2010 Annual Science Report

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Icy Worlds Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: Icy Worlds E/PO: Summer Interns and Summer Programs

Project Progress

The Icy Worlds NAI team had several summer interns this year.

Kevin Hand had four summer interns, including Andrew Park, Jr. who interned with him last summer also.

Paul Johnson had several interns over the summer working on Icy Worlds work, including Hugh Kim and Jason Young, both of whom are Caltech postdocs, and four undergraduate students via JPL’s Undergraduate Student Research Program:

• Colin Fitzgerald, University of Colorado

• Diana Bolser, University of Missouri

  • Victoria Chernow, Harvard University 

  • Dawn Lipscomb, University of Texas at San Antonio

NAI funding supported an undergraduate summer student at Wheaton College in 2009. The student used Wheaton’s high-performance cluster computer to simulate the flow of hydrothermal plumes in Europa’s ocean, and built software tools to analyze and visualize the model data. The student’s work was presented at AGU fall 2009, and a journal article on this work is in preparation.
Alison Murray helped organize a two-week summer school.

Heather Adams helped Susan Kelly with the Peaks and Potentials Yellowstone Lake Ecology Summer Camp at Montana State University in June 2010. Part of Heather’s participation entailed giving a presentation on “Extreme lake ecology” which included our astrobiology work at Barrow. There is an upcoming project at Hardin working with Native American students.