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1st Media Advisory, 49th DPS Meeting, Provo, Utah, 15-20 Oct. 2017

25 July 2017

Shantanu NaiduRick Fienberg
DPS Press Officer / AAS Press Officer
+1 917-373-8840 / +1 857-891-5649

The 49th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) takes place at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo from Sunday, 15 October, through Friday, 20 October 2017. About 800 astronomers and planetary scientists from the United States and around the world are expected to attend to discuss new findings about our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems. Highlights will include new data from ground- and space-based telescopes as well as from robotic interplanetary missions. Nestled in the heart of Provo, the convention center and the meeting hotel, the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center across the street, provide tranquil, inspiring views of Utah's landmark Wasatch Mountain.

The AAS/DPS offers complimentary press registration to journalists and public-information officers (PIOs); see details below. Meeting hashtag: #dps49; you may also wish to follow @DPSMeeting and @AAS_Press on Twitter.

In addition to daily oral and poster sessions, the meeting features plenary talks from distinguished planetary scientists, including David Brain (University of Colorado, Boulder), Sarah Hörst (Johns Hopkins University), and Amaury Triaud (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom). Several of this year's DPS award winners will give prize talks. Bethany Ehlmann (Caltech), recipient of the Harold C. Urey Prize, will speak about her work using spectroscopy to determine the mineralogy of Mars's surface and the extent of the red planet's previous habitability. Margaret Kivelson (University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Michigan), recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize, will discuss her work studying Jupiter's magnetospheric plasmas to understand the interiors of planets and their moons. The winners of the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public, Megan Schwamb (Gemini Observatory) and Henry Throop (Planetary Science Institute), will, appropriately, give public talks to which the citizens of Provo will be invited.

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Complimentary Press Registration

The AAS/DPS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and PIOs, as described on our press-credentials page.

To request complimentary press registration, send an email message to AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg with your name and media affiliation (or “freelance” if applicable). Upon confirming your eligibility, he’ll send you the URL of an online registration form and the required press-registration code. Although press registration will be available on-site at the meeting, we strongly advise you register in advance to avoid lines at the registration booth. Please send your email request to Rick Fienberg as soon as you know you’re coming to the meeting.

Press Facilities

A press office will be set up at the Utah Valley Convention Center and will be open to journalists during normal conference hours. Among other amenities, it will offer workspace, internet connectivity, and a printer.

News briefings for the media will be conducted daily Monday-Thursday, 16-19 October, during the midday lunch break. We'll announce the press-conference room assignment, topics, and speakers in a subsequent media advisory.

We will also have a press interview room for use by press registrants. To reserve this room at a particular date and time, please fill out the sign-up sheet that will be posted on the door.

During the meeting you may reach DPS Press Officer Dr. Shantanu Naidu via cell phone at +1 917-373-8840. Assisting in the press room will be AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg, +1 857-891-5649, and DPS Deputy Press Officer Dr. Constantine Tsang, +1 720-209-0677.

Remote Access to Press Conferences

Journalists unable to attend the meeting in person may tune in to our Monday-Thursday briefings streamed live on the Web. Since the webcast includes audio, video, and PowerPoint slides, you must have a broadband (high-speed) Internet connection to watch and listen. 

The webcast also includes a chat window whereby remote participants may ask questions. We can’t guarantee that all questions received from webcast viewers will be asked aloud — it depends on how much time we have and how many questions we’re getting from onsite reporters. Instructions for connecting to the webcast will appear in a subsequent advisory.

AAS Press-Release-Distribution Service

If you don't already receive astronomy-related press releases forwarded by email from the AAS Press Office, you should sign up now to guarantee that you receive future meeting advisories as well as electronic copies of all press releases issued during the meeting. To sign up for the AAS press-release-distribution service, for which there is no charge, please send an email to Rick Fienberg with your name, media affiliation, mailing address, and phone, fax, and mobile numbers. Only accredited journalists and public information officers are eligible to receive press releases forwarded by the AAS, as described on our press-credentials page.