crossfield, Kate Follette, Natalie Hinkel, Samson Johnson, Malena Rice, and Lily Zhao.


ExoPAG News and Announcements (February 15, 2024)

  1. 2024B NASA Keck Call for Proposals (Proposals due March 14, 2024)
  2. ExoExplorer Science Series: Fuda Nguyen (U. Arizona) & Garrett Levine (Yale) (February 16, 2024, 2pm-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)
  3. 2024 Sagan Workshop Registration and Financial Aid Application Now Available (July 22-26, 2024, Pasadena CA; Travel Support Deadline March 21, 2024)
  4. NASA ROSES: Release of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES)-2024
  5. NASA ROSES: Updated Precursor Science Gap List for ROSES-23 D.16 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science
  6. NASA ROSES: Change to ROSES-2024 Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP)
  7. Cross-PAG Time-Domain and MultiMessenger (TDAMM) SIG Meeting (March 1, 2024; 2pm EST/11am PST)
  8. TESS Science Conference III (July 29-August 2, 2024; Cambridge MA; Abstract deadline April 12, 2024)
  9. Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting (June 12-13, 2024; Ithaca NY/Virtual)
+ more

1. 2024B NASA Keck Call for Proposals (Proposals due March 14, 2024)

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting proposals to use NASA's portion of time on the Keck Telescopes for the 2024B observing semester (August 1, 2024 - January 31, 2025). Proposals are due by Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 4 pm Pacific.

NASA intends the use of the Keck telescopes to be highly strategic in support of on-going space missions and/or high priority, long-term science goals. Proposals are sought to support science goals and missions in all of the following discipline areas:

  • Our Own Solar System
  • Exoplanet Exploration
  • Physics of the Cosmos
  • Cosmic Origins
  • Mission Support Proposals in any of these areas are also encouraged

Please read the Call for Proposals: https://nexsci.caltech.edu/missions/KeckSolicitation/gen-info.shtml

for complete information, semester highlights, and application guidelines. Important information on instrument availability for 2024B can be found here: https://www2.keck.hawaii.edu/observing/instavail.html

The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator for NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers (i.e. who have their principal affiliation at a U.S. institution). Investigators from institutions outside of the U.S. may participate as Co-Investigators.

Questions: KeckCFP@ipac.caltech.edu


2. ExoExplorer Science Series: Fuda Nguyen (U. Arizona) & Garrett Levine (Yale) (February 16, 2024, 2pm-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)

"Hi all-

The ExoExplorer Science Seminar Series presents talks by cohort members Fuda Nguyen (U. Arizona) & Garrett Levine (Yale) on Friday February 16, 2024, from 11 AM - 12 PM Pacific / 2 PM - 3 PM Eastern.

"Latitude-dependent Atmospheric Waves and Long-period Modulations in Luhman 16 B from the Longest Lightcurve of an Extrasolar World"
Fuda Nguyen (U. Arizona)

&

"Atmospheric Outflow Variability of Extrasolar Planets"
Garrett Levine (Yale)

The talk and call-in info is below and a calendar invite (and poster) is attached as well.

For more information about the ExoExplorers program, please visit our website here: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers-welcome/

And future talks here: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers-events/

Please share this talk announcement at your local institution!

This is the way,

Rob Zellem, on behalf of the ExoExplorer Organizing Committee"

Abstracts and connection information: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/events/495/exoexplorer-science-series-fuda-nguyen-u-arizona-garrett-levine-yale/


3. 2024 Sagan Workshop Registration and Financial Aid Application Now Available (July 22-26, 2024, Pasadena CA; Travel Support Deadline March 21, 2024)

2024 Sagan Summer Workshop
Advances in Direct Imaging: From Young Jupiters to Habitable Earths
July 22-26, 2024
Hosted by The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute,
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
https://nexsci.caltech.edu/workshop/2024/

We are pleased to announce that in-person and online registration to attend the 2024 Sagan Summer Workshop is now available! The topic for this years workshop is Advances in Direct Imaging: From Young Jupiters to Habitable Earths

The workshop will take place online and on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, CA from July 22-26, 2024. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

In-person attendees can apply for limited financial assistance to cover local costs. Each application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation. Travel support applications and letters are due by March 21, 2024 and awards will be announced by April 12, 2024.

