Congratulations to our female planetary science colleagues who have recently received awards for their research and accomplishments! See below for details!
Dr. Hiroko Nagahara
, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of Tokyo has received the 2015 J. Lawrence Smith Medal
from the National Academy of Sciences. She was recognized for “her contributions toward understanding chondrule formation and kinetics of evaporation and condensation processes in the early solar system.” First awarded in 1888, Dr. Nagahara is the first woman to receive this award, which includes $50,000.
Dr. Natalia Artemieva
has received the Meteoritical Society’s 2015 Barringer Award for her “seminal contributions to the understanding of dynamic impact cratering physics and chemistry.” Dr. Artemieva is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute
and the first woman since 1984 to receive this award.
Dr. Carle’ Pieters
(Brown University) has received the Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Medal, given annually since 2009 by the NASA SSERVI. Dr. Pieters was recognized for “her significant scientific contributions to the field of lunar science throughout the course of her scientific career”.
Graduate students Erica Jawin (Brown University) and Tanya Harrison (University of Western Ontario) have been named Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellows
. Erica investigates the mineralogy of lunar dark mantle deposits, while Tanya studies the mechanisms of crater modification on Mars. You can read more about their research projects here
by searching on their names. Note that applications for the 2016 Fellowships must be received or post-marked by November 15, 2015.
Graduate student Holly Farris (University of Arkansas) has received a Lewis and Clark grant
for field research in the Atacama Desert
. The Lewis and Clark Fund “encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.” Note that the application deadline is February 1 (with notification in May, for work in June and beyond), while letters of support are due January 29 of every year.
Finally, Congratulations to the “women of Pluto”
! The world watched eagerly as New Horizons returned images and data from Pluto and Charon. About 25% of the New Horizons team consists of female scientists. Three of them, deputy project scientists Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith and Cathy Olkin, and mission operations manager Alice Bowman, were additionally profiled by PBS. Read their interview here
Did I miss anyone? Add them in the comments. Congratulations to all!