LPI Seminar Series


The LPI Seminar Series brings prominent scientists to the LPI to present on a broad array of scientific disciplines that advance our understanding of the solar system. The seminar series, which began in September 1969, has brought many notable contributors from numerous research and academic institutions to the LPI. Seminars are typically held on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. US/Central, but dates and times are subject to change. All seminars will be held virtually until further notice.

Sign up for LPI Seminars to receive email notifications of upcoming seminars and details on how to join the virtual seminar. For more information, please contact Patrick McGovern ([email protected]) and Sam Crossley ([email protected]).

See also the Rice University Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquia and the Department of Earth Science Colloquia pages for other space science talks in the Houston area.

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January 1998

Friday, January 9, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Goblins in the Moon: The Moderately Siderophile But Excessively Significant Elements Nickel and Cobalt as Tracers of Lunar History

Friday, January 16, 1998, 3:30 PM
Jane Luu, Harvard University
Comets and Their Origin

Friday, January 23, 1998, 3:30 PM
J. C. Liou, Johnson Space Center
Dynamics of Interplanetary Dust Particles

Friday, January 30, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
C. R. O'Dell, Rice University
Exploring the Orion Star Formation Region with the HST

February 1998

Friday, February 6, 1998, 3:30 PM
Mike Zolensky, Johnson Space Center
The Lowdown on the Muses-C Asteroid Sample Return Mission

Friday, February 13, 1998, 3:30 PM
Myron Lecar, Harvard University
Sculpting the Asteroid Belt

Friday, February 20, 1998, 3:30 PM
Jeff Jones, USRA Division of Space Life Sciences
Characterizing the Bioeffects of Space Radiation and Strategies to Diminish the Aftermath

Friday, February 27, 1998, 3:30 PM
Ben Schuraytz, Johnson Space Center
Meteoritic Components of Impact Melts: Iridium Nuggets and the Chicxulub Carbonaceous Chondrite Contamination Conundrum

March 1998

Friday, March 6, 1998, 3:30 PM
Karen Meech, University of Hawaii
Comets: Debris from the Primordial Solar System

Friday, March 13, 1998, 3:30 PM
Ben Bussey, European Space Agency
Clementine Imaging of Impact Basins, Probes Into the Lunar Crust

Friday, March 27, 1998, 3:30 PM
Hal Levison, Southwest Research Institute
The Diversity of Outer Planetary Systems

April 1998

Friday, April 3, 1998, 3:30 PM
David Koerner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Imaging of Protoplanetary Disks

Friday, April 10, 1998, 3:30 PM
Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute
The Crust of the Moon: A Post-Clementine Perspective

Friday, April 17, 1998, 3:30 PM
Robert Zubrin, Pioneer Astronautics
Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade

May 1998

Friday, May 8, 1998, 3:30 PM
Connie Bertka, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Implications of Mars Pathfinder Data for the Composition and Structure of the Martian Interior

Wednesday, May 13, 1998, 3:30 PM
Hans E. F. Amundsen, Saga Petroleum, Norway
Degassing the Earth's Mantle: Volcanoes and Mantle Xenoliths from Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway

Friday, May 15, 1998, 3:30 PM
William McKinnon, Washington University
Magnetic Fields at and Possible Life on Galilean Satellites -- A Question of Carbon

Friday, May 22, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Yuk Yung, Caltech
Kinetic Isotopic Fractionation in Planetary Atmospheres and the Solar Nebula

June 1998

Friday, June 5, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Alan Treiman, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Geomorphic Evidence for Groundwater Near the Surface of Mars: An Update

Friday, June 19, 1998, 3:30 PM
Sergio Fajardo-Acosta, University of Denver
Photometry and Imaging of Circumstellar Dust with the Infrared Space Observatory

Friday, June 26, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Jeff Gillis, Rice University and Lunar and Planetary Institute
The Composition and Geologic Setting of Mare Deposits on the Far Side of the Moon

July 1998

Friday, July 24, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Keith Parsons, University of Houston, Clear Lake
Does Scientific Reasoning Rest on a Mistake?

August 1998

Friday, August 7, 1998, 3:30 PM
Lloyd Burckle, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, New York
Terrestrial Microfossils in Antarctic Meteorites

Friday, August 14, 1998, 3:30 PM
Pawel Artymowicz, Stockholm Observatory, Sweden
Growth and Orbital Evolution of Giant Exoplanets

Friday, August 21, 1998, 3:30 PM
William B. Moore, University of California, Los Angeles
The Role of Rheology in Lithospheric Thinning by Mantle Plumes on Earth and Venus

Friday, August 28, 1998, 3:30 PM
Timothy Parker, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Coastal Geomorphology of the Martian Northern Plains

September 1998

Friday, September 4, 1998, 3:30 PM
Deborah Bass, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
Conducting Hypervelocity Impacts on Organic Molecules in an Experimental Setting

Thursday, September 17, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Julie Moses, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Micrometeoritic Bombardment of Saturn: Implied Total Flux and Effects on Atmospheric Chemistry

Friday, September 25, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Alexander Borisov, Johnson Space Center
Noble metal solubilities in silicate melts: experimental results and petrological implications

October 1998

Friday, October 2, 1998, 3:30 PM
Frances Westall, Johnson Space Center
Fossil Bugs on Mars: What Are We Really Looking For?

Friday, October 30, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Drew Potter, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Atmospheres of the Moon and Mercury

November 1998

Wednesday, November 25, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Deborah Domingue, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Near Prepares for its Encounter with Eros

December 1998

Friday, December 4, 1998, 3:30 PM
Dr. Frederick Best, Texas A&M University
Space Fission Power Systems

Friday, December 11, 1998 - Lecture Hall, 3:30 PM
Dennis Bazylinski, Iowa State University
Magnetotactic bacteria and their magnetic crystalline inclusions as biomarkers and fossils

Friday, December 18, 1998, 3:30 PM
Robert Herrick, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Stereo Topography of Venus Impact Craters

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