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Education and Engagement Events

The LPI will be conducting sessions for planetary scientists, students, and the general public.

Lunar Palooza
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Montgomery Ballroom A and Montgomery Pre-Function Area

Scientists and public engagement specialists are welcome to participate in this year’s public event. All members of the public, including students, educators, program leaders, amateur astronomers, and their families, are invited to the LPSC Lunar Palooza! Explore hands-on activities and hear about the Apollo missions, ongoing lunar exploration, and future plans from experts attending LPSC. For more information, please contact Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu).

Early Career Presenters Review
Sunday, March 17, 2:00–5:00 p.m. Spring Room or
Tuesday, March 19, 12:00–1:15 p.m. (lunch provided), Spring Room or
Thursday, March 21, 12:00–1:15 p.m. (lunch provided), Spring Room

Students, post-doctoral fellows, and other early career scientists preparing to present research at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are invited to present and receive feedback from senior scientists before presenting during the regular meeting. The LPI has scheduled multiple times for this event to enable greater participation and will provide lunch. Registration is limited and available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_EarlyCareer. To volunteer to review, or for more information, please contact Andy Shaner (shaner@lpi.usra.edu).

LPSC Insights:  Get Connected, Stay Connected
Monday, March 18, 12:00–1:15 p.m., Sterling Ridge Room
(Lunch provided, courtesy of the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity Rover)

Are you a student attending LPSC for the first time? Are you unsure how to navigate the conference? Are you nervous about networking? The LPSC Insights:  Get Connected, Stay Connected program is here for you! First-time student attendees who register for this program will be introduced to an experienced LPSC attendee and the pair will spend time attending sessions and networking together. Registration is limited and available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_Insights. For more information, or if you are a veteran of past LPSCs and would like to be paired with a first-time attendee, please contact Andy Shaner (shaner@lpi.usra.edu).

Planetary Scientist Workshop:  Using Social Media to Share Your Science
Thursday, March 21, 12:00–1:15 p.m., Grogan’s Mill Room
Planetary scientists attending LPSC are invited to this free hour-long workshop, where they will learn techniques and suggestions for disseminating their science through social media, from experts including Dr. Edgard Rivera-Valentín, Dr. Sarah Hörst, and Dr. James Tuttle Kean, organized by LPI and Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers. No registration necessary. For more information, please contact Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu) or Amy Fagan (alfagan@email.wcu.edu).

Planetary Scientist Engagement Institute
Friday, March 22, 2:00–7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 23 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s VORTICES program and the LPI are conducting this event following LPSC for planetary scientists interested in engaging public audiences in planetary science and solar system exploration. Hear from a variety of experts on public engagement. Content will include common solar system misconceptions, techniques for addressing controversial topics, simple activities and demonstrations for engaging audiences, connecting with local museums and astronomy clubs, and more.

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Institute registration is free. Limited travel stipends of $500 to $1,000 are available for U.S. citizens, depending on the distance traveled. Transportation may be provided to LPI from the Woodlands. Applications are required, and spaces are limited. Apply now.