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Congratulations to David and Juliet Minton!

The stork visited David (2009) and Juliet on January 4, 2010, and delivered baby Leo Alexander at 3:40p.m. MST. Vitals: 6 lb, 11 oz, 20 inch. David and Juliet are now living in Boulder, where David is a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. He studies planetary dynamics. Best wishes to the Minton family from everyone at LPL!

Guy Consolmagno on the Colbert Report

Guy Consolmagno (1978) appeared on the Colbert Report in a segment title "Gold, Frankincense and Mars" (Tuesday, December 1, 2009). He more than holds his own with Colbert while explaining why the Vatican accepts the possibility of alien life. Guy Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection His latest book is "God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion."

See the clip here.

Fortney Awarded Sloan Fellowship

Jonathan Fortney (2004) has been named a 2010 Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. The Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Jonathan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics University of California, Santa Cruz. We extend our congratulations to Jonathan on receipt of this prestigious fellowship!

Double the fun! Congrats to Jason and Gwen Barnes!

Jason Barnes (2004) and Gwen Bart-Barnes (2007) became the parents of twins on November 23, 2009. The Barnes family now includes a baby girl, Cassiopeia Brynn Barnes, and a baby boy, Tycho Ethan Barnes. Jason and Gwen are both at the University of Idaho; Jason is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Gwen is an Assistant Research Professor of Physics. Best wishes to Jason, Gwen, and the beautiful twins!

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