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Welcome Incoming 2015/2016 Graduate Students

 

Teresa Esman

B.A. in Astronomy-Physics, University of Virginia

Department News

Welcome Incoming 2015/2016 Graduate Students

 

Teresa Esman

B.A. in Astronomy-Physics, University of Virginia

comparative planetology, surfaces, atmospheres, magnetospheres, habitability

 

Nathanial Hendler

B.S. in Geosciences, University of Arizona

planet formation, surface geology

 

Wei Peng (Ben) Lew

B.S. in Physics, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)

exoplanets

 

Maria Steinrueck

M.S. in Technical Physics, Vienna University of Technology

exoplanets, planetary atmospheres, planet formation, theory

 

Sarah SuttonB.S. in Mathematics, B.FA in Painting

surface processes, geomorphology

 

Joana Voigt

2015/2016 German Academic Exchange Service scholar

Freie Universität Berlin: Dept. of Earth Sciences / Inst. of Geological Sciences

planetary volcanology

Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates

 
Jamie Molaro
Catherine Elder

 

Department News

Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates

 
Jamie Molaro
Catherine Elder

 

 
 
Patrick Harner
Youngmin JeongAhn
 
Huan Meng
Rob Zellem

 

 

Congratulations to Jamie Molaro, LPL's most recent graduate!

Jamie defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled, "Stress, on the Rocks: Thermally Induced Stresses in Rocks and Microstructures on Airless Bodies, Implications for Breakdown," on July 29, 2015. Her research advisor was Associate Professor Shane Byrne. Jamie will begin a NASA postdoc at JPL with ?? in ??

 

2015 NESSF Awards

Kudos to LPL graduate students with new or continuing NESSF (NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship) Awards:

New for 2015

Graduate Student News

2015 NESSF Awards

Kudos to LPL graduate students with new or continuing NESSF (NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship) Awards:

New for 2015

  • Hamish Hay, "Tidal Dissipation in the Subsurface Oceans of the Icy Satellites" (advisor: Isamu Matsuyama)
  • Sarah Peacock, "Understanding the Early Evolution of M dwarf Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation" (advisor: Travis Barman)

Renewed for 2015

  • Patricio Becerra, "Wavelet Analysis of Martian Polar Stratigraphy from HiRISE Topography" (advisor: Shane Byrne)
  • James Keane, "Stability of Asteroidal Regolith During Planetary Close Approaches" (advisor: Isamu Matsuyama)
  • Tad Komacek, "Magnetic effects in hot Jupiters" (advisor: Adam Showman)
  • Cecilia Leung, "Mesoscale meteorological modeling of the martian hydrological cycle" (advisor: Alfred McEwen)
  • Kelly Miller, "Tracing sulfur in the early Solar System with the Rumuruti chondrites" (advisor: Dante Lauretta)
  • Sarah Morrison, "Multiple Planet-Debris Disk Interactions: Probing Planetary System Evolution" (advisor: Kaitlin Kratter)
  • Xianyu TanAtmospheric circulation of brown dwarfs" (advisor: Adam Showman )
  • Michelle ThompsonUnderstanding space weathering of asteroids and the lunar surface: Analysis of experimental analogs and samples from the Hayabusa and Apollo missions"  (advisor: Tom Zega)

Kudos to Professor Alfred McEwen

Professor Alfred McEwen was named the recipient of the 2015 Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science, will be presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Faculty News

Kudos to Professor Alfred McEwen

Professor Alfred McEwen was named the recipient of the 2015 Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science, will be presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Past recipients of the Whipple Award (established in 1989) include Gene Shoemaker, David Stevenson, and Harry McSween.

Professor McEwen earned his Ph.D. in Planetary Geology from Arizona State University in 1988. He has been with LPL since 1996. He serves as director of the Planetary Image Research Laboratory and is a member of the imaging science team of the Cassini mission to Saturn; co-investigator on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit Camera (LROC) team; and principal investigator of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Professor McEwen has advised, mentored, and supported many students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2011, he received NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Lunar Crater Named for Betty Pierazzo

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. 

Alumni News

Lunar Crater Named for Betty Pierazzo

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. 

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