Countdown to LPSC: The Budget
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.