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Rick Carlson Named Acting Director of DTM

Carnegie News

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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Lara Wagner Joins DTM's Geophysics Staff

Lara Wagner

DTM announces with great pleasure the addition of Lara Wagner to its Geophysics staff. Her prestigious research program in seismology, as well as her great energy and enthusiasm, will be a great addition to our campus.

Wagner received her undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1996, and her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Arizona in 2005. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at DTM from 2005-2007, and has since been a Professor of seismology and tectonics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in their Department of Geological Sciences. She was recently named a distinguished lecturer for the Incorporated Research Institutions of Seismology (IRIS), which is an indication of her prominence within the geophysical community. 

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Science at the Bar!

Astronomy on Tap Tour in DC

This week, DTM postdoctoral fellow Jackie Faherty kick started the popular bar “talk” series, Astronomy on Tap (AoT), in Washington D.C. at the Science Club. AoT originally began in New York City, as a brainchild of Meg Schwamb when she was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University from 2010 to 2013. 

The esteemed panel at the inaugural D.C. AoT talk included Faherty herself, a Brown Dwarf Wrangler, NASA Goddard Space Center’s Planethunter Michael McElwain, and two of Faherty's DTM colleagues, Volcanologist Diana Roman and Dwarf Planet Expert Scott Sheppard. Over 45 people poured into the room and overtook every inch of the space, proving this series will thrive at future AoT satellite events in Washington D.C.

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