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Neal Named to NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee

Nina Welding • DATE: September 12, 2014

The Science Mission Directorate/Planetary Science Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named Clive R. Neal, professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, to a select team of scientists who will serve as a link between the scientific community and NASA policies and programs. His appointment, which became effective Sept. 1, 2014, will run through Aug. 31, 2017.

Neal’s research currently focuses on the origin and evolution of the Moon. Passionate about the U.S. Human Spaceflight program and returning man to the Moon to stay, he has been involved in numerous NASA review panels, and most recently he chaired the Senior Review Panel for the Planetary Science Division for extended space missions.

In addition to serving on the Planetary Science Subcommittee, Neal will take over as chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group for the second time, where he previously served as chair from 2006-2010, at the end of 2014. He has also served as chair of the Mars 2020 Mission Instrument Review Panel.

Neal has also been involved in the U.S. Scientific Ocean Drilling Program for more than 15 years and has chaired the Science and Technology Panel of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), as well as serving as chair of the Readiness Assessment Team for the JOIDES Resolution, a riserless drilling vessel operated by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program for scientific exploration of the ocean floor. He is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Team for the Japanese ocean drilling vessel Chkyu and has just finished a three-year term on the Science Evaluation Panel of the IODP.

Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Leicester and a doctorate in geology and geochemistry from the University of Leeds.