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Welcome to new staff

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

20-06-2013 18:14 CDT

Topics: events and announcements, Planetary Society People

Just a quick post to announce that The Planetary Society's staff is expanding! I am so excited to be able to say that. It's been a bit more than a year since we inaugurated our new website, and it has been a terrific success, so much so that our little Pasadena, California-based staff needed help. It is really, really awesome to have that help now! These three folks will be assisting us from their current locations.

First of all, erstwhile guest blogger Jason Davis is now a Contributing Editor. You can find his blog posts on space exploration -- including human and private spaceflight, Earth and Sun observation, and more -- at Jason's new blog landing page. I am delighted to be able to give him work doing what he loves (and does well), seeing as how I feel at least partly responsible for luring him from a perfectly good career as a systems administrator into the much less gainful one of a journalism graduate student (he's just finished his first year at the University of Arizona).

Behind the scenes, we're being joined by Web Editor Intern Tanya Harrison. Tanya is also a grad student, and like Jason, has returned to student status after spending several years at work. In Tanya's case, her work was being an assistant staff scientist at Malin Space Science Systems, serving on mission ops for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX and MARCI as well as all the Malin cameras on Curiosity. Plus she also worked on their website in both an editorial and technical capacity. She, too, has written guest blogs for me before, and she will be an incredible help to me in maintaining

Finally, we're adding Content Editor Mark Hilverda. Mark appears to be one of those people who can create clones of himself because he's a consulting geoscientist AND a web designer AND a photographer for whom all of this is not enough because he, like Jason and Tanya (and me and everyone else at The Planetary Society) just loves planetary science. He's already Web manager for the Planetary Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, and now he'll also be helping out with content across our website.

One of the reasons we suddenly expanded our staff is because I'm going on a long vacation -- I will be leaving on Sunday and be out of the country for three weeks. I'm delighted to be leaving the website in the capable hands of Jason, Tanya, and Mark!

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Bill Dunford: 06/20/2013 07:24 CDT

Great news. I'm a huge fan of Jason's work. Welcome everyone.

Tyler Hayes: 06/21/2013 12:15 CDT

Congrats! PS: Have you considered using a more universal commenting solution like Disqus instead of the built-in comments? I had to spend the last 24 hours resetting my username and password. First I tried registering only to be told I already had an account. But I tried typing all known usernames and none worked, only to find out my email address is my username. And both the username and password reset emails get sent 30 minutes after I requested them so I walked away from my computer, not sure if I would even get them; not very fun. So I'd imagine a number of other people aren't commenting when they want to too because of such heavy roadblocks. Anyway, again congratulations to new staff!

Bob Ware: 06/21/2013 12:40 CDT

Welcome aboard gang! I'm familiar with Jason's blogs and I look forward to seeing Tanya's and Mark's blogs also. Emily, I hope you have a wonderful vacation! It is well earned! I'll miss your blogs while you are gone! I am a Charter Member since 12/1979 and the blog section started a few years ago was quite nice. It has changed in to the present format which is nice however there are those of us who do miss the blogs at the Members Level so we can interact with each other also. Oh well such is life.

alpha-helix: 06/21/2013 04:47 CDT

"It has changed in to the present format which is nice however there are those of us who do miss the blogs at the Members Level so we can interact with each other also." Hear, Hear !!

Bob Ware: 06/22/2013 10:45 CDT

Hey AH you're still around! --- bware!

Zorbonian : 06/23/2013 03:28 CDT

Welcome, new people! Great to see TPS expanding - both in subscriber base, hopefully, and staff alike. bware! makes a good point about the blog section. It's good to see the old gang is still here. (if the above text goes in with hard returns between it, then it's nice that it has been changed to allow for that.)

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