Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-17: Brief pre-meeting notes

Issue 09-17, October 1st 2009

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1) "Reporters" Wanted for the DPS Meeting
2) Hartmann Travel Fund Donations
3) Editorial: Graphics Quality in DPS Presentations
4) Upcoming Meetings
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"REPORTERS" WANTED FOR THE DPS MEETING

Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society can't make it to DPS this
year, but is looking for people who will be there who might be willing
to send her some notes about interesting presentations that she can
post in her blog (http://planetary.org/blog/). She suspects there are
probably a lot of people who will be going who will be writing short
updates anyway for their friends on Facebook and Twitter -- she'd love
to be able to gather such content into a central location to inform
people about the science being presented at the meeting. She's not
looking for exhaustive notes; focused material on one or two
presentations of interest is better. Things may be "interesting"
because they are breaking news, but are also interesting if someone's
come up with an unusual method of solving a problem, or if there's
progress on explaining a puzzling observation, or if someone digs into
really old data, or if results come from international cooperation, or
if it can be illustrated with particularly pretty pictures. Contact
Emily directly (emily.lakdawalla@planetary.org) if you are interested
in helping her out.


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HARTMANN TRAVEL FUND DONATIONS

Please consider donations to the Hartmann Travel Fund to help students
attend future DPS meetings. You can donate when you register on-site
for the DPS meeting, or online through the AAS web site. See
http://dps.aas.org/meetings/travel_grant


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EDITORIAL- GRAPHICS QUALITY IN DPS PRESENTATIONS

If you're giving an oral presentation at DPS next week, here are a few
humble suggestions for making sure your audience gets the most out of
your talk:

* Don't use a complex image as a slide background- it's distracting
and reduces legibility.
* Don't show bright green (or worse, yellow) lines on a white
background. They may be much more visible on your computer
monitor than when projected.
* Similarly, don't show pure blue lines on a black background
* Beware 1-pixel wide lines and fonts
* Be sure plot axis labels are large and clear enough, particularly
if they are from a published figure. Consider overwriting axis
labels with new ones in a larger font if necessary.

Thanks!
John Spencer


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Bridging the Gap to Space: Lightweight Science Payloads on High
Altitude, Long Duration Balloons and Airships. Boulder, CO, Oct
26-28, 2009.

See http://www.boulder.swri.edu/LCANS09

Registration Deadline: October 15th

The workshop focus includes

* Discussions of new and upcoming long duration stratospheric
research platforms, including super-pressure balloons and
airships.

* Technologies for lighweight high-altitude telescopes.

* Technologies for 0.1" pointing and tracking from a
balloon-borne telescope to enable diffraction-limited performance
from the stratosphere.

Contacts for more information:
Eliot Young (Southwest Research Institute)
303-546-6807
efy@boulder.swri.edu

Robert Fesen (Dartmouth University)
603-646-2949
robert.fesen@dartmouth.edu


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