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2015 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award Winners Announced

Dec. 31, 2014
Tucson, Ariz. -- The winners of the 2015 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award established by the Planetary Science Institute have been selected.
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. 
Caroline Morely of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will receive the award for a United States-based graduate student to travel to a planetary-related meeting outside the United States. Her research title is  "Modeling and Observing the Effects of Clouds and Hazes in Exoplanets” and she will attend the conference Planetary Systems: A Synergistic View, in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, July 19-25, 2015.
Edgar Steenstra of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will receive the award for a non-U.S.-based graduate student traveling to a planetary meeting in the U.S. His research subject is core formation in Vesta and the Moon and he will attend the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, March 16-20, 2015.
A PSI representative will present each awardee with a certificate and check for $2,000 at their respective conferences.
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.
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