Two LPL alumni, Marc Buie (1984) and John Keller (2006), are mustering citizen scientists in the western U.S. for project RECON: Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network. The project has provided telescope equipment and training to 14 small communities north and south of Reno, Nevada, and hopes to eventually build a network stretching from Arizona to the Canadian border.
Chinese student Beary Xiao, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), forwards the good news that he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on November 21, 2013. Beary will continue his career at the university in Wuhan as a postdoctoral researcher. Beary spent two years at LPL as a visiting researcher, working with Professor Emeritus Robert Strom.
LPL alumnus Matt Pasek (2006), currently Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and Virginia Pasek (former LPL staff, current Cassini VIMS team member) have created an app called MeteorRight.
Features of the app include:
Brian Jackson (2009) recently forwarded updated contact information—he's currently a Post-Doctoral Astronomer at the Carnegie Institution Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.
The best part of the update was the photo of beautiful Alice Jackson at 9 months. Alice's mom is Maki Hattori (2008), Programmer Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Sigma Space Corporation).
LPL alum David O'Brien (2004) took his cycling to an extreme this summer, riding across the country, from San Francisco to Portsmouth, Vermont, and covering 4750 miles in 75 days. Dave's blog, with lots of photos and details about his trip, is available at http://www.cyclosaurus.net. When Dave is not on his bike, he's a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.
Just in time for the fall LPL newsletter—thanks for the wayback machine, Cliff Stoll (LPL class of 1980)!
Senior Research Associate Ann L. Sprague retired on August 31, 2013, after a long career at LPL, where she began her work in 1984 as a Graduate Research Assistant. Ann is an LPL alumna, having earned her Ph.D. from LPL in 1990.
On July 1, 2013, LPL alumna (1984) Faith Vilas flew across Lake Michigan in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Lake Michigan crossing, made by her grandfather, Logan A. (Jack) Vilas, on July 1, 1913.
Congratulations to LPL alumnus (1966) William K. Hartmann, recipient of the 2013 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award. Bill is Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. The press release for the Shoemaker award describes some of Bill's many distinguished accomplishments: