Over 84 Students Gather for the Second International Diamond School in Italy

International Diamond School 2015

Over 84 ‘students’, including master, Ph.D., postdoctoral and professional levels, from 18 different countries, gathered in the Italian Alps at the end of January for a unique international diamond school focused on training new diamond researchers and exposing individuals in the diamond industry to latest techniques.

The University of Padua hosted this program, titled “The Nature of Diamonds and Their Use in Earth’s Study”, from 27-31 January 2015, which was organized by DTM's Steven Shirey, Fabrizio Nestola (University of Padua) and Graham Pearson (University of Alberta) under the auspices of the Diamonds and the Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon consortium (DMGC) part of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO).


Peter Driscoll Joins DTM's Geophysics Staff

Carnegie News

DTM is pleased to announce that Peter Driscoll will join its geophysics staff in August 2015.

Driscoll received his Ph.D. degree in Earth and planetary science from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Much of Driscoll's research is driven by the questions: what makes the Earth a unique planet? He says Earth is unique in that it is the only planet that has maintained a strong magnetic field, plate tectonics, and surface liquid water over most, and possibly, all of its history. What is it about Earth’s interior that has allowed these complex phenomena to occur? How do they work? Are they connected in any way? 



Rewriting Your Own Script

Imposter Syndrome

Johanna Teske, origins fellow at DTM, Alycia Weinberger, staff scientist at DTM, and Anat Shahar, staff scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory (GL), led a postdoc workshop titled "What is Imposter Syndrome?" on Wednesday, 25 February 2015, in the Tuve Dining Hall at DTM.

Imposter Syndrome (IS) affects all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations throughout all levels of study, discipline, and education. Studies show that symptoms of IS do not go away at higher stages of career success. Identifying the symptoms and dealing with them accordingly is important for your own career trajectory. 

Teske led the discussion on the topic, and walked the group through the seven steps, as outlined in the attached notes from the workshop, to mitigating symptoms of IS. A majority of the material distributed during this workshop was based on Valerie Young's book, "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It". You can find out more about IS and Young via her website here


The DTM Borehole Strainmeter Program

Alan Linde

Collaboration between DTM’s Selwyn Sacks and Dale Evertson (then at the University of Texas), in the late 1960s, initiated the continuing development of highly sensitive borehole strainmeters that utilize a hydraulic sensor, resulting in noise-free hydraulic amplification of the signal before coupling into an electronic transducer.

From the outset, they coupled the instrument to the rock wall via an annulus of expansive grout; this change from mechanical coupling devices was critical in allowing, for the first time, faithful recording of the rock deformation. An early proof of this came with the first field installation of three sites in Matsushiro, Japan.


Carnegie Ranked Top Charity 14 Years Running

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has ranked the Carnegie Institution for Science with its highest rating, four stars, for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” for the 14th consecutive year. Only three organizations out of over 7,000* evaluated this year have received this highest rating for so long.


Kiyoshi Suyehiro Named Next Tuve Senior Fellow

Carnegie News

Kiyoshi Suyehiro, principal scientist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), joins DTM as the next Merle A. Tuve senior fellow.

While here, Suyehiro will work with DTM's Selwyn Sacks and visiting investigator and former DTM postdoctoral fellow, Paul Rydelek (1988). The main objective of their project will be to advance the earthquake generation model originally developed by Sacks and Rydelek (1995) by incorporating the effect of fluid behavior affecting the stress-strain-strength distribution in the crust under tectonic loading and earthquakes and expanding to 3D.