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December 20, 2013
earthobservatory.nasa.gov image of Kauai. In the News: Research on the evidence for a great Aleutian paleotsunami on Kaua‘i by HIGP Interim Director Rhett Butler, Archaeobotanist David Burney of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), and collaborators Yefei Bai, Yoshiki Yamazaki, and Kwok Fai Cheung of the UH/SOEST Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE). See the coverage at Hawai‘i News Now: New study points to possibility of 'extreme' tsunami in Hawai‘i. Also read about it at LiveScience, the Juneau Empire, and Alaska Dispatch.

November 21, 2013
Radarsat visualization of Antarctica. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Additional credit goes to Canadian Space Agency, RADARSAT International Inc. HIGP Post-doctoral researcher, Manavi Jadhav, studies presolar grains and their stellar sources, isotope cosmochemistry, stellar nucleosynthesis, and is expert in SIMS and other analytical techniques to study extraterrestrial samples at the micro- and nano-scale level. She is leaving sunny Hawai'i soon for Antarctica as a member of the 2013-2014 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) eight-person expedition to collect extraterrestrial materials in support of scientific studies of our Solar System. Since 1976 ANSMET has recovered more than 20,000 meteorites from icefields along the Transantarctic Mountains. Visit http://artscilabs.case.edu/ansmet/ to follow the team's progress. Here is a list of current and former HIGP-affiliated personnel who have participated on ANSMET teams. Bon voyage, Manavi, and happy meteorite hunting!

November 7, 2013
Dr. Milton A. Garces HIGP Associate Researcher Milton Garces is co-author on a paper "A 500-kiloton Airburst over Chelyabinsk and an Enhanced Hazard from Small Impactors" published in an early web release in Nature. The researchers estimate the explosive yield and damage from the airburst. Lead author is Peter Brown (University of Western Ontario, Canada) with 32 international co-authors. Read more at Garces' blog post, InfraSound Hunter—Warning Shot: The Chelyabinsk Impactor. Additionally, there will be a Natural Hazards session covering "The Chelyabinsk Meteor Event" on December 10, 2013 at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union with co-conveners Milton Garces and David Morrison (Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute).

November 6, 2013
Christine Jilly HIGP/UHNAI Congratulations to HIGP and UH NASA Astrobiology Institute graduate student, Christine Jilly, for being awarded a Wiley-Blackwell Award by the Meteoritical Society, which recognizes outstanding presentations by students at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society in Edmonton, Canada. This international meeting took place July 29 to August 2, 2013 with an interdisciplinary research emphasis on meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials that further our understanding of the origin and history of the Solar System. Christie's winning presentation "In-situ Radiometric Dating of Aqueously Formed Carbonates in Sutter's Mill" was part of the session devoted to the alteration of CM and CR meteorite parent bodies. Well done.

November 5, 2013
Two HIGP Scientists Part of New NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) NASA announced today the nine research teams selected for the new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). HIGP Researcher Jeff Taylor and Associate Researcher Jeffrey Gillis-Davis are members on two teams led by David Kring (Lunar and Planetary Institute) and Ben Bussey (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab), respectively. The nine SSERVI teams will study basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near-Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies to enable human exploration of these destinations. Formerly known as the NASA Lunar Science Institute, SSERVI expands the scope to other Solar System bodies and fosters collaborations within and among the teams, the broader planetary science community, and multiple international partners. These teams are supported through multiple year cooperative agreements with NASA's Planetary Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate and the Advanced Exploration Systems Division in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Read more, including team research topics and principal investigators, at NASA News.

November 5, 2013
Mineralogical Society of America Fellow Prezemyslaw Dera HIGP Associate Researcher Przemyslaw Dera has been named as a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA). The honor recognizes members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contributions utilize mineralogical studies or data. He joins the distinguished company of HIGP MSA Fellows: Emeritus Researcher Klaus Keil and Professor Murli Manghnani. Congratulations.

October 29, 2013
HSFL rail launcher with scale model of rocket unveiled. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories.
The rail launcher to be used in Hawai'i's first space launch (planned for spring 2014 from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua'i) was unveiled in Albuquerque, NM on October 28, 2013. Attached to the 135-foot rail launcher is a scale model of the Super Strypi rocket that will carry the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory's 110-pound HiakaSat satellite and its thermal hyperspectral imager developed by HIGP's Rob Wright, Paul Lucey, Sarah Crites, Harold Garbeil, Keith Horton, and Mark Wood (read more about HIGP instrument development). For more, see the UH News report: Rail Launcher for Hawai'i's First Space Launch Completed.

