Spring 2022 Newsletter

NASA Approves OSIRIS-REx Extended Mission to a Second Asteroid

Led by LPL Assistant Professor Daniella DellaGiustina, OSIRIS-APEX will study the near-Earth asteroid Apophis for 18 months. Apophis will make a close approach to Earth in 2029.

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IN THIS ISSUE Spring 2022 Edition

Welcome to the LPL Newsletter!

Mark Marley, Ph.D.
Department Head and Laboratory Director
This semester’s newsletter is chock-full of wonderful news from the past few months. The OSIRIS-REx extended mission selection, two outstanding new faculty hires, the latest adventures of our legendary graduate student field trips, our inaugural Showman Visiting Lecturer, and a host of prizes and recognitions for our faculty and students. I’m particularly excited about our new faculty hires and the research strengths they will be adding to our Department at the interface of exoplanetary and planetary science.

Dr. Sukrit Ranjan works on a variety of interesting chemical processes related to surface-atmosphere interactions and the origin of life. Dr. Tyler Robinson studies planetary atmospheres and the best methods to assess habitability of extrasolar planets. Ty played a key role in defining the capabilities of NASA’s future life-finding telescope and will no doubt continue to be a key player in the future of planetary habitability. Together, Sukrit and Ty will be leading LPL into some new directions and I’m excited to see all that they will accomplish.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy

Department News

NASA Deputy Administrator: UArizona a `Crown Jewel' for the U.S.

During a visit to campus, NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy discussed some of the space agency's most ambitious and impactful space missions with the UArizona scientists who pursue them.

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Ranjan and Robinson

Faculty News

Sukrit Ranjan and Tyler Robinson Join LPL Faculty

Ranjan studies the origin of life on Earth, the search for life on other worlds, and the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets. Robinson uses sophisticated radiative transfer and climate tools to study the atmospheres of Solar System worlds, exoplanets, and brown dwarfs.

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Graduate Student News

Joana Voigt Wins Kuiper Award

Joana is a fourth-year student whose research focuses on comparisons between volcanic processes on Earth and Mars.

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Alumni News

Kathryn Volk Awarded Vera Rubin Early Career Prize

Kat is a 2013 alumna of LPL, completing her Ph.D. under the direction of Regents Professor Renu Malhotra. She uses theory, numerics, and observations in her research, which spans both Solar System and exoplanetary science.

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