Allie Brannan, a senior meteorology student, was selected for NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). Allie flew onboard a NASA DC-8, collecting data using airborne instruments such as AVOCET, an in-situ measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Students were competitively selected based on their outstanding academic performance, future career plans, and interest in the Earth System Science.
The Planetary Science Research Discoveries website recently posted an article about EOAS Professor Dr. Munir Humayun’s work on dating the ages of a Martian meteorite. Isotopic dating of Martian meteorites is complicated by weathering on both Mars and Earth and the shock-heating associated with blasting rocks off Mars and during the long history of impact bombardment of the Martian crust.
Dr. Munir Humayun has been named a Fellow of The Meteoritical Society. To be elected as a Fellow, a scientist must have distinguished themselves in meteoritics or in a closely allied field. There are over 1,000 terrestrial members in more than 52 countries specializing in studies of extraterrestrial samples.
Formal recognition of new Fellows will take place at the Annual Meeting, September 8, 2014.
Dr. Orrin Pilkey, the first Ph.D. graduate from the FSU Geology program, was honored recently by Duke University at the dedication of the Dr. Orrin H. Pilkey Research Laboratory, located on Pivers Island. Dr. Pilkey has had an illustrious career as the first Marine Geologist hired at Duke and as a national advocate for protecting our coastlines. He was a pioneer in the application of science in public policy and co-authored a book, How to Live With an Island, with his father. (photo at right by Frank Tursi)
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