Fall 2015 Carnegie Neighborhood Lecture Series Speakers Announced

Carnegie News
Friday, August 28, 2015 

Join Carnegie this Fall for another round of talks at our Neighborhood Lecture Series on Carnegie's Broad Branch Road Campus in Washington D.C. 

Scientific speakers will include Erik Hauri, staff scientist at DTM, and Corliss Kin I Sio, postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory. In addition to these two talks, Carnegie Librarian Shaun Hardy will lead a laboratory tour and present a talk on the history of Carnegie's Broad Branch Road campus and the major discoveries made here over the past century. More information on each talk can be found below. 

Lectures are free, but seating is limited. Click here to skip the registration line by signing up online.

Shaun Hardy: "From Outpost to Icon: A Century of Science at Broad Branch Road" 

Thursday, 24 September 2015 @ 7 p.m.

A laboratory tour will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How did a leafy tract on the rural fringe of Washington a century ago become home to a world-class think tank for scientific research? Join us for an evening of history and science as Carnegie librarian Shaun Hardy recounts the fascinating story of the Broad Branch Road campus – from its inception in 1914 as a “mission control center” for magnetic survey expeditions and sailing ships that crisscrossed the globe to its present role as an interdisciplinary research center for the Earth and planetary sciences.

Corliss Kin I Sio: "Memoirs of  a Mineral"

Thursday, 15 October 2015 @ 6: 30 p.m.

Minerals record information that is vital to our understanding of Earth’s formation and evolution. Join Kin I Sio as she takes you on a journey to explore a group of minerals that form from magmas. Hidden within these minerals are records of magmatic events that lead to volcanic eruptions and are recorded in the form of chemical and isotopic profiles. Discover how these profiles can be used to visualize the transport of magma inside a volcano. 

Erik Hauri: "Water in the Moon's Interior: Truth and Consequences" 

Thursday, 5 November 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.

The Moon has been an object of mystery, curiosity, wonder, observation, fascination and speculation since the dawn of mankind. It has inspired fear and worship, medieval and renaissance art, the modern calendar, hundreds of pieces of music, a race to space that consumed nearly 5% of the US budget at its height, conspiracy theories, a rock album that spent more than 14 years on the Billboard Top 100 charts, one good movie (2001: A Space Odyssey) and several bad ones.

Scientifically, the Moon is no less interesting. The Apollo program returned a literal treasure trove of samples totaling nearly 840 pounds. We have learned that the Moon formed from the debris ejected from an ancient giant impact of a planetary embryo with the Earth, and that it was covered in an ocean of magma that froze and produced “rockbergs” that make up the light-colored lunar highlands that we see today.

The Moon is too small to retain an atmosphere, and so any water that may have once been at the Moon’s surface has either remained frozen in polar craters or has evaporated into space. Yet new studies at Carnegie on lunar volcanic rocks, erupted more than three billion years ago, have determined that the Moon’s interior may have nearly as much water as the Earth’s interior. This represents a surprising discovery – another mystery - about an object that was once molten in the vacuum of space.

28 August 2015