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DPS 49 Meeting Workshops and Events

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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Preparing Observations for Solar System Science with JWST

Sunday, 15 October | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Stefanie Milam, NASA GSFC
Complimentary with meeting registration
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 30 November 2017 with a deadline of 2 March 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.

Communications & Networking in Planetary Science

Sunday, 15 October | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Organizer: Karly Pitman, Space Science Institute
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this workshop has closed.
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). This workshop is open to scientists at all levels, students through professionals.

Dust Impact Experiment Facility for the Community

Monday, 16 October | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Organizer: Mihaly Horanyi, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this workshop has closed.
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, and 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.

Effective Citizen Science: The Public as Research Students and Collaborators

Tuesday, 17 October | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Organizer: Pamela Gay, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this workshop has closed.
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.


Field Trip: Volcanism, Dunes, Lake Deposits, and Hot Springs

Saturday, 14 October | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
This event is sold out.
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 will be 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 two hours south of Provo, so we will begin at 9:00 am and drive south. We will be transported in BYU Chevy 8-passenger vans, and will be driving on freeways, winding pavement, and off-road 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.

Student and Postdoc Reception

Sunday, 15 October | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this event has closed.
Please join us for the AAS DPS Student and 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. The event is free to attend; appetizers will be served. Pre-registration during meeting registration is encouraged.

Opening Reception

Sunday, 15 October | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration
Open to all attendees and registered guests, the Opening Reception kicks off the DPS 49 meeting in Provo. Please join us for light refreshments.

Movie Screening: The Farthest

Monday, 16 October | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration; No registration required
Join us in Grand Ballroom C on Monday, 16 October, for a screening of the PBS documentary The Farthest. Here's a brief synopsis of the film:

The Farthest tells the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity's greatest achievements in exploration: NASA's Voyager mission, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this August. The twin spacecraft — each with less computing power than a cell phone — used slingshot trajectories to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They sent back unprecedented images and data that revolutionized our understanding of the spectacular outer planets and their many peculiar moons.

Still going strong four decades after launch, each spacecraft carries an iconic golden record, music, and images from Earth — a gift for any aliens that might one day find it. Voyager 1, which left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age in 2012, is the farthest-flung object humans have ever created. A billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will be sailing on — perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity ever existed.

JWST Town Hall: Preparing for Launch!

Tuesday, 17 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this event has closed.
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 30 November 2017 with a deadline of 2 March 2018. At this Town Hall, 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. The goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide them with the tools they need to begin planning their observations with JWST.

Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour

Tuesday, 17 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration; Registration requested by 29 September
The Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour is an informal meeting for all interested parties. This means you do not have to be a woman to support women in science or be interested in learning some professional development tips — for yourself, or to share with others. Join us during lunch on Tuesday, 17 October, in the Cascade C meeting room. The keynote speaker will be announced soon. After the speaker, there will be plenty of time for discussion. Thank you to both AURA and the DPS committee for sponsoring this event again this year!

The registration deadline is 29 September. All are welcome but pre-registration is requested so we can place lunch orders (available for the first ~100 people who register). If you register and find you cannot attend as the date approaches, please contact Kelsi Singer so your lunch can be passed to someone on the wait list.

DPS Banquet

Wednesday, 18 October | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banquet Cost: $91, $65 for Students — Attendees may purchase up to two tickets for this event.
Deadline to Register: 9 October
The 2017 DPS banquet will be held at the Sundance Mountain Resort, Robert Redford's well-known property at the base of Mount Timpanogos, approximately 15 miles from downtown Provo. In addition to the good food and lively conversation of the banquet, attendees can participate an activity before the banquet begins:
  • Pottery Class — Feel a wedge of clay take shape beneath your fingers in an Art Studio Pottery class. Make and glaze your own wheel thrown or hand built pieces. Sundance master potters will fire your creation and send it along to you in a few weeks. Instruction is geared toward all levels. Limited to seven students per session. An additional fee will be assessed to ship the finished product. Register for the Pottery Class.
  • Jewelry (silver & stone or beading) — Learn about silversmithing and stone setting and complete your own one-of-a-kind piece to wear home. Choose from a wide variety of stones, many native to Utah. (There will be an upgrade charge for larger stones and bracelets). Or perhaps choose beading and design and create a unique beaded piece from a selection of beads from all over the world. This is limited to 7 students per session. Register for the Jewelry Class.
  • Painting — Discover your spark of creativity while standing at an easel before towering Mount Timpanogos. Sundance art instructors will help you define your impression of the Sundance environment in watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, oil, or drawing pencil. Register for the Painting Class.
  • Journal Making — In this class, guests design and imprint their leather journal cover using leather stamps and burning tools. Guests will also learn how to create paper signatures to stitch on the cover of their one-of-a-kind journals. Register for the Journal Making Class.
Registration for these activities is through the Sundance Mountain Resort. These activities require an additional fee that is not included in the price of the banquet registration. Each of the above activities will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the deadline to register for each is 9 October.

The buffet menu for the banquet will consist of fish, meat, and gluten-free vegetarian. Guests will need to select the gluten-free vegetarian option when registering if needed. Buses will transport attendees to the Sundance Mountain Resort, leaving at 4:15 pm for those participating in pre-banquet activities and 6:00 pm for those attending the banquet only. Buses will begin departures at 9:00 pm to return to the Provo Marriott.

WFIRST Town Hall: Exploring the Solar System with WFIRST

Thursday, 19 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Complimentary with meeting registration
Registration for this event has closed.
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 Town Hall, 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.


DPS Meeting Carbon Neutrality

Contribute to the purchase of carbon offsets: $25-100
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.