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Last Updated: 12/25/2008 PBuseck

Peter Buseck

Affiliation/Institution: Arizona State University
Phone: (480) 965-3945
Email: pbuseck@asu.edu
Address:
  School of Earth & Space Exploration 
  and Dept. of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Box 871404 
  Tempe AZ  85287-1404 USA
Web page: http://7starm.asu.edu

Academic
University prior to coming to ASU: Antioch College, Columbia University
Status at ASU: Regents' Professor
Time period at ASU: 1963 -

My family and myself
Husband/Wife: Alice
Since graduating or leaving ASU...  Not much. I'm still here.

A great many things have happened since the last newsletter. The most momentous one is that last year Alice became ill with lymphoma, and that has been a dominant factor in our lives. She went through a rather miserable period of being very ill and then having to undergo chemo therapy, which was extremely unpleasant. I became a fairly full-time caregiver for a while, which was stressful given how worried I also was about her.

That's the bad news. The good news is that she is now stable and much better. She has much (not all) of her energy back and is again playing the piano and taking an interest in the world (especially the past presidential election!). We are in a "watch and wait" mode, hoping that we will be able to postpone the next round of chemo for as long as possible.

Many of the older group members knew our kids when they were kids. They are, of course, no longer that. Here is an update on their activities. After 2 years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, Lori got a graduate degree at the Kennedy School, worked as a budget analyst for the State of Massachusetts, married Clive (an electrical engineer who runs his own EE company outside of Boston), and had Rachel, Amy, and Allison. All are enthusiastic soccer players and good students and loads of fun whenever we get to see them (probably at other times also).

After studying physics and working in a variety of jobs, David recently became a District Manager for radiological instruments at Varian Medical Systems in California. He's also been a rower for many years and participates in regattas throughout California. His wife Linda teaches at San Jose State and is a professional clown on the side (or perhaps it is the other way around?).

Susan worked for a while as an attorney in San Francisco doing social security advocacy for people with chronic disabilities. She decided she preferred doing social work (she did degrees in both in graduate school), and now works full time as a breast care coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente health care group in California. She helps people with breast cancer, a job that she finds more fulfilling than being an attorney. Her partner, Ellen, is a web designer and artist.

After his 2+ years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Paul did a graduate degree in international agriculture. For the last few years he has been on the faculty at the Tohono O'Odham Community College in southern Arizona. His wife, Dana, recently left a position at the Tucson Food Bank, where among other things, she taught community gardening. She recently started farming their own backyard plus those of some of their neighbors, producing fresh organic foods in an urban setting.

Much of my time remains focused on the activities of the 7*M group, something that is continually stimulating and rewarding. Among other things, we are still using TEMs intensively and doing research into mineralogy, meteoritics, and atmospheric chemistry. The proportions change from time to time, depending on the interests of the people in the group (and funding). Atmospheric chemistry has grown in numbers of people recently, but that is the statistics of small numbers and can change rapidly. We continue to have people from many countries and cultures, and that remains a pleasure.

I am still a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry but no longer in the Department of Geology, which was disbanded a few years ago. In its place is the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), which now includes, in addition to geologists, astronomers, cosmologists, and a sprinkling of engineers. It is a different place from what it was, which makes it exciting as well as, at times, challenging.

ASU has grown steadily in both size and prestige (one of my colleagues even won a Nobel (economics) a few years ago. New buildings have been rising at an amazing pace, although I imagine that will slow down with the weakening economy, but it remains a vital and vigorous university. Not that this is a significant distinction, but we are now one of the very largest universities in the US in terms of student enrollment. We are also growing in many other ways, so it is a different institution from when you were here, even if that was as recent as a couple of years ago.

Most importantly, check out the activities of the people on the list of former 7*Mers, where you will see the many and varied accomplishments of your friends and colleagues. Please also update your own page.


7 * M Research Group at Arizona State University
http://7starm.asu.edu/