The registration, financial support application, and recommendation letter submission site are all available on the main workshop website: https://nexsci.caltech.edu/workshop/2024/

Questions? sagan_workshop@ipac.caltech.edu


4. Release of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES)-2024

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces the release of its annual omnibus solicitation for basic and applied research, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) 2024 as NNH24ZDA001N on or about February 14, 2024, at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2024

ROSES is an omnibus solicitation, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. Table 2 and Table 3 of this NRA, which will be posted at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2024table2 andhttps://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2024table3, respectively, provide proposal due dates and hypertext links to descriptions of the solicited program elements in the Appendices of this NRA. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD.

ROSES NRA may result in grants, cooperative agreements, and inter- or intra-agency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. At the time of release of ROSES, we anticipate that all awards to non-governmental organizations will be federal assistance awards, and most program elements of ROSES specify grants. Unless specifically permitted by a particular program element, ROSES will not result in contracts because it would not be appropriate for the nature of the work solicited.

Unless otherwise noted, except for China (see Section III.c of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation), organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all research involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.

Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of hardware for science experiments and/or flight). Periods of performance are typically three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods.

The funds available and the anticipated number of awards are given in each program element and range from less than one to several million dollars, which allows for selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals.

Electronic submission of proposals is required by the respective due dates for each program element and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov.

Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to ROSES-2024 must be registered with NSPIRES; organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered with Grants.gov, in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) (AOR) who will submit the electronic proposal. All proposal team members must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of the submission system, so we may perform automatic organizational conflict of interest checking of reviewers. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and to enter the requested information.

Notices of intent to propose and Step-1 Proposals will be due starting in March 27, 2024, and Full (Step-2) Proposals will be due no earlier than May 14, 2024, see Table 2 and Table 3.

Potential proposers are strongly encouraged to read Section I(d) of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation and ROSES-24 FAQ#1 that list significant changes prior ROSES.

To learn of the addition of new program elements and all amendments to this NRA, proposers may:

  1. Subscribe to the SMD mailing lists (by logging in at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and checking the appropriate boxes under "Account Management" and "Email Subscriptions");
  2. Get automatic updates of due dates using the ROSES-2024 due date Google calendar. Instructions will be available shortly after release at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/library-and-useful-links (link from the words due date calendar); and
  3. checking this ROSES-2024 Blog at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/solicitations/roses-2024/

Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2024 will be posted at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/ shortly after release.

Questions concerning the individual program elements in ROSES should be directed to the point(s) of contact in the Summary Table of Key Information at the end of the program element and at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/program-officers-list/.

Subject matter experts are encouraged to sign up to be a volunteer reviewer at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels

Questions concerning general ROSES-2024 policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara@nasa.gov.


5. Updated Precursor Science Gap Worksheet for ROSES-23 D.16 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science

Science gaps worksheet posted on NSPIRES page for ROSES-23 D.16 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science

The Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science (ADSPS, D.16) program supports research in areas related to the recommendations from the National Academy of Science and Engineering report, "Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s" (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/26141/pathways-to-discovery-in-astronomy-and-astrophysics-for-the-2020s) for 1) a large Infrared/Optical/Ultraviolet space mission to search for biosignatures from nearby exoplanets and to perform transformative astrophysics investigations, 2) a large Far Infrared mission, and 3) a large X-ray mission.

The science gaps worksheet resulting from the Precursor Science Workshops and the community surveys has been posted under other documents on the NSPIRES page for D.16 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science and Section 1.2 of the text has been updated accordingly. New text is in bold and deleted text is struck through. The due dates remain unchanged: Mandatory NOIs are due March 29, 2024, and proposals are due April 26, 2024.

