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Elissaios Stavrou, Geophysical Laboratory (GL) alumni, was appointed to staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  Stavrou was a visiting investigator at GL from 2011-2012 and a postdoctoral associate from 2012-2013.

He started at LLNL as a postdoctoral associate in September 2014 and was appointed Staff scientist in May 2016 with Indefinite (Career) appointment. The formal appointment is: Condensed Matter Physicist, Material Sciences Division. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  Congratulations, Elis!

Former Carnegie Summer Scholar at the Geophysical Laboratory, Viktor Rozsa, currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a DOE-NNSA graduate fellowship.  During the summer of 2012, Viktor worked with Tim Strobel on hydrogen loading in β-hydroquinone at high pressure, studies that led to a publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters [V. Rozsa and T. Strobel, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 1880-1884 (2014)].  Viktor’s current research focuses on understanding hydrogen bonding at extreme conditions, both at the level of fundamental physics and in application to planetary sciences.  For more information on Victor’s award, follow this link.  Congratulations, Viktor!

Geophysical Laboratory alum, Shuhei Ono, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.  Shuhei was a Carnegie fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory from 2002-07.

Former Carnegie fellow, Sami Mikhail, was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom).  Sami was a Carnegie fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory from 2011-2013.  Congratulations, Sami!

Former Geophysical Laboratory (GL) summer undergraduate intern Andrea F. Young is now an Assistant Professor at the University of California - Santa Barbara.  Andrea worked with former GL research scientist Eugene Gregoryanz (now at the University of Edinburgh) during the summer of 2005, while he was a student at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 2012 and went on to a postdoctoral position as a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT before joining UCSB in 2014. 

Former Geophysical Laboratory postdoctoral fellow, Pierre Beck, was awarded the 2015 Nier Prize from the Meteoritical Society. The award is named after Alfred O. C. Nier to recognize "outstanding research in meteoritics and closely allied fields by young scientists."  Beck was a Carnegie Fellow at GL from 2006 to 2007.  Congratulations!

Hiroko Nagahara was awarded the 2015 J. Lawrence Smith Medal.  Nagahara was a postdoctoral associate at the Geophysical Laboratory with Bjorn Mysen in the mid 80's.

Former Geophysical Laboratory postdoctoral associate, Subramanian (Subbi) Natarajan, received the prestigious DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) "Science & Technical Excellence Award" from the Chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission on October 30th in Mumbai.

Geophysical Laboratory alum, Raja Chellappa, was one of four LANL scientists to win the DOE-NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence. The award was presented on September 10, 2014 from Donald L. Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs.  Chellapa was a postdoctoral associate at the Geophysical Laboratory from 2007-2010.

Wes Huntress’s book published in 2011 with Mikhail Marov on lunar and planetary science spaceflight missions conducted by the Soviet Union has been translated into Russian and published in Moscow. 

James Badro, a former Carnegie Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory and current Deep Carbon Observatory collaborator, has been named Senior Scientist at CNRS, Visiting Scientist at UC Berkeley and Visiting Professor at Stanford University. We congratulate James on his many accomplishments!

Wes Huntress, Director Emeritus of the Geophysical Laboratory, has been appointed to the Space Studies Board (SBS) of the National Research Council. The Board is composed of prominent scientists, engineers, industrialists, scholars, and policy experts in space research. A representative member of the SSB's standing committees also serve as members of the Board. Congratulations, Wes!

Geophysical Laboratory Alum, Adrienne Kish, was named as a tenured professor at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. She will begin January 1, 2014 studying extremophiles (and hopefully branching into astrobiology) as well as teaching at the Sorbonne's science faculty (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) across the park from the Museum. Adrienne was a postdoctoral associate from 2008-2009 working with Andrew Steele. 

Congratualtions, Adrienne!

Former research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory, Marc Fries, was mentioned in the November 2013 edition of Popular Mechanics.  The article Why is this Rock Worth $400,000, talks about a hunter who is "studying Doppler radar images of a meteorite's descent assembled by Marc Fries of NASA. Using National Weather Service data, Fries plots the mass and velocity of the falling debris on the map. "Marc tracks meteorites as they fall, then I hit the field to recover fragments," Ward [the hunter] says."  Find the full article here.

The Geophysical Laboratory is pleased to announce that former GL predoctoral fellow Kevin Boyce (1999-2001) is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship.  After GL, Kevin was an Associate Professor for the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.  Currently he is Associate Professor for the  Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.

Marilyn Fogel, Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California – Merced, and Geophysical Laboratory alum, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Alfred Treibs Award. Fogel was nominated for her numerous seminal contributions to the fields of organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry, ecological processes, meteoritics and the archaeological sciences. The Treibs Award recognizes major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. The award is expected to be presented at the IMOG2013 in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain) September 2013.

Geophysical Laboratory alum Anurag Sharma has finished a textbook on crystallography and mineralogy.  The book is currently in press and will be published before the end of the 2013. 

Manchali Madduri of Stanford University has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Nepal in Energy. Manchali was a high school summer intern at the Geophysical Laboratory from 2007 to 2009 (receiving the Balzan award in 2008) and for a full year during her senior year as a part of Thomas Jefferson's school researcher program. 

Thomas S. Duffy, alumnus of the Geophysical Laboratory, has been elected as a 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow.  Only one in a thousand members is elected to Fellowship each year.  Duffy's election into this prestigious class of Fellows is an outstanding achievement.

James Badro has been appointed Professor and Senior Geophysicist at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. 

