October 3, 2023 Nancy Chabot

Dear Meteoritical Society Members,
We wanted to share some monthly Society news items:

Announcement of 2024 Awards and Solicitation of New Nominations – Congratulations to those selected to receive 2024 Awards, and please consider sending in new nominations for your deserving colleagues. Details of both can be found here.

Endowment Fund Grant Activities – We're pleased that the Meteoritical Society Endowment Fund is able to support a wide variety of activities through grants. Here are short summaries from three recently supported efforts: DINGUE VIII meeting, Origins of Solar Systems Gordon Research Conference, and the 3rd Turkish Meteorite Workshop.

Share your Announcement with MetSoc Members – We've expanded this monthly email newsletter to include a section for announcements submitted by society members. Submission guidelines and other details are given on the society's website. We welcome submissions from members regarding meetings, workshops, seminars, job announcements, and general news that are relevant to the Meteoritical Society community.


Fellowship Opportunity from Zonta International
Zonta international is offering the Amelia Earhart Fellowship which was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The US$10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree are eligible. Applicants must not graduate from their Ph.D. or doctoral program before April 2025. The 2024 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application must be submitted in full by 15 November 2023 to be considered.

For further information on eligibility and on how to apply, please visit this website.

Report from Workshop on Impact Processes as a Path to Habitability on Planetary Bodies
(submitted by: Alvaro Penteado Crósta)
Large cosmic impacts represent geological processes potentially leading to the establishment of habitable conditions in planetary bodies. The workshop, held in Campinas, Brazil, on June 26-28, 2023, provided a forum to discuss recent advances in understanding the role of impacts in creating potential life-harboring environments in icy and rocky planetary bodies, with a special focus on icy moons such as Titan and Europa.

A total of 40 scientists and graduate students from six countries attended the conference, sponsored by the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and the Institute of Geosciences, Unicamp. The organizers were Alvaro P. Crósta, (Unicamp, Brazil), Rosaly M. C. Lopes (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, USA), and Catherine D. Neish (University of Western Ontario, Canada). A post-meeting field trip took participants to visit Vargeão and Vista Alegre impact structures in southern Brazil, two eroded craters formed in basalt, representing important planetary analogues to investigate impact processes in rocky bodies such as Mars, Venus and the Moon.

Further information on the program, invited speakers and field trip can be found at https://www.ige.unicamp.br/impacts-and-habitability/

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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