LPI Announces Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award Recipient

November 1, 2023

Nicolas S. Anderson

Credit: Caltech.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to announce that the 2023 recipient of the Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is Nicolas S. Anderson from the California Institute of Technology.

The award is to be applied to the study of impact craters, whether they be on Earth or any other solid body in the solar system. The focus of the proposed work can be on the cratering process, the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts, or the geological, chemical, or biological results of impact cratering.

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

This award began as the Eugene M. Shoemaker Memorial Fund for Crater Studies. It was established by Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker in memory of her husband in 1998. She established the endowment so that students would have an opportunity to pursue studies of impact craters, which was the focus of her husband's graduate student studies and a large part of his professional career. Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker had a brief but extraordinary scientific career. In a twelve-year window, she discovered a world-record 32 comets, including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. After Dr. Carolyn Shoemaker passed away in 2021, the award was renamed the Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award in memory of their collective contributions to impact cratering science.

Additional details are available at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Shoemaker_Award/.

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