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Department News

47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, Annette Hilton, Dr. Juliane Gros

Rutgers planetary science research was well represented at the 47th Lunar and Planetary ScienceConference (LPSC) held from 3/21-3/25. The Rutgers group presented a total of ten papers (two oral presentations and eight posters). This does not include the three papers that Rodger Hewins and Bridget Zanda were authors/co-authors on (Roger continues to list Rutgers as a co-affiliation.) So over all, thirteen papers were presented with Rutgers authors onmasthead. 

EPS welcomes Dr. Sonia Tikoo !

Sonia2Dr. Sonia Tikoo joins Rutgers EPS as its newest faculty member after a two-year postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Berkeley.  Sonia received her B.S. with Honors in Geology and History (Minor) from the California Institute of Technology (2008) and her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014).

Sonia‚Äôs research interests lie at the intersection of planetary science and paleomagnetism. By studying a combination of meteorites and lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, she seeks to determine the magnetic field generation mechanisms and longevities of core dynamos on differentiated planetary bodies.  Constraining the intensities of core dynamo fields over time provides insight into the long-term planetary thermal and chemical evolution.  Sonia is also interested in how impact cratering events alter the magnetization preserved within planetary crusts and is working on rocks from a number of terrestrial impact craters.

Through these efforts, Sonia will help us build a stronger planetary science program at Rutgers, as well as expand our program in rock magnetism.  We look forward to exciting new course offerings and fruitful collaborations in the coming years!

Welcome, Sonia!

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Sea-level Rise in 20th Century was Fastest in 3,000 Years

 sea-levelRise300 0TreeIn a new study led by EPS' Bob Kopp, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, during the 20th

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 century, sea level has risen more than in any of the 27 previous centuries.

Global sea level rose by about 14 centimeters, or 5.5 inches, from 1900 to 2000m, a substantial increase, especially for vulnerable, low-lying coastal areas.

 More on the study can be read online at Rutgers Today and on the front page of the NYTimes. Access to the published article can be found at PNAS.

 

EPS undergraduates receive prestigious NASA summer internships

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Shannon Boyle and Liam Hoare, who are working with Prof. Juliane Gross on lunar and meteorite rock samples, have been selected for a highly prestigious 10-week summer intern program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. This is a remarkable achievement for Shannon and Liam (and Rutgers as well !) as only 10 to 12 students worldwide are selected to participate in this program. 

As interns, Shannon and Liam will experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences and work one-on-one with LPI and JSC scientists on a research project and be able to preview possible career pathways in planetary science. Shannon will work with Dr. Cyrena Goodrich on primitive achondrite breccias known as ureilites; and Liam will work with Dr. David Kring on LL chondrite impact melt breccias. 

We are excited that two of our own Rutgers EPS undergraduate students get to experience such a wonderful opportunity.  Well done and congratulations, Shannon and Liam!

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Marie-Pierre Aubry elected as AAAS Fellow

millerThe AAAS Council has elected Marie-Pierre Aubry as Fellow, in recognition of her contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Marie will be recognized in a 13 February Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Fellows receive an official certificate and fellowship rosette pin, the emblem of Fellowship. For more information, go to AAAS Fellows. Congratulations Marie !

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