Team Makes Planet Hunting a Group Effort, Finds More Than 100 Candidates


An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for planets by detecting more than 100 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting the fourth-closest star to our own Solar System, which is about 8.1 light-years away from Earth.


Diana Roman Leads Postdoc Workshop on How to Negotiate a Job Offer

Diana Roman

Diana Roman, a staff scientist at DTM, led a workshop titled "Negotiating a Job Offer" on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in the Abelson Collaboration Center as part of DTM's Postdoctoral Development Workshop Series. During her presentation, she gave general advice, as well as specific examples, to postdocs about best practices when negotiating a formal academic job offer. Topics covered included how to handle the initial offer conversation, planning a startup package, common startup requests, and tenure requirements.


A New Study May Resolve a Long-Standing Puzzle about Meteoritic Stardust

Larry Nittler

A new measurement of an important nuclear reaction that occurs in intermediate-mass stars may have resolved a long-standing puzzle about meteoritic stardust, as reported in a new paper co-authored by Larry Nittler published in the new journal Nature Astronomy this week. 


Peter Driscoll and Yingwei Fei Awarded 7th Carnegie Science Venture Grant

Z Machine

Peter Driscoll, a theoretical geophysicist at DTM, and Yingwei Fei, a high-pressure experimentalist at the Geophysical Laboratory, have been awarded a Carnegie Science Venture Grant for their project “Direct Shock Compression of Pre-synthesized Mantle Mineral to Super-Earth Interior Conditions.”


January 2017 Letter from the Director

January 2017

2016 was a year of ups and downs for both DTM and the nation. Enough has been, and will continue to be, written about the state of the United States, so DTM Director Richard Carlson focuses instead on the department in his January 2017 Letter from the Director.


Joel Kastner Joins DTM as a Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow

Debris Disk

Joel Kastner, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, joins DTM as a Merle A. Tuve senior fellow this month.