Carnegie’s Hazen honored for lifetime achievement in mineralogy

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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.”


Postdoc Spotlight: Samuel Dunning searches for new materials under pressure

Samuel Dunning

Samuel (Sam) Dunning is a metal-organic framework (MOF) chemist who comes to us from the University of Texas Austin.  At EPL, Dunning is working with Staff Scientist, Tim Strobel to synthesize carbon nanothreads from small molecule compounds, with the specific aim of incorporating new functionalities and atoms into the threads at high pressure. His work will specifically focus on using molecular and non-molecular precursors for the high-pressure synthesis of extended solids.


May 2021 | Letter from the Directors

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Unlike the cicadas who go pretty much unnoticed during their time underground, EPL staff have been quite visible over the last year as they turn datasets acquired pre-pandemic into publications. As is typical of the work pursued by EPL scientists, the discoveries range from the deep Earth to distant stars.


What causes the deep Earth’s most mysterious earthquakes?


The cause of Earth’s deepest earthquakes has been a mystery to science for more than a century, but a team of Carnegie scientists may have cracked the case.


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. 


FAQ: Your diamond questions answered!

What can diamonds tell us about the Earth?

On April 29, 2021, Dr. Graham Pearson let us in on the secrets of diamond science. As always, our Neighborhood Lecture guests asked great questions, and we tried to answer as many as we could—but we couldn’t get to everything! Below, we've selected and answered some of our favorite questions from that evening.