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DTM @ the Goldschmidt Conference 2015

Goldschmidt 2015

DTM will travel to Prague next week for the annual Goldschmidt Conference on 16-21 August, 2015. 

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Goldschmidt conference series this year, this meeting will feature 25 plenary talks highlighting the 25 greatest advances in geochemistry in the past quarter century, one of which will be given by DTM's Conel Alexander titled "Theme 24: Cosmochemistry and Astrophysics" on Thursday, 20 August. 

Also on Thursday, 20 August, Richard Carlson will present the Shen-su Sun award to former DTM postdoc Liping Qin, now professor at the School of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Science and Technology in China, for her work on "Chromium Stable Isotope Composition of Meteorites and its Cosmochemical and Geochemical Significance" . This award recognizes exceptional geoscientists younger than 40-years-old who work in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in commeration of the late Dr. Shen-su Sun who made tremendous contributions to the geochemistry of the solid Earth and mantle dynamics.

In addition to these two presentations, DTM will be represented by Steve ShireyMarion Garçon, Rita Parai, and Jianhua WangKevin Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the Geochemical Society which moved to Carnegie in May 2015, will also be in attendence. 

 

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A Champagne Toast to Celebrate the Career of Alan Linde at DTM

Alan Linde

Last week, DTM celebrated the 46-year career of DTM seismologist Alan Linde with a champagne toast on his final day on campus.

Old and new coworkers, collaborators and friends gathered in the Tuve dining hall on Friday, 30 July 2015, to eat cake, drink champagne, and tell stories about Linde's major contributions in the field of geophysics during his tenure at DTM.

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Beloved Mentor Ernst K. Zinner Passes Away

Carnegie News

Ernst K. Zinner, astrophysicist at Washington University, former DTM Merle A. Tuve Fellow (2010), and trusted mentor of DTM's Conel Alexander, Larry Nittler, and several former postdocs, died Thursday, 30 July 2015, at the age of 78 of complications of mantle cell lymphoma.

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Photo Essay: Monitoring Katla with Borehole Strainmeters

Iceland 2015

In June 2015, a team led by Alan Linde and supported by the Brinson Foundation travelled to the small town of Skógar situated close to the south coast of Iceland, about 15 kilometers from the Katla volcano, to install a borehole strainmeter

The team included DTM's Michael AciernoTyler Bartholomew, and Brian Schleigh, as well as Bergur Bergsson and Matthew Roberts of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). 

The purpose of installing a borehole strainmeter at this site was to monitor the Katla volcano. It is one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland, reaching a peak of 1,512 meters. Katla usually erupts every 40 to 80 years, however it's last violent eruption was over 98 years ago, in 1918. 

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Stories from the Las Campanas Belles Blog: A Brief History of Stellar Women

Las Campanas Belles

"Tonight I'm observing at a different big telescope, Gemini North at Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. But I wanted to share a great Explainer post by Dr. Amanda Bauer, a PhD Astronomer and Outreach Officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, that discusses spectroscopy. She was named one of Australia's "Top 5 Under 40” science researchers and communicators in March of 2015, and has written lots of blog posts about different aspects of astronomy. This one about spectroscopy caught my interest because 1) it's my craft, too, and 2) it's one of the things in astronomy, and science in general (the basic principles come from physics and chemistry), that I explain most often/enjoy explaining most.

However, there is a bit of history missing from Dr. Bauer's post that is important. Much of what I and MANY astronomers do today for our research -- using spectra to classify and learn about stars -- is thanks to some extremely smart and dedicated women scientists. Here's a bit (er, actually, a rather long bit) of history," says DTM Origins Fellow Johanna Teske in this blog post from the Las Campanas Belles blog on 20 July 2015. 

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Russian Entrepreneur Pledges $100 Million to SETI to Jumpstart the Search for Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

Breakthrough Initiative

Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced he will personally fund a series of new initiatives to search for intelligent life in the Universe with a $100 million gift to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute over the next ten years.

This new program, named the Breakthrough Initiatives, was announced on 20 July 2015 in the Kohn Centre at the Royal Society in London to coincide with the 56th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Alongside Milner was an esteemed cast of scientists, including Stephen HawkingFrank DrankMartin ReesGeoff Marcy, and Ann Druyan.

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