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EGU Galileo Conference “Geosciences for Understanding Habitability in the Universe”

April 9, 2017

Posting at the request of Wold Geppart – looks like an interesting, interdisciplinary conference!  🙂   Also see posts on the Graduate Student section for two early career astrobiology events (also for post-docs and other early career scientists up to 8 years out of PhD).

EGU Galileo Conference “Geosciences for Understanding Habitability in the Universe”

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, Furnas, Azores, 25 – 29 September 2017

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LPSC Women in Planetary Science Annual Susan Niebur Networking Event 2017

March 12, 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 WiPS Networking event named in honor of Susan Niebur!   Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 5:30 to ~7:30 pm

This year’s highlighted topic is: Mental Wellness/Illness and Your Career. 

Two members of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas Chapter have graciously  agreed to come and speak.  We will have plenty of time for discussion and questions.  Light refreshments provided by the Division for Planetary Sciences  (thank you again!!).

Please RSVP and find updated information at

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Summer school – Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life

March 6, 2017

This was a requested post from Wolf Geppert who organizes this and other fabulous astrobiology workshops :).  I went to the below last time it was held and can highly recommend it.

Summer school “Impacts and their role in the evolution of Life” (Saaremaa, Estonia, 25 July – 3 August)

This school will give attendees a thorough introduction into impacts, impactors, and the role of impacts in the evolution of life. 

Apart from lectures, poster presentations, student-led discussions and excursions to geologically interesting sites several practical exercises including…


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Information Session at LPSC on Postdoc Opportunities at NASA Goddard – March 21 at Noon

February 21, 2017
Are you interested in a postdoctoral position at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center?
Join scientists from Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division ( for an information session at LPSC on Tuesday, March 21st at Noon in the Grogans Mill Room. We’ll discuss available opportunities and pathways, through the NASA Postdoctoral Program, cooperative agreements, and the NAI and SSERVI , as well as professional development opportunities like the Planetary Science Winter School, and other aspects of Goddard that make it a great place to work.
If you can’t make the lunchtime meeting, we will also hold an informal gathering prior to the Tuesday evening poster session for those that would like to talk more, or who can’t make the noontime meeting. We will meet at Grimaldi’s Pizza at 5:00 PM for food and discussion.
Please email Noah Petro (Noah.E.Petro at if you have any questions.


February 9, 2017

Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers, a conference sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will take place June 9 – 11, 2017, following the 2017 AAS Summer Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Through extensive use of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, WiA IV will focus on issues that affect a broad spectrum of women in astronomy. It will address the challenges specific to women and what institutions can do to create welcoming, equitable workplaces. Workshops and breakout sessions will be structured with the aim of producing policy white papers, tool kits, and resource lists.

For more information, please visit the following link:

Dr. Brett Denevi: Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way

February 2, 2017

This interview is was conducted by Heather Meyer who is conducting her graduate studies at Arizona State University.


denevi_picDr. Denevi is a Planetary Geologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and she is currently serving as the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). She also served as the Deputy Instrument Scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on board the MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury leading the in-flight calibration and co-leading the Geology Discipline Group. Dr. Denevi was also a Participating Scientist on the Dawn mission  at Vesta investigating pitted terrain and the presence of volatiles. Her research interests include the origin, composition, and evolution of planetary surfaces. Her research focuses on the history of volcanism and crustal formation on terrestrial bodies, the mineralogy and chemistry of planetary surfaces, the space weathering history of airless bodies, and the development and evolution of regolith.

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New LPSC Childcare Discussion Board

December 21, 2016

Message from Julie Tygielski:

Join the #lpsc2017 childcare discussion forum. You’re invited to connect with other parents with childcare needs and share information on childcare providers and form parenting co-ops, all within the USRA Meeting Portal.


Thanks to the LPI staff for putting this forum together and taking the issue of childcare at the meeting seriously.  They are also pursuing other options for supporting childcare needs and a summary of those findings will be available at a later date.  They do plan to continue to have a mother’s room on site.