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Robert N. Shelton Selected as President of Giant Magellan Telescope Organization

GMT

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) announces the appointment of physicist Robert N. Shelton to become its president, effective February 20, 2017. Shelton will lead the organization in the development of the 24.5-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is poised to be the world’s largest astronomical telescope when operational in the next decade.  Shelton will work closely with the GMTO Board of Directors, the leadership at the partner institutions, and the GMT team to complete construction of the observatory.

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DTM Hosts Workshop for Volcanologists in the DC Area

Stefan Lachowycz

In 2013, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) hosted a workshop for Earth and planetary scientists in the Washington, DC area with an interest in volcanology to facilitate inter-institution dialog and collaboration. On January 11, 2017, the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) hosted a sequel to this workshop at Carnegie’s Broad Branch Road campus.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Astronomer Erika Nesvold

Erika Nesvold

Born to one of the original Trekkies (her mother) DTM Postdoctoral Fellow Erika Nesvold grew up a self-proclaimed science fiction nerd, a hobby that soon evolved into her passion for astronomy. Today she ventures into the stars her fellow Star Trek fans dreamed of one-day exploring for themselves by studying the effects exoplanets have on their debris disks.

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Deep Mantle Chemistry Surprise: Carbon Content Not Uniform

Marion le Voyer

Even though carbon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth, it is actually very difficult to determine how much of it exists below the surface in Earth’s interior. Analysis by Carnegie’s Marion Le Voyer and Erik Hauri of crystals containing completely enclosed mantle magma with its original carbon content preserved has doubled the world’s known finds of mantle carbon. The findings are published in Nature Communications.

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Vera Rubin Who Confirmed "Dark Matter" Dies

Rubin

Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter—the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass of the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC.

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DTM 2016 Year in Review

Diana Roman

A look back on DTM's biggest achievements in 2016.

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