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In Memorium: Dr. Christine Floss – There are many definitions of success

April 23, 2018

The following was written by Dr. Maitrayee Bose, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Christine.  

141104_jaa_christine_floss_0219_760-300x200.jpgOn 18th April, Christine Floss, Research Professor in the Physics Department at Washington University in St. Louis and the McDonnel Center for Space Sciences died unexpectedly.

She played an influential role in my life. She taught me to think, read and write like a scientist. She taught me how to investigate an idea, step by step. She was intelligent, observant, organized and an excellent mentor. My first impressions of her, when I joined Washington University as a graduate student, was that of a successful career woman, who devoted her energy and time to her research and who was also enjoying her family life. She served as a role model for me.

I was her first graduate student, and so got to see her interactions with Frank Stadermann, who was both her husband and scientific partner. It was hilarious, wonderful and heart-warming to listen to them bicker over which colors should be used in the plots in my abstract or to fight over a grammatically incorrect sentence in the manuscript. At the end of our meetings with such comical discussions, Christine always pointed out that the work is mine, and should have my approval, no matter what they said.

After I graduated we kept in touch, and met at meetings, when she told me several times how she was proud to see my scientific progress. During our recent conversations I realized how she had become the pillar of strength for the 4th floor (McDonnel Center of Space Sciences is on the 4th floor of the Physics Building), after the deaths of first Frank and then Ernst Zinner. She continued with her diverse research and aided her co-workers and students cope emotionally. In addition, she started to volunteer for Friends of the Children of Haiti for which she made several month-long trips to Haiti. She felt a unique sense of purpose and satisfaction in these endeavors, and was even considering getting a nursing diploma to better help with medical issues.

Although I am distraught by the news of her death, I am thankful that my last memories of her are that she was upbeat and happy. You can see reflections of her persona in her interview taken in 2010.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 2 pm at the Ethical Society in St. Louis, where Christine served in multiple roles on the Board of Trustees. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Ethical Society of St. Louis or Friends of the Children of Haiti.

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New Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship for Early Career Astro-Scientists

April 2, 2018

The William Herschel and Royal Astronomical societies will celebrate
promising early-career female astro-scientists* with a new Caroline
Herschel prize: cash and two lectures.

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Announcing the 10th Annual Susan Niebur WiPS Networking Event – LPSC 2018

March 6, 2018

It is hard to believe we are on the 10th annual iteration since this event was named in honor of Susan Niebur.  This seems like a perfect time to thank everyone who was involved in any of these amazing events, including before Susan’s time and after.  So thank you!  And look forward to yet another great gathering this year!

Event Description

Ever feel like everyone in the room is smarter than you? That your accomplishments are just luck? Do you ever worry that your colleagues will figure out that you don’t really belong? You are not alone. Please join us for a short workshop on “Imposter Syndrome” and strategies for dealing with it. As always, all are welcome regardless of gender. To RSVP (not required, but requested so we will have an idea about attendance numbers), or for more information, visit http://bit.ly/WIPS_2018.

Event Details

Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Waterway 1-3 in the Woodlands Marriott Resort and Convention Center, Houston, TX (LPSC Conference Venue)

Appetizers and soft drinks will be served thanks to a generous donation from the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences!   If you are not already a member, find out more about the DPS, their annual conference, and all the other great support they give to the planetary science community here: http://dps.aas.org/

CALL FOR DPS 2018 PRIZE NOMINATIONS

February 3, 2018

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Every year the DPS recognizes exceptional achievement in our field.

Please consider nominating a respected colleague for one of the annual

DPS prizes. The DPS sponsors five prizes:

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Pellas-Ryder Student Paper Award Nomination Deadline Extended to 9 Feb, 2018

February 1, 2018

The 2018 Pellas-Ryder award, which is sponsored jointly by the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America, will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is first author of the best planetary science paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in 2017. The award has been given since 2001, and honors the memories of meteoriticist Paul Pellas and lunar scientist Graham Ryder.

To nominate a student-led publication that was published in 2017, two letters of certification are required: (1) From the student’s department head attesting that the individual was a student at the time of paper submission to the publishing journal; (2) From the student’s advisor detailing the portion of the work done by the student and contributed by others including the advisor. Additional details are provided here: http://rock.geosociety.org/pgd/pellas-ryder.html.

Please email completed nomination packages (as PDF documents) to: Prof. Brad Thomson, 2017–2018 PGD Chair, bthom at utk.edu by Fri, Feb 9, 2018.

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Applications due Nov. 15th

October 23, 2017

From Ella Sciamma O’Brien:

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The goal of the Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship, established in 1938 in honor of the legendary pilot and Zontian, is to assist the future of women in the fields of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

Each year, 35 talented women, pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering around the globe, are chosen to receive the US$10,000 Fellowship.

Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible. To download the 2018 AE Fellowship application, click here.

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Early Career Presenters Review – DPS 2017 – Sunday 10/15 – Lunch provided!  

October 10, 2017

Early Career Presenters Review – DPS 2017 – Lunch provided!  

Are you an early career scientist preparing to present your research at the 49th Annual DPS Meeting? Are you nervous, or looking for advice? Join this educational opportunity to receive feedback from seasoned presenters!  The DPS Early Career Presenters Review will take place on Sunday October 15 11:30-1:30 in the Hobble Creek room at the Utah Valley Convention Center (conference venue). Early career scientists (including undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs) attending the 49th Annual DPS Meeting are invited to practice their oral or poster presentation and receive feedback before presenting during the regular meeting. Participants also have the opportunity to network with their peers and future colleagues. Registration is free but required for participants:www.surveymonkey.com/r/49DPS. To help mentor early career scientists by providing feedback, or for further information, please contact Jennifer Grier (jgrier at psi.edu) or Christine Shupla (shupla at lpi.usra.edu).

Also looking for helpful reviewers who are available to attend and provide feedback for the presenters.