50th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting

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When
10/21/2018 - 10/26/2018
Where
United States

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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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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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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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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.
Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
10/21/2018 5:00 PM
Open to all attendees and registered guests, the Opening Reception at the Marriott kicks off the 50th DPS Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. Please join us for light refreshments.
Time
10/21/2018 6:30 PM - 10/26/2018 8:00 PM
10/21/2018 6:30 PM
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
10/23/2018 7:30 AM
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an infrared-optimized telescope that will now be launched to its orbit around the Earth-Sun L2 pointin early 2021. JWST has a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation (imaging and spectroscopy) operating from 0.6-28.5 microns. The call for General Observer (GO) proposals is expected to be re-issued in late 2019, with the deadline about 3 months later. At this town-hall we will provide a brief overview of JWST instrumentation; a status report on observatory integration and preparations at the science operations center (Space Telescope Science Institute); an overview of the currently planned Guaranteed Time Observer proposals; a summary of observation planning tools; and an overview of use documentation. More details about expected proposal dates and future solar system observer planning workshops will be provided. Our goal is to support the DPS community in preparing and submitting a robust set of observing proposals so that we can all benefit from the capabilities of JWST.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/23/2018 12:00 PM
On the path from undergrad to a PhD and beyond, each of us will have a variety of mentors with their own unique style. A mentor's style can have a large impact on the career of a mentee and it is important to consider best practices when advising. But what does it mean to be a good advisor and how does one know that they are advising well? How can advisees best work with mentors to make the most of those relationships? In this one hour workshop hosted by DPS Professional Development, we will discuss methods and practices of mentoring as well as provide breakout session scenarios to drive discussion. This workshop is open to all levels of mentors and mentees.
Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
10/23/2018 5:00 PM
The 2018 DPS banquet will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Come and join your colleagues for good food, activities, and lively conversation.
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10/24/2018 6:30 PM
The 2018 DPS banquet will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Come and join your colleagues for good food, activities, and lively conversation.
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10/24/2018 6:30 PM
This workshop on "Laboratory Studies of Atmospheres and Plumes" is organized by the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the AAS. The object of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division is to advance our understanding of the Universe through the promotion of fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the underlying processes that drive the cosmos. This LAD special session will consist of five 15-minute-long invited talks showcasing the laboratory astrophysics work being conducted to support planetary missions for the exploration of our solar system and beyond. The invited talks will demonstrate how missions like Cassini, New Horizons, Rosetta, and future missions focused on the plumes of Europa or exoplanets can benefit from these experimental and theoretical studies. The five invited talks will be followed by a 10-minute panel discussion to encourage participants to explore the laboratory astrophysics needs for planetary science studies and initiate conversations that could lead to future collaborations and new research investigations. We look forward to your participation. On behalf of the LAD committee, Ella Sciamma-O'Brien and Stefanie Milam
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10/25/2018 12:00 PM
Arecibo Observatory is now being managed by a group led by the University of Central Florida. The observatory is in an era where decreasing funding from NSF will require the management team to come up with new funding sources to assure that the facility continues to operate and produce cutting edge science into the future. We are also looking to the users' community to guide what the scientific priorities of AO should be. In this Town Hall, we will present an update about the AO management transition and operations, a description of the current and future financial situation, and a brief summary of the status of the planetary radar system. We will then have an open discussion about any of these topics, as well as about: what the community wants to see as AO's planetary science priorities, what the best ways would be to promote such priorities, and what synergies we can continue and enable with other observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum in pursuit of the science goals. Other discussion topics are of course welcome, and we invite everyone to attend and join the discussion.
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
10/25/2018 12:30 PM
10/26/2018
This field trip will explore Blue Springs cave. With a mapped length of over 40 miles, Blue Springs is the longest cave in Tennessee and the 10th longest in the US. This cave is entirely on private land and has never been a commercial cave, giving us the opportunity to see a majestic cave in its natural state. Attendees will see majestic cathedral rooms and learn why the geology of east Tennessee is so conducive to cave formation. The field trip will be led by Abby Harmon, a research scientist in the geochemistry lab at UT and an expert on Tennessee caves. A boxed sandwich lunch is included. Blue Springs Cave is located about 95 miles west of Knoxville. The trip will depart from the Knoxville Convention Center at 8:00 am and return no later than 4:00 pm EDT. This trip requires significant walking over rough terrain illuminated only by headlamp, and attendees will very likely get wet and muddy. Caving gear (helmets, lights, etc) is included.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10/27/2018 8:00 AM
This field trip will examine and observe some of the classic Appalachian Mountains region geology within 45 minutes of downtown Knoxville. The morning segment of the field trip will emphasize the bedrock geology and topographic expression of the Tuckaleechee Cove window, one of several limestone windows in the Smoky Mountains. The afternoon segment will view the long-runout landslides (sturströms) in the area near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Topographic expression of structures and stratigraphy will be discussed. The field trip will be led by Dr. Robert Hatcher, Distinguished Professor at UT and recipient of many awards, including the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal. Dr. Hatcher is perhaps the world’s expert on Appalachian geology, with a very active >50 year research career focused on the Appalachians. A boxed sandwich lunch is included. The field trip will depart from the Knoxville Convention Center at 8:00am and return to Knoxville no later than 4:00pm EDT. We can drop attendees directly at the Knoxville airport, if desired. For best viewing, limited walking on uneven terrain will be required.
Time
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10/27/2018 8:00 AM