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When:
July 26–30, 2010
Where:
New York City, New York

Meeting Location and Date

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society will be held July 26–30, 2010, in New York City, at the Park Central Hotel close to Central Park in the heart of upper midtown Manhattan. The hotel is a 20-minute walk from the American Museum of Natural History, across the street from Carnegie Hall, and close to many subway lines.

Accommodations

We strongly encourage participants to stay at the conference hotel and to reserve rooms early. Room rates ranging from $159.00 to $219.00, plus local hotel taxes, are available. The hotel will apply a favorable rate for participants who arrive a few days early or stay a few days afterward, subject to availability. Please book accommodations through the local meeting site.

Transportation

The city is accessible by train from Newark and JFK International Airports, and by taxi, bus, and water-taxi from LaGuardia Airport. Low-carbon-footprint train service is available from many points within 1000 miles of New York (Boston; Springfield, Massachusetts; Washington; Baltimore; Atlanta; Chicago). Parking an automobile in midtown is not recommended. Further information is available at the local meeting website.

Climate

The climate in New York in mid-summer may be hot and humid (>90°F is not unusual), but temperatures could be in the 80s (°F).

Foreign Travel

International travelers to the United States must go to the ESTA website and fill out an application before entering the country by air or sea. Inbound travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program countries may be denied boarding by the airlines if they have not complied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. For more information or to contact one of the organizers to request a letter of invitation, please visit the local meeting site.

Scientific Program

Technical sessions will cover a wide range of topics on meteoritics and planetary science. Oral sessions will be held from Monday morning through Friday afternoon, except for Thursday morning, which will be devoted to invited talks, and Wednesday afternoon. An award ceremony and poster session will be held on Tuesday evening, and a second poster session on Thursday, all at the Park Central Hotel. In addition to the main conference, a two-day workshop at the American Museum of Natural History will precede the meeting, and a one-day symposium at the Park Central Hotel will follow. Optional field trips are planned for before and after the meeting.

Program, Abstracts, and Presentation Facilities:  The program and abstracts are now available. The files are in PDF format, viewing with Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7.0 or higher). Authors may locate their presentations by looking in the author index. MAPS abstract volumes will be mailed prior to the meeting, and participants are encouraged to bring these to the meeting. For oral presentations, an LCD projector will be provided. Details of presentation hardware and software will be provided on the local meeting website.

Barringer Lecture

The Barringer Invitational Lecture, "Exploring Mercury with the MESSENGER Spacecraft," will be presented by Dr. Sean Solomon, Principal Investigator of the MESSENGER mission, on Monday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History's LeFrak Theater. The lecture is free to MetSoc participants. The complimentary tickets will be available upon request at the meeting registration desk.

Social Events, Excursions, and Guest Activities

Welcome ReceptionA welcome reception will be held Sunday evening, July 25, 6:00–8:00 p.m., at the American Museum of Natural History, featuring the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites. Directions from Park Central Hotel to AMNH are available at the local meeting website.

Wednesday Afternoon Optional Excursions: On the afternoon of July 28, a variety of customized excursions by city transit will be available to conference participants. These will include guided visits to the geology of the area as expressed in Central Park, visits to the Hall of Planet Earth (and other Halls) at the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art, Broadway matinee(s), and visits yet to be determined. Participation, any fees, and logistics will be arranged with the leader of each individual excursion. Information about Broadway musical or theater matinee ticket websites will be posted at the local meeting website, in addition to details and contact information for other activities.

Group Dinner:  The dinner will be held Wednesday evening, July 28, 6:00–11:00 p.m., at the Jing Fong restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Transport will be by public transit or taxi, at participant discretion. A map with directions to the restaurant is available at the local meeting website. The cost for the dinner is included in the conference registration fee.

Guest Activities:  Organized guest activities will be available. Further details are at the local meeting website.

Conference Registration

  Through June 24 June 25–July 14

Onsite Only

Member $520.00 $570.00 $595.00
Nonmember $630.00 $680.00 $705.00
Student Member $260.00 $310.00

$335.00

Student Nonmember $320.00 $370.00

$395.00

Guest $200.00 $250.00 $275.00

Credit card registration: Participants registering by credit card must use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment: Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler’s checks) must use the downloadable registration form.

