SBAG Steering Committee candidate solicitation

Dear SBAG community,

The SBAG (Small Bodies Assessment Group) Steering Committee is composed of members who represent the diverse nature of the small-bodies community. The Steering Committee organizes SBAG meetings, drafts and edits findings relating to topics of interest, and provides input to NASA on topics relating to the science of small bodies, the use of small bodies in support of human space activities, technology relating to the exploration and utilization of small bodies, and planetary defense. Each member serves a multi-year term. There are four positions open on the SBAG Steering Committee starting in August 2017. We are looking for candidates in the following areas:

* SBAGĀ  Human Exploration Lead – Serve as a Steering Committee member and lead SBAG activities relating to topics of human exploration at SBAG meetings and Steering Committee discussions, as well as working with SBAG?s Human Exploration liaisons. The membership is for a term of three years.

* Two members with any expertise relevant to SBAG – The Steering Committee tries to maintain a balance of expertise in several specific areas, while representing a broad cross-section of the small bodies community. The SBAG seeks potential members who are interested in small body topics, regardless of specific expertise, although would be particularly interested in adding at least one member whose focus is on Trans-Neptunian (e.g., Kuiper Belt) objects. Candidates for the Human Exploration position will automatically be considered as well. Both memberships are for terms of three years.

* Early Career Secretary ? We try to encourage the participation of scientists and engineers early in their careers. The Early Career Secretary will assist with meeting and website logistics, as well as serve as a full member of the Steering Committee. We invite graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists or engineers (within 3 years of PhD/MS/BS) to apply. This membership is for a two-year term.

To indicate your willingness to serve in any of these positions, please email Tim Swindle (

<>) by June 9, 2017, and include a two- to four-page CV.

The current Steering Committee will select new members at the 17th Meeting of SBAG, June 12-14, 2017.

Tim Swindle, SBAG Steering Committee Chair

Timothy D. Swindle

Professor, Planetary Sciences and Geosciences Department Head and Director Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Chair, NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group University of Arizona Tucson AZ 85721-0092
Phone: 520-621-4128

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