"News Vacuum" | Letter from the Director | November 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Image of Telica Volcano in Nicaragua, the subject of Diana Roman's decade-long study into persistently restless volcanoes. Credit: Diana Roman | Carnegie Institution for Science
Closer to home, staff scientist Diana Roman reported the results of a decade-long study of the Telica volcano in Nicaragua that has been in a state of on-again-off-again eruption throughout the study. Diana’s work provides a number of insights into what aspects of the underground plumbing system is controlling both the timing and size of eruptions. The work is an important step to developing forecasting methods that can help minimize the hazards associated with volcanic eruptions at these persistently restless volcanoes.
The activity within our geophysics group was further enhanced by the presence of two Tuve Senior Fellows in October and November, seismologist Geoff Abers from Cornell University and geodesist Kurt Feigl from the University of Wisconsin. The Tuve Senior Fellowship fund, named after former (1946-1966) DTM Director Merle Tuve, was started by donations from former DTM scientific staff Thomas Aldrich, Philip Abelson, Louis Brown, Kent Ford, Vera Rubin, and Selwyn Sacks, among others. The fund received a recent boost with contributions in memory of Erik Hauri and J.N. Nanda. The Tuve fund sponsors short-term visits from prominent senior scientists for collaborative work with DTM scientists.
Recognition of Carnegie Scientists
Speaking of AGU, we are proud to report that 8 current or former DTM or GL colleagues across the whole range of career stages will be presented with major awards from AGU at the upcoming annual AGU meeting in San Francisco. The list includes Mike Walter, Bob Hazen, Graham Pearson and James Farquhar (AGU Fellows), Richard Walker (Hess Medal), Graham Pearson (Bowen Award), Marion Garçon (Kuno Award), Sergey Lobanov (Early Career Award), and Kathryn Kumamoto (Graduate Research Award). We congratulate these colleagues in the well-deserved recognition of their important contributions and promise from the largest professional society in Earth science and take pride in the various roles the Carnegie Institution has played in helping them to excel.