Questions concerning D.16 ADSPS may be directed to Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

D.16 Astrophysics Decadal Survey Precursor Science: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId=%7bA621FB7D-1D57-40F9-FE89-70107E303940%7d&path=&method=init

Updated Science Gap Worksheet: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewrepositorydocument/cmdocumentid=983933/solicitationId=%7BA621FB7D-1D57-40F9-FE89-70107E303940%7D/viewSolicitationDocument=1/D.16%20ADSPS%20GAP_list_collated_2024.pdf


6. NASA ROSES: Change to ROSES-2024 Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP)

Change to ADAP

The Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) provides support for investigations whose focus is on the analysis of archival data from NASA space astrophysics missions. Starting new in 2024, in lieu of a detailed budget, only a single page budget justification is requested, and no NSPIRES-based budget is required. Proposals instead identify the cost cap as either small (<$125,000/year), medium (<$200,000/year), or large (>$200,000/year). We hope that this change reduces the effort required to assemble an ADAP proposal, especially for first-time investigators or those at smaller institutions. For any questions about this change or the ADAP program overall, please contact the ADAP Program Officer Joshua Pepper at joshua.a.pepper@nasa.gov.

NASA ROSES 2024 D.2 Astrophysics Data Analysis (NNH24ZDA001N-ADAP): https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId={3C497801-DB33-9F39-7636-1208E074A711}&path=&method=init


7. Cross-PAG Time-Domain and MultiMessenger (TDAMM) SIG Meeting (March 1, 2024; 2pm EST/11am PST)

The first virtual meeting of the Cross-PAG Time-Domain and MultiMessenger (TDAMM) SIG will be on Friday March 1, 2024 at 2pm EST. We will begin our ~monthly virtual series with a discussion on the specific TDAMM recommendations to NASA from Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s with a relevant individual from the Decadal. This will be followed with a broader discussion on this topic as well as the goals of TDAMM SIG in general. The specific details for this meeting and those in the future will be announced over the TDAMM SIG mailing list, which you can sign up for at this address https://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sigs/tdamm-sig/tdamm-sig-email-list.php.


8. TESS Science Conference III (July 29-August 2, 2024; Cambridge MA; Abstract deadline April 12, 2024)

"Hi all,

The TESS Science conference III (TSC3; tsc.mit.edu) will take place on July 29 - August 2nd, 2024, at the Kresge Auditorium on MIT campus (Cambridge, MA, USA). TSC3 will focus on all aspects of the TESS mission, including the wide range of science done with TESS data and the increasing number of data analysis techniques developed by the TESS community.

Abstract submission for both talks and posters is now open. We welcome submissions from all institutions and career stages. Abstract submission deadline: April 12, 2024. Abstract submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdix7o0Na-yAmvzeSpK5F3_yqNapHDnxvud_ApjA528WR15zw/viewform

We are also seeking proposals for parallel sessions, which can focus on any aspect of the mission. Parallel Session proposal deadline:March 15, 2024. Form for TSC3 parallel session proposals: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQ0Ky0TKCcf_o2OJffVjjMpiP8CgpKhWW7kEaOQ1F93mVz4g/viewform

Anyone who might require financial support to attend the conference can apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKt_p4lSTSq-Rxs8EyNCBYrNR3ouB0z58kQepu5s2A9MwnsA/viewform

Note that funding for financial support is expected to be limited and we do not expect to be able to provide funding for all applicants. Financial support request deadline: March 29, 2024.

Please distribute this message to your local and professional communities.

For any questions: tsc3@mit.edu.

Avi Shporer,

On behalf of the SOC and LOC"


9. Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting (June 12-13, 2024; Ithaca NY/Virtual)

Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting
June 12–13, 2024
Ithaca, NY/Virtual
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/meetings/jun2024/

The next OPAG meeting is scheduled for June 12–13, 2024, in Ithaca, New York at the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS). The meeting will include opportunities for virtual participation. More information will be posted on the website soon.

Meeting Portal Updates: We have modified the meeting portal to follow best practices that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We encourage you to log into the meeting portal to update your profile information. From the meeting portal home page, click Edit Profile.


ExoPAG News and Announcements (February 2, 2024)

  1. REMINDER: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG; Nomination Deadline MOVED TO February 9, 2024)
  2. SAVE THE DATE: ExoPAG 30 (May 5, 2024; Providence, RI @ AbSciCon)
  3. Announcing the Fourth Cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program and New ExoGuides - First ExoExplorers Presentations February 16th, 2024 (2-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)
  4. ExoPAG 29 Presentations Posted
  5. 2024 Exoplanet Summer Program at the Other Worlds Laboratory (July 8-26, 2024; UC Santa Cruz)
+ more

1. REMINDER: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG; Nomination Deadline MOVED TO February 9, 2024)

To: Astrophysics and Planetary Science Community
From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date: November 1, 2023
Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)

Dear Colleagues:

The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee (EC) of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG). In the coming months, NASA anticipates making several new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing three current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2024 and will be for a period of three years.

