Institute of Meteoritics In The News

IOM Director Carl Agee has been appointed President of The Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) beginning September 2015.

Graduate Student Kathleen Vander Kaaden has been awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Graduate Student Fellowship award for the 2015-16 academic year for research work in the area of Planetary Science.

Senior Scientist Karen Ziegler conducted oxygen isotope analyses on the Chelyabinsk meteorite which fell in Russia in February 2013.

Carl Agee, direc­tor and cura­tor of the IOM, and a team of researchers--includ­ing groups at UNM, UC San Diego and the Carnegie Insti­tu­tion--have iden­ti­fied a new class of Mar­t­ian mete­orite that fell to Earth and likely orig­i­nated from the planet’s crust and sur­face environment. The research was published in the journal Science, and articles about the work have been appeared at, Nature and Discover magazine. Watch the video to see the team discussing their findings.

Francis McCubbin, Senior Scientist, received a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. McCubbin received his award in a ceremony at the White House. McCubbin was recognized for studies of the geochemical role of water and other volatiles in extraterrestrial materials from the inner solar system. Francis was also interviewed recently by National Geographic about his article in Geology (which includes UNM co-authors Stephen Elardo, Kathleen Vander Kaaden and Charles Shearer) and NewScientist about an article which appeared in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1220715).

Senior Scientist Charles Shearer’s book, “New Views of the Moon” (Reviews in Mineralogy, Vol. 60, Mineralogical Society of America 2006), has been published in a Chinese edition.

Two IOM graduate students and one undergraduate received grants from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium for the 2013-2014 school year. Master's student Suzi Gordon was awarded $10,000 for her research titled “Igneous formation of the Martian crust: constraints from remote sensing, in situ, and Martian meteorite measurements.” Alison Santos, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for her project “A Geochemical Investigation of Martian Meteorite NWA 7034.” Joshua Williams, a senior, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled “MSL ChemCam Affiliate.”