Campus News

Carnegie’s Marilyn Fogel Posthumously Honored By AGU For Legacy Of Interdisciplinary Research

Marylin Fogel at Carnegie Library

Isotope geochemist Marilyn Fogel will be posthumously recognized with the American Geophysical Union’s Eunice Newton Foote Medal for Earth-Life Science, which is awarded annually to “an exceptional senior scientist for outstanding creative achievements in research at the intersection of Earth and life sciences.”


Letter from the Director: Summertime at the Earth and Planets Laboratory

Summertime at EPL Banner

Although it remains hot and humid in early September in our beloved corner of Washington, D.C., it’s becoming clear that summertime is winding down. Cicada chants are waning,  the occasional yellow-brown leaf flutters by, and some nights you can even smell a whisper of autumn in the air. That deeply embedded ‘back to school’ feeling conjures a sense of new possibilities, helping to shake off the last days of ‘living easy’.

Yet, while the ‘fish were jumping’ in the Potomac, we had anything but a lazy summertime here at the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL).


Welcoming the 2022 class of postdoctoral fellows


As we move into autumn, it’s time to extend a warm welcome to a new class of postdocs! 

Every year, the Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) conducts international searches for outstanding early-career scientists to join our research programs. The postdocs bring fresh expertise, ideas, and abundant energy to campus.  In return, we provide them access to the excellent facilities on campus and mentoring that expands their expertise and prepares them for their future careers.

These scientists are some of the brightest minds in their fields and come from all over the world to work with us. We are excited to have them at Carnegie and can't wait to see their contributions to the EPL team.


From chondrite characterization to deep-sea microbes: SURI interns present their research at final symposium

SURI 2022 Interns

The first year of the Earth and Planets Laboratory’s (EPL) Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURI) ended on August 5, 2022, after ten weeks of intensive hands-on research, field trips, and professional development workshops. The interns closed out the summer with an impressive scientific symposium to share their summer research and celebrate a job well done! 


Postdoc Spotlight: Jens Barosch studies stardust to understand our Solar System

Jens at Microscope with Ryugu sample

Postdoctoral Fellow Jens Barosch recently discovered these rare presolar grains in a sample of the asteroid Ryugu, which was returned to Earth via JAXA’s Hayabusa II mission. These grains help us understand the chemical makeup of our cosmic neighborhood before our Solar System was formed. They also help us understand what type of stars birthed the elements that makeup Ryugu, our planet, and even ourselves!