April 4, 2024 Nancy Chabot

Dear Meteoritical Society Members,
Here are some news items and announcements:

  • Registration is Open for the Annual Meeting in Brussels! – Registration is available on the 2024 MetSoc meeting website for the annual meeting in Brussels, July 28 though August 2. Abstracts are due May 14.

  • Curation of Extraterrestrial Samples Workshop on July 27–28 – A pre-conference curation workshop will be held Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28. Visit the website for more details.

  • Student and Postdoctoral Lunch on Sunday, July 28 – The Membership Committee is leading a lunch meeting for students and postdocs to socialize and gather ideas for future student involvement in MetSoc. Lunch will be provided, and please indicate your interest when registering for the annual meeting.

  • Next Ed Scott Lecture on 29 April! – The next Ed Scott Lecture will be given by Audrey Bouvier, University of Bayreuth, on Monday, 29 April, at 18:00 UTC. The talk is entitled: Achondrite Meteorites: Messengers of Early Planetary Accretion and Evolution. Connection information was emailed to members. The lecture will be posted online following the talk.

  • Host the 2028 Annual Meeting! – We are welcoming invitations for interest in hosting the 90th annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society in 2028! See this announcement for details, with a deadline of April 15.

  • Hailiang Dong to Serve as Next GCA Executive Editor – The Geochemical Society and the Meteoritical Society are pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Hailiang Dong of the China University of Geosciences Beijing as the next Executive Editor (EE) of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GCA), whose term will begin on 1 January, 2025. Read this news story for details and thank you to the work of the Joint Publications Committee for leading the EE search.

  • Report on the Inaugural Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds MeetingRead this news story for details of this meeting, which was supported by an Endowment Grant. The meeting had over 150 participants from 26 countries, and the news story provides links to the full-length meeting report and the conference abstract volume, which are now available.


  • UTCT X-ray Computed Tomography Short Course July 10-12, 2024

The University of Texas X-ray CT Facility (UTCT), a NASA Planetary Science Enabling Facility, will host its annual short course on the acquisition, visualization, and analysis of X-ray CT (XCT) data July 10-12, 2024 in Austin, TX. This course presents an overview of the acquisition and interpretation of XCT data, followed by hands-on training in 3D visualization and quantitative analysis of discrete geological features (e.g., clasts, grains, pores) and fabrics.

Funds are available to help cover the cost of lodging and meals and there is no charge to attend. Preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated need for immediate application of the skills learned. Participants are invited to bring their own XCT data or have samples scanned (at a discount) at UTCT prior to the course.

To apply email Dr. Romy Hanna (romy@jsg.utexas.edu) by Friday, May 10th that outlines (limit ~300 words):

  1. Relevant biographical information (academic affiliations and status as student, postdoc or faculty/staff;

  2. The type of sample(s) that you aim to analyze and your research objectives;

  3. Whether you have sample(s) that you would like to have scanned at UTCT

For more information about UTCT visit www.ctlab.geo.utexas.edu

  • Planetary Science Workshop - How big and how many accretionary CM chondrite parent bodies were there?

Join us for a free, hybrid workshop aiming to tackle the unknown questions surrounding the CM chondrite parent bodies, led by Dr Martin Suttle of the Open University. The workshop will be based at the Geological Society of London (remote participation available), over two non-consecutive meeting days: 12 July 2024 and 24 January 2025.

The aims of the workshop are to act as a catalyst for early solar system research collaboration, to progress our understanding of the large-scale structure of carbonaceous chondrite planetesimals, and to generate one or more focused peer-reviewed publications to be published in the Journal of the Geological Society of London. Potential applicants are asked to provide an anonymised statement of interest in the workshop via email to science@geolsoc.org.uk by the closing date: 10 April 24. More information on the workshop can be found here.

  • Crowdfunding Request

Inspired by the Inaugural Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds Meeting and remarkable crowdfunding achievements among the wider community, the team have decided to experiment in this approach and have developed a call for donations. Monies raised will help support the community going forward.

Success among all people of our communities is important. Please follow the link for information and help us raise funds to assist people of lesser privilege and/or underrepresented identities in the UK to enter university education in these broad subject areas! Every little bit donated will help a deserving person overcome challenges. Goal = £30K

Together, your donations can help us support education, research, outreach, and other activities. Thank you for hoped-for enthusiastic support and for spreading the word!

Link in full: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/earth-planetary-trust

Share your announcements with MetSoc members – Submission guidelines and other details are given on the society's website.

Thank you for being a part of the Meteoritical Society, and please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Nancy Chabot, Meteoritical Society President, metsocpres@gmail.com
Jutta Zipfel, Meteoritical Society Secretary, metsocsec@gmail.com
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