Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 12:50pm
Carnegie’s Richard Meserve Awarded Nuclear Industry Leadership Prize
Carnegie President Richard A. Meserve received the William S. Lee Award for Leadership at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) annual conference on May 22. NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel observed, “[Meserve's] tireless contributions to the paramount issue of safety in the nuclear energy industry have been immeasurable. He’s one of the most well-respected figures in the nuclear field on any continent." For more information see the Nuclear Energy Institute press release.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 6:21am
Carnegie’s Meserve First Recipient of Tufts Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal
On Monday, April 4, 2011, Tufts University School of Engineering presented Richard A. Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution and a Tufts University alumnus, the first Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal. The award includes a commemorative medal and plaque, and a public lecture.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 6:52am
Ancient Galaxy Cluster Contains “Modern” Galaxies
A team of astronomers including Ivelina Momcheva of the Carnegie Observatories has discovered the most distant cluster of galaxies ever found. In a surprising twist, the young cluster born just 2.8 billion years after the Big Bang appears remarkably similar to the much older present-day galaxy clusters
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:51am
Honing in on supernova origins
Type Ia supernovae are important stellar phenomena, used to measure the expansion of the universe. But astronomers know embarrassingly little about the stars they come from and how the explosions happen. New research from a team led by Harvard University and including Carnegie’s Josh Simon, Chris Burns, Nidia Morrell, and Mark Phillips examined 23 Type Ia supernovae and helped identify the formation process for at least some of them.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 11:56am
Donald Brown Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Society for Developmental Biology
Donald D. Brown, of Carnegie’s Department of Embryology, will receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology. The award is given to “a senior developmental biologist in recognition of her/his outstanding and sustained contributions in the field…[and]for the individual's excellence in research and for being a superb mentor who has helped train the next generation of exceptional scientists.”
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 10:47am
Exoplanet Atmospheres Detected from Earth
Two independent groups have simultaneously made the first-ever ground-based detection of extrasolar planets thermal emissions. Until now, virtually everything known about atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way has come from space-based observations. These new results, accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics, open a new frontier to studying these alien worlds and are especially critical because the major space-based workhorse to these studies, the Spitzer telescope, will soon run out of cryogens, highly limiting its capabilities.
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 7:36am
Carnegie Science Returns Up 11%
The Carnegie Institution for Science posted an 11% return on its investments for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. As of today, the institution’s endowment stands at approximately $700 million, or 15% above the low experienced in March of 2009.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 11:00pm
From Lab Dishwasher to Distinguished Researcher
Dianne Williams of Baltimore was hired by Carnegie’s Department of Embryology to wash lab dishes as part of a city job program for inner city youth in 1983. Now as head technician and manager of a Drosophila research lab, and with two degrees from Johns Hopkins University, she has authored four scientific papers and has been acknowledged on countless others. She will receive the Carnegie Service to Science Award on May 5, 2010, for her contributions
Monday, January 25, 2010 - 1:12pm
Washington, D.C.—Physicists have long wondered whether hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, could be transformed into a metal and possibly even a superconductor—the elusive state in which electrons can flow without resistance. They have speculated that under certain pressure and temperature conditions hydrogen could be squeezed into a metal and possibly even a superconductor, but proving it experimentally has been difficult. High-pressure researchers, including Carnegie’s Ho-kwang (Dave) Mao, have now modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state—a huge boost in the understanding of how this abundant material could be harnessed. The study is published in the January 25, 2010, early, on-line edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Monday, December 14, 2009 - 2:28pm
First super-Earths discovered around Sun-like stars
Two nearby stars have been found to harbor “super-Earths”― rocky planets larger than the Earth but smaller than ice giants such as Uranus and Neptune. Unlike previously discovered stars with super-Earths, both of the stars are similar to the Sun, suggesting to scientists that low-mass planets may be common around nearby stars.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 7:15am
Wendy Freedman Co-recipient of Gruber Cosmology Prize
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation awarded the 2009 Cosmology Prize to Carnegie’s Wendy Freedman; Robert Kennicutt of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge; and Jeremy Mould at the University of Melbourne School of Physics. The prize is for their work defining the Hubble constant—the rate at which the universe is expanding.
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 11:14am
George Preston Chosen for 2009 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship
Dr. George W. Preston of the Carnegie Observatories has been selected by the American Astronomical Society to be the 2009 recipient of its highest distinction: the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship. The Russell Lectureship is awarded each year in recognition of a lifetime of excellence in astronomical research. Preston will deliver the lecture at the 2009 winter meeting of the AAS in Washington, D.C.
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:22am
Carnegie’s Larry Nittler New Deputy for MESSENGER Mission
Carnegie’s Larry Nittler of Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism has been appointed deputy principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Principal investigator Sean Solomon, also of Carnegie, made the announcement at the first plenary of the 26th science team meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 2:07pm
Carnegie Trustee Emeritus Richard Heckert Dies
Richard Heckert, former chairman of the Carnegie board of trustees and former chairman of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company died after a long illness on Sunday, January 3, at his home in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 3:32pm
Squeezed Crystals Deliver More Volts Per Jolt
A discovery by scientists at the Carnegie Institution has opened the door to a new generation of piezoelectric materials that can convert mechanical strain into electricity and vice versa, potentially cutting costs and boosting performance in myriad applications ranging from medical diagnostics to green energy technologies.
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 3:27pm
Global Ecology’s Field and Caldeira Major Contributors to Nobel-winning Climate Panel
Carnegie scientists Chris Field and Ken Caldeira of the Department of Global Ecology are key contributors in the UN panel awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on October 12 for work on global climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shares the prize with former vice president Al Gore for his role in communicating the issue to the public.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 1:47pm
Carnegie Ranked Top Charity 13 Years Running
The Carnegie Institution for Science received the highest rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency—four stars—from Charity Navigator for the thirteenth consecutive year. Charity Navigator is America's largest charity evaluator. Only 2 organizations out of the 6,903* evaluated this year have received this highest rating for so long.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 11:00pm
Rain forest protection works in Peru
Stanford, CA—A new regional study shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze seven years of high-resolution satellite data covering most (79%) of the Peruvian Amazon for their findings. The work is published in the Science Express.