The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Earth and Planets Laboratory went all out this year at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting, which ran from December 12 - 16, 2022, in Chicago, IL.
Things kicked off at the annual Alumni reception on Sunday evening, which was back in person for the first time since 2019. Carnegie scientists through the years past met up for a chance to celebrate with old friends and colleagues, make new connections, and raise a glass in celebration of another exciting year of scientific exploration.
Monday brought everyone together at McCormick Place, a conference center well suited to hosting the hoards of AGU attendees. For many, this was the first time at a conference since the beginning of the pandemic, and there was excitement in the air for in-person collaborations and face-to-face meetings with previously digital colleagues.
The week included 25+ posters, talks, and sessions led by EPL scientists. From martian minerals and sulfur on the moon to deep Earth differentiation, geoinformatics, and computational models, our showing at AGU spanned the wide range of Earth, planetary, and physical sciences that we study.
In addition to the standard talks and posters, we celebrated several awards and honors:
- Director Mike Walter received the Norman L. Bowen Award and was invited to give the Bowen Lecture. Walter received the award for his substantial contributions to our understanding of Earth’s formation and evolution by studying deep-Earth minerals and melts.
- The late isotope geochemist Marliyn Fogel, a former EPL staff scientist, was posthumously honored with the inaugural Eunice Newton Foote Medal for her outstanding creative achievements in research at the intersection of Earth and life sciences.
- Postdoctoral Fellow Ming Hao received the 2022 Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Award for his Ph.D. work studying seismic velocities of mantle minerals.