Curriculum Vitae

A pdf version of my CV can be downloaded here.


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Education

Ph. D. Candidate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
B. S. with Honors in Physics, minors in Astronomy and Mathematics (2010), Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI


Awards

Ray Duncombe Prize (2014, $900)
Susan Niebur Professional Development Award (2013, $250)
NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship (2011-present, full graduate stipend)
Carson Graduate Fellowship (2010, full graduate stipend) [U. of A. Planetary Sci. dept.]
Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (2008-2010, $15,000 total)
John and Lilian Van Oosten Scholarship (2009, $2000) [Calvin College Physics dept.]
Hartmann Student Travel Grant (2009, $300) [DPS meeting]
National Merit Scholarship (2006-2010, $8000 total)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship (2006, $2500)


Publications

Molnar, Lawrence A., Dykhuis, M. J. 2009. “Detailed dynamical properties of recent asteroid collisions: Re-evaluation of the Karin cluster and discovery of the Koronis cluster.” Icarus, submitted September 15, 2009.

Maejess, Daniel J.; Higgins, David; Molnar, Larry A.; Haegert, Melissa J.; Lane, David J.; Turner, David G.; Nielsen, Inga. “New Constraints on the Asteroid 298 Baptistina, the Alleged Family Member of the K/T Impactor.” Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 103:1, p.7. 2009. Link

Molnar, Lawrence A.; Haegert, Melissa J.; Hoogeboom, Kathleen M. “Lightcurve Analysis of an Unbiased Sample of Trojan Asteroids.” Minor Planet Bulletin, 35:2, p. 82-84. 2008. Link

Molnar, Lawrence A.; Haegert, Melissa J.; 16 co-authors. “Lightcurve Analysis of a Magnitude Limited Asteroid Sample.” Minor Planet Bulletin, 35:1, p. 9-12. 2008. Link

Molnar, Lawrence A.; Haegert, Melissa J.. “Lightcurve Analysis of Five Main-Belt Asteroids at the Calvin-Rehoboth Observatory.” Minor Planet Bulletin, 34:4, p. 126-128. 2007. Link


Publications in preparation

Dykhuis, Melissa J.; Molnar, L. A.; Van Kooten, S. J.; Greenberg, R. J. “Defining the Flora Family: Reflectance Properties and Age.” Icarus, in preparation.

Dykhuis, Melissa J. et al. “Dynamics of the Flora Family: A Survey of Asteroid Spin Sense.” Icarus, in preparation.


Presentations

Dykhuis, Melissa J.; Molnar, L. A.; Van Kooten, S. J.; Greenberg, R. J.; Bottke, W. F. 2013. “Reflectance Properties and Age of the Baptistina Family.” American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #45, #205.04. Link

Haegert, Melissa J.; Molnar, L. A., 2009. “Flora Spin Axis Survey: Confirmation of the Yarkovsky Effect.” American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #41, #56.02. Link

Molnar, Lawrence A.; Haegert, M. J., 2009. “Details of Recent Collisions of Asteroids 832 Karin and 158 Koronis.” American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #41, #27.05. Link

Molnar, Lawrence A.; Haegert, M. J., 2008. “The Yarkovsky Effect in the Flora and Baptistina Asteroid Families.” American Astronomical Society, DDA meeting #39, #2.03. Link


Posters

Spitz, A. H.; Dykhuis, M. et al. 2014. “OSIRIS-REx Launches 321 Science - Engaging the Public in Science and Engineering Through YouTube Videos.” Lunar and Planetary Science Conference #45, #1777 p. 2464. Link

Spitz, A. H.; Lebofsky, L. A.; Higgins, M. L.; Dubois, R.; Dykhuis, M. et al. 2014. “OSIRIS-REx, JWST, and Girl Scouts Partner with Local Libraries for Women's History Month and Beyond.” Lunar and Planetary Science Conference #45, #1777 p. 2475. Link

Dykhuis, Melissa J.; Samarasinha, N.; Mueller, B. E. A.; Storm, S. 2012. “New Techniques for Investigating the Morphology and Rotation of Component C of the Periodic Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.” American Astronomical Society, DPS meeting #44, #314.10. Link


Professional affiliations

American Astronomical Society
Division of Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society
Division on Dynamical Astronomy, American Astronomical Society


Employment

Graduate Assistant, OSIRIS-REx Education and Public Outreach (May-July 2013)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona (2012-2013)
Teaching Assistant, Calvin College Physics Department (2007-2009)
Head Observer, Calvin College Observatory and Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory (2007-2009)
Observatory Assistant, Calvin College Observatory and Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory (2006-2007)


Education and public outreach

Created the 321Science brand and logo for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission; wrote scripts for, narrated, illustrated and produced four YouTube fast-draw videos about the mission's science (May 2013 to present). Watch the videos here.

Script writer, artist and narrator for Women’s Stories, a new start-up project designed to highlight women in STEM careers and inspire women in science, supported by the Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. (January 2014 to present). Learn more about the project at womens-stories.org.

Volunteered as an OSIRIS-REx ambassador, helping elementary students explore the OSIRIS-REx exhibit at Flandrau Planetarium (September 2012 to present).


Presentation and poster total (as of March 2014): 17

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