September 2021 Letter from the Directors

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New colleagues on campus, discoveries in space, awards, events, and more!


Ryugu samples arrive on campus

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Samples of the asteroid Ryugu finally arrived at the EPL campus in mid-August 2021 after being delivered to Earth by JAXA’s Hayabusa 2 mission in late 2020. The arrival of Ryugu samples is pivotal for both scientists on campus and the entire field of cosmochemistry.


When a volcano fires up, she’s ready to go


Our planet provides ample research opportunities for scientists like Diana Roman, who has devoted her career to understanding the geologic forces that shape volcanic eruptions. She just needs to be on standby to seize them when they arrive


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.