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP, https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/) is the NASA program office that serves as the focal point for exoplanet science and technology, and devises strategies to help NASA achieve its goals in the area of exoplanet science. The ExoPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a way for the scientific community to give input to ExEP, and for conducting analyses in support of ExEP science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities, including providing community input to the Great Observatory Mission and Technology Maturation Program (GOMAP) for the future Habitable Worlds Observatory. The ExoPAG is led by a Chair who also serves on NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC). The Chair works with a volunteer Executive Committee, whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in the exoplanet field. Together, the ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing ExoPAG analyses, reporting ExoPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Division Director, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within ExEP. Detailed information about the structure and function of the ExoPAG, including the current and past membership of the EC, can be found at https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag.

Nominations for the ExoPAG EC should be submitted via email to the address: hannah.jang-condell@nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee’s relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee’s area of expertise, qualifications for service, commitment to NASA’s core value of inclusion, and anticipated contributions to the ExoPAG Executive Committee. Nominations will only be accepted for scientists who reside at a U.S. institution for the period of the service. There are no citizenship restrictions. Nominations from individuals at academic institutions—university, college, or non-NASA research laboratory—are strongly encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations has been moved to February 9, 2024, with announcement of selections anticipated in Spring of 2024. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

Sincerely,
Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell, NASA Headquarters
Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary


2. SAVE THE DATE: ExoPAG 30 (May 5, 2024; Providence, RI @ AbSciCon)

The next ExoPAG meeting (ExoPAG 30) will be held as a splinter session at AbSciCon (https://www.agu.org/abscicon) in Providence, RI - tentatively set for May 5, 2024.


3. Announcing the Fourth Cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program and New ExoGuides - First ExoExplorers Presentations February 16th, 2024 (2-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST)

The ExoPAG is pleased to announce the fourth cohort of the Exoplanet Explorers Program (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers/) and a new set of ExoGuides (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/exoexplorers-exoguides/)

The Exoplanet Explorers (ExoExplorers) Science Series, sponsored by the ExoPAG Executive Committee and by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, aims to enable the professional development of a cohort of graduate students and postdocs (“ExoExplorers”) in exoplanet research. Each member of the cohort will have the opportunity to give a live webinar presentation on their research to the exoplanet community and interact with established exoplanet researchers in the field (our “ExoGuides”) via a combination of tailored presentations and small group discussions.

ExoExplorer science presentations will be live and open to the entire exoplanet community. The first set of ExoExplorer talks will take place this Friday, February 16th, from 11-12 PM Pacific / 2-3 PM Eastern and will feature:

Fuda Nguyen [University of Arizona LPL]
“Latitude-dependent Atmospheric Waves and Long-period Modulations in Luhman 16 B from the Longest Lightcurve of an Extrasolar World”

&

Garrett Levine [Yale University]
“Atmospheric Outflow Variability of Extrasolar Planets”

Connection information will be available on our website and via our mailing list, which you can sign up for on the website: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exoexplorers/

Future Talks will take place on the dates below, always from 11a-12p Pacific time:

March 8 : Lili Alderson [University of Bristol] & Alex Polanski [University of Kansas]

April 12 : Daniel Yahalomi [Columbia University] & James Mang [UT Austin]

May 17 : Michaela Leung [UC Riverside] & Galen Bergsten [University of Arizona LPL]

June 14 : Zahra Ahmed [Stanford University] & Maria Vincent [University of Hawaii at Manoa]


4. ExoPAG 29 Presentations Posted

Presentations from ExoPAG 29 held January 6-7, 2024 in New Orleans are posted at: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/exopag29/exopag29-program/. Most presentations are already posted however a few additional ones will be posted later.


