The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), formerly the NASA Lunar Science Institute, concluded the 2013 Lunar Science Forum held July 16-18.
This year the Forum was all virtual, with parallel scientific sessions, poster sessions, student lightning round talks and other featured sessions held entirely over the Internet with interactive chat. There were more than 450 unique log-ins, 11 virtual “hubs” where groups at NASA centers and universities participated from group videoconferencing rooms, with more than 100 speakers presenting their latest research from all over the world.
The forum kicked-off with Bill Hartmann Receiving the 2013 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award. The Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award is an annual award given to a scientist who has significantly contributed to the field of Lunar Science throughout the course of their scientific career.
“In view of his many fundamental and far-reaching breakthroughs in lunar science such as his discovery of multi-ring impact basins—including Orientale basin—Dr. Hartmann is exceptionally deserving of this medal,” said Yvonne Pendleton, director of the Institute. “We are proud to present him with this honor.”
In addition to the marvelous scientific presentations, the forum included a screening of Georges Méliès’ classic “A Trip to the Moon” (Le Voyage dans la lune) circa 1902, and a video sent to us by our friend in Italy of Maestro Massimiliano Pezzotti, who performed a fascinating improvisational flute solo during a public screening of the wonderful video “Evolution of the Moon” originally produced by the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) at GSFC.
Other highlights included the announcement of the Student Poster competition winners: Chenango Forks HS (Houlihan #24) took fifth place; Miles Crist (#3) and Chris Womack (#10) tied for third place; Upper Darby HS (Hossain #23) came in second, and the first-place winner was Colin Jackson (#36). Congrats to all of the students who participated in this year’s poster competition! You can view all of the posters here.
If you missed any of the great talks or just want to revisit your favorite presentations, all of the proceedings have been archived on the Lunar Science Forum website; simply click on the “Forum Agenda” tab and click on the little arrow to the right of the speaker’s name.
SSERVI is grateful to everyone who participated and helped make this virtual meeting such a success. Please take a moment to respond to our brief survey so that we can improve on the virtual format for future meetings.
Thanks for making #LSF13 the best-ever virtual Lunar Science Forum! We’re looking forward to next year already!
Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff