Issue 15-47, October 26, 2015
- MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
- COMMUNICATING WITH CONGRESS WORKSHOP AT DPS NATIONAL HARBOR
- ICE GIANTS WORKSHOP AT DPS NATIONAL HARBOR
- AAS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SOLICITS DPS PARTICIPANTS
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Thanks to the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee, led by Andy Rivkin,
and the Scientific Organizing Committee, led by Neil Dello Russo, we have an
outstanding program for DPS 2015 at National Harbor. Some special events I
would like to bring to your attention:
Sunday Nov. 8: 9-12 A workshop on “Communicating with Congress”
Register at: public-policy/how-to-get-involved/
9-12 A workshop on “Broadening your Impact for Scientists Engaged in E&PO”
Monday Nov. 9 6:30-8:30 PM LGBTIQA Dinner (meet at Registration Area)
7:30-9:30 PM Agency Night with NASA and NSF, with
questions/Town Hall to follow
Tues. Nov. 10 12:05-1:30 Women in Planetary Science Lunch (filled)
Wed. Nov. 11 10:30-12:00 DPS Members Meeting
8:00 -9:30 Open Mic Night (It’s really a talent show!)
The details on these events, and others, some of which you need to register for,
are all on the meeting web pages:
Also, don’t forget our special events for students: the Student Reception at 5:00 PM
on Sunday November 8, and the Student-Chair Breakfast on Tuesday November
10, at 7:30 AM.
COMMUNICATING WITH CONGRESS WORKSHOP
AT DPS NATIONAL HARBOR
Sunday, November 8, 9am-noon.
Interested in learning more about communicating science to decision
makers? Want to participate in Congressional visits during DPS? This
workshop is a great opportunity to learn about effective ways of
communicating your science to members of Congress and other
stakeholders. If you are interested in participating, please please go to
and sign up. The workshop is free, but space is limited. If the workshop
fills up, participants will be chosen to maximize career level, demographic,
and geographic representation. Please note that given the nature of the
meeting schedule and the schedule of Congressional staff, we can’t
guarantee that we’ll be successful in getting Hill meetings for everyone.
This is an experiment, so we will see how it goes! No matter what, the
workshop will be valuable and prepare you for future Hill visits and other
communication. Hosted by the DPS FRS and the American Geophysical Union.
ICE GIANTS WORKSHOP AT THE DPS MEETING IN
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND
A workshop on the latest Ice Giant planet news and mission study
efforts will be held at the DPS meeting on Thurs. Nov 12 at 12 pm in
Azalea 1. In this workshop we will discuss latest science results,
outstanding questions, and ties to other bodies, such as exoplanets and
the giant planets. We will also discuss coordinating activities, such as
needed ground and space based observations of Uranus and Neptune
that can aid future mission studies. These will be moderated discussions.
Projection equipment will be available, but we are not requesting
AAS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT SOLICITS DPS PARTICIPANTS!
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) oral history project seeks to
document the lives of astronomers and planetary scientists. This program
is funded by the AAS and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and is
run by the AAS Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) in partnership with
AIP’s Niels Bohr Library & Archives. We have already interviewed over
40 scientists this year and are looking for more. Interviews will take place
during the DPS meeting on November 8th and 9th – Please consider
contributing your own story to this important project, and make an
appointment to be interviewed.
Each interview lasts 1.5-2.5 hours, during which we will discuss your
education, career moves and strategies, work-life balance, intellectual
preferences, collaborations, reputation, leadership, and mentoring.
We like to end with career advice to the next generation. We would like
planetary scientists at all career stages, from graduate student to emeritus,
to sign up to be interviewed. We have a dedicated interviewer for both days.
To arrange to be interviewed, please fill out our sign-up form at the link below:
More about the project: What is an oral history interview? It’s more than
just an interview. Emphasis is placed on gathering names, dates, and locations,
especially those connected to historical events. It is also a detailed conversation
about the life of the person being interviewed, focusing on their family,
those that influenced their scientific career, their career path, rough patches,
and fun stories.
Do you have to be senior scientist or a famous scientist to participate?
No! We would like to interview planetary scientists at all stages of their
careers. There are very few oral histories of people early in their careers
(as well as a lack of diversity in general).
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
To change your address email [email protected]
Anne J. Verbiscer
Research Associate Professor
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4325