5. 2024 Exoplanet Summer Program at the Other Worlds Laboratory (July 8-26, 2024; UC Santa Cruz)

The Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) announces the sixth Exoplanet Summer Program (ESP), from July 8-26, 2024. Within the program we wish to foster new and existing research collaborations by outstanding visitors, with stays of 1 to 3 weeks.

https://owl.ucsc.edu/summer/

Program: The purpose of the program is to allow visitors to generate new ideas, nurture existing research projects and collaborations, and foster new ones. There is no theme or focus area -- in this fast-moving exoplanets field we want the participants to drive the discussion and work on areas they feel is most pressing and exciting. The ESP program is modest in terms of planned activities, besides a daily coffee and a seminar with active discussion. It is not a conference, and is mostly unstructured. It is a workshop to imagine and make progress on new ideas. Participants can expect access to shared offices on campus, discussion common areas, and of course immersion in Santa Cruz’s natural beauty.

Eligibility: Faculty, researchers, postdocs, and PhD students at any level are invited to apply. Travel, housing, and food expenses can be reimbursed for some participants, with a focus on early career researchers. We are particularly interested in supporting researchers from backgrounds and from regions of the world that are underrepresented in exoplanetary sciences today.

Apply: Applications will be accepted from Feb 1 - March 1, via a google form at https://owl.ucsc.edu/summer/.

Applicants should upload a single PDF that includes:

  • A 2-page (max) description of the science that you would like to accomplish while in Santa Cruz, the proposed dates of your stay, and the science connections that you see with faculty, researchers, or students within the OWL.
  • A CV of up to 2 pages.
  • Graduate students should also include a brief supporting letter from their PhD advisor acknowledging that they are aware that the student is applying to the program.

The current roster of planetary investigators and research at UC Santa Cruz can be found at https://owl.ucsc.edu/. We particularly welcome joint applications by small groups wishing to work together on projects, although each individual person should apply.

Information: UC Santa Cruz has a campus vaccination requirement for COVID-19. Organized group activities will either outside or will be in a large lecture hall, for ample social distancing, as needed. We will make future appropriate COVID-related safety decisions based on the state of COVID in July 2024.

On-campus housing is available for OWL Summer visitors. Please contact OWL by e-mail at owlsummer2024@gmail.com, with additional questions about the OWL program. Additional information will also be available online once the google form is posted.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Fortney, OWL Director


ExoPAG News and Announcements (January 19, 2024)

  1. Job Ad: Program Manager, Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP)
  2. Job Ad: Opening for NASA Program Scientist IPA Astrophysics Division
  3. REMINDER: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG; Nomination Deadline January 31, 2024)
  4. REMINDER: Request for Community Input for Update of Provisional ExEP Target Star List for Habitable Worlds Observatory (Deadline for Submitting Input: January 19, 2024)
  5. Sign Up for Joining Working Groups for Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO)!
  6. Roman Virtual Lecture Series
+ more

1. Job Ad: Program Manager, Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP)

Be the Program Manager for the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Office (ExEP) (7300) and report institutionally to the Director for Astronomy and Physics (7000) and programmatically to the NASA Astrophysics Division Director.

Will have specific responsibility for the ExEP oversight, including the Program Chief Technologist, Program Scientist, Supporting Research and Technology Development, Program Engineering Office, the NN-EXPLORE Project, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Extreme Precision Radial Velocity Program, the High-Resolution Imaging Project and Communications and Public Engagement.

Conduct reviews such as the annual State of the Program, Quarterly Reviews, scientific, technical and programmatic, and create and present reports as required.

Develop an annual PPBE funding submission, along with the Program Business Manager, and present it to the NASA Astrophysics Division Executives. Approve Planning, Programming, Budget & Execution (PPBE) submissions from all Program tasks/activities, and integrate the planning and execution of individual projects/activities into a coherent approach at the Program level.

Oversee the business activities related to cost estimating, funding, task order management, subcontract management, Interdivisional Authorization (IA) management, accounting, and financial planning for JPL projects and tasks within the Program.

Plan, monitor, and control authorized Program resources; allocate budget to projects/activities and control Program changes within the scope of the Program Plan.

Provide management, direction and oversight to multifunctional organization(s) through managers and/or high-level staff positions that have budget, planning and/or staffing accountability. Will have overall responsibility for developing and administering budgets, schedules and performance standards.

