The Planetology Section presented an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the AGU 1997 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, on last December.
Mark I. Richardson presented a poster titled “Comparison of Microwave and Infrared Measurements of Martian Atmospheric Temperatures: Implications for Short-term Climate Variability.” Mark conducted his undergraduate studies in physics at Imperial College in London. Before graduating with a B.Sc. in 1992, he spent 3 months at the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Since 1992, Mark has been at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a NATO Fellow, receiving M.S. degrees from both the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Under the supervision of David A. Paige, he is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation, which focuses on the cycle of water within the Martian climate system.