B.A. in Astronomy-Physics, University of Virginia
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LPL Associate Staff Scientist Veronica Bray and her husband Karl Durfey welcomed baby girl Autumn Elsie Durfey into the world on March 6, 2015. Autumn arrived at 7lb, 9oz. Veronica reports that, "she’s very easy going and smiley so far (phew!!!)." Congratulations, Veronica and Karl!
A display highlighting LPL’s work on asteroids and meteorites has been constructed by Dolores Hill and installed in U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s office in Washington, D.C. University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart officially presented the display to Rep. McSally on April 22.
We are pleased to welcome two more community leaders as new members of LPL’s External Advisory Board: Dr. Norman Komar and Dr. Xenia King.
Dr. Komar is a retired neuroradiologist who spent the bulk of his career practicing medicine in Tucson. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and his M.D. from Wayne State University. He has been a member of the UA College of Science’s Galileo Circle for several years.
by Shane Byrne
This semester, the LPL field trippers returned to a site previously visited on our fieldtrips several years ago—Canyonlands in southeast Utah. This national park contains many features familiar to planetary geologists such as graben (tectonically formed trenches where the floor has dropped in elevation) and an impact crater (although previously this was argued to be a salt diapir).
Spring is a busy time for outreach! LPL students, faculty, staff, and volunteers have reached well over 5,000 people this spring semester alone—ranging from introducing preschoolers to “space rocks” to giving popular monthly lectures at Borderlands Brewery as part of our Space Drafts Public Talk Series, a collaboration with Steward Observatory and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).
LPL has a long history and much experience with tracking space rocks. From astronomical surveys such as Spacewatch and the Catalina Sky Survey to the Meteorite Lab to the OSIRIS-REx sample return mission, LPL knows asteroids and meteorites. Now, thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, even more expert eyes will be trained on the sky over southern Arizona.