Caterina “Cathy” Caiazza was featured in the June 5 story “Student has her sights set on the stars” in the Greece Post. Caiazza is interning this summer at The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, Texas.
The LPI provides, on NASA’s behalf, leadership in the scientific community for research into lunar, planetary and solar system sciences, as well as linkage with related terrestrial programs.
As a summer intern, Caiazza is working one-on-one with scientist Kevin Righter of the Johnson Space Center, examining lava from Mexico and comparing it to rocks from the moon. The project, titled “Sulfide stability in planetary basalts,” aims to determine if there is a correlation between the two materials. They hope to discover whether some of the processes that occurred on Earth, such as volcanic eruptions, have happened on the moon at any time in history.
Last summer Caiazza, a dual major in geoscience and chemistry, presented research on Seneca Lake at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Her involvement on campus includes participating in Koshare (the student dance organization), serving as a mentor and Orientation leader, and participating in the Colleges’ summer science research program. She is a member of the chemistry club and has traveled to Virginia for the alternative spring break program at Pocahontas State Park.