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Former DTM Staff Scientist Norbert Thonnard Passes Away

Carnegie News

Former DTM fellow, staff associate and staff member Norbert Thonnard passed away peacefully on Thursday, 20 November 2014, following a valiant battle with cancer.

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A Portrait of Former DTM Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton Now Hangs at DTM

Lindy Portrait

A portrait of former DTM Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton was hung in the Broad Branch Road Reading Room alongside our other esteemed directors on the 18 June 2015.

Elkins-Tanton began her directorship at DTM in September 2011. In May 2014, she accepted a position as the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, where she now resides.

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Archives Acquires Papers of Geophysicist O. H. Gish

Oliver H. Gish

On 15 June 2015, Nancy R. Crow (granddaughter of former DTM staff scientist Oliver H. Gish) and Mark Skrotzki visited DTM and presented us with 13 boxes filled with Gish's professional and personal papers - correspondence, photographs, research notes, and computations.

The papers document Gish's research at DTM (1922-1948) and at other laboratories and universities throughout his long career. He was a recognized authority in atmospheric electricity and electrical currents in the Earth and designed instruments for the Explorer II manned balloon flight into the stratosphere in 1935. In the late 1940s, Gish and physicist George R. Wait led a pioneering, joint DTM-U.S. Air Force project to investigate the electrical fields in thunderstorms using B-29 bombers.

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Richard Carlson Leads Two-Day Course on the Frontiers of Isotope Geochronology at the University of Helsinki

Finland

DTM Director Richard Carlson traveled to Finland to teach a two-day course on the frontiers of isotope geochronology to 15 graduate students at the University of Helsinki in May 2015.

Read an interview with Carlson about his trip and the hidden geological beauties he came across in Finland.

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Stories From the Las Campanas Belles Blog: The Real Belles

Las Campanas Belles

"We thought hard about the title for this blog before going for the pun 'Las Campanas Belles.' But the pun isn't necessarily obvious, I realize." says DTM Astronomer Alycia Weinberger in this blog post from Las Campanas Belles on 30 May 2015. 

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Giant Magellan Telescope Partners Approve $500 Million For Construction

Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has passed a major milestone as 11 international partners—including Carnegie—approved its construction, which secures the project’s future and unlocks more than $500 million of work on the world’s most powerful optical telescope.

The 25-meter telescope will be part of the new generation of extremely large optical telescopes. The GMT will enable astronomers to look deeper into space and further back in time, producing images up to 10 times sharper than those produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is expected to see first light in 2021 and be fully operational by 2024.

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