Jung-fu "Afu" Lin, former Geophysical Laboratory postdoc, has been approved for tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. 

John M. Ferry has been appointed a Fellow in the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section of the American Geophysical Union this year. Ferry was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory from 1975-1977. 

Jennifer Jackson, a former Carnegie Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, has been promoted to Professor with tenure at Caltech.

Harry W. Green, II has been awarded the 2012 Roebling Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America.  Harry is a distinguised professor of geology and geophysics for the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.  He specializes in earthquake physics, ultra-high-pressure metamorphism and mantle rheology.

Former Carnegie Fellow Amy Lazicki (2007-2009) was awarded one of four Outstanding Postdoc Awards in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). 

Allison M. Macfarlane, a former Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Visiting Investigator(1993-1997), was selected by President Obama to serve as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in July. The selection was later confirmed by the Senate. 

Wendy Harrison, a former predoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, 1977-1979, has been named divisiondirector for the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth Sciences in the Directorate for Geosciences.  

Francis M. McCubbin, a former Postdoctoral Associate and Carnegie Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory (2009-2010), was named by President Obama as one of 96 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. 

Joshua S. Weitz, a former intern of staff scientist Ronald Cohen, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Biology & Physics. 

Ganesh Panchapakesan a former postdoctoral fellow (Carnegie Fellow, 2007- 2010) at the Geophysical Laboratory has accepted a staff position at Oak Ridge national laboratory (ORNL), with their Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS).

Former predoctoral fellow and later postdoctoral associate at the Geophysical Laboratory, Sean Shieh (now an associate professor at University of Western Ontario) is visiting the Geophysical Laboratory's HPSynC facility at the Advanced Photon Source (APS).

Matthew (Matt) O. Schrenk, a former post-doctoral fellow (Carnegie Fellow, 2006-2008) at the Geophysical Laboratory, was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2012. 

Lawrence Burtrum Patrick, a long-time Carnegie employee who died on 29 December 2011, was remembered in a memorial service 7 January. 

Among the speakers who presented a keynote lecture at the GL-GRC Inter-Institutional Symposium was Takehiko Yagi, a professor at the Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo in Japan. 

W. Gary Ernst website

W. Gary Ernst’s celebrated his 80th birthday at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union on December 3.

AGU- Ernst Special Session I (PDF)         AGU - Ernst Special Session II (PDF)

Former Geophysical Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, Don Dingwell, was appointed by the ERC Scientific Council as the new Secretary General of the European Research Council (ERC). He took office on September 1 this year and his term lasts until December 2013.

Former Geophysical Laboratory Postdoctoral Associate, Seth Newsome is among a group of scientists participating in an expedition to study sea otters along coastal habitats in North America.

Former Geophysical Laboratory Postdoctoral Associate, Zhigang Wu, was chosen for a prestigious U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Early Career Research Award.

The Deep Carbon Observatory's (DCO) Secretariat announced earlier this month that former Geophysical Laboratory Visiting Investigator (1994-2004) and present councilor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nikolai V. Sobolev has been appointed a member of the DCO Executive Committee. As a member, he is organizing the upcoming international 3rd Deep Carbon Cycle Workshop (DCO-3) that will take place 25-30 August in Novosibirsk-Altai, Russia.

Upton, N.Y., 8 March 2011- The conceptual design will go forward for a new infrared beamline spearheaded by the Geophysical Laboratory and dedicated to high-pressure science at NSLS II.

Ross J. Angel, a former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, will receive the Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America at the Goldschmidt Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic on 14-19 August. 


A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (CJES) was published on 23 February in honor of former Geophysical Laboratory Staff Scientist, Thomas Edvard Krogh (1931-2008).

Former Geophysical Laboratory Carnegie Fellow Elizabeth (Liz) Cottrell was appointed director of the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program on November 1, 2010.

Former Geophysical Laboratory Carnegie Fellow Jie (Jackie) Li has been elected to Fellowship in the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA).  Jie Li was a postdoc from 1998 to 2001 at both the Geophysical Laboratory and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. 

Jon Eggert, a Research Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a former Carnegie Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Gordon Leslie Davis, former Geophysical Laboratory Staff Member, passed away on 15 February. He was 97 years old. He began his career at Carnegie as a Fellow in 1941 examining radium in ultrabasic rocks.

James H. Scott, a former Associate Staff Member at the Geophysical Laboratory, died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire on 11 January. He was 48 years old.

A former Geophysical Laboratory Fellow and current scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Jennifer Eigenbrode, has made a compelling breakthrough on how to identify large carbon molecules in the soil and trace evidence for life in extreme environments.

The first International Mineralogical Society (IMA) medal was awarded to Charles T. Prewitt, Director Emeritus, in recognition of his invaluable lifelong contribution to mineral sciences, on June 24th at the Goldschmidt Conference in Switzerland. 

Ikuo KushiroIkuo Kushiro, staff member during 1971-1981, was awarded the "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star" ( Zuihōjukōshō) for public service by the Emperor during a ceremonies held in Tokyo on April 29, 2009.

The European Association of Geochemistry awarded the 2008 Urey medal to Pascal Richet. Pascal received the award during the Goldschmidt Conference in June in Vancouver. The prestigious distinction is given annually by the society for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over his career.

Geophysical Laboratory Alumnus, Michael John O'Hara was awarded the 2007 Harry H. Hess Medal at the AGU Fall Meeting on December 12, 2007. The Harry H. Hess medal is awarded not more than once annually to an individual “for outstanding achievements in research of the constitution and evolution of Earth and other planets.”