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  • Charles LeLosq joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.  He is studying the interactions between volatile elements and iron-bearing silicate melts at high pressure and high temperature with Bjorn Mysen.  His other interests include silicate melts and glasses, magmas, volcanology, eruptive processes, earth formation, and evolution.  

  • Nicholas Holtgrewe joins us from Howard University as a visiting investigator.  He is working with Alexander Goncharov on laser optics in Raman pump-probe experiments.  His other research interests include superconductors, solar power and laser optics.  

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's Caitlin Murphy is one of the two recipients of the MRP Graduate Research Award for 2013, awarded by the Mineral and Rock Physics focus group of the American Geophysical Union. This award recognizes Caitlin as a promising young scientist for her outstanding contributions during her Ph.D. research.  One of the reviewers of her recent paper commented, " ...such a careful analysis should become the routine, not an exception...".  Congratulations, Caitlin!

  • Jabrane Labidi joins the Geophysical Laboratory from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris as a postdoctoral fellow.  He is working with Anat Shahar on multiple isotope composition of sulfur in organic matter of chondrites.  His other interests include magmatic geochemistry, mantle geochemistry, volatiles in the planetary interiors, and cosmochemistry.  

  • Neil Bennett joins the Geophysical Laboratory from the University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Fellow.  He is working with Yingwei Fei on siderophile element fractionation in thermal gradients and its application to core-mantel boundary transport.  His other research interests include terrestrial accretion and core formation, and siderophile element behavior in magmatic systems.  

  • Huiyang Gou joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from BGI, University Bayreuth.  He will be working with Tim Strobel on the synthesis of new materials and carbides.

  • Todd Zapata joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a visiting investigator from Texas A&M University.  He is researching materials under high pressure using diamond anvil cells with Viktor Struzhkin. 

  • Haidong Zhang joins the Geophysical Laboratory from Ohio State University as a postdoctoral associate working with Alexander Goncharov.  He is working in the field of novel materials synthesis and characterization, focusing on discovery of new materials with outstanding properties, which can be synthesized under the conditions of high pressure and high temperature. We welcome him to our campus!

  • Dr. Asami Furukawa joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a visiting investigator from Japan Atomic Energy Agency.  She is working with Anat Shahar on isotropic fractionation between minerals at high pressure for six months.

  • Yangzheng Lin joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a postdoctoral associate from Penn State University. He is working with Ronald Cohen and Tim Strobel on quantum monte carlo and first principles molecular dynamics simulations. His other research interests include thermodynamics and electronic and magnetic properties of materials.

  • Jesse Smith has been appointed Associate Beamline Scientist at HPCAT. Jesse joined HPCAT in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. His activities include user support, technical development, and research. His scientific interests cover a broad range of topics related to the structure and properties of materials subjected to extreme conditions, and he is also interested in the development of experimental methods and techniques using synchrotron radiation.

  • Peng Zhang joins us from Louisiana State University as a postdoctoral associate.  Peng is working with Ronald Cohen as a computational physicist in numerical simulations of materials; comparing them with experiment results.  He is also interested in material science; numerical simulations; quantum monte carlo; and density functional theory. 

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's Derek Smith successfully defended his thesis on July 18 at Dartmouth. Derek presented his material very well with former and current staff scientists Marylin Fogel and Andrew Steele on his committee. Staff scientist Doug Rumble was a member of the audience. 

  • Gabor Szilagyi has been appointed full time IT/IS Administrator to work alongside Gefei Qian. Gabor will focus on IT network and infrastructure support at the Geophysical Laboratory (GL) within the broader BBR IT support group.  During the past year, Gabor has worked part time at GL and P St., and has been a great asset to our campus.  We congratulate Gabor in his new role at GL and BBR.

  • The Geophysical Laboratory's Stevce Stefanoski was selected as one of four recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award at the University of South Florida (USF).