We are pleased to announce the Best Student Poster Award for Planetary Science was awarded to Jenna Crowell for her poster “PS11-A017: Thermophysical Modeling of Near Earth Asteroids: 1627 Ivar.”

Jenna is a member of the SSERVI CLASS team at the University of Central Florida in Orlando FL. CLASS focuses on studies of the physical properties of regoliths: geotechnical properties, microgravity effects, impact ejecta, dynamics, hydration and weathering of NEAs, charging and the mobilization of dust.

Jenna Crowell is a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at the University of Central Florida where she is studying the surface properties of asteroids.
Her area of research is the investigation of the compositional surface variation of near Earth asteroids (NEAs), specifically that of the S-complex asteroids. Currently, she is studying 1627 Ivar which had a close approach to Earth in 2013. Her research group was able to obtain CCD lightcurves, delay-Doppler images, Doppler spectra and near-IR spectra. Using these data, they enhanced the current shape model of Ivar and are currently working on the thermophysical model. Their data cover a wide range of viewing geometries and phase angles, which allows them to link these data with specific locations on the asteroid and look for possible surface heterogeneities.

In addition to receiving an award certificate, Jenna will receive a complimentary registration to attend the AOGS Annual Meeting next year. We look forward to seeing her at AOGS2017 and congratulations once again from SSERVI!

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI Team

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