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Albert Grauer
Professor of Astronomy

Dr. Albert Grauer retired as a Professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December 2006.  He continues to work with Steve Larson and the Catalina Sky Survey observing on the 60-inch Mt. Lemmon and doing data analysis for the survey. 

Dr. Albert Grauer

Concordia University, 1964, B.S.
North Carolina State University, 1971, Ph.D.

Pam Jansma

Dr. Pam Jansma, Dean
New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Scienes
Deans Office
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3335
Las Cruces, NM  88003
Voice: (575) 646-2001
Fax: (575) 646-6096

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1988
M.S., Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1984
B.S., Geology (with distinction), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1980

Professional History
2000-present, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas
Visiting Scientist, Geosciences Azur, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Sophia Antipolis, France
1996-1998, Associate Director, Dept. of Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
1995-2000, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
1993-1994, NASA/ASEE Summer faculty fellow, JPL
1992, Visiting Associate, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Cal. Tech.
1991-1995, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology, Univerity of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
1991, Project Employee, ARCO Oil and Gas Company, Plano, Texas
1988-1990, Nat’l Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, Resident Research Associate, JPL

DeMets, C., G. Mattioli, P. Jansma, R. Rogers, C. Tenorios, and H. L. Turner, Present motion and deformation of the Caribbean plate:  Constraints from new GPS geodetic measurements from Honduras and Nicaragua, Geol. Soc. Amer. Spec. Paper, in press.

Turner, H. L. III, LaFemina, P., Saballos, A., Mattioli, G., Jansma, P., Dixon, T., 2007, Kinematics of the Nicaraguan forearc GPS geodesy, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L02302, doi: 10.1029/2006GL026586.

A.M. Lopez, S. Stein, T. Dixon, G. Sella, E. Calais, P. Jansma, J. Weber, and P. LaFemina, 2006, Is there a norther Lesser Antilles forearc block?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L07313, doi: 10.1029/2005GL025293.

Jansma, P. and G. Mattioli, 2005, GPS results from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: Constraints on tectonic setting and rates of active faulting, Geol. Soc. Amer. Spec. Paper 385 (ed. Paul Mann), 13-30.

Alfred Kracher

Dr. Alfred Kracher is an Assistant Scientist at the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University.  He was also the manager of the electron microprobe facility at the Department of Energy Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.  For many years he managed the microprobe lab at the University of Iowa.  Until recently he was a visiting Assistant Research Professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas and a member of the Cosmochemistry Research Group.  Chemical analysis of extraterrestrial samples and studies of the formation and thermal histories of iron meteorites are his main areas of research interest.

Dr. Alfred Kracher
Ames Laboratory (USDOE)
Iowa State University
227 Wilhelm Hall
Ames, Iowa  50011-3020


1974, Dr.phil. (Ph.D.), University of Vienna, in Analytical Chemistry. Dissertation on Investigation of the Landes meteorite by electron microprobe.
1963, Graduation from high school (Privat-Realgymnasium Wien-Kalksburg, Vienna, Austria) with honors.
1979, Austrian Civil Service Exam, class A, with distinction (Auszeichnung).
1977, 1981 Training as Radiation Protection Officer as required by Austrian Federal Law for supervising the operation of X-ray equipment and research on uranium minerals.

Professional History
2001-2003, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
1989-present, Guest Lecturer, Institute (Department) of Geochemistry, University of Vienna, Austria.
1984-2001, Assistant Scientist–Microprobe Specialist (since 1996 also Adjunct Assistant Professor), Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
1997-1999, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Chemistry, Des Moines Area Community College.
1982-1983, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Meteoritics, Department of Geology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
1976-1981, Staff Scientist, Division of Mineralogy and Petrology, Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria.
1977-1978, Postdoctoral Fellow (Fulbright Scholarship), Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California at Los Angeles (on leave from the Museum of Natural History, Vienna).
1974-1976, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Petrology, University of Vienna, Austria (assigned to the Museum of Natural History, Vienna). 1972-1974 Graduate Research Assistant, Institute (Department) of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria. During university studies temporary positions with the Austrian Nuclear Research Center (internship) and the Institute of European Studies (student tour guide).

Fisher I.R., Xie X.P., Tudosa I., Gao C.W., Song C., Canfield P.C., Kracher A., Dennis K., Abanoz D., and Kramer M.J. "The electrical conductivity of single-grain Al-Pd-Re quasicrystals." Philosophical Magazine B, Vol. 82, 1089-1098, 2002.

Alfred Kracher. "Mercury 2001 conference Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois 2001 October 4-5." Meteoritics and Planetary Science, vol. 37, 307-309, 2002.

Alfred Kracher. "Standard Choice for the Electron Microprobe: Making the Right Compromise. Microscopy Today, September 2001.

Fisher I.R., Kramer M.J., Islam Z., Wiener T.A., Kracher A., Ross A.R., Lograsso T.A., Goldman A.I., and Canfield P.C. Growth of large single-grain quasicrystals from high-temperature metallic solutions. Elsevier Science, December 2000.

Larry Lebofsky
Dr. Lebofsky is involved in research collaborations and educational outreach with the Space Center.  His permanent home is the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona.
His research interests focus on the study of planetary surfaces by instruments on spacecraft.  He is widely known for the development of techniques for the detection of water on asteroids.  He has been involved in a number of space missions, such as the Infrared Space Observatory and the Infrared Astronomical satellite.  Dr. Lebofsky is now a team member of the HERA mission for asteroid sample return; this mission is led by Derek Sears of the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Lebofsky's involvement with the HERA mission also includes leadership of the mission's EPO program.  He is the Education Officer for the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.  He is also on the program committee and is district representative (Pima County) for the Arizona Science Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards for the local ASTRO and UA Space Grant programs as well as the national Challenger Center Board.  He is the Director of the UA/NASA Regional Educator Resource Center located in LPL.  Each summer he coordinates several workshops for K-12 teachers and is involved with the development of many hands-on astronomy-related actvities.  At the University of Arkansas he conducts a one-week summer workshop in astronomy called STORI, for teachers of grades 4-8.
He and Nancy Lebofsky are the Editors of Meteorite magazine, a popular publication about rocks from space; it is aimed at interested amateurs, collectors, dealers and educators.  Meteorite is published by the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas.  The magazine has an international circulation and is a quarterly publication.  To go to the magazine's web site, please click here.

Kenneth Lepper

Los Alamos National Laboratory
P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, New Mexico  8754

Voice: (505) 667-7362
Fax: (505) 665-3866


Clair Small

Rogers High School
2300 S. Dixieland Rd.
Rogers, Arkansas  72758
Voice: (479) 636-2202

Justin Thompson
University of Southern California

Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences
Stone House North, room F50
346 ½ N. Arkansas Ave.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Tel. 479-575-7625 Fax. 479-575-7778