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Hazel Sears

Asteroids and terrestrial analogs.
Bay Area Environmental Research Institute
BSc (Mathematics), University of Kent at Canterbury, 1969, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Brunel University, 1971

FINESSE Research Objectives

My goals with FINESSE are to apply the lessons learned from the examination of terrestrial volcanic and impact structures to new understandings of asteroids and their origin and history.


My formal training is in mathematics. I taught mathematics at the high school level in the UK (1971-1979) and calculus at the University of Arkansas, (1981-1987) before moving full time to science management in 1988. Since then, I have been involved in sample curation and data handling for the natural thermoluminescence survey of Antarctic meteorites (1987-2001). I was managing editor for the technical journal “Meteoritics and Planetary Science” (1991-2001), and the popular “Meteorite” magazine(2006-present), being the current President of Meteorite LLC. I was the founding manager of the Arkansas Center for Planetary Science (2000-2008), during which I participated in the creation and management of research and teaching programs and outreach programs. I have been heavily involved in meeting organization (Metsoc 1988 and meetings connected with the Arkansas Center for Space & Planetary Sciences) and in proposal and grant management. I came to the Bay Area with Derek in 2011 and work with him on proposal and grant management and his research and publication activities. In 2014, I had an asteroid named in my honor for the management contributions I have made to the field.

Upcoming Activities

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SSERVI / Exploration Science Forum
July 2016
The Exploration Science Forum brings together the Science and Exploration communities to discuss current research regardin the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, and Phobos & Deimos.
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Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos & Deimos
July 2016
The Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos, subtitled The Science, Robotic Reconnaissance, and Human Exploration of the Two Moons of Mars, will be the third international meeting focused on Phobos and Deimos, and on how their exploration relates to that of other small bodies, Mars, and the rest of the Solar System.

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Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve (COTM), Idaho, USA

Prime FINESSE COTM field deployment:
Summer 2016


International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)

October 8, 2016
InOMN is a world-wide outreach event to encourage people to observe and learn about our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon. The InOMN website can be found here.
Division of Planetary Sciences
October 16-21, 2016
The Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) annual meeting will be held in Pasadena, CA.  This meeting brings together researchers studying planetary objects to present and discuss cutting-edge planetary science.
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American Geophysical Union
December 12-16, 2016
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting is one of the most prestigious Earth and space sciences meeting worldwide.  AGU is held each December in San Francisco, CA.

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