Dr. Motoo Ito
Visiting Scientist
Lunar and Planetary Institute
ito@lpi.usra.edu
JSC residence: Bldg 31, MC/KR, Room Number 128

Professional Background

Education

1996–1999 Doctor of Science, Department of Chemistry, Gakushuin University. Dissertation title: “Oxygen isotopic microanalysis by SIMS: A study of the formation process and thermal history of the Allende meteorite in the early solar system.”
1994–1996

Master of Science, Department of Chemistry, Gakushuin University. Thesis title: “A study of cation diffusion in olivine by SIMS.”

1993–1994

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Research Student. Department of Biotechnology and Life Science.

1989–1993 Bachelor of Science, Science University of Tokyo, Department of Applied Chemistry
   
Employment

2009–current

Research Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute - USRA

2006-2009

NASA Postdoctoral Program for Senior Research Fellow at Johnson Space Center (supported by Oak Ridge Associated Universities)

2005–2006

Lecturer for Fundamental Chemistry Class at Meiji University

2004–2006  

Postdoctoral Fellow, Radio Isotope Centre, University of Tokyo (Supported by JSPS Research Fellowships)

2003–2004

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona (Supported by JSPS Research Fellowships)

2001–2003   Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona (Supported by JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad)
2000–2001

Research Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology

1999–2000

Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Gakushuin University

1993–1999

Teaching assistant (Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Experiment) Department of Chemistry, Gakushuin University

   
Extramural Research Funding

2006

NASA Postdoctoral Program for Senior Research Fellow (Oak Ridge Associated Universities)

2003

JSPS Research Fellowships, Univ. of Tokyo

2001

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad, Univ. of Arizona

2001

JSPS Research Fellowships, National Polar Research Center

   
Professional Societies  

  • The Meteoritical Society
  • Geochemical Society of Japan
  • The Japanese Society of Planetary Sciences
   
Awards  

2009 NASA Group Achievement Award for Robert M. Walker Laboratory for Space Science Team
2000

Scholarship for the International Science Conference (Torii Science Funding, The Geochemical Society of Japan)

2000 Scholarship for the International Science Conference (Society for Promotion of Space Science)
1998

Sasagawa Grants for Science Fellows, continued
61st Meteoritical Society Meeting (1998; Ireland/Dublin) Student Award for important scientific contribution to the meeting

1997 Sasagawa Grants for Science Fellows
1996

Scholarship for the Education at Gakushuin University (Abe Nousei Funding)

Invited talks


Ito M. and Messenger S. (2009) High precision Mg isotopic measurement of CAI minerals with low Al/Mg ratio utilizing NanoSIMS 50L: Implications to thermal history of CAIs. 56th Annual Meeting of the Geochemical Society of Japan. Hiroshima University, Japan.

Ito M. and Messenger S. (2008) O and Mg Isotopic imagings of CAIs in Allande meteorite with the NanoSIMS 50L. The 2nd SIMS Workshop in Sapporo, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan.

Ito M. and Messenger S. (2008) Isotopic imaging of refractory inclusions in meteorites with the NanoSIMS 50L. 5th Biennial Geochemical SIMS Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA.

Ito M., and Messenger S. (2007) Isotopic imaging of refractory inclusions in meteorites with the NanoSIMS 50L. SIMS XVI, Kanazawa Japan.

Ito M. and Messenger S. (2007) Isotopic measurements of the Wild2 cometary dust. Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2007, Chiba, Japan

Educational Outreach

  • Lecture for high school students from Japan (Takasaki high school from Gunma prefecture) entitled “Meteorites: A key to investigate origin and history of our solar system”, Space Center Houston, TX, 20062008
  • Lecture for junior high school students entitled “Meteorites and solar system”, Sumida Junior high school in Tokyo, 2005

 

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May 7, 2010