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2011 Annual Science Report

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Icy Worlds Reporting  |  SEP 2010 – AUG 2011

EPO Activity: Icy Worlds E/PO: Summer Interns

Project Progress

Several members of the Icy Worlds NAI team had summer interns in 2011:

Kevin Hand had two interns: Andrew Park, a sophomore at Brown University who returned to JPL for his third summer this year, and Tom Nordheim, a first year graduate student at University College London.

Jason Goodman had one student (Ethan Levien, a Wheaton undergraduate) working for him this summer. Ethan and a second student (Scott Tarlow) also worked with Jason over the fall term.

Paul Johnson had several interns:

Dawn Lipscomb (University of Texas, San Antonio); 09/2010-12/2010, co-author on manuscript submitted to Astrobiology.

Diana Bolser (University of Missouri); 01/24/2011-05/06/2011, co-author on 1 peer reviewed publication, went on to graduate school in chemistry and the University of Arizona

Sky Beard (Purdue University), 06/2011-08/2011,went on to graduate school in planetary science and the University of Arizona.

Rebecca Silva (University of Texas, Brownsville); 09/2011-12/2011 Presentations (EPO related) P. V. Johnson, Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Photochemistry of Planetary Ices. Physic Colloquium (MH 606), California State University, Fullerton, California, October 14, 2011.

Steve Vance had two graduate students as summer interns: Patricia Gavin, a now-fourth-year student from the University of Arkansas, supported by the Europa Flagship Mission Study, who studied simulations of hydrothermal interactions for understanding Europa’s ocean.

Aomawa Shields, a now-third-year student from the University of Washington, supported by Space Grant and Icy Worlds, who studied the effect of temperature on the formation of proto-biotic cell membrane materials.

John Priscu had two undergradaute summer interns working on NAI-funded work: Hayden Wilson and Paloma Lopez (Paloma is from Mexico City and was funded from a MARC grant he received from UC Santa Cruz).