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Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship – due Nov. 15th

November 1, 2018

Hello All,

Just a reminder that the deadline for the Amelia Earhart fellowship is approaching – several planetary scientists have been awarded fellowships in the past :).

Thanks to Ella Sciamma O’Brien for sharing this info.



Cross-post: A personal recommendation for the AAS to collect data to determine participation of underrepresented groups

October 18, 2018

Hi All,

Please see the following post at the Women in Astronomy blog:

Reminder to Register for the WiPS Discussion hour at DPS – Knoxville – deadline today (Sept. 30th)

September 30, 2018

We still have a few spots left for the Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour at DPS in Knoxville (Tuesday lunchtime, details at the link) – registration deadline for catering is TODAY (Sept. 30th) but we can take a few more after that :).

Announcement of DPS Workshop on Proposal Writing – Friday Oct. 26th

September 1, 2018

The success of scientists depends upon their ability to obtain funding. Using Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) from NASA as a primary example, this workshop will focus on teaching the audience key points to writing a successful proposal.

Topics to be covered include:

  • 8:00-8:15- General introduction and welcome
  • 8:15-9:15- Proposal lifecycle, guidance on writing for specific audiences, compliance checklist
  • 9:15-9:30: Break
  • 9:30-10:30- Evaluation criteria, the review process, programmatic balance, debriefs and appeals, and making changes to address review concerns
  • 10:30-11:00- General wrap up and group Q&A
  • 11:00-11:30- One-on-One Q&A as needed.

Read more…

Survey of interest in Planetary Science Engagement Institute for later this year

August 24, 2018

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s VORTICES program and the Lunar and Planetary Institute are considering offering a Planetary Science Engagement Institute for planetary scientists and engineers interested in engaging public audiences in planetary science and solar system exploration. This free 1½ day institute would be scheduled for late 2018. Content may include common solar system misconceptions, techniques for addressing controversial topics, simple activities and demonstrations for engaging audiences, and more. This scientist engagement event would be geared towards current researchers, college faculty, and graduate students and postdocs in planetary science.

To help us determine the best dates and location, please fill out our survey of interest at

Thank you for your help! Please contact us with any questions:
Christine Shupla, shupla at
M. Alexandra Matiella Novak, Ph.D., Alexandra.Matiella.Novak at

Invitation to the 2018 DPS Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour! RSVP by Aug 30th.

August 7, 2018

DPS Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour 2018 – Knoxville, TN

This event is an informal meeting for all interested parties. This means you do not have to be a woman to support women in science or be interested in learning some professional development tips – for yourself, or to share with others :).

The main topic for this year is Diversity and Inclusion. We will present an introduction to intersectionality, cultural climate, and race in STEM. (big topics! :))  More details and RSVP at:

A BIG Thanks to Aura and the DPS Committee for supporting this event!

Date: Tuesday, Oct 23rd
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm (lunchtime!)
Place: Knoxville Conference Center (DPS Main Venue) – Room TBD


**Registration Deadline is August 30th** This is the catering deadline. All are welcome but pre-registration is requested to be ensured a lunch (available for the first ~100 people who register). Please register even if you are bringing your own lunch – or if it is after the catering deadline – so we can balance the attendance size vs room size :). If you register and find you cannot attend let Kelsi (e-mail below) know and I will pass your lunch on to someone on the wait list.

We look forward to seeing you there and please pass this on to your colleagues who may be interested!

Planetary Allies – Men’s Auxiliary: a summary from the 2017 DPS meeting

August 4, 2018

The following article was was written by the event organizers: Brian Jackson, David Grinspoon, Bob Pappalardo, and Matt Tiscareno.  Thanks to the organizers and everyone who attended for a great event!  We look forward more great discussion in the future!

On Oct 29 during the 2017 annual Division of Planetary Sciences conference in Provo UT, the Planetary Science Allyship group, “the Men’s Auxiliary”, held a meeting to map out future actions its attendees could undertake to help increase diversity and tolerance in the academic community. Unlike previous years, we chose to place our meeting into the official DPS schedule, and the meeting was advertised with the following announcement on the conference bulletin boards:

Planetary Allies – Men’s Auxiliary

Please join us for discussion about harassment, bias, and what we can do to help change the culture. All DPS members are welcome, with the goal of continuing a conversation among men about how we can raise awareness and be proactive on these issues. This year’s discussion has the goal of transitioning from consciousness-raising to acting, so please come prepared with ideas for moving forward.

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