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Alan Linde Speaks at Volcano Deformation and Magmatic Processes field program in Iceland

Alan Linde

In August 2014, the Numerical, Experimental and stochastic Modeling of vOlcanic processes and Hazard (NEMOH) field school in South Iceland invited one of the leading researchers on the use of strain meters in earthquake and volcanic activity detection, Alan Linde, to discuss his work on strain meters.

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Former DTM Director Sean Solomon Wins National Medal of Science

Sean Solomon

Sean Solomon, director of Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism from 1992 until 2012 will receive the nation’s highest scientific award, the National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony later this year.

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Earth’s Water is Older than the Sun

Conel Alexander

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth’s water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and how likely they are to be found elsewhere. New work from a team including Carnegie’s Conel Alexander found that much of our Solar System’s water likely originated as ices that formed in interstellar space. Their work is published in Science.

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Most Stars Are Born in Clusters, Some Leave “Home”

Alan Boss

New modeling studies from DTM’s Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up. These protostars are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas, which act as nurseries for star formation. Rare clusters of multiple protostars remain stable and mature into multi-star systems. The unstable ones will eject stars until they achieve stability and end up as single or binary stars. The work is published in The Astrophysical Journal.

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DTM Celebrated Its Second Annual Postdoc Appreciation Day

Postdoc Week

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, DTM and Carnegie's Geophysical Laboratory held an ice cream social on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 in Tuve Hall.

The Broad Branch Road campus prides itself on the vast diversity of the postdoctoral associates and fellows and the global community that is shared. To honor that diversity, an "Around the World" Ice Cream Social was held, honoring each postdoc's home country with it's flag. All of the postdocs from the BBR campus were invited and were treated to an ice cream sundae bar with international ice creams, sorbets and gelato, and a vast bounty of delectable toppings. The campus would not be the same without our wonderful postdocs, and they are truly appreciated!

For more photos from the event, click here.

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Rizo Collected Ancient Rocks from One of the Oldest Terrains on Earth

Hanika Rizo

While in pursuit of her research about early Earth’s evolution, DTM Postdoc Hanika Rizo collected rock samples from an ancient terrain in the polar bear populated Canadian province of Northern Labrador this summer.

In collaboration with DTM Acting Director, Rick Carlson, and former postdoctoral fellow Jonathan O’Neil (University of Ottawa), Rizo gathered rock samples of both volcanic and sedimentary origins that could shed a new light on the geological processes that shaped our planet. 

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