Pierazzo International Travel Award Winners Honored at Conference

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Two winners of the 2022 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award established by the Planetary Science Institute were honored at the 53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference at The Woodlands, Texas.

The Pierazzo International Student Travel Award was established by PSI in memory of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo to support and encourage graduate students to build international collaborations and relationships in planetary science.

Pim Kaskes of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) attended the LPSC conference in person and Joseph McNeil of Open University attended remotely. Each received a certificate and check for $2,000.

Kaskes’ research title was The drill core diary: Unravelling the rapid emplacement of suevite and impact melt phases within the Chicxulub impact structure and High-resolution chemostratigraphy of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K–Pg) boundary interval in the US Western Interior: implications for Chicxulub impact ejecta dynamics. McNeil’s research title was Windows into Noachian Mars: Eroded landforms in Chryse Planitia and the ExoMars rover landing site.

Betty Pierazzo was an expert in the area of impact modeling throughout the solar system, as well as an expert on the astrobiological and environmental effects of impacts on Earth and Mars. In addition to her research, she was passionate about education, teaching and public outreach, developing planetary-related classroom materials, professional development workshops for teachers, and teaching college-level classes herself. Betty believed in the strength of broad collaborations in all of her research and education activities. This award memorializes the scope of how she lived her life and the good she sought to bring to our profession and communities.

To contribute to the Betty Pierazzo Memorial fund, please go to: https://www.psi.edu/support/pierazzofund

To learn more about Betty Pierazzo please go to: https://www.psi.edu/about/memorial/betty.html

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2022 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award winner Joseph McNeil attended the conference remotely.

Credit: LPSC.