Issue 13-19, July 20, 2013
1) REMEMBER TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE DPS ELECTIONS
2) 45TH MEETING OF THE DPS: REGISTRATION AND SPONSORSHIPS
3) HARTMANN TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATIONS DEADLINE APPROACHING
4) UPCOMING MEETINGS
REMEMBER TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE DPS ELECTIONS
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE !! ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT !
The 2013 election for DPS Vice-Chair and Committee is now open, and will close on July 31st 2013. To date only a few of us have voted … You may just have forgotten or not found the time yet, but please do take a moment and cast your vote, it is important for our Division !
To vote, go to
You will need your AAS member login ID (which defaults to your membership number), and your password. If you haven’t registered to or renewed your DPS membership recently, you are getting this e-mail because we are using large recent DPS lists, but you may actually not be an active member anymore… So, please take a moment to check your status now and renew if you haven’t done so already. This will allow you to vote and benefit from all membership advantages.
And if you haven’t already done so, renew online at https://members.aas.org/ by logging into your membership record. You must have your login and password information.
Also, please take a moment to update your personal DPS member file.
If you have any problems, and for general replies, or if you are a special status (affiliate, etc) write to or call :
Director of Membership Services
202.328.2010, extension 109
45TH MEETING OF THE DIVISION FOR PLANETARY SCIENCES: REGISTRATION AND SPONSORSHIPS
Denver, CO, 6-11 October 2013
1. Register Now for the Best Rates
Registration is open and early registration rates are available for the Denver DPS meeting through 23 July. DPS Members can save a minimum of $60 by registering now on line or by:
Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 106
Regular Registration: 24 July – 5 September 2013
Late Registration: 6 September – 19 September 2013
Register by 23 July to receive the discounted rate! Rates increase on 24 July 2013.
2. Hotel Information
DPS has secured rooms at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel.
Single and Double rooms: $185
Triple Occupancy: $200
Quad Occupancy: $215
Government Rate: $141
Reservations can be made online using the following link https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=130… or by calling 303-893-333
Government reservation must be submitted via the online AAS reservation form http://aas.org/content/dps-denver-government-hotel-reservation-form
The deadline to make reservations is 3 September 2013. Booking outside of our reserved block results in significant increase in meeting costs for everyone.
3. Calling all Volunteers!
The American Astronomical Society and DPS are looking for volunteers to help out at the 45th Meeting of DPS in Denver, CO. We love getting help from undergrads, grads, postdocs, and local amateur astronomers at our meetings: to supervise sessions, help at registration, usher at events, and various other odd (but greatly appreciated) jobs. This is a great chance to meet and mingle with your peers, get up to date on the newest science, and pick up some cool freebies in the Exhibit Hall.
Volunteers that sign up to work a minimum of 16 hours receive complimentary meeting registration, volunteer t-shirts, and access to the Exhibit Hall and all the sessions. We also provide complimentary lunch and parking on the days you work 4 or more hours.
If interested, please contact Kathy Cox at [email protected] or 202-328-2010 x117.
4. Exhibiting at DPS
Exhibitors at the DPS Meeting have an opportunity to speak directly with the customers they are serving. If your institution, observatory, company, lab or university is doing business in astronomy…you need to be exhibiting at the DPS Meeting in Denver. Contact Debbie Kovalsky, [email protected] or 202-328-2010 x110.
5. Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you looking for more exposure for your company and a way to support astronomy? Look no further than a DPS Meeting Sponsorship. We can customize packages to fit your budget and needs. Contact Debbie Kovalsky, [email protected] or 202-328-2010 x110. http://aas.org/dps-45th-meeting/45th-dps-meeting-exhibitor-and-sponsorsh…
Please also remember to donate to the new professional development award for planetary scientists, the Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund. The fund will provide financial assistance to qualifying DPS members to facilitate their attendance at the annual DPS meeting by offsetting dependent-care costs, either at the meeting location or at home during the week of the conference. In this, its inaugural year, the Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund will support Dependent Care Grants for the 45th annual meeting of the DPS in Denver, Colorado, 6-11 October 2013.
