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January 2017 - DTM Online Newsletter
JANUARY 2017
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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.


Vera Rubin

Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passes away in Princeton N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88.


Deep Mantle Surprise

Analyses by Erik Hauri and former postdoc Marion Le Voyer have doubled the data on mantle carbon abundances.


Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization announces the appointment of physicist Robert N. Shelton as its president.

 

POSTDOC SPOTLIGHT


Erika Nesvold

Born to one of the original Trekkies (her mother) Erika Nesvold grew up a self-proclaimed science fiction nerd. Today, she ventures into the stars to study the effects exoplanets have on their debris disks.

 

LATEST NEWS

Glenn Poe, a highly valued member of the DTM staff from 1959 until his retirement in 1994, passes away at the age of 79.
Diana Roman, Hélène Le Mével, and Stefan Lachowycz host volcanology workshop at DTM. 
The Journal of the Geological Society selects Jesse Reimink for their Young Author of the Year award.
Tri Astraatmadja, Maggie Thompson, Johanna Teske, and Serge Dieterich participate in the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
The Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS names its new early career prize after Vera Rubin, a longtime member of the division during her career at DTM.
Peter Driscoll and DTM alumni speak to BBC Earth about how plate tectonics may have helped coax life into existence over four billion years ago.
New research from a team including Steven Shirey, Jianhua Wang, and Emma Bullock explains how the world’s biggest and most-valuable diamonds formed.
Carnegie hosts the 4th Magellan Science Symposium at our P Street headquarters building in Washington, DC. 
Johanna Teske participates in a press release at the 229th AAS meeting about ongoing work with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey APOGEE instrument to characterize exoplanet host stars.
Alan Boss chairs winter meeting of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group in Grapevine, Texas.
Rick Carlson and DTM alumni tell Quanta Magazine how new samples collected by former DTM postdoc Matt Jackson could give geologists the ability to examine the first tens of millions of years of Earth’s history.
Scott Sheppard appears on 60 Minutes to discuss his quest to confirm the existence of a ninth planet on the fringes of our Solar System.
Jonathan Gagné gives invited lecture in French titled "Rogue Planets" for the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the University of Montreal.
Former DTM Director Lindy Elkins-Tanton's mission to explore a unique metal asteroid named Psyche was chosen from five finalists for NASA's Discovery Program.
Former DTM postdoc Guillem Anglada-Escudé is named one of Nature's 10 people who matter in 2016 for detecting the nearest known planet outside our Solar System, Proxima b.
Scott Sheppard talks to NPR about how he's pouring over pictures taken by the Subaru Telescope in the search of a ninth planet on the edge of our Solar System.
Click here to view DTM's latest publications list

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 2, 2017 @ 11 a.m.
Jonathan Tucker // DTM

"Mantle heterogeneity, giant impacts, and the origin of Earth's volatiles"
DTM Seminar Series
February 6, 2017 @ 11 a.m.
Chris Johnson // University of Utah

"Computing and Visualizing the Future:  Applications in Science, Engineering and Medicine"
DTM Seminar Series
February 7, 2017 @ 2 p.m.
Diana Roman // DTM

"Negotiating a Job Offer"
Postdoc Development Workshop Series
February 9, 2017 @ 11 a.m.
Drew Coleman // University of North Carolina
"Missed Connection: Ignimbrite seeking plutonic relationship"

DTM Seminar Series
February 16, 2017 @ 11 a.m.
Joel Kastner // Rochester Institute of Technology
"Birthing Solar Systems in Our Back Yard:  A Close Look at the Nearest Known Planet-forming Disks"
Tuve Lecture Series
February 23, 2017 @ 11 a.m
Sonia Tikoo // Rutgers

"Lunar Magnetism"
DTM Seminar Series


Campus Arrivals

Floyd Fayton, who received his Ph.D. from Howard University in computational chemistry, joins the Carnegie Institution as the PHC Linux System Administrator for the Carnegie-wide cluster Memex. 
Joel Kastner, who received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California Los Angeles in 1990, joins DTM as our latest Merle A. Tuve. senior fellow from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Kastner will present his Tuve lecture on Thursday, February 16, entitled "Birthing Solar Systems in Our Back Yard:  A Close Look at the Nearest Known Planet-forming Disks."
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