Publications and Program Services
In concert with the LPI Director, the Publications and Program Services Department is charged with administrative responsibility for scientific conferences and workshops convened by NASA Headquarters personnel and/or members of the planetary science research community. Experienced meeting planners work in partnership with the conveners to assure the success of a meeting in every aspect, from initiation through the dissemination of results.
The staff is experienced in handling meetings of diverse size, from as few as five participants to as many as 1200. For example, the department coordinates with other LPI staff and personnel from Johnson Space Center each Spring to produce the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, now internationally recognized as the most important planetary conference in the world and attended by hundreds of active planetary scientists each year.
Skilled editors and graphic designers in the department are veterans with proven expertise, knowledge of the Institute, and interaction with the scientific community. They provide the following services in the dissemination of scientific information for the space sciences:
- prepress services (editing/writing, design, formatting, electronic file manipulation) for meeting announcements, abstract volumes, technical reports, programs, newsletters, bulletins, document covers, books, etc.;
- image generation, including figures, tables, identifiers, graphic design, and artwork for scientific presentations;
- design and preparation of educational exhibits and products.
The Publications and Program Services Department has worked in partnership with the Computer Center to develop a unique electronic system for abstract receipt and processing; program committee meeting data production; communication with authors, presenters, session chairs, conveners, and participants; meeting registration; online access to announcements, programs, and abstracts; and production and distribution of meeting-related documents. This system has enabled the department to have close interaction with members of the external scientific community to ensure high-quality documents and successful dissemination of scientific information.
Beginning with Origin of the Earth and Moon, published in 2000, the Publications staff has been providing prepress services for books published and distributed as part of the venerable Space Science Series by the University of Arizona Press. By providing a seamless and efficient operation of the editorial production, the scientific editors and writers are enabled to direct their efforts toward the quality of the science and its communication.
Last updated June 21, 2006