Postdoc Spotlight: Kelsey Prissel puts the pressure on Martian minerals

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Kelsey Prissel is an experimental petrologist who recently finished up a postdoc with Carnegie’s Yingwei Fei. Her work focuses on determining how elements behave in magmatic systems. In this postdoc spotlight, she talks about the challenges in her field, her recent work putting the pressure on Martian minerals, and what’s next for her after Carnegie. 


New roadmap to finding and assessing Earth-like exoplanets for habitability

New roadmap to finding and assessing Earth-like exoplanets for habitability

This year, the Extreme Precision Radial Velocity Working Group (EPRV-WG) group, including Carnegie’s Johanna Teske, published their final report, which could transform the way we find and evaluate Earth-like exoplanets. Carnegie’s Alan Boss chaired NASA’s standing Exoplanet Exploration Program Technical Assessment Committee that reviewed and assessed the report prior to its release.


Welcoming the 2021 class of postdoctoral fellows

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As we move into fall, it’s time to extend a warm welcome to a new class of postdocs!

Every year, the Earth and Planets Laboratory conducts international searches for the best early-career scientists to join our research programs. The postdocs bring fresh expertise, ideas, and abundant energy to campus.  In return, we provide them access to the excellent facilities on campus and mentoring that expands their expertise and prepares them for their future careers.


Diana Roman And Lara Wagner Named Carnegie’s Inaugural Harry Oscar Wood Chairs Of Seismology

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Carnegie has named Earth and Planets Laboratory staff scientists Diana Roman and Lara Wagner as the inaugural Harry Oscar Wood Chairs of Seismology. 


Solar System’s Fastest-Orbiting Asteroid Discovered

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The Sun has a new neighbor that was hiding in plain twilight. An asteroid that orbits the Sun in just 113 days—the shortest known orbital period for an asteroid and second shortest for any object in our Solar System after Mercury—was discovered by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard in evening twilight images taken by Brown University’s Ian Dell'Antonio and Shenming Fu.


Did Nature Or Nurture Shape The Milky Way’s Most Common Planets?

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A Carnegie-led survey of exoplanet candidates identified by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Satellite Survey  (TESS) is laying the groundwork to help astronomers understand how the Milky Way’s most common planets formed and evolved, and determine why our Solar System’s pattern of planetary orbits and sizes is so unusual.