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Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates

Ingrid Daubar

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Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates

Ingrid Daubar

Tiffany Kataria

Juan Lora

Congratulations to Ingrid Daubar, Tiffany Kataria, and Juan Lora, LPL's most recent Ph.D. graduates!

On August 28, Ingrid Daubar defended her dissertation titled, "New Dated Craters on Mars and the Moon: Studies of the Freshest Craters in the Solar System." Ingrid's advisor was Professor Alfred McEwen. She will soon begin a NASA Postdoctoral Program appointment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Tiffany Kataria defended her dissertation on August 22. Her advisor was Professor Adam Showman and her dissertation was titled, "Atmospheric Circulation of Hot Jupiters and Super Earths." Tiffany began a postdoctoral appointment as Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Department of Physics and Astronomy this fall, 2014.

Juan Lora, recipient of the 2014 Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award, defended on June 20. The dissertation is titlted, "Radiation and Dynamics in Titan's Atmosphere: Investigations of Titan's Present and Past Climate." Juan was advised by Dr. Joellen Russell. He is now a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA.

Welcome Incoming 2014/2015 Graduate Students

Hamish Hay; MSci Geophysics, Imperial College London; interests in planetary interiors/dynamics; impact cratering, numerical modeling

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Welcome Incoming 2014/2015 Graduate Students

Hamish Hay; MSci Geophysics, Imperial College London; interests in planetary interiors/dynamics; impact cratering, numerical modeling

Daniel Lo; B.S. in Planetary Sciences, B.S. in Physics, California Institute of Technology; interests in planetary surfaces, atmospheres, Mars.

Joshua LothringerB.A. in Astronomy (emphasis in Astrophysics), University of Colorado, Boulder; interests in extrasolar planets and their atmospheres.

Alessondra SpringmannM.S. in Earth and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. in Astrophyiscs, Wellesley; interests in small bodies, theoretical modeling, mission planning.

Shane StoneM.Sc. in Chemistry, UCLA; B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas; interests in extrasolar planets.

Get to Know a Staff Scientist: Erich Karkoschka

Senior Staff Scientist Erich Karkoschka began his career at LPL in 1983 as a graduate student working with advisor Dr. Martin Tomasko.

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Get to Know a Staff Scientist: Erich Karkoschka

Senior Staff Scientist Erich Karkoschka began his career at LPL in 1983 as a graduate student working with advisor Dr. Martin Tomasko. He defended his dissertation, "Saturn's atmoshpere in the visible and near infrared, 1986-1989," in 1990.

Erich has observed the giant planets and Titan on telescopes around Tucson and in Chile, and using the Hubble Space Telescope, in order to understand the structures of their atmospheres. From this work he determined the vertical and horizontal distribution of hazes, clouds, and methane, and refined the methane absorption spectrum in the process. Using Voyager 2 images of Uranus and Neptune decades after the fly-bys, Erich discovered a satellite (S/1986 U 10, later named Perdita) and revealed peculiar rotation of parts of their atmospheres. Before the launch of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft in 1997, he helped Martin Tomasko, the principal investigator of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, to optimize the instrument. After DISR collected data during the descent in Titan's atmosphere in 2005, Erich helped to interpret even the smallest anomalies in the data.

In his free time, Erich enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for astronomy with the public using his telescopes.

Hartmann Elected as Member of IAA

Kudos and congratulations to LPL alumnus William K. Hartmann (1966), who has been elected a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

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Hartmann Elected as Member of IAA

Kudos and congratulations to LPL alumnus William K. Hartmann (1966), who has been elected a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The IAA recognizes the global significance of astronautics and space exploration, with goals of fostering the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes, recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics, and providing a program through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors and cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science, in cooperation with national science or engineering academies.

 

Dr. Hartmann is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.

Student Honors and Awards

Three Ph.D. students with LPL affiliations were among the 11 winners of Uwingu travel grants. Congratulations to Ingrid Daubar (advisor: Alfred McEwen), Catherine Elder (advisor: Adam Showman), and Johanna Teske (Dept. of Astronomy, advised by Caitlin Griffith).

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Student Honors and Awards

Three Ph.D. students with LPL affiliations were among the 11 winners of Uwingu travel grants. Congratulations to Ingrid Daubar (advisor: Alfred McEwen), Catherine Elder (advisor: Adam Showman), and Johanna Teske (Dept. of Astronomy, advised by Caitlin Griffith).

Kudos to Michelle Thompson (advisor: Tom Zega), who received Honorable Mention in the Geological Society of America's Stephen E. Dwornik Geoscience Student Paper Award for her talk titled, “Nanoscale Analysis of Space-Weathering Features in Soils from Itokawa," presented at the 45th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

 

Alumni Updates

Michael Bland (2008) moved to a position as Research Space Scientist with USGS Astrogeology.

 

Alumni News

Alumni Updates

Michael Bland (2008) moved to a position as Research Space Scientist with USGS Astrogeology.

 

Brian Jackson (2009) is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Boise State University. He was recently a co-author on the paper titled, "Sliding Rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park: First Observation of Rocks in Motion" (PLOS ONE, Aug 27, 2014; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105948)

 

Sarah Hörst (2011) began a new position as Assistant Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in Fall 2014.

