NLSI’s Center for Lunar Origin and Evolution (CLOE) team member Robin Canup was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,152 and the total number of foreign associates to 430. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Robin Canup is the associate vice president for the Planetary Sciences Directorate at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Robin demonstrates appreciable abilities as both a researcher and leader in her profession. Her work with the Center for Lunar Origin and Environment has made her a strong contributor to NLSI’s research on the origin of the Moon. She has been recognized for substantially advancing our understanding of the Moon’s origin by a giant impact and its subsequent formation and dynamical evolution, including the origin of the lunar inclination. She has exhaustively assessed what it takes to create a companion to Earth in stable orbit. Her work provides important insights into the role of large collisions in planet formation, the bulk and surface composition of the Moon, and the likely characteristics of satellites in other planetary systems.

Listen to Robin’s lecture on “Making Moons” given as part of the National Academy of Science’s Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia.

This prestigious award represents a significant career achievement, and the NASA Lunar Science Institute is proud to see Robin receive such recognition. Congratulations Robin!

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff

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