February 1, 2024 Nancy Chabot

Dear Meteoritical Society Members,
Here are some announcements we wanted to share, and in particular, please note the upcoming deadline for award nominations!

  • Award Nominations Due by February 15 – Please consider nominating your deserving colleagues for awards! Details for all nominations can be found on the Awards webpage. Nominations for the Leonard Medal, Barringer Award, Nier Prize, Service Award, Jessberger Award, and Fellows all have a deadline of 15 February 2024.

  • Ed Scott Lecture Series – The first lecture of 2024 will be given by Hap McSween on 20 February at 21:00 UTC, entitled "Mars Sample Return: Why Martian Meteorites and Rover Missions Are Not Enough." Connection information was provided to members via email.

  • Renew your Meteoritical Society MembershipRenew your membership for 2024 here! Student membership is $10, Early Career $40, Retired $40, Standard $80. There are also options for individuals from developing countries and for Lifetime membership.

  • Website Is Up for the 2024 Meeting – Visit the 2024 MetSoc meeting website and plan to join the meeting in Brussels, July 28 though August 2. Meeting organizers want to note in particular that the dates overlap with the Summer Olympics in nearby Paris, so making travel plans early is advised.

  • 2023 MetSoc Yearly Review – You can read some highlights of MetSoc items from 2023 in the yearly compilation of Elements pages. Thanks to Cari Corrigan for all her great work as the society's representative to Elements!


  • Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship – Due February 7, 2024 at Washington University in St. Louis. Find details here. Applications are due on 7 February 2024. (https://eeps.wustl.edu/news/steve-fossett-postdoctoral-fellowship)

  • Summer School for Sample Returns – The Institut Origines at Aix-Marseille University and the Origins theme from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris will be hosting a Summer School for Sample Returns at the Haute-Provence Observatory June 24-28, 2024. It will provide a unique platform to access both basic and cutting edge knowledge related to the study of the origin of terrestrial planets and life based on the analysis of extraterrestrial samples in Earth laboratories. We will have a particular focus on recent and future sample return missions. This multidisciplinary summer school for graduate students and early career researchers will address domains including cosmochemistry, astrobiology, astrophysics, planetology, and more. We will learn through lectures and practicals from our large set of world experts as well as from more informal exchanges through a series of round tables with dedicated topics. Registration and more information is available here: https://www.univ-amu.fr/fr/public/ecole-dete-institut-origines-2024

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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