Campus News

Two New Faculty Members Join Carnegie’s Earth And Planets Laboratory

Planet Exploration Illustration

Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory welcomes two new staff scientists whose expertise spans from terrestrial planet interiors to the atmospheres of distant worlds.




Collaboration cracked the case on deep focus quakes

Blue Diamond Inclusion

When it comes to earthquakes, seismologists know best. But deep-focus earthquakes—those that occur between 300 and 700 km below the surface—have been a mystery to science for a century. Over the years, many scientists have suggested different answers to this problem. Still, the deep Earth is impossible to study directly, so the earthquakes kept their secrets until a group of scientists at the Earth and Planets Laboratory teamed up to crack the case. 


Carnegie’s Hazen honored for lifetime achievement in mineralogy

Robert Hazen DCO Portrait

Carnegie Mineralogist Robert Hazen—who advanced the concept that Earth’s geology was shaped by the rise and sustenance of life—will be honored with the 2022 the International Mineralogical Association’s Medal for Excellence. The prize recognizes “outstanding scientific publication in the field of mineralogical sciences.”


Former Director Linda Elkins-Tanton elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Linda Elkins-Tanton and her fieldwork team pose in front of columnar basalt from the Siberian flood basalts on an island in the Angara river.

In April 2021, Linda Elkins-Tanton, former director of the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Being elected to the Academy is among the highest honors a scientist can achieve. 


Nearly 300 people delve into diamond science at latest Neighborhood Lecture

What can diamonds tell us about the Earth?

This month's Neighborhood Lecture, "Exploring for diamonds and what they can tell us about how the Earth works, " was presented by diamond expert and former postdoc Dr. Graham Pearson. In this hour-long talk, Pearson explained in detail how scientists find and evaluate diamond mines. He also looked at why scientists at EPL may prefer their diamonds to be a bit rough around the edges!