Serve as the principal interface with the NASA Astrophysics Division, and represent the Laboratory to NASA Headquarters, other NASA Centers, industry, academia and institutions on matters pertaining to the Program.

Be responsible for representing NASA and JPL in all aspects of managing the Program, which includes interacting with JPL and NASA executive management, overseeing all aspects of the formulation and implementation of the ExEP projects, planning and allocating budgets and in preparation of annual funding requests across the full scope of the Program, integrating the planning of the Program’s technical implementation, integrating cross-center activities, and assessing and reporting Program progress.

Support and respond to the NASA Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO) Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) as needed. HWO is a concept for a NASA flagship mission, as recommended by the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey and the START/TAG will guide maturation activities for the HWO.

and many more!

For further details on required and preferred qualifications see the job ad website: https://www.jpl.jobs/job/R4877/Program-Manager-VI-Exoplanet-Exploration-Program-Office-7300

(also on Linkedin at: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/program-manager-vi-exoplanet-exploration-program-office-7300-at-nasa-jet-propulsion-laboratory-3796732942/ )

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

EEO is the Law: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters

EEO is the Law Supplement: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_English_unformattedESQA508c.pdf

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at: https://www.nasa.gov/oiir/export-control/.

[Note that job ads are only posted to ExoPAG email list that directly support ExEP activities at NASA HQ or program office at JPL.]


2. Job Ad: Opening for NASA Program Scientist IPA Astrophysics Division

NASA seeks one or more visiting Ph.D.-level scientists to serve as visiting Program Scientists in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. With a budget of over $1 billion annually, the Division is responsible for the nation’s space-based astrophysics program.

NASA Program Scientists have broad responsibility for developing and maintaining scientific research grants programs; serving as the Headquarters science lead for one or more missions; actualizing the Science Mission Directorate’s core value of inclusion; and implementing NASA’s strategic investments for the next decade, guided by the 2020 Decadal Survey. They have substantial influence over high-level strategic planning, as well as over shaping the long-term scientific direction of missions and programs that they oversee. These visiting appointments, which last two years with renewals up to six years, offer a tremendous opportunity to gain insight into Federal astrophysics policy and programs, to better understand the proposal review process, and to run scientific programs with multimillion-dollar budgets.

The time spent at NASA Headquarters allows visiting scientists excellent career growth: some return to their home institutions to continue academic research, while others move on to management and leadership positions in the Federal government, academia, at observatories, or in the non-profit sector. Training and mentoring programs are available, on both a formal and informal basis, which further enables our visiting scientists to advance their careers. NASA also offers its visiting scientists regular travel back to their home institutions.

Program Scientists in the Astrophysics Division have at least 6 years of post-terminal degree experience. The ideal candidate will be skilled at working in a collaborative and inclusive team environment; able to adapt to work simultaneously on numerous programs and missions; committed to working on issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility; and able to foster productive relationships with staff working on the space missions they oversee and with the US and international astrophysics community at large. Disciplinary expertise in one or more areas of the Division’s program (e.g., Laboratory astrophysics theory and experimentation, astrophysics data analysis, space telescope technology and instrument development) is essential, but the ability to place this knowledge in the broad context of US astrophysics is equally important for the success of the Division’s activities.

Visiting appointments are most often filled via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) which requires current employment with an eligible US institution for at least 90 days at the time of appointment. Individual research time while serving as a visiting scientist is negotiable. Positions are available to start as early as Spring 2024, though the start date is negotiable within the calendar year. The position requires onsite work at least periodically at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. Applicants should email a curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single PDF file to hq-astrophysics-ipasearch@mail.nasa.gov. Applications will be accepted through February 9, 2024, and will be reviewed as they are received. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Valerie Connaughton at Valerie.connaughton@nasa.gov.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Selection: Expected April 2024

[Note that job ads are only posted to ExoPAG email list that directly support ExEP activities at NASA HQ or program office at JPL.]