October 25-26, 2013
HIGP graduate students Myriam Telus (standing on the right, left photo) and Katie Robinson (sitting on the right, right photo) participating in 2013 SOEST Open House.
The 2013 SOEST Open House was a resounding success, attracting an estimated 7,600 visitors. This two-day bienniel event welcomes the public to our buildings and grounds, giving us the chance to interact with students, teachers, families, and community members to share our excitement for science and technology. HIGP activities included: a field trip to Mars (including the explosive phase changes of carbon dioxide pictured on the right), geology and biology of Earth's deepest ocean trench, impact cratering, looking at planets in 3-D images (pictured on the left), measuring volcanic gases, meteorites, modeling lava flows, Moon rocks, remote sensing of Earth from space, rocketry, seeing the latest NASA mission data, space flight mission operations, and techniques of spectroscopy and optics. Representative of the Institute-wide participation, here are two snapshots showing HIGP graduate students Myriam Telus (on the right in the lefthand photo) and Katie Robinson (on the right in the righthand photo). Watch the video here: Open House Excites Future Scientists.

October 18, 2013
Dr. Brendan Hermalyn SOEST Young Investigator and HIGP Assistant Researcher Brendan Hermalyn is co-author on a paper "Characterization of the LCROSS Impact Plume from a Ground-based Imaging Detection" published in Nature Communications. Using visible observations from Earth of the LCROSS ejecta plume, the researchers estimate a water concentration of 6.3±1.6% by mass in the Cabeus permanently shadowed region near the Moon's south pole. Lead author is Paul Strycker (U. of Wisconsin-Platteville), additional co-authors are Nancy Chanover and Charles Miller (New Mexico State U.), Ryan Hamilton (New Mexico State U. and NASA Ames), Robert Suggs (NASA Marshall) , and Michael Sussman (U. of Arizona).

October 14, 2013
HIGP Welcomes New Interim Director
Dr. Rhett Butler
Dr. Brian Taylor, Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and HIGP are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rhett Butler as Interim Director of HIGP effective October 14, 2013.

Dr. Butler has degrees from MIT & Caltech in geophysics and seismology, and brings to the HIGP Directorship 24 years of experience as Manager and Director of the one of the largest facilities for scientific research in Earth sciences in the world—the Global Seismographic Network—through the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, and the IRIS Consortium of 100+ U.S. Universities. His present activities include Evaluator and Member of the NASA Standing Review Board for upcoming Mars InSight mission. He serves as Chair of the Science and Society Committee for the U.N. Joint Task Force (ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC) for integrating scientific sensors into submarine telecommunication cables. He serves as advisor and consultant to Hawai'i State Civil Defense on tsunamis, and is a Member of the Hawai'i State Earthquake Advisory Committee.

Dr. Butler has a longstanding relationship with the Institute, where he came as a geophysicist in 1982 and served as Chair of the Geophysics and Seismology division 1984-86. While taking a leave to establish the GSN, he has maintained a continuous affiliation with HIGP. His recent research interests and publications include tsunamis, Hawaiian earthquakes, seismo-acoustic wave propagation, and antipodal studies of the Earth's interior.

Returning as Researcher to the HIGP faculty, Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark said as part of a statement to HIGP, "I just want to say that it has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Institute over these last ten years. We have accomplished many great things together, for which we should all be proud."

Sept. 19, 2013
New Book: Magnetic Methods and the Timing of Geological Processes
Magnetic Methods and the Timing of Geological Processes, courtesy of Geological Society, London, Press. (ISBN: 9781862393547) Click for more information.
HIGP Geophysicist, Emilio Herrero-Bervera, together with L. Jovane (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil), L. A. Hinnov (Johns Hopkins University), and B. A. Housen (Western Washington University) are editors of a new book published in August, 2013 by the Geological Society, London, Special Publication 373. Magnetic Methods and the Timing of Geological Processes is an advanced-level resource covering modern magnetostratigraphy. The book contains 408 pages with 18 indepth papers, including two coauthored by Dr. Herrero-Bervera. For more information please go to the Geological Society, London. Book cover courtesy Geological Society, London.

Sept. 18, 2013
Dr. Aisha Morris, 2008 HIGP alumna. HIGP Alumna News: We are pleased to share the news that Dr. Aisha Morris (Ph.D. 2008) is UNAVCO's new Education and Community Engagement Specialist and Director of the RESESS (student summer internship) Program. UNAVCO is a non-profit university-governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. For more, read the UNAVCO news release.

