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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. 

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Former DTM Predoc and Carnegie Trustee Sandy Faber Awarded Gruber Cosmology Prize

Sandy Faber

Former DTM predoctoral fellow and current trustee, astronomer Sandra Faber, has been awarded the 2017 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Planetary Geophysicist Miki Nakajima

Miki Nakajima

Miki Nakajima was born and raised in a "small" town in Tokyo. It was unusual, she says, for Japanese people (especially women) to study and work in the US long-term. But ever since she was in junior high she wanted to be a scientist. Today, she is doing interdisciplinary work building theoretical models alongside world-renown experts while mentoring and encouraging the next generation of Japanese students to break out of their shells and explore new worlds, just like she did. 

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Leopoldo Infante Appointed Director of Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory

Las Campanas

The Carnegie Observatories announces the appointment of Professor Leopoldo Infante of Pontifica Universidad Católica (PUC) de Chile to direct the Las Campanas Observatories (LCO), high in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He will take the job July 31, 2017, succeeding Carnegie astronomer Mark Phillips who stepped in as interim LCO director when the previous director, Miguel Roth, retired in 2014. 

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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.

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In Memory of Sandra A. Keiser

Sandy Keiser

Sandra A. Keiser passed away the afternoon of March 17, 2017, at the age of 60. She was hired as a scientific computer programmer, with responsibilities in system management and software development support, on February 1, 1993, by then DTM Director Sean C. Solomon. She came to DTM from General Research Corporation, located in Vienna, VA, with over ten years of experience at both programming and system management.

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