Postdoc Spotlight: Cosmochemist My Riebe

My Riebe

When My Riebe was a kid, she used to run around the fields and forests of southern Sweden wondering how the hills she ran up and down formed, or what the stars she gazed at are made of. As she grew up, the questions became more daunting. What is the meaning of life? Where do we come from? What is her role in an endless universe? Today, she is a postdoctoral associate at DTM researching how organic molecules delivered to the early Earth via meteorites and comets might have helped "kick-start" life, an answer Riebe has been searching for ever since she was a young girl. 


Postdoc Spotlight: Cosmochemist Nan Liu

Nan Liu

After receiving an offer from the University of Chicago to study cosmochemistry, DTM postdoctoral fellow Nan Liu packed up and moved to the States. While at Chicago, Liu discovered her passion for studying presolar grains, or interstellar dust grains derived from dying stars dating back to before the formation of our Solar System. To her, the coolest thing she could imagine doing for a career was to hold tiny, interstellar fragments of dying stars in her hands every day. We talked to Liu about what she likes most about her field of research, and where she sees her career going in the future following her postdoc at DTM.


A New Study May Resolve a Long-Standing Puzzle about Meteoritic Stardust

Larry Nittler

A new measurement of an important nuclear reaction that occurs in intermediate-mass stars may have resolved a long-standing puzzle about meteoritic stardust, as reported in a new paper co-authored by Larry Nittler published in the new journal Nature Astronomy this week.