Professor Carle Pieters has been honored for her years of promoting international cooperation in the exploration of space.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Carle Pieters, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, has been awarded the Medal of International Cooperation by COSPAR, an organization that promotes international research in space. Pieters received the medal today at the biennial COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Moscow, Russia. The medal is awarded every two years to “a scientist who has made distinguished contributions to space science and whose work has contributed significantly to the promotion of international scientific cooperation.” Pieters has been a member of the Brown faculty since 1980. She is a principal investigator for NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which flew aboard India’s Chandryaan-1 spacecraft in 2008. She is also a co-investigator on NASA’s Dawn mission exploring the asteroids Ceres and Vesta. During her career, she has assisted in planning international space exploration with Germany, England, Japan, Russia, and India. COSPAR, short for the Committee on Space Research, is part of the International Council on Science, a nongovernmental organization with a mission to strengthen international scientific research.