Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The next Science on Tap is just around the corner!

"Distribution and abundances of water in the inner Solar System"

Francis McCubbin, Senior Research Scientist of the University of New Mexico's Institute of Meteoritics, will speak on the distribution and abundances of water in the inner solar system at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. McCubbin will discuss the current thinking for how we use meteorites and remote observations to understand the amount of water within planetary bodies and the role of water in sustaining life on other planets. The planetary bodies will include Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, The Moon, and asteroids.

Francis McCubbin, Senior Scientist, received a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. McCubbin received his award in a ceremony at the White House. McCubbin was recognized for studies of the geochemical role of water and other volatiles in extraterrestrial materials from the inner solar system. Francis was also interviewed recently by National Geographic about his article in Geology (which includes UNM co-authors Stephen Elardo, Kathleen Vander Kaaden and Charles Shearer) and NewScientist about an article which appeared in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1220715).

The talk is part of "Science on Tap," a series of informal talks on a wide range of topics in science and technology at Cosmo Tapas Restaurant, 4200 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque. 

The talks are co-sponsored by the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems (NSMS) and the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering (ChNE) departments, Cosmos Tapas Restaurant in Nob Hill, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Admission is free, and you must be 21 years to attend. Please visit scienceontapnm.blogspot.com for more information.