The conference was a success.

A complete, unmitigated, no bones-about-it success.

Despite my poster looking a little lonely at setup (there were only two posters in my category!), it garnered a lot of interest, and people asked me about it all week.

The topic was really popular, and something that simply isn’t talked about in polite circles — I pushed at the appropriate past experience for a scientist looking to become a proposing principal investigator of a new flight mission, comparing what I perceived to be NASA’s current requirements and the collective experience of the community, as measured by the number of people who have held other flight mission positions in the past.

I’ve published three papers on the subject, but this was the first I’ve spoken about it in public, since I’ve been ill, but I have to say it was really well received.  Soon after I arrived at the poster on Tuesday, I was fully engaged in questions and discussions – not explaining my poster per se, because they’d already read it – but talking about policy and the future of small planetary missions.  It was incredible.  I really enjoyed it, and all the more so because I felt like I was part of the discussion again… a feeling you don’t get simply publishing papers and reviewing proposals from a distance.

It was an incredible day, and I loved every minute of it.

11 Responses to The conference was a success.

  1. Annie says:

    You go girl!
    Cheerleading and praying for you from the other side of the ocean.

  2. Mylifeasitis says:

    Hooray for you, glad it went well! I’m working on my first poster to submit this summer. Yikes these are a lot if work!

  3. Lindsay says:

    These happy posts are so lovely Susan. I am so glad for you.

  4. Awesome awesome awesome! So glad it went well. You are an inspiration. Or, to quote my kids’ current favorite song…
    “Baby, you’re a firework… going boom, boom, boom, brighter than the moon, moon, moon.”

  5. Kelly Kruger says:

    Celebrating your successes with you Susan. Success as an astrophysicist, success as a 4 time inflammatory breast cancer survivor, and success as a blogger. I just heard that you were announced the winner of the 2nd Annual Bloganthropy Awards. Can life get any better? I am so happy that you are being recognized for all that you do. Enjoy the 4th. I can only imagine what it is like to live in the D.C. area during that celebration.

  6. NoR says:

    That’s so great… Wish I could see the poster close up…

  7. Susan says:

    So happy for you!

  8. boyz says:

    I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information …

  9. I’ll just add my well wishes and say I’m so glad you’re feeling better. I do have a question, though – how can we effectively convince the public that these planetary missions are worth the cost? What do we learn from them?

    I’m sure there’s a good answer, I just don’t know it.

  10. Jane says:

    Loved your tweets! Small Planetary Missions – unmanned missions to our solar system – will teach us more about what it takes to be a planet, where life is/was possible (or not), and continue searching for what is in our earthy space DNA – to search and explore the unexplored. Go Planetary Exploration!

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