Post-doc Jun Yang and professor Dorian Abbot find that the most common star type can support planets with liquid water.Read More at Astrobiology Magazine Spotlight Archive
PhD student Rebecca Fischer uses the department's Laboratory of Mineral Physics to investigate the composition and formation of the Earth.Learn More Spotlight Archive
May 02, 2016
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.
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!
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.