Press Releases

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The newest member of the staff at the Carnegie Department of Embryology, Junior Investigator Zhao Zhang, received the prestigious Larry Sandler Memorial Award at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference of the Genetics Society of America in Chicago.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Carnegie’s Robert Hazen has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a three-year data-driven research project on the co-evolution of the planet’s biology and geology. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quasars--supermassive black holes found at the center of distant massive galaxies--are the most-luminous beacons in the sky. These central supermassive black holes actively accrete the surrounding materials and release a huge amount of their gravitational energy. An international team of astronomers has discovered the brightest quasar ever found in the early universe, which is powered by the most massive black hole observed for an object from that time. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Educators from the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE), a division of the Carnegie Institution for Science (, will join the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to launch the DC STEM Network. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. The Network will unite community partners in a sustainable collective effort to design, guide, and advocate for transformative STEM learning opportunities for all DC students. The DC STEM Network joins similar initiatives in 24 other states as part of a nationwide network led by the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has ranked the Carnegie Institution for Science with its highest rating, four stars, for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” for the fourteenth consecutive year. Only 3 organizations out of over 7,000* evaluated this year have received this highest rating for so long.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A team of Carnegie scientists have found “beautifully preserved” 15 million-year-old thin protein sheets in fossil shells from southern Maryland.  The team—John Nance, John Armstrong, George Cody, Marilyn Fogel, and Robert Hazen—collected samples from Calvert Cliffs, along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, a popular fossil collecting area. They found fossilized shells of a snail-like mollusk called Ecphora that lived in the mid-Miocene era--between 8 and 18 million years ago.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Anat Shahar  was awarded the Clarke Award of the Geochemical Society. It is awarded to an early-career scientist  for " a single outstanding contribution..."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Erik Hauri, who studies how planetary processes affect the chemistry of the Earth, Moon and other objects, was made a fellow of both the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Earth’s magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet’s surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth’s core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings show that a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated was needed to complete the puzzle that explains this field-generating process. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time. An international team of astronomers, including three from the Carnegie Observatories, has for the first time observed a fast radio burst happening live.