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Postdoc Spotlight: Daniel Portner's Tomographic Technique for Exploring Volcanic Systems

Postdoc Spotlight - Daniel Portner

recent study by Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Portner harnesses a technique called tomographic inversion, normally used by doctors for CT scans, to create 3D images of these previously hidden inner structures. In this Postdoc Spotlight, Portner explains this new technique; what he found when he used it at the Cleveland Volcano; and how this study may raise more questions about the volcano than it answered. 

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Postdoc Spotlight: Matt Clement Explains New Evidence for How Jupiter and Saturn Formed

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Matt Clement is a Postdoctoral astronomer at the Earth & Planets Laboratory who uses computer modeling to piece together this complex story of how our early Solar System formed. As Clement puts it, trying to figure out what happened “is a bit like trying to understand how to make a smoothie only by tasting the final product.” 

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Postdoc Spotlight: Modelling Mid-Ocean Ridges with Joyce Sim

Joyce Sim in Kamchatka

Joyce Sim recently published two papers that looked at mantle melting, magma, and crust creation at mid-ocean ridges. In this month’s Postdoc Spotlight, we sat down with Sim over Zoom to discuss these two papers, what it means to be a scientist, and her hopes for the future of geodynamics. 

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Mercury in Transit: The History and Future of Measuring Transits

Mercury transits across the Sun

In astronomical parlance, a transit is a celestial phenomenon in which an object passes between us---the observer---in front of a larger object. A transit of Mercury, in which Mercury passes in front of the Sun, is an example of such phenomena that took place on November 11th, 2019 between 7:35 AM EST until 1:04 PM EST

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