Letter from the Directors: A New Year, A New Name, Same Great Science

2019 Broad Branch Road Campus group photo Carnegie Institution of Washington established the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) in 1904 and a year later created The Geophysical Laboratory (GL). In 2020, these two great departments that both seek to learn more about our world and its place in the Universe will come together as the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory.


Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Interview with Mary Horan

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This month we’re starting a new series looking behind the scenes at the people who make the Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory run smoothly. Kicking us off is Mary Horan, the geochemistry lab manager. In this interview, Horan discusses her work here on campus and posits what the future of the field will hold. Plus, Horan describes the technical side of isotope geochemistry in relation to one of her own research projects.


Peeking at the plumbing of one of the Aleutian's most-active volcanoes

Carnegie’s Diana Roman collecting samples from Alaska’s Cleveland volcano, one of the most-active volcanoes in the Aleutians.  Tana Volcano on Chuginadak Island isn in the background. Photo is courtesy of Anna Barth of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

A new approach to analyzing seismic data reveals deep vertical zones of low seismic velocity in the plumbing system underlying Alaska’s Cleveland volcano, one of the most-active of the more than 70 Aleutian volcanoes. The findings are published in Scientific Reports by Helen Janiszewski, recently of Carnegie, now at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Carnegie’s Lara Wagner and Diana Roman. 


Apply Now for Summer Internships! Deadline April 15, 2020.

Interns from 2019

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) and the Geophysical Laboratory (GL) are departments within the Carnegie Institution for Science at Broad Branch Road, a nonprofit scientific research organization located on a beautiful park-like campus. Our science covers a broad area of research in the fields of Earth and space science, from astrophysics to mantle dynamics, from earthquakes to cosmochemistry, from astrobiology to material science.


Remembering Frank Press, Geophysical Giant & Former DTM Cecil and Ida Green Research Fellow

 From left to right: Frank Press, Vladimir Kellis-Borok, and Selwyn Sacks stand for a photo in the Research Building on the Carnegie Institution for Science Broad Branch Road campus.

At the age of 95, Frank Press, former DTM Cecil and Ida Green Research Fellow passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Postdoc Spotlight: Exploring Exoplanets with Fabo Feng

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In this video postdoc spotlight, Feng answers questions about his recent paper. He also explains how he finds exoplanets, discusses why he thinks exoplanet research is important and gives advice to young scientists.