DPS Dependent Care Grants
In 2011, the DPS began a pilot program to help parents of small children attend the DPS meeting. After surveying the DPS membership (see 2011 Childcare Survey spreadsheet), it was clear that the economic burden of child, elder, and disabled dependent care affects a small fraction of our membership, but the impact is so great that it can often prevent attendance at meetings, especially for early career scientists or those with limited funding. Therefore, members may apply to subsidize dependent care services during the DPS conference week, for use either at the DPS meeting location or at home.
These grants are intended to reimburse the following categories of expenses:
- Airfare for a caregiver (e.g., au pair, nanny, sitter) to fly to the meeting location to assist with dependent care for child(ren) under age 18, elderly, ill, or disabled family members able to travel.
- Airfare for child(ren) under age 18, elderly, ill, or disabled family members, or a family member caregiver traveling to the meeting.
- Costs for dependent care at the meeting (e.g., onsite babysitting, daycare or elder care service local to the meeting venue; local custodial child care, elder care, and/or expenses for care for elderly or other family members that the applicant usually provides; or paying for a nanny or other caregiver's labor).
- Costs for additional dependent care at home incurred due to member's absence during the DPS meeting (e.g., caregiver's labor, before and after school or extended day programs, late pick-up fees, day camps that are custodial in nature and not educational, daycare centers, sick-child care center not for medical services, custodial childcare / elder care, or expenses for care for elderly or other family members that the applicant usually provides).
- Other justifiable expenses related to the intent of the grant, as approved by DPS governance and AAS accounting.
All expenses should be justified with a receipt to claim the award. Full, associate, or junior DPS or AAS membership at the time of award selection is required.
The DPS Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying members in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by offsetting dependent care costs at the meeting location or at home during the DPS conference week. Online applications are solicited no later than 1 month prior to the DPS meeting:
For questions, please contact the DPS Professional Development subcommittee.
Professional Development Events at DPS/EPSC Pasadena 2016
Recently NASA defined "public engagement" to go beyond the classical definition of public outreach. What does this term mean and how are scientists participating in this new landscape? This two-hour workshop jointly hosted by DPS Professional Development and DPS Education will introduce attendees to different opportunities and methods for engaging the public in planetary science via career panel and breakouts. Topics will be presented from both the scientist's and science educator's perspective, including various mediums of delivery (e.g., podcasts, Maker Faires, exhibits, etc.), domestic vs. international audience engagement, and an overview of current mid- and large-scale agency public engagement projects. Workshop is open to scientists and science educators at all levels: students through professionals.
Guest panelists include
Addie Dove (Univ. Central Florida)
Anne Holland (Space Science Institute)
Henry Throop (Planetary Science Institute)
Laura Woodney (California State Univ. - San Bernadino)
AAS DPS Student & Postdoc Reception
Sunday, October 16 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Ballroom B, Pasadena Convention Center
Organizer: Candace Gray
Please join us for the AAS DPS Student & Postdoc Reception, held immediately prior to the meeting reception. Attendees will be introduced to other students and postdocs who work on similar topics and encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer mentoring, brainstorming conversations, and joint projects. The goal is to get familiar with one another on the first day of the meeting and use the rest of the meeting to enhance those connections and get involved with other activities.
Event is free to attend; appetizers will be served. Pre-registration on the DPS meeting website is encouraged.
Women in Planetary Science Discussion Lunch
Tuesday, October 18 12:00-1:30 p.m.
C106, Pasadena Convention Center
Organizer: Kelsi Singer
Please join us for the annual DPS Women in Planetary Science event over lunch. The overarching topic for this year is "Being an Ally" in a broad sense. We will leave plenty of time for discussion but also fold in some tips and planetary science demographic statistics. Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy and planetary science to share.
Due to the generosity of the DPS committee, we will be able to provide lunch this year. All are welcome! Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2016 is required due to space limitations.
AAS DPS has partnered with MentorNet, a national virtual mentoring platform providing access to planetary science and general STEM career advice, as well as training modules on how to be a mentor. Special features are also available for members of underrepresented groups in STEM (women, minorities, 1st generation college attendees). Please contact us for more information and join as a mentor or mentee today!
Professional Development Social Networks, Forum, and Wiki
You can hear more DPS Professional Development Subcommittee News and discuss planetary science careers on Twitter, Facebook, our AAS forum and wiki. Follow the Twitter feed for information about fellowships, jobs, and career advice, or join the Facebook group to be part of the active discussion.