Nininger Meteorite Award

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Nininger Meteorite Award
Awarded for Outstanding student achievement in the “Science of Meteoritics” as embodied by an original research paper.
Presented by Center for Meteorite Studies
First awarded 1965

The Nininger Meteorite Award awarded by the Center for Meteorite Studies recognizes outstanding student achievement in the “Science of Meteoritics” as embodied by an original research paper.[1] In 1965, Dr. Harvey H. Nininger and Mrs. Addie D. Nininger endowed the Nininger Science of Meteoritics Fund to the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University in order to promote interest in meteorite-related topics among young scientists. A number of prominent planetary scientists and meteoriticists have won this award including William K. Hartmann, Hap McSween, and Dante Lauretta.

Nininger Meteorite Award Winners[edit]

Source: Nininger Past Recipients]

Year Name Title of Paper
1961-1962 Michael E. Lipschutz On the Origin of Diamonds in Iron Meteorites
1961-1962 Craig M. Merrihue Meteoritic Xenon and the Origin of the Meteorite
1961-1962 Michael Fernandez Locating Meteorite Falls from Micro-meteorites in Soil Samples
1962-1963 Michael Duke Petrology of the Basaltic Achondrite Meteorites
1962-1963 James L. Setser Determination of the Abundance of Zirconium and Hafnium in Meteorites, Tektites and Terrestrial Materials
1963-1964 Marvin W. Rowe Gamma Radioactivity and Rare Gases in Meteorites and Terrestrial Materials
1963-1964 Ned Read The Determination of the Orientation of the Cut-Plane through an Iron Meteorite Relative to its Crystal Structure
1964-1965 William K. Hartmann Terrestrial and Lunar Flux of Large Meteorites through the Solar System
1964-1965 Joseph I. Goldstein The Growth of the Widmanstatten Pattern in Metallic Meteorites
1965-1966 John William Larimer The Petrology of Chondritic Meteorites in the Light of Experimental Studies
1965-1966 Marvin W. Rowe Xenomalies
1966-1967 Billy P. Glass Microtektites and the Origin of the Australasian Tektite Strewn Field
1966-1967 Donald P. Elston Accretion of the Murray Carbonaceous Chondrite and Implications Regarding Chondrule and Chondrite Formation
1967-1968 G. Jeffrey Taylor On the Thermal History of Chondrites
1967-1968 Benjamin N. Powell Petrology and Chemistry of Mesosiderites
1967-1968 Patrick Freeman Versailles Cryptoexplosive Structure
1968-1969 Robert B. Finkelman Analysis and suggested Origin of Magnetic Particles Extracted from Manganese Nodules
1968-1969 Paul A. Mueller A Sutdy of FeII Disorder in Chondritic Orthopyroxenes using the Mössbaur Effect
1969-1970 Christine A. Jones Tritium Measurements in Recently Fallen Meteorites and in Apollo 12 Lunar Samples
1969-1970 Laurel L. Wilkening Particle Track Studies and the Origin of Gas-Rich Meteorites
1970-1971 Chen-Lin Chou Gallium and Germanium in the Metal and Silicate Phases of L- and LL- Chondrites; Implications for the Thermal History of the Chondrites
1971-1972 J. Marvin Herndon Magnetic Paleothermometry of Carbonaceous Chondrites and the Evidence for a Magnetic Field Prior to Meteorite Formation
1972-1973 J. Marvin Herndon The Occurrence, Origin and Significance of Magnetite in Carbonaceous Meteorites
1972-1973 William R. Kelley The Chemical Composition of Metallic Spheroids and Metallic Particles Within Impactite From Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona
1972-1973 John L. Remo A New Interpretation of the Mechanical Properties of the Gibeon Meteorite
1973-1974 James H. Chen U-Th-Pb Radiometric INvestigations of the Allende Carbonaceous Chondrite
1973-1974 R. Dee Sherrill An Alternative Approach to the Concept of Carbonaceous Chondrite Fission
1974-1975 Kathleen Mark Craters-A Brief History of Their Recognition
1974-1975 Paul P. Sipiera Devitrification Studies on Chemical Compositions Corresponding to Ca-Al-Rich Inclusions in the Allende Meteorite
1975-1976 Lisa M. Albright On the Nature of the Natural Remnant Magnetism (NRM) of Iron Meteorites
1975-1976 Stanley M. Cisowski The Effect of Shock on the Remnant Magnetism of Rocks from the Lonar Crater, India
1976-1977 Harry Y. McSween Jr The Chemical Composition of the Chondrules and Inclusions in Carbonaceous Chondrites
1976-1977 Edward Stolper Experimental Petrology and the Origin of Eucritic Meteorites
1977-1978 Horton E. Newsom Primitive Metal Condensates from the Solar Nebula, a clue from the Bencubbin Meteorite
1977-1978 Lindy Leung In Search of Ancient Magnetic Field Traces in H-chondrites
