AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
ACTION: Annual invitation for public nominations by U.S. citizens for
service on NASA science advisory subcommittees.
SUMMARY: NASA announces its annual invitation for public nominations
for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees. The five science
advisory subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA
Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. U.S. citizens may
submit self-nominations for consideration to fill unscheduled
intermittent vacancies on NASA's science advisory subcommittees. NASA's
science advisory subcommittees have member vacancies from time to time
throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill
such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a
vacancy arise and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is
appropriate for that unscheduled vacancy. NASA is committed to
selecting members to serve on its science advisory subcommittees based
on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past
contributions to the relevant subject area.
The following qualifications/experience are highly desirable in
nominees, and should be clearly presented in their self-nomination
At least 10 years post-Ph.D. research experience including
publications in the scientific field of the subcommittee for which they
are nominated, or comparable experience;
Leadership in scientific and/or education and public
outreach fields as evidenced by award of prizes, invitation to national
and international meetings as speaker, organizer of scientific
meetings/workshops, or comparable experience;
Participation in NASA programs either as member of NASA
mission science team, Research & Analysis program, membership on an
advisory/working group or a review panel, or comparable experience;
Good knowledge of NASA programs in the scientific field of
the subcommittee for which they are applying, including the latest NASA
Science Plan (available as a link from http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/), or comparable experience; and,
Knowledge of the latest Decadal Survey conducted by the
National Research Council or other relevant advisory reports for the
scientific field of the subcommittee.
Nominees from any category of organizations or institutions within
the U.S. are welcome, including, but not limited to, educational,
industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research
and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research
Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and
other Government agencies. Nominees need not be presently affiliated
with any organization or institution.
These are not full-time positions and the likelihood that an
unscheduled vacancy will occur in the coming year is unknown at this
time. Successful nominees will be required to attend meetings of the
subcommittee approximately two or three times a year, either in person
(NASA covers travel-related expenses for this non-compensated
appointment) or via telecon and/or virtual meeting medium. Successful
nominees who are not already U.S. Government employees will become
Special Government Employees (SGEs). All successful nominees will be
required to submit a confidential financial disclosure form, and
undergo a conflict of interest review by the NASA Office of the General
Counsel, before their appointment is finalized.
DATES: The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is
October 1, 2014.
ADDRESSES: To be considered by NASA, self-nomination packages from
interested U.S. citizens must be sent to NASA as an email and must
include the name of the specific NASA science advisory group of
interest. Self-nomination packages are limited to specifying interest
in only one NASA science advisory subcommittee per year. The following
information is required to be included as part of each self-nomination
package: (1) A cover email including the name of the specific NASA
science advisory subcommittee of interest; (2) a professional resume
(one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional
biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment). All public
self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to
NASA to one of the addresses listed below; paper-based documents sent
through postal mail (hard-copies) will not be accepted. Note: Self-
nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory
elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.
Please submit the nomination as a single package containing the
cover email and both required attachments electronically to the
specific email identified for the science subcommittee of interest:
Astrophysics Subcommittee (APS), email@example.com.
Earth Science Subcommittee (ESS), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heliophysics Subcommittee (HPS), email@example.com.
Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS), email@example.com.