How to Get Involved
DPS Advocacy Materials
- Letter to Congress regarding NASA PSD budget from planetary science leadership, 25 October 2013
- Letter to Congress regarding NASA from planetary science leadership, 26 June 2013
- DPS Leave-Behind / Talking Points for Congressional Visits, Apr 2016
- DPS Leave-Behind / Talking Points for Congressional Visits, Apr 2013
- Coalition for Aerospace and Science 2017 Appropriations Request
Editorials and Op-Eds
- "At anniversary of Curiosity landing, recommit to planetary science" by Adam Schiff. Los Angeles Daily News 7 August 2013
- "U.S. Planetary Science: Fading to Black" By Robert D. Braun, Noel W. Hinners. Appeared in SpaceNews.com 22 April 2013. A SpaceNews.com subscription is required in order to view this article.
- "Exploring the Solar System Vicariously, In Search of Awe" by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd. bigthink.com February 8, 2013
- "The Final End of the Final Frontier?" by Carey Lisse and Ralph McNutt. Appeared in sciencemag.org, 30 November 2012
- "To Explore or Not To Explore, That is the Question" by Laurie Leshin and Dan Britt. Appeared in SpaceNews.com, 17 September 2012
- "A Deeper Search for Secrets on Mars" Editorial, The New York Times, 22 August 2012
- "How curiosity begat Curiosity" by Ahmed Zewail. Appeared in The Los Angeles Times, 19 August 2012
- "Exploring the Planets Enriches Us at Home" by Michael Benson. Appeared in The New York Times, 10 August 2012
- "NASA is the Government's One True Viral Hit Factory" by John Hudson. The Atlantic Wire, 6 August 2012
- "Bake sales can't fund the exploration of space" by Jean-Pierre Williams. Appeared in The Los Angeles Daily News, 30 June 2012
- "Do Budget Cuts Mean an End to Flagship Programs?" by Marcia S. Smith. SpaceRef.com, 5 June 2012
- "A Turning Point at Mars" by Jim Bell. Appeared in The Huffington Post, 9 April 2012
- "How to Build a Science Superpower" by Priyamvada Natarajan. Appeared in The Huffington Post, 1 April 2012
- Op-Ed on PBS.org re: FY2013 budget, 27 February 2012
- The impact of citizen advocacy efforts on Congressional staff (Congressional Management Foundation 2011)
- Public Favors Mars Exploration For Scientific Expansion (Aviation Week March 4, 2013)
- John Hale (Grad Student; 2015 Oct.)
- Alexander Hayes (2016 Mar.)
- Paul Hayne (2017 Mar.)
- Cathy Olkin (DPS Vice Chair)
- Wes Patterson (2014 Oct.)
- Morgan Rehnberg (Grad Student; 2015 Oct.)
- Kurt Retherford (FRS Chair; 2016 Oct.)
- Britney Schmidt (ex officio)
- Laura Woodney (2016 Oct.)
Current Issues of Interest
NASA Planetary Science Budget
Obama Administration's Proposed Education & Public Outreach Restructuring
Special 47th DPS Meeting Activities 2015 Nov. 8-13
We had a number of excellent DPS FRS activites planned during the 2015 DPS Meeting in D.C. National Harbor, taking advantage of our proximity to the Hill and policy makers.
Call to action: A letter/phone call campaign is in development for the week of DPS.
Planetary science in turbulent budget times – Policy Panel at DPS National Harbor Thursday, November 12, at 12:30pm: A panel of planetary policy experts discussed the current state of planetary science policy, a look toward the future, and a discussion of how to advocate successfullly for our science. Panelists so far: Nicholas Cummings, Director for the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness/Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Meredith Drosback, PhD, Assistant Director for Education and Physical Sciences, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; John Logsdon, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University; and Casey Dreier, Advocacy Director, The Planetary Society. Hosted by the AAS/DPS FRS. Room: Woodrow Wilson B.
Congressional briefing during DPS National Harbor, Dramatic Discoveries in our Solar System - Friday November 13, at noon: AAS/DPS hosted a lunchtime planetary science briefing on Capitol Hill for Congressional staff and other Washington stakeholders. Hosted by AAS/DPS FRS.