Lunar and Planetary Institute

Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust

Universities Space Research Association
(Logistical Sponsor)

Lunar and Planetary Institute

National Aeronautics and
Space Administration

NASA Lunar Science Institute

The Meteoritical Society

Allan Treiman
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Charles Shearer (LEAG)
University of New Mexico

Meenakshi Wadhwa (CAPTEM)
Arizona State University


Lars Borg
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jennifer Edmunson
Marshall Space Flight Center

Brad Jolliff
Washington University

Walter Kiefer
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Randy Korotev
Washington University

Georgiana Kramer
Lunar and Planetary Institute

David Kring
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Clive Neal
Notre Dame University

Marc Norman
Australian National University

Paul Spudis
Lunar and Planetary Institute


David Mogk
Montana State University

Stuart McCallum
University of Washington

Final Announcement — June 2012

Meeting Location and Date

The Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust will be held July 13–15, 2012 in Bozeman, Montana, at Montana State University.

All workshop events will be held in the Strand Union Building (SUB) meeting rooms 233/235.


The first conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust was held in 1979. Since that seminal meeting, our knowledge of the lunar highlands has advanced enormously. Unimagined new data have become available, notably in orbital remote sensing of mineralogy, chemistry, topography, and gravity; geochronology; and geochemistry, especially isotopic constraints and the abundances and natures of lunar volatiles. These new data are paralleled by new concepts of solar system science, including the importance and timing of impact events (including the one that formed the Moon) and the nature of the early solar system disk and its dynamical instabilities. In light of these advances in the last 34 years, the time seems right for a synoptic reexamination of the lunar highlands crust.

The Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust is intended to bring members of the planetary science community together to share their specialized insights into the lunar highlands crust, exchange ideas freely, and perhaps develop new cross-disciplinary ideas and tests of those ideas.


Meeting Format
The workshop will consist of plenary sessions and a poster session over a period of 2.5 days. There will be morning and afternoon oral sessions organized around topical themes, with some invited presentations. Ample time will be reserved for questions and discussion. A poster session will be held Saturday evening, with refreshments available.

The program and abstracts are now available. An author index has also been provided so authors can easily determine when their presentation has been scheduled.

Preliminary Workshop Schedule

Thursday, July 12

Field trip to Stillwater Mine, Mountain View Section

Friday, July 13

Registration and oral sessions

Saturday, July 14

Oral sessions, evening poster session, and reception

Sunday, July 15

Oral sessions

Sunday, July 15 through Monday, July 16 Field trip to Picket Pin Mountain

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations —
A PC laptop, LCD projector, and speaker remote will be available for presentation of oral presentations during the scientific sessions. Speakers are asked to provide their PowerPoint presentations on a CD-ROM or flash drive and use the provided laptop in order to expedite transition between speakers and to minimize technical problems.

Hardware and Software Specifications —
The session room will be equipped with the following minimum hardware and software:

PC Hardware:

PC Software:

One PC laptop with Intel Core 5-2520M CPU at 2.50 GHz

Windows 7 Enterprise

Memory:  4 GB

PowerPoint 2010


FireFox Version 4.0.1
Internet Explorer Version 9.0.8112.16421, QuickTime Version 7.7.1
Windows Media Player

Poster Presentations —
Poster location assignments will be listed alphabetically by last name of the first author. A dedicated poster session will be held in the evening on Saturday, July 14. Authors must be present at the session to discuss their poster.

All posters will be available for viewing throughout the weekend. Posters must not exceed the maximum size listed below. Tables, computers, video equipment, etc., cannot be accommodated as a part of a poster display.

