Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #10-05: Poster poll, Classroom slides...

Issue 10-05, April 20th 2010

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1) Letter from the Chair: Posters at Future DPS Meeetings
2) New "Discoveries In Planetary Science" Classroom Powerpoints Available
3) 2010 DPS Meeting: Workshop Signup Page is Now Live
4) 238Pu: Write to your representatives and senators
5) Upcoming Meetings
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR: POSTERS AT FUTURE DPS MEEETINGS

Dear colleagues,

The DPS committee is grappling with the fact that our yearly meeting
has grown to an awkward size: we are too big for most hotels and too
small for many convention centers. One of the significant factors in
selecting an appropriate venue is having sufficient space to keep
posters up all week as we have in the past.

We will be putting out a comprehensive survey of our members in June
to address a number of questions but because of the urgency of this
particular one we would like to try an experiment.

We have set up a doodle poll for you to weigh in on whether 1) you
would prefer to keep posters up all week, which may mean paying a
higher registration fee, or 2) you would be willing to have posters up
for just two days, so that we could rotate in a second set, giving us
a wider range of venues to choose from. We estimate that the
increased registration fee is in the $50.00 to $100.00 range.

In order to "doodle" go to:
http://www.doodle.com/zwkrbs7ewuzintw3

You may choose to enter your name or to vote anonymously. (If you
choose to vote anonymously, you just need to enter something for the
name that does not duplicate another one).

This is an experiment and you will see the same question come up on
the formal survey later this spring. We will be looking at using this
style of polling as a test for whenever we would like to get rapid
feedback from our membership.

Thanks for experimenting with us!
Candy Hansen


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NEW "DISCOVERIES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE" CLASSROOM POWERPOINTS AVAILABLE

The DPS Education Subcommittee announces the 3rd release of
"Discoveries in Planetary Science" Classroom Powerpoints, covering
five new topics:

- Venus' Active Volcanism
- Martian Glaciers
- Titan Lakes
- Explaining Iapetus
- Waterworld at 40 Lightyears?

These are succinct summaries of discoveries too recent to appear in
"Intro Astronomy" college textbooks; each set consists of just three
slides to be shown: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on
good planetary science, and the "big picture" context. Another page
for further information is provided as well. Powerpoints and pdf's can
be downloaded from http://dps.aas.org/education/dpsdisc.

Feedback from the community on how these slide sets are used and
received is welcomed, and will be used to improve future
releases. Planetary scientists with recent or upcoming results of
broad interest are encouraged to submit them for consideration by
providing an initial draft using the template provided on the
website. For more information, contact Nick Schneider & Dave Brain at
dpsdisc@aas.org

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2010 DPS MEETING: WORKSHOP SIGNUP PAGE IS NOW LIVE

DPS Members are encouraged to propose their ideas for public or
private workshops at the 2010 DPS Meeting in October in Pasadena. The
deadline for public workshop proposals is 30 July. 

See http://dps.aas.org/meetings/2010/workshop.shtml


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238PU: WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS

A reminder to write to your representatives in Washington to encourage
them to provide funding for the re-start of Plutonium-238 production,
if you have not already done so.

See http://dps.aas.org/public_policy/docs/Pu-issue-letter


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UPCOMING MEETINGS

1) Origins 2011, Montpellier, France, July 3-8, 2011.

See http://www.origins2011.univ-montp2.fr/

For the first time the triennial international conferences sponsored
by IAU Commission 51 (Bioastronomy) and by the International Society
for the Study of the Origin of Life - The International Astrobiology
Society will be held as a joint meeting. The goal of this conference
is to bring together scientists from all over the world to share their
newest results and insights into the wide field of astrobiology,
including the origin and evolution of life and its occurrence in the
Universe. This meeting will integrate the relevant interests and
techniques of astronomy/astrophysics, planetary science, geology,
chemistry, biology and also history of sciences. Topics will cover the
whole range from the evolution of organic molecules in space, to the
study of our Solar System and extrasolar planetary systems, up to the
origin and evolution of living systems. Attendance by young scientists
is encouraged, and it is expected that some travel support will be
available.

William M. Irvine
President, IAU Commission 51-Bioastronomy
Goddard Center for Astrobiology
Tel.: (413)545-0733

2) Lunar Graduate Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain
View, CA, July 18 2010.

Registration is now open: the deadline is May 30th 2010

See http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2010

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