Staff scientist Eric Christensen is director of the Catalina Sky Survey for near-Earth objects. He returned to LPL in 2012 after a 5-year stay in Chile at the Gemini South Observatory, where he was part of the science operations group responsible for daytime and nighttime operations of the telescope and instruments.
This year, the Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was proud to recognize and award three graduate students for their efforts toward service and outreach, which includes attention to broader impacts and involvement in activities outside of academic responsibilities that benefit the department, university and the larger community:
The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was pleased to name the following students as recipients of the 2014 College of Science Graduate Student Awards:
Outstanding Scholarship: Juan Lora
Outstanding Service and Outreach: Melissa Dykhuis
Outstanding Teaching: Ali Bramson
Congratulations to PTYS undergraduate minors Cassandra Lejoly and Amanda Walker-LaFollette. For Spring 2014, Cassandra was named Outstanding Senior for the Department of Astronomy and Amanda was the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Award for the Department of Astronomy.
The UA Campus played host again this spring to the annual Tucson Festival of Books. This year's event, the sixth annual festival, was held March 15-16, 2014. The Tucson Festival of Books is free and open to the public. It has become one of the most anticipated and well attended book fairs in the U.S., attracting approximately 100,000 attendees, 450 authors, and 300 exhibitors.
Dr. Christopher Hamilton joined LPL this spring as an Assistant Professor. Christopher is planetary volcanologist with an interest in field-based analogs for geologic surface processes on terrestrial planets and satellites.
What could make Opening Day at a Diamondbacks game even better?That would be catching a foul ball and making it look easy! Nice job, Professor Swindle! http://m.mlb.com/video/v31738845/sfari-fan-makes-great-grab-on-foul-ball/?c_id=mlb