May 2, 2024 Nancy Chabot

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

  • MetSoc Abstract Deadline: May 14Registration and abstract submission are both available on the 2024 MetSoc meeting website. We look forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting in Brussels, July 28 though August 2!

  • 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.

  • Endowment Grant Deadline - June 15 – Endowment Fund Grants can be used to support activities that further the goals of the society or to support student and early-career research efforts. Visit the Endowment Fund Grants webpage for details on how to apply.

  • 2024 Pellas-Ryder Award – Congratulations to Ren Marquez, a graduate student at Caltech, who is the recipient of this award that honors outstanding first author planetary science papers by students. Read the full announcement here.

  • Meteoritical Society Fellows of 2024 – Congratulations again to 11 new Fellows announced a few weeks ago! Read the news story here.

  • Ed Scott Lecture Available – Thank you to Audrey Bouvier for giving the third Ed Scott lecture earlier this week. That lecture is now posted online for viewing on the Ed Scott lecture series webpage.

  • In Memoriam – We are sorry to share the passing of Burkhard Dressler (1939–2024) but appreciate members who helped provide this remembrance.


  • 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 ( 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

  • ExMAG Spring 2024 Meeting – May 13-15, 2024

The Extraterrestrial Materials Analysis Group (ExMAG) meeting will be held in Houston, Texas at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on May 13–15, 2024. The meeting will include opportunities for virtual participation. Visit the website for more details.

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,
Jutta Zipfel, Meteoritical Society Secretary,
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