Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

Emery Co-Authors Study on Detection of Water on Asteroid Named Psyche

Professor Josh Emery has helped detect water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system. The asteroid is the target of a proposed NASA mission. The study, published in the Astronomical Journal under the auspices of the US Geological Survey and NASA, provides evidence for water-rich minerals on Psyche, an asteroid that is 186 miles across and is made of almost pure nickel-iron metal.

Hatcher Talks to WBIR about Sinkholes

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Bob Hatcher, professor of geology, spoke with WBIR-TV Channel 10 about the potential causes of a giant sinkhole on Alcoa Highway that snarled traffic for hours and created headaches for thousands of drivers.

Science Forum: Terry Hazen to Discuss the Dynamics of Methane

Professor Terry Hazen will present “Methane: The New Paradigm” at Friday’s Science Forum. His talk will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. His forty-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion. The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own

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Science Magazine: UT Professor Leads Curation of Asteroid Samples

Science Magazine featured an upcoming NASA mission that launches this week to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth that could help scientists better understand the early solar system. The article mentions the role of Harry “Hap” McSween, professor emeritus of planetary geoscience, in this mission.

Professor Part of NASA Launch Team to Retrieve Asteroid Sample

The work of Joshua Emery, Lawrence A. Taylor Associate Professor of Planetary Science, will be instrumental in a new NASA mission to bring an asteroid sample back to Earth that could help scientists better understand the early solar system.

T is for Texas, D is for Dino: UT Professor Part of Dallas Dinosaur Dig

Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a member of a team of paleontologists working to uncover a treasure trove of fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs in a seemingly unlikely place: the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

UT to Recruit Students to Study Geoscience Via NSF Grant

UT seeks to address a potential shortfall in the geoscience industry by expanding and diversifying the geoscience workforce through a new project that will attract and recruit community college students to four-year programs at UT.