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September 2016 - DTM Online Newsleter
September 2016
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Letter from the Director

John Ketchum and Jesse Reimink investigate shoreline outcrops along Point Lake during a fairly cold day on the water. Photo by Rick Carlson, DTM.

 

The Highlights

John Ketchum and Jesse Reimink investigate shoreline outcrops along Point Lake during a fairly cold day on the water. Photo by Rick Carlson, DTM.


Proxima Centauri

An international team of astronomers including Paul Butler finds evidence of a rocky planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System.


Planet X

Scott Sheppard's hunt for the ninth planet reveals new extremely distant Solar System objects.


Canada

A rock sampling field excursion takes Richard Carlson, Steve Shirey, and Jesse Reimink to the remote Northwest Territories of Canada.

 

Postdoc Spotlight


Cristopher Thissen

When Christopher Thissen was 11, he took a family trip to Glacier National Park. It was there, Thissen says, he fell in love with Earth Science. 

 

Latest News

Larry Nittler and Conel Alexander give talks at the 79th Annual Meteoritical Society meeting in Berlin in a daylong session dedicated to the memory of former DTM Tuve fellow Prof. Ernst Zinner, who passed away in 2015.
New work from a team including Jonathan Gagné discovers several ultracool brown dwarfs in our own solar neighborhood. Their findings are published in The Astrophysical Journal.
Former DTM postdoc Jacqueline Faherty finds that atmospheric properties may be behind the incredible variation amongst brown dwarfs. Her finds are published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.
A team of Carnegie scientists led by Origins fellow Johanna Teske has discovered three giant planets in a binary star system composed of stellar ''twins.'' Their work is published in The Astronomical Journal.
Steve Shirey, Lara Wagner, and Shaun Hardy attend the annual 2016 GSA Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Alycia Weinberger, Conel Alexander, Larry Nittler, TJ Rodigas, Erika Nesvold, and Johanna Teske attend the Linking Exoplanet and Disk Compositions meeting at Space Telescope.
Erika Nesvold spent her summer participating in the NASA Frontier Development Lab, where she addressed questions related to planetary defense from asteroids.
New work from a team including Jonathan Gagné and former DTM postdoc Jacqueline Faherty, discovers four new low-mass objects surrounded by disks. Their results will be published by The Astrophysical Journal.
Carnegie celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week with a talk from Carnegie President Matthew Scott and a Postdoc Pictionary Party at BBR.
Alycia Weinberger, Alan Boss, and Johanna Teske attend the Fourth Annual GMT Community Science Meeting in Pacific Grove, California.
Click here to view DTM's latest publications list

 

Upcoming Events

October 5, 2016 @ 11 a.m
Yves Moussallam // UCSD

"Transferring volatiles from Asthenosphere to Atmosphere"
DTM Seminar Series
October 13, 2016 @ 11 a.m
My Riebe // DTM

DTM Seminar Series
October 19, 2016 @ 11 a.m
Zhigang Peng // Georgie Tech

"Fluid-driven seismicity in the crust revealed by waveform matching methods"
DTM Seminar Series
October 20, 2016 @ 11 a.m
Samer Naif // LDEO
DTM Seminar Series
October 20, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Lara Wagner // DTM

"Pointing the Telescope Down: Seismo-vision into the Earth"
Neighborhood Lecture Series (RSVP)
October 25, 2016 @ 11 a.m
Pete Barry // Oxford University

DTM Seminar Series
October 27, 2016 @ 11 a.m
Manoochehr Shirzaei // Arizona State University

DTM Seminar Series

 

Campus Arrivals

Sharon Xeusong Wang joins the astronomy group at DTM as a postdoctoral fellow from the Pennsylvania State University, where she completed her Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics in 2016. While at DTM, she will work with Paul Butler on improving the velocity resolution of the Magellan planet-finding spectrograph.
Stefan Lachowycz joins the geophysics group at DTM as a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Oxford, where he completed his Ph.D. in Earth sciences in 2016. While at DTM, he will work with Diana Roman to investigate the prevalence and causes of (sub-)annual-scale changes in volcanic activity.
Tri Astraatmadja joins DTM as our first Thompson postdoctoral fellow, supported by gifts from Mr. David W. Thompson and the Thompson Family Fund. While at DTM, he will be working with Alan Boss and Alycia Weinberger to improve the data analysis pipeline of the Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search project.
Hélène Le Mével joins the geophysics group at DTM as a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed her Ph.D. in geophysics in 2016. While at DTM, she will work with Diana Roman to develop numerical models to investigate the magmatic processes responsible for the deformation measured at large silicic systems.
Nicole Moore joins DTM as a visiting investigator from Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, where she is currently a Ph.D. graduate student majoring in geology. While at DTM, she will work with Richard Carlson on flood basalts.
Stephen Richardson joins DTM as a visiting investigator from the University of Cape Town, where he is a professor of isotope geochemistry and geochronology. While at DTM, he will work with Steve Shirey studying sulfide and iron metal inclusions in diamonds.
Maggie Thompson joins DTM as a research trainee from Princeton University, where she completed her bachelors degree in astrophysics in 2016. While at DTM, Thompson will work with Alan Boss and Alycia Weinberger on data analysis for the Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search program.

 

Campus Departures

Johanna Teske departs DTM's campus to complete the second half of her Origins fellowship at The Observatories in Pasadena, California.
Jacqueline Faherty departs DTM for a faculty position at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Amanda Lough departs DTM for an assistant professor position at Drexel University's Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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