The 2003 MSA spring meeting will be held in conjunction with the Clay Minerals Society in Athens, GA, June 7 - 12, 2003. MSA special interest groups have been asked to help organize special or topical sessions for this meeting. On behalf of the Planetary Materials Interest Group, Brad Jolliff would like to solicit an indication of interest for your participation or ideas regarding a planetary-oriented session at this meeting.

If you are not directly interested or are unable to attend, but know of a colleague who might be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

The desire is to make the environment of this meeting more like that of last year's Goldschmidt conference than the usual spring AGU. To my knowledge, there will not be an MSA short course, but there will likely be a workshop on developments in IR spectroscopy of clays and other hydrous materials.

Something that we might consider for a topical session would be "Remote sensing IR spectroscopy of phyllosilicate clays and other hydrous materials on planetary surfaces." If this topic is of interest to you or if you have other ideas, please let me hear from you. If you would like to take a leadership role in organizing such a session, please let me know that, too.

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For information, please contact:

Brad Jolliff
Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Campus Box 1169
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
ph: 314-935-5622
fax: 314-935-7361

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