Poster Setup:

Friday, July 13, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Poster Removal:

Sunday, July 15, 2012, no later than 12:00 p.m.
(any posters remaining after that time will be discarded)

Poster Size (Maximum):

44" x 44" (110 cm x 110 cm)

Materials Provided:


For examples of tips on how to best prepare a poster presentation, visit

Poster Presentations: Designing Effective Posters
Poster Presentations: Top Tips

Field Trip Excursions

The workshop venue of Bozeman, Montana, allows participants to examine a portion of the Stillwater Igneous Complex — one of the most-cited terrestrial analogs for igneous rocks of the lunar highlands.

Each field trip is limited to the first 35 participants. Participants must register for each field trip separately. Field trips are NOT included in the conference registration. PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE for the field trips differs from the conference registration deadline.

Field Trip #1:  Stillwater Mine, Mountain View Section
On Thursday, July 12, the group will head to the Mountain View Section of the Stillwater Mine. All attendees will be required to complete, sign, and return a waiver prior to departure. These waivers will be sent to field trip participants after registration closes.
Registration includes:  Transportation, boxed lunch, and drinks.

A bus will pick up attendees from the university at 7:30 a.m.

Field Trip #2:  Picket Pin Mountain (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE)
On Monday, July 16, Dr. Stuart McCallum will lead a day hike up Picket Pin Mountain, with excellent exposures of anorthosites and gabbros of the Upper Banded Series. This trip will be strenuous, involving hiking at high elevation (up to 10,000 feet) — not for the faint of heart.

All attendees will be required to complete, sign, and return a waiver prior to departure. These waivers will be sent to field trip participants after registration closes.
Registration includes:  Transportation to and from Picket Pin Mountain and boxed lunches the day of the field trip.
Participants are responsible for:  Cost of hotel accommodations (see directions for reservations below) and all other meals.

Picket Pin Field Trip Itinerary:

  • Sunday, July 15:  Depart Montana State University following final oral session. Drive to Red Lodge, Montana, for overnight stay at The Yodeler Motel. DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS. Your reservations at the hotel will be made for you. Please see more details on the hotel below.
  • Monday, July 16:  Drive to and hike Picket Pin Mountain. Return to Montana State University upon completion of hike. Buses will stop for dinner on the return trip. Dinner is not included in the cost of the field trip.

Field Trip Accommodations Information:
The Yodeler Motel has several rooms set aside for us for a short time. Your paid field trip reservation must be received by June 20 to secure a room. Depending on the number of participants, it is quite likely you will need to share a room. Rates vary from $89 to $139 per night plus taxes. Please budget your travel at the higher rate as the lower rates cannot be guaranteed for any specific attendee.

Directions for Room Reservations:

  • Complete the room request form and submit to Kira Honnoll.
  • All attempts will be made to provide single rooms, but since rooms are scarce in Red Lodge, Montana, it is possible that attendees will need to room together.
  • If you wish to room with someone, both parties must list the other on their request form.
  • If you do not have a roommate request, complete the form and a roommate will be assigned to you, if necessary.
  • Requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations will be made for you, and a confirmation number will be e-mailed to you, along with the name and contact information of your assigned roommate (if applicable).
  • Once you receive your confirmation number you will be responsible for submitting your credit card number to the hotel directly BEFORE the deadline of July 1. Your hotel is NOT CONFIRMED ON A USRA/LPI credit card. If your credit card information is not received by this deadline, your hotel reservation will be canceled.

Attendees will need accommodations in Bozeman the night of July 16 after returning from Picket Pin Mountain. If you wish to stay at the university dorms, you must make a second reservation via the online reservation system. Details for making your reservations at the dormitory are given below in the Accommodations section.



Through June 29, 2012








Onsite registration will be available (conference only), but must be paid by credit card or check. No cash will be accepted. We encourage you to register early to help expedite meeting planning.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the Conference Registration Form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler's check, or wire transfer) must contact the LPI Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note:  Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) may still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $25.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through June 29, 2012. Those who fail to attend and do not notify USRA prior to the June 29 deadline will forfeit their full fee.

Check-in:  The conference registration desk at Montana State University will be open on Friday morning, July 13, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Stillwater Mine Field Trip Registration —

Through June 20, 2012





Registration ends on June 20, and there is no onsite registration for this field trip.

