Thanks to everyone who turned out for the 5th annual Women in Planetary Science event at LPSC this year – now named the Susan Niebur Women’s Networking Event! Huge thanks to Faith Vilas for coordinating the event this year. I thought the food was great (thank you to Jim Green for the catering) and the panel was stimulating. I’m sorry we didn’t have enough time for all your questions. If you had lingering questions that you didn’t get to ask, please post them here and I’ll direct the panelists to them.
We’ll have an event next year, though we don’t yet know what it will look like. I got a ton of really good suggestions from all of you – thanks! If you have others, please send them my way. Also if you weren’t there but want to help take on a responsibility for the blog (interview someone? regular posting?) or mailing list, contact Kelsi Singer (her contact is on the right). And big thanks to Emily Lakdawalla for agreeing to help with blog administration. We may need to migrate the mailing list but hopefully the blog will stay put.
Along with me and Kelsi, Vicky Hamilton, Sarah Noble, and Jen Piatek have agreed to coalesce into a steering group for the blog, FB page, mailing list, and LPSC Niebur event. We plan to rotate folks on and off yearly (probably around LPSC) to keep continuity as people’s lives and responsibilities change. This should not be taken as exclusivity – everyone (EVERYONE!) is encouraged to contribute blog posts and comments. If you want a one-time post, please send it to any of us and we can post it with your byline.
An idea we’ve repeatedly kicked around at these events is to form a bridge between us and the DPS/AAS Committee for on the Status of Women, which is a more formal organization that I recommend you check out. Huge thanks to Diana Blaney, who just rotated off the DPS Committee, for agreeing to facilitate this link.
It was great to see many of you last week! Keep up the good work.