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MESSENGER NASA Science Update Panel Biographies

Marilyn Lindstrom, MESSENGER Program Scientist
NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Marylin Marilyn Lindstrom is the liaison between the MESSENGER principal investigator and the science team and NASA program management on science matters. She is responsible for overseeing science planning, implementation, analysis, and data archiving, as well as for facilitating MESSENGER science. Dr. Lindstrom is also program scientist for the Mars Fundamental Research program, Astromaterials Curation, and Planetary EPO. She previously managed the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development and Mars Data Analysis Programs. Prior to coming to Headquarters she was curator of Antarctic meteorites at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, and a research scientist studying rocks from the Earth, Moon, and Mars. She is particularly interested in comparative planetology of the terrestrial planets and is delighted to have a role in studying Mercury, the least known of these bodies.

Contact Information: (202) 358-1254
e-mail: marilyn.lindstrom-1@nasa.gov


William McClintock, MESSENGER Co-Investigator
University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, Colo.

William McClintock William McClintock, a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, is an expert in upper planetary atmospheres and specializes in their measurement using ultraviolet spectroscopy. He led the development of the Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) and will lead the analysis of its measurements of atmospheric composition. He obtained both a BA in Physics and a PhD in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 1977 to develop rocket experiments for observing interstellar matter. He serves as the SORCE SOLSTICE Instrument Scientist. In addition to his SORCE activities, he is a co-Investigator on a number of NASA planetary programs, including the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer Experiment on the Cassini mission to Saturn and the MESSENGER mission. His research interests include the precise measurement of solar and stellar ultraviolet irradiance and ultraviolet observations of planetary atmospheres and exospheres.

Contact Information: (303) 492-8407
e-mail: William.McClintock@lasp.colorado.edu


James Slavin, MESSENGER Co-Investigator and Chief, Laboratory for Solar and Space Physics
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

James Slavin James Slavin is a leading expert on planetary magnetospheres and how they interact with atmospheres and the solar wind. He shared in the development of MESSENGER's Magnetometer and is leading the analysis of the magnetospheric magnetic field measurements. Slavin has worked at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Headquarters, and NASA GSFC. He is the author or co-author of over 250 scientific articles on Sun-Solar System connection physics. He has served as principal investigator, co-investigator, participating scientist, guest investigator, or team member for 19 magnetic field investigations, including the ongoing Cluster, WIND, and MESSENGER and the recently selected Magnetospheric MultiScale and BepiColombo missions. Slavin has also been project scientist, acting project scientist, deputy project scientist, or study scientist for five NASA missions.

Contact Information: (301) 286-5839
e-mail: james.slavin@gsfc.nasa.gov


Thomas Watters, MESSENGER Participating Scientist
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Thomas Watters Thomas Watters is the Senior Scientist of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. He received his B.S. in Earth Science from West Chester University in 1977, his M.A. in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Geology from George Washington University in 1985. He joined the staff of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies in 1984 as a research geologist and served as Chairman of the Center from 1989 to 1998. Watters is the director of the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility housed in CEPS and is curator of the Museum's "Earth Today: A Digital View of our Dynamic Planet" display. His research interests are in planetary tectonics, geophysics, and remote sensing. His research involves the detailed characterization of tectonic landforms using image and topographic data, and the development of kinematic and mechanical models for their origin. Both analytical and numerical methods are employed in mechanical modeling of tectonic features. His research also involves geophysical modeling of tectonic stresses and understanding the mechanical and thermal structure of deformed planetary lithospheres. Watters has studied tectonic features on all the terrestrial planets and the Moon, as well as analog structures on the Earth.

Contact Information: (202) 633-2470
e-mail: watterst@si.edu


Brett Denevi, MESSENGER Imaging Team member and Postdoctoral Researcher
Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

Brett Denevi Brett Denevi is a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University. She earned a B.A. in Geological Sciences from Northwestern University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii in 2007. Her research interests include the composition, origin, and evolution of planetary crusts, and she specializes in deriving compositional information from ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared spectroscopy of planetary surfaces. She is currently working on the calibration and analysis of images from MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and calibration and preparations for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

Contact Information: (301) 351-2219
e-mail: bdenevi@ser.asu.edu

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