August 15, 2011

MESSENGER Co-Investigator Elected Fellow Of The Geological Society Of America

MESSENGER Co-Investigator Louise Prockter has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA). Established in 1888, the GSA "” comprised of about 25,000 members "” seeks to foster the quest for understanding the Earth, planets, and life; catalyze new scientific ways of thinking about natural systems; and support the application of geoscience knowledge and insight to human needs, aspirations, and Earth stewardship.

To become a fellow, an honor reserved for less than 3 percent of the national society's members, honorees must be nominated by an existing GSA fellow in recognition of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and approved by the entire GSA senate.

Prockter "is deserving of this recognition because of her high standing in the scientific community, contributions to major spacecraft missions, the significance of her planetary geology research, her leadership of scientific teams, and her service through editorships, peer review panels, and as a GSA officer in the Planetary Geology Division," wrote NASA Geophysicist Herbert V. Frey, in the nomination letter he submitted.

Prockter is the supervisor of the Space Department's Planetary Exploration Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. As MESSENGER Deputy Project Scientist, she helps ensure that the mission will meet or exceed its scientific objectives. She earlier served as Instrument Scientist for the mission's Mercury Dual Imaging System. Her experience also includes work on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous and Galileo missions.

She will be recognized as a GSA fellow at the national meeting of the society to be held in Minneapolis in October.


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