Welcome to the Fall 2011 LPL Newsletter
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
The opening to Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities is an apt description of life at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory for the last few months.
It was the best of times because:
LPL won the largest contract ever awarded to the University of Arizona, for the $800 million OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.
Also, Thomson-Reuters announced an analysis of the scientific literature over the last 10 years that showed that among the world's research institutions, only NASA and JPL had more publications or more citations than UA in planetary exploration. UA (i.e., LPL) ranked ahead of every other university in the world---Johns Hopkins (including the Applied Physics Laboratory) was second, so kudos to all our alums at APL.
It was the worst of times because:
Head and Director Michael Drake, long-time Professor Tom Gehrels, former Head and Director Charles Sonett, alumna (and more recently Adjunct Lecturer) Elisabetta Pierazzo, and former LPL staffers Karen Swarthout and Richard Kozlowski all passed away during that period.
But along with such dramatic highs and lows, there have been the personal highs of graduations, births, and of course, the publication of the usual array of fascinating science. We've also had the laboratory joys of new faculty, staff and students.
Please look through the latest LPL Newsletter and catch up on what's been happening with the LPL family, good, bad, and otherwise. And if we haven't published an update from you in a while, please let us know what you're doing so we can let your "family" know.
Acting Department Head and Laboratory Director
Tom Gehrels: A Celebration of Life
New Post-doc at LPL
Spring 2011 GTA Excellence Award
Passing of Karen Swarthout
HiRISE team wins NASA Group Achievement Award
Melosh Planetary Surfaces textbook published
Fall Fieldtrip: Canyon de Chelly
Juno Launch, August 2011
Astronauts, Students Connect at LPL
Kudos to Bob Strom
Kudos to Lujendra Ojha
Tucson Post Office and UA celebrate space flight stamps
NASA Selects OSIRIS-REx
Mars and Beyond: LPL research featured at Science Downtown
Celebration of a Life Well Lived: Michael J. Drake
Tom Zega, Assistant Professor
Charles P. Sonett: 1924-2011
Jon Pelletier named Galileo Circle Fellow
Congratulations, Joe Giacalone!
Kortenkamp receives teaching award
Michael J. Drake, A Life Well Lived
Regents' Professor Michael J. Drake, 1946-2011
Alfred McEwen awarded NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
Death of Richard Kozlowski
Astronomer Tom Gehrels, 1925-2011
Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates
Tiffany Kataria awarded Jenkins Fellowship
Welcome new PtyS/LPL Graduate Students
Congratulations to David and Kelley Choi!
Elisabetta Pierazzo, 1963-2011
Update from Eugene Levy
Astronomers Plan Last Look at Asteroid Before OSIRIS-REx Launch
Hubble to Target "Hot Jupiters"
Briny Water May be at work in Seasonal Flows on Mars
Biosphere 2 Dedicates Lectures to Memory of Michael J. Drake
Clocking the Spin of Neptune
UA is Top University Contributing to Global Planetary Exploration Research
How OSIRIS-REx Got Its Name
Mission Possible or Impossible?
Close Encounter of the Rocky Kind
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