Suzanne Baldwin, a renowned geologist and thermochronologist, and a co-investigator of the New York Center for Astrobiology, has been named the inaugural Michael G. and Susan T. Thonis Professor of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Through the generosity of Michael Thonis ’72 and his wife, Susan, the newly established professorship will provide additional support for Professor Baldwin’s research program.
In her laboratory, Professor Baldwin investigates the properties minerals and rocks to determine the thermal evolution of the Earth’s lithosphere and planetary materials. Rock samples from around the world and beyond are collected for this research, including from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the Moon (Apollo 16 and 17). Her research in astrobiology includes investigation of terrestrial analogs of Martian minerals to test their ability to serve as biomarkers.
“Suzanne epitomizes excellence in science,” says George M. Langford, dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. “Not only does she perform cutting-edge research with a talented team of researchers, she’s also committed to education, and our students benefit from her outstanding accomplishments in the field of petrology. We are thankful to her for paving the way for future scientists, especially aspiring female scientists, and I am pleased to appoint her the inaugural Thonis professor.”