Our Campus Hosts a Lab Tour for the D.C. Science Writers Association

Press Day

We welcomed the D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) to take an interactive tour of four of our labs and four of the Geophysical Laboratory's labs on campus last Saturday, June 17, 2017.


Jessica Arnold Joins DTM's Astronomy Group as a Postdoctoral Associate

Jessica Arnold

Jessica Arnold joins DTM's astronomy group as a postdoctoral associate from the University of Oxford's Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics in Oxford, England, where her research aimed to understand how the thermal environments characteristic of airless solar system objects impact estimates of surface composition gathered via remote thermal infrared spectroscopy.  


Job Opening: Communications & Digital Media Coordinator

Digital Media

DTM is seeking a Communications and Digital Media Coordinator to play a critical role in utilizing online tools and platforms to effectively communicate DTM’s broad breadth of science. The ideal applicant must have a strong communications strategy and messaging skills, as well as an eye for design and eagerness to take on new tasks. The position requires writing, designing, and managing content for the DTM website, the monthly e-newsletter, and the department’s various social media accounts. 


Two New Moons of Jupiter Discovered


In the hunt for a new massive planet beyond Pluto (sometimes called Planet X), DTM staff scientist Scott Sheppard has been continuing his survey of the night sky with David Tholen (University of Hawai’i) and Chadwick Trujillo (Northern Arizona University) looking for very distant objects in the outer solar system. During this search, Sheppard and his team pointed their telescopes near Jupiter and discovered two new, mile-wide, moons of Jupiter, S/2016 J 1 and S/2017 J 1 (“S” for satellite, “J” for Jupiter), both announced in early June of 2017.


Volcanoes: Explosive and Entertaining

Diana Roman

Diana Roman’s job sounds like a blast. Pun very much intended. Although many people find volcanoes scary, she knows how to make them fun and, more importantly, fascinating. A staff scientist at DTM, Roman told us all about what happens “When the Volcano Stirs” during a public program at our DC headquarters building on Wednesday, May 31.


May 2017 Letter from the Director

May 2017

May was a big month for DTM and for at least one of its alumni. Find out why in Richard Carlson's latest Letter from the Director.