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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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Opening Day at Broad Branch Road, 1914

Opening day at BBR

The Carnegie Institution celebrates a century of science and discovery at its Washington, DC, campus this month. Learn about our campus history and join us at one of our events in commemeration of our centennial.

April 1, 1914 was cool and rainy, but spirits must have been high among the scientists and staff of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. After ten years quartered in rented rooms in the Ontario Apartment House near the National Zoo, the Department marked the start of its eleventh year on its own new campus “out in the country” on Washington’s northwest fringe.

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Searching for Jobs Outside of Academia

Non-Academic Jobs Workshop

On Friday, 4 April 2014, DTM hosted a Non-Academic Scientific Jobs Workshop in the Abelson Collaboration Center (ACC) for current DTM and GL postdoctoral fellows and associates. Speakers included Winston Chan of Corvusys. Inc.Michelle Weinberger of the Schafer Corporation, David Applegate of the US Geological Survey (USGS), and Sonia Esperanca of the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Each year, the search for academic jobs becomes more and more competitive. The search for jobs outside of academia is a big step for postdocs and they could use advice on why they should look into other options and how to proceed. Working in challenging, innovative, lucrative, and important non-academic scientific jobs can be as equally gratifying as academic jobs.

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Mercury’s Contraction Much Greater Than We Thought

Mercury’s Contraction Much Greater Than We Thought

New global imaging and topographic data from MESSENGER show that the innermost planet has contracted far more than previous estimates. The results are based on a global study of more than 5,900 geological landforms, such as curving cliff-like scarps and wrinkle ridges, that have resulted from the planet’s contraction as Mercury cooled. The findings, published online March 16, 2014, in Nature Geoscience, are key to understanding the planet’s thermal, tectonic, and volcanic history, and the structure of its unusually large metallic core.

Byrne and his coauthors, Christian Klimczak, A. M. Celâl Şengör, Sean Solomon, Thomas Watters,  and Steven Hauk, II, identified a much greater number and variety of geological structures on the planet than had been recognized in previous research. They identified 5,934 ridges and scarps attributed to global contraction, which ranged from 5 to 560 miles (9 to 900 kilometers) in length. 

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