Lunar and Planetary Institute
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Announcing the 2007 Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award Recipient

November 15, 2007

Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter.The 2007 recipient of the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is Jillian A. Hudgins of the University of New Brunswick (Canada).

Hudgins is pursuing a doctoral study of granulites collected by Apollo astronauts on the lunar surface. She is currently working on determining the age of several lunar samples and integrating that information with measurements of siderophile element abundances to better constrain the flux of impacting objects in early lunar history. Hudgins’ dissertation advisor is Prof. John Spray at the University of New Brunswick. She is also collaborating with Prof. Simon Kelley at Open University (U.K.) and Prof. Randy Korotev at Washington University.

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. 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.

These awards have collectively supported students in nine countries on five continents over the past nine years.

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