LPL Newsletter for November 2021

Monday, November 1, 2021

The excellence of our research and academic programs is on display in this edition of the LPL Newsletter. In its most recent list of best global universities, U.S. News & World Report ranks UArizona's space science program No.10 in the world and No. 2 among public U.S. universities. This top placement reflects the outstanding science that LPL has always been known for—and two other news items this month serve as examples of the leadership demonstrated by LPL students and alumni. Recent LPL graduate Saverio Cambioni, now a postdoctoral distinguished fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is lead author on a study, published in Nature, that describes how Bennu's highly porous rocks are responsible for the asteroid's surprising lack of fine regolith. LPL alum Elizabeth Turtle, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has been named UArizona College of Science Alumna of the Year in recognition of her outstanding contributions to planetary science, including her role as Principal Investigator for NASA's Dragonfly mission.

Thank you for your continued interest in our research and for your support of our faculty, staff, and students! Contact us at PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOkhOWUNZQFlDWS5OZXZtYmFuLnJxaCI+SE5ZQ1lAWUNZLk5ldm1iYW4ucnFoPC9uPg== if you'd like to be added to newsletter or event distributions.


Illustration of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft with Bennu in background

UArizona Ranked in Top 10 for Space Science on Latest US News Best Global Universities List

UArizona's space science program, led by research and publications from LPL, ranks No.10 in the world and No. 2 among public U.S. universities in the recent U.S. News & World Report list of Best Global Universities.

Elizabeth Turtle holding model of Dragonfly spacecraft.

LPL alum Dr. Elizabeth Turtle Named UArizona College of Science Alumna of the Year

The Arizona Alumni Association made the award in recognition of Dr. Turtle's outstanding contributions to planetary science. Dr. Turtle is Principal Investigator for NASA's Dragonfly mission to Titan and the first woman to lead a NASA New Frontiers mission.

Image of asteroid Bennu

Highly Porous Rocks Responsible for Bennu's Surprisingly Craggy Surface

Using data from NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, a University of Arizona-led team of scientists concluded that asteroids with highly porous rocks, such as Bennu, should lack fine-grain material on their surfaces.