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.

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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).


ExoPAG News and Announcements (April 2, 2021)

  1. Dr. Christine Corbett Moran named Deputy Manager for Exoplanet Exploration Program
  2. Exoplanet Explorers Presentation (Friday, April 16, 2021; 4-5pm EDT/1-2pm PDT)
  3. JATIS Special Issue on Starshades
  4. NASA SMD Seeks Volunteer Reviewers for Research Proposals
  5. Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) March 15-17, 2021 Meeting Presentations Posted
  6. Dual-Anonymous Peer Review Town Hall for Planetary and Exoplanets Research Programs (April 28, 2021; 3-4pm EDT/12-1pm PDT)
  7. Stars and Planets in the Ultraviolet (May 3-5, 2021)
  8. 2nd TESS Science Conference (August 2-6, 2021; registration deadline July 1, 2021)
  9. AbGradCon (Virtual Meeting, September 14-17, 2021; abstract deadline April 15, 2021)


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1) Dr. Christine Corbett Moran named Deputy Manager for Exoplanet Exploration Program

From Exoplanet Exploration Program Manager Gary Blackwood:

"I am delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Christine Corbett Moran as the Deputy Manager for the Exoplanet Exploration Program, a NASA Headquarters Program that JPL manages for the NASA Astrophysics Division and the exoplanet science community.

Dr. Moran is an interdisciplinary physicist and engineer, with a strong science communications background and extensive entrepreneurial experience. She has authored or co-authored 24 publications and proceedings, held foundational roles at three successful startups, and has more than fifteen years of experience as a highly sought-after public speaker and writer.

Dr. Moran earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT in Physics and Computer Science & Engineering, with minors in Mathematics and Philosophy. She also holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Moran earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Zurich, where her thesis work focused on computational cosmology.

Dr. Moran has been a member of the Caltech/JPL community for six years, first serving as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF AAPF) at Caltech in the Theoretical AstroPhysics Including Relativity and Cosmology (TAPIR) group. She joined JPL in 2018, where she most recently served as the Group Supervisor in the Cyber Defense Engineering and Research Group (CDER, 319C) and in the M2020 Engineering Cameras (ECAM) operations team as a Payload Downlink Lead (PDL). Before joining JPL, Dr. Moran worked in the propulsion group at SpaceX and served at the South Pole Telescope (SPT) in Antarctica as a Winter-over scientist with the University of Chicago to perform preliminary data analysis and maintain and operate the telescope’s mechanical, electrical, and computer systems.

Dr. Moran begins her new role as Deputy Manager of the Exoplanet Exploration Program on April 12 and will continue on-going support of the ECAM operations team through September. She joins a program office team that will respond to the science, technology, and mission study priorities that will be described in the upcoming release of the Astro2020 Decadal Survey, and will continue to support our growing exoplanet science community and public engaged by active science and public communications.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Kendra Short for her outstanding service to the Exoplanet Exploration Program and wish her success in her new assignment as Deputy Flight System Manager on the Europa Clipper Mission.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Christine Corbett Moran as Deputy Manager of the Exoplanet Exploration Program."


2) Exoplanet Explorers Presentation (Friday, April 16, 2021; 4-5pm EST/1-2pm PST)

The third ExoExplorers Science Series presentation will take place on Friday, April 16, 2021, from 4-5pm EDT/1-2pm PDT.

This session features cohort members:

  • David Coria (University of Kansas)
    "The Missing Link: Connecting Exoplanets and Galactic Chemical Evolution via Stellar Abundances"
  • Jason Williams (USC/Carnegie)
    The Design and Construction of Henrietta, a high-precision low resolution near-infrared spectrograph to explore exoatmospheres

You can find talk and connection information for all our upcoming events.

Sign up to receive announcements about ExoExplorers.

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. The first cohort is running through June 2021 and consists of 10 early career scientists. ExoExplorer talks will be live and open to the entire exoplanet community. ExoGuide talks will be delivered directly to the cohort and posted online following the event.

If you have any questions or feedback or are interested in becoming an ExoGuide for a future cohort, please email exoexplorers_questions@jpl.nasa.gov.


3) JATIS Special Issue on Starshades

A special section of the April 2021 Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) focuses on starshades and includes 15 articles on starshade science and technology, including seven describing work conducted under NASA’s Starshade To Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 Technology Development Activity (also known as "S5") and eight by members of the larger astrophysics community.

