Adventures in Planet Formation: Giant Impacts and the Mysteries of the Moon


Event Date

The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course 100 Grand Fairway Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381


Take a journey into our Solar System with acclaimed scientist and MacArthur Fellow, Sarah Stewart, to explore the mysteries of the moon, its connection with Earth and how our planets have formed and evolved.  With the ever-growing number of exoplanet discoveries and planetary missions, Stewart plays a critical role in providing a comprehensive understanding of planet formation and the resulting physical, geological, and geochemical features of planets – and why it matters to us on earth. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Date: Wednesday, March 20th
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course
100 Grand Fairways Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381

About the Speaker: Sarah T. Stewart joined UC Davis as a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis after eleven years as a Professor at Harvard University. A planetary scientist, she studies collisions in the solar system, and the formation and destruction of planets. Stewart's research group investigates the formation and evolution of planetary bodies. They tackle a broad range of problems in planetary science by focusing on understanding the feedbacks between physical processes and changes in material properties. Acclaimed for her new model for the origin of the Moon, she directs the Shock Compression Laboratory, which studies shock waves in planetary materials. She holds an AB in Astrophysics and Physics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology. She has won numerous awards and honors for her scholarship, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Urey Prize for best young scientist from the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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