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UA Meteorite Scientist Honored as White House Champion of Change
University of Arizona researcher Dolores Hill, co-lead of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! program, has been recognized as one of 12 White House Champions of Change recipients.
Hill and her 11 counterparts were selected from a pool of about 1,000 nominations. The group was honored at a ceremony at the White House, which was attended by representatives of the Obama Administration and other honorees families, friends and colleagues.
It is such an honor to be selected and go to the White House for the ceremony, said Hill, a senior research specialist for the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL).
I am especially thrilled that Target Asteroids! combines my lifelong interests in amateur astronomy and meteorites and brings me in touch with longtime amateur astronomer friends and former colleagues," Hill said.
Hill leads the UA program with LPL astronomer Carl Hergenrother, who heads the OSIRIS-REx astronomy working group.
The White House Champions of Change program recognizes efforts that are changing their communities. The award honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in engaging the broader, non-expert community in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) research.
The announcement of Hill's award came just as the Association of American Universities named the UA one of only eight U.S. institutions supported by a $4.7 million grant-funded initiative designed to greatly enhance STEM education.
As part of NASAs OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, which is led by the UA, the Target Asteroids! program involves amateur astronomers in observations of near-Earth asteroids to provide scientists with important information about these objects. Data amateur astronomers generate are intended to aid the mission, which is slated to visit a near-Earth asteroid in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.