The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Pierazzo for a crater on the Moon. Dr. Elisabetta Pierazzo (1963-2011) was an expert on impact modeling. She was an.alumna of LPL (1997) and long-time adjunct instructor for the department. Betty worked also as a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, which sponsors the Betty Pierazzo Memorial Fund/International Student Travel Award.
PTYS alumnus Dr. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. (1978) is the recipient of the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. The Sagan Medal was "established by the DPS to recognize and honor outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.
Gwen and Jason Barnes (2007 and 2004) have shared the news of the birth of their fourth child, Darwin Sirius Barnes, who was born on June 23, 2014, in Moscow, Idaho. Gwen writes, "Our house is now bustling with activity, with the three older kids (Cassie and Tycho, 4, and Hadley, 2) in preschool and gymnastics, and our two dogs (Genubi, 14, and Taun We, 12) still around too. Jason and I are currently faculty in the Physics department at the University of Idaho. Jason received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor last year."
Congratulations to the Barnes family!
Michael Bland (2008) moved to a position as Research Space Scientist with USGS Astrogeology.
LPL alumnus Matt Pasek (2006), currently Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and Virginia Pasek (former LPL staff, current Cassini VIMS team member) have created an app called MeteorRight.
Features of the app include:
Brian Jackson (2009) recently forwarded updated contact information—he's currently a Post-Doctoral Astronomer at the Carnegie Institution Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.
The best part of the update was the photo of beautiful Alice Jackson at 9 months. Alice's mom is Maki Hattori (2008), Programmer Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Sigma Space Corporation).