More information about the new fund, including how to donate:
HARTMANN TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATIONS DEADLINE APPROACHING
Starting with a generous contribution from William K. Hartmann, followed by member contributions and matching funds from the DPS Committee, a limited number of student travel grants are made available to assist toward participating at the annual DPS meeting. Travel grants are primarily intended for students, but post-doctoral scientists without other means of support will also be considered. Travel grants for the Denver 2013 meeting are intended to provide a supplement that makes the difference on whether or not a student is able to attend the annual meeting. In some cases the travel grant may be requested to cover the meeting registration fee. Preference is given to students who have not received a Travel Grant in the past.
The deadline for applications will be will be 5:00 PM PDT, Friday July 25, 2013.
Late applications cannot be accepted.
Please see the Hartmann Travel Grant page at the DPS web site meetings/travel_grant_application
where detailed information on submittal and format will be available in a few days.
Email your application to: [email protected]
See also: PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
AGU FALL MEETING
San Francisco, CA, December 9–13, 2013.
Abstract Deadline – Tuesday, 6 August 2013
– SESSION: P006. DYNAMIC MARS FROM LONG-TERM OBSERVATIONS
There has been a continual spacecraft presence at Mars since 1997, showing how Mars is changing on decadal timescales. This activity includes planet-encircling dust storms about every 3-4 Mars years and associated surface changes, along with evolution of the polar caps. High-resolution imaging has revealed new impact sites, migrating sand, and a suite of processes on slopes, some of which may involve liquid water. The distribution of shallow ice is much better known, with implications for recent climate change. Manuscripts resulting from these unique, long-term observations will be due at the end of 2013 for a special section of Icarus, so this conference is an ideal time to present the results.
– SESSION: P010. FIRST RESULTS OF C/2012 S1 (ISON): COMET OF THE CENTURY?
Comet C/2102 S1, popularly known as C/ISON, is a sun-grazing comet, originating in the Oort cloud. It is predicted to be the brightest comet of the century and has captured the interest of global professional and amateur astronomers alike. On its initial passage through the inner solar system, C/ISON potentially can become a very bright daytime object as it approaches perihelion in November 2013. Whether the comet lives up to the predictions or not, first results from various world-wide coordinated observing campaigns, including an armada of spacecraft, orbiting telescopes and ground-based professional and amateur facilities will be showcased.
– SESSION P021: POLARIMETRY AS AN INVALUABLE TOOL TO STUDY THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
Polarimetry is a powerful tool providing a wealth of information about Earth and planetary
atmospheres; solar system objects, exoplanets and search for habitability beyond Earth that cannot be obtained by traditional photometric and spectroscopic observations. This session is open to papers about advances in vector radiative transfer theory (including non-sphericity effects on single scattering); laboratory measurements and instrumentation for the characterization of solar, terrestrial, planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres; atmosphereless bodies; dust; astrobiological markers; and instrumental developments for imaging and spectropolarimeters to be included in ground-based facilities and/or onboard space missions.
– SESSION P022 RAPIDE ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND THE FATE OF PLANETARY HABITABILITY
Rapid environmental change can be used as a scientific bridge, relating astrobiology to earth, planetary, and space sciences in the study of how life may adapt through abrupt climate crises. Recent discoveries inspire us to re-examine our understanding of how rapidly planetary habitats can be redistributed. Past habitable environments on Mars from the Curiosity rover, possible subsurface lakes on Europa, and potentially habitable exoplanets from the Kepler spacecraft continue to expand our definition of the habitable zone. Abstracts on the intertwined aspects of changing habitability, including the complex interactions among astronomical, geological, and climatic forces, on the Earth and beyond, are welcome.
Abstract Deadline – Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Conveners: Cynthia Phillips, Franck Marchis, Nathalie Cabrol of the Carl Sagan Center, SETI institute
– SESSION P028: SOLAR SYSTEM DUSTY PLASMA
Dust has been identified as an important component in space plasma environments in the Solar System. For example, the presence of macroscopic charge carriers (dust) has been recognized to be capable to offset the traditional plasma charge balance. This session will focus on dusty-plasma studies in various environments, including: laboratory experiments, Noctilucent clouds and polar mesospheric summer echoes, the plume of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, planetary rings, surfaces of airless objects, and cometary environments. The goal of the session is to compare dusty-plasma studies under various conditions to improve our understanding of the processes responsible for dust charging, altering the properties of the plasma, and the emergence of dust collective behavior.
Send submissions to:
Athena Coustenis, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
LESIA (Bat. 18)
Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
5, place Jules Janssen
92195 Meudon Cedex