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DPS 48 / EPSC 11 Meeting Event Descriptions

Please note: The workshops and events listed on this page are only those that require registration through the meeting registration form. There may be other workshops and events during the meeting that are not listed here. See the online program for information on all events.

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Public Engagement for Planetary Scientists

Sunday, 16 October | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Organizer: Karly Pitman, Space Science Institute
Complimentary with meeting registration

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Recently NASA defined "public engagement" to go beyond the classical definition of public outreach. What does this term mean and how are scientists participating in this new landscape? This two-hour workshop jointly hosted by DPS Professional Development and DPS Education will introduce attendees to different opportunities and methods for engaging the public in planetary science via career panel and breakouts. Topics will be presented from both the scientist's and science educator's perspective, including various mediums of delivery (e.g., podcasts, Maker Faires, exhibits, etc.), domestic vs. international audience engagement, and an overview of current mid- and large-scale agency public engagement projects. Workshop is open to scientists and science educators at all levels: students through professionals.

Impacting Broader Audiences with Your Research

Monday, 17 October | 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Organizer: Jacob Noel-Storr, InsightSTEM
Complimentary with meeting registration

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Do you want to have an impact on people’s knowledge beyond the walls of the scientific research community? Do you want to communicate with broader audiences in ways that are educational and memorable? This workshop is for scientists who are interested in increasing the impacts of their science knowledge and expertise by interacting with people online, or in other venues outside of your normal work environment. Maybe you are interested in hosting webinars, running a short online course for the public, or using Facebook, Twitter or other social media to communicate science? Perhaps you are interested in setting up something for an open house, science fair, or star party? You will leave this workshop with a plan of action, and pathways to obtaining the skills, tools, partnerships and opportunities that you need to effectively implement it. In this three hour workshop you will: 1) Learn why and how people choose to, and do, learn in a variety of settings; 2) Think about and plan your goals for who you would like to impact and why; 3) Explore ways to discover if learning is taking place in these settings; and 4) Develop an implementation plan, using relevant and appropriate tools and techniques that you can put into immediate action! We are offering this workshop as a part of the NASA funded CosmoQuest project (funded via NASA Cooperative Agreement #NNX16AC68A)

Small Bodies as Granular Systems

Tuesday, 18 October | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Organizer: Daniel Hestroffer, IMCCE/Paris Observatory
Complimentary with meeting registration

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Asteroids and other small bodies of the Solar System are of high general and scientific interest in many aspects. Space missions for sample return are under development or have been proposed recently (Hayabusa II, Osiris-REX, MarcoPolo-R). The threat of impact to our planet by Near-Earth Objects (NEO) is also considered at the international level with dedicated actions and possible space mission for mitigation. Even ideas of industrial exploitation have emerged during the last years. Furthermore, the origin, formation, and evolution of our Solar System (and other planetary systems) can be better understood when analyzing the constitution and physical properties of small bodies through the Solar System. In all theses cases, an understanding of the structure and behaviour of these celestial bodies is, albeit crucial, scarce. A large proportion of such bodies is moreover believed to consist of gravitational aggregates (rubble piles) with no, or low, internal cohesion, with varying macro-porosity, surface properties and topography. Our aim is to get an enhanced understanding of the physics that governs gravitational aggregates (which can also be extended to planetary rings) by approaching self-gravitating planetary bodies with granular media modelling methods. Granular systems are complex as a result of non-linear and dissipative interactions among a large number of solid particles. Their discrete nature leads to gas-like, liquid-like and solid-like behaviours that may occur simultaneously in different parts of a granular system. Moreover, as a result of dissipative contact interactions and steric exclusions, the rheological behaviour of a granular material is both pressure-dependent and density-dependent and involves complex phenomena such as jamming and size segregation. Most such phenomena still need to be investigated in the context of self-gravitating granular systems, using various experiments and numerical methods (Contact Dynamics, Soft and Hard-Sphere Discrete Element Methods, Finite Element Methods, …). This workshop aims to respond to this need within the Planetary Science and Granular Dynamics communities.


