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Post-doc Jun Yang and professor Dorian Abbot find that the most common star type can support planets with liquid water.

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PhD student Rebecca Fischer uses the department's Laboratory of Mineral Physics to investigate the composition and formation of the Earth.

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Susan Kidwell researches stratigraphic geology and taphonomy, or how physical and biological processes determine the quality of the fossil record.

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Geophysical Science News

  • Abbot discusses alien environments in Science News article

    May 02, 2016

    Associate Professor Dorian Abbot discusses alien environments in a Science News article. Former DoGS postdoc and current assistant professor at Harvard, Robin Wordsworth, was also interviewed.

  • Graduate student Lily Thompson wins EAPSI award

    April 15, 2016

    Graduate student Lily Thompson has been accepted into the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. With this EAPSI award Lily will spend the summer with researchers at Ehime University, where she will apply ab initio calculation methods to investigate the mineralogy of hydrous phases in Earth's deep interior.

  • DoGS students win NSF Graduate Fellowships!

    March 30, 2016

    Graduate students Sarah Tulga (paleontology) and Jennika Greer (cosmochemistry), as well as current and former undergraduates Rachel Atlas (atmospheric chemistry), Alexandra Boghosian (glaciology), and Hannah Kenagy (atmospheric chemistry) have won prestigious graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation. These fellowships provide three years of funding and have a 12% acceptance rate. Congratulations!

  • Kite unscrambles cryovolcanic eruptions on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

    March 29, 2016

    Assistant Professor Edwin Kite has published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the volcanically-active tiger stripes of Enceladus. The paper uses a new model of the plumbing system of the eruptions to simultaneously explain the persistence of the eruptions through the tidal cycle, the phase lag, and the total power output of the tiger stripe terrain, while suggesting that eruptions are maintained over geological timescales.

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