3. REMINDER: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG; Nomination Deadline January 31, 2024)

To: Astrophysics and Planetary Science Community
From: Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Date: November 1, 2023
Subject: Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee of the Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG)

Dear Colleagues:

The Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is pleased to issue this open call for nominations to serve on the Executive Committee (EC) of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG). In the coming months, NASA anticipates making several new appointments to the ExoPAG EC, replacing three current members of the committee who have reached the end of their appointments. New appointments will start in the Spring of 2024 and will be for a period of three years.

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP, https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep) is the NASA program office that serves as the focal point for exoplanet science and technology, and devises strategies to help NASA achieve its goals in the area of exoplanet science. The ExoPAG is an open, interdisciplinary forum that provides a way for the scientific community to give input to ExEP, and for conducting analyses in support of ExEP science objectives and their implications for planning and prioritization of Program activities, including providing community input to the Great Observatory Mission and Technology Maturation Program (GOMAP) for the future Habitable Worlds Observatory. The ExoPAG is led by a Chair who also serves on NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC). The Chair works with a volunteer Executive Committee, whose membership is chosen to reflect the broad range of scientific disciplines and interests represented in the exoplanet field. Together, the ExoPAG Chair and Executive Committee are responsible for capturing and organizing community input, overseeing ExoPAG analyses, reporting ExoPAG findings and inputs to the Astrophysics Division Director, and keeping the scientific community apprised of ongoing activities and opportunities within ExEP. Detailed information about the structure and function of the ExoPAG, including the current and past membership of the EC, can be found at https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag.

Nominations for the ExoPAG EC should be submitted via email to the address: hannah.jang-condell@nasa.gov. Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page CV summarizing the nominee’s relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee’s area of expertise, qualifications for service, commitment to NASA’s core value of inclusion, and anticipated contributions to the ExoPAG Executive Committee. Nominations will only be accepted for scientists who reside at a U.S. institution for the period of the service. There are no citizenship restrictions. Nominations from individuals at academic institutions—university, college, or non-NASA research laboratory—are strongly encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2024, with announcement of selections anticipated in Spring of 2024. Selections will be announced by the ExoPAG mailing list (https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/exopag/announcementList).

Sincerely,

Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell, NASA Headquarters
Deputy Exoplanet Exploration Program Scientist, ExoPAG Executive Secretary”


4. REMINDER: Request for Community Input for Update of Provisional ExEP Target Star List for Habitable Worlds Observatory (Deadline for Submitting Input: January 19, 2024)

In response to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey recommendation that "NASA should embark on a program to realize a mission to search for biosignatures from a robust number of about ~25 habitable zone planets and to be a transformative facility for general astrophysics", the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) posted in January 2023 the "NASA ExEP Mission Star List for the Habitable Worlds Observatory (2023)". The preliminary target list was of "~160 stars whose exo-Earths would be the most accessible for a systematic imaging survey of habitable zones with a 6-m-class space telescope in terms of angular separation, planet brightness in reflected light, and planet-star brightness ratio."

The goal of this document and associated data table was to provide the community with a provisional sample of stars which are most likely (given current knowledge) to constitute target stars for the exo-Earth survey of the future Habitable Worlds Observatory. It is hoped that by making this list publicly available that it will motivate community observations and analysis of these nearby stars, which can improve our knowledge of these stars and their companions, improving the fidelity of exoplanet science yield simulations to inform observatory design trade studies and reduce mission risk (“precursor science”), and eventually to inform the final target list and knowledge of these systems in anticipation of the mission itself (“preparatory science”).

It was anticipated that this preliminary target list and its data columns and documentation would be regularly updated as needed.

We have seen significant community uptake of this list in the form of proposals to observe the targets, mentions in published papers and conference presentations, etc. and thus we want to take the opportunity to improve the list and the contents of the target star table in a timely manner.

ExEP is planning to update the data table and documentation and release an updated 2024 version in anticipation of the ROSES ADSPS proposal deadlines early next year.

The ExEP program scientists are seeking community input on:

  1. suggested additions or changes to the target star data table (i.e., stellar parameters/values), and
  2. suggested changes to the target selection criteria

Any suggestions for changing the star list should be in the form of criteria that can be applied systematically given the available stellar parameters, or perhaps pointing out any errors/typos in the table’s data such that the criteria enumerated may have been applied incorrectly (leading to erroneous inclusion or exclusion of a star from the list).

