LPI Announces Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award Recipient

December 5, 2014

Patrick Boehnke

Patrick Boehnke. Credit:  UCLA.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is Patrick Boehnke of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Boenke is pursuing a Ph.D. study of impact-related shock- processes and their effect on the argon-argon radiometric system.  He is working with Mark Harrison at the University of California Los Angeles.

With funds provided with the GSA Planetary Geology Division’s Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award, Boehnke will be conducting shock experiments at Caltech and Ar-Ar analyses of experimental products at New Mexico Tech.

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 2015. Applications will be accepted beginning in late summer of 2015. Application details can be found at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/Awards/shoemaker/.



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