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Bea Baharier Receives Pierazzo International Student Travel Award

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PSI Director Mark Sykes presents Bea Baharier with a 2023 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award. Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute. 


Bea Baharier of Open University (Milton Keynes, United Kingdom) received a 2023 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award established by the Planetary Science Institute. The award, a certificate and check for $2,000, was presented to Baharier by PSI Director Mark Sykes at the 54th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. 

Baharier’s research title is "Terrestrial Aqueously Altered Magmatic Dike Forming Sulfate-Rich Hydrothermal Fluids to Constrain Martian Habitability.” Baharier's work contemplates putative past Martian hydrothermal environments' habitability as Mars evolved to the drier, colder environment of today, and lays constraints for identifying these changing Martian environments. Her work can be used as a comparison to future returned sample properties from Jezero Crater.

Betty Pierazzo was an expert in the area of impact modeling throughout the solar system, as well as an expert on the astrobiological and environmental effects of impacts on Earth and Mars. In addition to her research, she was passionate about education, teaching and public outreach, developing planetary-related classroom materials, professional development workshops for teachers, and teaching college-level classes herself. Betty believed in the strength of broad collaborations in all of her research and education activities. This award memorializes the scope of how she lived her life and the good she sought to bring to our profession and communities.

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PSI Director Mark Sykes introduces Bea Baharier as the recipient of a 2023 Pierazzo International Student Travel Award 54th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute.

April 2, 2023
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