49th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting

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10/15/2017 - 10/20/2017
Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
101 West 100 North
Provo, UT 84601 United States

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Student travel grants to the DPS annual meetings prior to 2006 had been financed mostly through the generosity of corporate and private donors. In particular, Bill Hartmann has quietly been giving money for student travel for many years. To honor Bill, and to expand the number of student grants, at the 2006 fall meeting the DPS announced the formation of the Bill Hartmann Student Travel Grant Program, to be supported by an endowment of $100,000. All interest on this money will go to support student travel grants to DPS meetings. Your donation to the fund will ensure its viability in years to come.
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The DPS's Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund provides financial assistance to qualifying members in order to facilitate their meeting attendance by offsetting dependent care costs at the meeting location or at home during the DPS. Susan was a tireless supporter and strong advocate for creating professional development programming for early career planetary scientists. It is the Division for Planetary Sciences’ hope that this fund will provide an additional legacy for Susan's contributions to the planetary science community.
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Over 90% of the carbon emissions from a typical scientific meeting come from participant travel to the meeting. We are encouraging participants to contribute up to $50 towards the purchase of carbon offsets, which will be used for a variety of third-party certified projects to reduce carbon emissions. Offsets are not a panacea, but will go a small way towards compensating for the meeting's carbon footprint.
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Attendees who would like a hardcopy of the meeting's Abstract Book will need to pre-order it at $30 per book. The books will be distributed onsite at registration. A limited number of books will be printed to reduce overall meeting costs, so please order yours when you register.
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The onsite registration fee is automatically added to the late registration rates for last minute and onsite registrations.
9/22/2017 - 10/20/2017
Agenda: Several hours driving, some moderate walking/hiking. Please bring: Good walking/hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, light jacket, small day pack for snacks and water. Lunch, snacks and water are provided. Our second-ever DPS field trip will be held in Central Utah's Black Rock Desert. This region is known for young landforms commonly found on other planetary surfaces, such as basalt lava flows, craters and tubes, sand dunes, shoreline deposits from the Lake Bonneville high stand, and thriving extremophiles in hot springs. This field trip will be led by Eric Christiansen of Brigham Young University, assisted by Alexandra Ahern (Stonybrook) and Jani Radebaugh (BYU). The field site is approximately 2 hours south of Provo, so we will begin at 9 am and drive south. We will be transported in BYU Chevy 8-passenger vans, and will be driving on freeways, winding pavement and offroad sandy and rough, lava-covered dirt roads. There will also be some short but moderately strenuous hikes to various field sites; participants should be healthy. Attendees should make their own reservations to stay in Provo on Friday and Saturday nights.
Not specified - 6:00 PM
"The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will have unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution, and will be NASA’s premier space-based facility for near and mid infrared astronomy (0.6-28.5 micron). The 6.5-meter telescope will be equipped with four state-of-the-art instruments which include imaging, spectroscopy, and coronagraphy. These instruments, along with the telescope’s moving target capabilities, will enable remarkable infrared studies of solar system objects. JWST is scheduled for launch in October 2018. The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released November 30, 2017 with a deadline of March 2, 2018. In this workshop, we will provide a brief status of the telescope as well as commissioning plans relevant to solar system observations; review the timeline for proposals; and provide details of the Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) for solar system science. We will also give a detailed orientation to the proposal planning system, including demonstrations of the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT) and the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC). This workshop will be available for remote participation via WebEx."
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
10/15/2017 1:00 PM
Maintaining a career in planetary science requires you to put yourself out there to access opportunities, but rarely are the mechanics of how one goes about this discussed. This two-hour workshop hosted by the DPS Professional Development subcommittee will introduce attendees to different strategies for communicating and networking in the planetary science environment. Topics discussed will include: communications at work (from co-workers to program managers), constructing an elevator speech that is authentic to you, how to talk up your ability to fill a niche or demand for a particular skills set, how to get involved with missions (including some examples of what works and what does not), and various intangibles (e.g., perseverance, enthusiasm, capitalizing on luck). Workshop is open to scientists at all levels: students through professionals.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10/15/2017 2:00 PM
Please join us for the AAS DPS Student & Postdoc Reception! This reception will be held immediately prior to the meeting reception. This is an icebreaker event designed for students and postdocs to come together and introduce themselves, talk about their science, and begin establishing connections with their peers. Event is free to attend; appetizers will be served. Pre-registration on the DPS meeting website is encouraged.
