Meteoritical Society to Award Two EPL Alums in 2021
On August 11, 2020, the Meteoritical Society announced that Nan Liu and Maria Schönbächler—both former Earth and Planets Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellows—will receive two of the society’s seven 2021 awards for scientific achievements in the planetary sciences.
Cosmochemist Nan Liu (Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2017) will be awarded the Nier Prize, which recognizes scientists under the age of 35 for outstanding research in meteoritics and closely related fields. Liu, now a Research Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, will receive the award for her research on isotopic measurements of trace elements in presolar silicon carbide grains and the application to s-process nucleosynthesis in asymptotic giant branch stars.
Isotope Geochemist Maria Schönbächler (Postdoctoral Fellow from 2003-2004) will be awarded the society’s inaugural Jessberger Award. The award recognizes outstanding research in the field of isotope cosmochemistry by a female scientist in the middle of her career. Schönbächler, now a professor at ETH Zürich's Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, will receive the award for her work developing techniques for high precision isotope analysis and applying them to the study of nucleosynthetic anomalies and short-lived radioactive systems. Her work improves our ability to investigate the processes that occurred in the earliest stages of planet formation in our Solar System.
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