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  • Megan Duncan joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate working with Yingwei Fei.  She is working on high pressure-temperature experiments to constrain the origins and formation of the Earth and Mars.  Additionally, Megan is interested in mantel and core geochemistry, and petrology of the inner terrestrial planets.  Megan received her Ph.D. in Earth Science from Rice University this year. 

  • Matthew Ward joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate working with Tim Strobel on the synthesis of high pressure carbon materials. Matthew is also interested in solid-state synthesis and x-ray crystallography.  Prior to joining the Geophysical Laboratory, Matthew was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University in June 2014.

  • Abhisek Basu joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate working with Reinhard Boehler.  He is working on developing large volume diamond cells for neutron diffraction and is also interested in high pressure behavior of perovskite oxides using XRD and Raman spectroscopy.  Abhisek received his Ph.D. in physical sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research - Kolkata in 2014.

  • Shi Liu joins the Geophysical Laboratory from the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow. Shi is working with Ron Cohen on multi scale simulations of dynamical responses of ferroelectric domains, to fundamentally understand various structure-property relationships of ferroelectric domain walls and to discover, develop and demonstrate new material design principles.  His research interests focus on materials exploration and design using both advanced quantum chemistry and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations.

  • Zhixue Du joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a Carnegie Fellow from Yale University, where he just received his Ph.D. in Geophysics.  He is working with Yingwei Fei and the rest of the staff on various projects and is very interested in mineral physics.

  • Jocelyn Rodgers joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate.  Jocelyn is working with Russell Hemley on using molecular simulations theory to understand the effects of high pressure and other extreme conditions on protein function, such as how multimeric protein assemblies required for life can be stabilized or destabilized under pressure.  

    Jocelyn received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park and from there completed a three-year fellowship with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she explored simulation and technique development for the study of coarse-grained lipid bilayers and proteins.  Her research interests include biophysics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, molecular simulation, and self organization and assembly of molecules.

  • 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.