Mary Ferranti is the archives technical assistant for GL and DTM.  Mary holds a master's degree in archival management from Columbia University and has extensive experience working with historic documents, architectural records, photographs, and rare books.  She held positions at Yale, Columbia,


Javier Rojas is a mechanical engineer working with Tim Strobel.  Rojas holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University.  He has professional experience with microelectronic controls, design optimization, 3D modeling and simulation.  At the Geophysical Laboratory, R

GL hosted a one day workshop on iron meteorites for scientists from the DC area.

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The AGU Fall Meeting 2017 will take place in New Orleans, LA from December 11-15.  Many staff members and postdoctoral associates from the Geophysical Laboratory will attend this year.  

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Department, Mineralogy

On October 13, 2017, Geophysical Laboratory Staff Scientist and Deep Carbon Observatory Executive Director Robert Hazen was awarded Honorary Membership in the Russian Mineralogical Society (RMS) for his “outstanding contributions to crystal chemistry of minerals under extreme conditions and theor


The Geophysical Laboratory and DTM went head-to-head on October 27, 2017 for the annual interdepartmental soccer match. Although a well fought match, GL had to give up their two-year reign as champions to our sister department, DTM.


The Geophysical Laboratory celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) September 18-22, 2017.  Together with our sister department, DTM, the Carnegie Science Broad Branch Road campus treated our postdocs to a week-long ping pong tournament, organized by postdocs Amol Karandikar and Venkat Bhadram, an ice cream social, and a Paint Nite afternoon to come together with their peers and paint a scene from their time here in DC. 


GL alum Sergey Lobanov received official confirmation from the Helmholtz Association this week that he has won the competition for the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Leaders award. This means that he will receive 1.8 million Euro for 2018-2023 to establish a new group at GFZ (Potsdam, Germany).

Department, Planetary Science

GL alum Francis McCubbin is the recent recipient of the 2017 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society, AND the Nier Prize from the Meteoritical Society. The two medals are the awards from each society for outstanding early career scientists, and Francis is only the second person to win both.


GL alum Li Zhang received the Shen-su Sun Award at the 2017 Goldschmidt conference based on her work of the, "Discovery of an Fe-Rich Hydrous Phase in the Deep Lower Mantle." The Shen-su Sun Award is to recognize exceptional geoscientists younger than 40 years, who work in mainland China, Taiwan,