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Monday Minute

September 13, 2010

Women in Planetary Science in the news:  Dr. Yvonne Pendleton has been appointed Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.  Dr. Pendleton has previously served as NASA Ames’ Deputy Associate Center Director, Chief of the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at Ames, Service and Advice for Research and Analysis (SARA) at NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate, and a research astrophysicist for 31 years.   – from this week’s EOS, v. 91, n. 36, 7 September 2010 

Congratulations, Dr. Pendleton!

A recent article in GSA Today caught our attention — check out The Internet as a Resource and Support Network for Diverse Geoscientists, by Anne J. Jefferson, Kimberly A. Hannula, Patricia B. Campbell, and Suzanne E. Franks.  In a world where we had enough (funded) time to write every day, this could easily take us through three or four posts of discussion — but here’s the link, and we really do recommend you read the (short) report.  (If you’d like to discuss it, GREAT! Send us a comment, article, or reflection that it inspired, and we’ll happily post it for you, either with your name or anonymously.  Does the internet increase your interaction within the scientific community?  How does social media help you?) – article appeared in GSA v. 20, iss. 9, pp. 59-61, September 2010.

An update on the National Postdoctoral Association’s ADVANCE grant work is included in the NPA Postdocket.  The report is recommended by one of our JPL readers, so go take a look if you are a postdoc, mentor a postdoc, or would like to be a postdoc someday.  ADVANCE is the program acronym for Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers, a source of funding for professional development and other ideas that is funded and administered by NSF.   ADVANCE grants are helping institutions all over the country, and the results are often very impressive. – link sent to us from a reader at JPL

On Friday, NASA held a special event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the first comet encounter (by ISEE-3) and celebrating the TWO upcoming comet encounters in the next six months!  We’re working on a full report about the event and the opportunities — come back on Wednesday to hear all about comets!

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