1978-1979 Mark J. Cintala Meteoroid Impact into Comet Nuclei: Implications for the Polymict Brecciated Meteorites, Apollo Asteroid Spectra, and Comet-Meteorite Orbital Relationships
1978-1979 M. Bruce Fegley Jr. Chondrite Mineralogy and Equilibrium Chemistry of the Alkalis, Halogens, and Phosphorus in the Primitive Solar Nebula
1979-1980 Alan E. Rubin Derivation of a Heterogeneous Poikilitic Lithic Fragment in the Bovedy L3 Chondrite from the Impact-Melted Porphyritic Chondrules
1979-1980 Steven B. Simon Petrography, Bulk Chemistry and petrology of Chondrules in the Allende Meteorite
1980-1981 John H. Jones The Geochemical Coherence of Pu and ND and the 244Pu/238U Ratio of the Early Solar System
1980-1981 Leanne Wiberg The Hico Structure: A Possible Impact Structure in North-Central Texas
1981-1982 Alan S. Kornacki Petrography Classification, and the Origin of the Fine- to Coarse-Grained Ca, Al-Rich Inclusions in the Allende C3 (V) Chondrite
1981-1982 Peter T. Wlasuk The Contributions of Hubert A. Newton to Nineteenth-Century Meteoritics
1982-1983 Stephen R. Sutton Thermoluminescence (TL) Dating of Shock-Metamorphosed Rock from Meteor Crater, Arizona: Shock Threshold for TL Resetting and Post-Impact Temperature of the Crater Floor
1983-1984 R. Kyle Guimon Thermoluminescence and Metamorphism in Type 3 Ordinary Chondrules
1984-1985 Bradley D. Keck Thermoluminescence and Metamorphism in the CO Chondrites
1985-1986 David Lusby Ubiquitous High-FeO Silicates in the Enstatite Chondrites: Implications for the Chondrule Forming Process
1986-1987 Joel D. Blum Are Opaque Assemblages in the Ca, Al-Rich Inclusions in Chondtritic Meteorites Really "Fremdlinge?"
1986-1987 John A. Garges Detection and Classification of Meteoritic Material at the Ries Impact Crater by Determination of Osmium Isotopic Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
1987-1988 Lindsay P. Keller Calcic Micas in the Allende CV3 Chondrite: Implications for the Alteration of Ca- and Al-Rich Inclusions
1987-1988 Michael R. Wing On the Origin of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Carbonaceous Chondrites: Evidence for Thermal and Aqueous Alteration in the Parent Planet
1988-1989 Chad T. Olinger An Extraterrestrial Origin of the Polar Sediment Particles: Confirmation by Neon Isotopic Analysis of Individual Samples
1989-1990 Timothy McCoy Metamorphism, Brecciation and Parent Body Structures of LL-Group Chondrites
1989-1990 Tian Xie Meteorites Identification and Pairing Recognition Expert System (MIPRES)
1990-1991 Xiaoyue Xiau Study on Formation Processes of Carbonaceous Chondrites - A Continuous Distribution of Highly Volatile Trace Elements
1991-1992 Stephen F. Wolf Evidence for a H Chondrite Meteoroid Stream
1992-1993 Don D. Eisenhour Were Chondrules Formed by Light?
1993-1994 Edward S. Michlovich Temporal Variation of H Chondrite Sources
1995-1996 Dante Lauretta Experimental Studies of the History Sulfide Minerals from the Solar Nebula to Meteorite Parent Bodies
1997-1998 Thomas Burbine Spectroscopy of Vestoids
2002-2003 Jon M. Friedrich Chemical Studies of L Chondrites
2006 Lan-Anh Nguyen Characterization of presolar silicate grains in the Acfer 094 and ALHA77307 carbonaceous chondrites by multi-detection raster ion imaging in the NanoSIMS
2007 Nicolas Ouellette Injection of supernova dust into the protoplanetary disk
2008 Mary Sue Bell Experimental shock decomposition of siderite and the origin of magnetite in Martian meteorite ALH84001
2008 Anat Shahar Astrophysics of CAI formation as revealed by silicon isotope LA-MC-ICPMS of an igneous CAI
2009 Nicholas Moskovitz The distribution of basaltic asteroids in the Main Belt
2010 Gregory Brennecka 238U/235U Variations in Meteorites: Extant 247Cm and Implications for Pb-Pb Dating
2011 Andrew Beck Diogenites as polymict breccias composed of orthopyroxenite and harzburgite
2012 David Baker The transition from complex craters to multi-ring basins on the Moon: Quantitative geometric properties from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) data
2013 Brandon Johnson Impact spherules as a record of an ancient heavy bombardment of Earth
2014 Ingrid Daubar The current Martian cratering rate
2015 Roger Fu Nebular magnetic fields recorded by the Semarkona meteorite
2016 François Tissot Origin of uranium isotope variations in early solar nebula condensates
2017 Emily Worsham Siderophile element systematics of IAB complex iron meteorites: New insights into the formation of an enigmatic group

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