DTM Hosts MESSENGER's 34th Science Team Meeting

Alexander Stark

Over 90 scientists gathered at DTM in March 2015 for the MESSENGER Mission's final Science Team Meeting with its spacecraft still in orbit around Mercury.

Sometime between 12-30 April 2015, MESSENGER will run out of fuel and the gravitational pull of Mercury's surface will slowly drag the spacecraft out of orbit, ending in a final crash onto the surface of the planet. Prior to the end of the mission, MESSENGER's Science Team, led by former DTM Director and MESSENGER Principal Investigator Sean Solomon and DTM Staff Scientist and Deputy Principal Investigator Larry Nittler, gathered at DTM from 25-27 March 2015, for MESSENGER's 34th Science Team Meeting (STM34).


Diana Roman Measures Harmonic Tremors in Mexico's Popocatépetl Volcano

Diana Roman

DTM Volcanologist Diana Roman traveled to Mexico in early March 2015 to study continuous seismic signals, also known as harmonic tremors, she's been recording with broadband seismometers in the Popocatépetl Volcano since June 2014.

Broadband seismometers were deployed by Roman and her team on the volcano back in June 2014. During her trip last month, she monitored and downloaded data from these devices to study in further detail at DTM.


Christopher Keane Dishes New Insights Into How Postdocs Can Take Advantage of the Geoscience Job Boom

Mike Beauregard in Greeneland 2014

Christopher M. Keane, director of technology and communications at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), hosted a workshop titled “Jumping on the Employment Express – How to be Part of the Geosciences Employment Boom” on Tuesday, 31 March 2015, in the Abelson Collaboration Center as part of DTM's Postdoctoral Development Workshop series.

The workshop covered the obstacles geoscience graduates face when entering the workforce today. Keane gave important advice and provided thoughtful insights on the geoscience employment boom happening right now and how postdocs can take better advantage of it when looking for a job. Notes from the workshop and a copy of his powerpoint presentation are available. 

Keane received his Ph.D. in marine, estuarine, and environmental science from the University of Maryland in 1997. He began work at AGI as a research associate in 1997, and advanced to his current position in 2000. In 2004, he became the editor for Geotimes, AGI's monthly geo-news magazine, as well as editor for AGI's annual Directory of Geoscience Departments. He also serves as co-author of EarthInquiry, an expanding series of geoscience exercise modules published through W.H. Freeman and Company. 


DTM @ LPSC 2015

LPSC 2015

The 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) was held on 16-20 March 2015, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas. Eight scientists from DTM attended the conference this year, presenting talks and posters on a range of different topics.

This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planeatary science. The five-day conference is organized each year by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions. 

Click here to view the presentation titles presented by DTM at LPSC 2015. 


New Electron Microprobe Installed on Carnegie's Broad Branch Road Campus

Electron Microprobe

A joint effort between DTM and the Geophysical Laboratory has led to the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art field emission electron microprobe.

The basic instrument was funded by a one million dollar grant by the Earth Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional attachments planned to be added in the future to the microprobe were funded by NASA.


New Mercury Surface Composition Maps Illuminate the Planet's History

Shoshana Weider

Two new papers from members of the MESSENGER Science Team provide global-scale maps of Mercury’s surface chemistry that reveal previously unrecognized geochemical terranes — large regions that have compositions distinct from their surroundings. The presence of these large terranes has important implications for the history of the planet.