Longtime LPL staff member Kathi Baker passed away on November 8, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Kathi was originally from Yuma, but made her home in Tucson with her husband, Tom, and their 3 children, Mackinzie, Kyle, and Zachary. Zac also has roots in LPL, having worked as a courier for the Main Office and most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the Business Office.
On June 27, LPL hosted the first viewing of the film "Desert Moon," a documentary about some of the ways that southern Arizona was involved with the early days of the lunar exploration program in the 1960s. Naturally, a lot of it is about people who were at LPL at the time (e.g., Gerard P. Kuiper, Ewen A. Whitaker, Alan Binder, Charles Wood, Dale Cruikshank, William Hartmann). The film was produced by recent UA Journalism graduate Jason Davis as part of a NASA Arizona Space Grant graduate fellowship.
LPL's 2014 summer outreach event was themed "Everything Lunar: Celebrating the Past, Exploring the Future." The festivities were held on July 20 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing; approximately 600 guests attended.
Activities and exhibits were varied and included:
by Jamie Molaro
by Shane Byrne and Christopher Hamilton
Thanks to the generosity of donors, we were able to roam farther afield than usual this semester—much farther. The southwestern United States is gifted with exceptionally diverse geology, but there are some processes, such as active volcanism, that cannot be seen in our local area.
In previous LPL newsletters, we have acknowledged some of the major donors to LPL, but we wanted to publicly acknowledge all of our generous donors who have helped make many things possible, ranging from the LPL field trips to the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Conference, to The Art of Planetary Science.This list is for support in 2013 and 2014. If you should be on this list but are not, please let us know. And if you haven’t donated before, please consider it. Even small gifts can be of major help for specific projects.
Mrs. Shirley D. Curson-Weiss, friend and benefactor of LPL and the University of Arizona, died on April 21, 2014. Shirley (born Shandel Dauber) led a full, active life of travel and community involvement. She encouraged everyone, especially young people, to travel as part of the educational experience.