Science in the Nation's Capital
Reservoirs and Fluxes Community participants at Carnegie's Broad Branch Road campus. Photo: Roberto Molar Candanosa, DTM.
This month we also held the annual all-BBR campus poster session that included poster presenters from the University of Maryland. Organized this year by GL postdocs Zack Geballe and Steve Elardo with DTM postdocs Miki Nakajima and Sharon Wang, the poster session brought the campus together on a beautiful Spring day for casual conversation and the exchange of information on the wide ranging science being conducted on campus. The posters remained on display the next day to the benefit of our campus neighbors who attended the final Neighborhood Lecture of the season presented by GL Staff Scientist Tim Strobel. Tim did an excellent job of describing his fascinating work on the creation of new materials with wide ranging properties in a way that was understandable to the diverse audience. As with all our previous Neighborhood Lectures, Tim's is available for viewing on the GL web page and is well worth a look if you were not there to see the lecture in person.
Another recent seminar worth watching is the postdoctoral workshop presented by Dr. Laura Kramer, who is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Montclair State University. She is author of the book "The Sociology of Gender: A Brief Introduction" and was involved in many capacities in the development of the ADVANCE program at NSF that was directed at increasing the participation of women in STEM careers. Her presentation focused on the subtle types of behavior that occur often in professional settings that work to diminish diversity in the workplace. For me, a highlight of her presentation was the inclusion of some simple solutions to help foster more open work environments that encourage effective communication and inclusion of diverse viewpoints.
By unanimous vote of the Carnegie Board of Trustees, Dr. Eric D. Isaacs has been appointed the 11th president of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Photo: University of Chicago.
A particularly exciting bit of news in May was the naming of Dr. Eric Isaacs as the new President of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Dr. Isaacs currently is the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, where he oversees the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab as well as the university's partnership in the Giant Magellan Telescope. Formerly, he worked at Bell Laboratories for 15 years before joining Argonne National Laboratories, where he became director in 2009. We welcome Dr. Isaacs to the Carnegie Institution and look forward to working with him to continue and expand Carnegie's research efforts.
The announcement of Dr. Isaacs' appointment was made at the annual meeting of the Carnegie Board of Trustees. Another highlight of that meeting was the evening presentation by new Geophysical Laboratory Director Mike Walter, who provided an exciting overview of the many ways that diamonds are providing new information about Earth's deep interior from both laboratory experiments and natural samples. Without a doubt, May provided a number of indications of an exciting future for Carnegie and DTM.
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