10/15/2017 5:30 PM - 10/20/2017 7:00 PM
10/15/2017 5:30 PM
Open to all attendees and registered guests, the Opening Reception at the Marriott kicks off the 49th DPS Meeting in Provo, Utah. Please join us for light refreshments.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10/15/2017 6:30 PM
Citizen science can be a powerful way to accomplish research projects and tasks that require many minds and eyes to complete. While some projects may use undergraduates for help, others simply have too many images or too much data for a small population to sort through. Numerous teams working on projects as varied as tracking comets for the PACA project and counting craters for Moon Mappers have proven that everyday people can make meaningful contributions to science. However, citizen scientists, like students, need their experience properly scaffolded to their understanding, and they require mentoring and training to succeed. In this workshop, we will help you understand how to transform your research project into a successful citizen science engagement - either fully online or observational. We will also work through what kinds of support systems are effective for different kinds of projects, and how to efficiently recruit and maintain a community. Attendees will be introduced to a selection of current citizen science programs, and will learn the many ways and means of engaging with such programs (such as mentoring, forums, blogs, training, and more). Come with a research project or (two) that you are interested in engaging with citizen scientists, if you have one. You will leave with ideas about how to move your project forward. Our closing discussion will include an overview of where to look for funding, and lessons learned on writing a successful proposal.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
10/16/2017 3:00 PM
The Dust Accelerator Facility at the University of Colorado has been initially developed by the Colorado Center of Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS) of NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Its continued infrastructure development is currently supported by the Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI.) The 3MV electrostatic accelerator is a source of dust particles in the typical size range of 10 nm to 2 micron and speed range of 1 - 100 km/s. Impact experiments with single, fully characterized dust particles of nearly arbitrary makeup can be accelerated into solid, gas, as well as ice targets of arbitrary composition. The facility has been used for a wide range of scientific experiments, including cratering and penetration studies, measuring the efficiency of plasma and neutral gas production, measuring the speed and size distribution of secondary ejecta, for example. It has been also used for the development, test, and calibration of dust instruments for space missions. The facility is open to the planetary and space physics communities, as well as to all engineering groups concerned about the effects of hypervelocity dust impacts, and the development of dust hazard mitigation strategies for the safety of crew and mission. This workshop will describe both the capabilities of this facility and the opportunities to support new community projects. The workshop is also a forum for users to discuss their experimental needs and ideas, and for IMPACT staff to provide feedback to help guide the design of successful experiments.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
10/16/2017 4:30 PM
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope to be placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. It is scheduled for launch in 2018, and will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy) operating from 0.6-28.5 microns. The first call for General Observer (GO) proposals will be released November 30, 2017 with a deadline of March 2, 2018. At this TownHall, we will provide the community with an overview of the observatory, instrumentation, and specific details for solar system observations. Additionally, we will provide a summary of the Guaranteed Time Observations in the solar system, timeline with upcoming deadlines, and where to find more information. Our goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide them with the tools they need to begin planning their observations with JWST.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/17/2017 12:00 PM
The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is NASA's next flagship mission after JWST. WFIRST is on track for a launch in the mid-2020’s and a 5 year primary mission. This mission has two primary instruments: the Wide Field Instrument (WFI) with a 0.25 square degree FOV and the Coronagraph Instrument (CGI) which is designed to take images and spectra of super-Earths. Between the two instruments, WFIRST will be capable of imaging and grism spectroscopy over the wavelength range 0.5-2 µm as well as R~100 spectroscopy with an IFU. Recently, a Solar System Working Group was organized and has initiated science cases that are being combined into a white paper. At this Townhall, we will provide the community with an update on WFIRST’s progress and highlight a few science cases from the white paper. Our goal is to inform the community of WFIRST and its capabilities for Solar System observations and provoke new ideas that may be useful for the project as the mission develops.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/19/2017 12:00 PM