Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

World-Renowned Mars Expert to Present at Science Forum

The asteroid Vesta and the Dawn mission that uncovered its mysteries will be the topic of Friday’s Science Forum. Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will present “Exploring the Asteroid Vesta: NASA’s Dawn Mission.” The presentation begins at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Miller Energy Partners With UT to Support Graduate Fellowship

Miller Energy Resources Inc., a high-growth oil and natural gas exploration, production, and drilling company headquartered in Knoxville has partnered with UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to support a graduate fellowship in petroleum geology. The Miller Energy Fellowship is unique in terms of industrial support commonly provided by a fellowship.

Professor Helps to Discover Near-Earth Asteroid Is Really a Comet

Some things are not always what they seem—even in space. For thirty years, scientists believed a large near-Earth object was an asteroid. Now, an international team including Joshua Emery, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences at UT, has discovered it is actually a comet.

WATE: Knoxville expert on Mars gains national attention

Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor Harry “Hap” McSween was featured by WATE-TV. He is on a two-year run of accolades. He has received Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year, the National Academy of Science J. Lawrence Smith medal, and most recently the Whipple Award, which honors scientists who have made major contributions in the field

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WUOT: East Tennessee Geologist Marks Curiosity’s First Year on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been poking, prodding, and sniffing the rocks around Mars in an attempt to better understand its past and present. Linda Kah, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences, is a part of the science team investigating Mars and spoke with WUOT’s All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about what Curiosity has learned in its first year, and the exciting “road trip” yet to come.

Professor Harry “Hap” McSween Honored with Whipple Award

Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites, will be awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

C&EN: After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The work of Terry Hazen, Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, as featured in a Chemical and Engineering News article about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. His research has found that the spill dramatically altered the microbial population structure in the waters. He and colleagues detected 951 bacterial subfamilies in uncontaminated Gulf of Mexico water. In the

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WATE-TV: UT professor helps discover flowing water on Mars

Scientists say they have now found evidence that there used to be flowing water on Mars. Helping those scientists is associate professor of earth and planetary sciences Linda Kah, who is using her expertise in geology to analyze their findings. She spoke with WATE-TV about the Mars Curiosity mission.

SEC Professor of the Year Living Childhood Dream

Hap McSween, Chancellor’s Professor and Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was featured in an article by the SEC. McSween will be recognized as the 2013 SEC Professor of the Year at the Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida.