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Countdown to LPSC: The Budget

January 31, 2010

NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is coming up in LESS THAN A MONTH! The week begins on 2/28/10 with a half-day Proposal Writing Workshop being led by NASA’s Program Scientist for the Early Career Fellowship (which you should all apply for when you submit your first research proposals, by the way) then continues with a fun networking event (hint: it’s not all about the beer) and five days of seeing incredible new science, discovering exciting ideas in the poster sessions, meeting with collaborators, seeing old friends, meeting potential new collaborators, and hatching up ideas for possible new missions or investigations over a beer or a bagel.

Whether you’ve been to LPSC all 39 times or this is your very first, don’t forget to get plenty of rest and get READY for a great conference!  We’ll be posting reminder notes here on things you can do to prepare — and if you’d like to contribute one, just leave a comment or send it on and we’ll post it!

One of the “hot topics” at LPSC will undoubtedly be the budget.  In the wake of the Augustine Commission and President Obama’s response, what will NASA’s budget look like in the coming years?  How will the work of the Decadal Survey feed into NASA’s priorities for planetary science?  What should YOU do to take advantage of any changes in the R&A process?  Stay tuned, and come to NASA Night at LPSC to find out more.  Arm yourself with knowledge.  Read the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the LA times this week to see what changes lurk in NASA’s 2011 budget — there are two press conferences this week that will talk about the budget, and the highlights will definitely make the papers.

If you prefer your news unfiltered and on the internet, read the NASA budget, watch the press conferences on NASA TV, or listen to the audio.  And then come back here.  We’ll talk.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie Chittenden permalink
    February 16, 2010 9:00 pm

    Break in your shoes!! Monday is the longest day with sessions all day, a student reception, and NASA night. The last thing you want is your feet to be in agony at the end of the day.

    Also, make sure to take advantage of the evening/night get-togethers. They are great ways of networking and talking to colleagues – and have fun while you are at it.

    And always, if using the shuttle, don’t depend on it. If you want to get there for a specific session, take an earlier shuttle or drive yourself.

    I’ll have to think of others, but LPSC is a great time and has some great talks! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go this year due to getting a nanosat up and going during that time. But I will definitely miss it! I love LPSC.

    Julie C.

  2. Carolyn permalink
    February 1, 2010 7:14 am

    Also, please write to your congress-people and to the president to let them know about the fabulous work that NASA does, and ask them to properly support NASA in the budget. I’m preaching to the choir here, but we know that NASA is an extremely valuable government agency – we just need to make sure that the budget writers in DC know this too!

    Without NASA, I wouldn’t have been able to afford graduate school. Since I was also a RI Space Grant Fellow, I spent 20 hours/week for 1.5 years doing EPO, while working on my PhD. That’s just part of MY NASA story – please share your inspirational NASA stories with your congress-people and the president.

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