Issue 18-33, August 11, 2018
- SPEAKER SOUGHT FOR PRE-MEETING TALK TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SCIENCE FORUM
- DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2018 – KNOXVILLE, TN
- THE ART OF PLANETARY SCIENCE AT DPS
- EARLY CAREER PARTICIPANT SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR NASA OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP MEETING
- OPAG MEETING SEPTEMBER 2018
- ON THE INSENSITIVE USE OF THE TERM “PLANET 9” FOR OBJECTS BEYOND PLUTO
- ICE GIANTS AND KBOS WHITE PAPER
- 20TH MEETING OF NASA’S SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP
SPEAKER SOUGHT FOR PRE-MEETING TALK TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SCIENCE FORUM
The University of Tennessee Science Forum would like to invite a DPS
researcher to give a 35-minute public talk to about 35 faculty, staff, students,
and community members at its weekly luncheon meeting on Friday, October 19
–immediately before the start of the DPS Meeting. You do not have to be a
presenter at the DPS Meeting to speak. The subject is yours to select but should
be of interest to the general public. Attractive visuals are desirable.
Your talk should be at the lay level and last about 35 minutes, followed by a
15-minute question period. Forum audiences love to ask questions.
Transportation to the Science Forum meeting site and lunch will be provided.
If you would be willing to speak to us or if you have questions about the Science
–as soon as possible.
DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2018 – KNOXVILLE, TN
Tuesday Oct 23 – 12:00-1:30 pm (DPS Conference Venue, Room TBD)
Join us for the annual Women in Planetary Science event over lunch.
All are welcome! The main topic will be diversity and inclusion, and the
presentation/discussion schedule will be announced on the registration
page. Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2018 is required to
receive a lunch (available to the first ~100 registrants due the generosity
of AURA and the Division for Planetary Sciences), and registration is
recommended even if you are bringing your own lunch so we can balance
room size with attendance size.
**Registration deadline to receive a lunch is August 30th**
More details and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2018
THE ART OF PLANETARY SCIENCE AT DPS
Submissions are open for The Art of Planetary Science exhibition at the
2018 DPS Meeting, from October 21-25th in Knoxville, TN. All types and
levels of artists and scientists are encouraged to submit. We accept
both physical and digital works. Scientists are especially encouraged
to submit art created from research or spacecraft data, or containing
scientific information or ideas. This could even include photos from
field/lab work or spruced up publication figures. The exhibition will
serve as a space to reflect on the beauty of our universe, and our
role in discovery and exploration.
TAPS is a science-art outreach effort founded in 2013 by graduate
students at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary
Laboratory. Events are organized by volunteers across multiple
institutions to engage the public in our work and celebrate the beauty
of science. Information and photos can be found at the website below.
Submission deadline: September 21, 2018
Guidelines and submission form:
Direct inquiries to: Jamie Molaro, [email protected]
EARLY CAREER PARTICIPANT SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR NASA OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP MEETING
NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group will provide travel grants for
a limited number of interested Early Career participants to attend the
OPAG meeting September 11-12 in Pasadena, CA. OPAG plays a key
role in sculpting the planetary science community’s input into NASA
activities for outer planets science and exploration. Thus it is critical
for Early Career scientists to attend these meetings both to learn how
NASA and Planetary Science programs operate and to represent the
community that will work on OPAG-relevant projects in the coming
decade. Selected individuals will present a poster at the meeting on a
topic of their choosing. Interested graduate students, postdocs, and other
Early Career scientists (within 5 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a
one page letter of interest and a CV to [email protected] by
August 20, 2018. Recipients will be notified by August 24.
For more information, email Britney Schmidt at the address above.
OPAG MEETING SEPTEMBER 2018
Registration and hotel reservations are now open for the OPAG meeeting
to be held September 11–12 in Pasadena, California:
In addition, a new agenda has been posted at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/.
ON THE INSENSITIVE USE OF THE TERM “PLANET 9” FOR OBJECTS BEYOND PLUTO
We the undersigned wish to remind our colleagues that the IAU planet
definition adopted in 2006 has been controversial and is far from universally
accepted. Given this, and given the incredible accomplishment of the
discovery of Pluto, the harbinger of the solar system’s third zone—the
Kuiper Belt—by planetary astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh in 1930,
we the undersigned believe the use of the term “Planet 9” for objects
beyond Pluto is insensitive to Professor Tombaugh’s legacy.
We further believe the use of this term should be discontinued in favor
of culturally and taxonomically neutral terms for such planets, such as
Planet X, Planet Next, or Giant Planet Five.
Tony L. Farnham
Kampalayya M. Hiremath
ICE GIANTS AND KBOS WHITE PAPER
Ice giants and KBOs are high priority science targets for future
missions. A white paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/1807.08769) has been
prepared which presents an integrated strategy for their exploration.
This two-spacecraft plan is proposed for inclusion in the next
Planetary Science Decadal Survey as a practical way to achieve
high-priority science objectives across the outer solar system. Those
wishing to be added as co-signers should contact the authors.
20TH MEETING OF NASA’S SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP
January 29–31, 2019
Lunar and Planetary Institute
The 20th meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group will be
held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute housed in the USRA building
located at 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058.
Additional logistics information will be released closer to the meeting.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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