Final Announcement
March 1999


Lunar and Planetary Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Ann L. Sprague, Meeting Chair
University of Arizona
Phone: 520-621-2282
Fax: 520-621-4933

David K. Lynch, Meeting Organizer
The Aerospace Corporation
Phone: 310-336-6686
Fax: 310-336-1636

Michael Sitko, Proceedings Editor
University of Cincinnati
Phone: 513-556-0642
Fax: 513-556-3425

The Workshop on Thermal Emission Spectroscopy and Data Analysis of Dust, Disks, and Regoliths will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, April 28-30, 1999. This workshop brings together spectroscopists and theorists from more than six countries to present new scientific results, discuss important issues of data analysis procedures, and become acquainted with supporting laboratory data.

In addition, at the end of each day there will be open discussion periods designed to establish consensus on critical issues of observational, data analysis, and modeling techniques, and to explore future directions of thermal emission spectroscopy.

Conference Proceedings

In order to ensure that the results of this workshop reach the widest possible number of researchers in the community, the proceedings of the meeting, including both oral and poster presentations, will be published in the Conference Series of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). All workshop participants will receive a copy of the proceedings; additional copies can be ordered from the ASP. Further details will be provided at the workshop.

It is expected that all participants will submit a first draft of their contribution within approximately 8 weeks of the meeting in order to meet the policy of quick publication of the ASP. As all submissions will be peer reviewed with the goal of facilitating a high-quality publication, all registrants will be encouraged to participate in the review process.

Meeting Format

Oral Presentations
All speakers should refer to the enclosed preliminary program for their assigned times. Contributed talks have been scheduled for 20 minutes, of which 10 minutes should be reserved for discussion. (Invited speakers may want to devote more than 10 minutes for discussion.)

Dual slide and overhead projectors are available to support oral presentations. A downloadable audio-visual cue sheet is available at this site; speakers should complete this form and give it to the projectionist at least 15 minutes prior to their presentation. The Lecture Hall at LPI where the sessions will be held has a rear-screen projection system; those who bring their own slide carousels should load them accordingly.

Poster Presentations
All posters will remain on display throughout the entire workshop. Three dedicated poster sessions (one of which includes an evening social event; see information below) have been scheduled for viewing and discussing poster presentations. Poster display space is 44" x 44"; push pins will be available at the registration desk.

In addition, each presenting author of a poster has been assigned three minutes during the Wednesday morning oral session in which the presenter can give a brief overview of his or her poster. Poster authors should refer to the enclosed preliminary program to see when their poster preview has been scheduled.

Online Program and Abstracts
The preliminary program and abstracts are now available at this site. Viewing these files requires version 3.0 or higher of Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which is available free of charge from the Adobe Web site.


A fee of $110 ($80 for students) will be assessed each participant to cover workshop services. Electronic and downloadable versions of the registration form are provided at this site. You must preregister and prepay by April 2, 1999, to avoid the $20 late fee. Foreign participants who state on the preregistration form that they have a currency exchange problem may pay in cash at the meeting and avoid the $20 late fee if they return the form by April 2, 1999. Requests for cancellation and a refunded fee will be accepted through April 19, 1999.

Walk-in registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 1999. The rate for walk-in registration will be $130 ($100 for students), which includes the $20 late fee. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.


A list of local hotels and a local area map are available at this site. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.


Participants may receive messages during the workshop by telephone at 281-244-2083 or by fax at 281-486-2160. Sessions will not be interrupted to deliver messages except in the event of an emergency. Messages will be posted on a board near the registration and staff desk located in the Great Room just outside the Lecture Hall.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the scientific content of the workshop should be directed to Ann L. Sprague, University of Arizona (phone:  520-621-2282; fax:  520-621-4933; e-mail:

Questions concerning meeting logistics should be addressed to Cheryl Perry, Thermal99 Workshop, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058-1113, USA (phone:  281-486-2123; fax:  281-486-2160; e-mail:


April 2, 1999        Preregistration deadline
April 28-30, 1999        Thermal Emission Workshop

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