The ASU Center for Meteorite Studies is pleased to announce that Clara Maurel, a Ph.D. Candidate in the MIT School of Science is the recipient of the 2020 Nininger Meteorite Award, and Soumya Ray, a Ph.D. Candidate in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration received an Honorable Mention for the award.
The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences, as embodied by an original research paper.
Clara's paper "Meteorite evidence for partial differentiation and protracted accretion of planetesimals" combines a pioneering synchrotron paleomagnetic technique with impact simulations and planetary thermal and collisional evolution models to demonstrate that the parent planetesimal of the IIE iron meteorites had a metallic core that generated a magnetic field.
Soumya's paper ‘Correlated iron isotopes and silicon contents in aubrite metals reveal structure of their asteroidal parent body’ (co-authored by Laurence Garvie, Vinai Rai, and Meenakshi Wadhwa) investigates the origin of metal in aubrites and the thermal history of the aubrite parent body.