fall

Shirley Curson, 1923-2014

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.

Department News

Shirley Curson, 1923-2014

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. To this end, she funded Shandel travel awards in several departments and colleges, including LPL, Journalism, and Fine Arts. Shirley generously supported other university groups as well and established the Shirley Curson Fund for Arizona Public Media. The 1774 Lepaute clock in the Kuiper Space Sciences building atrium is a gift of Mrs. Curson.

Gerry Neugebauer, 1932-2014

Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, the husband of LPL Affiliate Research Scientist Marcia Neugebauer, passed away on September 26, after a long illness. Gerry earned a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 1960, after which he served two years in the army, stationed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. When he returned to Caltech, he joined forces with Bob Leighton to build a simple infrared telescope and conduct the first all-sky survey in the infrared. He established one of the two leading programs that pioneered infrared astronomy.

Department News

Gerry Neugebauer, 1932-2014

Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, the husband of LPL Affiliate Research Scientist Marcia Neugebauer, passed away on September 26, after a long illness. Gerry earned a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 1960, after which he served two years in the army, stationed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. When he returned to Caltech, he joined forces with Bob Leighton to build a simple infrared telescope and conduct the first all-sky survey in the infrared. He established one of the two leading programs that pioneered infrared astronomy. Among many accomplishments, the program Neugebauer started revealed a number of extreme infrared-emitting stars (through the 2-micron sky survey), discovered the Center of the Milky Way, found the first protostar (the Becklin-Neugebauer Object), and led in the development of techniques for improved near-infrared measurements. He also led the science team for the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). After retiring in 1998, Gerry and Marcia moved to Academy Village in Tucson, and Marcia became active in the Solar & Heliospheric research group at LPL, while Gerry was affiliated with Steward Observatory until his health began to fail. Gerry received the Space Science Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in Britain, of which he was a member. He was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences.

 

Recent PTYS/LPL Graduates

Ingrid Daubar

Department News

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

Department News

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.

Department News

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).

Alumni News

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).

Graduate Student News

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.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - fall