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  • Yuki Shibazaki received his Ph.D in science from Tohoku University, Japan, in 2011. His research focuses on understanding the core composition and evolution of planets and their moons. Yuki currently investigates phase relations of the Fe-(C, S)-H systems and carbon partitioning between silicate and metal at high pressure and high temperature. He collaborates with Yingwei Fei.

  • Freda Humble has joined HPCAT as the new project administrator. Freda has extensive experience in office administrative matters and adept skills to operate HPCAT's office and user administrative matters.

    Her responsibilities will include general secretarial duties for the HPCAT project, administration of the HPCAT user program, administrative liaison with APS and CIW, and assistance with the HPCAT webpage.

  • Sergey Lobanov arrived from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia). He is working with Alexander Goncharov on DCO projects.  His research area includes both theoretical and experimental modeling of the volatiles behavior in deep planetary interiors, with respect to mantle petrology and diamond mineralogy. In the Geophysical Laboratory he is performing laser heating diamond anvil cell experiments on C-H and C-O-H systems. He will also be engaged in other high pressure projects.

  • Jonathan Wynn joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a visiting investigator from the University of South Florida working with George Cody.  Jonathan will be working on using isotopic and chemical composition of tooth enamel to study paleodiets and paleoecology of early hominids in East Africa.  He will also be helping with isotope ratio mass spec labs and working with Hilary Christensen on related tooth enamel work.

  • Xiaoming Liu joins us from the University of Maryland as a postdoctoral fellow. She will be working with Robert Hazen, Anat Shahar and Dimitri Sverjensky on tracing great oxidation events and super continental formations from mineral evolution points of view using trace elements and non-traditional stable isotope analyses.

  • Alia Awadallah joins the geophsysical laboratory as our new DCO Program Assistant.  Alia graduated with a degree in political science from Kent State University.  Post graduation, Alia worked for the Middle East Research and Information Project in DC and for the Obama for America campaign.  Her experience includes web administration and traffic analysis, implementing social media plans, and campaign strategy planning and voter data management.

  • Veronica O'Connor joined the Geophysical Laboratory in 2001 as Office Manager of the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT). There, she was in charge of tracking all beamline personnel and users as well as registering staff. 

  • Christopher Glein has been selected as a Barbara McClintock Fellow for the Geophysical Laboratory. 

    The Barbara McClintock Fellowship Fund was established in 1989 to support fellowships for outstanding young scientists in all departments across the Carnegie Institution. Two fellows are selected at a time for these two-year appointments. The honor is bestowed on new fellows who have displayed exceptional promise in their chosen field of study. It is a very special honor, and we congratulate Chris on this achievement!

  • In October 2012, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected 701 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on February 16, 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. Presented by section affiliation, the Geophysical Lab's Marilyn Fogel was named Fellow for the Section on Geology and Geography. The list of Fellows can be found here.

  • Xiaojing Tan joins us from the University of California Riverside as an EFree Postdoctoral Associate.  He is working on ultrafast optical measurements under high pressure and on time-resolved measurements on superconductors.  His other interests include ultrafast lasers and optics, nonlinear optics, and condensed matter physics.  Tan is working with Alexander Goncharov.

  • Wendy Mao, CDAC partner, EFree Partner, DCO Science Advisory Committee member, and former CDAC-supported graduate student, will be the 2013 recipient of the MSA Award, in recognition of “outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals or individuals near the beginning of their professional careers."

  • Chi-Chang Kao, a long-time collaborator of the Geophysical Laboratory, was named Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on 24 October. 

  • The second lecture of Carnegie's 2012-2013 Neighborhood Lecture Series featured the Geophysical Laboratory's Timothy Strobel as the speaker on October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm.  

  • Senior Staff Scientist Marilyn L. Fogel has been named President-elect of Biogeosciences in the 2013-2014 American Geophysical Union election. 

  • Cécile Feuillie joins us from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France as a new Postdoctoral Associate.  She will be working with Dimitri Sverjensky and Robert Hazen on interactions between organic molecules and mineral surfaces.  She is also interested in origins of life, origins of biomolecules, traces of past life, and surface enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy.