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Artist's impression of a near-Earth object in space. NASA is on the lookout for near-Earth objects – neighboring asteroids and comets – that could possibly impact Earth.NASA/JPL-Caltech

IN THIS ISSUE  Spring 2023 Edition

Department News

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Destination Hawai'i

Thanks to the generosity of donors and support from LPL, the PTYS 590 planetary geology field studies course was able to spend 11 geology-filled days on the Big Island.

Faculty News

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Professor Caitlin Griffith transitions to emeritus faculty

Colleagues, friends, and former students gathered on May 16 to celebrate Professor Griffith's career at LPL.

Graduate Student News

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Patrick O'Brien receives 2023 Kuiper Memorial Award

Patrick O'Brien earned his Ph.D. from LPL in December 2022 with a dissertation on The Rise and Fall of Lunar Topography and is is currently a Research Scientist with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, and a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner team.

Alumni News

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Maria Steinrueck named 51 Pegasi B Fellow

Dr. Steinrueck’s research seeks to enable more accurate observational interpretations and predictions across a range of exoplanet types through three-dimensional climate modeling. She will undertake her fellowship at the University of Chicago.