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Scientists in E/PO workshop at DPS – Morning of Sunday Nov. 8th

October 8, 2015
Broadening your impact: A workshop for scientists engaged in education and public outreach (or who want to get involved)
Please join your fellow scientists for a half day workshop about how to get involved in education and outreach, and how to have the most impact with your efforts, on Sunday morning, November 8th from 9am to noon.  We will share tried-and-true techniques, best practices, and useful resources and activities.  Topics will include participants sharing resources from their own work in a “share-a-thon”, presentation of resources for teaching and outreach, and one-on-one and small group discussions. Topics may include resources for higher education classes, writing broader impact statements for grants, press releases, partnering in education and public outreach, and evaluation. Final topics will be determined by participants, register early to cast your vote! Contact Sanlyn Buxner, buxner at psi.eduwith questions! 

Great New Science Podcast by Dr. Carrie Nugent

September 24, 2015

spacepod_logoSpacepod is a new weekly outreach podcast produced and hosted by Dr. Carrie Nugent, a staff scientist at Caltech’s Infrared Processing and Analysis Center. Episodes are a short (~15 min), relaxed conversation with a space explorer about our universe. Intended for the general public, the goal is to harness the informal, intimate medium of podcasting to communicate not only neat science, but the interesting and diverse personalities that make up our field. Several episodes (including upcoming episodes) feature women profiled on this blog.Nugent

Since launch in August, Spacepod has been steadily gaining listeners. The most popular episode has received more than 900 downloads, and Spacepod has been featured in iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” category. A reviewer says, “This podcast is like having a drink with a really smart friend.”

To listen to episodes, visit the website [], or subscribe on iTunes []. Spacepod also has its own twitter account @listen2spacepod.


Dr. Linda French: Don’t limit yourself

September 20, 2015


Dr. Linda French is Professor of Physics and past Chair of the Physics Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she has been a professor since 2002.  She received her A.B. in astronomy from Indiana University and a Ph. D. in planetary astronomy from Cornell University.  Her scientific research, funded by the National Science Foundation, concerns the study of the shapes and surfaces of asteroids and comets.  She is a frequent guest observer at Lowell Observatory in Arizona and at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile, and is often accompanied by students on these research trips.

During her sabbatical in 2009-2010, Dr. French was a Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of York, England where she investigated the life of York astronomer John Goodricke (1764-1786).  She has given lectures on Goodricke and his mentor Edward Pigott in York, Boston, and Toronto, and at major observatories in the United States and Chile. Linda has receiving grants and awards in recognition of her scientific and educational work (e.g., asteroid 3506 French) as well as for her historical research.   She is the 2016 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest award for teaching at Illinois Wesleyan.

Recent Publication(s):

  • French, L. M., R. D. Stephens, D. Coley, L. H. Wasserman, J. Sieben.  2015.  Rotation lightcurves of small jovian Trojan asteroids.  Icarus 254, 1-17.
  • Emery, J. P., F. Marzari, A. Morbidelli, L. M. French, and T. Grav.  2015.  The complex history of jovian asteroids.  arXiv1506.01658.

How did you first become interested in astronomy or planetary science?

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2015 DPS WiPS Networking Event! – Lunch Order Deadline is Oct. 1

September 17, 2015

Hi All,

I am pleased to announce the details about the upcoming Women in Planetary Science Networking event, we hope many of you can attend!

Keynote Address by Amy Simon: Navigating Hurdles Throughout Your Career

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm (lunchtime!)
Place: Baltimore 3 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, at the Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting in National Harbour, MD


Tentative Program:
12:00 Lunch Pickup

12:15 Start of Formal Program
– Welcome and update on the Professional Development Committee (Karly Pitman – Prof. Dev. Chair)
– Keynote Address: Amy Simon-Miller
– Discussion and Networking Interspersed

Due to the generosity of the DPS committee and a donation from the Space Science Institute (thank you!!), we will be able to provide boxed lunch this year!

The deadline for lunch orders is October 1st. You are also welcome to show up at the event with your own lunch, but please still register so we have an idea of number of chairs needed :). (and so we can send you the notes/summary afterwards)

We look forward to seeing you there!

~Kelsi Singer and The Professional Development Committee of the DPS

Bring a guest!

Invite a friend or colleague who has never been to a WIPS lunch but might be interested to come with you. We are hoping this will make a wider crowd feel welcome attending. Most of the topics we discuss are of a general professional development nature, but of course we also have a focus on supporting female scientists. As always, you don’t have to be a female scientist to support female scientists :). (Please have them RSVP as well though, so we know to order them a lunch!)

WiPS in the News

July 29, 2015

Congratulations to our female planetary science colleagues who have recently received awards for their research and accomplishments!  See below for details!

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Passing of Claudia Alexander

July 13, 2015

It was with heavy hearts this weekend that many of our group heard of the passing of Rosetta US Project Scientist Claudia Alexander. As one of the few African American women in our field, she gave many an inspiring example to look to and emulate as they furthered their careers.

We hope her wisdom left behind in her 51+ Women in Planetary Science interview continues to help future early career scientists.

Christina Richey’s response to ‘Bothered’ from the Science Magazine Career Advice Section

June 2, 2015

Christina Richey has a great post in the Women in Astronomy Blog about dealing with sexual harassment – cross-posting the link here with her permission :).


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