Barringer Award for 2022

Gareth Collins (Imperial College of London) and Kai Wünnemann (Germany) are jointly awarded the Barringer Award for 2022 for their collaborative development of the iSALE hydrocode and their influential scientific work in understanding and simulating the physics of impact crater formation. More…


Nier Prize for 2022

Prof. Arya Udry of the University of Nevada Las Vegas has been selected for the 2022 Nier Prize for her significant contributions in the petrology and chemistry of martian meteorites, for advancing our understanding of the crystallization sequences of martian magmas and for being an effective public communicator of the science. More…


Sandra Pizzarello (1933-2021)

It is with great sadness that we announce that Sandra Pizzarello passed away on October 24, 2021. She greatly enhanced the research field of molecular, isotopic, and chiral analysis of organic compounds in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites since the 1970s. During her active research career, she produced an impressive number of achievements in her studies on the origin and chemical evolution of organic compounds in the early Solar System and the origin of homochirality in living systems. Sandra was born in Venice, Italy, in 1933. She obtained a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences at Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italy, in 1955. She was a research associate with Farmitalia Research Laboratories Neuropharmacology Dept. Milan, Italy from 1957-1960. She started her research at Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University (ASU) in 1977. She was a research professor and an emeritus professor at ASU until she passed away. More…


Edward R. D. Scott (2021)

Its with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Ed Scott on October 7. Edward Robert Dalton Scott was born on 22 March 1947 in Heswall, England, and died suddenly on 7 October 2021 in San Rafael, California at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife Anneliese Sullivan Scott, his two daughters, Victoria and Rosemarie, and grandchildren Theo, Octavia, and Fiona. Ed was a superb scientist with deep curiosity about the Solar System and its origin, coupled with disarming modesty, a positive personality, a subtle sense of humor, and exceptional kindness. He will be missed. More…


ExMAG Fall Meeting Announcement

The Extraterrestrial Materials Analysis Group (ExMAG) will meet virtually on October 14–15, 2021, from 11am-5 pm EDT. There is no registration fee but registration is required by October 11, 2021. The Fall meeting will focus on sample return missions and technologies, sample collections, facilities and informatics, and advanced analysis and curation methods. We invite Early-Career members of the sample analysis community (students, postdocs, and those within 10 years of their terminal degree) to have Coffee with the ExMAG Chair on October 14 from 10-11 am EDT, an informal hour to learn about ExMAG and talk about issues important to you. A virtual poster session to view Facilities posters will be held in Gather.town on October 15 from 10-11 am EDT. The list of posters will be posted on the agenda page. Registered attendees will receive an e-mail from Houston Meeting Info prior to the meeting with connection information for all events. More information and agenda are at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/exmag/meetings/exmagfall2021/ More…


Service Award for 2022

Dr. Randy L. Korotev, Emeritus Research Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University St. Louis, has been selected for the 2022 Service Award of the Meteoritical Society. Dr. Korotev was selected for his contributions to the classification of lunar meteorites, for his creation and operation of the "go-to" website for lunar meteorites and for his public outreach and education efforts in meteorites. More…


Leonard Medal for 2022

Prof. Kevin D. McKeegan, Dept. of Earth & Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles has been named the 2022 Leonard Medalist of the Meteoritical Society. The announcement was made at the 84th Meteoritical Society Meeting held in Chicago, during its Business Meeting, August 18, 2021. More…


Session Proposals for 2022 Goldschmidt Conference Theme 1: Solar Systems and Planets

The call for sessions and workshops for Goldschmidt 2022 in Hawaii is now open. We invite the community to consider submitting a session 1 under Theme 1 Solar Systems and Planets: The goal of this theme is to bring together cosmochemistry, geodynamical, and astronomical contributions about how the bodies in our Solar System and in exoplanetary systems formed and evolved through time. Topics of interest include pre-solar chemistry, protoplanetary disks and the origins of chondrules, planetary accretion and planetesimal growth, planetary collisions and volatile transfer, planetary differentiation (including the Earth) and planetary crust formation, late accretion and impacts, and magmatic processes. We seek sessions that bring together different methodologies, including analysis of extraterrestrial materials, experiments and numerical modelling, and results from planetary missions. More…


Chicago Meeting message

We wanted to update you on the status of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. In 2020 we were close to fully moving the 2021 meeting online only due to the ongoing ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. In early 2021 with increasing vaccination rates and decreasing COVID-19 cases the situation for holding an in-person meeting with an online component in the summer looked promising. Professional networking opportunities at in-person meetings are particularly important for early career scientists, especially for 3-year PhDs. Anything longer than the one-year hiatus with in-person meetings will deprive these early career scientists of the opportunity to present at a MetSoc. The Meteoritical Society Council and the meeting organizers, therefore, decided to hold a hybrid meeting. This decision was not an easy one, particularly given the highly increased workload and expenses that are involved with organizing a hybrid meeting. But given the circumstances with the pandemic, the hybrid form is the most inclusive solution that is possible for this meeting and allows participation by everyone from any country, regardless of travel restrictions. This decision was taken months before cases with the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-19 virus started to increase. More…


Support for Early Career MetSoc Members Attending the 2021 Goldschmidt Conference

The Meteoritical Society wants to encourage early-career meteoriticists to participate in the upcoming 2021 Goldschmidt Conference, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. This Goldschmidt conference will be virtual (July 4-9, 2021), and many of its sessions should be of interest to members of our Society. To encourage participation, the Meteoritical Society Council will award selected participants an annual membership in the Society for 2022, including an electronic subscription to the Society journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Other benefits of membership can be found here: https://meteoritical.org/society/membership . For these awards of Society membership, we invite applications from early career researchers (undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at any college or university, or other researchers within 5 years of their PhD). Applicants must be engaged in research on meteorites, and need not be currently associated with the Society. For those applicants who are selected, we will support your continued research and interest in the Meteoritical Society by awarding a membership in the Society for 2022, including an electronic subscription to our journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Preference may be given to those who present their work at the Goldschmidt2021 conference, and members from countries with a low-income economy (https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519), but neither is a requirement for an award. Prior recipients of a membership award are not eligible. More…