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January 24, 2018
AGU Fall-2017 Outstanding Student Paper Award Announcement
HIGP/G&G PhD student Casey Honniball. HIGP/G&G doctorate student, Casey Honniball, has been awarded the Fall Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for the 2017 Meeting held December 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. This competitively-selected award is given to students who submitted a first-author abstract and are judged to be in the top 2-5% of presenters; Casey won in the Atmospheric Sciences category. See the Award Announcement from the AGU. Read Casey's abstract: Honniball, C. I., Wright, R., and Lucey, P. G., Mid-wave Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging of Kilauea's Active Halema‘uma‘u Pit Crater. Congratulations!

January 11, 2018
Scientists Sift Through Lunar Dirt for Record of Material from Elsewhere
LROC WAC image of lunar nearside With hyper-spectral imaging microscopes developed at HIGP, Casey Honniball (G&G/HIGP Graduate Student) and Sarah Crites (ISAS Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Kanagawa, Japan and JAXA; U.H. Manoa Ph.D. 2014) have teamed with HIGP researchers on a project to examine individual lunar soil grains to identify material from across the inner Solar System derived from meteoritic bombardment. Their inventory of Apollo soil grains has the potential to identify ancient material from Earth, including hydrated minerals, that have been preserved on the lunar surface for eons. For more, please read the AGU Blogoshpere Geospace post and AGU reference: Lucey, P. G., Honniball, C., Crites, S., Taylor, G. J. and Martel, L. (2017), Search for Extralunar Materials in Apollo Soil Samples, Abstract P41D-2851 presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 14 December.

January 4, 2018
New Spectroscopy Instrument Developed for Planetary Surface–Astrobiological Exploration
Raman system HIGP researchers Anupam Misra and Shiv Sharma are co-developers with researchers at NASA Langley Research Center of a new spectroscopy system, called the standoff ultra-compact micro-Raman (SUCR) instrument. SUCR, which uses a modified version of a Raman system developed previously at HIGP, is designed for quick, high-resolution detection of compounds and minerals associated with biological activity. The research team developed SUCR for use on rovers or landers on future planetary surface missions with astrobiology objectives, but its design is also ideal for real-time biomedical and food analyses. For more, see the The Optical Society News Release. Full reference: Abedin, M. N., Bradley, A. T., Misra, A. K., Bai, Y., Hines, G. D., and Sharma, S. K. (2018) Standoff Ultracompact Micro-Raman Sensor for Planetary Surface Explorations, Applied Optics, v. 57(1), p. 62-68, doi: 10.1364/AO.57.000062. [publication link]

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