Minutes of the September 17, 2007 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter

Around six people met for dinner at "Calhoun's on the River" in Knoxville, and then moved to the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science Building on the University of Tennessee Ag campus for the meeting. The meeting began with a discussion of two points of business: creating a Bob Miller Memorial science fair award and deciding whether we should increase dues. With 15 members present (which represents slightly more than half of the active membership), a quorum was declared and these issues were voted on. It was decided to raise dues to $20 a year ($10 for students) in order to cover the current spending costs and still have a surplus at the end of the year to cover unexpected expenses. Also, one of the science fair awards will be renamed the Bob Miller Memorial award (with a possible increase in the corresponding monetary award).

The meeting then proceeded with our guest speaker Paul Lewis, who is the director of Space Science Outreach at the University of Tennessee. Paul's talk was entitled "Returning To The Moon: A Dusty Tale" and centered around the following synopsis: "I always thought we would return to the moon, but I as had many others, hoped it would have been long before now. Many of the issues encountered with past missions have been thoroughly investigated and are now better understood. One particular issue, lunar dust, is a threat not to be taken lightly. The mitigation of dust is of major concern and UT's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department is working to deal with some of the problems related to lunar dust."

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