There is further information on the starshade technology development page.


4) NASA SMD Seeks Volunteer Reviewers for Research Proposals

NASA's Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to serve as external (email) and/or virtual panel reviewers of proposals to the "ROSES" research solicitation: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels


5) Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) March 15-17, 2021 Meeting Presentations Posted

Presentations from the March 15-17, 2021 meeting of the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) meeting are now posted at: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/nac/science-advisory-committees/apac


6) Dual-Anonymous Peer Review Town Hall for Planetary and Exoplanets Research Programs (April 28, 2021; 3-4pm EDT/12-1pm PDT)

On April 28, 2021 at 3 PM Eastern, NASA's Planetary Science Division will host a webinar to discuss the implementation of Dual-Anonymous Peer Review for the following programs under ROSES-2021: Cassini Data Analysis Program, Discovery Data Analysis Program, Exoplanet Research Program, New Frontiers Data Analysis Program, Lunar Data Analysis Program, and the Mars Data Analysis Program.

In Dual-Anonymous Peer Review, not only are proposers unaware of the identity of reviewers, but the reviewers do not have explicit knowledge of the proposing teams and institutions during the scientific evaluation of the proposal. The webinar will: (1) discuss the motivation for switching to dual-anonymous peer review, (2) describe important changes to proposal writing to be compliant with dual-anonymous peer review, and (3) explain how dual-anonymous peer reviews will work.

In advance of the webinar, questions may be submitted and upvoted on at:

https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/tgwj/

The webinar will be broadcast live via WebEx. Connection details follow:

Join from the meeting link

https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=mc0083f862cf0d9ce33b27fc0391dd6f0

Join by meeting number

Meeting number (access code): 199 756 1176

Meeting password: DaPR-2021

Join by phone

+1-929-251-9612 USA Toll 2

+1-415-527-5035 US Toll

For more information on dual-anonymous peer review, please visit: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review.


7) Stars and Planets in the Ultraviolet (May 3-5, 2021)

Note: this meeting was originally scheduled for early 2020 at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, but has been rescheduled to be a virtual meeting to be held May 3-5, 2021 (11am-4:30pm EDT / 8:00am-1:30pm PDT=MST each day)

https://na.eventscloud.com/ultraviolet

Registration has now re-opened for poster submissions or general attendance (and existing registrations can be modified) and the near-final agenda with speakers, poster pops, and breakout rooms can be found here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aPat-AvqYFX2PblDuxBryZTkpHcv7V9wnLVXxz118DU/edit#gid=325687229)


8) 2nd TESS Science Conference (August 2-6, 2021; registration deadline July 1, 2021)

https://tsc.mit.edu/

"Dear colleague,
We are happy to announce the opening of registration for the TESS Science Conference II (TSC2; http://tsc.mit.edu, @TessSciCon2), and would like to take this opportunity to provide some updates about the conference.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the TSC2 conference will be fully online (fully virtual) and there will be no in-person meeting.

The conference has no registration fee. However, registration is mandatory for all participants through the online registration form. We ask that you submit your registration by July 1, 2021 so the LOC can make sure the conference online tools will be able to support the number of participants.

We plan to use Zoom webinars for delivering all talks during the conference, and use Slack for Q&A and other communications. Posters will be presented throughout the conference week via Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/) and Gather.Town (https://gather.town/), with the latter used also for social interaction. We expect to have time slots dedicated for online poster sessions on Gather.Town. Detailed instructions about using these online platforms will be sent later and be made available on the conference website.

The deadline for suggesting Splinter Sessions (using this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegaLnCjynv3kvd54oxnhzdKTm-X0HcBA5khjLmOlx_YtVjjw/viewform) is April 2nd (postponed from original deadline), and the deadline for submitting abstracts for talks and posters (using this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKAZwkAOqgdKWvtjxX1Rwk3XXLBsvlRbbpTaqJurW6MS4cDA/viewform) is April 30.

Please send any questions to: tsc2@mit.edu.

Jenn and Avi,
On behalf of the SOC and LOC."


9) AbGradCon (Virtual Meeting, September 14-17, 2021; abstract deadline April 15, 2021)

https://www.abgradcon.org/abgradcon-2021

Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2021 will be a virtual meeting hosted by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) September 14-17, 2021.

The application deadline is April 15, 2021 (23:59 JST): https://www.abgradcon.org/application


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