Harry “Hap” McSween, a UT professor who is world-renowned for his research of meteorites and Mars, has been named the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences. The SEC Professor of the Year Award honors one SEC faculty member from the fourteen conference universities whose record in research, scholarship and service places him or her among the elite in higher education.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News
Devon Burr, assistant professor of earth and planetary science, has been publishing papers about NASA’s mission to Titan, a moon of Saturn, since 2006. She will be discussing some of the mission’s findings at the Science Forum on April 19.
Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, lecturer in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, helped make an interesting discovery in a dinosaur fossil earlier this year. She will be discussing her research at the Science Forum at noon on Friday, April 12, in Dining Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.
Larry Taylor, distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences, has samples of the meteor which exploded over Russia. He is studying them to see what insight they can provide into the rare impact by a space rock, and other stories they may have to tell.
Hap McSween, earth and planetary sciences professor, spoke to NPR about NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission’s latest discovery. An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes by revealing some key ingredients for life.
Linda Kah, associate professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences, spoke to WATE-TV about the latest finding of NASA’s Mars Curiosity over. An analysis of a rock sample collected by the rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
Prehistoric relatives to crocodiles and alligators fed on tiny dinosaurs, according to fossil evidence discovered by a team of researchers, including a UT lecturer. Stephanie Drumheller, a 2005 graduate and lecturer in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, analyzed bite marks on some seventy-five-million-year-old dinosaur bones that were collected in southern Utah in 2002.
The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Joshua Emery, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, about the 10-ton meteor that broke into pieces over Russia. Emery said the astronomical event is not terribly uncommon.
Noemi Pinilla-Alonso was interviewed by the New York Times and Scientific American about her research of the dwarf planet in our solar system known as Makemake.
Linda Kah is an integral part of the NASA team working on the Curiosity rover on Mars. The associate professor of earth and planetary sciences works on camera team that is searching for features within rocks that might provide clues to the role of fluids in the planet’s past. This week, she shared a self-portrait of the rover.