August 24, 2013
TMT logo HIGP Associate Researcher Dr. Rob Wright presented a workshop on planetary remote sensing for an international group of students and educators at the first Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit in Hilo. Coordinated through the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium by Art and Rene Kimura and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project and the County of Hawai‘i, the summit brought together high school students and educators from China, Japan, India, Canada and the Big Island for four days of science and engineering programs and educational activities. A TMT lead-up story and press release describe the event.

August 1, 2013
Dr. Przemyslaw Dera HIGP welcomes new Associate Researcher Dr. Przemyslaw Dera. Previously a research scientist at the University of Chicago's GeoSoilEnviroCARS, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, and earlier at Carnegie Institution of Washington's Geophysical Lab, Dr. Dera specializes in high-pressure/high-temperature Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) research. Przemek (pronounced "Chemek") received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland in 2000. He has been a leader in development of novel experimental techniques for synchrotron-based research in mineralogy, mineral physics, and solid state science and currently serves as chair of the International Union of Crystallography Commission on High Pressure. Przemek's recent research focuses on two main themes: metastable behavior of upper mantle minerals in subducting slabs and high-pressure transformations of light element containing alloys of iron and nickel with applications to planetary core modeling.

July 22, 2013
Shreenshot of video featuring Paul Lucey (HIGP) and David Paige (UCLA) speaking on lunar volatiles at short course at Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech on July 22, 2013. HIGP Researcher Paul Lucey and UCLA colleague Dave Paige presented Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter relectivity data and Diviner data during a Short Course on Lunar Volatiles during the New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping workshop at the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech. Watch the YouTube video of the lecture from KISSCaltech.

July 10, 2013
NASA EPSCoR NASA and the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium/Hawai‘i EPSCoR Director Luke Flynn have announced that the proposal, "Development of a Large Area Standoff Bio-finder and Chemical Analyzer for Planetary Exploration," by Anupam Misra (HIGP Associate Researcher and the project's Science Principal Investigator) has been selected for funding. HIGP Researcher Shiv Sharma is co-investigator; HIGP collaborators are Patricia Fryer, Jeff Taylor, and Paul Lucey along with two NASA collaborators. EPSCoR—NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research—selected 14 proposals for 2013; see the NASA News Release.

June, 2013
Dr. Brendan Hermalyn HIGP welcomes new SOEST Young Investigator, Assistant Researcher Dr. Brendan Hermalyn. Dr. Hermalyn is joining HIGP to work with the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory on flight projects and instrument development. Brendan received his Ph.D. from Brown University on experimental measurement of hypervelocity impacts, and comes from the UH NASA Astrobiology Institute, where he developed and deployed time lapse imaging systems on Mauna Kea and in the Antarctic dry valleys. He has served on the science team for several missions, including LCROSS, DIXI, Stardust-NExT, and will be working at NASA Ames on RESOLVE and LADEE.

June, 2013
Hearing infrasound—sound that is lower in frequency than the normal limits of human hearing
Audible displays of volcanic eruptions by Milton Garces and the Infrasound Lab of the University of Hawaii.
Milton Garces, HIGP Associate Researcher and Director of the Infrasound Laboratory of the University of Hawai‘i, and his team have created audible displays of volcanic eruptions. Don't miss the chance to experience: Hawaiian Bass Drop and Plinian Bass Drop.

June, 2013
Download the HSGC Newsletter The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium released its most recent newsletter. Nā Huaka‘i translates to The Voyages, a name that refelcts our united voyages in education, research, and service. The newsletter chronicles the latest educational and research achievements of UH students and faculty mentors. Read it here. Copies are also available in the Space Grant offices in POST 501.

June 1, 2013
With our congratulations, HIGP is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 awardees of the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research. These students are (left to right): Yaprak Onat and Katie Smith.
Denise B. Evans Fellowship awardees (l to r) Yaprak Onat from Ocean and Resources Engineering and Katie Smith from Oceanography.

Yaprak Onat (Ocean and Resources Engineering) is the winner of the One Year award. Yaprak is working on renewable energy resources. Specifically, wave energy is the most energy dense resource that can be steadily and reliably available throughout the year if the locations of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices are selected carefully. There is more and more research being done on the efficiency of WECs, however, many of these studies suffer from lack of interest in general, due to the fact that WECs contain many moving parts and thus fail frequently. Yaprak will attack these two problems, namely the high cost of maintenance and small amount of power generated by the use of newly discovered WECs that focus and concentrate waves to the device and generate power through bidirectional turbines, while the device itself is either fixed or is moving very little as it is submerged. Yaprak's advisor is Cengiz Ertekin.

Katie Smith (Oceanography) is the winner of the Two Year award. Katie is pursing interdisciplinary research to understand how internal tide variability impacts island coastal ecosystems. Her focus is on internal tides stems from the findings of the Hawaii Ocean Mixing Experiment (HOME), which highlighted the importance of internal tide generation and tidal mixing throughout the Hawaiian Island region. Katie is considering various energy pathways for internal tides to impact waters in the coastal zone, and in particular how internal tides contribute to the upwelling of cool, nutrient rich waters to depths where coral reef communities exist. Katie's advisor is Mark Merrifield. For more information visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.

May 8, 2013
Image of Mars meteorite thin section HIGP Researcher Jeff Taylor and Astrobiology Post-Doctoral Fellow Lydia Hallis are co-authors on a paper "Element Abundances, Patterns, and Mobility in Nakhlite Miller Range 03346 and Implications for Aqueous Alteration published in the online early view of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, volume 112. Lead author Julie Stopar (Arizona State University) is a former SOEST graduate student and earned her M.S. degree with Jeff Taylor. They report on chemical alteration in the Martian meteorite, and their ability to distinguish between weathering that occured on Mars and weathering that happened after the rock landed in Antarctica. Also on the paper are Michael Velbel (Michigan State University), Marc Norman (Australian National University), and Edward Vicenzi (Smithsonian Institution). Image courtesy of Julie D. Stopar et al; click on it to see the full version.

April 12, 2013
JGR cover Publishing in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, two HIGP graduate students, and colleagues, report new results. M. Elise Rumpf is first author on the paper "Numerical Modeling of Lava-Regolith Heat Transfer on the Moon and Implications for the Preservation of Implanted Volatiles." Co-authors are Sarah Fagents, Ian Crawford (University of London), and Katherine Joy (University of Manchester and Lunar & Planetary Institute, Houston). David Trang is first author on the paper "Near-infrared Optical Constants of Naturally Occurring Olivine and Synthetic Pyroxene as a Function of Mineral Composition." Co-authors are Paul Lucey, Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, Joshua Cahill and Rachel Klima (Johns Hopkins University/APL), and Peter Isaacson.

April 9, 2013
Dr. Peter Isaacson SOEST Young Investigator and HIGP Assistant Researcher Peter Isaacson is co-author on a paper "Large Mineralogically Distinct Impact Melt Feature at Copernicus Crater—Evidence for Retention of Compositional Heterogeneity" published in the online early view of Geophysical Research Letters. Using remote sensing data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper onboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, the researchers found distinct mineralogical signatures of rocks inside the 96-kilometer-diameter Copernicus crater that stunningly document the inefficient mixing of melt during the cratering process. Lead author Deepak Dhingra, and co-authors Carle M. Pieters, and James W. Head are from Brown University. For more information see the Brown University press release from April 2, 2013 "Pre-existing Mineralogy May Survive Lunar Impacts."

March 25, 2013
New Book: Modeling Volcanic Processes
Modeling Volcanic Processes book cover, courtesy of Cambridge University Press.
HIGP Researcher, Sarah Fagents, together with Tracy Gregg (State University of New York at Buffalo) and Rosaly Lopes (NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory) are editors of a new book published this month by Cambridge University Press. Modeling Volcanic Processes—The Physics and Mathematics of Volcanism is an advanced-level resource for graduate students and professionals covering the physics of volcanic behavior and the state-of-the-art modeling of volcanic processes. The book contains 431 pages with 167 black and white illustrations, 25 color illustrations, 22 tables, 35 exercises, and two indepth papers coauthored by Dr. Fagents. For more information please go to Cambridge University Press. Book cover courtesy Cambridge University Press.

March 3, 2013
New Deep Drilling Project for Groundwater Research
Drilling rig (left) and the first run of core (right) recovered by the Humu'ula Groundwater Research Project. Photo courtesy of Eric Haskins, HGRP Rock and Data Manager.
Don Thomas (Director of HIGP's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes) has started a new deep drilling project on the island of Hawai‘i. As principal investigator of the Humu‘ula Groundwater Research Project (HGRP), Thomas is overseeing the drilling of two holes, 6000–6500 feet deep, to assess the groundwater resources available in the saddle region between Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Hualālai, on the grounds of the U.S. Army's Pōhakuloa Training Area. HIGP's Nicole Lautze is principal investigator of a NSF grant with responsibility for overseeing a team that will clean, photograph, describe, and archive the rock core–so that future scientific analyses will be possible. Daily drilling updates of this 24/7 operation are available at the HGRP blog. Photos of the drilling rig and first run of rock core, courtesy Eric Haskins/HGRP.

