Melosh gives impactful McCoy Distinguished Lecture


Knowing just how much the Earth would be annihilated by a massive asteroid strike has taken Dr. Jay Melosh in front of international documentary cameras, the top of reporters’ source lists for planetary scientists and in front of Purdue brass at Westwood.

On Nov. 19, Melosh was in front of hundreds of peers, students and community members for his McCoy Distinguished Lecture, “Planetary Smashups: From the Moon’s Origin to the Dino’s Demise,” at Fowler Hall.

After being introduced by provost Debasish Dutta, Purdue president Mitch Daniels and Dr. Idrajeet Chaubey, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences department head, Melosh told the history of the study of planetary impacts and how the research of impacts affects the outlook of the moon, Mars and our world.

Melosh was named a 2014 McCoy Award winner, which is given to researchers in the natural sciences who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues. McCoy award winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee appointed by the president of the university.

Melosh has appeared on numerous planetary science documentaries throughout his career, and he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Jay Melosh

EAPS Prof. Jay Melosh during his McCoy Distinguished Lecture

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