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  • Michael Ackerson joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow this week. He is working with Bjorn Mysen on using experimental observations to understand the evolution and emplacement of granitic and volcanic rocks. Michael obtained his Ph.D. in Geology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to joining GL. His other interests include experimental geochemistry, igneous/metamorphic petrology and trace element geochemistry.

  • Hope Harrison (left) arrives as a summer intern from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.  She is working with George Cody on looking at how the presence of metal chlorides influences the rTCA cycle.

    Isabella “Bella” Marku (right) joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a summer library intern from McLean High School.  She is working on indexing the photograph collection from the DTM expeditions to survey Earth’s magnetic field with Shaun Hardy.  She is also interested in astronomy, geosystems and history.

  • Daniel Hummer, Qianqian Wang and Chao Liu arrive at the Geophysical Laboratory as postdoctoral associates.  Michael Meyer joins the campus as the Keck project manager for deep-time data infrastructure.

  • Michelle Hoon-Starr joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Program Assistant.  She is working with DCO on assisting with writing/editing documents, proposals and briefs; event planning; meeting coordination, etc.  She is a graduate from the College of William and Mary and is interested in geomorphology.

  • Fuhai Su is a new Postdoctoral Associate from the Institute of Solid State Physics, PR China. He is carrying out experiments on materials fabrication at high pressures as well as ultrafast optics in collaboration with Alex Goncharov.

  • Seth Wagner joins the Geophysical Laboratory's machine shop as a junior machinist/instrument maker. He is working with Vic Lugo to learn technical skills such as basic industrial math, material handling safety, interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances and symbology.  Seth will also acquire machining and metal working skills including identification of metals, layout, drilling, classification of fasteners and fundamental metal cutting as part of the machinist’s program.

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's 2015 Summer Scholars and intern have arrived at the Broad Branch Road campus.

  • Hanyu Liu joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from the University of Saskatchewan.  He is working with Russell Hemley on carrying out theoretical and computational studies in support of current EFree projects and also contributing to the development of a new project focusing on hydrogen-rich materials.  Hanyu is also interested in studying the properties of materials at extreme conditions using molecular dynamics and crystal structure predictions.

  • Andrew (Andy) Needham joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate working with Andrew Steele. Andy specializes in coordinated analyses of the mineralogy, chemistry and isotopic composition of planetary materials. His research involves the reaction pathways of carbon in the Martian crust and mantle. Andy also continues research into the formation and evolution of the early solar system through collaborations with NASA-JSC, from where he joins the Geophysical Laboratory.

  • Chen Li joins the Geophysical Laboratory as the EFree Neutron Scattering Coordinator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Chen will lead the development and application of neutron techniques in support of EFree projects, and interact with EFree project groups and provide leadership in the development of new projects in the area of energy materials research.

  • Jennifer Mays joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a DCO Science Program Assistant.  Jennifer is assisting with various documents (writing, editing, proofreading), writing; managing, and disseminating correspondence with scientific committee members and project partners; planning and logistics for conferences and meetings (many international); website updates and oversight; and providing other administrative support as necessary.  Jennifer is also interested in paleolimnology, stable isotope geochemistry and archaeology.

  • Emma Bullock joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a Microbeam Specialist.  She is responsible for maintaining and operating the focused ion beam - scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) crossbeam system and other microbeam instruments, including training and providing assistance to new and visiting users, performing routine maintenance, sample preparation, and collaborating with staff and students. She joins us from the Smithsonian Institution and is also interested in meteorites, early solar system chronology and impact processing. 

  • Hiroyuki (Hiro) Takenaka joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is working with Ronald Cohen on theoretical investigations on transducers.  Hiro is also interested in finding new electro-mechanical transducers with improved properties.  Hiro received a Ph.D. of mechanical engineering at the School of Science and Engineering, Meiji University in 2006. Prior to joining the Geophysical Laboratory, Hiro was a postdoctoral fellow for Professor Andrew  M. Rappe, University of Pennsylvania.  His focus was the origin of anomalous physical properties in relaxor ferroelectrics and bulk photovoltaic effect in  oxide, oxy-­‐sulfide, sulfide compounds.

  • Venkata (Venkat) Bhadram joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from Purdue University.  He is working with Tim Strobel and Russell Hemley on EFree projects, mainly in the area of solar energy materials. He is also working on developing novel materials for photocatalytic water splitting. The work involves synthesis with both multi-anvil and diamond cell techniques, as well as characterization using Raman spectroscopy and laboratory and synchrotron x-ray facilities.

  • Teresa Fornaro joins the Geophysical Laboratory from the University of Pisa as a visiting scholar for a four month tenure.  She will be studying interactions of nucleotides adsorbed onto brucite with Bob Hazen and Dimitri Sverjensky as part of her Ph.D. thesis.