Professor Martin H. Israel receives Distinguished Service Award

McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences presents Distinguished Service Award to Martin Israel

Professor Martin "Marty" Israel obtained his Bachelors in physics from the University of Chicago in 1962, and his PhD from California Institute of Technology in 1969. During his graduate studies at Caltech, Marty attended Richard Feynman's lectures, where his recordings of the lectures and photographs of the blackboards provided raw material for the famous book, The Feynman Lectures on Physics.  He came to Washington University in 1968 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics.

In 1974, Marty, by then an Associate Professor, was deeply involved in the formation of the McDonnell Center.  James S. McDonnell, "Mr. Mac", was already supporting space science at Washington University by providing 5 years of funding for the McDonnell Professor, Bob Walker, as well as money to support graduate student fellowships, which was given in memory of the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire.  Chancellor Bill Danforth, began working with Bob Walker, with help from Marty, to entice Mr. Mac to give greatly expanded long-term support to space sciences at Washington University. 

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Call for Research Papers: Meteoritics & Planetary Science (MAPS) - Special Issue in honor of Dr. Christine Floss

Papers are solicited for a Special Issue of Meteoritics & Planetary Science dedicated to the memory of Dr. Christine Floss and organized around the general theme of “Understanding our solar system history through In-situ micro- and nano-analysis of extraterrestrial materials”.


For over 30 years, Dr. Christine Floss analyzed the isotopic and elemental compositions of macro- to submicroscopic components in extraterrestrial materials using coordinated in-situ ion microprobe (IMS-3f and NanoSIMS 50) and electron microscopy (SEM, Auger Nanoprobe and FIB-TEM) techniques to better understand secondary processes (e.g., thermal metamorphism, aqueous alteration) during the early history of our solar system. Christine worked on a wide range of planetary samples, from meteorites, micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles to returned samples from NASA Apollo, Stardust and Genesis missions. She was also one of the experts on the identification and characterization of circumstellar and protosolar components in these materials, in particular presolar silicate grains, to investigate their abundances and origins.



Manuscripts that focus on current and critical issues related to Christine’s broad research interest will be considered for this Special Issue. 

The review process of manuscripts for this Special Issue will be overseen by MAPS chief-editor A J Timothy Jull, MAPS Associate Editor Alexander Ruzicka, and guest editor Larry Nittler. All manuscripts will undergo the normal MAPS review processes.


Special Issue Proposers: Pierre Haenecour and Maitrayee Bose.



Deadline for submission: December 31, 2018 



All the guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission are posted on:

In Step-6 of the submission process, please select “Christine Floss issue” in the Special Issue section.