Cancellations: Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a $50.00 processing fee) will only be accepted through July 14, 2010. Those who fail to attend and do not notify the LPI prior to the July 14 deadline will forfeit their full fees.

The registration fee does not include abstract fees. Please pay the abstract fee when submitting your abstract.

Special Note: Registration to either the pre-conference workshop or post-conference symposium must be submitted separately. Please refer to the workshop and symposium sections to register.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Disks, Meteorites, Planetesimals
July 24–25
American Museum of Natural History
This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of (1) observers of extrasolar disks and planets, (2) experts in the physical modeling of disks in time and space, and (3) specialists in the physical, chemical, and isotopic properties of meteorites, comet samples, and planetary materials. Attendance will be limited to 140 people, with a 24-talk mixture of invited and contributed talks. The chair of the Workshop Scientific Organizing Committee is Dr. Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Department of Astrophysics, American Museum of Natural History.

The program and abstracts are now available.

Participants registering for the workshop by credit card can use the secure electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler’s check) must use the downloadable registration form.

Workshop Registration Fees:

  Through June 24 June 25–July 14

Onsite Only

Professional $120.00 $180.00 $220.00
Student $60.00 $90.00 $110.00

For more information, please visit the workshop website.

Post-Conference Symposium

Chondrules:  Their Role in Early Solar System History
July 31
Park Central Hotel
This one-day symposium will address the many issues that remain unresolved in the investigation of chondrules, their origin, and their significance in solar system formation. Through a day of invited talks and discussion, we will explore recent progress on constraining the formation mechanism(s), environments, and the timing of chondrule formation and potentially their accretion into parent bodies. We will discuss the implications of chondrule formation for the larger issue of solar system formation and identify key outstanding issues in the above areas. Finally, we will suggest scientific methods that should eventually enable us to better constrain these issues and discuss the developments that may be necessary in order to reach this goal. The fruition of the symposium will be published in a special edition of Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

The program and abstracts are now available.

Participants registering by credit card can use the secure electronic registration form; those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, or traveler’s check) must use the downloadable registration form.

Symposium Registration Fees:

  Through June 24 June 25–July 14

Onsite Only

Professional $70.00 $100.00 $120.00
Student $35.00 $50.00 $60.00

For more information, please visit the symposium website.

Field Trips

Pre-Conference Field Trip to the Santa Fe Impact Structure, New Mexico
July 23–24 (Friday/Saturday)
Shawn Wright and Horton Newsom of The Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico and the Impact Field Studies Group (IFSG) are planning a field trip to the newly discovered Santa Fe (NM) impact structure. Participants should fly in to Albuquerque on July 22, and fly to New York from Albuquerque on July 25. Please visit the Santa Fe Impact Structure website for more information.

Contacts

For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

Denton S. Ebel
American Museum of Natural History
Phone:  212-769-5381
E-mail: debel@amnh.org

Michael K. Weisberg
Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
Phone:   718-368-5769
E-mail:  mweisberg@kingsborough.edu

Harold C. Connolly Jr.
Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
Phone:  718-368-5776
E-mail:  chondrule@haroldconnolly.com

For further information regarding meeting logistics and announcements, please contact

LPI MEETING COORDINATOR

Kimberly Taylor
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone: 281-486-2151
E-mail: taylor@lpi.usra.edu

For further information regarding registration, please contact

LPI PROJECT COORDINATOR

Linda Tanner
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Phone: 281-486-2142
E-mail: tanner@lpi.usra.edu

Schedule

June 24, 2010 Deadline for registration at reduced rate
   
July 14, 2010  Deadline for registration in advance of the meeting
   
July 23–24, 2010 Pre-conference field trip:  Santa Fe Impact Structure
   
July 24–25, 2010 Pre-conference workshop:  Disks, Meteorites, Planetesimals
   
July 26–30, 2010 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society
   
July 31, 2010  Post-conference symposium:  Chondrules:  Their Role in Early Solar System History
   

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