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Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University and the NASA Psyche mission, received the 2020 Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship.

Elkins-Tanton is the world’s leading figure in the early evolution of rocky planets and planetesimals. She has produced high-impact publications on magma oceans, studied the formation of the Siberian flood basalts and how they triggered catastrophic climate change and the extinction event at the end of the Permian, and explored models of thermal processing on the early moon that may help us understand the complex history recorded in ancient lunar crustal rocks.

A renowned lecturer and public speaker, she also cofounded Beagle Learning to help shape the next generation of critical thinkers.

Elkins-Tanton currently serves as the principal investigator for the NASA spacecraft mission to Psyche, an M-class asteroid thought to be largely made of metal. The Psyche spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2022 and arrival in 2026.

The Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship is awarded to a scientist making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth and whose lectures will provide solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature in the field. The nominee should also be a good speaker with the ability to summarize and synthesize current knowledge in the field. The recipient is awarded a $50,000 prize and funds to present a series of Day Lectures. Provided for by funds from the Arthur L. Day Bequest.  


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