February 26, 2013
Research conducted by scientists within SOEST, including HIGP Assistant Researcher Keith Horton, has led to a vog forecast model that is informing residents' understanding of air quality. This report from the U.H. System News highlights the work of Horton and Steve Businger (Department of Meteorology) who are the co-principal investigators of the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project.
February 21, 2013
Continuing local coverage of the February 15, 2013 meteor blast above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia includes this February 15, 2013 KITV.com news video "UH Scientists Pay Close Attention to Russian Meteor Incident" featuring HIGP meteorite researcher Ed Scott. The Honolulu StarAdvertiser posted an article today, "Sensor Network to Track Nuclear Activity Expands to Other Uses" [alternatively available here in Financial and Business News] and graphics courtesy of HIGP Associate Researcher/Director of ISLA, Milton Garces.
February 15, 2013
Milton Garces, HIGP Associate Researcher and Director of the Univeristy of Hawai'i Infrasound Laboratory, is posting emerging analyses of the February 15, 2013 meteor blast above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shock wave, resulting from the break-up of the meteor, smashed windows and collapsed roofs injuring an estimated 1,200 people in this city of 1.1 million people. Although the low-frequency sound waves from the event cannot be heard with the human ear, a dozen infrasound stations detected it, including the ISLA station on Hawai‘i. Follow Garces' posts in twitter under @isoundhunter and in the blog Infrasound Huntress. Garces has also posted a video of the preliminary (filtered and sped up) infrasound observations from Antarctica, near the antipode (the diametrically opposite point on Earth from Chelyabinsk, Russia where sound reconverges). Watch the video here.
Infrasonic signature of one of the loudest, deepest exploding meteor sounds ever recorded, @isoundhunter. Infrasonic signature of one of the loudest, deepest exploding meteor sounds ever recorded — data from the ISLA infrasound station located on the island of Hawai‘i; only the deep sounds survive. Click for more information. Courtesy of Milton Garces, @isoundhunter.
CTBTO-issued preliminary location map of meteor blast, from data from the IMS infrasound network. Preliminary location map of the meteor blast over Russia determined by 11 infrasound stations of the International Monitoring System, issued by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. Courtesy of http://newsroom.ctbto.org/.

February 13, 2013
HIGP reception on Feb. 13, 2013 for the special issue of M&PS published in honor of Klaus Keil and cosmochemistry workshop.   M&PS journal
HIGP hosted a reception on campus to celebrate the special issue of Meteoritics & Planetary Science (vol. 47, no. 12) featuring research presented at the Kaua‘i Workshop on Formation of the First Solids in the Solar System–honoring Klaus Keil for his distinguished career in meteoritics and cosmochemistry. Standing left to right: Ed Scott, Kazuhide Nagashima, Gary Huss, Klaus Keil, Pete Mouginis-Mark, Sasha Krot, and Jeff Taylor. Group photo courtesy Marcia Rei Sistoso, HIGP.

February 8, 2013
Denise B. Evans Fellowship awardees (l to r) Shimi Rii from C-MORE and Alice Colman from G&G HIGP is pleased to announce the awardees of the inaugural Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research: Shimi Rii from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (left) and Alice Colman from the Department of Geology and Geophysics (right). Rii, a graduate student with Matthew Church, is researching the role of gradients in controlling plankton community structure. Colman, a graduate student with John Sinton, is researching the effects of the rate of magma supply on mid-ocean ridge volcanic eruptions and magmatic systems. Congratulations. Photo courtesy UH Foundation.

February 8, 2013
HIGP's Sarah Sherman joins 29 colleagues from around the country on the Review and Mentoring Board of the new journal Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship (SLMS). This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal disseminates research and innovative practices that demonstrate how academic professionals, community leaders, and professionals from the government or private sectors employ supportive mentoring to increase the learning success of university students.
January, 2013
HI2: Univeristy of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
UH Innovation Initiative--The Sky is Not the Limit "The Sky is Not the Limit"   This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the new UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 — and highlights several units and programs of SOEST, including the Hawai‘i Institute for Geophysics and Planetology, the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, the UH Sea Grant College Program, the Vog Measurement and Prediction project, sea level and climate change research, the Hawai‘i beach safety web site, the International Pacific Research Center, and more. Image courtesy Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

December 5, 2012 — January 29, 2013
Antarctic Search for Meteorites team patch. Welcome home! HIGP Affiliate Faculty Joe Boyce was on the 2012-2013 Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition along with 11 others from four countries. Boyce, a veteran of two previous ANSMET expeditions, was on the ice for another season of collecting extraterrestrial materials that support scientific studies of our Solar System. For more, see the ANSMET blog at http://artscilabs.case.edu/ansmet/.

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