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Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Applications due Nov. 15th

October 23, 2017

From Ella Sciamma O’Brien:


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.

Amelia Earhart Announcement Flyer for posting


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 To help mentor early career scientists by providing feedback, or for further information, please contact Jennifer Grier (jgrier at or Christine Shupla (shupla at

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

DPS 2017 WiPS Event – Reg. Deadline is Today (9/29) and Keynote Speaker Announcement

September 29, 2017

Hi all,

We have just a few spots left for the DPS-Provo Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour over lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 17th and the deadline to register is today (9/29)! Please forward this invitation those who might be interested .  I will send registration confirmations over the weekend.  Registration page:

We also now have our keynote speaker lined up: Dr. Sarah Thébaud, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara has graciously agreed to talk to us about some of her research on implicit bias.  Thanks Sarah!


Two Surveys on Women in STEM

September 26, 2017

Dr. Laura McCullough (University of Wisconsin – Stout) is currently doing research involving two surveys about women in STEM.  She would like as many people as possible to participate because the populations she is looking for are unique. One survey will assess the experience of women in STEM who also have been leaders: barriers, support, path, etc. The other survey will update the work ( by McNeil and Sher (1999) on couples who are both scientists.

To participate in research on women in STEM with leadership experience, please go to the anonymous link at:

To participate in research on dual-science-career couples, please go to the anonymous link at:

To contact Laura directly, email  her at .

Women in Planetary Science Lunch at DPS 2017! – Register by Sept. 29

September 20, 2017

Announcing the 2017 DPS Women in Planetary Science Lunch! Join us for an informal meeting and discussion hour over lunch at the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, UT.

We are in the process of securing a keynote speaker, and will update the information on the registration page as we finalize the schedule.  We will present some info but leave plenty of time for discussion! 🙂

A BIG Thanks!! to both AURA and the DPS commitee for sponsoring this event again this year!


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17th
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm (lunchtime!)
Place: Cascade C Meeting Room (Level 3, Utah Valley Convention Center)


12:00-12:15 – Pick up lunches
12:15 Start of formal program


**Registration Deadline is Sept. 29th** All are welcome but pre-registration is required so we can place lunch orders (available for the first ~100 people who register) and balance the attendance size vs room size :).   If you register and find you cannot attend at a later date let Kelsi (kelsi.singer at know and we will pass your lunch on to someone on the wait list.

Registration page:


Please share widely!  We look forward to seeing you there!

~Kelsi Singer, Jennifer Hanley, Karly Pitman and The Professional Development Committee of the DPS

DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) – Seeking Nominations for New Member

September 15, 2017

From Christina Richey:

The DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) is currently soliciting nominations (including self-nominations) for membership for a two-year term.  The purpose of the PCCS is to work towards making the community of planetary scientists an environment in which professional merit is the only criterion that determines each person’s success.  The detailed charge of the PCCS, along with a list of current members, is available on the DPS web site:

The PCCS is seeking new members who are interested in working on issues that promote a broadly inclusive professional planetary science community.  Members are expected to participate in bi-monthly telecons, along with completing individual or group tasks between our regularly scheduled calls.  Any active DPS member who is interested in participating in the PCCS should send an expression of interest containing:
– a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch
– a 2-3 sentence description of why you wish you serve on PCCS, including a description of any prior experience you may have in working on diversity and inclusion-related issues

Expressions of interest should be sent to the PCCS Incoming Chair, Julie Rathbun, at rathbun at

Solidarity Statement on Charlottesville

August 17, 2017

Dear fellow planetary scientists:

This is a cross-posting in full support of Astronomy in Color’s Statement on Charlottesville.  As members of the Division for Planetary Science’s Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee, we denounce all forms of hate and racism, and the systematic causes that resulted in this weekend’s events.  White supremacy is wrong and should be stopped.  We would like to offer our full support to the members of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, and thank them for their leadership with this message and their actions within the astronomical community.  We extend our solidarity with planetary scientists of color and will continue to work towards providing a safe, welcoming environment and equal opportunities for all.  And we mean for all, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability status, and any other identity that makes for the greatest foundation of our existence as human beings, but has no place in becoming the illogical rationale for unnecessary hatred and violence. 

Dr. Christina Richey

Prof. Nancy Chanover 

Dr. Matthew Tiscareno

Prof. Sarah Horst 

Dr. Franck Marchis 

Dr. Julie Rathburn

 *The above signatories are private citizens exercising their constitutional right to express their personal views. This is not an official statement by the DPS, the PCCS, nor the AAS, and should not be construed as such.


Dear fellow astronomers,

Two days ago a group of armed white nationalists disrupted the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, with a message filled with racism and hatred. This message was accompanied with deadly acts of violence. Unsurprisingly, a large portion of the media continues to avoid calling this for what it is: white supremacist terrorism. Sadly, the POTUS failed to unambiguously reject against these hate groups – many of whom inspire the very base that elected him. These instances confirm to astronomers of color that the executive may not have their safety and interest in mind.

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