Barringer Family Fund Awardees for 2011


Four students interested in the study of impact cratering processes will receive awards from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research in 2011 to support field work at impact sites worldwide.

The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research was established to support field work by eligible students interested in the study of impact cratering processes. The Fund provides a small number of competitive grants each year for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Information on the grant application process is available here.

The Fund was established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and the Barringer family’s strong interest and support over many years in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature, the Fund also reflects the family’s long-standing commitment to responsible stewardship of the Barringer Meteorite Crater and the family’s steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique scientific research and education site.

The Barringer Family Fund awardees for 2011 are:

Souad Chaabout, University Hassan II, Morocco
Prospecting for meteorite impact craters in Morocco and study of degradation and erosion ofpossible meteorite impact craters in the desert environment

Timmons Erickson, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Electron Backscatter Diffraction investigation of the internal microstructures of detrital shockedzircon from the Vaal River in South Africa

Matthew Huber, University of Vienna
Investigation if the Suavjarvi structure, a possible Proterozoic impact structure in theFennoscandian Shield

Michael Zanetti, Washington University in St. Louis
Impact melt emplacement at the Mistastin impact structure: detailed field relationships andimplications for Copernican-aged lunar craters

2010 Awardees

Marc Biren, University of New Brunswick
(U-Th)/He Dating – Central uplift emplacement at Manicouagan Impact Structure

Marisa Palucis, University of California Berkeley
Meteor Crater, Arizona: a terrestrial analog to study gully formation on Mars

Sebastian Sturm, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Distribution of megablocks in the Ries Crater

Marcos Vasconcelos, University of Campinas
Field work at the Riachão impact structure, northeastern Brazil

2011 Barringer Invitational Lecture

The 2011 Barringer Invitational Lecture will be given during the Meteoritical Society’s annual meeting in Greenwich, UK this August by the British Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, also past President of The Royal Society. The address is open to the public and will be held at London’s Natural History Museum.