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Neal appointed to committee on astrobiology and planetary science

Nina Welding • DATE: April 16, 2019

The National Academies Executive Office appointed Clive R. Neal, professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, as a new member of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS).
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine created CAPS to support scientific progress in astrobiology and planetary science and to assist the federal government in developments related to this field.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected,” said Neal.

Neal is the emeritus chair of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, and he was heavily involved in the creation of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group Lunar Exploration Roadmap at the request of the NASA Advisory Council. Previously, he served as chair of the NASA Senior Review of Planetary Science Missions, as well as chair of the Mars 2020 Instrument Review Panel. He also served on the Academies’ Committee on Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities and was a consultant to the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science in 2018. 
He also received the Michael J. Wargo Award for the Integration of Exploration and Planetary Science from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute in 2015. Additionally, Neal has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and has played a significant role on several NASA and National Science Foundation review panels.

In conjunction with his new role with CAPS, Neal will be assisting with NASA’s mission to bring Americans back to the moon by 2024.

“The Moon represents the crown jewel of our understanding of early Solar System history, including the evolution of the Sun and how the inner planets evolved,” said Neal.
— Allison Preston, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences