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Dr. Lori Glaze: It’s the science that gets me up in the morning!

October 8, 2014

Interview conducted by Dr. Lynnae Quick



Dr. Lori Glaze is the Deputy Director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.  Her research interests include physical processes in terrestrial and planetary volcanology, atmospheric transport and diffusion processes, and geologic mass movements. Her work focuses on data analysis and theoretical modeling of surface processes on all the terrestrial solar system bodies, particularly the Earth, Venus, Mars, Moon, and Io. She develops statistical, analytical, and data management methods in support of physical process modeling and develops applications of diverse sets of terrestrial and planetary remote sensing data.

Recent Publications:

Glaze, L.S., Baloga, S.M., Fagents, S.A., and Wright, R., 2014. The Influence of Slope Breaks on Lava Flow Surface Disruption. Journal of Geophysical Research: Sold Earth 119, 1837-1850.

Glaze L. S., and S. M. Baloga. 2013. Simulation of inflated pahoehoe lava flows. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. [10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2013.01.018]


1. How did you first become interested in planetary science?

I was always interested in space but never really considered planetary science as a career until I was in my early 20’s.  I had received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics, and had worked with Steve Self during my Master’s degree on modeling of physical volcanic processes. I was drawn to volcanoes ever since I went to the Pompeii AD79 traveling exhibit as a teenager in 1979.  I was also living in Seattle when Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980. I was really intrigued by that eruption. During my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to work with Peter Francis. I learned a great deal about remote sensing from Peter. Peter was very interested in planetary science and was probably my first real introduction to planetary science. Anyway, after my Master’s degree, I had an opportunity to go to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to work on an Earth based remote sensing volcano orbiter mission concept.  While I was at JPL, I began working with Steve Baloga on several planetary volcanic modeling studies. I was also introduced to Lionel Wilson, world-renowned planetary scientist. After a year at JPL, I decided to do a PhD with Lionel at Lancaster University. By the time I completed my PhD, I was hooked on planetary volcanology. I still do some terrestrial work, but planetary science is incredibly exciting with new missions and data where we’re learning new things all the time.

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Women’s Confidence is Tied to Success

September 21, 2014

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

DPS WIPS Lunch 2014! – Register by October 15th

September 14, 2014

Join us…

for an informal meeting and discussion hour over lunch on Tuesday, November 11th from 12:00-1:30.  This year’s topics will revolve around the ideas of powerful communication and how to be an ally to minority community members.  We will have presentation material interspersed with plenty of discussion time.  Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy and planetary science to share.


Thanks to the generosity of the DPS committee, we will be able to provide lunch this year.  All are welcome(!), but pre-registration at is required due to space limitations.  Please try to register before October 15th so we can accurately place the lunch order (we will get a few extras, but lunch is not guaranteed after that point).


  • This year’s organizers are Sondy Springmann, Maggie McAdams, and Kelsi Singer (from afar – sadly I won’t be attending this year).


We will also continue this year with our “bring a guest” theme –   Invite a friend or colleague who has never been to a WIPS lunch but might be interested to come with you as your guest.  We are hoping this will make a wider crowd feel welcome attending.   Most of the topics we discuss are of a general professional development nature, but of course we also have a focus on supporting female scientists.  As always, you don’t have to be a female scientist to support female scientists :).  (Please have them RSVP as well though, so we know to order them a lunch!)

SESE Planetary Science Faculty search

September 9, 2014

Assistant Professor (JOB #10878)
Arizona State University
School of Earth and Space Exploration

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Planetary Science to begin August 2015. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focus is on Solar System planetary science, and who have research strengths that complement or extend those of current SESE faculty (

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Summary from LPSC WIPS Event 2014 – Anti-harassment Policies

September 8, 2014

Harassment and Anti-harassment Policies

As I am about to announce the upcoming DPS WIPS event, I thought I should really get around to posting a summary from the amazing Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Networking event held in March 2014 at LPSC. Zibi Turtle was the event lead this year.

The overarching topic was harassment and anti-harassment policies.  Christina Richey gave an excellent presentation that was followed by an outstanding attendee discussion.  Even though the topic is not a fun one, it was satisfying to get the conversation going openly about these issues.

A sampling of the many points and questions that were brought up:

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Women in Physics around the World

September 6, 2014

Fascinating quotes about the status of Women in Physics from a variety of countries – gathered at the International Conference on Women in Physics in Waterloo, Canada and published in a short piece in Scientific American:

I have heard a very successful, senior, female professor in the US say she felt left out of the loop when she wasn’t invited to play basketball with her lab after work in her early days – in Finland female scientists can’t go the men’s sauna after the conference :P.


AAS/DPS Astronomy Ambassadors Outreach Workshop

August 16, 2014
Graduate students, postdocs, and early-career faculty and research scientists are invited to apply for an upcoming workshop providing training and resources for effective outreach to K-12 teachers and students, families, and the public. The workshop, based on the popular and successful AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program, will be offered all day Sunday, 9 November, at the 46th annual AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

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