Student and Postdoc Reception

Sunday, 16 October | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration

DPS meetings provide great opportunities for students and postdocs to network with senior scientists, learn about scientific advances, and get inspiration for new research ideas. However, the meeting is packed with so many presentations and events that junior DPS members rarely find time to network with each other or get career advice from other scientists closer to their own age.The AAS DPS Student & Postdoc Reception is an icebreaker event designed to help students and postdocs meet each other and discuss their scientific views and general issues in planetary science. Attendees will be introduced to other students and postdocs who work on similar topics and encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer mentoring, brainstorming conversations, and joint projects. The goal is to get familiar with one another on the first day of the meeting and use the rest of the meeting to enhance those connections and get involved with other activities. Organizer: Candace Gray, New Mexico State University

Opening Reception

Sunday, 16 October | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration

Open to all attendees and registered guests, the Opening Reception at the Westin Pasadena kicks off the DPS 48 / EPSC 11 meeting in Pasadena, California. Please join us for light refreshments.

Mt. Wilson Stargazing Party

Tuesday, 18 October | 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Cost: $82

Registration for this event has closed.

The Mt. Wilson Star Gazing Party is a unique experience. Our party will be held at the 60" telescope, located close to the 100" telescope on which Edwin Hubble made his discovery of "expanding universe." Mt. Wilson is the highest peak overlooking the greater Los Angeles basin. The Star Gazing Party is limited for 25 people for about three hours of explanation and hands-on observation and photography for the group. Register early. Further information about Mt. Wilson can be found at

DPS Banquet and Open Mic Night

Wednesday, 19 October | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Banquet Cost: $80, $55 for Students
Open Mic Night complimentary for meeting attendees

The 2016 DPS Social evening will be held on Wednesday, 19 October, at the Pasadena Convention Center. The evening kicks off with a ticketed sit down banquet. Come and join your colleagues for good food and lively conversation. Immediately following the banquet will be the second DPS Open Mic Night. Open Mic Night will be free to conference attendees with a cash bar. Details on how to sign up to perform will be forthcoming.

Why the Pasadena Convention Center for the evening? The DPS Committee and the Pasadena Local Organizing Committee made the choice of the convention center to enable lower cost registration for the meeting as a whole. When the DPS holds a meeting, we are required to spend a minimum amount on food and beverages. By having the banquet at the convention center, the banquets costs go toward the required total. We don’t have to spend more in other areas that are folded directly into the registration fee. The Pasadena banquet is not subsidized for professional members and the ticket cost reflects the cost of the event.

The DPS Committee will also be soliciting the membership about their thoughts of the direction of the banquet and social events for future meetings during the Pasadena meeting. We hope that all members will consider joining for all or part of the evening.

Dinner service will begin promptly at 6:45 pm. The menu will include salad, a choice of entrée — salmon, skirt steak, or grilled vegetable stack (vegan/gluten free) — glass of wine (or non-alcoholic beverage), and dessert. Please select your entrée on the registration form.

Public Event

Thursday, 20 October | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A free, public event is being planned for Thursday evening. See the Public Events page for details.

Additional Fees

DPS Abstract Book

To receive a printed copy onsite: $30

Attendees who would like a hardcopy of the DPS 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.


DPS Meeting Carbon Neutrality

Contribute to the purchase of carbon offsets: $30

Air travel is a major part of the carbon footprints of many of us in the planetary community. If you drive 10,000 miles a year, your contribution to climate change is greater if you drive a Prius and make only two round-trip cross-country flights a year, than if you drive a 20 MPG SUV and otherwise stay home. Over 90% of the carbon emissions from a typical scientific meeting come from participant travel to the meeting. We are encouraging participants to contribute $30 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.

Hartmann Student Travel Grant Program

Support student travel to meetings by donating $25-$100

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.

Susan Niebur Professional Development Fund

Support professional development by donating $25-$100

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 during the meeting either at the meeting location or at home. 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.