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September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018 A great visit today from IMERYS, and lunch with our newest post-doc candidate, Riccardo Bolis, who will deliver tomorrow’s Mineralogy Lecture.

Next Mineralogy Lecture on 12th September

Our speaker will be Dr. Riccardo Bolis, Postdoctoral Researcher, CRNS, PIMM Laboratory, ENSAM, Paris, and his talk is entitled “Laser shock compression studies of MgO-SiO2 systems at high pressures.” Olin Hall 247 at 4:30 PM. Read the full abstract here:

Our first group meeting on August 22nd.

Group meeting august 22 2018

Welcome back everyone! We met on August 22nd for the first time this semester. Stay tuned for more updates from our group as the semester progresses!

Don’t miss our first Mineralogy Lecture Series Talk on September 5th.

Bill McDonough, featured MLS speaker

The speaker will be William F. McDonough, Professor, Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, and the title of his talk is "Solar system initiation and its early, rapid growth and differentiation of planets." Olin Hall 305, 4:30 PM

Want to make a super-earth? Bring on the frikking lasers

Vroom Vroom

A team of physicists have attempted to recreate the internal conditions of a ‘super-Earth’ planet in a lab, by shooting laser beams at iron samples. Super-Earths are a type of exoplanet. They have a higher mass than Earth, but are not as massive as Uranus and Neptune. The giants are about 15 and 17 times...


Figure 1. My first campaign as a professor! Undergraduate Junellie Gonzalez Quiles (UMD, BS ‘18) and myself assisted on a Princeton/LLNL project