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LPI Announces Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award Recipient

December 4, 2013

Michael ZanettiThe Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to announce that the 2013 recipient of the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is Michael Zanetti of Washington University in St. Louis.

Zanetti is pursuing a Ph.D. with a heavy emphasis on lunar science and impact cratering processes at Washington University in St. Louis. He is working with Brad Jolliff.

With funds provided with the GSA Planetary Geology Division’s Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award, Zanetti will be studying zircon entrained in Mistastin crater impact melts.

The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is designed to support undergraduate and graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology.

Grants support the study of impact cratering processes on Earth and other bodies in the solar system, including asteroids and comets that produce impacts and the geological, chemical, or biological results of impact cratering.

This award is generously provided by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America and administered by the LPI. It commemorates the work of Eugene (“Gene”) Shoemaker, who greatly influenced planetary sciences during the Apollo era and for several decades thereafter, including the discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with his wife Carolyn and colleague David Levy.

Proposals for next year’s award will be due in September 2014. Applications will be accepted beginning in late summer of 2014. Application details can be found at

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Last updated December 4, 2013