To register, use the Field Trip Registration Form.

Picket Pin Field Trip Registration —

Through June 20, 2012





Registration ends on June 20, and there is no onsite registration for this field trip.

To register, use the Field Trip Registration Form.

PLEASE NOTE that the deadline for the field trips is 10 days EARLIER than the conference registration deadline.

The registration fee includes a boxed lunch on the day of the field trip. Civil servants are reminded to reduce their per diem for the lunches provided.


Attendees can make their reservations to stay on campus at the Mullan Residence Hall (part of the Johnstone Center) via the online registration link.

Please be certain to review the MSU Housing Policies and the included amenities for the dormitories.

Payment is required at the time of registration and can be made by credit card, cash, or check. Housing rates are $26.00 per night for single rooms and $21.00 per night for a double with double occupancy. Each reservation will incur a $2.00 convenience fee. If you need accommodations for Monday, July 16, after the Picket Pin Mountain Field Trip, you will need to make a second reservation.

Check-in time is 1:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. An additional night will be charged for any check-outs after 11:00 a.m.

On-Campus Parking

If you are staying on campus the closest parking lot is Lot #9. If you are staying off campus, the closest parking lots to our meeting rooms are Lot #10 and Lot #11. Please see the campus map with the Strand Union Building, parking lots, and Mullen Hall highlighted.

Parking is available at a daily rate of $2.50 per vehicle Monday through Friday. Complimentary parking is offered on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. If parking on campus, you will be required to purchase a parking permit at your residence hall front desk, the parking kiosk on 7th and Grant Street, or through University Police.

Additional parking, transportation, and dormitory information, such as what to bring and what is provided, is available here.


The Bozeman area is served by the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (Gallatin Field Airport), which is located approximately 25 minutes from Montana State University. Rental car, taxi, and shuttle information is available by visiting the Bozeman Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Driving Directions
Bozeman is located off I-90. Two interstate exits will bring you to the MSU campus.

From the west:

  • Take exit 305 onto North 19th Avenue.
  • Turn right and follow it south to College Avenue (approximately 3 miles).
  • Turn left onto College Avenue and go to the roundabout, which is 11th Avenue.
  • Turn right on 11th and proceed south.

From the east:

  • Take exit 309 onto Main Street and proceed through downtown to 11th Avenue.
  • Turn left on 11th Avenue and go to the roundabout.
  • Continue south on 11th.

To reach Johnstone Center (Campus Dormitory):

  • Take 11th six blocks to Grant Street.
  • Turn left on Grant Street and go five blocks to Sixth Avenue.
  • Turn left on Sixth Ave and go four blocks to Cleveland Street.
  • Turn left on Cleveland Street and go two blocks to Eighth Street.
  • Turn right on Eighth (right is your only option)
  • Go one block and then left on Harrison.
  • The parking will be on your left and Johnstone Center will be on your right.

To reach the Strand Union Building (SUB):

  • Take 11th to Grant Street.
  • Turn left, proceed east on Grant Street.
  • The SUB will be to the left (with glass atrium entrance).
  • Parking is located to your right.


For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting:

Allan H. Treiman
Associate Director for Science
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2117

For further information regarding meeting logistics:

Kira Honnoll
Meeting and Publication Services
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)/
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-244-2011

For further information regarding registration:

Linda Tanner
Meeting and Publication Services
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)/
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone:  281-486-2142


Deadline for registration for Stillwater Mine field trip

June 20, 2012

Deadline for registration for Picket Pin field trip

June 20, 2012

Deadline for room reservation requests for Picket Pin field trip

June 20, 2012

Deadline for conference registration June 29, 2012
Field trip to Stillwater Mine July 12, 2012
Second Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust, Bozeman, Montana July 13–15, 2012
Field trip to Picket Pin Mountain July 15–16, 2012