Hokkaido, Japan, 19 February, 2016—More than 60 scientists from around the world, including many from Carnegie, gathered at the perpetually snowing Rusutsu Ski Resort for the first Solar System Symposium held in western Hokkaido, Japan from Februrary 17-19, 2016. 

The Geophysical Laboratory's (GL) George Cody presented a paper outlining his recent research into the nature of hydrogen isotope enrichment in organic macromolecules found in primitive solar objects, this research is part of an long-term collaborative research program with DTM’s Conel Alexander and former GL Postdoctoral Fellow, Yoko Kebukawa (now faculty at Yokohama National University). 

Other former Carnegie scientists that presented work at the symposium include Aki Takigawa (now faculty at Kyoto U.) and Ming-Chang Liu (Instrument specialist at UCLA), both are former DTM Fellows, who worked with Larry Nittler.  Also presenting was Lindy Bonal (faculty at Grenoble), a former DTM Postdoctoral associate and visiting scientist, who worked with Conel Alexander. 

Three days of presentations spanned research into our understanding of cold and hot processes in the earliest Solar System; presentations on on-going missions (Rossetta-ESA) and anticipated sample return missions (OSIRIS-Rex-NASA and Hayabusa 2-JAXA), and on the development of state of the art instrumentation to support analysis of the returned samples. The quantity and quality of the science was clearly matched by the quantity and quality of snow.  Considerable thanks are given to Shogo Tachibana and Hisayoshi Yurimoto, both faculty at Hokkaido University, for putting together this science conference in such a winter wonderland.

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