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  • Senior Staff Scientist Robert Hazen received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award on 16 February. The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.

  • Pei-Nan Chen, a senior at Poolesville High School and an intern at the Geophysical Laboratory has been named a semifinalist in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). Only 300 high school seniors around the country are selected out of more than 1,800 applicants to be semifinalists.

  • Lori Kaufman, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School and an intern at the Geophysical Laboratory has been named a semifinalist in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). Only 300 high school seniors around the country are selected out of more than 1,800 applicants to be semifinalists.

  • During the recent fall American Geophysical Union a special session was held in memory of James Scott, a former associate Staff member at the Geophysical Laboratory, and until his untimely death, a professor of Geobiology at Darmouth College.

  • Ho-kwang Mao celebrated his 70th birthday this week and was honored at a 2011 AGU Fall Meeting session entitled "50 Years of High-Pressure Studies of the Earth".

  • Arun Bommannavar a Beamline Scientist at HPCAT, and Malcolm Guthrie a Research Scientist at EFree- both programs of the Geophysical Laboratory ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct 9, 2011.  It took Arun 6 hrs and 45 min, and Malcolm 4 hrs and 16 min to get to the finish line. There were 45,000 participants in the marathon this year.

  • Elissaios Stavrou arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on November 2, 2011 from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung) in Germany. Elissaios will be working with Alexander Goncharov for one year on a project entitled: "Probing of Fast Chemical Dynamics at High Pressures and Temperatures using Ultrafast Laser Techniques.

  • Ileana Perez-Rodriguez at the Geophysical Laboratory on November 1, 2011 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Ileana joins us as a new Carnegie Fellow working with Andrew Steele and Dionysis Foustoukos. Ileana will examine anaerobic chemosynthetic bacteria from extreme environments or, in particular, hydrothermal vents.

  • Pei-Nan Chen, an intern at the Geophysical Laboratory, and a senior at Poolesville High School has been named a semifinalist in the 2011 Siemens Competition.

  • Sami Mikhail arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on October 26, 2011 from University College London, University of London, U.K. Sami’s research focuses on the chemical speciation and mechanisms of isotopic fractionation of light volatile elements in the system C-O-H-N under mantle and volcanic conditions relevant to Earth, Mars and any sampled and differentiated celestial body in the wider universe.

  • Oleksandr Kurakevych arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on October 18, 2011 from the Institute for Mineralogy and Condensed Matter Physics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) in France. He specializes in high-pressure chemistry and joins us as a postdoctoral associate. Oleksandr will be working on the synthesis and characterization of pressure-induced structural and energetic solids with ambient pressure quench recovery.

  • Carnegie Fellow, Katherine Crispin from Case Western Reserve University arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on September 22, 2011.  She specializes in studies of diffusion in lower mantle minerals.  Prior to joining Carnegie, Katherine examined the effects of crystal field stabilization energy on diffusion rates of transition metals in periclase. 

  • Geophysical Laboratory Staff Scientist Timothy Strobel received the 2011 Jamieson Award at the AIRAPT Conference in Mumbai, India on September 26. 

  • Carnegie Fellow, Célia Dalou from the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Université Blaise Pascal in France arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on September 12, 2011. She specializes in experimental petrology and will carry out high-pressure experiments, trace and volatile element analysis, as well as examine partition coefficients, and crystal chemistry.

  • Takaki Muramatsu arrived at the Geophysical Laboratory on September 12, 2011 from the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston as a postdoctoral associate. Takaki will carry out studies of superconducting and magnetic materials, as well as transport measurements at high-pressures using a diamond anvil cell.