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Jim Bell

Jim Bell

(Cornell University)

Jim Bell is an Associate Professor in the Cornell University Astronomy Department. He received his B.S. from Caltech in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1992, performing research on Mars surface mineralogy and climate variations using infrared and optical telescopes at Mauna Kea Observatory. He worked as a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at NASA's Ames Research Center in California prior to coming to Cornell.

His studies primarily focus on the geology, chemistry, and mineralogy of planets, asteroids, and comets using data obtained from telescopes and spacecraft missions. He has published approximately 25 first-authored and approximately 80 co-authored research papers in peer reviewed science journals, authored or co-authored more than 330 abstracts and scientific conference presentations, is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy magazines and radio shows, and is currently working on a book about the Mars Exploration Rover mission. He has been a member of the science teams of the NASA Mars Pathfinder, NEAR, Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR), Mars '05 Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Mars 2003 Mars Exploration Rover missions and has been an HST Guest Observer since 1993.