26th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
January 24-25, 2022
The 26th meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group will be delivered virtually, January 24-25, 2022.
This meeting is the first of SBAG’s two yearly meetings. After monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic closely, the SBAG steering committee decided to deliver this meeting virtually. The agenda includes an overview of NASA’s missions involving small bodies, various presentations from NASA Headquarters managers, early-career science talks, and community forums. A findings report from the meeting will be compiled and sent to the Planetary Advisory Committee.
A dedicated Slack channel will be set up for SBAG 26. The link to Slack will be circulated the week before the meeting and will be taken down at the end of the meeting. The purpose of this Slack channel is to provide an opportunity for community members to engage in asynchronous and complementary discussions peripheral to the main meeting. Any topics that are anticipated to contribute to NASA findings must be raised in the main meeting. The Slack channel will be considered a public space of discussion without the expectation of confidentiality.
No registration fees are being collected for this meeting, but registration is required for communication and planning purposes. Attendees are encouraged to register early using the electronic registration form. Virtual meeting registration will remain open through January 25, 2022.
Virtual connection information will be provided to registrants before the meeting.
SBAG Early-Career Opportunities
We have several opportunities at the upcoming SBAG meeting specifically for the early-career community.
Invited early-career speakers: We plan to select one or two early-career researchers to give invited 15-minute talks (including Q&A). Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career scientists (within 5 years of degree) should submit a letter and a two-page CV to the SBAG Early-Career Secretaries, Terik Daly (Terik.Daly@jhuapl.edu) and Stephanie Jarmak (email@example.com), by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 29, 2021.
Applications will be evaluated based on relevance to the purposes of SBAG, how the applicant plans to contribute to the meeting, and the extent to which the opportunity will advance the applicant’s career. Applicants should reference specific aspects of the meeting agenda relevant to the applicant’s research and goals.
Lightning Talks: We will provide time on the agenda for early-career scientists and engineers attending the meeting to introduce themselves and their research to the community. The talks will be approximately 3 minutes each, depending on the number of presenters. If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, please e-mail the Early-Career Secretaries, Terik Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stephanie Jarmak (email@example.com), by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 17, 2021. Attach a single slide, in PDF format, with your name, affiliation, slide title, and a figure or two that highlights your research. We encourage presenters from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Priority will be given to those who have not given a lightning talk at a past SBAG meeting.
Meeting Mentor: New for the 26th SBAG, interested early-career members of the small bodies community will be paired with an SBAG meeting mentor to help broaden the networks of early-career community members. The SBAG steering committee will pair interested early-career researchers with someone who has attended several SBAG meetings. Pairs are expected to have a 30-minute video conversation before the 26th SBAG to meet each other and discuss how the early-career individual can get the most out of the SBAG meeting. The SBAG meeting mentor will be available to the early-career individual throughout the meeting to answer questions, give feedback on a presentation (if given), and provide general support. Pairs should have a 30-minute debrief session following the SBAG meeting. Early-career community members who register for the 26th SBAG by December 31, 2021 are eligible to participate and will be contacted by the SBAG early-career secretaries.
Slack: A dedicated Slack channel will be set up for SBAG 26. The steering committee is currently considering ways to engage the early-career community with this platform. We encourage early-career participants to use this platform to increase their visibility and involvement within the community.
For further information regarding the agenda:
SBAG Steering Committee Chair
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
For further information regarding early-career opportunities:
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Southwest Research Institute
For further information regarding registration and virtual delivery:
Meeting and Publication Services
USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute
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