Please email your input to Eric Mamajek (mamajek@jpl.nasa.gov) and Karl Stapelfeldt (karl.r.stapelfeldt@jpl.nasa.gov) by January 19, 2024.

Links:


5. Sign Up for Joining Working Groups for Habitable Worlds Observatory (HWO)!

The Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) and Technical Assessment Group (TAG) are guiding the maturation of the Habitable Worlds Observatory.

The Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) is tasked with:

• Quantify HWO’s science objectives using Astro2020’s guidance
• Outline the observatory and instrument capabilities needed to accomplish those goals.
• Develop the science goals and objectives portions of the Science Traceability Matrix.
• Assess the fidelity of models needed in the future to execute future trades.

The Technical Assessment Group (TAG) is tasked with:

• Study architecture options.
• Identify and assess the mission architectures and technologies needed to enable those options.
• Evaluate the risks associated with those options

The START and TAG have recently organized several working groups on science, technology, and engineering associated with HWO and are now seeking community co-chairs and working group members from across the community.

NOW is an excellent time to sign up to get involved with the new HWO Working Groups!

• Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join working groups!
• See the HWO website for descriptions of each working group: https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/programs/habitable-worlds-observatory/start-tag/#working-groups
• Fill out the application form (link on HWO website).
• Contact the GIG if you have any questions
• Application Components:
• Name
• Institution (“self” is fine for those without formal affiliations)
• Career Stage (early career researchers are encouraged to apply!)
• Citizenship (required only for subgroups dealing with ITAR/EAR material)
• Check boxes of groups you would like to join or co-chair NASA GOMAP Website
• For potential co-chairs:
• Blurb about interest and research background
• Summary of leadership experience

There is a Code of Conduct & Reporting Protocol for GOMAP-HWO activities, and all participants must adhere to the NASA Astrophysics Statement of Principles, which includes the AAS Code of Ethics.

To subscribe to the HWO News mailing list, see instructions at: https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/programs/habitable-worlds-observatory/start-tag/

Sincerely,

The GOMAP Integration Team (GIG):
Courtney Dressing & John O’Meara (START co-chairs)
Bertrand Mennesson & Aki Roberge (TAG science co-chairs)
Lee Feinberg & John Ziemer (TAG engineering co-chairs)
Julie Crooke, Megan Ansdell, & Josh Pepper (NASA HQ - GOMAP)”

NOTE: For further information, see the slides from the ExoPAG 29 presentation "The Habitable Worlds Observatory: Updates & Opportunities for Community Involvement" by START co-chair Courtney Dressing: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/internal_resources/2939/ExoPAG29-Jan0724_1010_Dressing.pdf


6. Roman Virtual Lecture Series

“The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope monthly virtual lecture series is run jointly by JPL, IPAC, Goddard, and STScI. These talks are open to the entire astronomy community and cover science, engineering, and technology related to the Roman mission. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Talks are ~20 minutes with ~10 minutes for Q/A, and are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-1:30 pm Pacific / 4-4:30 pm Eastern.

Please contact Rob Zellem at JPL (Robert.T.Zellem@jpl.nasa.gov) and/or Marie Ygouf (marie.ygouf@jpl.nasa.gov) if you are interested in giving a talk on work related to the Roman Space Telescope.

To receive monthly lecture announcements and webinar connection information, please subscribe to this mailing list: https://lists.ipac.caltech.edu/mailman/listinfo/roman_announce

You can find the upcoming talk schedule and recordings of previous talks here: https://roman.ipac.caltech.edu/Lectures.html

Please feel free to forward at your own institution!

This is the way,
Marie and Rob

Dr. Marie Ygouf – Scientist – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Exoplanet Discovery and Science Group (3262)
Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Project Science Team
JWST NIRCam Science Team
Exoplanet Explorers Science Series Organizing Committee”


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NExSS

The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) is a research coordination network whose role is to form a cohesive community of exoplanet researchers that transcends disciplines and funding stovepipes. It is led by teams funded by NASA Research & Analysis Programs from the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Earth Science Divisions that conduct interdisciplinary exoplanet research. NExSS helps lead or facilitate white papers, workshops, conferences, science and communications working groups, and other community activities that support exoplanet research.

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