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  • 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.

  • Sergey Lobanov has been appointed to research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory.  Lobanov's research focuses on observing physical and chemical transformations under high pressure and temperature with vibrational/optical spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. In particular, he studies the interaction of planetary ices with rocky material at above 100 GPa. Additionally, he has an active interest in studying the effect of spin transition in iron-bearing minerals on their physical properties and crystal chemistry in the lower mantle -- and has been developing techniques to extend the current pressure limit of diamond anvil cells employing anvils tailored with a focused ion beam. Congratulations, Sergey!

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's Anat Shahar was awarded the F.W. Clarke Medal from the Geochemical Society. This medal is an annual award "presented to an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry, published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic." It is named after Frank Wigglesworth Clarke who is considered the "Father of Geochemistry."

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's Katherine Crispin has been elected as a Director for the Microanalysis Society to serve a three-year term on the Executive Council. 

  • Rajasekarakumar Vadapoo joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from Spintec, CEA/CNRS in Grenoble, France.  He is working with Ron Cohen to use first-priciple computations to synthesize, modify, and manipulate piezoelectrics, and then use chemical pressure to design epitaxial heterostructures that stabilize the materials with enhanced properties at ambient conditions. Additionally, he is interested in condensed matter physics.

  • Corliss Kin I Sio joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Chicago. She is working with Anat Shahar on olivine growth rates in basaltic melts. Corliss is also interested in isotope geochemistry and experimental petrology.

  • Zachary (Zack) Geballe joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is working with Viktor Struzhkin on developing high pressure calorimetry methods.  His other research interests include melting and amorphization.

  • Colin Jackson joins the Geophysical Laboratory from Brown University as a postdoctoral fellow.  He will be working with Yingwei Fei, and many other members of the staff, on high-pressure and temperature experiments and solid Earth geochemistry.  

  • Hitoshi Gomi joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from Tokyo Tech. He is working with Yingwei Fei on determining the electrical resistivity of core materials at high pressure and temperature with applications to core dynamics and thermal evolution.

  • Stephen Elardo joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from the University of New Mexico.  He is working with Anat Shahar on iron isotope fractionation during differentiation with an emphasis on the effects of light elements in planetary cores.  His research interests also include igneous processes in the planetary settings, lunar geology and petrology.