Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

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.

Professor Harry ‘Hap’ McSween Named SEC Professor of the Year

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.

Burr to Discuss Saturn Moon Findings at Science Forum on April 19

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.

Lecturer to Discuss Crocodylian Bite Marks at Friday’s Science Forum

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.

Meteorites Revealing Secrets of Russian Fireball

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.

NPR: NASA Says Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life

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.