Narrated Tour of Carson City and Lake Tahoe with Boat Cruise
The bus departs from the Grand Sierra Resort at 9 am and heads south along the foothills of the Sierras. Interestingly, Reno is at an elevation of about 4,400 feet and the tour destination, Lake Tahoe, has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet. Enjoy the narrated tour as the bus passes thru Carson City. This city, named after frontiersman Kit Carson, grew from a stagecoach stop in 1851 to the capital of Nevada in 1864. From Carson City the bus proceeds west onto Route 50 to Zepher Cove on Lake Tahoe. Here the bus stops so passengers can take the 11 am sightseeing Tahoe cruise on aboard the M.S. Dixie, a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler. The 2 hour narrated boat tour on the lake includes Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed spots of Lake Tahoe. On the boat there is hot and cold food available for purchase at a nominal price and a full bar. When the boat returns, there will be time to take additional pictures and visit the local shops and/or purchase lunch snacks. The bus will leave around 2 pm and follow Route 28 along the east side of the Lake Tahoe. This small winding road provides many vistas of the rocky shores and clear shallow waters of the lake. The bus will take Route 431 over Mt Rose (elevation 10,776 feet). On the way to the top, a stop at the overlook will give passengers time to photograph the panoramic view of much of beautiful Lake Tahoe. The bus returns to the Grand Sierra Resort by 4 pm.
Cost is $82/person. This includes the narrated bus tour and the admission ticket for the 11 am boat tour.
Mineral Museum tour at the University of Nevada
Enjoy a tour of the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Museum on the campus of the University of Nevada in Reno. The museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. There is special emphasis on early Nevada mining history with samples from famous mineral districts such as the Comstock Lode, Tonopah, and Goldfield. It houses the spectacular Mackay Silver collection, created by Tiffany and Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.
Free bus transporation is provided to and from UNR. Passengers are to meet at the front entrance to the Grand Sierra where they will ride the bus to the museum on the UNR campus. At UNR they will be met and guided to the front of the museum where the 1 hour guided tour begins. Then, back to the bus for the return trip to the Grand Sierra.
Bus will pick up passengers:
Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 pm for the 1 pm tour
Tuesday, October 16 at 2:30 pm for the 3 pm tour
Wednesday, October 17 at 8:30 am for the 9 am tour
Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 am for the 11 am tour
Each tour requires a minimum number of 10 people and is limited to 20 people.
There will be a sign up sheet at registration during the meeting. If you would like to sign up before the meeting please email Tracy Beale.
These tours have been made possible through the support of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada in Reno.
Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Education and Outreach Efforts - Sunday 14 October 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This workshop is intended for scientists and students who are involved - or want to be involved - in Education and Public Outreach (E/PO), and are interested in increasing the impact of their efforts. The session will explore several pathways available to scientists to meaningfully engage audiences in planetary science topics and the nature of science. Topics include public lectures and outreach events, teacher professional development, and getting into classrooms. Time will be available for participant-selected topics as well. For each topic, research-based best practices, lessons learned, tips, available resources, and participant experiences will be explored. Participants will consider what types of E/PO efforts are the best fit for their interests and available time and resources. Possible funding sources will be presented.
Remote Observations of Rosetta Target Comet 67P - Sunday 14
October 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The workshop shall bring together comet observers to discuss and coordinate observations of the Rosetta target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in support of the mission's comet phase in 2014/2015. The current knowledge about the comet shall be reviewed and requirements for observations as well as opportunities and plans for observations from ground-based telecopes and space missions shall be discussed.
Planetary Science with Reusable Commercial Suborbital Spacecraft -
Sunday 14 October 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The most recent Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey report, Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science 2013 - 2022, highlights the potential advantages of using suborbital platforms for planetary science experiments. Suborbital vehicles not only provide platforms for science observations and experiments, the modest costs and development times for suborbital missions mean they also provide excellent training opportunities for future spacecraft mission PIs and developers of spacecraft instruments. Suborbital platforms also offer advantages for increasing technology readiness level for flight experiments at a fraction of the costs of traditional orbital platforms. Visions and Voyages discusses only balloons and rockets, but reusable commercial suborbital vehicles also provide a new opportunity to do science outside the traditional and costly, low-risk approach. This workshop will examine how commercial suborbital vehicles can be exploited to use new approaches to instrumentation, spacecraft and mission design to answer planetary science questions. Composed of talks and panel discussions, this workshop will: Present science results and lessons learned from planetary scientists engaged in research using reusable commercial suborbital vehicles; Explore opportunities for flying and funding experiments; Discuss the most promising research, teaching, and outreach applications for these vehicles.
Europa Mission Studies Update - Tuesday 16 October noon-1:00 pm
This Town Hall meeting is proposed to bring the community up to speed on the current status of the NASA descoped Europa Flagship mission studies. It is envisaged that there would be a half hour of presentations on the two mission concepts still being studied, followed by half an hour of discussion.
Publishing Your Paper: A Guide for MSc and PhDs - Tuesday 16
October noon - 1:00 pm
Publishing research in well known scientific journals is one way that researchers build reputation in their community and allow the wide dissemination of their work. This presentation will go through the history of journal publishing, introduce best practice tips and hints when writing a paper, highlight the editorial process, and detail the main ethical issues that face authors, reviewers, editors and publishers on a day-to-day basis, with examples from the DPS offical publication - Icarus
Women in Astronomy Discussion Hour - Wednesday 17 October
Join us for an informal meeting and discussion hour over
lunch. We will have a focus on Work-Life Satisfaction with a brief
presentation. Please feel free to bring any
information/announcements related to women in astronomy and
planetary science to share. Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the DPS committee, we will be able to provide lunch this year. All are welcome, but pre-registration at
required for this event due to space limitations.
Meeting of the IOPW Atmospheres Section - Wednesday 17 October 3:30pm-5:00pm