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Roman Reveals the Underlying Activity of Volcanoes at Carnegie's Neighborhood Lecture Series Last Night

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Last night friends, neighbors, and fellow scientists of Carnegie gathered at our Broad Branch Road Campus to hear a riveting talk on the "The Secret Life of 'Quiescent' Volcanoes" held by DTM Staff Scientist Diana Roman at our final 2013-2014 installment of the Neighborhood Lecture Series.

Although eruptions are the most recognizeable volcanic activity, they represent only a small fraction of what is actually occuring beneath the surface. Roman divulged on the other geological activity that occurs at Earth's volcanoes and displayed the seismic instruments she uses to measure this activity on the volcanoes her and her team work on. The talk began with a history lesson on Pompeii, the ancient-roman city that was burried under 20 feet of ash and pumice following the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. By reviewing the ignored warning signs the doomed citizens of Pompeii experienced before their demise, Roman was able to show the different levels of earthquakes that lead up to volcanic eruption. She explored different types of non-eruptive volcanic unrest through a survey of case studies and explained the implications for eruption forecasting in the modern age. 

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Dr. Matthew P. Scott Named 10th President of the Carnegie Institution for Science

Carnegie News

By unanimous vote of the Carnegie Board of Trustees, Dr. Matthew P. Scott has been appointed the 10th president of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Dr. Scott is Professor of Developmental Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering, and Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and will succeed the current President, Dr. Richard A. Meserve, on September 1, 2014.

“This is an extraordinary time for the Carnegie Institution for Science,” said Co-Chairs Suzanne Nora Johnson and Stephen Fodor. “The scientific departments are flourishing with strong support from Trustees and a well performing endowment. The Trustees and Departmental Directors all believe Dr. Scott captures the independent spirit of Carnegie Science’s long tradition of leading science at the frontiers. We are enthusiastic about his leadership.”

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Rick Carlson Named Acting Director of DTM

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Carnegie President Richard Meserve has named Rick Carlson Acting Director of DTM following the departure of former DTM Director Linda Elkins-Tanton.

Carlson studies the chemical and physical processes that formed the terrestrial planets. Using the known decay rates of various radioactive isotopes, he investigates the chronology of early processes on small planetary objects and studies the chemical and physical aspects of old and young crust-forming processes on Earth. He has developed and applied a range of isotope geochemical and cosmochemical tools to shape our understanding of the origin of continental magmas, the formation of the continental crust and lithospheric mantle, the early differentiation of the Earth and Moon, and the chronology of the early Solar System.

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Mary Horan is Awarded Carnegie's Service to Science Award

Carnegie News

The Service to Science award, awarded this year to DTM's Geochemistry Lab Manager Mary Horan and Embryology's Allison Pinder, was created to recognize outstanding and/or unique contributions to science by employees who work in administration, support, and technical positions at the Carnegie Institution. Horan and Pinder both received their award at this year's Carnegie Evening held on 30 May 2014.

Horan has been the Geochemistry Laboratory Manager for over 17 years. Her job involves: technique development; the training and supervising of postdocs, students, and visitors; and keeping the laboratory ready for the research activities of our geo/cosmochemistry scientific staff. Often visitors feel so indebted to her selfless support of their work that they involve her as coauthor on the manuscripts that result from their visit. 

 

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Postdoc Workshop: The Tools You Need to Publish Your Paper in 'Nature'

Leslie Sage

Leslie Sage, a Research Associate in the Astronomy Department at the University of Maryland, and Senior Editor of Physical Sciences at Nature, visited DTM this week to give an informative talk on how to write a paper for the esteemed science publication Nature.  The talk was aimed at current postdoctoral fellows and associates, but many research and staff scientists attended as well.  Sage edits roughly 500 of the 2,000 papers submitted each year, making him an expert in what is and is not a publishable Nature paper.

Throughout his lecture, Sage harped on three main components of a publishable Nature paper: importance, relevancy, and coherency. 

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Elkins-Tanton Assumes New Position at Arizona State University this Summer

Carnegie News

Linda Elkins-Tanton, director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, is resigning her position at Carnegie, effective May 9, 2014. She has accepted a position as the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, starting July 1, 2014.

“Lindy will be greatly missed,” said Carnegie’s President Richard A. Meserve. “The breadth of her research interests combined with her management skills and her enthusiasm for outreach made her an excellent fit for leadership at Carnegie. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Elkins-Tanton said: “I will miss Carnegie and, especially, my colleagues at DTM. ASU has provided me with a special opportunity to expand my horizons and to resume interacting with students again.” 

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