 

Catherine Neish (2008) is Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology) as of August 2013.

 

Priyanka Sharma (2012) was one of a group of students (at the time of the work) notified by the President of COSPAR that they were awarded the Paper Award for Young Scientists for the manuscript entitled "Identification and characterization of science-rich landing sites for lunar lander missions using integrated remote sensing observations." The paper was published in the journal Advances in Space Research (2014, vol. 50 (12) pp. 1647-1665; DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2012.05.020). The other student authors are J. Flahaut, J.-F. Blanchette-Guertin, C. E. Jilly, and A. L. Souchon (Wim van Westrenen and David Kring were also co-authors). Priyanka is currently a postdoc at JPL.

Get to Know a Post-doc: Justin Erwin

Justin Erwin joined LPL in May 2013, working as a post-doctoral fellow on the aeronomy of solar and extra-solar planets with Dr. Roger Yelle.

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Get to Know a Post-doc: Justin Erwin

Justin Erwin joined LPL in May 2013, working as a post-doctoral fellow on the aeronomy of solar and extra-solar planets with Dr. Roger Yelle. His research focuses on the influence of close-in orbits on the escape of hydrogen from extrasolar gas giants. In particular, his research is focused on the enhancement of kinetic escape due to the 3D gravitational and non-inertial forces, and the non-thermal escape due to various stellar interactions. He also studies non-LTE radiative transfer in the atmospheres planets in our own solar system.

Justin is from Redding, Connecticut. He studied at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics (2006), a B.S. in Physics (2006), and a M.S. in Applied Mathematics (2008) with a thesis on control theory. Justin earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Virginia, conducting research on the atmosphere of Pluto and developing a radiative-conductive-escape atmospheric model. In his free time, Justin enjoys biking, cooking, and enjoying the weather outdoors in the southwest.

Meet LPL Staff: Ron Richards and Vicki Robles de Serino

Ron Richards joined LPL as an Administrative Associate with the OSIRIS-REx project in April 2014. He recently returned to the University of Arizona after a six-year whirlwind employment tour of some of the other institutions of higher learning in the U.S.

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Meet LPL Staff: Ron Richards and Vicki Robles de Serino

Ron Richards joined LPL as an Administrative Associate with the OSIRIS-REx project in April 2014. He recently returned to the University of Arizona after a six-year whirlwind employment tour of some of the other institutions of higher learning in the U.S. (University of South Florida, Nevada State College, and Southern Oregon University). Ron is currently Facilities Manager for the Michael J. Drake Building (home of the OSIRIS-REx project); his previous UA positions included Information Specialist for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Office Assistant, Senior, in the Office of Career Services. He is "delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with OSIRIS-REx, and with the chance to return to Tucson."


Vicki Robles de Serino began her career at LPL in January 2014. She is an Administrative Assistant supporting several research groups in the Kuiper building. Before coming to LPL, Vicki worked at UApresents for more than 6 years in various roles, beginning as a part-time Receptionist and transitioning to a Development Assistant and Administrative Assistant. She assisted the Executive Director, planned donor-related events, administered donations, helped with processing day-to-day financial transactions, and assisted with hiring as needed. When she's not at work supporting successful research endeavors, Vicki says she loves spending time with her family and enjoying her hobbies: reading, running, and photography.

Recent Faculty Honors

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Recent Faculty Honors

Regents' Professor Victor Baker: 2014 Harold McMaster Visiting Scientist at Bowling Green State University and received a Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing for the journal Planetary and Space Science.
Senior Research Scientist Lon Hood: named in the June 3rd issue of EOS (Transactions, AGU) as a recipient of a 2013 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for his work with Geophysical Research Letters.

Professor Dante Lauretta: named a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society. Fellows of the Meteoritical Society are members who have distinguished themselves in meteoritics or allied sciences.

Associate Professor Joellen Russell: named a University of Arizona 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar for 2014. Read more about Professor Russell and her research.

Professor Adam Showman: 2014 Salpeter Lecturer at Cornell University.

2013 Nininger Meteorite Award to Ingrid Daubar

Ingrid Daubar has won the prestigious Nininger Meteorite Award for 2013, which recognizes outstanding student achievement in the "Science of Meteoritics" as embodied in an original research paper, for her paper on "The Current Martian Cratering Rate." More about Ingrid's winning research and the Nininger award itself, which is presented by the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies,"

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2013 Nininger Meteorite Award to Ingrid Daubar

Ingrid Daubar has won the prestigious Nininger Meteorite Award for 2013, which recognizes outstanding student achievement in the "Science of Meteoritics" as embodied in an original research paper, for her paper on "The Current Martian Cratering Rate." More about Ingrid's winning research and the Nininger award itself, which is presented by the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies," is available at http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger-2013

Past winners of the award include LPL alumnus William Hartmann (1966), current LPL faculty member Dante Lauretta, and former LPL director Laurel Wilkening. Recent LPL alumni Devin Schrader (2012) and Eve Berger (2011) have received honorable mentions.

Ingrid defended her dissertation on August 28. Her research advisor is Professor Alfred McEwen.

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