California Map Society

Northern California Summer Meeting       

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        Meeting Agenda

• 8:30 – 9:00 AM    Registration, coffee, continental breakfast

• 9:00 – 9:15           Welcome by Len Rothman (President, CMS), Chris McKay (Astrobiologist, NASA Ames), and Nick Kanas (NorCal V-P, CMS)

• 9:15 – 10:00         Nick Kanas, M.D., “Mapping the Solar System: Antiquarian Images of World Views and Planetary Surfaces.” Dr. Kanas is the CMS V-P for Northern California and Professor Emeritus at UCSF.  He collects antiquarian celestial maps and has written two books on this topic: Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (2nd ed.), and Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age.  His presentation will trace man’s changing views of the solar system, as illustrated by solar system and planetary images from antiquarian books and prints.

• 10:00 -10:15        Coffee Break

• 10:15 – 11:00       Oliver White, Ph.D., “Mapping the Solar System: 50 Years of NASA Images from Space Probes.” Dr. White is a Planetary Scientist working as a postdoc at NASA Ames Research Center. His work has involved the creation of topographic maps and the study of landform evolution involving moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  Next year he will study New Horizon spacecraft findings of the Pluto-Charon system.  His presentation will explore how planetary imagery has evolved over the years, with special attention to visualizing and mapping the planets and some of their satellites.

• 11:00 – 11:30       Examination of Old and Modern Map Prints of the Planets and their Moons

• 11:30 – 1:00 PM   Catered box lunches and time for visiting the NASA Ames Visitor Center (with its museum and gift shop)

• 1:00 – 1:45           Mark Stephen Mir, “Jesuit and Chinese Mapping of the Heavens and Earth”. Mr. Mir is a member of the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco and an expert in Chinese and Jesuit history.

• 1:45 – 2:30            Jack Lissauer, Ph.D., “Mapping Distant Planetary Systems: NASA’s Kepler Mission and Beyond.”  Dr. Lissauer is a Space Scientist in the Planetary Systems Branch at NASA Ames Research Center and a Consulting Professor at Stanford.  He has been interested in the formation of planetary and ring systems, and the detection of extrasolar planets.  He has co-authored the textbook Planetary Sciences and has received numerous prestigious awards for his research.  His presentation will deal with the mapping of distant star systems and what they tell us about our own solar system.

• 2:30 – 2:45            Break – juice and cookies

• 2:45 – 3:15            Student Presentation:  Barbara Wilcox, “Visions of Victory: A World War I Era American Trench Maneuver Map.”  Ms. Wilcox is a Master of Liberal Arts student at Stanford University.  She has worked as a reporter and editor for the San Jose Mercury News, the Sacramento Bee, and other news venues, and she has been a writer for the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park.  Her presentation stems from her thesis research involving Camp Fremont and the World War I experience in the Bay Area.

• 3:15 – 4:00            Members Present Their Favorite Maps

• 4:00 – 4:30            Society Meeting